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A Legacy of Tramp Art
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This book presents over 600 historical images and introduces newly discovered artists of tramp art. Made from society’s discards, primarily wooden cigar boxes and wooden crates, tramp art is the story of the common man, unschooled in the arts, taking a simple tool to carve a legacy from the heart for all to enjoy and celebrate.
                                   
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The Art of Everyman
Tramp Art was an art movement found throughout the world in which mostly men whittled small pieces of wood, primarily from discarded cigar boxes and shipping crates, into layers of geometric shapes having the outside edges of each layer notch carved.
It was popular from the 1870s to the 1940s when the art form began to decline.


                           
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The Art of the Reel
Anyone who has gone to the movies remembers the posters of the current feature mounted in glass cases out in front of the theater and inside the entrance. These posters drew viewers in and each presented an image of the film that was meant to entice and engage.

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WPA Passes the Test of Time
The year is 1935 and the Great Depression is in full swing. In an effort to help provide economic relief to the citizens of the United States, Congress created the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as part of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. Today, collectors admire the wonderful art produced as a result of this program during that depressed time.
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Picture That Tune
It was post-war America during the late 1940s when Sav-Way Industries of Detroit, Michigan, produced these unique “picture” records on the “Vogue” label. From May 1946 to April the following year, Sav-Way produced 74 different, 10-inch Vogue records.

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Collecting the American Dream
Through the 1920s and 1930s, America was in a state of chaotic confusion. The highs of the early 1920s came crashing down on that fateful day in 1929 when it seemed the rug had been pulled from under everyone. It took a long while to recover, but during the 1930s, the country saw the light at the end of the tunnel—at least they thought they did. Then came World War II.

                          
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Where will you find a chair used by Abraham Lincoln and a Rolls-Royce once owned by the Beatles? The answer is the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York City. The car, donated by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1978, was sent to Sotheby’s in the summer of 1985 where it sold for $2,090,000. Obviously, the museum needed the money more than the fame the car would have brought.

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Where did the much-overused phrase “the red carpet treatment” originate? It all started with the 20th Century Limited, the New York Central Railroad’s high speed overnight Pullman train between New York and Chicago
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