Credits

Most of the text in Hooker Heroes is new and copyrighted material authored entirely by me, Blake Linton Wilfong. A few items, however, are selected from the public domain. These are:

WARNING: I claim copyright in the compilation and editing of these works and their illustrations.

All music featured in Hooker Heroes is selected from the public domain. These works are:

WARNING: I claim copyright in the compilation of these works and the performances of "The Entertainer", "Pretty Baby", and "La Bella Argentina".

Most photographs and artwork in Hooker Heroes are my own original creations, or come from royalty-free stock image sources or the public domain. The exceptions are a few drawings by Susan Wilfong, used with her permission, and two images reproduced under the "fair use" clause of U.S. copyright law in conjunction with reviews. Here are mini-reviews of the stock image sources, followed by detailed credits for every image in Hooker Heroes.


Corel MEGA GALLERY
and
Corel GALLERY Magic 200,000
Corel Corporation

Consisting of 1,000+ fonts, 50,000+ vector clipart images, and 60,000 photographs from the fabulous Corel Professional Photos collection, Corel MEGA GALLERY was already an indispensable aid for WebMasters. Its successor, Corel GALLERY Magic 200,000, contains most of the same material, plus 20,000 more photos and enough additional clipart and Web art to reach the staggering 200,000 mark. Almost every conceivable topic is covered, from fashion models to demons. The photos are low-resolution and overcompressed--but at a street price of just $50 for the newer version, who cares? One of the best deals around has gotten even better.

The license agreement for Corel GALLERY Magic 200,000 requires me to state the following: the images from Corel GALLERY Magic 200,000 on this Web site may not be saved or downloaded and are only to be used for viewing purposes.


MasterClips 150,000
IMSI

MasterClips 150,000 consists of 14 CD-ROMs packed with about 2,000 fonts, 54,000 vector clipart drawings, 47,000 engravings from the Dover Pictorial Archive Series in TIFF format, 41,800 low-res JPEG photos, 5,200 hi-res JPEG photos, and more.

Ignore the buggy, clumsy search engine. (You can browse images with the included printed catalogs or your own software.) Ignore the poorer quality photos that look like video captures. Ignore the photos of recognizable private individuals since they are not model released. What's left? A cornucopia of useful material--and a bargain at $70 street. After all, 150,000 is a lot!

The usage guidelines require me to state the following: The images used herein were obtained from IMSI's Master Photos Collection, 1895 Francisco Blvd. East, San Rafael, CA 94901-5506, USA.


Ready-to-Use Naughty French Spot Illustrations,
Love and Romance: A Pictorial Archive from 19th-Century Sources,
Trades and Occupations: A Pictorial Archive from Early Sources,
Japanese Prints Coloring Book,

and
Life in Ancient Greece Coloring Book
Dover Publications, Inc.

For decades, Dover Publications has been rescuing superb public domain illustrations from oblivion and making them available as graphic resources in inexpensive clip art books--as well as publishing fresh new clip art by contemporary artists. The five large-format paperback books listed here range in price from $2.95 to $10.95 (list) and provide a combined total of over 2,000 royalty-free engravings and drawings by the artists of yesteryear and today. Yes, you have to scan the images yourself and the cost per image is much higher than in CD-ROM collections, but Dover's clip art books often cover subject matter not found anywhere else. And you can go to a bookstore or library before you buy and actually look at the pictures to see if there are any you need. A single useful image can easily be worth the low price of one of these books.


ClickArt 200,000 Image Pak
and
ClickArt Fine Art
Broderbund Software, Inc.

ClickArt 200,000 Image Pak is collection of 14 CD-ROMs with a total of 200,000 vector and low-to-medium resolution raster images covering a broad range of topics. ClickArt Fine Art is a single CD-ROM with 8,500 additional JPEG paintings, drawings, and photos. A major hurdle is their complete lack of a search engine or any other identification of the images; it is entirely up to the user to find and recognize them. Also, the licensing agreements place strict limits on the number of images that can be used, and the maximum resolution in which those images may be reproduced without annoying intellectual property notices and links to the ClickArt Web site. On the upside: the included Graphics Reference Books contain color thumbnails; the images are grouped by categories and are conveniently stored in standard JPEG (and, in the case of the 200,000 Image Pak, also WMFand TIFF) format; a viewer is included; and both collections are very strong in reproductions of truly high-quality artwork, both famous and unknown, from the public domain. Overall, ClickArt 200,000 Image Pak is a good buy at the list price of $50--and terrific at the $20 I paid for it after a discount and rebate. ClickArt Fine Art's limited range of subject matter and small number of images make it a poor choice for starting a clipart collection, but it is a horizon-broadening addition to the experienced Webmaster's ever-expanding library. Its street price is on the order of $20 after rebate.


