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Monday, October 29, 2012

Gazing Upward

Circa 1940's carved marble folk art portrait of a woman gazing upward.

Available at Anonymous Works.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

Airplane Fan


Available here.

Auction house description:
Ceiling Fan "Dallas Airplane Fan", c. 1940
Manufactured by: Dallas Engineering Co., USA. Metal housing with cased aluminum propeller and airplane tail, 110 V, working. Extremely rare and unusual fan, mostly used in shopping areas for attracting attention to special products.

1840's Daguerreotype of a Folk Art Painting

Available here.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Civil War Fighting Dog

Seller's Description:
"CDV of Dog "Jack" Attached to the 102nd Regiment Pennsylvania Vols, was in the following Battles :
Siege of Yorktown, Battle of Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Battle of the Pickets, Malvern Hill (wounded), First and Second Fredericksburg, Captured at Salem Church and exchanged for two Confederate Prisoners and returned.
 
Dog Jack, a mixed-breed warrior, conducted himself with such valor during the Civil War that the men of the 102nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment exchanged a Confederate prisoner for him when he was captured and commissioned a portrait of him at war's end.

A plaque hanging by the large oil portrait of Dog Jack tells much of what is known about him. He was the mascot of the Niagara Volunteer Fire Co. on Penn Avenue, which was headquartered close to the present-day Engine Co. 3 in the Strip District. He went with the firefighters when they enlisted in the 102nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment in 1861 "and fought in most of their battles except during his period of captivity when he was a prisoner of war," reads the plaque. He took part in the Wilderness campaign, the battle of Spotsylvania and the siege of Petersburg, all in Virginia.
Dog Jack was known for charging straight to the front lines during battle. He was said to understand bugle calls and obey orders only from his own regiment. After battle, he would roam the battlefield, seeking out wounded and dead comrades. He twice was taken prisoner.

"Captured at Salem Church, six months later he was exchanged for a Confederate prisoner at Belle Isle, Va." says the plaque (other accounts say he was traded for two Confederate POWs). "At Savage Station he was again captured but managed to escape."
 

Jack was badly wounded at Malvern Hill in Virginia but returned to the regiment after recovering in a field hospital. His last campaign was in Maryland.

On Dec. 23, 1864, Dog Jack disappeared in Frederick, Md., and was never found."

Available here.

Clowns

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

If you live in Illinois...

...there's one huge ass shoe sign for sale! Pickup only.

Available here.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Clown (Fake?)

Available here.

A follower has offered the following insight:
"I think that dag of a clown you posted is the same one that was floating around a few years ago and proved to be a modern dag from a group someone was trying to pass off as old... There was a panel about them at the Daguerreian Society a few years back. Some guy/people in PA supposedly were making them. Once it was ascertained that the same guy was posing in all these super rare images (fisherman, the clown, and more) and experts got a look at the plates, it was obvious they were made recently. Also, that dag just screams "something's not right here" to me not even having seen it before. The exposure is all wrong as is the style, for a 19th century image."

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Portrait

Original 1954 press photo of a steel sculpture by Barbara Lekberg.

Available here.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Beauty and Folk Doll

I'm not sure which I love more, the girl or the folk art doll. Ok, I have to admit the girl is better, but the doll comes in a close second.

Available here.