Quote and Credit

Quote and Credit


Confetti on the Floor Salesman Samples for the Basement Retro and Modern at the Same Time!

When I was a lad, one of these was the entire basement floor…I scuffed them up playing ping-pong down there.  Retro madness confetti floors of asbestos from the Matico Company and their line of "Aristoflex" floors.

I am a big fan of paint chips and floor samples.  For one thing, they are the only thing free at your local Home Depot.  They are also fantastic for art projects, and they look great on the shelf.  Unfortunately, you can not get the asbestos ones anymore…but I guess that is a good thing.

Group of Salesman Sample Flooring tiles Matico 1957  Collection Jim Linderman


A Full Yard of Grand Rapids! Yard Long Panoramic Photograph



A yard of Heaven! "Yard Long" or panoramic photographs are frequently seen but seldom as crisp as this pair showing 1942 Bible School Students and their teachers from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Too big for my scanner, and a shame as they are splendid. There is a slight "row" in one row...(second row on the left, detail shown) but all in all, the little monkeys behaved and each holds their little Bibles with respect. Photographed at the height of World War Two, it is exceptional to realize virtually all these children had a father serving in the Armed Forces. We can also surmise most of the teachers had husbands or sons serving. A beautiful pair of integrated images at a time when segregation was still common, and together a splendid example of what panoramic photos are for. The special cameras used for these giant pictures were developed as early as the late 19th century and their high resolution is still a marvel.Harshberger began commercial photography in Grand Rapids in 1921 and closed the shop in 1949.

Two Panoramic photographs, each 8" x 28" Charles I. Harshberger "Photos of Quality...Groups any time or place in Michigan" 1942 Collection Jim Linderman

Also posted on the old time religion blog


Sorry if I'm late...we had guests last night and they wouldn't leave.

Anonymous Snapshot  No Date  Collection Jim Linderman

Miniature Handmade Whittled Wooden Pliers Folk Art Whimseys

Depression-era Miniature Handmade Whittled Wooden Pliers Folk Art.  Whimsical but good only for using up time.  

Miniature carved tools, circa 1930  Collection Jim Linderman

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Who Moved the Anvil? Blacksmith Occupational Tintype

Tintype photograph circa 1870 of a Blacksmith with his anvil, hammer and a horseshow.  What I want to know is if he moved the anvil to the photgrapher's studio, or if the cameraman moved his machine to the blacksmith?

Original Tintype Photograph circa 1870 Collection Jim Linderman

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Denying Dinah Washington Airplay Big Censored Slidin' Thing

 Why is Dinah Washington's single here rare?  The answer lies not in the groove...but the censorship handwritten instruction to the disc jockey as much as the song title.  How's a girl to get sales without any airplay?

You can listen and determine the obscenity level yourself.  It IS filthy.  In fact, it may be the most filthy song ever recorded, and it came without a parental guidance sticker!  QUADRUPLE entendre!

I won't give away what the song is about, but it isn't a trombone.

Dinah Washington was singing in Chicago club "Dave's Rhumboogie" by the time she was eighteen, so I am going to guess she knew her instruments.  Born Ruth Jones but soon to be known as Dinah.  Her first record was written by Jazz scholar Leonard Feather.  She was married seven times, all by the age of 39.  It is not clear is the United States Post Office heard "Big Long Slidin' Thing before the put her on a postage stamp in 1993.  It was a lickin' thing.

Thank you Dinah.  You keep on, despite being hassled by the man!


Awaiting Salvation in the Woods ? Baptism Photograph

I believe this to be a photograph of two folks waiting to be baptised, or having just BEEN baptised, but it could be any rite which inspires awe and trepidation.  Mystery.  Why, or for whom, would these people gather at the edge of a forest?

Original Anonymous Photograph, circa 1900 collection Jim Linderman


Circus Acrobat Nellie Bellmore in Frank Wendt Cabinet Card Photographs 1895

A pair of Frank Wendt Cabinet Card photographs circa 1895 depicting a lovely young acrobat named Nellie Bellmore or Nelli Regina.  One would likely be a stage name (?) but which?  I frequently hear from relatives on this and the other sites, so I always try to include names.  If anyone has information on the performer, please write in.

Frank Wendt was a sideshow and circus freak photographer from the Bowery and later Boonton, New Jersey. 

Link to Collector's Weekly articles

An editor at my favorite Collector's site COLLECTORS WEEKLY wrote to say they had redesigned their pages, with a new layout and more.  Which gives me an opportunity not only to encourage all with an interest in any collectable to use the site (which has grown into a most useful tool no matter your interests) but it also lets me link to the interview and guest posts I did for the site.

Collectors Weekly is paricularly useful for finding popular items up for auction, and it has grown to be enormous database for help identifying things you have questions about.  Their feature articles, written by a serious group of clever and innovative writers, are always a delight. 

Click for my own modest contributions, and add the site to your bookmarks.

