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Vintage Handmade Paper Doll Folk Art and Backdrop circa 1930 Anonymous



Vintage Handmade Folk Art Paper Doll and Backdrop circa 1930? Anonymous.

Antique Folk Art Carved Wooden Horse and Cart 19th / early 20th c.



Antique Folk Art Carved Wooden Horse and Cart late 19th / early 20th c.  48 inches long, the horse is 21" tall and 24 inches long.  Child's riding size!  The largest pull toy I've even seen.  Original paint.  Handmade carriage is made of wood and shaped tin.  Found in Michigan 
Collection Jim Linderman 

Painted Knees and Tattoo History by Carmen Forquer Nyssen




Having faces painted on your knees never really caught on, though I posted a pic a few years ago trying.  Now, master tattoo historian Carmen Forquer Nyssen has sent this example.  Thanks!  Carmen maintains the best historical site on all things tattoo at BUZZWORTHY TATTOO HISTORY. Makes sense, as she is the Great Grand niece of legendary tattoo artist Bert Grimm, one of the most revered early artists of the genre.  Carmen's site covers many other tattoo notables and her research is impeccable.  Seriously serious work.  Anyone with the slightest interest in tats  (some 36% of all Americans) could spend hours on her site. Carmen has written numerous articles and is working on what will certainly be the definitive book on Mr. Grimm.
One can follow Buzzworthy Tattoo History HERE on Facebook.  The website is HERE

Anonymous press photograph, circa 1925. 

Little Women Folk Art Carvings by Anonymous


Wee whittled women.  Size 3" to 7" tall.  Found in New Jersey, circa 1940 - 1950.  
Collection Jim Linderman

The Normal Union System of Industrial Drawing 19th c. Watercolor Paintings





There were eight volumes of the incomprehensible Normal Union System of Industrial Drawing published by Sower Potts and Co. in 1878.  There were dozens of private "textbook" publishers at the time who sold technical manuals to schools and individuals.  The bulk of this one seems to be as simple as replicating simple designs in the blank spaces.  The written instructions require a microscope to read!  Obviously, our student didn't do very well, and upon failing it appears a younger sibling repurposed the pamphlet as a coloring book for watercolors.  Both fail.  A few pages of examples.  

National Union System of Industrial Drawing (5" x 9") 1878 with watercolor embellishments.  Collection Jim Linderman

Folk Art Mail Art 19th Century Bike and Bridge


Folk Art Mail Art 19th Century. A bike and a bridge! Mailed within New York state, 1888. Collection Jim Linderman

Here Today... Sam Doyle's House c. 1992



Here today, gone tomorrow.  Original photograph of Gullah artist Sam Doyle's house c. 1992 by Jim Linderman (bottom) and the same as seen in a cropped photograph by Roger Manley, I believe, from the early 1980s (top)  A beautiful essay with considerable photographs of the environment are HERE on the Sam Seawright site

Best Handmade Get Well Card EVER!



"Cheer up" made by hand get well card by Ellen B. Moore-Morrill circa 1950.
Courtesy BOXLOT on Facebook.

VICE ! 10 Original Press Photographs from the Golden Days of Obscenity collection Jim Linderman

The doorway to the Book Shack photograph by John Collier 1973 Free Press (Detroit?)

Candy Barr Stripped of Freedom 1957 photographer unknown, no source indicated

Pornography businesses line part of 66th Street N in Pinellas Park 1979 photograph by Barbara Hansen St. Petersberg Times

An interior view of the lobby office at the Geisha House which is a massage parlor and peep show at 414 West 42nd Street.  The two gentlemen pictured are employees  1972 photographer unknown, New York Times

King's News raid  1961 photograph, source unknown


After some local residents complained and called the sign lewd and indecent, the North Hempstead Town Board asked him to add more clothes to the sign  1957 photographer unknown N. E. A.

