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Fantasy Drawings by African-American Artist Asa "Ace" Moore collection Jim Linderman






A group of the recently discovered erotic fantasy comic illustrations by Asa "Ace" Moore, African-American from Ohio, circa 1935.  


All Original Drawings circa 1935 collection Jim Linderman

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Women with Dummies Female Ventriloquist with Vent Figures Vintage Photographs






Women with Dummies

Are ventriloquist dummies any less creepy when being manipulated by women?  Well, I don't see them as creepy at all, I see them as complicated, handmade and hand carved folk art objects with long and noble careers.  The dummies, that is.  The women with their hands up Woody's crotch might be a little strange, but the dolls (or using the proper term "vents" ) are fine with me.

Striving to be gender friendly in all endeavors, the author spent a decade collecting antique vintage photographs of ventriloquists with their tool, and while I cannot say total equality was achieved, I dare say you have never seen so many pictures of the "fairer" sex with blockheads before.  Dummy dames? 



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Jumbo Target Game with Bell Original Paint

No date or manufacturer, but it must have had packaging which would identify it.  Rusted bell in center and 12" across with fold-out wire stand. 

19th Century Folk Art Doll Puppet Head Collection Jim Linderman


Good looking older fellow with moustache, chin beard and rosy cheeks.  Circa 1870 collection Jim Linderman

Eliot Brewster and L.B. Cole Cheap Pulp Heaven



Illustrator L.B. Cole had a doctorate degree in anatomy and used it to good advantage by rendering bad women, cheating men...and for his numerous comic books, the occasional throbbing rocket ship.
 
Eliot Brewster was one of many hack writers who had his hardcovers turned into paper digests which served the emerging market for cheap reads...much of it caused by thousand upon thousands of men and women going to war.  At home, on a train to camp or hiding in a foxhole, a colorful, spicy read was one of the few pleasures available.  There are very few copies of the books above, as they were cheap, by intention, and during difficult times passed off to neighbors and buddies until they were gone.  Later the high acid content evaporated all but those pressed tight...which only delays the inevitable crumbling a few more decades.

In Love Above All,  Les Carver returns from war to the "simple, little plump girl" he promised to marry.  Her weight is discussed frequently in the book.  His eyes wander and soon  Les is "irresistibly drawn into a whirlpool of drink, debauchery, wild sex orgies…" and more.  

Author Eliot Brewster is due a revival.

In Faithfully Yours,  Brewster puts a maid in the house, a man in the service and gives them both a book title which is a lie.

Like Bilbrew ten years later, Cole's men frequently have greasy, troubled hair falling perfectly down their troubled foreheads. 


In Love Above All, smoke initially rises towards the wedding, but swirls over to the dame. The same dame nearly impaled on a bottle of whiskey.  What man returning from the war wouldn't drift like smoke to the dark side?  After the unspeakable horror of war, many men had a choice.  Do what is "right" or pound it away, literally, against a loose bed board. Is there a cheap motel shown on this cover?  Does there need to be?  Look into his eyes.
 

Cole is responsible for some of the most striking comic book covers you will ever seen.  A good sample is HERE on the Monster Brains website.  

But Cole was at his best when things in a guy's head were at their worst.  

Brewster today appeals only to the few collectors who seek the same thrills sought during the war.  Among his other titles are Sisters in Sin, Skin Deep, Lusty, Private Companion, Ready for Love and Wicked Women.

Faithfully Yours by Eliot Brewster cover by L. B Cole 1943  Phoenix Press.  Love Above All by Eliot Brewster cover by L. B. Cole 1945  Palace Press (Phoenix) Both Collection Jim Linderman 

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Vintage V African-American Weaves Wigs and Hair from Howard's of Harlem




Some SERIOUS Black wigs from just after World War Two.  And since hair is a serious subject for most African-American women, I am not going to even attempt much an essay here.  I do remember walking through the book fair on 125th street (where these images came from fifty years earlier) and it seemed every publisher, large or small, had a title devoted to women of color and their hair, wigs, weaves, hats and the culture around it.

There is also a serious amount of weaves in here, including  "crispy hair transformations and biscuit side puffs"  along with a considerable group of the necessary tools.  Beautiful essentials for already beautiful women.

