Trojan Horse early snapshot. Collection Jim Linderman
Man in a hurry. Interestingly, his arms move but his legs do not. He's suspended and stuck! Folk art carvings are usually frontal and frozen, but this fellow is late for the train.
Anonymous folk art sculpture collection Jim Linderman
Rubber Pinups for your Drink Glass. Miss Pin Up must not have been successful, as I find nothing about her (them) on the web. They wiggle like bait!
Miss Pin-Up erotic novelty drink hooks Modern Sales Co. Collection Jim Linderman
Labels: Erotic Novelty
Detail from a large folk art drawing of horses at a trough.
19th Century likely, Anonymous. Collection Jim Linderman
Antique Patriotic Folk Art Sculpture Red White and Blue Monsters all by the same hand. Circa 1930? Collection Jim Linderman
A Calligraphy Pen becomes an extension of an arm in this early and primitive exercise. I am sure sometimes it felt like that. Today, I can't even use a pen too long without my hand betting sore.
Calligraphy penmanship exercise. "Cigars" Collection Jim Linderman
Blind Street Musician Maxwell Street Original 8 x 10 photograph Anonymous Circa 1950
Collection Jim Linderman
A Pair of Zebras at the Circus Original Frank A. Fernekes photograph circa 1940 Collection Jim Linderman
A pair of zebras. On reverse Photograph by Frank A. Fernekes, Hollywood California. "Backstage" at a circus with a line of performers waiting their turn. Frank Fernekes (1872-1953) was a commercial photographer with an interest in circus and Wild West themes; he was born and resided in New York until sometime before 1927, then moved permanently to Hollywood, California and was active through the 1940s. More information about the photographer is HERE at Duke University Libraries special collection.
Circus Photograph by Frank A. Fernekes Collection Jim Linderman
Labels: At the Circus in Black and White
Tricks and Traps of New York City 1857 1858 by Brainard Illustrations by Holcomb and Davis Rare Book Scams and Bye-Hours
Some of the illustrations from the rare book Tricks and Traps of New York City published in 1858 by Dinsmore and Company. The 62 page booklet was written by C. H. Brainard and illustrated by Holcomb and Davis, who also did the drawings for The Drawing Room Dances, and/or one Hoppin who I know nothing about. Big cities were at the time dirty, unsafe places. Some still are. Additional books in the series were to be published including Tricks and Traps of Seducers (Both Sexes) and Tricks and Traps of Politicians (Both Parties) which indicates the publisher was one of the first somewhat exploitive printers of books. Who could avoid the titillation of a book, presumably illustrated, showing seducers in action?
The book was sold for ten cents. I have located two copies held in special collection libraries, but absolutely no copies for sale. A copy of the book is available in the Internet Archive HERE but they have left out the illustrations.
I am too smart to fall for any of these ruses, so I guess I am accepting offers for the book. You will still see tourists falling for the tricks discussed within on the streets of Manhattan.
Be aware of "Bad Hours, Bye Streets and Bad Liquors...you should be all right.
Tricks and Traps of New York City booklet collection Jim Linderman
A miniature Folk Art Coffin or Sarcophagus said to have been made by a sailor who worked with the earliest British examinations of mummies. The first modern day investigations began in 1901, which is probably where the date for this small folk art sculpture should be set. Original paint. Notice amateur "hieroglyphic writing" around paper figure on the left. The paper remnants are original, and I think the mummy is as well. I haven't unwrapped him, but something is in there.
19th century handmade coffin with mummy collection Jim Linderman
A group of drawings by an anonymous artist circa 1910 depicts rural humor from the agrarian United States. Note Two-Headed calf, racist depictions, a tornado and animal life.
Anonymous Folk Art Drawings circa 1910 Collection Jim Linderman
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