Saturday, August 31, 2013

Gender Trouble

....or maybe just some Radical Faeries?  Some of the cavemen seem to be wearing prehistoric gym socks and bunny-scuffs.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Long and Short of It, Plus Blimp

Two versions of the same sight gag, separated by twenty or thirty years-- English and Spanish.

Put them side by side (not possible with this blog template) and you get an Art Nouveau "M".

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Speak, Memory

Attractive anon- ymous photo of parents (presumably) and three daughters: certainly the four females here look very much alike.  Impossible to tell, though, about the dad.  As one's eyes move from right side of image to left--present to past, as it were--the figures fade out (via overexposure).  By the time we reach the father he is a mere clownish blur, with only suspenders, legs, and freakish gigantic hands in focus.

If the photograph is an allegory, I'm not quite sure what it's an allegory of.  The historic (and apparently irreversible) feminization of the modern human subject? 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Lettuce Be Married

"But the week’s big US story is the legalization of gay marriage. We’re seriously thrilled. It’s a real new world order. The cat is finally out of the bag. (Has in fact come out of the bag as a transgendered feline-American with eight small, dialectically engineered digital nipples.) The horses, tails swishing up a storm, have finally left the barn. The cow’s jumped over the moon and is getting an awesome mani-pedi before hitting the clubs. The pigs – always fabulous – are redecorating their poke in bright orange and pink mid-century modern. (Let’s get rid of that awful greasy entrails-and-slop-covered sofa, shall we?)"  ---"Rah, Rah, Cheers, Queers,"  London Review of Books, 29 August 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

1950s Curtain Fabric Also Great

In the third snap, that is.  As you can see: in a spirit of acquisitive solidarity I feel compelled to celebrate fellow happy collectors the world over. 

A Classic

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Very Clockwork

A nice touch here: the 'period' copy of Joy of Cooking on the left.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

Most remarkable about the classic Polaroid: how the the format makes the world look at once exquisite and exhilarating, but also penetrated somehow with a kind of sinister 'burn'.   Some subliminal color/mood incoherence.

What happened after this was taken?  Note tiny fellows in corner, on another pole, practicing for the mass electrocution of innocents.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Petites Déesses

No wonder I was bewildered by the card I posted on July 10 under the title 'Child Goddess.'  I was confusing that card with this one.  (In my addle-pated defense: the two tiny models do look alike.)  What had happened, I wondered aloud, to all of Baby Artemis/Diana's accoutrements? etc. etc.  Very maundering and unsatisfactory and pointless (my post).

I still don't know who the little girl in the other card was meant to represent.  In the card to the left, which turned up in a pile of pc's I was organizing a few days ago, however, it's impossible to mistake the subject.  As in a Renaissance emblem book, all of the identifying motifs are here--to the point of allegorical overkill.  Ah, semiosis: it's flooding out my circuits. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Behold the Wrestling Team

Two well-muscled choices from Saturday's Vintage Paper fair:

The top card here a Tuck 'Oilette' (hand- tinted card) showing two German wrestlers--ahem-- deep in the throes.  (Tuck was a renowned British postcard publisher, best-known for photo portraits of royal family and views of historic English beauty spots.   But they seem to have had a side business going in Germany too.  In kink.)

Given the subject, I find the image strangely beautiful and arresting---the delicate hand coloring of the knee braces quite extraordinary, likewise the peculiar (watchful? suspicious?) gaze of the fellow in green shorts.
As for the group photo: cheesiness rules.  (Someone has penciled 'the wrestling team' on the back.)  For some reason these flabby fellows do not inspire confidence.  Did they ever win a match?   One wonders.  Second guy in on the right has a disconcerting resemblance to Anthony Weiner.

Note suspenders in both images.  How on earth, while wrestling, to keep everything up?  Socks, prehistoric sweat pants, pecker, etc.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Yours Till Butterflies

Total gorgeousness!  As promised, went to Vintage Postcard /Photo Fair yesterday, and found a cache of things worth looking at many times.
I'll post some more of the best this week.   For some reason RPPCs stood out at this fair.  To be continued ....

Friday, August 2, 2013

Child With Lace and Father

Tomorrow is the day!  Vintage Paper & Postcard Fair at Golden Gate Park.

One will be plunging in on the early side.  And this picture?  Talk about eye contact.  The man has those dark rings under his eyes one sees in photos of Peter Lorre, Sal Mineo, Paul Auster....

...sometimes Raymond Burr, too.