Saturday, May 10, 2008

Flashlight Museum Website

Davy Crockett and Zorro - 1950s to early 1960s. Flippo lights.
Circa 1905 porcelain stick pin with a clown's head. The wire leads to battery case that held a 2 "AA" battery pack.
1905-1920 stick pins
The Gem-Lite was made about 1933 through 1935 and used 2 "AA" cells -Art Deco purse lights.
Stuart Schneider is an interesting man with an interesting website full of old flashlights and flashlight history. It also appears that he is a lawyer and he has a few other "museums" on his site as well. (Some people pack a lot into a single lifetime.) But, for now, I will just direct you to the flashlight museum because it is so cool and it will take up a bunch of time just looking at and reading about these beautiful objects.

Flashlight Museum

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Friday, May 09, 2008

Mojo Repair Shop

Early 60's surf music, dirty blues from the 1920's-1950's, newish garage punk from Japan, The Troggs, the Shaggs, James Brown, Screaming Jay Hawkins, The Rutles (?!), Psycho-Sonic Garage Punk Blasts from the 60's, etc. This blog makes us "aware". Cool album covers. Eclectic, odd assortment of hip, humorous and dirty music choices. The Hokum Scorchers say two thumbs up for:

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Vintage Newspaper Illustrations

"O. Henry's Unknown Side," Magazine Section, New York WorldMay 24, 1912
and from the Chicago Tribune, "A Few Snake Stories," November 18, 1894

STWALLSKULL (that fabulous blog) alerted me to the American Newspaper Repository which is now housed at Duke University. There is a nice gallery page on their website (where I found the images above):
also check out the

Wednesday, May 07, 2008


The Creature, painting by Amy Crehore

Wish I could go to Palm Springs this weekend. Tiki Caliente is gearing up and they are all a buzz on the Tiki Central forum. Wildsvilleman (this guy really looks wild and cool with his fez) and M Modern Gallery are putting the event on together. There will be lots of activities, vendors, booze, special t-shirts, etc. I went to Palm Springs for the Blonde Bombshell show 2 years ago and it was so much fun.
A couple of blogs have blogged about the upcoming M Modern 5th Anniversary Tiki show: Teddy's wonderful Pop Drawer and a Japanese blog called Doodle Art Journal which is part of A2 Cafe Website (a cool place to find modern pop art). STWALLSKULL also picked up my link. I think I need to have a print done of this image (or another one) featuring a ukulele. Here is a link to Tiki Magazine - they will also be at the event in Palm Springs.
The Art of Amy Crehore

Monday, May 05, 2008

Maker Faire is a BIG Hit

I wish I had gone to the Maker Faire this past weekend at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds in California. The event attracted an unheard of 80,000 people, double the number of last year. The New York Times has some great photos including this one of people riding around in cupcakes. I wanna do that! Read John Markoff's article:
New York Times
More links to articles about the faire on the Make Blog
I think they are onto somethin'. People just love making and inventing things. It's fun.

The Art of Amy Crehore

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Hokum Scorchers Sing "Let's Get Drunk Again"

Bo Carter trading card by R. Crumb
Listen to "Let's Get Drunk Again", originally done by Bo Chatmon in 1938 (a.k.a. Bo Carter). This song was recorded by the Hokum Scorchers for their first tape in 1990. Lou plays the National Guitar, Amy plays the washboard w/cups and they both sing on this number.
Follow this link and scroll down for music player.
This song changes every Sunday Night, so it will probably different by the time you read this.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Amy Crehore in 5th Anniversary Show at M Modern Gallery, Palm Springs

"The Teaser" painting copyright Amy Crehore, oil on stretched linen
"The Examiner" painting copyright Amy Crehore, oil on stretched linen
"The Nibbler" painting copyright Amy Crehore, oil on stretched linen
I will be showing and selling three of my original paintings from my "Monkey Love Series" in the 5th Anniversary Show at M Modern Gallery in Palm Springs, CA. Each painting has a beautiful black carved frame. The exhibit opens at 7 pm on May 9th, 2008 and continues through mid-June. The theme of this group show is Tiki and it makes up part of a huge Tiki celebration in Palm Springs called "Tiki Caliente" taking place that weekend (May 9-11, 2008). M Modern has a big new gallery and there will be two solo shows opening that night as well : Derek Yaniger and Lyle Motley.
Here is the list of participating artists in the 5th Anniversary Show:
Amy Crehore, Anthony Ausgang, Atomikitty, Bosko, Brandon Steen, Brett Hess, Chris Reccardi, Crazy Al, Dale Sizer, Dave Calver, Dave Pressler, Derek Yaniger, Donella Vitale, Gollyan, Heather Watts, Jacklyn Presant, James Naccarato, Jasmine Worth, Joe Vitale, Joey Remmers, John Bell, Jophen Stein, Ken Ruzic, Lynne Naylor, Mark Bodner, Mark Covell, Miles Thompson, Naoto Hattori, Netherland, Nicole Steen, Pizz, Roger Webb, Sam Gambino, Sarah Joncas, Shag, Thorsten Hasen Kamm, Tiki Tony, Pesci One, and more.
If you would like one of these original paintings, it might be your last chance to get one. The others in my Monkey Love Series have already sold (more than a few to notable people).
(Check my website for Monkey Love print sale during month of May)