The belief that walking under a ladder is bad luck comes from Ancient Egypt. A ladder leaning against a wall forms a triangle. This is a sacred shape because it represents the trinity of the gods. Passing through the triangle would desecrate them.
Upper Rhine c 1420-1440, Zurich, Zentralbibliothek Wsing a ladder to cross a river. A portable bridge, I guess. ‘Atta Boy’ starring Mario Bianchi a.k.a. Monty Bank – Illustrator unknown, 1926 ladder Sovereigns No.80 Caricature of The King of Prussi, James Tissot, Vanity Fair, January 1871 Coles Phillips – ‘Good Housekeeping’ magazine cover, April 1915 ladder Anne Bachelier Tove Marika Jansson, illustrator (Finland 1914-2001) Florence Mary Anderson (1874–1930) ‘The Key to the Moon’ Flying Lessons by Nava Semel 1930 October, cover by Walter Buehr fruit picking William Heath Robinson (1872 – 1944) 1928 illustration Carrying out the Correspondence Course for Mountain Climbing in the House Let’s Find Out About Fall by Martha and Charles Shapp, illustrated by László Roth (1963) Retta Scott Worcester, Walt Disney’s Cinderella. What’s interesting in this illustration is that even the chair looks like a ladder. Lullaby Illustrator Yuri Vasnetsov Edna Eicke (1919-1979), 1957 The Moon Singer by Clyde Robert Bulla, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman (1969) The book of wonder, a chronicle of little adventures at the edge of the world ca.1915 by Lord Dunsany illustrated by Sidney Herbert Sime The book of wonder, a chronicle of little adventures at the edge of the world ca.1915 by Lord Dunsany illustrated by Sidney Herbert Sime The Joke Book compiled by Oscar Weigle, illustrated by Bill & Bonnie Rutherford (1963) Victor Nizovtsev Legs on a ladder by Revere F. Wistehuff House and Garden cover Nov 1927 – A young matron adjusting curtains by Pierre Mourgue by H Woolley, for Puppies and Kittens, a Ladybird Book by M. E. Gagg (1956) The book of wonder, a chronicle of little adventures at the edge of the world ca.1915 by Lord Dunsany illustrated by Sidney Herbert Sime Cirque Medrano, René-Jacques, 1946
Some ladders aren’t ladders.
Peter Newell (1862-1924) from Mr Munchausen Being a true account of some of the recent adventures beyond the styx of the late hieronymus Carl Friedrich, Sometime Baron Munchausen of Bodenwerder 1901 Christmas Card by Edward Gorey; 1925-2000 Romantic Possibilities in Modern Flats by W. Heath Robinson (1872-1944) most famous for cartoons featuring fanciful mechanical contrivances, like the American cartoonist Rube Goldberg DER ORCHIDEENGARTEN first German fantasy magazine
A ladder is especially necessary if you are
. a miniature person Helen Mary Jacobs (English,1888-1970) – Pixie Painters ladder pixie From Milo Winter (1888 – 1956) Tanglewood Tales
Header illustration: ‘Seasons – Fall, Winter’ Illustrator not found c1890, but found in an Italian publication. German influence likely. Autumn, associated with apples, are frequently associated with ladders.