The Art of Ludwig Hohlwein

Posted By on October 2, 2014

Let me present a Steam/Diesel era artist whose influence on advertising industry was (and remains) tremendous. A genius who stood at the side of Evil.

Ludwig Hohlwein. Hercules Bier. 1925

Ludwig Hohlwein was born on July 26, 1874 in Wiesbaden, Germany and enjoyed a privileged childhood in a prominent family.* While studying architecture at the Technical University in Munich from 1895 onwards, he made his first illustrations for the newspaper of the Academic Architects Association. He designed the association’s program booklets, invitations and book decorations.

After his studies in Munich and at the Dresden Academy he undertook study trips to London and Paris. Eventually he settled in Munich as an architect. In addition to the interiors of private homes, he took orders for decorating ocean liners.

In 1901 Ludwig married Leoni Dorr. They had two children. In this period he regularly takes part in exhibitions with his prints, watercolors and tempera paintings in the Munich Glass Palace. He developed his unique style early on in his career which showed little changes over the next forty years.

Ludwig Hohlwein. Stuhr's Caviar. 1909

Stuhr’s Caviar (1909)

Hohlwein left architecture and started focusing on graphic design in 1906. He began as a poster artist, building up a self-taught style which was primarily influenced by the collage technique of the British Beggarstaff Brothers. He was very productive and quickly gained name and fame in the world of graphics and among important clients.

Ludwig Hohlwein. Wilhelm Mozer. 1909

Wilhelm Mozer (1909)

Accelerating industrialization in the first decade of the twentieth century turned Germany into a fertile ground for the orientation of art towards industry. The combination of industry and art gets an ideal testing ground in the design of company posters and product advertisements.

Ludwig Hohlwein. Munich Zoo. 1910

Munich Zoo (1910)

With Art Nouveau we entered the early modern period rebelling against what is Victorian excess. In the German “plakatstil” (or poster-style) all ornaments and embellishments are further omitted. The simplification is even more extensive, leaving only taut lines. This leaves us with recognizable pictorial references and a persuasive communication, a style consistent with the commercial and technological demands of the age. This new type of poster soon became far-famed.

Announcing The New, Improved Pilsner’s Picks!

Posted By on October 1, 2014

Okay, I can’t lie; the only real improvement is that you can now click on the music tracks and play them right on the main page, without having to go to another website and register with the management there.

Other than that, it at least looks different, and a lot of personal “sweat equity” went into the graphics and formatting. Since I only sort of halfway know what I’m doing whenever I use HTML, it took a fair amount of trial and error to get it to come out right. Mostly error.

And so, without further ado (anyone know where I can get some more ado?), here’s the Pilsner’s Picks Page of the Future! Or at least the present— and still a direct portal to the past.

Most Important Price Factors in Water Softeners

Posted By on September 30, 2014

Water SoftenersA water softener is also aptly called as water conditioner as it removes excess minerals from your water supply. The water that you drink every day contains minerals, like calcium and magnesium and they can cause scaly buildup in your appliances and pipes.

Hard water also creates soap scum. This is difficult to remove especially when it sticks to your sinks, appliances and tubs. With the help of this appliance, dissolved minerals can be eliminated before they flow into your pipes.

How much does it cost?

The cost will depend on the brand. For an ion-exchange type, you can expect to pay around $400 to $1,000 but remember that the cost doesn’t include the installation fee which can go from $100 to $500, depending on the professional you want to hire and the type of water softener that the pro will install.

Larger homes need units with high capacity, with prices that can be around $1,000 to $2,500. And if you include the installation fee, the overall cost can go up to $10,000. The cost may add up if you’re installing this unit to an older home that’s not pre-plumbed.

Does the size of the unit affect the overall cost?
It does. The bigger the unit, the pricier it can get. The price of this unit will also depend on the features that it has. Of course, you’d expect to pay more if the unit you want has advanced features.

