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Blues in Brooklyn African-American Mug Shots from the Collection of Jim Linderman






Real Black gangsters, I guess.  Criminals from the 1950s, but presumed, I am afraid, guilty until proven otherwise. Given attitudes, practices and institutional racism when taken,  these sharp-dressers might have been just walking to work.

Striking Photographs, each near 8" x 10" and each handed back and forth from lawyers, prosecutors, file clerks and now collectors. Another reminder that the photograph was a tool and a physical object which developed surface, wear and form as it aged.


Jim Linderman's newest book of photographs is THE BIRTH OF ROCK AND ROLL and is available from the publisher DUST TO DIGITAL, AMAZON, BARNES AND NOBLE AND OTHER FINE RETAIL OUTLETS.     

Trompe L'oeil Drawing with Real Photo Postcards circa 1910 Collection Jim Linderman



An unusual miniature Trompe L'oeil drawing seems to depict Real Photo Postcards circa 1910.  Trompe L'oeil drawing is intended to "trick the eye" into seeing three dimensional objects rendered in painted or drawn detail.  This miniature drawing shows three real photo postcards atop the cover of a book.  As such, it represents how RPPC images had become common objects early in the 20th century, and also that they were familiar enough to be used by visual artists.  Gems by the Wayside was a collection of religious and domestic poems published in 1855 by Lydia Odell Baxter, an invalid bible student and writer who passed away in 1874. I find no information as to when volume 2 was published.  The signature of the artist is illegible.  The book is only 3" x 4" and the post card "on top" is only 1.5" x 2.5".      Circa 1910 Collection Jim Linderman

Old Folk Art Sign STAR Greenhouses Big Rapids Collection Jim Linderman





Old Folk Art Sign STAR Greenhouses Big Rapids. 55" x 16"  The operation apparently burned down in the 1940s.  Plywood with cutout letters and original paint circa 1940  Collection Jim Linderman

Trojan Horse



Trojan Horse early snapshot.  Collection Jim Linderman

Art Lessons 1917





A group of primitive still life art lessons  1917

Antique Folk Art Sculpture of a Running Man Articulated Carving




Man in a hurry.  Interestingly, his arms move but his legs do not.  He's suspended and stuck!  Folk art carvings are usually frontal and frozen, but this fellow is late for the train.

Anonymous folk art sculpture collection Jim Linderman

Rubber Pin ups for your Drink Glass Complete Set Miss Pin-Up



Rubber Pinups for your Drink Glass.  Miss Pin Up must not have been successful, as I find nothing about her (them) on the web.  They wiggle like bait!  
Miss Pin-Up erotic novelty drink hooks Modern Sales Co.  Collection Jim Linderman

Three Woman Visit Uncle Sam Folk Art Malbox




Three women check the mail.  Three Uncle Sam mailbox snapshots.  Anonyous, no date (1935?)  
Collection Jim Linderman

Antique Folk Art Drawing of Horses collection Jim Linderman



Detail from a large folk art drawing of horses at a trough.  
19th Century likely, Anonymous.  Collection Jim Linderman

Antique Patriotic Folk Art Sculpture Red White and Blue Monsters




Antique Patriotic Folk Art Sculpture  Red White and Blue Monsters all by the same hand.  Circa 1930?  Collection Jim Linderman

Antique Folk Art A Calligraphy Pen becomes an Extension of an Arm



A Calligraphy Pen becomes an extension of an arm in this early and primitive exercise.  I am sure sometimes it felt like that.  Today, I can't even use a pen too long without my hand betting sore.

Calligraphy penmanship exercise. "Cigars"  Collection Jim Linderman 

A Pair of Zebras at the Circus Original Frank A. Fernekes photograph circa 1940 Collection Jim Linderman



 A pair of zebras.  On reverse Photograph by Frank A. Fernekes, Hollywood California.  "Backstage" at a circus with a line of performers waiting their turn.   Frank Fernekes (1872-1953) was a commercial photographer with an interest in circus and Wild West themes; he was born and resided in New York until sometime before 1927, then moved permanently to Hollywood, California and was active through the 1940s.  More information about the photographer is HERE at Duke University Libraries special collection.

Circus Photograph by Frank A. Fernekes Collection Jim Linderman

Folk Art Tractor and Thresher Handmade circa 1910 Collection Jim Linderman




Folk Art Tractor and Thresher Handmade circa 1910.  Wood, Cast lead, Original Paint. 
Length 14"  Collection Jim Linderman