Homespun Beauty: Jim Linderman on Folk Art's Authentic Appeal
Hellfire and Damnation in Your Back Pocket

Playing with Fire: A Boys Matchbox Collection

Total Immersion Collecting: Baptism Photos

Items from my personal collection on the site

Original Drawing of Lone Ranger Costume from the 1950s. Johnny Depp and an excuse to show Iggy Pop (!)

Lone Ranger costume in Ink Johnny Depp and Iggy Pop ???

Normally, folks post images of Halloween costumes only on the day.  It's a problem with holiday-related collectibles.  For a painter, putting Santa in a painting means no one will hang it…except in December.    There are many serious collectors of Halloweniana (yes, a real word) but they don't collect the plastic masks and costumes much.  I'd like to say because so many burned up, but that would be horrible.

I have a better peg for this drawing here.  It is, of course, the Lone Ranger movie coming out with Johnny Depp as Tonto.  It looks from the previews that the Lone Ranger is dressed pretty much like junior here, but Johnny has opted for a more realistic Tonto.  One accurate and hopefully with more respect to the spirit of the first nations people he is characterizing.  It is a risky and delicate career move, as he will not only be depicting a representative of an entire group of cultures we wiped out, but also one finally speaking up about being stereotyped in horrible manner by the still dominant white culture.  I'll see it just to see if Mr. Depp pulls it off, and I fully trust he will.  Johnny is serious about his craft and an actor we are fortunate to have.  His earlier film on Native Americans is the fantastic but forgotten Dead Man, which in addition to having amazing recreations of North Western tribe material culture, had a soundtrack by Neil Young which never gets tired.

It also had Michigan's own Iggy Pop.  One can NOT go wrong with anything Iggy has ever done,  and his turn as a shaker-bonnet wearing country and western cross-dresser is typical of his artistic output.  By which I mean great. The film also had Robert Mitchum (!) Gabriel Byrne, John Hurt, Crispin Glover, Billy Bob Thornton and more, all of them quirky as hell.  View it.  In fact view any Jim Jarmusch flick. 

There are numerous curse words here.  And a cross-dressing Iggy Pop, fearless as always.  Have the children watch!

The new Lone Ranger, one of a long string of masked men in blue…will be a huge hit

The drawing top is an original ink piece of an imagined Lone Ranger costume produced by an anonymous artist for the Collegeville Costume Company.  I assume it dates to the television show.  It is a small drawing of only  4" x 8" but check the detail!

"Hi-Yo Silver" ink on cardboard, circa 1960?  Costume Company Fashion Drawing Collection Jim Linderman

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Book of Weavings Fredrich Froebel Antique Paper Designs

A folding book of children's paper weavings (and titled same, simply WEAVING) circa 1880.  Influenced by the teachings and research of Frederich Froebel.   The once humble craftwork is now recognized as among the most important influences on art movements to follow.  Klee and Mondrian come to mind, but still one can find examples of the technique at antique paper and ephemera shows.

Several years ago I posted a pair of large, free-standing works HERE, this is an "accordion" page presentation book with 20 examples mounted.  Last year the Ricco-Maresca gallery exhibited some splendid work, and a set of snowflakes in the same technique are HERE

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Impregnated Matches of Young Mr. Root

Original Matchboxes circa 1920 - 1930 from the collection assembled by young Lowell Root.  As you can see, Lowell traveled the world with matches.

My second post on the "striking" collection.  See MORE HERE

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Pole Climbing Daredevil Stunt Real Photo Postcard

A pole climbing daredevil makes it to the top with his partner supervising from the platform below.  Click to see spectators at lower right wondering if they are to witness a fall. Pole climbers have been documented for centuries, a few more are discussed HERE.  In this case, an early photographer has positioned himself to capture the moment, but there appears to be few folks for him to sell his RPPC to after the fellow descends.  Location unknown.

Daredevil Real Photograph Postcard Circa 1920 Collection Jim Linderman


Of all things to find in Western Michigan, an EMEZÄRUGYÄR Space Wagon from somewhere in the ex-Soviet Union.  I had a friend's child put batteries in it, and it works like a charm.

Space Toy of Tin  Collection Jim Linderman

Another Snapshot of Thing


Another snapshot of THING (this time with hanging laundry) sent over by a wonderful vintage photography dealer. THING and links to friends HERE


The Famous Painting of Professor Woodruff AKA Nude Lady Held Up in the Lake (September Morn)

The Hold Up, Professor Woodruff's masterpiece.  Speculating here, I am going to guess Woodruff painted his dream, or a vision, or an obsession.  I hope it was not painted from life, as it appears to show a man holding a gun on a nude woman, And Woodruff seems pretty darn proud of himself.  I have checked the inventories of some lauded institutions with no luck.  Does anyone out there know where Woodruff's rough masterpiece ended up?
(Just for the record, see the link HERE)

Real Photo Postcard circa 1915 collection Jim Linderman


Woody the Amazing Articulated Folk Art Man collection Jim Linderman


Hand-carved articulated figure (doll) with handmade clothes, miniature leather belt and safety pin tie-clasp.  Circa 1940.  Collection Jim Linderman