Popping in today with a "first day cover" of our hero, Buster Keaton. In case you don't know, a first day cover is a collectible so to speak. It is issued the first day a new postage stamp (or series of stamps) is released. It is usually an envelope or postcard with the stamp (cancelled) and some coordinating text or artwork. You can "Goggle" it for more detailed info and examples.
This is original art by me; my vision of a BK postage stamp and what the first day cover would look like. Disclaimer: the envelope and stamp below are totally made up, fake, false, bogus, have nothing to do with the USPS...
Kind of cool what one can do with printers, rubber stamps, and a little creativity.
Friday, March 1, 2019
Monday, February 18, 2019
Here is our latest video, Keaton Vs. Surrealism. We are joining Silent-ology's annual Buster Blogathon, February 18th and 19th. Hop on over and enjoy other "Buster" posts. If you're new here, feel free to root around in past posts and jump over to our Youtube channel (link at the right) to view our previous Buster tribute videos. Thanks for stopping in and Happy Blogathon-ing!
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Monday, February 4, 2019
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Here is a bit of Keatonablia I've never seen before. A c.1930 child's activity book called The Rapid Draughtsman. Made in Germany, the little book is the equivalent of today's "invisible coloring books." This antiquated version simply used a pencil (the edge of a coin might work too) to reveal an image on a blank page. Look what this page revealed.
Copies of this book are for sale. Here is the link with all the details, although there is no guarantee there will be another "Buster" contained within.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Don't forget the 5th Annual Buster Keaton Blogathon coming up in February. Once again hosted by Silent-ology, it is scheduled for the 18th and 19th. You can click on the BK picture on the right side for more details. Silver 17 will be contributing a video showcasing the surrealism in Buster's silent films. And if the photo below, "Buster Di Milo," doesn't scream, surrealism, then I don't know what does.
Footnote: Did you know the proper name for the original statue is "Aphrodite of Milos?" Yep. It was created around 100 BC. Wow.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
...you can read Buster's autobiography, My Wonderful World of Slapstick, online (and for free too)? Here is the link to the Media History Digital Library. And, in case you're interested, there are also other period articles and ads from magazines concerning BK at the same site.