Bubbles in Art Timeline
Below is a small collection of some of my favorite examples showing how bubbles have been depicted through time.
This is one way of exploring tools, methods and expectations of the era.
The Valley Morning Star, Harlingen Texas, Nov. 13 1947.
One of my all time favorite bubble comics.
- 1946, in America immediately following WW2 the first national fad or "craze" was soap bubble blowing. One reason why, new chemicals made commercially available bubble solutions that were astonishingly better than anything else anyone had experienced.
- 1947 ish, Then "Plastic Bubbles" (think Super Elastic Bubble Plastic) came along and thrilled folks.
- Shortly after, Bubblegum was new and took off like a rocket.
- All the while, Sally Rand and others were doing bubble dances (big opaque rubber balls manipulated to obscure the view as they stripped) on stage in nightclubs.
- And, of course, the plexiglass bulbs sticking out from the sides and under warplanes (where the gunners and some bombardiers sat) ever called bubbles.
Which brings us to this amazing comic which sums all that bubble history up nicely.
Les jeux des Jeunes Garçons Les Bulles de savon
Image from page 134 of book,
American folk art portrait
Advert for Concentrated leaven or bread powders
Edna Paper Doll making bubbles John McLoughlin Jr founded printer in New York
From The Nursery A Monthly Mag Vol xIII no. 2
J Friedlein Segars Cigars Toys Providence advertisement
I'll Blow it Bigger or Bust
Advertisement for Silver Soap
Saint Nicholas Magazine
Frank Leslie's Illustrated
Amusements of Fashionable Society
Pears Soap Advertisement
Paris. Grandchildren Making Bubbles Photo.
Advert for Bailey's Rubber Trumpet Bubble Blower
The Bubble Party. A Pretty winter evening sport that is exceedingly Entertaining Decatur Weekly Republican Jan 3 1895
Grand Pa's Wonder Soap Advertisement
1903 Postcard. France.
Black and White Illustrated Budget. August
A soap bubble class in London
Alvin Langdon Coburn
Using Schindler's 1900 patented "Bubbler"
by T.W. Rolleston
From The Tale of Lohengrin. New York - T. Y. Crowell
New Vanitas theme
Bubble Blowing Automaton
The Technical World Magazine
Detail from article about soap bubble play.
New Bubble Toy
From a small portfolio of photographs printed in Switzerland
Anti Kaiser Art
Postcards with bubble themes.
August 23, 1917
The Citizen, US Newspaper
Details from article about bubble play
1974 Chemtoy Catalogue featuring the NEW Mr. Bubbles