My only other observations are the "V" for victory style,  which makes sense after the war,  and that from what I can tell "Howard's of 125th Street" was in business well into the long-overdue "Black is Beautiful" era of the late 1960s and beyond. 

The splendid artist, alas, is unidentified in the catalog, which is a whopping 44 pages. At one time Howard's owned a copyright on the phrase "Re-birth of Charm" though I don't think the women who received this catalog in the mail ever lost theirs.

Rebirth of Charm spring 1946 Catalog  Coiffures Created by Howard's New York City  44 page Pamphlet 5" x 7" Collection Jim Linderman 

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Early Blues R&B Quartet Performs on the Street Photograph collection Jim Linderman

Original Photograph Collection Jim Linderman
Original Photograph Collection Jim Linderman
I was fortunate to find another early blues and/or R&B group performing on the street.  As before, any help out there?  Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin and String  Bass played with a bow.  No date, but I am guessing the 1940s?  Could be earlier, could be later.  Share it around folks...definitive answer wins a prize!

African-American Musicians on  the Street Performing, Anonymous.  Collection Jim Linderman

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Twig Table with Crazy Quilt Bugle and Woman Dull Tool Dim Bulb Folk Art photograph




Since I am sure this is the only post in the world which combines the phrases Twig Table and Crazy Quilt and Bugle and Woman, let's test Google's retrieval capabilities.  (And you wonder how I receive so many hits on my blogs) 

Woman with Bugle and Twig Table original photograph Anonymous, circa 1890 Collection Jim Linderman

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James Bond Bongo! Sing a Song of Detective Clive




I've only seen a James Bond film with either Sean Connery or Woody Allen playing the spy, but I did read every one of Ian Fleming's novels, even the one he did for kids.

I haven't heard Adelle's song for the next one either, but so far all of them have been crap except for  Dr. No, which is here (wait for the bongos) and the ones composed by John Barry.


Fraternal Freemason Guy Lisa Hix Article on Secret Societies and Bruce and Julie Webb collection


This rugged, or ragged, or regal (take your pick) fellow seems decked out in splendid mason regalia, but as I am no expert on fraternal folks, this fellow from Sandusky, Ohio gives me an opportunity to recommend two wonderful things which might help identify the fellow.

The first wonderful thing is LISA HIX who over the course of the last few years has written a lively group of articles about the curious angles which hold together the collector's field, and in turn has helped Collector's Weekly become the vibrant, active and always interesting site for ALL folks who do the work of collecting.  I say  "do the work" as work it is.  From picker to shopper, putting together a group of rare objects of any form is a job, and the folks who do it are 50 years ahead of the museums.  So pat yourselves on the back everyone.  But read Lisa Hix
 
Lisa is a particular favorite of mine, as she is fearless, clever and her essays always teach while entertaining.  You can read her work, which is published frequenty HERE, but in particular, her newest and fascinating DECODING SECRET SOCIETIES: WHAT ARE ALL THOSE OLD BOYS 'CLUBS HIDING?  Nice Job Lisa.  Lisa receives the Linderman stamp of approval for this article, and the lifetime achievement award for the 10 or 12 quirky subjects she has profiled. Lisa is an up and comer and I am a fan. 

The other site I can share as a result of old crusty, freemason is Bruce and Julie Webb, who run the Webb Gallery in Waxahachie, Texas.  Honest, informed, fun folks with great stuff.  But more pertinent for this post is their wonderful, extraordinary collection of Lodge and Fraternal material they have assembled over a number of years.  OFT UNSEEN : ART FROM THE LODGE AND OTHER SECRET SOCIETIES was exhibited and a lovely website display remains which you must see.  Ever since I met the couple some 10 or 15 years ago, I always think of them as sharp, Informed and down to earth good people.  So browse their WEBB GALLERY WEBSITE too!



Cabinet Card (top) of an anonymous Free Mason No date.  Collection Jim Linderman

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Jerry Colonna Answers the Value of a Laugh Who Threw That Coconut





Overly mustached entertainer Jerry Colonna performs with a guitar accompanist at an unknown venue before his "Who threw that Coconut" backdrop and book jacket.  The book, seen here as well, came out in 1945, so this "book tour" was nearly 70 years ago.  I bought the snapshot hoping it depicted some obscure jazzman and and might have considerable value, and also because I enjoy solving mysteries.  It took less then a minute to identify Jerry.  It was the mustache.  Cost a few bucks.  Did I get gypped? HELL no!  Watch the clip below.  What is the value of a laugh?

