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Quote and Credit

Launched Human Cannonball circa 1930 Stunt 8 x 10 photograph used for a Real Photo Postcard order

Launched!  Human Cannonball circa 1930  (8 x 10 original print used to fill an order for 500 Real Photo Post Cards) Van Fossen Photo Collection Jim Linderman

A Folk Art Collection of Wee Men

A Folk Art Collection of Wee Men with a penny to illustrate size...of the men.

The Clark Brothers of Chautaugua County Present a "Washer Woman" on Parade

For a time, the Clark Brothers pharmacy was the largest drug store in Chautaugua County.  Needless to say, according to the History of Chautaugua County by John Phillips Downs, "Politically, Mr. Clark is a staunch Republican..."  Who is playing the part of the washer woman is unknown.

Real Photo Postcard circa 1900 collection Jim Linderman

Antique Folk Art FREE AIR Sign circa 1930? Petroliana and gasbag comments from Fox News


An antique folk art FREE AIR sign, original paint, 30 inches long.  Inflating your tires correctly, it is generally agreed, can same some 3% of the gasoline used by your car, not to mention helping your automobile to run properly.  Multiply that by the number of cars.  Simple, right?

Not when it comes to the President of the United States, who the gas bags of wind at Fox News have told lies about ever since he took office.   Why?  Big Petroleum, Big Business and Big Deceit.  Above clip from Fox News website 2008.  

Antique Sign collection Jim Linderman

Nine Mysterious 19th Century Folk Art Pin Prick Hands on Paper with Orange Rubbings

Strange folk art pin prick rubbings of hands, both notable figures and fictional characters.  Bizarre parlor game?  Collection Jim Linderman

Puppet Family Antique Folk Art Sculpture

Folk Art hand carved puppet family.  Circa 1930?  Collection Jim Linderman
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Antique Bowling Game Sideshow Carnival Made by Hand Folk Art

Someone threw the ball too hard, but this is the only example I have seen.  A make-shift carnival bowling game.  Plywood with complicated workings...I am going to guess this comes from the transitional days of the sideshow, when handmade gaming objects and targets were changing from somewhat primitive contraptions to more modern.  The mechanism might have been sold from a catalog, then assembled by the recipient...who knows.  Sold with a template to cut and install the works?  Ten pins and six llights.  Seriously, who knows?  The object, good from both sides, is 21" tall and 21" across.  I'm guessing 1940ish?  

Early Carnival Bowling Game collection Jim Linderman
NOTE:  Friend and follower Harold Gaines found the answer!
Since pinball machines and the like were made in very small quantities, the old ones look pretty sketchy once you pop them open and look beyond the fancy glass and cool art to see how they were put together.  They were basically hand-made, one at a time.  However, being professionals at the coin-op compaines, they did things like countersink lightbulb recesses that even a good amateur wouldn't.  Further, although your piece is in pretty bad shape, the quality is too high for a 1940's amateur job.  They just didn't have the specialized stuff like routers to make the professional looking cutout sections, soldered ring connectors with multiple colors of wire, etc.  It looks like the wiring is a combination of cloth and plastic insulated.  Plastic insulated wire wasn't introduced until the 1950's.  Finally, the rusty marks on the back side look way too symmetrical for an amatuer (especially a carny).  It looks like it was mated almost perfectly to something metallic, which was also very precisely made.  It just looks too well made to me even in it's (very) rough condition.  The guys at link could probably take one look at your pics and tell you, though. 

Snake Handler Original RPPC dated 1932

An unidentified Snake Handler stretches his arms as far as he can, but the serpent still has slack!  An original Real Photo Postcard dated on the reverse 1932.  Thanks to a fan and follower.

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Giant Mid-Century Modern Paint Sales Incentive Store Display for Kem Tone Paint

Giant Mid-Century Modern Paint Sales Incentive Store Display for Kem Tone Paint
8 feet long.  A whole room for a room!
Collection Jim Linderman Dull Tool Dim Bulb

Radiator Paint Baby Shoes

A lovely pair of baby shoes preserved in silver paint
Collection Jim Linderman

Hero Dog Born in Antarctica Tom Pratt (and his buddy Charles Lofgren) Rppc

A Real Photo Post Card circa 1935 of Charles E. Lofgren personnel officer of the Byrd expedition to  Antarctica in 1928. 

I found numerous mentions of C. E. Lofgren, but I was really interested in the dog.  Not only because I used to have a dog named Crispus who looked quite a bit like the husky here, but also because the dog obviously did the real work! 

It appears the dog was one Tom Pratt!  He WAS a hero, and was retired after his super dog achievement to tour the country in a rumble seat!   The Byrd exhibition set up camp at "Little America"  and stayed at the South Pole a while, long enough for Tom Pratt to be born there.  Which would mean Tom Pratt only pulled a sled out, not in. 

Did I say Tom Pratt retired?  Um…nope.  in 1937 it is reported Tom was pulling Santa in a Christmas parade in Lawrence, Kansas!  How embarrassing. They still made him work?  Well, my Malamute loved to pull, so I guess it was alright.  In 1933 Tom  was reported not only to weigh 170 pounds (!) but to be on the road entertaining school children in Pittsburgh.

When Tom Pratt "…was a pup he played with the penguins" according to the Pittsburgh Press of March 15, 1933.  He tugged supplies from a boat 800 miles to the camp.  I've made plenty of 800 mile drives.  It takes two days, and in the hotel room halfway through I'm exhausted.  Tom had to do the whole trip, more than once, with his paws!

