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Friday, May 29, 2009

Vintage Photos of TV Shows on Air






You see these every once and a while and usually they are shots of historic moments...Kennedy's inauguration or funeral, the Moon landing, etc.

What gets me is when you find the more random shots of everyday shows. I particularly like the shot of the disgruntled TV spaceman in front of the little boy!

Perspective in an 18th century Needlepoint



Pattern of 1930's School Kids




Vintage Photo of a Sample of Seat Cushion Springs

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Rare Daguerreotype of a Sick Child


I've seen many post mortem images of children from the 19th century, but this is the first time I've seen one of a sick child. Incredibly haunting and poetic.

Available at Greg French Early Photography.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Group of Folk Robots


Folk art robots by Kent Greenbaum, each handmade from scrap pieces of vintage toys.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

"Take Me to The Water: Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photography 1890-1950"


Many readers of this blog will no doubt be familiar with Jim Linderman, collector, historian, blogger and now, author. His new book, "Take Me to The Water: Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photography 1890-1950" is scheduled for release on May 26th and will instantly become the definitive volume on the subject. It features 75 reproductions of old photographs collected by Linderman as well as being accompanied by a CD of rare gospel and folk recordings that make for a terrific backdrop as you read this book.

The book continues a tradition of archiving the culture of old America, the one that exists now mostly through old 78 rpm recordings and vintage photographs.

Special mention has to be made to the publisher of this book, Dust-to-Digital, whose other titles include "I Belong to This Band: 85 Years of Sacred Harp Recordings" and "Melodii Tuvi: Throat Songs and Folk Tunes from Tuva" (you gotta love these guys!). Their artistic approach to the production of these sets make them much more like cultural artifacts rather than simple books and CDs. They are THAT good!

To order it on Amazon, Click Here.

"The Spider Pillow"

Monday, May 18, 2009

1966 Issue #12 of ODD fanzine by Marv Wolfman and Dave Herring

19th Century Cabinet Card of an Old Worn Shoe

19th Century Cabinet Photo of Still Life of Fruit



Found this great image of a 19th century cabinet card of a still life of fruit.

Followed by an image of a more traditional still life painting by James Peale:

James Peale, artist
American, 1749 - 1831
Still Life with Fruit, circa 1821
oil on panel
18 1/4 x 25 1/4 (46.4 x 64.1 cm)

Monday, May 11, 2009

1950's Vintage Signs


From English Country Antiques.

English Country Antiques
26 Snake Hollow Rd.
P.O. Box 1995
Bridgehampton, NY 11932
USA

Friday, May 8, 2009

Early 1960's Marvel Super Hero Club Buttons





I started collecting comic books in the mid-1970's when I was a kid. I still remember my first comic book was Superman vs. Swamp Thing, a DC comic, but I quickly wised up and converted to Marvel.

The collecting bug was in me even then and I started to go to the monthly comic book convention at the old Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. These were held monthly and I started getting into the old Silver Age comics like early X-Men, Daredevil, Iron Man, etc...

One thing that always intrigued me about these old comics were some of the early Marvel promotional merchandise that were advertised on the back pages. I think there were iron-on patches and definitely sweatshirts that you could buy with your favorite Marvel superhero.

Well, if you're like me and totally missed the early 1960's, here's a nice collection of Marvel Super Hero Club buttons. Worth a bit more than $.39 now.

1950's Eisenhower Jacket


A classic beauty. Currently on sale on eBay here.