He Sculpts Rail Spikes
Discarded railroad spikes are turned into iron cartoons by Howard Munce, a New York art director who finds his raw material along the roadbed of the railroad near his Connecticut home.
He uses a handsaw, file, welding torch, forge and anvil to fashion amusing figures that also have merit as pieces of sculpture.
How One Man Makes Good Use of a Common Wrapping Material That Most of Us Throw Away
THIRTY years ago, as a child, Paul E. Tichon began collecting scraps of tin foil. He still does. In the meantime, every scrap he could lay his hands on he has converted into hundreds of delicately hand-wrought pieces of “sculpture,” some of which are illustrated on these pages.
Is Your Mascot Missing?
The passion for authenticity among classic car owners means money in the bank to Clairmonte.
Don Clairmonte of New York City’s Greenwich Village is a one-time car salesman who turned sculptor. One of his specialties is restoring, reproducing and creating mascots to ride up front on rejuvenated classics and custom jobs. His copies are chrome or nickel-plated bronze castings, and there’s no way of telling them from the real McCoy.
Maybe I should change the name of the category to YDI…
They Made It From You-Do-It
The Prices’ Trinkit, a jewelry enameling kit, turned them into big-time hobby makers.
By Phil Hirsch
BILL and Barbara Price were in a rut.
Both of them had been department store buyers for three years. Now, in the spring of 1953, their jobs were beginning to pall. They wanted something a little more exciting to do.
Their bank account amounted to $3,500. By investing the money in a business, Bill and Barbara could buy all the excitement they wanted. But instead, they gambled their savings on a trip to Europe, in the hope that the trip would produce a money-making idea.
Undoubtedly in WW III the robot drone prisoners will take up this very same hobby.
PASSING THE IDLE HOURS German captives in France, in order to puncture the deadly monotony, spend their time making toys out of egg shells, paper, and bread crusts, for the peasant children.
THREE EXAMPLES OF OVO-ART On the left we have a Russian soldier ogling a bottle of vodka—the label on this bottle had to be translated twice in order to appear in English. On the right is the brother-in-law of Lewis Carroll’s March Hare.
$500 FOR ONE PAPER DOLL
Jack Eisner might make you a doll for $200, but his regular price is more, and his customers keep him very, very busy.
BY Louis Hochman
SOUNDS silly for a man to spend his time cutting out paper dolls. Stuff for kids and crazy people. But it’s silly like a gold mine for Jack Eisner of Kew Gardens, Long Island. He cuts out paper dolls and sells them for $500 apiece.
His first paper doll was a caricature of Jack Oakie, the film comedian. Eisner admits it was pretty crude, but it impressed the art director at Paramount Pictures.
“You’ve got something there,” the art director told Eisner and doled out twelve whole dollars for his paper doodle.
That was Eisner’s first paper profit. Since then, he has bettered both his technique and his income. Now he gets from $200 to $500 for a single caricature.
JUNK YARD FANTASY
Toni Hughes Turns Metal Lath And All Manner Of Odd Junk Into Weird Things That Critics Call Works Of Art—And She Sells Them!
by Irwin Kostin
MISS TONI HUGHES, New York artist, is the junkman’s delight. Out of the junkyard and the hardware store she has devised a new art form that has become the latest fad in New York art circles and is rapidly sweeping across the country. Her art is readily adaptable to the workshop and should furnish a world of hew ideas to everyone who has a flair for the unique and a workshop and a junkyard handy.
The basis of most of her creations is wire netting, varied with metal lath, grillwork and ordinary wire screen. These materials she supplements with assorted hardware accessories, ribbons, seashells, rubber balls, old funny papers—or what have you?
Novel Colored Postcards Made With Cancelled Stamps
Fashioning artistic postcards with cancelled postage stamps is all in the day’s work for an obscure Chinese artisan of Formosa. He sketches his scenes and then fills them in with parts of stamps, to make truly colorful pictures. Two of his best pieces of work show a lady riding in a rickshaw and a lady riding a caribou. Exceedingly intricate designs can be worked out with the stamps and the art introduced by the Chinese is destined to become quite a fad.
Grotesque Heads “Carved” from Pasteboard
Masks and heads bearing a striking resemblance to the persons caricatured are “carved” from plain cardboard or tin sheet metal by a Polish sculptor and painter. Scissors and paper clips form his only tools in fashioning the grotesque figures which have attracted attention in European art circles and won him praise.