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Entries from September 2011

To Remember George Kuchar

September 26th, 2011 · No Comments

The Jalopy Theater has kindly given us the space to watch a few of George Kuchar’s videos, and to remember him.  We’re doing this without much notice, and quite informally, and without charging admission.  We’ll be there, at 315 Columbia Street, in Brooklyn, this Sunday, October 2, at 2 pm.  Join us if you can.  […]

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Bobby Edwards, the Troubadour of Greenwich Village (16)

September 21st, 2011 · 3 Comments

A sad and surprising piece of news was reported in the Kokomo Daily Tribune, October 21, 1926.  Bobby Edwards, the avatar of Bohemia, got a job.  I only hope it didn’t last. (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Bobby Edwards · Symbols · Ukulele

Children’s Card Games (149)

September 18th, 2011 · 5 Comments

  “The House That Jack Built” has long been a dependable bit of children’s entertainment.  It’s also been the basis for a number of games, including this one.  There’s no date to be found, but it looks to be from sometime around 1900.  I like the cat’s quizzical expression and dignified posture: somewhat cartoony, but […]

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More George Kuchar

September 10th, 2011 · 11 Comments

I’ll post here a few more mementos from George Kuchar.  If nothing else, I hope you enjoy his distinctive penmanship. The Exiled Files of Eddie Gray was a sort of return to his old film, Corruption of the Damned.  In the first part, Larry Leibowitz and Floraine Conners attempt to remake their love scenes from […]

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George Kuchar

September 8th, 2011 · 5 Comments

George Kuchar died a couple of days ago.  He was one of my favorite artists; I’ll miss him. I had the pleasure of appearing in a couple of his “pictures” (he always called them “pictures”).  George always had so much fun when he was shooting; it was a delight just to see him work, improvising, […]

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Bobby Edwards, the Troubadour of Greenwich Village (15)

September 7th, 2011 · 1 Comment

I’ve found another picture of Bobby Edwards online; we can add it to the archive. There he is in the back, to the left, cigar box uke in hand. This was at the Garrick Club, sometime in the ‘teens. (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Bobby Edwards · Music · Ukulele

Bohemian Archaeology

September 4th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Step inside. Some friends who, like me, frequent that bane of productivity, Facebook, alerted me to a piece recently published in the New York Times, about the short-lived Greenwich Village Bookshop and its very special door. The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas has created a wonderful website for this relic, so that […]

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Tags: Ancient History · Books · Ephemera · Literature · Memories · Places

The Spot an Angel Deigned to Grace

September 3rd, 2011 · 2 Comments

The title of this stereoscopic card is “The Spot an Angel Deigned to Grace.”  It’s part of the Keystone Eye-Skill Training Series, and shows Loch Katrine, in Scotland.  Please click on it to see it full-size. (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Belief Systems · Misconceptions · Stereoscopy

Children’s Card Games (148)

September 1st, 2011 · 5 Comments

“Concentration: Wildlife Edition” was “An Entertaining and Approved Educational Game” from the National Wildlife Federation.  It featured some lovely lush wildlife paintings, as well as a booklet giving details on the animals.  And, of course, you could play “Concentration” with the cards, turning them up two at a time to make pairs. (Posted by Doug […]

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