1. Morton Bartlett (1902-1992)

    Morton Bartlett, born in Chicago, was orphaned at the age of eight. Adopted by the Bartlett family of Cohasset, Massachusetts, he made Boston his assumed home town. After a short education at Harvard College, Bartlett undertook a number of jobs throughout his early life, including positions in advertising, furniture sales and management. He eventually established himself as a self-employed businessman in printing design. It was not until his death in 1992, while arrangements for his funeral were being prepared, that his private collection of self-made figures of children, was finally discovered. It is believed he first started creating his accurately executed figurines over a period of 30 years until stopping in the mid-1960s. He left 13 statues of children: three boys most likely modelled in his own image and the rest girls. He used anatomy books to ensure his figures were accurately scaled, revealing a compulsive attention to detail. Bartlett took photographs of his dolls in life-like situations, either nude or wearing clothes that he made himself. Bartlett described the purpose of his ‘hobby’ in his College Yearbook as ‘to let out urges which do not find expression in other channels’.

    - Raw Vision

     
  2. 1919-2014

     
  3. philamuseum:

    Today we remember and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. This wood carving, ”Love” by Elijah Pierce (1892-1984), a self-taught artist who created and displayed his work in his barbershop in Columbus, Ohio, commemorates King and incorporated his religious beliefs into the work. Please share with us how Martin Luther King, Jr. inspires you and influences your life on this day and every day.

    “Love” (Martin Luther King, Jr.), date unknown, by Elijah Pierce, The Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection

     
  4. revoltedstates:

    Pennsylvania’s Civil War - Old Iron City Fiddle by Heinz History Center on Flickr.

    The “Pennsylvania’s Civil War” exhibit features this “Old Iron City” camp fiddle retrieved by the members of the 193rd Pennsylvania and inscribed with the names of each of the soldiers.

    (via smalltownreverie)

     
  5. tolteka:

    restored mural in Boyle Heights

    Los Angeles, California

    (via nezua)

     
  6. On yarn bombing, or “guerrilla knitting”:

    Some engage in yarn bombing as a fun and creative way to use up left over yarn, others consider it an urban intervention to personalize otherwise cold and impersonal spaces or to make socio- political statements. Humor is often a major component of yarn bombing, which by its nature embodies contradictory idiosyncrasies within itself. 

    In its seemingly odd juxtaposition of knitting and graffiti, often associated with opposing concepts such as female, granny, indoors, domestic, wholesome and soft vs. male, enfant terrible, outdoors, public, underground and edgy, the practice of yarn bombing  redefines both genres. Yarn bombing transforms knitting from a domestic endeavor to public art, recontextualizing both knitting and graffiti, both of which are marginalized creative endeavors that fall outside ‘high art.’”

    -www.yarnbombinglosangeles.com

     
  7. Drawings by John Jacob Omenhausser, made during his incarceration at Point Lookout Prison on the Potomac River. Point Lookout was made to hold Confederate POWs after the battle of Gettysburg, and was soon so overcrowded that prisoners had to rely on each other for the most basic of provisions. In Omenhausser’s drawings, prisoners negotiate amongst each other for food and wares. These illustrations depict the kind of ingenuity and self reliance required of all incarcerated peoples, but also the relative space for social and material organization that is not afforded those in more formal correctional facilities. It is possible that Omenhausser used these sketches to barter for provisions, as each book of drawings that he produced has a different individual’s name on the title page.

     
  8. American soldiers knitting at the Walter Reed military hospital, 1918.

     
  9. A journey through the Carolinas in Spring, 2013.

    "America is not nearly done. We’re only in the beginning. Who knows who we will be? Who knows… what color we will be? It is all something that, maybe, our descendants - if they survive that long - will see."
    -Alice Walker 

     
  10. hueandeyephotography:

    Grounded Caddy, Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved  hueandeye

    (Source: hueandeye.blogspot.com, via nezua)

     
  11. canttakemeanywhere:

    Addie: “you must need a lot of love…”

    Matthew Kramer, 2013.

     
  12. alifewithdenim:

    OFFICIAL RAYON BANDANAS

    1940s - 1960s

    (via smalltownreverie)

     
  13. Muffler Man

    New Hampshire

    ca 1950

    This four-foot tall man made of found metal parts served as a mail box holder in New Hampshire.

     
  14. "Cajun Fais Do Do"

    Artist unknown

    "Fais do do" means "go to sleep." While the families dance at the fais do do, their babies sleep in another room. Through the open door on the left, we can see the young ones in their cribs.

     
  15. "Eve"

    "Jesus King of the Road"

    Willard J.