Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Furry thing on oversized baby triggers baby's first thought containing an expletive.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Pet chair

Only 18 inches tall, this unusual chair decorated with holes might be a salesman's sample. The curved seat and back is a sheet of plywood riveted to the frame. The inventor of modern plywood, Immanuel Nobel, father of Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite and funder of the Nobel prizes, died Sept. 3, 1872.  Underneath is a mark that says Gardner's Patent May 21, 1872. PET might be initials personalizing the chair, making this someone's ... pet chair.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Papoose stone carving

Appears to be a child in a carrier. From Michigan's Upper Peninsula, 7 inches long and 5.25 inches tall.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Performing arts center ticket holder

Painted wood diagram of a concert hall/theater in Marion, Ohio, WWI period. Ticket slots in the board correspond with each seat number, so there are dozens of them. Apparently tickets were put in the slots to show which seats had sold. The curvy design is great.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Nashville antiques shows

The Tailgate-Music Valley and Heart of Country antiques shows ended Saturday. They were a visual treat for somebody like me who's nuts about old self-taught art and unusual antiques. The items pictured were all unsold when I saw them Saturday. Jim Hirsheimer was offering the display boy at the top. The painting with the giant baseball glove, by Pliny McConnell of Atlanta, 1947, was in the booth of Monty Young Antiques ( Greg Kramer was selling the painted open mouth pottery head and the primitive wood figure.  The antique diving helmet belonged to Bud Weinert ( Francis Crespo (fineantiques68) offered the fine painting of the American Indian in the idyllic setting (Southern?) and a whirligig that was appraised on Antiques Roadshow prior to Francis acquiring it. The two stone heads are reminiscent of Popeye Reed's work but are not by him. VanDeest Antiques ( was the seller.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Vintage marker drawing. I've been looking for a good old grass drawing for years, so when I found this one I was thrilled. So glad the artist didn't add distractions like the sun and birds.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Confident girl with gold jewelry

Small ninth plate ambrotype in which the confident girl's jewelry has been painted gold. Housed in a brass frame similar in color to the jewelry and a wood and leatherette case.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

He is risen

An assemblage from north Florida that combines the sacred and profane. Enlarge the top image to clearly see the photograph covered with writing citing chapter and verse, but only if you're not easily offended by explicit sexual images. Jesus rises from the woman's genital area; the bubble around his head says, "Why trouble be woman." In front of Jesus is a piece of coral, perhaps representing the stone rolled away from Jesus' tomb. Other decorative elements include a root vegetable preserved in a bottle, beads, twine, the African continent marked Freak, a scary/beautiful face, and a tin bird. Reserection.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Black Cat smokes

Black Cat unfiltered cigarettes originated in 1904 and were popular in the UK prior to World War II. They were so named because in the 19th century a black cat was always in the window of the Carreras Tobacco Co. shop on Wardour Street in London. This old sign glows.