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19th Century Folk Art Train Drawing Forty Miles an Hour



19th Century Folk Art Train Drawing goes Forty Miles an Hour.  Edward Brown, 1883.
Courtesy Curley Antiques. 

Three Big Bears Antique Folk Art Bear Masks



Three Big Bears  Antique Folk Art Bear Masks.   Height 16" - 18"
Collection Dull Tool Dim Bulb / Jim Linderman

Portrait of a Dummy Original snapshot c. 1960 Handmade Ventriloquist Folk Art Figure


Portrait of a Dummy  Original snapshot c. 1960 Handmade Ventriloquist Folk Art Figure
Collection Jim Linderman

Reefer Madness Comics by Craig Yoe and Steven Thompson A smoking good review!





Reefer Madness Comics is hilarious!  Craig Yoe and Steven Thompson have pulled together over 200 pages of rare comic book parables from the 1940s and 1950s in full color!  Plus a few later "public safety" comic book warnings to the nation's youth.  This in the era of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions the Third, our miniature porcine "law and order" top gun.  He won't get the joke, and he wouldn't understand the value or humor of these vintage "don't do it" publications.  Full of horror stories and comic book illustrator's attempts to show the effects of the first toke on Satan's Cigarettes. Dreamy!  That is, until they are hooked.   

I write this on 4/20 day.  Another year of celebration and mourning for the 1,522,579 who were arrested for stinkweed in the United States last year.  84% were arrested for possession only.  This while 22 states have lenient marijuana laws and others have medical licenses for those who need treatment.  How about this?  200,000 students have lost their federal financial aid eligibility because of drug convictions.  Local police budgets benefit, of course.


Want to set a kid out on his future in the job market with a drug conviction?  That is like recruiting for the cartels.  

Reefer Madness Comics includes an informed historical essay and some twenty full stories from the past for (currently) $13.59 on Amazon. You will not regret the purchase.  This book is hilarious, and your friends caught up in the dope menace will think so too.    

Craig Yoe is HERE.
 
Reefer Madness Comics on Amazon is HERE

A Folk Art Carved Parsnip! Ephemeral Folk Art



A Folk Art Carved Parsnip!  From "American Scenery Lake George Views Stereoview card
Lamson and Smith Photographers. 19th Century.  Collection Jim Linderman
Thanks to Invisible Commute.

Antique Folk Art Room Mural Cabinet Card Photograph



Antique Folk Art Room Mural Cabinet Card Photograph.  Likely in or near Merrimac, MA.  Original photograph by "View Photographer" C. E  Sawyer circa 1880.  
Collection Jim Linderman

Antique Wooden Matchbox Covers from Russia












Antique Wooden Matchbox Covers from Russia.  
Collection Jim Linderman / Dull Tool Dim Bulb

Things to MAKE Seal Kaps Milk Bottle Tops






Things to MAKE  Seal Kaps Milk Bottle Tops.  1931 
Collection Dull Tool Dim Bulb

An Unfortunate "Art Car"



An "art car" with particularly bad taste.  "Shot by Otto Hedbany and Donald Strable" in near Glidden, WI.  Things not to be proud of.

World's Record Black Bear postcard.  Collection Jim Linderman

old time religion Drop a Coin in the Sock


old time religion Drop a Coin in the Sock.  "Novelty" fundraising coin sock
Troy Church 1936.  Collection Jim Linderman

Vernacular Architecture Folk Art Miniature Building constructed with One Hand



Miniature building on Original postcard c. 1950.  I haven't identified the person who built this scale copy of the Colorado State Capital building with ONE HAND, but maybe you can.  It's too nice a day to stay inside.  Apparently the model no longer stands.
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Vintage Folk Art Game Board Two-Sided




Vintage Folk Art Game Board Two-Sided c. 1950 Collection Jim Linderman

Ed Bortz







I am proud to present the 4th installment of the worst comic artists in the world series. The horrendous two-tone fetishistic images of one Ed Bortz! Even with his unusual last name, I was unable to find anything about him. A shame. Imagine the duo-tone nightmares he must have suffered as cross-hatched beards and brick-hard bosoms danced in his head, forcing him to jot down his most recent hilarious ideas at 3:00 am. Grisaille? NO, these miniature marvels demand a full palette of TWO colors! I turned these up in Michigan, likely sent home to the spouse by hunters and fishermen up north to drink. As Milwaukee publisher L. L. Cook (shame on you) is across the lake, maybe the cards snuck over on the ferry and multiplied like weeds in bait and ammo shops of Northern Michigan.

To see previous entries of the most putrid postcards in history, click subject heading below.

Four red and black postcards by Bortz. 1954, 1955 Collection Jim Linderman

Topiary Bicycle



Topiary Bicycle snapshot collection Jim Linderman
THANKS TO BOXLOT

World's Smallest Mother rppc




Real photo postcard of Dolletta and her two cesarean babies.
Collection Dull Tool Dim Bulb

Folk Art Drawing Nerves of the Telephone System c. 1955 High Schoolgirl Artist


Folk Art Drawing Nerves of the Telephone System c. 1955 by High School Artist Jackie Davis  Watercolor paint on writing paper from her "Health Emotions" scrapbook.  

Collection Dull Tool Dim Bulb

Antique American Folk Art Sculpture Carving of the Spirit of Communication Golden Boy AT&T Statue






Antique American Folk Art Sculpture Carving of the Spirit of Communication Golden Boy AT&T Statue.  An early 20th Century folk art rendering of "Spirit of Communication" also know as Golden Boy.  The wood carving is 23 inches tall and mounted (with two screws from behind) on old plywood.  Golden Boy was one of the largest sculptures in New York City, second only to the Statue of Liberty in size.  Golden Boy was created as the corporate logo for AT&T in 1914.  The design was by Evelyn Beatrice Longman.  The 24 foot tall gold leaf statue was mounted atop 195 Broadway.  For decades, the image became familiar through use on AT&T telephone directories.  The statue remained in place until 1984, when it was moved to Madison Avenue, then to Basking Ridge, New Jersey.  It is now  standing in the lobby of SBC in Dallas, a company which adopted the AT&T name.


This piece could date anywhere from the original 1914 date to the 1930s.  At some time (originally?) mounted on a large piece of plywood with screws.  This protected the piece for decades.  Plywood came into common use around 1930.  Interestingly, the sculpture has been criticized for showing the AT&T Titan of Industry tangled in his own wires.

The piece could have been created by a talented hobbyist, maybe commissioned for the organization?  Used as a display for outlying branches?  It could even be a model involved somehow in production of the actual statue. 


Golden Boy Spirit of Communication folk art wood carving sculpture.  23" tall with original paint.  Circa 1930.  Collection Jim Linderman / Dull Tool Dim Bulb.

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