Jerry Colonna shills a book.  Original snapshot circa 1945 Collection Jim Linderman

Cornhuskers REAL Corn Huskers Tools, Personalization and the Harvest

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Would you like an interesting item to collect which will cost you virtually no money, yet provide a constant source of admiration and humility?  I present my collection here of Corn Huskers.  Nope, not a sports team…a handheld tool used to pry ears of corn from the stalk back when corn was produced on a family farm and used as food and feed, not turned into "corn syrup" to line the pockets of huge food conglomerates and ruin our teeth.
 

As you can see here (but you will see better if you collect a few) the corn husker tool was not only important for survival, each one became a highly personalized utilitarian object used every day until the job was done.  Some were decorated, as the one here with cool brass or silver buttons applied.  The tool consisted of a blade, some made by hand, later by factory, affixed to a leather wrist strap often with additional pads to protect the hand.  Now I won't claim anyone LIKED their corn husking tool.  In fact, it was a horrible thing to put on every morning and was hated,  though appreciated by the end of a long day.  Each one developed real character through use.  I am sure plenty of blisters formed around the edges. 

Who used them?  Every damn person available.  In the photo here titled  "Corn Husking In Kansas" on the reverse,  you can see the work crew near the end of the job.  Young, old and animal.  There was a day when the harvest meant more than a hayride the Chamber of Commerce puts on around Halloween.

My collection cost about five bucks each, and they have the feel and import of ancient relics.  I guess they are.

Collection of Corn Husking hand tools and an original photograph, circa 1900  All Collection Jim Linderman


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Slenderizing Salon Love is Blind to Anything but Fat 1950s Drawings





Obesity is largely, no pun intended, caused by prosperity and modern life.  Overeating is an economic luxury.  Our lifestyle, our diet and our weight is driven by our own particular needs and preferences, the availability of food and our level of physical activity, and our genetics, all combined with the marketing skills of food companies and the ingredients they use. I have no idea what Marx or other social theorists would have said about the relationship between need, excess, profit, health and fat.  Add "body image" to the mix and you have a  big plate of interlocking, controversial and much debated situations which involve science, medicine, fashion, nutrition, psychology, beauty…It really is too much for me to address.  

The diet industry is huge.  Billions of dollars.  The fitness industry is huge.  Billions of dollars.  The fast food industry, the health industry, the advertising industry…boggling in the billions.

Anyway, I'm having pizza tonight, and fully intend to maintain the average American male rough guideline…since I stopped aggressive running and working out,  years ago,  I have been adding exactly ten pounds a decade.  I don't have a weight problem, but I do have health problems.  Lots of them.  High cholesterol despite being a stone vegetarian 30 solid years, but the land of plenty has given me so much dairy, sugar and carbohydrates…there is plenty of room to be unhealthy without eating animals. 

Anyway, this is all to place in context the interesting drawings above.  Which came from an estate of a woman who ran a "slenderizing salon" in the 1950s.  I suppose they were rough drafts for an intended advertising campaign, or intended promotional activities…maybe an amateur cartoonist suggesting ideas for a brochure.

Some depict arcane and discredited techniques.  I really don't think one can "shake off" pounds with a belt thing, or "reduce hips" with a contraption depicted here.  The draft of the intended "slogan" is interesting, though a bit harsh.

'LOVE IS BLIND TO ANYTHING BUT FAT" 

That is not true at all, but it might drive some worried customers to the door.  "Slenderizing" is such a strange word.

Group of drawings for a "Slenderizing Salon" circa 1950 Collection Jim Linderman


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UPDATE:
FOLLOWING WAS JUST RECEIVED FROM A LOYAL FOLLOWER.....

To live longer, he concluded, people should start thin and then gain about six pounds a decade beginning in their early 40s. That advice went against the prevailing wisdom, which held that the most healthful way to age was to maintain the same weight throughout adulthood.
“For some reason the idea has grabbed us that the best weight throughout the life span is that of a 20-year-old,” Dr. Andres said in a 1985 interview with The New York Times. “But there’s just overwhelming evidence now that as you go through life, it’s in your best interests to lay down some fat.”

-Your chubby pal