Friday, September 27, 2013

Have You Met My Mummy?

19th century advertising CDV of E. M. Worth's "American Museum" of Boston.

Available here.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Clint Benedict Needed A Mask for His Broken Nose

In 1929, Montreal Maroons’ goaltender Clint Benedict wore a Hannibal-Lecter-like leather mask to protect his broken nose.

More masks here.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Elliot H. Crane's Electro-Dynamic Mummifying Compound

The imprint states that Crane's process can preserve birds, animals and reptiles without removing the flesh, thereby retaining the life-like for and expression, thus saving 75 percent of the time formerly occupied in skinning and stuffing, and that Human Bodies are also perfectly Embalmed by this process.  A hotel residence line is inked Lansing, Mich., suggesting Crane was touring in order to promote his product.

Available at Cowan's.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

"William D. Freeman, Specialty Artist"

Two cabinet card photos of William D. Freeman, otherwise know as Professor Leona, a "Specialty Artist" from Dayton, Ohio. I would have loved to have seen this act!

Available here.

Early Folk Art Topsy Turvy Doll

Sold for $371.00 on Ebay.

Friday, September 20, 2013

African American Stone Bust

19th century folk art carved stone bust of an African American man. He seems to be saying "Am I not a man and a brother?"

Available at Anonymous Works.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

19th Century Folk Art Doll

Sold for $4,750.00 (w/o premium) at Noel Barrett, September 30, 2006.