The weekends are usually rich in new objects here at Obscura.
A good part of Monday is spent re-arranging, making new relationships between the new and the old. For those of you familiar with the shop, you might recognize some familiar items, but often they will shine brighter with a new co-mingling.
Here are some groupings you can see in the store for Monday, march 21st.
Physically back into the shop after a three week hiatus and on to the current photo diary, huzzah!
There are many a beautiful photo tucked away, hiding behind or mingling with other, disparate objects. Here's looking at some of what we have on hand now...disclaimers after the pics.
Heartbreak Alert: the last two photos, the post-mortems of children have both sold.
Such variety in the representation of the human figure here at Obscura.
We start with my favorites, the painted tin dancing girls from the Minskoff Theater, and end with a sample of drinking glasses. Dated earlier than the variety where the clothing disappears with condensation, these models are clothed when viewed from the outside, but naughty and nude on the inside.
The Minskoff dancers and the poseable artist's model are still available.
Here we have what I find to be one of the most beautiful objects in the world - a white velvet, silver bouillon-thread embellished, latter 19th Century, skull and crossbone encrusted Oddfellow's Apron!!
Mike brought it into the shop from an auction at a New Jersey Oddfellows Lodge. All of the other aprons and banners were beautiful examples of painted silk, and of these I believe one or two examples remain, BUT this beauty was so spectacular it went immediately to Mike's private collection, but for once I was ready with camera and at least got some lovely photos to share.
As always feel free to call Obscura at 212-505-9251 and Evan and Mike can let you know what aprons or banners are available.
Not just any doll will do here at Obscura. Evil clown doll, yes please - pretty bisque doll with every hair in place, um not so very interesting.
Besides the aforementioned evil clown doll, a favorite was the dirty faced doll, in the ruffled dress, her appeal undeterred by her detached broken arm.
But first let's start with the strangely mannish Betty Grable canvas doll. I know it is her because there is a tiny typewritten label attatched to the back: 283. Betty Grable. Are they still out there and who are they, those missing numbers 1 through 282? I want to see them all.