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Sewertile Sewer Pipe Folk Art End of the Day Pottery Folk Art Sculpture






Sewertile Sewer Pipe Folk Art End of the Day Pottery Folk Art Sculpture signed MACK. 
Early 20th Century Collection Jim Linderman 

The Famous Folk Art Hooker of Canada Elizabeth LeFort and her Tapestry Mastery




Famed hooker Elizabeth LeFort!  Hooked tapestry, that is.  Canada' s artist in wool! 

Her first significant work was a portrait of President Ike.  16,000 loops,  but that's nothing.  Her tapestry of 33 United States Presidents had 750,000 loops!  Not only that, she hand-dyed the wool! Dr. LeFort dropped out of school at age 12, but eventually she achieved an honorary doctorate from the Universite de Monction and  was appointed a member of the Order of Canada.

Watch Elizabeth LeFont dye her wool Below!


Three circa 1965 postcards collection Jim Linderman
Read more aboutElizabeth LeFort at  Les Trois Pignons
 

Gary Panter Drawings for Pee Wee's Playhouse









Gary Panter Drawings for Pee Wee's Playhouse.  Some artists don't like their sketchbooks out there, but since Mr. Panter published an entire cased-hardcover of his, I guess sharing these is okay.  If he wants them down, I'll do it!  Mr. Panter won three emmys for his design work on the Pee Wee Children's show.  It was a most audacious endeavor.  Captain Kangeroo it was not...  The show was endlessly creative and subversive.  Everyone I knew watched it, young and old.  For a time, it proved Newton Minow wrong...not ALL television was a "vast wasteland" after all.  

Gary Panter Website is HERE  
Gary Panter the book is available at art book stores or amazon.  

Gary Panter drawings circa 1986 (?) Collection Jim Linderman

VICE RAID





Adult Bookstore Raided!  Charged with obscene and lewd.  Original press photograph by Lucy Ware Morgan 1972 with press copy attached. Collection Jim Linderman

American Folk Art in Place In Situ book Collectors Weekly Review and Slideshow


LINK to the American Folk Art in Place IN SITU book by Jim Linderman (with slideshow) on the Collector's Weekly Site:                CLICK


 

Sewertile Brick Clay Head of a Woman End of Day Folk Art Pottery Pipe Sculpture







Sewertile Brick Clay Head of a Woman End of Day Folk Art Pottery Sculpture.  19th Century.  The figure appears to have been built up over shards and leftover materials.  Collection Jim Linderman



The REAL Baby Ruth



HERE is the real Baby Ruth, with her scepter likely made of spun sugar!  She is sitting smack dab in the middle of candyland.  Fortunately, this professional shot (Commercial Photo Co. St. Louis, MO) is crisp and clear, providing all the detail we need to investigate the Baby Ruth story!

First of all, the company (or COMPANIES, ownership has changed a few times) didn't name the bar after Babe Ruth, but they did benefit.  The Curtiss Candy Company claimed it was named after our fattest president's daughter Ruth Cleveland. However, they did it 17 years after little Ruth had died. Whaaa?

Furthermore, the company was located steps away from Wrigley Field.  I smell corporate malfeasance.  Sorry Babe...NO ENDORSEMENT DEAL and NO ROYALTIES!  (But keep on hitting it out of the park.)

Baby Ruth started out as "Kandy Kake" and Baby Ruth came about the year Bambino hit 59 home runs.  What did Grover Cleveland's daughter do that year?  Nothing, she was dead.

We see here not only the lovely queen of candy, but some graveyard brands.  By Jiminy.  Taffee Girafee.  Chum Gum.  Plus, some little goober with a comb over also apparently claiming the name.



Now I have to agree Baby Ruth has really good taste.  The famous scene in Caddyshack?  Not such good taste, but it is the type of gag which has kept the film on the top of the "best golf films" forever.  