Lofgren kept Tom on the road a long time.  They toured the country for years by automobile, covering some 100,000 miles. All I can say is "GOOD dog!"  My dog had the same grin.  

As you can see here, Lofgren liked his dogs…he was breeding them ten years before the exhibition according to the Field Dog Stud Book.
C.E. Lofgren and his hero dog Tom Pratt Real Photo Postcard circa 1935 
collection Jim Linderman

Vintage Erotic Folk Art Carving

Vintage Erotic Folk Art Sculpture Wood Carving 1940s?

Folk Art Sculpture Vintage Red-Headed Woodpecker

Folk Art Sculpture Vintage Red-Headed Woodpecker Collection Jim Linderman
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Wine Women and Gambling! A Wild Place in Tijuana Snapshot with Text

Wine Women and Gambling.  A Wild Place in Tijuana!  Original Snapshot collection Jim Linderman

Early Wind Power Farm Windmill Rotator with Hand Painted Folk Art Star Barn Red

Early Wind Power  Farm Windmill Rotator with Hand Painted Star  Michigan circa 1940
Collection Jim Linderman

Ice Carnival 1939 (Cropped Skaters) Press Photo

8 x 10 cropped and embellished press photograph 1939 "Ice Carnival" Collection Jim Linderman

The Miniature Dollhouse Murder Scenes of Frances Glessner Lee Folk Art Forensics

I don't think anyone will mind me posting the entire Police Detective article from the 1950s which tells the story of the amazing murder scene reconstructions Francess Glessner Lee created to help train detectives.  Amazing little works, and each costing around three grand to make!  There was a nice documentary produced some 50 years after this article was written.  It's a good show, and it is streaming in meticulous mayhem color.  Movie trailer at end.

The film Of Dolls and Murder tells the story, and it is streaming on Netflix.  Never have dollhouses
looked do gruesome.  
It's a good story.

Erotic Folk Art Letter Opener

Erotic Folk Art Letter Opener with incised embellishment circa 1945-1950 Collection Jim Linderman

Hair Show 1961 Collection Jim Linderman

Untitled and Anonymous "Hair Show" South Carolina 1961 Collection Jim Linderman

Folk Art Carving Miniature Sculpture Family Tree

A folk art miniature carving entirely from one piece of wood, even the tree.  Dated 1945, and likely a gift to honor a soldier home, or to encourage the start of a family tree!  A mere 3 inches tall, with original paint.  

Folk Art Carving of a Couple  1945 Collection Jim Linderman

Post-war Japan Transfer Stickers

New Forever Stamps! Post-war Japan Transfer Stickers

My Balls in a Cage Folk Art Sculpture of Wooden Whimsy

Folk Art Whittled Whimsy.  How to carve a ball in a cage?  Step number one is turn off the TV. The rest is HERE
Collection of Folk Art Carvings Mid 20th Century Collection Jim Linderman

Halloween at Dull Tool Dim Bulb Jim Linderman Self-Portrait 2014

This Halloween, I'm going with Big Baby...
Self-Portrait Jim Linderman 2014

A Family Tree of Tintypes

Friend Deanna Dahlsad wrote to share this family tree made of tintypes(!)  You can read about the object HERE on the Fair Oaks Antiques website.  The link tells the story of the find, other "tree" photographs and the availability.

Essential New Projects on Vernacular Photography and Arkansas Roots Music from Dust to Digital

I have always speculated (to myself) that Arkansas is one of the last undiscovered regions for the study of American folk art, vernacular art forms and music.  Not the traditional South, not the traditional West...but a state rich with a fascinating history and fascinating people.  Dust to Digital once again has hit the mark with a pair of beautiful releases which go a long way towards revealing the secrets of Arkansas. The Book?  Making Pictures: Three for a Dime.

"In the 1930s, the Massengill family of rural Arkansas built three portable photography studios on old truck frames, attached each to the back of any car that would run, and started a mobile photo booth business that would last for a decade. Without formal training or help, the Massengill family invented and improvised ways to mimic the popular photo booths they had seen in drugstores and brought their business to the dirt roads and open fields they knew well. Making Pictures: Three for a Dime, featuring Massengill family prints and photo albums collected by the artist Maxine Payne, illuminates a sliver of the Depression-era South previously unseen by the public."

The Music?  Corn Dodgers &  Hoss Hair Pullers.

“For the traveling recording men of the late 1920s, Arkansas offered enticing pickings. The region was thronged with vigorous, idiosyncratic stringbands… Scarcely more than a decade, but a period, in music as in all American life, of galvanic change.” – Tony Russell, from the album’s liner notes 

I can only say ESSENTIAL.  Be you collector, library, museum?  This pair of high-quality packages from Dust to Digital are required.

Our Homestead Domestic Chores in a Folk Art Sculpture Dollhouse c. 1910 Real Photo Post Card

Folk Art carved figures go through the motions.  Looks like they are working far harder than the men...  Whether these carvings were articulated is unknown, but the chores they perform are typical subjects for automatons and whirligigs.  If anyone knows where this object is today, I would love to see it.

"Our Homestead" Domestic Chores in a Folk Art Dollhouse Cyko Real Photo Post Card circa 1910 unmailed.  See also In Situ: American Folk Art in Place.

Naive Erotic Folk Art Drawings by Pecs 1942

Erotic Naive Drawings of Pecs 1942  Each 11 x 17  Collection Victor Minx