Merchants of Death Camel Cigarette Pushers circa 1935 Vernacular Photographs Collection Jim Linderman




Spreading black death with every stop, a slimy pair of smoke addicted mugs travel the country sharing their misery with others. They don't use gangsters anymore (well, not gangsters, but certainly the kind of traveling salesman one would hide their daughter from.) Now they use sophisticated "advertising agencies" to trick the young. I have always thought pushing tobacco was the lowest morally an individual can sink. It was true then, it is true now. Committing slow murder with every stop.

Set of Original Snapshots, circa 1935 "Traveling Tobacco Salesmen" Collection of Jim Linderman

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Know Your Pornographer Stag Film Projectionist 1953 Mug Shot


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"Settle down fellas...we'll get this show going as soon as Bobby gets it rolling."

Stag Film Projectionist Mug Shot 1953 Collection Jim Linderman

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Stay on the Safe Side with Jerry McSafety, Dummy.





Another blockhead, this one with a job.


Blockheads! Folk Art Dummys


Anonymous Photograph circa 1935? Collection Jim Linderman

American Primitive


TRESPASSER FIGURAL SIGN



DRIVE IN SPEAKER HEAD


RAYGUN CHECKERBOARD


IRON DOG DOOR STOP


LADY AND THE CAT

When it is predicted to reach 100 degrees in New York City, one of the best things to do is to visit the cool space of Aarne Anton's American Primitive Gallery. I never waited for the elevator...it was just a flight up, and the door always opened to a curious world. Aarne has the goods to prove his good eye. Folk Art collector Herbert Hemphill jr. once told me it took a more sophisticated collector to see in the round (meaning 3-Dimensional and sculptural.) I don't know if sophisticated is the right word, but certainly things you can see from many angles are often more fun than a painting on the wall. Just a small sample of the sculptural things available.

Click each title for description. Aarne posts six new items a week on Tuesday or Thursday, and there are literally over 100 objects to see on his site.






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Things to Make Dandelion Wine


Seems simple enough. On Reverse Elderblossom Wine

Handwritten recipe card, no date



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Ugly Popeye Wooden Yard Sculpture Folk Art Guardian







E.C Segar's and Max Fleisher's tuff guy, and the son of MY favorite character Poopdeck Pappy, the one and only Popeye. Now one thing I do not have to do is tell you who Popeye was.

Or Do I?

Years ago, on an early episode of Antiques Roadshow, I watched toy appraiser Noel Barrett question whether Popeye objects would have value in the future as kids today don't even know who Popeye is. I think it was those "Beating up on the Japs" animated films they couldn't show later on when the war ended that did him in.

Of course my folk art lawn figure has no value anyway...but he does have a fine size, shape and color. I've saved him from the elements. He had ceased scaring the deer anyway.




The Animated Number ONE is above...dig the song! BLOW ME DOWN!

Yard Sculpture Popeye. Folk Art Popeye No Date. Collection Jim Linderman
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Frank Wendt ONE MAN BAND


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I gave my Frank Wendt photographs to the International Center of Photography in NYC for a forthcoming show, but found a scan I made of an anonymous one man band he photographed. Wendt was an understudy of circus freak photographer Chas. Eisenmann who took over his studio and worked in the Bronx and later New Jersey.


Cabinet Card by Frank Wendt Untitled "One Man Band" circa 1890? collection International Center of Photography

HOW HOT IS IT? Hot Enough to Irradiate a Model's EGGS


Cooked to Perfection by Convection! A lovely Florida model sits on an induction coil apparatus in order to demonstrate skillet heat waves.


Original Press Photograph 1939 Collection Jim Linderman


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Startling Detective Work for Genealogists! A Genius Tool from Patterson Smith











A group of Startling Detective Magazines I keep in a library periodical box behind me, just like in a real library! No, I do not keep them in date order. So that these were all published in the 1950s by Fawcett publications, a company founded by Wiliford "Captain Billy" Fawcett in 1919 is a good story, but I wanted a better one. So I fished around.


My definition of genius is putting something old to a new use. Patterson Smith qualifies. Why? He uses his enormous database of True Crime magazines to help family members, genealogists and collectors find grisly tidbits from the tons of pulp produced from the 1930s to the 1990s. Now personally, If I were doing some family research I would selectively NOT include this source. Some of the goobers in these tales don't belong in any family, certainly not mine. But there you go. An enormous resource, as just one issue here includes 14 lengthy stories, all true, and each has dozens of names, though I am going to guess Mr. Smith doesn't index the names with an asterisk. You know...the names changed to protect the innocent. Check THIS out.

Group of Startling Detective Magazines, 1956-1957 Collection Jim Linderman
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What U Do Folk Art Sign (PICK) Collection Jim Linderman







Tin Strawberry Sign circa 1950 Collection Jim Linderman

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A Fine Balsa Wood Airplane Model


Anonymous snapshot, circa 1935 Collection Jim Linderman
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Welcome to Big Rock Studio Cabinet Card Jim Linderman


"Go ahead...just set your hat right there on the big rock. Smile!

Cabinet card with absurd prop circa 1890 Collection Jim Linderman


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I Have a (Homemade Folk Art) PONY!



Handmade Riding Toy circa 1940? Collection Jim Linderman


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