Antique Folk Art Erotic Sculpture Carved Wood Cigarette Holder Late 19th - Early 20th Century
Collection Jim Linderman
Collection Jim Linderman
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 Real Photo Postcard No Date Collection Jim Linderman
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FIFTEEN HEROIN ABUSERS HONORED WITH UNITED STATES POSTAGE STAMPS (The Dull Tool Dim Bulb Stupid Useless Internet List)
TOP FIFTEEN HEROIN ABUSERS HONORED WITH UNITED STATES POSTAGE STAMPS (The Dull Tool Dim Bulb Useless Internet List)
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.
The history of breaking a turkey wishbone, actually the Furcula bone, is well documented and goes way back. But when is the last time you saw one wrapped in patriotic colors of yarn with silk ribbon and UNBROKEN for nearly 100 years? I hope he came home safe.
Vintage Folk Art Turkey Wishbone Patriotic Crochet Good Luck World War One Era Collection Jim Linderman
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Ephemeral Folk Art Figure of the Scarecrow kind original photograph circa 1890 collection Jim Linderman
Erotic Folk Art Carved Figural Pipe collection Jim Linderman
For decades, the Erlich Pipe Company in Boston was one of the longest surviving pipe shops in the country, and in the window of their store on Tremont Street, they often had a master carver at work. There were actually two locations for a time, and each window had a resident carver. George Bushee carved on Tremont, Gustave Fischer carved at 33 Court Street. I am guessing this was done by one or the other.
Hand-carved Pipe Bowl with Nude Woman and Man no date Collection Jim Linderman