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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

Antique Folk Art Erotic Sculpture Cigarette Holder Late 19th - Early 20th Century

Antique Folk Art Erotic Sculpture Carved Wood Cigarette Holder Late 19th - Early 20th Century
Collection Jim Linderman

Vintage Folk Art Sculpture Billy Burke's 150,000 Toothpick Amusement Park from Folsom Prison

Billy Burke made three toothpick amusement parks while being held in Folsom Prison, this likely being the largest.  He once made a roller coaster out of shotgun shells.  Various wardens over the years would bring in visitors to see the construction.  In 1994, the Sacramento Bee told his story which you can read HERE.

Toothpick Circus by Billy Burke Real Photo Postcard circa 1950  Collection Jim Linderman 

Mr. Winters Garden Park in Mondovi, Wisconsin. Folk Art Environment Sculpture RPPC

Mr. Winters Garden Park in Mondovi, Wisconsin.  Folk Art Environment Real Photo Postcard No Date Collection Jim Linderman
Similar examples in the Book and $5.99 Ebook IN SITU: American Folk Art in Place by Jim Linderman



We have certainly had enough of those stupid internet lists.  They are easy to produce, easy to post and designed for only one purpose.  That is to force you to click or scroll through advertisements until your finger hurts.  More annoying than pop-up ads and just as useless.

My internet list is  FIFTEEN PERSONS ON UNITED STATES POSTAGE STAMPS WHO ABUSED HEROIN but you won't find any ads here unless Google force slips some in, which is both something they have been known to do…and their business model. 

I've included not only heroin users, but a few opiate and morphine users to round out the list…I didn't want them all to be jazz musicians. You can look them up to verify if you like. If I had been inclined to use alcoholics, trust I would have had a hundred more to include.

In the old days, and by that I mean about the time Reagan took office, it was a considerable honor to be placed on a United States Postage Stamp.  First of all, there were rigorous standards…notables had to have contributed to the American collective greatness.  Highly competitive contests were run for artists to have the honor of painting the work to be shown.  And yes, postage stamps were limited edition lithographs in themselves.  Fine, high quality prints in miniature.  Now they are just texture free pieces of paper.  One need not lick them either…there is far less DNA on letters today.  I am certainly NOT implying any of the above are not heroic American figures, as they certainly all are.  I just needed a useless common characteristic to make my list go viral! 

Today most United States postage stamps are crap from major U.S. corporations.   Disney.  Entertainment companies.  The post office licenses them from business.  The honor is pretty much gone, as is the denomination.  Stamps are now "forever" stamps, but there is no longer a reason to keep them that long in a collector's album. They are, for the most part, "product" from corporations who already take far too much of our time and money.  I purchased Batman stamps today.  An American hero of sorts, but while they don't say it on the stamp, merely an ad for the next movie in the franchise.