Photo-Objects
Hemera Technologies Inc.

I wish all stock photo libraries were such a joy to use as Photo-Objects. This two CD-ROM set contains over 10,000 photos--most of which are already removed from their backgrounds for your editing convenience! Everything about this package is done right: thumbnails and keyword indices for the entire collection are stored on both discs to minimize swapping; the search engine is powerful and lightning-fast; the export utility is versatile and user-friendly; the images are stored in glorious high resolution; and a glossy color catalog is included. Best of all, I found this gem on sale for just $40.


Western Women Clip-Art
Sun Country Publications

One of many clip art collections by this publisher, Western Women features 65 "new, fresh, camera-ready" images of greatly varying quality and style. Most of the works are too cartoonish for serious use, and some seem hastily drawn. But a single great one can make the whole set a bargain. The image on the left is an example: I happily paid the $5 price of the book for it. (Note that the original image was black and white only. Susan Wilfong colored the version you see here.) I recommend examining Sun Country Publications' books at a store to see for yourself if they contain any pictures you need.


Corel Studio
Corel Corporation

This impressive Web site hosts a huge collection of stock photos (and other products) along with an excellent search engine. Thumbnails and high resolution watermarked images are FREE, but it takes major ingenuity to find uses for them. The site's primary purpose is, of course, to sell its 50,000+ images. Each is available in several resolutions priced from about $9 to $40. For those who can afford to buy stock photos piecemeal at these prices, Corel Studio is a treasure-trove.

The usage guidelines for the photos require me to state the following: The images from Corel Galleria on this Web site may not be saved or downloaded and are only to be used for viewing purposes.


Famous Nineteenth Century Faces
Art Direction Book Company

This large format paperback book contains more than 1,000 copyright-free engravings of yesteryear's famous people. The images vary in quality due to the wide range of public domain source materials from which they were taken, but most are superb. Stock images of famous people are surprisingly rare, so at just $12.50 this collection is a steal.


Detailed Image Source Information

The following listings document the source of every component of each image in Hooker Heroes. Descriptions of the modifications I made to these components are included. I also scanned my own photographs and color-corrected, cropped, resized, sharpened, and removed compression artifacts from all images as necessary.


Table of Contents
Main image
Sky/clouds background from MasterClips 150,000
Pyramids, Parthenon, New York from Corel GALLERY Magic: feathered together, pasted over sky
Model from Corel GALLERY Magic: removed background, pasted over buildings
"HOOKER HEROES" neon letters
from Corel GALLERY Magic: converted from green to red

Header (and footer) for all sections except Table of Contents
Sky bar
from MasterClips 150,000: added 3D edges
Model
from Corel GALLERY Magic: removed background, added cape, replaced arm, pasted over sky bar
"Hooker Heroes" text
from Corel GALLERY Magic: Flemish Script

Hooker Goddesses
Drawing of Ishtar sculpture
original art by Susan Wilfong, used with permission
"The Birth of Venus" by Sandro Botticelli
from ClickArt 200,000
Statues at Lakshmana Temple
from Corel GALLERY Magic: removed background
Indian Dancer
from Corel GALLERY Magic: smoothed compression artifacts

The Hetairae of Ancient Greece
Symposium
from Life in Ancient Greece Coloring Book
Drawing of Aphrodite of Cnidos
original art by Susan Wilfong, used with permission

The Pyramid Builder
Model in front of pyramid
Pyramid from Corel GALLERY Magic
Model from Corel GALLERY Magic: removed background/zany hairdo, pasted over pyramid
"RHODOPIS" logo
from Corel GALLERY Magic: added "RHODOPIS" text
"RHODOPIS" text: Parchment font from MasterClips 150,000
Hieroglyphics
font from MasterClips 150,000

Patrons of American Music
Portrait of Scott Joplin
from ClickArt 200,000
Jelly Roll Morton at the piano
courtesy Library of Congress, public domain: removed background, corrected skew
"The Entertainer" cover
courtesy Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection, public domain
"Pretty Baby" cover
courtesy Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection, public domain
Antique phonograph
from Photo-Objects

Inventors of the Tango
Photo of dancers
from Corel GALLERY Magic: feathered edges
Drawing of dancers
from Ready-to-Use Naughty French Spot Illustrations
"La Bella Argentina" cover
courtesy Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection, public domain

