Taking the doodle and curlique to the standard of calligraphy are these selected pages from an album of children's school drawings done during World War Two. It is Spring. Collection Jim Linderman.
Ephemeral Folk Art Sculpture of Sand and the Baby Parade of Ocean City New Jersey Original 1932 Snapshots Collection Jim Linderman
The Baby Parade was a Ocean City tradition which started in 1901. It was just that...babies in stollers. By the 1950s the event had grown to participants and viewers in the thousands.
Note sign on second photo? The Baby Parade is advertised, but the sand sculptures here could have been done in Atlantic City, but the current Ocean City website shows a sand sculpture on their home page. Ocean City and Atlantic city share the ocean and are only a miles from each other.
Anonymous snapshots 1932 Collection Jim Linderman
The Strangest House in the World : George Daynor Fights (the) Depression Vernacular Folk Art Environment
The Strangest House in the World : George Daynor Fights (the) Depression. New Jersey resident George Daynor stands before his muck house in 1939. Press photograph with caption on reverse.
Some "outsider" artists who build environments are shy, but Daynor was Howard Finster with an even bigger bent for attention. An early fame whore. He used his junk-made Vineland environment to attract visitors and fame. Here is an excerpt from Wiki:
"George Daynor claims that he was guided to New Jersey by an angel, who provided the design for the palace. Completed on Christmas Day 1932, the palace was built on 7 acres which cost him seven dollars. Daynor said that his palace was "the greatest piece of originality ever brought about in the history of Man." He would charge 25 cents for a tour.
Daynor was a publicity hog and claimed to be "the most photographed man in the world." After Peter Weinberger was kidnapped on 4 July 1956, Daynor called the FBI and falsely reported that the kidnappers had visited the palace. The FBI followed the false claim and Daynor was imprisoned for a year.
The Palace of Depression was linked with another disappearance, that of William Ebenezer Jones III, who went missing in 1962; the grounds of the Palace of Depression were dug up, but no body was ever found."
Not much of the joint left...only the ticket booth. Plenty about George and his Palace of Depression on the Web, but I don't see this pic. Wikipedia is HERE
Press photograph 1939 Collection Jim Linderman
Giant Cat Folk Art Yard Art Tree and Root Sculpture snapshots. Unknown location, unknown date. Collection Jim Linderman
Early Folk Art Sculpture Carving of a Woman with Necklace. Life size carved from a stump block of wood. 19th Century. Collection Jim Linderman
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Miss Penelope Shoo. "The Scarecrow of Tomorrow" stands over the only wheat field in New York City. The wheat field lasted 68 years. Miss Shoo (as is SHOO, birds…SHOO! ) stood over the field of wheat that Continental Baking and their product Wonder Bread planted for the 1939 World's Fair. In front of the field was a building designed by Skidmore & Owings.
Penelope Shoo was created by mannequin maker Jean Spadea, and at least one of her costumes was a fashion design by Hattie Carnegie. When she was removed (or stolen?) in 1930, folks wondered where Shoo went. She was STOLEN by pranksters from Columbia University to be used at the Columbia / Princeton football game. The anonymous thieves returned her, sans arms, to Continental Bakery. A color film from 1939 which documented Penelope is HERE.
Original snapshot 1939 "Penelope Shoo" collection Jim Linderman
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American Folk Art Sculpture Woman (Cigar Store Indian ?) 41" Collection Jim Linderman
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An African-American effigy made of cement with bead eyes and gold paint. Circa 1920 (?) found in the Whitehaven neghborhood of Memphis, TN in the mid 1980s. Purchased at an African-American family yard sale. They likely "inherited" the piece, as they said it was "always sitting on the back steps." Inscribed around base "JIM LADY"
African-American Folk Art Figure collection Jim Linderman
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Former stud poker "dummy" or "rakeoff man" Reverend McNab Wilson in 1932. He abandoned the gambling houses of Nevada to spread the good word to Blackfeet tribe members whether they wanted it or not. McNab is more annoying than "cowboy poets" who have their annual "slam on the range" discussed every year on NPR. This post also goes on the OLD TIME RELIGION blog.
Original Press Photograph 1932 Collection Jim Linderman
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The Guardian ran a piece on our new book TIMES SQUARE SMUT which featured numerous illustrations of the "soft-core hard boiled" books you were not supposed to read in the 1950s. Eric Stanton and Eugene Bilbrew covers are shown in the article. See also The Gallery of covers they selected. Times Square Smut the Book is available from Blurb in paperback and ebook download HERE.
(Above "OTHER" Irving Klaw models from the book)
Basement Baseball! Junior risks a dart in the eye while waiting for the boys of summer.
Original snapshot, no date Collection Jim Linderman
Antique American Folk Art Sculpture 19th Century Carved by Hand Fat Man Tammany Bank collection Jim Linderman
A hand carved antique folk art sculpture which replicates the J. & E. Stevens cast iron bank which was patented in 1878. The cast iron toy was designed by John Hall and was sold as The Tammany Bank. The folk art carving is larger than the commercial toy, and functions as a bank too! Metal coin slot, moving arm, original paint decoration. This folk art sculpture is twice the size of the bank toy, and is an accurate and accomplished construction.
Antique American Folk Art Sculpture 19th Century Carved by Hand Fat Man Bank
Collection Jim Linderman
Vintage Erotic Folk Art Carving Woman Hitchhiker. I date it to 1935...The Frank Capra film It Happened One Night came out in 1934 and startled the country...women had legs, or at least Claudette Colbert did...
Folk Art carving circa 1935 Collection Jim Linderman