My father found this tintype of a merchant in an antique store in Grand Forks, ND. At the time, my fiancee and I (who are both photography collectors) lived there and never found a single thing at the one antique store in town. Generously, my father decided to give us this photograph as a gift, having seen us admire it over and over again. It really is a nice piece. It isn't often that you see tintypes with themes such as this. I love the clarity of the image and the props the man is posed with.
FringePop is a showcase for uncommon and esoteric cultural artifacts. The focus is on unusual items from both popular and fringe culture, with an emphasis on subversive pieces. The items shown are from the author's personal collection, unless otherwise noted.
I am a pop culture buff and collector, who focuses on the odd, subversive, and fringe elements of Western culture. In 2005, I edited a book for Feral House called "Sin-A-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties." The vintage oddities in my collection include victoriana, sideshow, medical, and kitsch. I am also an amateur sewer, making clothing from vintage mod patterns.