A page from a Gretsch guitar and amplifier catalog, from Brooklyn, NY and Chicago, IL, published in 1968.

A page from a Gretsch guitar and amplifier catalog, from Brooklyn, NY and Chicago, IL, published in 1968.



A White Falcon Hollow Body Electric guitar scanned from a Gretsch guitar and amplifier catalog, from Brooklyn, NY and Chicago, IL, published in 1968. More photos from this beautiful catalog to come.

A White Falcon Hollow Body Electric guitar scanned from a Gretsch guitar and amplifier catalog, from Brooklyn, NY and Chicago, IL, published in 1968. More photos from this beautiful catalog to come.

A page from a Gretsch guitar and amplifier catalog, from Brooklyn, NY and Chicago, IL, published in 1968. Some real Op Art design moves here. More photos from this beautiful catalog to come.

A page from a Gretsch guitar and amplifier catalog, from Brooklyn, NY and Chicago, IL, published in 1968. Some real Op Art design moves here. More photos from this beautiful catalog to come.

A Gretsch guitar and amplifier catalog, from Brooklyn, NY and Chicago, IL, published in 1968. A recent flea market find. More photos from this beautiful catalog to come.

A Gretsch guitar and amplifier catalog, from Brooklyn, NY and Chicago, IL, published in 1968. A recent flea market find. More photos from this beautiful catalog to come.

An unbound booklet from 1959, published by Our Savior Lutheran Church - Norwood Park, in Chicago. I can’t tell how this was printed - possibly mimeograph? I’m liking the somewhat traced look of the lettering on the cover.

An unbound booklet from 1959, published by Our Savior Lutheran Church - Norwood Park, in Chicago. I can’t tell how this was printed - possibly mimeograph? I’m liking the somewhat traced look of the lettering on the cover.

A menu handbill, believed to be from Chicago’s Blue Note club and circa 1959. This was discovered this morning inside a stack of someone’s college notebooks. I left the notebooks and settled on a nice little pile of paper ephemera. See also, this 1959-60 concert calendar from the Blue Note.

A menu handbill, believed to be from Chicago’s Blue Note club and circa 1959. This was discovered this morning inside a stack of someone’s college notebooks. I left the notebooks and settled on a nice little pile of paper ephemera. See also, this 1959-60 concert calendar from the Blue Note.

A 1959-1960 handbill of upcoming shows at Chicago’s Blue Note. This was discovered this morning inside a stack of someone’s college notebooks. I left the notebooks and settled on a nice little pile of paper ephemera.

A 1959-1960 handbill of upcoming shows at Chicago’s Blue Note. This was discovered this morning inside a stack of someone’s college notebooks. I left the notebooks and settled on a nice little pile of paper ephemera.

A 1968 catalog for Coral-Danelectro guitars and amplifiers. This is one of two 1968 guitar/amp catalogs I grabbed for really cheap at the flea market this morning (the other is for Gretsch products) and both have beautiful graphic design that really captures the excitement of late 60s rock. Unfortunately the way this one folds out makes it hard to fully scan but I’ll post some more panels from it. Here’s the cover.

A 1968 catalog for Coral-Danelectro guitars and amplifiers. This is one of two 1968 guitar/amp catalogs I grabbed for really cheap at the flea market this morning (the other is for Gretsch products) and both have beautiful graphic design that really captures the excitement of late 60s rock. Unfortunately the way this one folds out makes it hard to fully scan but I’ll post some more panels from it. Here’s the cover.

This came from a box of 7” records at the flea market in Rosemont, IL this morning. Every 45 in the box had a handmade sleeve created from cut up, glued and folded pages torn out of magazines. All of the image/text/record choices appeared to be arbitrary in relationship to each other. I purchased two examples that I thought had the best image placements and records.

This came from a box of 7” records at the flea market in Rosemont, IL this morning. Every 45 in the box had a handmade sleeve created from cut up, glued and folded pages torn out of magazines. All of the image/text/record choices appeared to be arbitrary in relationship to each other. I purchased two examples that I thought had the best image placements and records.

This came from a box of 7” records at the flea market in Rosemont, IL this morning. Every 45 in the box had a handmade sleeve created from cut up, glued and folded pages torn out of magazines. All of the image/text/record choices appeared to be arbitrary in relationship to each other. I purchased two examples that I thought had the best image placements and records.

This came from a box of 7” records at the flea market in Rosemont, IL this morning. Every 45 in the box had a handmade sleeve created from cut up, glued and folded pages torn out of magazines. All of the image/text/record choices appeared to be arbitrary in relationship to each other. I purchased two examples that I thought had the best image placements and records.

A plain white 12” record sleeve with hand-written gang graffiti. Spotted this morning at the flea market in Rosemont, IL.

A plain white 12” record sleeve with hand-written gang graffiti. Spotted this morning at the flea market in Rosemont, IL.

Summer fun! An undated photo of an unidentified woman eating corn, from a photo album I purchased at Swap-O-Rama in Chicago about ten years ago.

Summer fun! An undated photo of an unidentified woman eating corn, from a photo album I purchased at Swap-O-Rama in Chicago about ten years ago.

Mini Evil Knievel, from the back cover of this fire-destroyed issue of The Amazing Spiderman.

Mini Evil Knievel, from the back cover of this fire-destroyed issue of The Amazing Spiderman.

From a box of destroyed comics at the flea market, a couple cheap charbroiled issues of The Amazing Spiderman called out to me. In addition to having been rescued from a fire, they were crudely entombed in heat-sealed bags. Monetarily worthless, but quite beautiful as an artifact. Here it looks like the Kingpin is about to crush Spidey. The Final Hour indeed!

From a box of destroyed comics at the flea market, a couple cheap charbroiled issues of The Amazing Spiderman called out to me. In addition to having been rescued from a fire, they were crudely entombed in heat-sealed bags. Monetarily worthless, but quite beautiful as an artifact. Here it looks like the Kingpin is about to crush Spidey. The Final Hour indeed!

From a box of destroyed comics at the flea market, a couple cheap charbroiled issues of The Amazing Spiderman called out to me. In addition to having been rescued from a fire, they were crudely entombed in heat-sealed bags. Monetarily worthless, but quite beautiful as an artifact. I’ve edited the original post I made to show the comic outside of the bag.

From a box of destroyed comics at the flea market, a couple cheap charbroiled issues of The Amazing Spiderman called out to me. In addition to having been rescued from a fire, they were crudely entombed in heat-sealed bags. Monetarily worthless, but quite beautiful as an artifact. I’ve edited the original post I made to show the comic outside of the bag.