Monday, May 26, 2014

Next Show: New York Postcard Show June 13 ~ 15th New Venue!

Advertising for book publisher, Italy circa 1925  SOLD

It's time once again for the New York City Postcard Show June 13 to the 15th. Note that the show has moved to a new venue, the Holiday Inn on 57th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues. It is a venue used years ago and, happily there are now more cafes and restaurants in the area. There is also a convenient crosstown bus on 57th Street.

Here's a selection of my recent arrivals, all of which will be available for purchase at the show. Prices on request. I look forward to seeing you there.

Vittorio de Sica from a series of cinema portraits by Nanni, Italy circa 1935

 Czech photo-montaged real photo,1930  SOLD

Surreal Hungarian holiday fantasy, circa 1935

 City of the Future Genoa Italy, circa 1905

Kabaret Lucerna Czech advertising, circa 1920s

 Bal Tabarin, Paris Montmartre Night Club, lithograph circa 1905

 Portugal liqueurs advertising, Paris circa 1925  SOLD

Italian fashion plate, lithograph circa 1920  SOLD

Cabaret Can-Can dancer, hand-applied watercolors, Paris 1915  SOLD

Poster show advertising, Berlin 1929

 Women's health exhibition Kassel, Germany circa 1920s  SOLD

Italian WWII regimental propaganda "Death's Door",1930s

 Pin-up mascot, Italian sharp-shooters, circa 1940

Hand-tinted real photo deco style nude, French 1925

 Miss Angelica Tattooed Lady, German 1905

LINGERIE Girdle Advertising 1930s ~ 1950s Scandal

Wonderful advertising and promotional material from Europe and the United States for ladies underwear, girdles, foundations, slim wear and stockings. Includes ads for Scandal, Gossard, Frederick's of Hollywood, Carina, Kestos and others found on the web.

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ETUDES DE NUS Portfolio French Nudes 1948 Brassai

The exquisite Etudes de Nus published in Paris, 1948 by Editions du Chene and beautifully printed by gravure. Twenty-four individually printed plates, loosely laid-in to a paper portfolio wrapper. Contributors include Brassai, Nora Dumas, Feher, Pierre Jahan, Ergy Landau and Sougez.

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PARIS June '14 San Sulpice & Bievres Collectible Fairs

Back to Paris in a few days for the San Sulpice Book & Paper Fair as well as the Bievres Photo Fair both held outdoors in the wonderful June weather. Links to San Sulpice and Bievres. The internet photo of Bievres above is from maybe 40 years ago. In it's 50th year the fair began as a camera and hardware market and over the years expanded to include collectible photographs. It's a wonderful weekend about 20 minutes outside Paris. Email if you in Paris and would like to get together at the fairs or for a drink.

Meanwhile I will be making the rounds of my colleagues, friends, collectors and dealers in the ongoing discovery of new treasures for my clients and colleagues. Here are links to other noteworthy shows and exhibitions: Monumenta 2014 the annual "site specific" project installation at the Grande Palais; Tattooists, Tattooed at the Musee du quai Branly; Lucio Fontana at the Musee d'Art Moderne; Cartier Foundation 30th Anniversary exhibition; the ongoing 25th Anniversary exhibition of Raw Vision at the Halle St.Pierre.

Plus Modernites Plurielles 1,000 pieces of art from the collection at the Pompidou + The Clock; comic book art at the Art Ludique galleries on the Seine.

Herbert Hoffman tattooing sailors at 
his Hamburg shop

Sunday, May 25, 2014

TIJUANA BIBLES A Miscellany 1930s ~ 1950

The  Tijuana Bible first appeared in the 1930s and was the inspiration for comic books the would soon be flooding newsstands. These small format, eight-page booklets of illustrated erotic stories were know simultaneously as eight-pagers, dirty comics and 2 x 4s. They feature film stars, gangsters, criminals, world leaders and especially comic strip characters all of whom were extreme horny and constantly in need of "knocking off a piece". Favorite characters include Popeye, Mae West, John Dillinger, Orphan Annie, Maggie and Jiggs, Smilin' Jack and the ever diligent door to door salesman, The Fuller Brush Man.

Posted here are examples of some typical original covers as well as scans showing the internal artwork. At the end are a few examples of the much rarer 16-pagers, created in a larger format and consistently displaying some of the best artwork. Click for an excellent wikipedia entry about Tijuana Bibles.

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