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The True Story of One Real Photo Postcard : How Small Town History was Preserved and Distributed





Real Photo Postcards were a way to "mass-produce" and distribute an image to others.  Mass is a misnomer…usually the photographer or studio printed only what they thought they could unload, so quantities seldom exceed a few hundred.  More popular images run into the thousands, but for the most part the photographs printed on postcard stock were limited editions.  They tell the true history of America.  Shot with little pretense, seldom doctored up or enhanced (except for novelty items) and cheap.  They document small towns and rural places.  Newspaper wire services always had an Eastern bias, but anyone with a camera and access to a Folding Pocket Kodak (introduced in 1903) and a printer could produce their own. 

The story here is well documented for a Real Photo Postcard and it might provide some illumination on the photos and how they were used.  A story of one 1919 parade float created by the Holland Michigan Furnace Company.  As you will read, the good ship "Warm Friend-Ship" was used on July 4th and some of the fixtures were made of mashed sweet peas!  NOTE:  Only one of the women on the float was married.

Real Photo Postcard and accompanying documentation Collection Jim Linderman 




Death from the Sky World War Two Decals Patch Cartoon Weapons #2










One day someone will write a book on the relationship between the rudimentary graphics of World War Two and tattoo art, pin up art and the comics. Maybe I will!
 

Countless cartoonists, illustrators and artists began their careers drawing for their foxhole friends, mostly for duffel bags, helmets and such. Most of the soldiers were barely out of high school, and what should have been drawn in schoolbooks and scratched onto desks were being created as patches for patriotic young cannon fodder.
 

Death became a game. It had to. We were losing the war, and encouraging a little more war fever with a clever drawn gag didn't hurt. War is ugly and the furthest thing from funny, but gallows humor thrives in the face of atrocity, and many a bomb was decorated with humorous graffiti before being dropped.
 

The illustrations here come from an enormous collection of circa 1940 paper decals I found.  All anonymous. All are on scraps of waxy paper. They were intended to be applied to uniforms, helmets and footlockers.  Anyone with more information on either the artist or the use of these graphic appliques of doom are encouraged to write.  See #1 HERE

World War Two decals circa 1940 collection Jim Linderman
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Schoolgirl Paper Construction Folk Art Flowerpot



Schoolgirl Paper Construction Folk Art Flowerpot circa 1940 Collection Jim Linderman
You may also be interested in the book and ebook ECCENTRIC FOLK ART DRAWINGS

19th Century Painted by Hand Love Momento Token of Affection Collection Jim Linderman Folk Art




19th Century Painted by Hand Love Momento  Token of Affection circa 1870 Collection Jim Linderman

19th Century Folk Art Whirligig in the Yard





19th Century Folk Art Whirligig in the Yard  Large Photograph circa 1890 Collection Jim Linderman

Pure Color Jap-A-Lac Paint from Glidden circa 1920 Salesman Sample





Jap-a-Lac has been a "household word" since 1898, but I don't recall hearing it around my house.  Glidden might have been heard, but only on the television. Glidden was founded in Columbus, OH in 1875.  It is yet another company which has gone through buyouts and mergers so as to be unrecognizable, but it still exists. Today it is part of a conglomerate.  When the founder Mr. Glidden retired at age 85, his son took over and gobbled up competitors. Today, Glidden is but a "division" of something even larger.  Third largest paint company in the country, but the parent company is even larger.  One PPG now owns the drips of paint in 70 countries.  They even own "Transition Lens" which darken with the sun.

Glidden Jap-o-Lac enamel paint folding paint salesman sample circa 1920  Collection Jim Linderman 

Vintage Folk Art New York City Subway Car Painting Drawing by Frank De Sio 1958 Collection Jim Linderman





Vintage Folk Art New York City Subway Car Painting Drawing by Frank De Sio 1958 Collection Jim Linderman

Folk Art Pot Holders






What can I say?  Pot Holders.  Anonymous women, No Date. 

