Sep 28, 2008

Blushing Melons

I picked up these old fruit crate labels at an antique store. I don't collect them, but couldn't resist.

Apparently in the 30's, 40's pinups and fruit went hand in hand.


How could anyone not buy Mother brand anything?

Sep 27, 2008


Coincidences are odd sometimes. It was just a week ago that I snatched up this on-location photo of Paul Newman. Today's sad news: Paul Newman is dead at 83. Go read his obituary in the New York Times.

Sep 21, 2008

Square America: People Being People

Old Man and the Sea

I was originally collecting BW photos, and there was a bit of a nostalgia factor to it, among other things. I have recently came across these square color photos that were apparently very popular in the sixties and early seventies.

Kodak Moment

They retained their color relatively well. The edge of the photos are more peach colored than white, but color photographs are notorious about their archival issues.

The Bride Was Silent

Sometimes I pick them just for sheer kookiness.

Old Man, Big Hat

Like, why is the old guy wearing a giant paper top hat? With greeting cards glued to it? And what is the religious connection? It's a mystery.

Grandma, Papers, Bombs

Other times I'm drawn in by the elements that firmly anchor them in a period. Here grandma is reading the paper, the headlines of which remind of the Vietnam war era. The one about the NASA strike doesn't mean much to me, but there is another one about LBJ, and can read fragment of the third: "...Carrier Planes Bomb Haiphong Depot."

Girl with Submarine

From there it is a short jump to the girl in red on the submarine.

Sep 20, 2008

Buckets of Old photos

I spent close to five hours going through trays and trays of unsorted photos at the paper fair. I picked up a bunch of interesting stuff, including what I believe to be a picture of Paul Newman on the set of his 1972 movie, The Life And Times Of Judge Roy Bean. Nifty, eh?

There were many other photos too, I need to scan them in still.

I met with three nice ladies, artists and fellow collectors. We chatted about photography and our obsession of collecting these pictures. It was a good day.

Sep 17, 2008

Collectors Rejoice!

The Vintage Paper Fair is back to Glendale this weekend.

I hope to find the man with the buckets of old photos again.

Sep 14, 2008


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the state of being obsessed with someone or something : she cared for him with a devotion bordering on obsession.
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