Two items that sold Sunday at the Material Culture auction in Philadelphia, both for the same price -- $175 before auctioneer's fee. The small head, by an unknown artist, was formerly owned by the pioneering collector Herbert Hemphill. The clothespin bag, displayed in Plexiglass, was described as African-American made.
Women apparently grieving carry a box. Or is their mourning all an act? The woman right appears to be pretending, and behind her another woman clearly is smiling. Perhaps they're college friends staging a mock funeral. Or it's a real funeral for a pet.
Photo booth image from 1973 of what appears to be a Los Angeles police officer wearing a pig mask. The photo is only 2 inches by 1.6 inches but drew 23 bids on eBay and sold for $113.50. One of the greatest photo booth photos ever?
The Luther seal or Luther rose, the symbol of Lutheranism, hand painted on Masonite. The design was created for Martin Luther in the 16th century and the colors all have meaning. The cross is black because of the horror of the crucifixion. The heart is its beating natural red color representing life. The rose is white (yellowish white in this case) symbolizing joy. And the background is blue for the sky. The back of this folky midcentury piece says in ink "the seal of Martin Luther."