Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Spirit Photos from the Nineteen-teen's

See my previous posts about spirit photography for more info...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Cabinet Card of Female Musicians

Some women playing instruments. It's all I can muster at the moment. The last 6 weeks, I've been running around like the proverbial chicken with its head cut off. I'm hoping to regain my head, along with my sanity, very soon, and get FringePop back into a regular schedule. In the meantime, I apologize for all the static.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Stop the Insanity!

I have not posted in the last 10 days or so, because things have been mad lately just mad. In honor of all the madness, I give you a woman who looks pretty mad. Well, mad with fear, anyway.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Odd Musical Group Photograph

Photographs of musicians is a collecting sub-genre in antique photography collecting. This particular group is a strange lot. Odd, awkward expressions. Stiff stature. Of course, this isn't uncommon for the time. However, I've seen enough antique photos to know that these fellows look stiffer and odder than the norm.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cabinet Photo of Boy, Context?

Confused about context of this. Did he act in a play? Perhaps Little Miss Muffet? The spiderweb backdrop is intriguing.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Cabinet Photo of Poor Boy

I find antique photographs of lower class people quite interesting. They have a Dickensian character that is not found in formal cabinet cards taken in a studio. But, we shouldn't romanticize this. No doubt, this was a hard life. "People's History of the United States" by Zinn comes to mind.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Long-Haired Lovelies

We have also sought out antique photos of women with long hair, preferably really long hair. This one is a nice example, although there are many good ones out there.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Dress Advertisement Cabinet Card?

Any thoughts as to the context of this photo? I thought it might be an advertisement for a dress that was showcasing the backside.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Cabinet Card of Asian Man (Baltimore)

Photos of minorities are relatively uncommon in photo collecting. You do find them from time to time, but they aren't "run of the mill" like photos of white folk. I can go to an antique store and look through 500 cabinet cards, and I probably won't find a single photo of a minority. So, it's interesting to find these photos when you do find them. This cabinet card from Baltimore shows an Asian man, probably Chinese.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

I've Got My Eye On You...

This Victorian trade card for eye salve is just plain creepy. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

"Automatic Regulator" Victorian Trade Card Featuring Rat

One of the sub-genres of my collecting involves rats. I have a brood of 9 pet rats who reside in a 5-foot tall rat manor. I couldn't be happier to have these curious little buggers as pets. People who don't own rats usually aren't familiar with their docile demeanor, curious personalities, and overall friendliness to humans. Anyway, I saw this Victorian trade card at an antique show and picked it up, because it shows a rat riding a frog.

Overall, I haven't been able to find very many collectibles with rats so if anyone out there comes across something cool, let me know. I'm especially interested in antique books about rats and rat-catching. I have a great rat catching book in this blog's archives.

Friday, May 7, 2010


At times, it's unclear whether an antique photograph depicts someone post-mortem. This is one such example. Judging from the somber expressions and the all black dress, I suspect that the baby is deceased. The baby is also "set-off" from the rest of the family with white dress. Whatever the case, a striking photograph.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

"Jack the Ripper" One Sheet

Original one-sheet film poster from the movie "Jack the Ripper" (1959). I so prefer the term "ladies of the night" when referring to prostitutes. It's so much friendly than our lingo today. You know, "bottom bitch," "ho," that sort of thing.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

This Coulda Been Me After All the Recent Partying...

My apologies for the brief hiatus. My brother was in Atlanta for 10 days, having flown in to visit from Seattle. We visited some interesting sites, such as the world famous Clermont Lounge. Truly the John Waters of bars/strip clubs. Anyway, for the moment, behind on my FP scanning, but enjoy this delightful image.

Monday, April 19, 2010

They Don't Make Hedonism Like They Used To...

Where are these 'cellar clubs'? They sound like meccas of hedonism. In the context of their time, wilder than a weekend in the bottom of Lindsay Lohan's purse.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Attack of the Adorable Monsters

Oh, c'mon...those don't look mean. They're adorable!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"G-Men Detective" Pulp

G-Men detectives: what are they looking for? The G-spot?

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A Little Belarski This Fine Sunday Morning

See, this is why I'd never be a maid. Too many occupational hazards.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

You can't get away from your relatives, even after they're dead

Before photoshop, photographers still found ways to manipulate their work. For this family photograph, images of people that couldn't be there for the photo (whether because of death, long distance, what have you) were inserted into the final product. So, the whole family got to be in the photo, whether dead, alive, or in jail for double-homicide. Pretty nifty. Not sure how they did it, but it's an interesting historical artifact.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

True Crime, pulpy pulp pulp

Nice contrast here with the "blood lusting demon" and the "fair young girls of France."

Monday, March 29, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Sympathy for the Devil

I like collecting items with the devil on them. I find him as imaginary as an unicorn or Jesus, but still, it's a fun hobby. Okay, don't get me on a technicality here. I know Jesus as a person isn't technically imaginary, but the whole zombie thing, well you know what I mean. This one has a Belarski cover, so it's also "For the Love of Rudolph Belarski."

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Rare Juvie Hardback with Pictorial Dust Jacket

It was mostly the pulp paperback market that took on the subject of juvenile delinquency. They liked scandalous stuff. Of course, there were mainstream juvie movies too like "Blackboard Jungle" and "Rebel Without a Cause." This book's a rare example of a hardcover with pictorial dust jacket taking on the subject of juvenile delinquency.

t's always more fun to talk about "bad girls" than it is "bad boys." Our society just loves to get off on the deeds of "bad girls," and then condemn them the morning after.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

For the Love of Rudolph Belarski VI

This cover painting was so awesome that later Popular Library reused it for "Death and Taxes" by David Dodge. I would have scanned it as a companion piece, but it's in one of a gigantic stack of boxes in my storage unit.

