Thursday, October 8, 2009

the world I know

Among collectors of Americana, much is made of the nation's folk art. The picture postcard is folk document. Studying them it is better to renounce sentimentality and nostalgia, that blurred vision which destroys the actuality of the past.
Walker Evans (1903-1975) photographer and educator

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)essayist, poet and philosopher

Museums are the cemeteries of the arts

Alphonse de Lamartine (1790-1869) poet, writer and statesman

Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles, and kindnesses, and small obligations, given habitually, are what win and preserve the heart and secure comfort.
Humphrey Davy (1778-1829) chemist & inventor

More is required of public officials than slogans and handshakes and press releases. More is required. We must hold ourselves strictly accountable. We must provide the people with a vision of the future.
Barbara Jordon (1936-1996) attorney, politician, human rights activist

An original is a creation motivated by desire. Any reproduction of an originals motivated be necessity. It is marvelous that we are the only species that creates gratuitous forms. To create is divine, to reproduce is human.
Man Ray (1890-1976) artist

The corkscrew: a useful key to unlock the storehouse of wit, the treasury of laughter, the front door of fellowship, and the gate of pleasant folly.

notes on photos:
  1. from the exhibit walker evans and the picture postcard which was held at the metropolitian museum of art, march 2009
  2. a gathering of train enthusiasts sharing their miniature trains collections with the public at the penitentiary glen reservation, ohio fall 2008
  3. collection maintenance, the louvre, paris october 2005
  4. a collection of kitchen utensils, hancock shaker village, massachusetts, june 2007
  5. I am ashamed to admit that I am bit of a packrat, or would that be pack mouse? however, other than books, kitschy toys, and an enormous collection of photographs (most of which I've taken), the only other collection which is worthy of a mention is my button collection - maybe one of these days I'll find time to organized my books, photographs and buttons.
  6. in 1920 artist and collector katherine dreier joined with man ray and marcel duchamp to create a collective of dada and post-modern artists which they named the société anonyme, inc. this photo shows the artist that were part of the group from the traveling exhibit that visited the phillips collection, washington dc january 2007
  7. just a few of the thousands of corkscrews at the musée du tire-bouchon, ménerbes france, october 2005

    collective soul's 1995 song the world I know


Chris Wolf said...

LOVE your button collection-I always stop to read people's sentiments on their lapels. and like this song too

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Coffee Messiah said...

All top notch, but agree, since it appears to be a thing of the past, the button collection is great.

Sorry I never kept all mine ; (

Cheers 2 ya!

Baino said...

Oh I love your model train men. Bless his blue dungarees! Ah and we've seen the button collection before. This must be a very "American" thing. The cork screws are hilarious . . .poor man on the far right has a serious case of 'brewers droop'. Great post as usual. Much fun!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

chris- a person's buttons are like their books, their selection says much about them and what they care about.

koorooko - I do believe this comment would constitute spam!!

coffee - based on the topics and causes I do believe my collection is a thing of the past, present and the future..... it is tragic that some of the buttons from say 25 years ago are still as relevant today as then.... I am sorry to hear you no longer have your buttons - I have a few real treasures in mine -

baino - those characters were so interesting! what is that they say about boys and their toys! ah, this is the first time I've ever posted a photograph of my button collection - although good memory, I have posted a photo of buttons from sale at a peace fair. on close examination of these buttons you will note quite a few quite historically significant buttons that are unique to my collection as they reflect my attendance or participation at specific event. there were lots of anatomically inspired corkscrews in the musee's collection - they were a hoot!

Anonymous said...

GAH! I WANT THAT TRAIN!!!! I'd trade all my old enamel buttons&pins but sold them off long ago :( And punch up "Collyer brothers" on youtube, kimy. I found a couple of interviews( Also edited my post )...and like that Lamartine quote! Happy TT!!

Roy said...

I love the shot of the jars from the Shaker village! Very, what? Earthy? Homey? A combination of those two, maybe.

And I have a friend on who's a great collector of postcards and prints. He publishes an article every day on one of hus finds, and I love reading them.

Such a diverse array of collections, Kim! Good job on the theme!

Holly said...

Love your colorful button collection and model trains too....Fubulous collections!!!~Holly

Kate Hanley said...

Great post. You've just inspired me to do a collections post for TT

Brian Miller said...

ha. this one was a lot of what big train collection he has...i imagine it makes him (as well as othres smile though) great fun today kimy!

e said...

What wonderful photos and collections! That button collection is fabulous and you're right about many of the issues of the last 25 years still being relevant...It seems we just never learn!

Skip Simpson said...

I also loved the train picture! A gorgeous collection of photos of collections! LOL! Great post and happy TT!

Jasmine said...

Wonderful photographs.

Nancy said...

Great pics and quotes, as usual. I really liked the one about museums and cemetaries.

Wings said...

There is something for everyone and someone for everything, yes?

Tom said...

leave it to the French to house a corkscrew collection like that. Say, how do you say corkscrew in French?

mouse (aka kimy) said...

tom to answer your question corkscrew is tire-bouchon en francais

still wandering around the tt players! happy tt everyone!

California Girl said...

What would Barbara Jordan say about Congress today?

Megan said...

Imagine if you couldn't store your photographs on the computer, how completely snowed under you would be!


Great job, as usual, Kim!

lettuce said...

i love the kitchen collection

but still can't quite accept the word "kitchenalia"

CatLadyLarew said...

Great collections! Sorry I'm a little late getting here!