Monday, June 29, 2015

Convention Report: The Black Cat Scrapbook, 1896-97


From the collection of Dee Radcliffe, a linen scrapbook, 1896-1897. The artist: Nellie Littlehale Umbstaetter.

Here's a link for more information about Umbstaetter, who was the illustrator of the magazine, not the creator of the scrapbook, as far as I can tell:







From Dee's notes: 
"The Black Cat" (magazine, 1895-1922) specialized in short stories of an unusual nature. Founded in Boston by Short Story Publishing Co., seldom more than 48 pages in length, the many Black Cats were cut out of the magazines and places on pages in this scrapbook.


A blue-ribbon winner.





Love the black pussy-willows!



Sunday, June 28, 2015

Convention Report: Brenda Starr altered book by Sandy Vanderpool


It was great to see so many altered books in the Competition. I think this was the first time it was listed as a category.


Sandy designed costumes based on the book illustrations.









Friday, June 26, 2015

Convention Report: The Competition


This is one of my favorite convention events: the Competition. You'll see things you didn't know existed, and rare items that you've heard about and in mint condition. 











Willie Gee by Robert Henri, 1925



The Newark Museum

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Friendship Club paper dolls


Mark Woodcock sent me these images while I was away at the convention. The artist is Barbara Briggs, who did Cathy Goes to Camp. 




The convention is a kind of friendship club, come to think of it. David Wolfe and Jenny Taliadoros did an outstanding job -- the right mix of workshops, programs, entertainment and of course beautiful souvenirs. The Raffle Room was amazing -- so many generous donations from artists and collectors. 

I'll post more convention images in the days ahead, and link to Anne K. Donze's convention blog and a Facebook page that I believe Kim Cataldo is putting together...

Convention Report: Dress-A-Doll Dolly Parton


The Dress-A-Doll entries were absolutely inspired! The Dolly Parton doll was created by David Wolfe, and artists went to town dressing her up.