Maintenance cost

You need to maintain this unit if you want it to last for many years. You may want to hire a company to maintain the system for you. The cost can be higher but it’s more convenient on your part as you don’t have to worry about how to properly maintain your water softener. With a professional checking the system on a monthly basis, you can be sure that the unit will last for long.

Finished and pumping out music!

Posted By on September 30, 2014

A little further on…..

Posted By on September 29, 2014


Cooking For Chaps

Posted By on September 26, 2014

The Chap, in collaboration with expert cook Clare Gabbett-Mulhallen, has written a cook book aimed at reviving the lost art of British cookery.

Cooking For Chaps trawls through great British recipes from the last 200 years to bring you the finest selection of meals to prepare for breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon tea, high tea, dinner and supper. The traditional courses have all been observed, with the addition of helpful advice on pre-dinner cocktails, picnic foods and table manners relevant to the contemporary dinner table.

Recipes begin with breakfast, with particular emphasis on breakfast in bed – both the optimistic and pessimistic versions, depending on how successful an evening a chap might have had. Lunch recipes include the Harry Palmer omelette, as created by Len Deighton for the Ipcress File, while other fictional gourmands consulted include James Bond and Bertie Wooster, including Jeeves’s legendary hangover cure.

High Tea, that criminally neglected meal, allows one to serve a houseful of guests with a table laden with pre-cooked delights, but doesn’t allow them to outstay their welcome – ideal for prowling maiden aunts and irritating brothers-in-law. Supper, too, is reintroduced as an essential meal for those who have skipped dinner to attend cultural events where champagne is the only meal served.

Dinner itself obviously gets the most attention, with four courses covering every set of flavours, seasons and occasions. From Brown Windsor Soup to Battered Samphire, through various servings of venison, pheasant, kidneys and skate, to a delicious array of puddings that would not look out of place on the trolley at the Reform Club and which include Shirt-Sleeve Pudding (yes, cooked in a shirt-sleeve), rounding off with the long-neglected tradition of serving savouries with pudding.

Cooking for Chaps sets out to re-educate men and women in the basic, fundamental art of British cookery. Published by Kyle Books, it is available from For further information about the book, visit

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

Posted By on September 24, 2014

Dr. Jekyll is a kind and charitable man who believes everyone has two sides, one good and one evil. Using a potion, he splits his personalities to find the essence of goodness. When his darker side, Mr. Hyde, becomes unleashed, the poor doctor creates havoc throughout London.

Produced hundreds of times throughout cinema and theatre, these stills are from the 1920 silent horror version by the same name.

Abercrombie & Fitch Protest

Posted By on September 23, 2014

Despite the information below, The Chap will still be staging a peaceful protest against Abercrombie & Fitch at midday on Monday 29th September 2014.

A journalist at the Sunday Times saw fit to publicise all the details of the protest, which had been sent in a private email to subscribers to The Chap. Oliver Shah sniffily described our protest as a ‘posh picket’, and laughingly mocked our attempts to maintain any secrecy by publishing the date and time of the protest. Unless Mr Shah was simply looking for a picture story to fill a gap in his already rather empty column in the business section of the Sunday Times, he clearly is not on our side.

Which leads one to assume that he is on the side of Abercrombie & Fitch, given how gleefully he disregarded the embargo requested on our call to arms.

How anyone with half a brain can consider the opening of a large American chain store on Savile Row, the home of bespoke tailoring for the last 200 years, a good thing, is beyond this publication’s comprehension. There is nothing posh about wishing to preserve a manufacturing tradition in a particular location. The Chap would be just as miffed if Sainsbury’s tried to open a supermarket in the middle of Smithfield Market.

Abercrombie & Fitch Kids flung open its doors on Savile Row on 30th August this year, and thousands of people like Oliver Shah will happily continue purchasing T-shirts there, some with offensive slogans, for as long as they are fashionable. Now that the precedent has been set, Number 3 Savile Row will never be a bespoke tailor’s again, and in all likelihood other chain stores will follow A&F into the Row. The tailors will all be pushed out due to rising rents, which only big brands can afford, and, hey presto, Savile Row becomes yet another bland destination for people who don’t need brains because they have these.