 Peep Shows 1953?  Photograph by Knefel Chicago Sun Times

Vice raid  1957 photograph by Clarence B. Garrett The Sun Papers

New York minister holds news stand magazines that caused objections 1963  AP wirephoto photographer unknown

Customs officers check the books in preparation for burning 1964 photographer unknown Keystone Press Agency




 

Folk Art Shovel-Tailed Snow Snake Real Photo Postcard



Folk Art Shovel-Tailed Snow Snake Real Photo Postcard of Rice Lake, WI.  "Largest one ever seen."
Collection Jim Linderman courtesy Curley's Antiques

The Church of God Jesus and the Holy Ghost by W.C.Rice


The Church of God Jesus and the Holy Ghost by W.C.Rice, Alabama. Original photograph Jim Linderman

Large Folk Art Whirligig in the Sky


Large Folk Art Whirligig  original snapshot c. 1950? Collection Jim Linderman

Puma by Michigan Carver Fred Alten c. 1910-1945 Collection Jim Linderman





Collectors Joe and Lee Dumas discovered 156 carvings by Mr. Alten hidden in a backyard shack 30 years after his death.  There were 14 hand built cages holding the menagerie in darkness since Alten passed in 1945.  Collector Julie Hall wrote in the first catalog devoted to the work. "Alten's animals were "captured" in green wood cages with metal bars.  It was apparent that, once Fred finished a dozen or so animals, he stood them in cages, and then permanently fitted the metal bars around them in a rigid wooden frame."  "They were very strong, and I had to smash some of the animals to get them out…" Dumas is quoted in The Detroit News in 1986.  It appears now this figure was one of them.  I was told the tail was likely broken at that time.  It also explains why the figure was photographed here (Country Living Magazine September 1986) on their shelves positioned with no tail showing!  I also now have the tail.

Over the years, Alten's works have been added to many museums, some through purchase, others by generous donations.  A dozen standard works on folk and outsider artists include his work. 

Alten created his animals from several pieces of wood mortised together.  Joined portions are seen here.  He also often covered the carvings in wax while painting them and used a comb or pointed object to create a "hair" effect.  A good portion of this has been lost since the little fella was photographed, but it has knocked around a good while.  The puma was an orphan.


Shown here in Country Living Magazine 1986.

Puma Fred Alten c. 1920-1945.  Wood, was, original paint.  Collection Jim Linderman

Elke Sommer Celebrity Artist




Celebrity painters seldom amount to much.Red Skelton, Ronnie Wood, Sly Stallone, Miles Davis...even Tony Bennett. All great, but snubbed by the insular real art world. They painted when they should have performed. But we make an exception for Elke Sommer.  Why?  Because the art world treats women artists like crap.Sexism abounds. Painting is STILL seen as a hard ham-fisted manly activity.Think Jackson Pollock grunting over a floor-sized abstract, or Julian Schnabel bossing the city of New York into allowing his rooftop to exceed New York City limits. It helps if you are a troubled genius who drinks too much too. Well, Elke is neither of those, as far as I know..AND her paintings are FOR SALE HERE  I think. Most seem sold, but I didn't click through too many. Give Elke Sommer some major love. Buy a Painting!



New York Corn Shuckers original photograph c. 1905



A nice group photograph of what appears to be a good portion of the town shucking the corn crop.  Note remnants of outer leaves on the ground. I'm not sure how much work they got out of the two fellows lower right.  I have to say they appear to have spent the day with corn liquor instead of shucking tools.  Photograph by Lorenzo  Short, Rondout NY circa 1905.

Love During Wartime Anonymous Photographs Continuing Series




Pair of Vietnam-era amateur photographs.  Love During Wartime is a continuing series on Dull Tool Dim Bulb the Blog.  Collection Jim Linderman

Vagabond Rat Hand drawn Postcard


A Vagabond Rat Hand Drawn postcard from a traveler. 
Ohio dated 1906 (detail)
collection Jim Linderman

old time religion Jesus Saves from FIRE


old time religion Jesus Saves from FIRE.  Original photograph Jim Linderman.  Circa 1995.

Women of the 1950s Drawings by Anonymous Self Taught Artist

A few of the hundreds of drawings produced by a West coast "shut in" during the period from 1950 to 1960.  An earlier post on the artist appears HERE.

Robot Sex (It's our own fault, guys)








Looks like Robby the Robot is going to get lucky!  Cribbed from the blog Good Stuff is the frightening modern world coming when men will be replaced with robots. I'm not surprised to find women might consider replacing us with plug-ins. It's our own fault.