Monday, March 22, 2010

For the Love of Peter Driben II

Peter Driben painted great pin-up art for Harrison's mags. He was also a damn fine detective mag artist.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

"Gay Love" Romance Pulp

That snowman needs a Valium.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

For the Love of Rudolph Belarski V

I wanted to signal that I'm still alive and blogging. And this is how I feel about Republicans.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

For the Love of Rudolph Belarski IV

I was really happy to read the tagline of this Belarski cover and find out that "Death wears skis." I couldn't be happier with the news! I don't play sports and growing up in cold weather, I plan to stay away from it permanently. I guess this means I'll live forever.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Crime Detective: A Friendly Reminder that "Crime Does Not Pay"

Crime Does Not Pay! But it's sure fun to read about it. Blood, guts, and misery--oh my!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Crime Detective: The Classic 'White Woman in Peril'

The US media is as exploitative as ever. I'm shocked that words like "racket" have gone out of style. It's such an over-the-top, cheesetastic word. You'd think we'd be hearing about different "rackets" all the time.

And the whole "white woman in peril thing." Sometimes I wish the media would just be honest. We know you're obsessed with missing white women, why don't you just acknowledge your little fetish, media? Can you imagine a newscaster saying, "In today's news, yet another missing white woman. Everyone knows we love a good missing white woman story. Of course, a missing woman can't just be a woman, she's gotta be attractive too (or at least a 6 out of 10) and don't forget the most important part, WHITE."

Anyway, I know all this commentary is tangential to the "Crime Detective" shown. I just think it's interesting to contrast over-the-top media of the past with our over-the-top media. I think if you're going to be over-the-top, you should take it all the way and not try to pretend you're something you're not. The headline on the front of the "Crime Detective" should be "Please no! Don't hurt this poor, attractive, white woman!"

Friday, March 5, 2010

"Crime Detective" Magazine

Another most excellent "Crime Detective."

Thursday, March 4, 2010

For the Love of Rudolph Belarski II

Classic woman in peril cover by Belarski.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Crime Detective: 30's Detective Fun

I generally prefer the 40's to 50's detective magazines with covers by artists like George Gross and Howell Dodd, but "Crime Detective" is a particularly good 30's mag. Covers are brightly colored, salacious artifacts of sin, sex, and scandal. And "mad rampage of the human monster"-- how can you NOT love THAT?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

For the Love of Rudolph Belarski

Just because I love Rudolph Belarski.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Strangest Bookstore Find Ever Aka How Did I End Up With a Personal Item of Angelina Jolie?

I'm a writer and a bibliophile. My husband and I have upwards of 10,000 books in our collection. Every few months, we do our "rounds." We visit the local used bookstores and see if they got anything new in. We only do it every few months, because usually the stock is pretty stagnant, and we walk out disappointed.

Last week, we visited one of the used bookstores on our "rounds." We volunteer for a non-profit global poverty organization called RESULTS, so when I saw a first edition of Jeffrey Sachs "The End of Poverty," I snapped it up. I did notice that it was signed and inscribed by Sachs, but I didn't think much of it. That was an added bonus, but not a big deal, as modern author signatures are not that rare.

Later that day, I was reading a book when my husband walked in the room with "The End of Poverty" and told me "I wasn't going to believe this." I made a few guesses as to what he was talking about. Did one of our friends from RESULTS happen to be pictured in the book?
That's when he handed me the book and told me to look again at the signature and inscription. It was signed "to Angelina," and it was thanking her for "her efforts for the world's poor and dispossessed." There were lots of Angelinas in the world. But it wasn't just any Angelina, the book was the personal copy of Angelina Jolie.

To make the story even stranger, tucked inside the book was a piece of stationary from the office of Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. There was a signed note to Angelina from the Senator that said he hoped she would enjoy the enclosed. But stranger yet were the two candid, original photographs tucked inside. Pictured in photo one was Angelina Jolie with Senator Leahy and in photo two Angelina Jolie with Senator Leahy's wife Marcelle. The photos were taken in early 2005 at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
So, not only had we found Angelina Jolie's copy of "The End of Poverty", we had found a note to her from Senator Leahy AND two original, candid photographs of her at an important world event.

But many questions remain. How did these personal items of Angelina Jolie end up in a used bookstore in Atlanta, GA? It seems very unlikely she would give the book away, as Jeffrey Sachs is a friend of hers and the photos are originals of her. If she didn't give it away, did she lose it? If so, how? And in Atlanta? The whole thing is a great big mystery and certainly this is the weirdest thing I've ever found in my used bookstore adventures.

So, Angelina, if you're out there, and you come across this post, I want you to know that I have your book and photographs. I'm sure you want them back, so just let me know, and I will return them. And since we do volunteer for the same causes, I'm going to throw it out there--it'd be really cool to meet you.

; - )

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

For the Love of Enoch Bolles V

Ah, Enoch. Nothing more to say.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Racing P.R. aka Pre-Redneck

Car racing used to make you a bad ass rather than Cletus the Redneck who likes to watch cars go "vroom."

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Elvgren Model Photo for "Weighty Problem" (Aka "Starting at the Bottom")

Elvgren Model Photo for "Weighty Problem" (Aka "Starting at the Bottom"). 1962. Unknown model.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

For the Love of Enoch Bolles IV

Can I ever get enough Bolles? Answer: No.