Category Archives: Curious Clutter

Like Spotting Bigfoot

Inexplicably, a phonebooth stands at the corner of 15th and Snyder in South Philadelphia. I haven’t seen one in years and suddenly coming upon one was surprising if not startling. Sadly, the receiver was vandalized so no, it was not … Continue reading

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Blister Pack of Mayhem

Tina made this find in a junk store in Philadelphia’s Italian Market. It cost all of 50¢.

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Having worked in art supply stores for an inordinate amount of time in the 20th Century, I’ve gathered a lot of rare, old or obscure art making tools just as a whale gathers barnacles. This fat lead holder is one … Continue reading

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This collection of arrowheads spent several decades nestled in a drawer in my parents’ spare bedroom. I have very little information on them except that they belonged to my grandmother’s second husband who had visited the Southwest. I’ve poked around … Continue reading

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Ask Your Father

Ma, it says right here that they’ll send ya ‘ONE PREGNANT MALE who will give birth to as many as 25 babies!’ How can that be, Ma? How can that be?

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Don’t Feed Them After Midnight

It’s always the way: I am tearing the place apart looking for something which I never find but I uncover something which I had completely forgotten about. In this case I found a couple 0f pages of stickers promoting Joe … Continue reading

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Almost All of Them Flops

This is a nicely printed flyer that was handed out at a comic book convention in the very early 1980s. On the opposite side of what’s pictured above was a list of horror and science fiction classics released by Universal … Continue reading

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Dymo-Mite Tapewriter

Sometimes the old way of doing things is the best way.

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Digital Clutter

This is a followup to my earlier post about the art school formerly known as The Philadelphia College of Art. Thanks to the Internet Archive which is probably the greatest site on the internet a number of odd, wonderful and … Continue reading

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The Way It Was

This terrific map is from the 1982-83 Philadelphia College of Art catalog which I uncovered amid my clutter and marveled at the terrifically clean graphic design done well before anybody had heard of Illustrator, Freehand or CorelDraw. This was all … Continue reading

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