Monday, April 20, 2009

The Homestead Rocker

Charles Davidson's picture was taken in 1926 as he sat in a straight-back chair in front of his one room homestead shack which he shared with his son on Beaver Creek, South of Havre, MT. He also shared his 'swimming hole' with the neighbor children, including my mother-in-law. This rocker belongs to her, and I combined her rocker and 'Grandpa' Davidson for a graphite painting in 1988. I recently found this piece of paper that included a rocking chair and I couldn't resist putting the two of them together.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Curve King Cigars

I think this qualifies as old paper, since this cover was created in 1939. I was commissioned to put art work on this very collectible piece of paper, and in looking for Cigar Box art, I came across this baseball related inner box liner that I couldn't resist using. The owner of the paper was more than willing to let me use this image!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Gus Wants To Polka-Polka

Gus gets three records at the Montana Music Company in Butte, Montana, in 1903. I decided to find a record label that didn't have a dog on it (Victor, His Master's Voice), and I came up with this British label from 1902. I wish I could find more music store paper like this, because I've got an excellent source for some really nice labels from 78 RPM records.

This piece was juried into the Blackfoot Valley Art Auction, and is scheduled to be auctioned on Friday Evening, the 7th of August.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

My First Off the Envelope

Mr. Myklebust has a problem with rats in his Department Store in LaCrosse, Washington, - in 1928. So, he writes to Northwest Chemical & School Supply in Spokane and requests a bottle of Ratin for rats and he of course wants it at once. It took me a bit of searching on the web, but I found just what he wanted, although the bottle I found was empty. This piece of paper was a lucky find in a box of four hundred pieces of paper.