Monday, March 11, 2019

Buster's First Day Cover

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

Keaton Vs. Surrealsim

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

Random Keaton Note #17

Buster was officially a cryptographer during WWI, although he seems to have spent more time entertaining that "crypting."

Can you spot BK in the middle?

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Rapid Draughtsman

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

Just A Reminder

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

Random Keaton Note #16

Buster was set to appear in Shubert's Passing Show of 1917 in New York City when fate intervened, and he crossed paths with Roscoe Arbuckle.

Coney Island 1917

I think everyone is happy with Buster's choice.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Did You Know... 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.

Happy reading!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Uncomic Moments

We hope 2019 is off to a good start for you! We have the latest Buster tribute video up and running. You might recall the working title for this was But Seriously, Buster. Obviously, we came up with something a little more fitting. Enjoy!

Monday, December 31, 2018

Good-bye 2018

I'm sure most Keaton fans have seen this image before. Now it is 90 years old!