More Posters from Ghana

I’ve posted a bunch of these before and they never fail to amaze me. The deal here is that primarily in Ghana and other parts of Africa there exist traveling cinemas that will roll into your village on a flat bed truck, throw up a makeshift screen and show movies for a small fee. These posters are their advertisement. Hand painted on canvas, board or anything they can get their hands on, they are weird, beautiful and total design genius. This group is mostly African films w/ a few bootleg US productions thrown in.

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New York Dolls – 1st LP Outtakes

New York Dolls (The 1st LP) released in July of 1973 received widespread acclaim from critics when it was first released but sold poorly. The band toured the United States to promote the record, but they were difficult to market and developed a reputation for rock-star excesses. Despite its commercial failure, the album was an influential precursor to the 1970s punk movement and has since been named in various publications as one of the greatest debut records in rock and one of the greatest albums of all time. The photography by Toshi has become (somewhat) iconic. Many bands would emulate the Dolls style over the years (and still do) but no LP has really had the punch of seeing these 5 men in drag on an album released 43 years ago. It’s the outtakes that are even more interesting, somehow even glammier and more shocking. And who is kid in the back cover photos and where is he today?

Self Titled 1st LP

Self Titled 1st LP

In order of appearance - #1 Arthur "Killer" Kane

In order of appearance – #1 Arthur “Killer” Kane

Sylvain Sylvain

Sylvain Sylvain

David Johansen

David Johansen

Johnny Thunders

Johnny Thunders

Jerry Nolan

Jerry Nolan

Back Cover - The Gem Spa, NYCNY

Back Cover – The Gem Spa, NYCNY

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Gem Spa today

Gem Spa today

Shameless Promo for My New Vintage Store

My wife and I have been collectors and pickers for years. We’re opening up the new online version of our shop called Dear Wolf. Great, beautifully designed stuff from the 1930’s to the 90’s. Clothes, Accessories, Furnishings and Ephemera. Have a quick look. All the stuff here isn’t in the store yet, but should you want any of it message me through this blog for prices and availability. We’re at – http://dearwolfvintage.bigcartel.com/ https://twitter.com/DearWolfVintage and https://www.instagram.com/dear_wolf_vintage/

Vintage Hand Painted levis Jacket - David Bowie

Vintage Hand Painted Levis Jacket – David Bowie

1956 Mexican Movie Poster - Pension de Artistas

1956 Mexican Movie Poster – Pension de Artistas

1970's Mayor Dailey Neighborhood Program T-Shirt, Chicago

1970’s Mayor Dailey Neighborhood Program T-Shirt, Chicago

Vintage Wood Theater Chairs - Set of 6

Vintage Wood Theater Chairs – Set of 6

Old Animal Motif Indian Kantha

Old Animal Motif Indian Kantha

Vintage Leather Motorcycle Jacket - Hand Painted w/ 1920's Russian Movie Poster

Vintage Leather Motorcycle Jacket – Hand Painted w/ 1920’s Russian Movie Poster

Cast Aluminum Deco Door Knocker Peephole

Cast Aluminum Deco Door Knocker Peephole

Blue and Brown Ladies Boots

Blue and Brown Ladies Boots

Buddhist Church Drum And Bugle Corps Felt Banner - 11'x 3'

Buddhist Church Drum And Bugle Corps Felt Banner – 11’x 3′

Antique Leather Dr.'s Bag

Antique Leather Dr.’s Bag

1930's - 40's Elaborate Steamer Trunk

1930’s – 40’s Elaborate Steamer Trunk

Vintage Hand Painted Levi's Jacket - Buxom

Vintage Hand Painted Levi’s Jacket – Buxom

1970's Scaasi Dress

1970’s Scaasi Dress

Vintage Kids Wicker Rocking Chair

Vintage Kids Wicker Rocking Chair

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Ringo

Ringo Starr nee Richard Starkey – July 7, 1940

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Rory Storm & the Hurricanes - Ringo far right

Rory Storm & the Hurricanes – Ringo far right

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W/ Raquel Welch - The Magic Christian

W/ Raquel Welch – The Magic Christian

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God is in my life, says Ringo Starr

Ringo at 76

Ringo at 76

 

 

Louise Brooks – The Girl with the Bob

Louise Brooks (November 14, 1906 – August 8, 1985), born Mary Louise Brooks. She typified the Flapper era of the 1920’s but somehow managed to look completely different and modern by todays standards. She starred in just a few movies – 17 silents and 8 sound pictures, before retiring at the tender age of 32. She hated Hollywood with a passion and made her 3 most famous films in Europe; Pandora’s Box, Diary of a Lost Girl and Miss Europe, (the first 2 w/ director G.W. Pabst). She publicly danced nude, she had lesbian affairs (a one night stand w/ Greta Garbo), married a bunch of guys and made some bad decisions – what a woman!

c. 1925: Louise Brooks

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c. 1925: Louise Brooks

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1925: Portrait of Actress Louise Brooks.

1925: American star of the silent movie era, Louise Brooks.

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Young Louise

Young Louise

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With Richard Arlen 1970's

With Richard Arlen 1970’s

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The Mysterious German Fad of Posing with a Man in a Polar Bear Suit

A bizarre German craze of posing for pictures alongside actors dressed up as polar bears has been unearthed in a series of photographs dating back to the 1920s. The pictures were found hunting through flea markets for the past 20 years by French collector Jean-Marie Donat and are currently being exhibited at the Arles Photography Festival in the south of France.
There is little in the way of explanation for the social phenomenon except to say that for whatever reason Germany has had a long and crazy fascination with polar bears. 
 Why men in polar bear suits posing w/ tourists at the beach? No one knows, but thats the thing w/ fads, here one day, gone the next. Though this particular fad lasted about 40 years (1920’s – 60’s) and an occasional polar bear imitator can still be found on the streets of Germany to this day.

*Please forgive the occasional swastika – it was Germany in the 30’s after all. 

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