Tuesday, October 22, 2013

ABOUT JOHN CHUCKMAN

John Chuckman is former chief economist for a large Canadian oil company. He has many interests and is a lifelong student of history. He writes with a passionate desire for honesty, the rule of reason, and concern for human decency. John regards it as a badge of honor to have left the United States as a poor young man from the South Side of Chicago when the country embarked on the pointless murder of something like 3 million Vietnamese in their own land because they embraced the wrong economic loyalties. He lives in Canada, which he is fond of calling “the peaceable kingdom.”

John’s writing appears regularly on many Internet sites. He has been translated into at least ten languages and has been regularly translated into Italian and Spanish. Several of his essays have been published in book collections, including two college texts. He has published a book, The Decline of the American Empire and the Rise of China as a Global Power, published by Constable and Robinson, London. John also writes book reviews.

Apart from his writing since retiring from the oil industry, John has taught university courses in economics, done a good deal of private tutoring, served as a professional newspaper restaurant reviewer (he likes cooking), followed his favorite hobby of photography, and created a popular family of image blogs on the Internet.

John may be reached directly at:  jc60649@yahoo.com

SOME INTERNET SITES FROM JOHN CHUCKMAN:

CHUCKMAN'S GODERICH
CHUCKMAN PHOTOS ON WORDPRESS: CHICAGO NOSTALGIA AND MEMORABLIA (SELECTED           POSTCARDS AND RESTAURANT ITEMS)
 CHUCKMAN’S PLACES ON WORDPRESS
 CHUCKMAN’S PHOTOS ON WORDPRESS: TORONTO NOSTALGIA AND MEMORABLIA
 CHUCKMAN' S NON-SPORTS TRADING CARDS OF THE 1950s VOL.1/4
 CHUCKMAN’S ROBOTS
 CHUCKMAN’S ART
 CHUCKMAN’S GALLERY OF GROTESQUES
 CHUCKMAN’S CARTOON COMMENTS   
 CHUCKMAN'S MISCELLANEA OF WORDS
CHUCKMAN'S COMMENTS FROM THE WORLD PRESS
CHUCKMAN'S POLITICAL ESSAYS


ME, ROUGHLY: THE DECLINE IS SO RAPID NOW

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

TOPPS: SPACE (AKA: TARGET MOON) 1958 / 88-CARD COMPLETE SET PLUS WRAPPERS AND DISPLAY BOX

This set was published in the wave of reaction to the Soviet Union's putting Sputnik into orbit. Interestingly, everything that happens in the cards after Sputnik appears to be American, although there is the hoisting of the United Nations' flag on Card 36, not as we know what happened with Apollo 11 in 1969. Just as is the case with Bowman's Jets, Rockets, and Spacemen, 1951, there are images here that remain convincing fifty years later - examples include Cards 7, 18, 25, 47, 70, 72, 80, or 84. This set contains no effort at fantasy but represents an attempt to show future steps in space travel. Still there are silly images, as Cards 77 or 82. There are some stunning images here as well as some mediocre ones. There are alo images which appear to have been copied and adapted from the Bowman set - compare Card 74 with Bowman 31, Card 81 with Bowman 104, or Card 85 with Bowman 62.



Thursday, October 18, 2007