Michigan had several clay sewer tile factories, and like the others (particularly in Ohio) their workers would take unused clay at the end of the day and make whimsical pieces of pottery for friends. This sewer tile head (with a pile of tiles stacked ready for transport in the Real Photo Postcard) is signed on the base Curtis Rugge who was a pretty good sculptor. See also the essay by Marsha MacDowell and Kurt Dewhurst from 1980 titled The Sewer Tile Clay Pottery of Grand Ledge, Michigan. Interestingly, they point out that Michigan drew employees from Ohio to work for them...a small rivalry, but likely also an exchange of skills and ideas for pieces like this.
Grand Ledge folk art Sewer Tile Head and Real Photo Postcard collection Jim Linderman
The Monument of the States contained a rock from every state in the union (at the time...two of our states with the most rocks were not eligible yet) collected after Pearl Harbor. The originator of the project was Dr. Charles Bressler-Pettis. Charles did not go get the rocks. He wrote all the governors and had them send one down to Florida! It still stands! See a contributor revisit his rock below!
An extraordinary folk art drawing by Dennison W. Hammond of Sommerville, MA. 1876. It was drawn, in ink, on the front endpaper of an autograph / friendship book. Collection Jim Linderman Thanks to BOX LOT on Facebook.
Antique Folk Art Statue of Liberty Trade Figure from the turn of the century. The massive sculpture on Liberty Island in Manhattan was installed in 1886. Soon after this 34 inch folk art carving was created. Note construction on the base...several blocks of wood were combined to form a block, and shrinkage of the center piece has been filled at some time with putty or plaster. Found in Pennsylvania.
A tip of the torch to Curley's Antiques who helped in obtaining this work.
Statue of Liberty Folk Art Sculpture Collection Jim Linderman
Pen-pricked tracings have been used by quilters and embroidery creators for decades, though the art has pretty much died out. It allows designs to be copied. Above, a parlor game with someone using what could have been THE EDISON ELECTRIC PEN AND DUPLICATING MACHINE creates "Hand of prominent politician" which was apparently rubbed with orange chalk to create a stencil.
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One from a set of seven original pieces Collection Jim Linderman. See also ECCENTRIC FOLK ART DRAWINGS OF THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES. Available in paperback and affordable ebook HERE.
The artist from Michigan had a demented view of Florida, but he shared them in a trio of letters to a pair of snowbirds wintering down south.
Trio of racist hand drawn postal envelopes sent from Michigan to Florida 1949
Collection Jim Linderman
Champion Whittler C. A. Huges Wooden Figure and Uncle Sam Folk Art
Original press photograph edited by hand before publication 1927 Arkansas
Collection Jim Linderman
How to Milk a Cow? Pull on the Udders.
Handmade Folk Art Mechanical Postcard Wisconsin 1907
Courtesy Shannon Regan
Antique Pipe Cleaner Cowboy, His Trusted Steed and a Large Cardboard Six Shooter Handmade Folk Art Toys circa 1950 Collection Jim Linderman
First of all, you ignorant Republican climate change deniers should think a bit about tropical diseases. Decades ago, environmentalists were reporting increasing spread of tropical disease north of the equator would be one of the early serious tip-offs of ocean warming. Since you haven't had enough flash floods and deluge rain spots yet, consider the Zika, which spreads anywhere it is warm and there are mosquitoes. I guess you have all been too busy limiting women's reproductive rights to notice. There is NO IQ test for an elected official, and the dumbest I know ride elephants and force their stupidity agenda on everyone else.
Second, while I am in a good mood…Stop it with the "vaccination could be bad for you" shit. That's right. The notion is shit. How about doing some research before letting the kids here who didn't get vaccinated spread disease to other kids, okay? Ever hear of "Herd Effect?" It means the more who are vaccinated, the better off even the non-vaccinated are. Get the shots, clowns.
Flu Shot? Duh. No, it doesn't "make you feel like you have the flu." It keeps you and your loved ones from getting the flu. Again? Get your ignorant nose and ears off the Rush Limbaugh show and take advantage of whatever scientists, REAL scientists, suggest. Respiratory disease caused by the flu is capable of killing you and everyone you touch. Now magnify that by 100 and you have the start of an epidemic. I'm not kidding. Remember the "Great" Flu Pandemic of 1918? It wasn't so great. As in it killed nearly 5% of the world's population...and 600,000 Americans, which seems to be the only people you care about. Furthermore, because big agriculture puts antibiotics in our food, the tools we have for curing the flu are reducing every day.
By the way, there IS no "clean coal" and the reason the EPA is closing some power plants around you isn't a Government take-over either…it's as much to keep your kids from getting asthma and poisoned as it is reducing our gigantic footprint.
Now…what does a screen have to do with Climate Change? If you don't have them, and don't empty the water from the tires abandoned in your backyard…you might find out.
Burrowes Rustless Copbronze Salesman Sample Screen Netting pack Circa 1910 Collection Jim Linderman. The screens were 93% bronze. I guess that is a good thing.
I attribute the concept of "evil clown" to John Wayne Gacy, but Wikipedia calls him "killer clown." Same difference. Gacy's character's name was "Pogo the Clown." The fear of clowns is known as Coulrophobia. Detroit has the lesser evil "Insane Clown Posse" who have gone platinum somehow, but my favorite is Doink the clown. Doink was one of those fake wrestlers on TV. I think he had just about the same audience as the Clown Posse. Have you forgotten Doink?
Early Folk Art Carved Clown Head turn of the century. Collection Jim Linderman.
Forgotten illustrator Cobb Shinn! The first image is a heavily embellished postcard from 1913. It is most unusual to see a painting added to a printed postcard, but this is certainly one of the craziest..the reverse is odd too, but I'm not scanning it. An original card is shown below it. Tom Yab drew Yab's Kids, but so much more...and the best place to learn about him is on the Tattered and Lost website HERE. It's great.
Hand-painted Cobb Shinn postcard 1913 Collection Jim Linderman
Don't paint it, NITROKOTE it! W.P. Fuller put out Nitrokote in the early 1900s. Fuller was the largest paint supplier on the West Coast. I guess you could say he was the Fuller Brush Man with a painting brush. Today when you see old paint on furniture and objects from the Pacific coast, it might have been Nitrokoted!
Salesman Sample color brochure Nitrokote Paint Collection Jim Linderman
Army Plnes (Planes) by Kenneth Hetrick 1931. Collection Jim Linderman
You may also enjoy ECCENTRIC FOLK ART DRAWINGS OF THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES The Book and Ebook
Towering over Woodward Avenue is M man, brother to Superman and representing the planet University of Michigan! Woodward is Detroit, and the parade began in 1924.
Original Miniature Snapshot Collection Jim Linderman.
Thanks and a tip of the huge balloon to Curley's Antiques.
19th Century Folk Art Portrait Drawing Collection Jim Linderman
You may also be interested in ECCENTRIC FOLK ART DRAWINGS OF THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES available as a paperback or an ebook HERE.
Not unless you have a warrant (and say hello to the whirligig when you leave) 1959 Vernacular Folk Art Photograph
Not unless you have a warrant (and say hello to the whirligig when you leave) 1959 Vernacular Folk Art Photograph COLLECTION JIM LINDERMAN