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Handmade Folk Art Ventriloquist Vent Figure


Freckles the Vent.  Composite materials over wood frame.  Circa 1960.  Collection Dull Tool Dim Bulb.  Books and Affordable Ebooks by the author HERE.

Time and Death Pair of salvaged Fraternal Society Paintings from a Banner



 Time and Death.  Pair of salvaged Fraternal Society Paintings from a Banner.  Likely early 20th century.  Oil Paint on Linen.  Signed as M. K. Mengle.  Collection Dull Tool Dim Bulb
 

Antique Folk Art Drawing 19th Century Primitive Therorem Urn with Flowers Pennsylvania



Antique Folk Art Drawing 19th Century Naive Therorem Urn with Flowers. Pennsylvania origin.  Pencil on Paper. Signed Job Wagner dated 1883.  6" x 7".  
Collection Dull Tool Dim Bulb

Duckwalking man Vintage photograph



A duck walking man.  
Original Snapshot no date (c. 1935?)  
Missouri Lee Jellum Photo Shop.
Collection Dull Tool Dim Bulb

Folk Art Postage Stamp Collage (detail) Spinning Wheel circa 1910



Postage stamp collage (detail) circa 1910.  Hand-drawn ink features and early 20th Century postage stamps on postcard size card.  Collection Dull Tool Dim Bulb.  See also the book "Eccentric Folk Art Drawings of the 19th and 20th Centuries" for several similar examples of the craft. 

Vintage Amateur Original Drawings for Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine













Vintage Amateur Original Drawings for Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine submitted by a boy.  Famous Monsters was started in 1958 and ran until 1983 with 191 issues.  Later, a revival from 1993 brought it back and it continues today.  These drawings were submitted for publication in a "submitted by fans" section of the magazine.  While I do not know if any were printed, the editor Forrest J. Ackerman kept this collection for decades in his private collection until passing.  There are some 50 drawings which reveal a young talent under the spell of prominent monsters (and monster films) of the 1950s and 1960s.

Collection Jim Linderman / Dull Tool Dim Bulb

Antique Folk Art Jesus Drawing 19th century Collection Jim Linderman


Antique Folk Art Drawing of Jesus 19th century   Pencil on paper dated 1882
Collection Jim Linderman

Vintage Folk Art Birdhouse with Galvanized Steel Roof



Vintage Folk Art Birdhouse with Galvanized Steel Roof, a metal perch and a leather belt.  Circa 1950 Collection Dull Tool Dim Bulb.

19th Century Folk Art Train Drawing Forty Miles an Hour



19th Century Folk Art Train Drawing goes Forty Miles an Hour.  Edward Brown, 1883.
Courtesy Curley Antiques. 

Three Big Bears Antique Folk Art Bear Masks



Three Big Bears  Antique Folk Art Bear Masks.   Height 16" - 18"
Collection Dull Tool Dim Bulb / Jim Linderman

Portrait of a Dummy Original snapshot c. 1960 Handmade Ventriloquist Folk Art Figure


Portrait of a Dummy  Original snapshot c. 1960 Handmade Ventriloquist Folk Art Figure
Collection Jim Linderman

Reefer Madness Comics by Craig Yoe and Steven Thompson A smoking good review!





Reefer Madness Comics is hilarious!  Craig Yoe and Steven Thompson have pulled together over 200 pages of rare comic book parables from the 1940s and 1950s in full color!  Plus a few later "public safety" comic book warnings to the nation's youth.  This in the era of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions the Third, our miniature porcine "law and order" top gun.  He won't get the joke, and he wouldn't understand the value or humor of these vintage "don't do it" publications.  Full of horror stories and comic book illustrator's attempts to show the effects of the first toke on Satan's Cigarettes. Dreamy!  That is, until they are hooked.   

I write this on 4/20 day.  Another year of celebration and mourning for the 1,522,579 who were arrested for stinkweed in the United States last year.  84% were arrested for possession only.  This while 22 states have lenient marijuana laws and others have medical licenses for those who need treatment.  How about this?  200,000 students have lost their federal financial aid eligibility because of drug convictions.  Local police budgets benefit, of course.


Want to set a kid out on his future in the job market with a drug conviction?  That is like recruiting for the cartels.  

Reefer Madness Comics includes an informed historical essay and some twenty full stories from the past for (currently) $13.59 on Amazon. You will not regret the purchase.  This book is hilarious, and your friends caught up in the dope menace will think so too.    

Craig Yoe is HERE.
 
Reefer Madness Comics on Amazon is HERE

A Folk Art Carved Parsnip! Ephemeral Folk Art



A Folk Art Carved Parsnip!  From "American Scenery Lake George Views Stereoview card
Lamson and Smith Photographers. 19th Century.  Collection Jim Linderman
Thanks to Invisible Commute.

Antique Folk Art Room Mural Cabinet Card Photograph



Antique Folk Art Room Mural Cabinet Card Photograph.  Likely in or near Merrimac, MA.  Original photograph by "View Photographer" C. E  Sawyer circa 1880.  
Collection Jim Linderman

Antique Wooden Matchbox Covers from Russia












Antique Wooden Matchbox Covers from Russia.  
Collection Jim Linderman / Dull Tool Dim Bulb

Things to MAKE Seal Kaps Milk Bottle Tops






Things to MAKE  Seal Kaps Milk Bottle Tops.  1931 
Collection Dull Tool Dim Bulb

An Unfortunate "Art Car"



An "art car" with particularly bad taste.  "Shot by Otto Hedbany and Donald Strable" in near Glidden, WI.  Things not to be proud of.

World's Record Black Bear postcard.  Collection Jim Linderman

old time religion Drop a Coin in the Sock


old time religion Drop a Coin in the Sock.  "Novelty" fundraising coin sock
Troy Church 1936.  Collection Jim Linderman

Vernacular Architecture Folk Art Miniature Building constructed with One Hand



Miniature building on Original postcard c. 1950.  I haven't identified the person who built this scale copy of the Colorado State Capital building with ONE HAND, but maybe you can.  It's too nice a day to stay inside.  Apparently the model no longer stands.
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Vintage Folk Art Game Board Two-Sided




Vintage Folk Art Game Board Two-Sided c. 1950 Collection Jim Linderman

Ed Bortz







I am proud to present the 4th installment of the worst comic artists in the world series. The horrendous two-tone fetishistic images of one Ed Bortz! Even with his unusual last name, I was unable to find anything about him. A shame. Imagine the duo-tone nightmares he must have suffered as cross-hatched beards and brick-hard bosoms danced in his head, forcing him to jot down his most recent hilarious ideas at 3:00 am. Grisaille? NO, these miniature marvels demand a full palette of TWO colors! I turned these up in Michigan, likely sent home to the spouse by hunters and fishermen up north to drink. As Milwaukee publisher L. L. Cook (shame on you) is across the lake, maybe the cards snuck over on the ferry and multiplied like weeds in bait and ammo shops of Northern Michigan.

To see previous entries of the most putrid postcards in history, click subject heading below.

Four red and black postcards by Bortz. 1954, 1955 Collection Jim Linderman