12.30.2012

"Can Anybody Play The Drums?"

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 Thanks to how bored my in-laws are with none of their friends down to Florida yet, my father-in-law had some extra time to kill at an estate sale in Islamorada and found this old Who poster rolled up in a Garfield tube (that's killin' time). The poster's from the Cow Palace show in San Francisco, November 20, 1973. Notable for it being the night The Who launched the Quadrophenia Tour, but more notorious for drummer Keith Moon passing out on his drum kit from too much booze and tranquilizers. Pete Townshend then had to ask the audience "Can anybody play the drums?" (5:15) and 19 year-old Iowan Scot Halpin bangs out the rest of the show."











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12.29.2012

Happy Birthday Fletcher!

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12.28.2012

This poster brought to you by the letter T and the number 5

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 The fragmented, abstract, last remaining 1965 grocery store window poster, in our shop






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12.27.2012

Channel Thirteen Totebags

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The symbol of artistic and cultural charity: PBS in New York City's Channel 13 tote bags. Yours with a donation of $50 or more during pledge drives, the Herb Lubalin-logotyped bags were a ubiquitous in Fairfield County during the 70's and 80's, but now nearly extinct- except in our closet, where they're falling off the shelf.











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12.26.2012

Tim Gunn, 1986

Tim Gunn memo, c. 1985

From my parents' attic (wandering around after Christmas dinner) - the most interesting thing in my old Parsons portfolio was Tim Gunn's memo paper.
Far and away one of the nicest guys I've ever known.






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12.22.2012

George Nelson and Irving Harper

George Nelson and Irving Harper

From House & Garden, 1965




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12.21.2012

Georgia O'Keefe's house, New Mexico

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"Neither an Indian house, nor a Spanish house- just my house"
From House & Garden, 1965






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12.19.2012

rrrgh!!! there goes my floppy disk!

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Hypperealist 1980's Spilled-coffee-on-floppy-disk sculpture, 







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12.17.2012

Hot Tub Time Machine

It was the best of times
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it was the worst of times
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12.16.2012

If I knew you were coming...

Pastry Bag chandelier

Pastry Bag chandelier, from the book Wary Meyers' Tossed & Found (2009)




Singin' by Eileen Barton, 1950
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12.15.2012

Hobbit t-shirts, 1976

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One of each in all colors, please
. From the back of a Rolling Stone magazine, 1976

...(don't expect the Prompt Delivery)











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12.14.2012

There and Back Again

J.R.R. Tolkien's dust jacket painting for The Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkien's design and artwork for The Hobbit dust jacket, 1937





From the book J.R.R. Tolkien, Artist and Illustrator
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12.13.2012

Over Hill and Under Hill

Greve in Chianti 1988a. Slide 122 April

Where I read The Hobbit: Greti di Greve in Chianti, Italy. I spent a year here in 1988. This was the view from my front door. 





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12.11.2012

Thinking of something for the man in your life?

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12.10.2012

Wary Meyers San Francisco Poster

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12.09.2012

Robert Venturi's Lieb House, Frug House

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Poor baby. When you was built you didn't think you'd have to go through all this!

Robert Venturi's 1969 Lieb House, in Loveladies NJ, from a 1971 Architecture and Urbanism magazine, and the trailer for the film Saving Lieb House, the ten-day scramble to save the pop-art beach house from the black tide of megamansionism.

See also this Pilar Vilades/Leslie Willamson article on the saved house in the NY Times


Below:
 Venturi's "Frug House" a teenage party pavilion near a private swimming pool. Named after the dance, as that's what would've been going on there. Unfortunately it was never built. 

I'm really liking Robert Venturi more and more lately.

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12.06.2012

Talulah Gosh is a Top Celebrity

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The Independent has a nice article on the brilliant post-pop life Talulah Gosh, a favorite band from the late 80's. 

Above: A sticker I picked up in 1989 when I stopped by 53rd & 3rd, their label in Edinburgh on my up to the Orkney Islands and The Old Man of Hoy.






h/t Mary at Unchanging Window
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12.03.2012

Emil Hermann's Midsummer Night's Wood Nymph

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"Despite its condition this is a great painting of a wood nymph dancing around a twilight forest in a sheer, diaphanous cloth. Painted by midwest American artist Emil Hermann (1870-1966). The condition is shabby- it has about 10 chips of paint off the front (although you could almost imagine them as Forest Sprites), one hole, and probably layers of dirt (Antiques Roadshow protocol says I'll leave the cleaning to the experts.) But those flaws considered, it makes for a nice piece of shabby chic decor- the smile on the dancer's face transcends the condition. 
Signed "Emil Hermann 1910" in bottom left corner."








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