Saturday, April 28, 2007

My God They Breed/Tattoos/Tiles / Bookplates

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Click On Images To Enlarge-I got quite a few colorful tattoo related calling cards from one paper dealer in Kutztown

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I went to the opening day of something called the Kutztown Extravaganza on Thursday April 26. For those of you not familiar with the event, picture this: several acres of Pennsylvania farmland where about 1,000 antique and junk dealers set up tables and tents and wait for the buyers, who are eager to pay 15.00 each to be there as things are being unpacked.The days of finding treasures at every other table are long past but it's still exciting to participate.My best find was a polychrome Dutch tile circa 1640-75 (ref Dutch Tiles,Philadelphia Museum Of Art,p.88) Should I tell you how much I paid for it ? That would be gauche wouldn't it? I can't stop myself ,$12.00

The next Extravaganza will be on June 28Th-30 and you can get details at

In case you are wondering I did not get any bookplates but I did add some items to my tattoo collection.

Perhaps I should explain that as a seven year I bought penny ink transfer tattoos(Decalcomanias) at a local candy store in Brooklyn .Whenever I find remnants of old tattoos, I purchase them for my ephemera collection. There is a certain irony in the fact that I find most real tattoos repulsive.It was one thing to see tattooed waitresses when I used to travel to rough places in Kentucky and West Virginia but it's really frightening to see young people with grotesque images on their arms and necks pushing baby carriages in Rittenhouse Square. My God they breed.
I should add at least some bookplate information so let me direct you to the website for Dr. Wolfgang Rieger, a dealer who has a nice selection of German bookplates.
See you next week.


Anonymous said...

How much is tile worth?

Lew Jaffe said...

I do not know with any certainty because the condition is poor.Having said that and I sincerely hope you are not the seller, I probably would have had to pay $125.00 + for the tile elsewhere.

Library Diva said...

I like your blog! I have never heard of anyone collecting these bookplates before, or thought much about them. seeing them on your website, I'm struck by their beauty. I have a blog about books and plan to add you as a link as soon as I get "home" to my own blog!

Lew Jaffe said...

Thank You. I always appreciate that and look forward to reading your blog.
Lew Jaffe