One of my favorite finds is Fotofun! There were two...one for regular snapshots and one which produced real photo postcards (of a sort) Both are pretty scarce. Those of you manipulating photographs might be surprised to know W. J. Glassmacher thought up the gimmick in 1934.
Pair of Treasure Chest Fotofun Novelty Photograph beheading games! Laugh you HEADS off! Collection Jim Linderman
It's SURFA-TONE the Rubber Paint! In the "antique color" series here, I generally tell a bit of company history, but a brief search is all it took to learn there are too many variations of the "Tex" name in companies. This one was based in Newark, New Jersey and has probably morphed into some other company by now. The history is as murky as the waters around Newark. You know, as you drive towards the big apple you go through a dead zone of swamp before hitting the tunnel? That murky chemical blend THING?
Search for "Rubberized Paint" and that goofy "Flex Seal" product is what you'll find first. You know, the guy who paints the bottom of his boat and scoots over the alligators without springing a leak! I love when he dips his tools into it and makes a hand-grip like magic!
Now I suspect this product was invented for the parents of the baby boomers. They all got tired of rubbing crayon off the walls, so they sealed it off with this magic covering. I've run my fingers over the paint chips here, and it does feel a bit different. Oddly, the patter here claims you can wash off lipstick too! Who kisses a wall?
Surfa-Tone Wall Finish by Tex Products. No Date (c. 1960?) Mid-Century Modern Wall Covering pamphlet. Collection Jim Linderman
Spring Longing. Mattress Swing Hammock South Carolina Circa 1992 Original Photograph by Jim Linderman
I haven't quite figured out the date on this remarkable handmade sewing instruction book, but she received a 95. What was the teacher looking for? The cover alone is a 100. You women out there could date the work inside by the fashions...there are tons of designs, color wheels, mini-pattern projects and all done with beautiful folky precision. I'll post more one day. Yes, the cover is 3-D! The little pattern book on the table has pages! A great reminder of what a school student was required to do before computers.
Mid-20th Century Sewing handmade sewing class book. Mixed-media. Collection Jim Lindermn
Likely created by a Gem duplicator which was sold out of St. Louis. A crappy little machine no larger than a hankie box. It was marketed as a way of "making your own postcards" in the 1940s, I believe. These could have been run off on a competing product. It isn't too hard to find the mechanical duplicator in a box on the web, but actual prints are less common. These are good examples of cheap home technology meeting the gals and gams of post-war folly. They have a nice "etching" like shading.
Group of home duplicator pinup girls on paper Collection Jim Linderman
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A trio of folk art game boards by the same hand. Odd to see three like this together now… but they collectively make up a "mid-century modern graphic" oddity for the wall. Cabin decor class! Circa 1955? Each just over 16" x 16.
A commercial version of the game was manufactured in 1960, but I am going to guess guys had been making this marble game for decades in the basement. Hobbyist and woodworking magazines were full of this kind of thing around the 1950s. But how were three boards by the same hand re-assembled into one collection 50+ years later?
I speculate each was eventually given BACK to the maker long after they were gifted. Maybe Pop made a set for each of his kids? All found and assembled into a collection by a picker? All three have bread board ends, which were hand built, and all drilled with the same precision. Each shows different use and wear, each has age and all three were found together at an antique shop. One has a taped "rules" sheet affixed still.
Trio of Handmade Folk Art Marble Game Boards circa 1955 Collection Jim Linderman
Well, it's not really Atomic Energy which makes the little guys twirl, it's static. Still, static seems to be a powerful force! It's ripped the panties right from the paper-thin dancing woman! Thrilling! "Mysterious" Sorta like Fukishima!
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Billy Cox and a few of his locker buds from 1950. Source material for Billy, but the other two are, as yet (or as forever) anonymous. If I liked football, I might take the time to ID them. Football, for all the gizmos and flying cameras and million dollar talking heads, is probably no better than it was in 1950. I didn't watch then either, of course. The last game I saw had Tom Brady, supermodel dater and super deflategate cheater. He makes around 10 million bucks a year shilling products and the team pays him 20 million a year. He used to support Trump until someone in the upper office told him to shut up.
Anonymous crayon drawings of football players, circa 1950 Collection Jim Linderman
Vintage photographs of mystery and science. In SOUNDS FROM THE AIR one will find pictures of the invisible. The presence of audible waves as captured by anonymous photographers. Mysterious and beautiful visions in sepia. The language of ether. Collected and curated, the pictures generate the buzz of static without making a noise. 78 pages. Available in paperback and instant PDF download. Jim Linderman has produced numerous art and photography books on the obscure. ORDER SOUNDS FROM THE AIR HERE
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