BIG TONY



Big Tony original drawing by "TM" (see trunks) circa 1945  Collection Jim Linderman

Antique Folk Art Carved Man



Antique Folk Art Carved Man Collection Jim Linderman

Fearful Religion Turn of the Century "Last Warnings"

Click to Enrapture.  Turn of the Century Fearful Invitations Collection Jim Linderman

Antique Folk Art Puppet Head

Antique Folk Art Puppet Head Collection Jim Linderman

Milkshake Mademoiselle circa 1950



Untitled (Milkshake Mademoiselle) circa 1950 - 1955 Collection Jim Linderman


Superman Lois Lane Clark Kent circa 1950 Schoolgirl Drawing



Superman Lois Lane Clark Kent circa 1950 Schoolgirl Drawing by Audrey K. 
Collection Jim Linderman

Sales Stimulator Sculpture for PC-7 Expoxy "co-branded" with A-Treat Soda





Mid-20th century Salesman Stimulator for hardware stores circa 1955.  "Just TRY to remove them…"

PC-7 was (and IS) an epoxy mix that forms a bond which lasts!  Affixed here is a golf ball, several pieces of plywood, a rubber stopper, a metal hook and a ceramic tile.  All bond to a bottle of A-Treat soda bottle from Allentown, PA.  Guess what?  A-Treat is still being made too!  They will celebrate their 100th Anniversary of  thirst slaking in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania in a year or two.  I hate to sully their reputation, but Wikipedia already has!  In 1991, the company was the subject of regional news coverage when a smear campaign was launched against A-Treat as it tried to sell its sodas  in NY. The campaign, which targeted African-Americans, claimed certain brands of carbonated beverages — including those produced by A-Treat — were actually manufactured by the Ku Klux Klan and contained stimulants that would "sterilize the black man".  What????????  That's crazy…I guess the bottom end of the soft drink market is brutal.

As for PC-7, the bonding material which appropriated (or co-branded?) A-Treat Bottles, they were founded in 1954 and the goop still works. This survivor of the retail hardware industry proves it still does, even after more than 50 years.

PC-7 Epoxy Sales Stimulator circa 1955 Collection Jim Linderman


How to Draw Girls Jefferson Machamer Original Drawing


                                              Untitled (How to Draw Girls) Circa 1946 collection Jim Linderman Dull Tool Dim Bulb
 



A funny and talented man, Jefferson Machamer was that rare comic artist who was not only a fine draftsman...he was successful out of the basement! THIS close to be recognized as a REAL artist, he was also a joke writer in Hollywood WAY back, and he authored the strips "Petting Patty" and "Hollywood Husband" during his illustration career. He also worked as a writer on the films "Cute Crime" "Fun's Fun" "Gags and Gals" and the immortal  "Koo Koo Korrespondance Skool" in which he played himself...thus satisfying the rigorous "clever use of alliteration" important for all comics.  Born 1901 in NYC, he ended up in Hollywood where he passed away in 1960, so the work here should be counted among his last. His most important contribution, other than the slightly perturbed dames like these he "tossed off" (but always took time to pattern their dresses) is his book "Drawing The Female Figure" which shows his generous side...he made it easy for thousands of young kids to learn how to earn at their craft.  One page is shown here. A master!  Bonus points for his marriage to a hot Hollywood actress who starred in 25 Hollywood B flicks
Original Drawing (Top) Collection Jim Linderman


End of Day Folk Art Sewer Tile Head of a Man Pottery


End of Day Folk Art Sewer Tile Head of a Man  Early 20th Century Collection Jim Linderman

Talking Scarecrow vintage press photograph 1931





"HEY..Get outta there!"

Genius inventor and ephemeral folk art figure creator comes up with the talking scarecrow.  Imagine one planted every acre instead of pesticides.

Original Press Photograph 1931 Acme New Pictures Collection Jim Linderman

Duck Weathervane Original Paint


Duck Weathervane with a few B-Bs Circa 1950 collection Jim Linderman

19th Century Folk Art Drawing Barn Owl



19th Century Folk Art Drawing Barn Owl 1860 Collection Jim Linderman
You may also be interested in Eccentric Folk Art Drawings of the 19th and 20th Centuries HERE

Painted by Hand Carnival Sign with Innuendo old folk art sign



Folk Art  carnival ride warning sign circa 1940 Collection Jim Linderman

Exuberant Nude Erotic Folk Art Sculpture wood cerving




Exuberant Nude Erotic Folk Art Sculpture no date Collection Jim Linderman