Friday, April 30, 2010

A Little Bit of Denver Pop Culture History

The first and still most significant find of pristine condition comic books was made in Denver in 1977. The collection was sold by the heirs who had inherited a house that was filled with "paper junk" and there was a closet full of comic books (consisting of almost 18,000 comic books.) The person who had purchased all the comics starting in the 1930s through the 1950s was a local artist by the name of Edgar Church. Edgar was a commercial artist with a nice design aesthetic and fantastic lettering. The comic books are now dispersed among many Comic Book collections, but examples of Edgar's work still can be found in Denver. These examples came from his personal scrapbook which was purchased many years ago by a friend of mine. The first piece of art is nice as it is signed by Edgar.

Next up is a nice example of his lettering for an auto parts supplier.

A slightly different design for a photo engraving company.

Finally a great example of both positive and negative lettering design.

His style looks like many of the 1960's Rock posters out of San Francisco.
For more information on the collection, read the story of the original find.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

To The Ladies

Advertising postcard Fairmont Hotel San Francisco. Art by Don Steele.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Let's Play Ball

Hendrix College Conway, Arkansas.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Summer Vacation

Having fun at the beach.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Bill and His Girlfriend in California

Note the grass shack and leis in the backdrop.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Rest Stop

Nicely themed and very full rest stop most likely in New Mexico.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Praire is Alive With Singing

Indian costume and note the hammock on the side of the house.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Picture While You Travel

One of the unique inventions from when Railroads where the main method of transportation were Railroad Photo Cars. Enterprising photographers would build cars in which they had their photo studio. Travelers would be able to have their portrait done while they traveled.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Hunting He Will Go

Cabinet Card. Note the photographer shadow.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Girls On A Picnic

Photographer T T Hathaway West Branch, Iowa.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Gas Well Fort Collins Colorado

100,000 cubic feet per 24 hours.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Cheyenne Frontier Days 1931

King of the Plains. Outwest photo Denver.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

World War 2 Submariner

World War 2 US Navy Seaman with submarine patrol insignia.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Moon Passport

Printing company advertising from 1969. I am ready to go!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

W.C. Finney and His Store

Nice storefront postcard image featuring brooms, pitchers, buckets, cauldrons, fine china inside and a rack of postcards. Unknown location.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

His Master's Voice

Studio portrait. Be sure to look at the carpet.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Fralingers Salt Water Taffy Brochure

From the famous Salt Water Taffy company located in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The company is still in business, check out their website.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Wish Book

Perusing the Sears Wish Book for toys.

Saturday, April 3, 2010


One very happy boy in his pedal car.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Stacking Hay

International Harvester Farmall.