An illustration from the back cover of an undated booklet titled “Hungarian Specialities” published by IBUSZ in Budapest. Graphics are credited to Ervin Ágas.

An illustration from the back cover of an undated booklet titled “Hungarian Specialities” published by IBUSZ in Budapest. Graphics are credited to Ervin Ágas.

A diagram, published by the West Coast Lumbermen’s Association in Portland, Oregon, showing the lumber contents of a Douglas Fir log. Undated.

A diagram, published by the West Coast Lumbermen’s Association in Portland, Oregon, showing the lumber contents of a Douglas Fir log. Undated.

From the flea market in Rosemont, IL this morning. This is a magical collection of items arranged in a perfectly harmonious balance with the universe. The woman that set these things out for sale is an artist. Buy all four objects together and I’m pretty sure that you could use them to build a time machine.

From the flea market in Rosemont, IL this morning. This is a magical collection of items arranged in a perfectly harmonious balance with the universe. The woman that set these things out for sale is an artist. Buy all four objects together and I’m pretty sure that you could use them to build a time machine.

From the flea market in Rosemont, IL this morning. A horrible combination of ideas: the crappy plastic spawn of Halloween, pumpkins, and football. Why?

From the flea market in Rosemont, IL this morning. A horrible combination of ideas: the crappy plastic spawn of Halloween, pumpkins, and football. Why?

Dial ‘H’ for Hotdog. From the flea market in Rosemont, IL this morning. The old man selling this stuff also sells at Swap-O-Rama and is one of my favorite vendors. Incredibly cheery guy. Nonetheless, I did not purchase any of this crap. The hot dog could probably be cut in half and turned into a wonderful coffin!

Dial ‘H’ for Hotdog. From the flea market in Rosemont, IL this morning. The old man selling this stuff also sells at Swap-O-Rama and is one of my favorite vendors. Incredibly cheery guy. Nonetheless, I did not purchase any of this crap. The hot dog could probably be cut in half and turned into a wonderful coffin!

From the flea market in Rosemont, IL this morning. If the elegant woman in this painting was still alive, I can only imagine how pissed off she’d be to find her portrait propped up against a van in a parking lot, placed at the end of a long row of cheap plastic tubs and folding tables.

From the flea market in Rosemont, IL this morning. If the elegant woman in this painting was still alive, I can only imagine how pissed off she’d be to find her portrait propped up against a van in a parking lot, placed at the end of a long row of cheap plastic tubs and folding tables.

Chicago: I’ll be at the Medium Cool Art Book Fair at the Half Letter Press / Temporary Services table. Come say Hello! You’ll be able to pick up a few Public Collectors booklets and anyone that purchases anything will get a free copy of the Public Collectors’ Malachi Ritscher booklet.
Medium Cool is Sunday, August 10, 10:00 AM – 8:00PM at Prairie Production,1314 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 6060.

Chicago: I’ll be at the Medium Cool Art Book Fair at the Half Letter Press / Temporary Services table. Come say Hello! You’ll be able to pick up a few Public Collectors booklets and anyone that purchases anything will get a free copy of the Public Collectors’ Malachi Ritscher booklet.

Medium Cool is Sunday, August 10, 10:00 AM – 8:00PM at Prairie Production,1314 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 6060.

Today marks the anniversary of the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima by the United States.
You can download a complete PDF of the 1981 book The Unforgettable Fire - Pictures Drawn By Atomic Bomb Survivors, at this link on Public Collectors’ website. It is one of the most deeply moving collections of drawings you will ever see.
From the back cover: “The art in this book was a response to a request broadcast on a morning television program in Japan for drawings from atomic bomb survivors. The results were immediate. The television station was inundated with drawings. So powerful were the survivors’ desires to share their memories that they turned to whatever materials were at hand – pencils, crayons, watercolors, Magic Markers, colored pencils, India ink – and drew on the backs of calendars, advertisements, bills, or even the paper used to cover Japanese sliding doors. Some drew on the backs of children’s scribbled papers, probably those of their grandchildren.”

Today marks the anniversary of the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima by the United States.

You can download a complete PDF of the 1981 book The Unforgettable Fire - Pictures Drawn By Atomic Bomb Survivors, at this link on Public Collectors’ website. It is one of the most deeply moving collections of drawings you will ever see.

From the back cover: “The art in this book was a response to a request broadcast on a morning television program in Japan for drawings from atomic bomb survivors. The results were immediate. The television station was inundated with drawings. So powerful were the survivors’ desires to share their memories that they turned to whatever materials were at hand – pencils, crayons, watercolors, Magic Markers, colored pencils, India ink – and drew on the backs of calendars, advertisements, bills, or even the paper used to cover Japanese sliding doors. Some drew on the backs of children’s scribbled papers, probably those of their grandchildren.”

