Category Archives: Vernacular Photography

The 1936 Mexican Snapshot Mystery

I love a mystery.  After I helped with an estate sale a few doors from where I live in Santa Paula I was given a box of old snapshots that were left over.  The daughter told me the snapshots were … Continue reading

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An Anonymous African Photo Album. Is it Nuba or Jos Plateau?

  I have owned an interesting African photo album for a couple of years.  It is anonymous.  No names or dates or any data on it anywhere.  It has a snake skin cover.  I have shown it to several people … Continue reading

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Committee for the Defense of the Vernacular

While on my recent trip to Cuba I brought gifts for the people I met.  I thought a lot about what gift would be suitable.  Should I give money?  Or soap?  I heard the Cubans always need soap.  I finally … Continue reading

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Vintage Che Collecting in Cuba

I have just returned from a week in Cuba.  I was there with a group through Ventura College.  I was there to not only take photographs but also to collect art and photographs.  There were not many vintage photographs of … Continue reading

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The Vernacular Bestiary

The Vernacular Bestiary As part of my “Collection Within a Collection” I accumulate photographs of animals.  One room of the house has nothing but photographs, paintings, prints and folk art of various animals.  It’s also a library/sitting room/office.      … Continue reading

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How I Found The Vernacular Holy Grail for $5.00

I was reminded about the existence of this small catalog from reading Barbara Levine’s book “Snapshot Chronicles”.  I talked to one Vernacular dealer who actually had one but left it out on his table and it walked away.  I recall he said … Continue reading

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Santa Monica Vernacular Show

On Jan. 12/13 I set up an 8 foot table at the first annual Vernacular Show at the Santa Monica airport.  We were across the street from PhotoLA.  I was selling snapshots, painted press photos from the 1940s, photos of … Continue reading

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