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Andrew Clemans Sand Artist original postcard 19th century Collection Jim Linderman / Dull Tool Dim Bulb

The one of a kind sand art bottles of Andrew Clemens are well known to 19th century American Folk Art collectors. I recently found this postcard which indicates the artist was used by an advertiser! I am not familiar with any other folk artists (or sand artists) who were sponsored by a clothier…nor if the John Kramer company of McGregor, IA sponsored any others. Clemens was a good choice. He was a deaf mute living in the same town and his art is something to behold. He also took out his OWN ads in the local newspaper. Clemens would dig sand from the nearby Pikes Peak State Park (Pictured Rocks) and meticulously separate them by color to create his bottles. He made hundreds but not too many survive. Hence, very expensive when one is available. Clemens died at age 37. I do not know if this one still exists. Recently, as Antiques and the Art Weekly reported, a group of three bottles exceeded a million dollars. Original Postcard of Andrew Clemens Sand Art circa 1894 - 1900? Collection Jim Linderman Dull Tool Dim Bulb #folkart. #sandart. #dulltooldimbulb

Joe Chesnut Master Whittler and Wood Carver Folk Art Sculpture Real Photo Postcard

Joe Chesnut and his handmade train. Note large group of whimsy carvings lower right. Miniature tools, good luck charms, chain Real Photo Postcard dated on handcut sign. 1900. Collection Jim Linderman / Dull Tool Dim Bulb #rppc. #realphotopostcard #folkart #sculpture #carving #dulltooldimbulb

Estorica and 7 Zephyrs Primitive Erotic Novels from Mexico in the 1950s.

Alas a project I may never get to, the photo-porn of 7 Zephyrs and Estorica Press. Remember the mimeograph machine? 7 Zephyrs Press was a primitive smut publisher working just over the border in Juarez and Tijuana, Mexico. By 1955, the modest business had published well over 200 individually numbered titles.  Each had primitive drawings to illustrate the deviant goings on. The company also ran a lending library!  One could RENT individual titles and trade them back. Buy one, read it and return for another. Each title was "cranked out" in editions of 100 or so and numbered like a set of prints. I collected the 8 x 11 ditto machine ditties 15 years ago hoping to share their contents once again, but times change and now google blurs the content. Alas. I have a list of 99 titles which were published! Primitive and scarce. Each has some 25 pages of homemade action to supply the American market…just like the drugs of today. Over the years I’ve wondered about printing my own limited edition book bringing back the highlights, but technology usurped the market! Assorted editions of 7 Zephyrs Press erotic novels. Collection Jim Linderman / Dull Tool Dim Bulb