My first Bluetooth speaker! Unfinished.

Posted By on September 22, 2014

I went to the markets one sunny Sunday morning and came across this speaker cabinet from the early 1900’s.  It was a completely empty case which would have housed two very large speakers back to back and used outside.  Maybe part of a PA system or plugged into a radio/record player.
Anyway I thought what a perfect bluetooth speaker it would make.  It stands 42cm high and the speaker enclosure is 35cm in diameter……this thing is BIG!  So I bought a cheap blue tooth speaker from K-Mart and dismantled it.   I took a 25 watt amplifier (which I had on hand) and output the bluetooth speaker into the amp.  I had also picked up some cheap car speakers (15 watt each – $5 AUD for both) and connected them to the amp output.
Once all was set up I pulled out my iPhone turned on the bluetooth, found the speaker and logged on…well….to say this thing is loud is an understatement, it was ear shatteringly beautiful…a party machine at heart.  My next step is to ‘beautify’ the cabinet.  I’ll keep you posted.

The Trials of Oscar Wilde

Posted By on September 21, 2014

Following a 43-date UK Tour and sell-out run at St James Theatre, European Arts Company is delighted to announce that The Trials of Oscar Wilde is transferring to Trafalgar Studios for a strictly limited four-week run.

The production will open on Monday 13th October, in celebration of Oscar Wilde’s 160th birthday that same week, and will run until Saturday 8th November. A special Birthday Gala performance will take place on Thursday 16th October at 7.45pm (Oscar’s Birthday) with further details to be announced soon.

Thursday 14 February 1895 was the triumphant opening night of The Importance of Being Earnest and the zenith of Oscar Wilde’s career. Less than 100 days later, he found himself a common prisoner and sentenced to two years hard labour. But what happened during the trials and what did Wilde say? Was he harshly treated or the author of his own downfall? Using the actual words spoken in court, we can feel what it was like to be in the company of a flawed genius – as this less than ideal husband was tragically reduced to a man of no importance.

The Trials of Oscar Wilde has been co-written by John O’Connor and Merlin Holland, Oscar Wilde’s grandson, whom The Chap interviewed recently for publication in our next edition. Mr Holland says: “Over the years, there have been a number of attempts to tell the story of my grandfather on stage but none of them have really managed to bring alive the drama of Oscar’s courtroom appearances. Using the actual words from the libel trial, recently discovered more than a hundred years after the event, and with a careful reconstruction of Wilde’s prosecution by the Crown for homosexuality, it’s a chance for audiences to see the real Oscar for the first time. This production shows him fighting for his art as well as his life and we get a real sense of Oscar’s intellect at full stretch – his complexity, wit and deep humanity.”

Trafalgar Studios, 2-14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY
13th October–8th November 2014
Evening Performances: Monday–Saturday at 7.45pm
Matinees: Thursday and Saturday at 3.00pm
ATG Tickets: 0844 871 7632
Ticketmaster: 0844 847 2345

L’histoire a pour egout des temps comme les notres by Victor Hugo

Posted By on September 21, 2014

A cheery poem by Victor Hugo about mankind going down the drain, as illustrated in the German Expressionist style. Artwork by Frans Masereel as collected in Notre Temps from 1952.

The Chap’s 76th Edition

Posted By on September 20, 2014

The 76th edition of The Chap features John Le Mesurier on the cover, whose love of cricket often used to make him cry, according to his wife Joan.

In an emotional and revealing interview, Joan Le Mesurier also discusses breaking her husband’s heart when she took his friend Tony Hancock as a lover. By the sixth bottle of champagne, Joan was ready to reveal her long-held secret affair with Tom Baker and why he always carried a toothbrush with him when out at night.

Just as emotional is the rest of the content of this 76th edition, which includes desert boots; Jimmy Edwards in Whack-O; wallets; pocket squares; western movie costume; dandy classical composers and gentlemanly scents.

All this, plus the usual regulars Viv the Spiv, the Butler, the Lip Weasel and Am I Chap?

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