Original 8 x 10 promotional photograph Commercial Photo Co. St. Louis, MO No date. Collection Jim Linderman

The Great Big Sunflower Plant and Science Helianthus Annuus Vintage Photograph



Long ago, I had a job which required a commute behind the wheel, and I would pass a sunflower field in the morning and again returning home in the late afternoon.  The flowers were always facing me!  In August,  there was a big hubbub when scientists had "broken the secret" of why sunflowers face the sun.  It has to do with cell growth.  I could have told them that.  No great miracle.  Plants reach for the sun, and if it requires turning a bit, they'll do it.  Here, an anonymous farmer stands next to his massive (if unfortunately named) Helianthus annuus while it stretches to meet the sun.  

Vintage Snaphot photo, circa 1930 Collection Jim Linderman
Thanks to BOXLOT

Antique Folk Art Whirliwind Bowler Carved by Hand Trophy


It's going to be a hell of a ball release when our whirlwind, "full wind-up" bowler lets fly.  
Folk Art Wood Carving of a Bowler (amateur trophy?)  Collection Jim Linderman

Sewertile Sewer Pipe Victorian Folk Art Shoe End of Day Pottery



Sewertile Sewer Pipe Victorian Folk Art Shoe End of Day Pottery circa 1900
Collection Jim Linderman

A Dozen Beautiful (if bizarre...) Odd Fellow Slides












A Dozen Beautiful (if bizarre...) Odd Fellow Slides.  Early 20th Century.  Sit back and enjoy the show, fellow odds!

Black History Painting Original Handpainted Boycott A&P Handbill




In 1935, a white clerk at the A&P store in Atlanta beat a black customer.  An unemployed father of three, he had stolen a bag of sugar.  Black consumers of the store began to picket and organized a boycott. One demand was the hiring of black clerks.  

The following is from Black Politics in New Deal Atlanta by Karen Jane Ferguson.  "Despite visits from the Ku Klux Klan and a menacing police cordon which "protected" the store from vandalism with sawed-off shotguns, the picketers persisted…the boycott received wide community support, especially after schoolboys distributed handbills in the surrounding black neighborhood urging black consumers to stop patronizing A&P."

The boycott lasted five years and eventually the store had to close.

I do not know if this hand-painted handbill is associated with the Atlanta strike, but it seems to come from the time period.  I presume there were other incidents involving the grocery over the years. There was a significant boycott of the chain in the 1960s apparently organized by Albert Brinson, a friend of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Original watercolor monochrome painting for a handbill, no date.  Anonymous. 
Collection Jim Linderma
Thanks to Curley's Antiques

CDV photograph of a Grinding Wheel circa 1870 Antique Machinery Salesman Sample


It is pretty remarkable to think that only 150 years ago, a grinding wheel to sharpen tools was so important, it was placed on a pedestal and photographed.  We have come a long way from sharpening knives in that period of time.  The CDV (carte de visite) photograph was an improvement on the tintype. They were most popular from 1859 to 1866.  Often, photographs of inventions and hard goods were promoted with photographs, and it is possible this photograph played the role of a salesman sample.

Circa 1870 CDV of a Grinding Wheel Courtesy CURLEY'S ANTIQUES.

Handmade Large Articulated figure Standing Man Vintage Industrial Folk Art



Bigfoot!  This industrial articulated figure stands nearly 5 feet tall and the wood is 2" Thick.  Adjustable screws allow the arms and legs to move.  My guess is that this was a display model in a factory to show workers how to properly lift heavy items, but It could have served some other trade purposes.  Mid 20th Century.  Collection Jim Linderman

Antique Handmade Folk Art Toy Animals



Antique Handmade Folk Art Toy Animals, Depression era.  Wonderful abstractions, as well as paint surface.  Collection Jim Linderman. 

Odd Fellows Honor the Dead Flag





Odd Fellows Honor the Dead Flag with affixed stick. No Date  WW1 ?  Collection Jim Linderman

Hand Drawn Automobile Radiator Cover of Canvas with Hitler and Tojo World War Two Folk Art




Hand Drawn Automobile Radiator Cover of Canvas with Hitler and Tojo World War Two Folk Art. Patriotic instructions "Do you Drive 35?" is likely a reference to gas rationing during World War Two.  A shortage of gasoline was not the problem...it was rubber.  It was believed the only way to preserve tires was to limit the amount of driving Americans could do, so drivers were limited by the amount of gas they could purchase. Circa 1940.  Collection Jim Linderman