Professional framing (with acid free photo corner secured) of eight different Withers pin up blotters from the early 60s. Red mat, modern black frame – sleek and attractive. Measures 17×33″. SOLD but I’m usually able to do another.
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Mama loves object framing, whenever I’m bored – this is what I whip up to get the creative juices flowing again. Set of a dozen modern dance (c1930 screaming art deco) tobacco cards, made by German manufacturer Eckstein-Helpus. The cards are tonal monochrome, and paired with the charcoal mat and chocolate frame are striking. The coolest part is that the second card in is a rare image of Anita Berber. Same era and every bit as high society gossip mill fodder as Mata Hari or Isadora Duncan. Berber became one of the first women to perform nude, and could in fact be found barely clothed most of her life. A short black bob and a mink stole, occasionally all she wore to a party. A drunk and a cocaine addict, she lived a high speed life – muse to many a Weinmar Period artist and early filmmaker in Berlin’s Art Deco boom…before dying of Tuberculosis in 1928 at the age of 29. Each card measures 2” x 2 ½”, the entire piece 16” x 22”. $135.
Utagawa Toyokuni I (1769-1825, Edo). Reffered to as the “I” to distinguish from the school of followers who adopted his name. Toyokuni was well known for his woodblocks on washi paper of geishas and kabuki actors. This geisha measures the typical 9 3/4″ x 14 3/4″, and is matted with 8-ply wheat rag mat and framed in a gold leaf lily composition frame to approximately 21″ x 25″. Gorgeous piece, signed in kanji on the right. SOLD
These cards are called “Arcade Cards” or “Exhibit Cards,” and were manufactured by the Exhibit Supply Company in Ohio from the early 1900s up to the 1950s. They measure 3 1/2″ x 5″ each, are printed in a host of tints and colors on a heavy, trading card stock – and are usually of athletes, or moviestars. Every good amusement park arcade had a machine that dispensed these in the 40s/50s for a nickel a card, so they marketed their fair share of cowboys too;) This is me messing around with the object framing again, Roy Rogers, John Wayne and Wild Bill Elliot in one – and two Lone Rangers cards in the greatest 50s colors in the other, the cards are preserved and still collectable even if for some reason you’d like them out of the frame in the future. $75 each.