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 your 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 Linderman
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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