Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tattoo that Social Security number, and relax


Using these drawings on cardboard for marketing, a tattoo artist in 1937 tried to convince people to imprint their Social Security numbers on their skin. 1937 was the first year Social Security benefits were paid: $1.278 million to 53,000-plus beneficiaries.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Quintuple portrait


Shirtless man snaps the old couple (double portrait) and somebody else snaps the three of them. Quintuple portrait.

Experimental hands photo


Circus 1980s, the photographer's blue period. Intentional effect or a mistake?

Friday, August 23, 2013

Chippewa carved pictorial disk


Part of the Cowan's auction of Native-American art on Sept. 20. The description says the disk, with tack eyes, is possibly Midewinwin Society, a secretive spiritual medicine group. The estimate on the 7.6-inch-diameter disk is $4,000-$6,000.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013

Burgess Dulaney abstract vessel


Burgess Dulaney (d. 2001) lived near Fulton, Miss., his entire life. He became well known because of his unfired mud figures. Dulaney's work was included in the book "Baking in the Sun: Visionary Images from the South" (1987) and catalogued by Austin, Texas collector Terry Nowell. Fans of Dulaney's creations say they are reminiscent of pre-Columbian pottery, a field Dulaney was unfamiliar with as he was uneducated. This vessel is less typical of Dulaney's work. Its form is a mystery.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Echo Canyon


The Arkansas River cuts through Echo Canyon in Colorado, and Zion National Park in Utah also has an Echo Canyon. The signature on this naive drawing says "Artisticated by Stanley S. Walter Cowpath Rd Farmer."

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Our trailer in Dyersburg


A couple drove their 1956 Dodge Royal -- "Purple Car" the back of the top photo says -- to "our trailer in Dyersburg," the second photo notes. Dyersburg is in western Tennessee. The 1967 photos have an intriguing formality. The 1956 Dodge Custom Royal is on the Popular Mechanics list "The 13 Most Dangerous Car Interiors in History." The Chrysler car featured an in-dash, retractable record player marketed as "Highway Hi-Fi." Changing records while driving was the 1950s version of texting while driving.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Tuesday, August 6, 2013