The Models of Storyville
Engraving of model with bed
from Love and Romance: removed man from background
Engraving of photographer
from Trades and Occupations
Cover of Pretty Baby video
reproduced under U.S. copyright terms of "fair use" for the purpose of review
Cover of Storyville, New Orleans book
reproduced under U.S. copyright terms of "fair use" for the purpose of review

Inspiring Toulouse-Lautrec
Portrait of Toulouse-Lautrec
from Corel MEGA GALLERY
"Moulin Rouge"
from Corel GALLERY Magic
"In Bed"
from ClickArt Fine Art
"In the Salon at the Rue des Moulins"
from Wikimedia Commons, public domain work by Toulouse-Lautrec

Victorine Meurend
Portrait of Victorine Meurend
from ClickArt 200,000: removed background
"Luncheon on the Grass"
from ClickArt 200,000
"Olympia"
from ClickArt 200,000

Bathing Beauties
Portrait of Degas
from Corel MEGA GALLERY
"Study"
from Degas by Julius Meier-Graefe, 1923, public domain (U.S. edition not renewed)
"Woman Washing Hair"
from Corel GALLERY Magic
"After the Bath: Woman Drying Her Feet"
from Corel GALLERY Magic

Geishas of the Floating World
"The Courtesan Yosooi Writing a Letter to a Lover"
from Japanese Prints Coloring Book: colored by Susan Wilfong, used with her permission
"The Courtesan Nakagawa of the Matsubaya Teahouse"
from Japanese Prints Coloring Book: colored by Susan Wilfong, used with her permission

Painted Ladies
"The Naked Maja"
from Corel GALLERY Magic
"Nana"
from ClickArt 200,000
"A Modern Olympia"
from Corel GALLERY Magic
"The Demoiselles of Avignon" (detail)
from Corel GALLERY Magic

The Ruined Maid
Portrait of Thomas Hardy
from The New Practical Reference Library, 1919, public domain
Portrait of fancily dressed woman
from Love and Romance: removed man in foreground, improved face

The False Gems
Portrait of Guy de Maupassant
from Greatest Short Stories vol. 8, 1915, public domain: added frame
Gems
from Corel Studio: broke into two images, added text

Entertainers of the Rich and Famous, Part I
Portrait of Hans Christian Andersen
from The New Practical Reference Library, 1919, public domain: removed background
Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh
from Corel GALLERY Magic: removed background
Portrait of H.G. Wells
from The Graphic, 1899, public domain: removed background
Portrait of John F. Kennedy
from MasterClips 150,000: removed background
Portrait of Lord Byron
from Famous Nineteenth Century Faces: removed background
Portrait of J.P. Morgan
from The New Practical Reference Library, 1919, public domain: removed background

Entertainers of the Rich and Famous, Part II
Portrait of Franz Liszt
from The Perry Pictures, 1915, public domain: removed background
Portrait of Edward VII
from The New Practical Reference Library, 1919, public domain: removed background
Portrait of Babe Ruth
from MasterClips 150,000: removed background
Portrait of Warren G. Harding
courtesy Library of Congress, public domain: removed background
Portrait of Eva Peron
from Corel MEGA GALLERY
Portrait of Oscar Wilde
from Famous Nineteenth Century Faces

Entertainers of the Rich and Famous, Part III
Portrait of Victor Hugo
from the Perry Pictures, no copyright date, public domain: removed background
Portrait of John Barrymore
from The American Stage of To-Day, 1910, public domain: removed background
Portrait of George Gershwin
courtesy Library of Congress, Carl Van Vechten collection: removed background
Portrait of Napoleon I
from The New Practical Reference Library, 1919, public domain: removed background
Portrait of Ernest Hemingway
from Corel MEGA GALLERY
Portrait of Diego Rivera
courtesy Library of Congress, Carl Van Vechten collection: removed background

Entertainers of the Rich and Famous, Part IV
Portrait of Clark Gable
from Corel MEGA GALLERY
Bust of Julius Caesar
from The New Practical Reference Library, 1919, public domain: removed background, added pupils
Portrait of Thomas Wolfe
courtesy Library of Congress, Carl Van Vechten collection: removed background
Portrait of Isaac Singer
from Corel MEGA GALLERY
Portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald
courtesy Library of Congress, Carl Van Vechten collection: removed background
Portrait of Charlie Sheen
from Corel MEGA GALLERY

Pioneers of the Wild West
Fancy lady
from Western Women: colored by Susan Wilfong, used with permission
Chicken Ranch sign
photography by Blake Wilfong

Science and Medicine
Sexy doctor
head, body, legs from Corel GALLERY Magic: removed backgrounds, combined, filled in skirt
Caduceus, flasks
from MasterClips 150,000

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