The “new look” of this blog — Professor Hoffmann, and (probably) William Taunton . . .

I tried about five different things, and wound up with the present design.  The header is from a copy of Professor Hoffmann’s Patience, With the Joker.  I know it looks slanted and chopped-off.  That is supposed to be artistic.

The background  is the same one I used until a couple of years ago.

Wow, I just checked, and it turns out that I used it until January 29, 2013–two years ago, to the day!

This background is from an 1892 Foster’s Pocket Guide to Modern Whist.  Here is part of what I posted (temporarily) when I took that down back in January 2013:

It’s the end of an era, because that former header and background was up for a long time, and I can’t even remember whether it was ever different. I tend to doubt it.

I liked that background quite a bit, in part because the colors (and the designs depicted) are so typical of the booklets.

It actually took me quite a while to arrange the new header and background. The old one, by the way, had a potion of Foster’s Pocket Guide to Modern Whist, and the header was, I think, from a copy of Professor Hoffmann’s Bridge. Although I have not really discussed the likely designer of the Foster booklet, I think it was probably William Taunton. And as discussed elsewhere in this blog, the basic design of the Bridge booklet appears to be by Taunton.

It may be confusing, but, again, that discussion applies basically to the pre-January 2013 design.

—Tom Sawyer

January 29, 2015

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