Monday, August 31, 2015
Monday, August 24, 2015
It's always nice to pick up original artwork but it's usually a rich man's game. That's why you have to be selective and get it when you find it. At a recent estate sale, most of the pickers were looking for old toys and stuff like that. Not much art. However, there was one nice piece that hung over the basement fireplace in a place of honor. At $40, it was WAY too pricey for that crowd and hung there for maybe two hours after the sale opened. Some guys get up at four in the morning to be first in line inside at these sales. But I'm sometimes amused at what's left by the time I roll in way later in some cases.
This is a mid-20th Century watercolor by Jacques Blein. He was a French graphic artist active in the 1930s to 1950s who produced some pretty nice travel posters for France as well as drawing great graphics for Essolube for its classic 1930s french magazine ad campaign. The watercolor is very nice with bright colors, nice condition and interesting industrial/nautical subject matter of a shipyard.
Friday, August 14, 2015
Here are a few recent junking purchases acquired at local estate and yard sales. This mint little badge was attached to 1930s/1940s automobiles to signify that they carried State Farm insurance-I think.
Father and Son Antiques.
Judging by the tall ship rigging, I'd guess this framed photo is from the 1940s or so, maybe earlier. Nice, large image with cool subject matter.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Just a few blocks from my abode is perhaps the hottest new beer spot in Raleigh. The Raleigh Beer Garden has just opened and offers nearly 350 taps--and vies for the World Record for having the most taps. I just need one...Schlitz..and I bet they don't have it. Oh well.
Now, here come the Trailer Trad quibbles. At the end of the day, the Garden is just like any other new big money Glenwood South watering hole. You line up with the usual dudes at the busy bar to pay upwards of TEN dollars for a beer. Trailer Trad tip for Raleigh-ites? Fill up on burgers and $2.50 PBRs next door at MoJos and slip into the Garden for face time, if you need that.