A friend and I were discussing Funkadelic records and I thought that maybe I should investigate the state of my Funkadelic vinyl. Like the band itself, it’s kind of a mess. Even though I’ve thinned out duplicates here and there, I still somehow have four copies of the first album. One is original and playable, one is a clean reissue, one is original and cracked in half from when a shelf fell on it, and one is just a sleeve with no record. Yeah, it’s bad. The biggest prize here is my copy of “One Nation Under A Groove” that Funkadelic artist Pedro Bell signed after my group Temporary Services interviewed him a bunch of years back. He wrote: “Markodelic, May the bionic fist of zeepalogical audacity propell your entity up and beyond the Call of Booty!” Words to live by.

A friend and I were discussing Funkadelic records and I thought that maybe I should investigate the state of my Funkadelic vinyl. Like the band itself, it’s kind of a mess. Even though I’ve thinned out duplicates here and there, I still somehow have four copies of the first album. One is original and playable, one is a clean reissue, one is original and cracked in half from when a shelf fell on it, and one is just a sleeve with no record. Yeah, it’s bad. The biggest prize here is my copy of “One Nation Under A Groove” that Funkadelic artist Pedro Bell signed after my group Temporary Services interviewed him a bunch of years back. He wrote: “Markodelic, May the bionic fist of zeepalogical audacity propell your entity up and beyond the Call of Booty!” Words to live by.

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A small notepad created by Acme Eyelet & Stamping Co., St. Charles, Illinois, 1978.

A small notepad created by Acme Eyelet & Stamping Co., St. Charles, Illinois, 1978.

One of many 1” buttons designed by the artist Chuck Jones for an exhibit in Oak Park, IL in the early 2000s. Hundreds of buttons featuring dozens of designs were spread out across a table. Visitors were invited to make a donation in a jar and take as many different buttons as they wanted. This button features Trent Lott, who as some may recall, made a bigoted comment at Strom Thurmond’s 100th birthday party in 2002.

One of many 1” buttons designed by the artist Chuck Jones for an exhibit in Oak Park, IL in the early 2000s. Hundreds of buttons featuring dozens of designs were spread out across a table. Visitors were invited to make a donation in a jar and take as many different buttons as they wanted. This button features Trent Lott, who as some may recall, made a bigoted comment at Strom Thurmond’s 100th birthday party in 2002.

One of many 1” buttons designed by the artist Chuck Jones for an exhibit in Oak Park, IL in the early 2000s. Hundreds of buttons featuring dozens of designs were spread out across a table. Visitors were invited to make a donation in a jar and take as many different buttons as they wanted.

One of many 1” buttons designed by the artist Chuck Jones for an exhibit in Oak Park, IL in the early 2000s. Hundreds of buttons featuring dozens of designs were spread out across a table. Visitors were invited to make a donation in a jar and take as many different buttons as they wanted.

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The mighty band Funkadelic sang in 1970:
“I got a thang you got a thang everybody’s got a thang When we get together doin’ our thing In order to help each other”
And with that, I’d like to announce that Public Collectors is now on Library Thing. I (Marc Fischer) will be focusing on books in my own collection on the topics of collections, archives, ephemera, creative collecting projects, material culture, and the various issues surrounding ‘stuff.’ If you are passing through Chicago and need to consult something, please feel free to contact me. You can see my Public Collectors-related book collection here. More titles will be added as they are acquired, unpacked, or remembered!

The mighty band Funkadelic sang in 1970:

I got a thang
you got a thang
everybody’s got a thang
When we get together
doin’ our thing
In order to help each other

And with that, I’d like to announce that Public Collectors is now on Library Thing. I (Marc Fischer) will be focusing on books in my own collection on the topics of collections, archives, ephemera, creative collecting projects, material culture, and the various issues surrounding ‘stuff.’ If you are passing through Chicago and need to consult something, please feel free to contact me. You can see my Public Collectors-related book collection here. More titles will be added as they are acquired, unpacked, or remembered!

The sexy side of Swap-O-Rama flea market, particularly for people that also have a bungee cord and barbell fetish. Taken this morning on South Ashland in Chicago.

The sexy side of Swap-O-Rama flea market, particularly for people that also have a bungee cord and barbell fetish. Taken this morning on South Ashland in Chicago.

If you’ve followed Public Collectors for a while, you know that Swap-O-Rama on South Ashland in Chicago is a special place. Here are some of today’s offerings. The real challenge here is to come up with a project that necessitates the use of each of these items.

If you’ve followed Public Collectors for a while, you know that Swap-O-Rama on South Ashland in Chicago is a special place. Here are some of today’s offerings. The real challenge here is to come up with a project that necessitates the use of each of these items.

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