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Envelope art
Nixon drawing
Liberty drawing
Liberty drawing on an envelope
Flag raising carving by Unto Jarvi
Flag raising carving by Unto Jarvi
Drummer whirligig
Drummer whirligig
Painting of a military graveyard

Patriot missile birdhouse
Trench art
Trench art jeep and tank
from tin cans, found objects
Carved composition tank
"Evils of the World"
by Joseph Martin
Political memory bottle
Political memory bottle
Stealth bomber model
Stealth bomber model

Here are several patriotic drawings done on the envelope of a collector's issue of stamps. They are on 6 3/4 envelopes, unused except for the cancellation mark and in excellent condition. They are 6 1/2" by 3 5/8". We have several more envelopes decorated by the same hand with various motifs, ranging from the 1960's to the 80's.

Nixon drawingThis envelope has an intensely colored sketch of Richard Nixon and the words "Richard M. Nixon Jan. 09, 1913" stamped where the address would go. It was selected because the postmark date was Nixon's birthday. The stamps honor NATO, SEATO, literacy, and voter registration. The cancellation date is Jan 09, 1982. It is in excellent condition. The price is $85.00. Inventory code: ACHS.   Image.

Liberty drawingThis is a patriotic theme with an eagle, flag, and shield marked "Liberty". The envelope is cancelled June 8, 1963, "Stamporee Convention Station, Bradenton, FLA". The envelope is unused except for the cancellation mark and in excellent condition. The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: ACCH.   Image.

Flag raising carving by Unto JarviHere are two carved assemblages by Unto Jarvi. He was a Kentucky folk artist who was born in Finland and came to the U.S. as a child. After his retirement in 1971 he painted and carved his "Jarvi's Little People" to depict his history and way of life. His work was part of the exhibition "Kentucky Spirit: The Naive Tradition" at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art in 1991. Jarvi died that same year. We have another carved scene by Unto Jarvi available here.

This scene is a group of three men raising the flag. An older white-haired man is holding the lines to the flagpole. Watching him are a sunburned man in overalls who is holding a hoe, and an African-American man wearing a hard hat. Each man and the flagpole was carved separately then mounted on a plywood and pine base, which has a burned signature "Jarvi 1986". The figures range from 6" to 6 1/2" high, and the overall height is 17". The base is 10" by 10 3/4". The condition is excellent, with a few small scuff marks on the base. The price is $525.00. Inventory Code: CTAS.   See a slideshow of several views [685k] ... Flag raising carving by Unto Jarvi ... Another view ... A third view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... From above ... Closeup of signature from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Flag raising carving by Unto Jarvi ... Another view ... A third view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Drummer whirligigThis is a good looking and colorful whirligig of a uniformed drummer. As the vividly striped blade turns, the drummer's arms alternate up and down, beating the sticks on the drum. The whirligig is made from 1/2" pine, mounted on a metal base. It is 11 1/2" long by 20 1/2" high as mounted. The man is 8 1/2" tall and the blade is 12" across. From the second half of the 20th c., it is in very good, slightly weathered condition. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: CCWP.   Drummer whirligig ... The other side ... Arms moved ... With the base ... Another angle ... Front view ... The blade ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Animation of the motion [1.2 Mb].
Some much larger photos:   Drummer whirligig ... The other side ... Arms moved ... With the base ... Another angle ... Front view ... The blade ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Animation of the motion [1.2 Mb].

This is an oil painting, on unstretched canvas, of a W.W.II era graveyard. Rows of white crosses, surrounded by red poppies, recede into the distance. In the background are ruined buildings, rows of barbed wire, cannons, and explosions, as bombers fly overhead. Probably painted during or shortly after the war, it is unsigned. There is a 3" tear in the bottom edge, and two small nail holes at the top, where it was probably hung once. It is 44" high by 71" wide, rectangular: not skewed as it looks in the photo. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: PKOC.   Image.

This is a birdhouse in the shape of a Patriot missile. It is one of a group of military birdhouses that were made during the Persian Gulf war by Eugene Poore, from wood and found objects. It is painted red, white and blue with the words "PATRIOT" and "USA". It has two openings for birds, and is 28" high by 4 1/2" in diameter.The price is $195.00. Inventory code: PCHC. Image.

Trench artA very unusual "trench art" (actually attributed as P.O.W.) jeep and tank. These are models made from tin cans, and found objects. From W.W.II, they are intricate, detailed replicas with moving parts: wheels and steering wheel on the jeep, and the gun, treads, and pulleys on the tank. They are both in very good condition, with an old oxidized surface. The jeep is 5" long by 2 3/4" wide and high. The tank is 6" long, 3 3/4" wide and 4 1/2" high. The price is $200.00 each, or $375.00 for both. Inventory Code: AHSP.   Image ... Another view ... From above.

Model tankThis tank is hand made from a composition material, with a nail for a gun. It is 4" long by 2 1/4" wide by 2 1/4" high, painted brown. It is in fair condition with slight damage around the edges of the treads. The price is $25.00. Inventory Code: AAWT.   Model tank ...2nd view ...3rd view.

This crayon drawing by Joseph Martin illustrates the evils of the world. It includes cards, dice, a fetus, drugs, gun, a tombstone, and a Bible with a padlock through it surrounding a brain. It is 6" by 8 1/4", in excellent condition. The price is $160.00. Inventory Code: POKO.   Image.

Political memory bottleRemember the 70's? This political memory bottle is covered with Republican campaign buttons, flags, plastic marching band figures, bullets, a soldier, "Official U.S. Taxpayer G.O.P" buttons, and little plastic critters, some with wiggly eyes. From the late 70's, it is in excellent condition, 12" tall by 4 1/4" by 3". The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: POCT.   Image.

Stealth bomber modelStealth bomber modelThis is a folky, Stealth Bomber model hand-made from thin tongue and groove wood, with an old varnish surface. It is decorated with stripes and stars cut from newspapers, and has further detailing done in marker. The plane has two sets of metal wheels screwed to the bottom. The third set has the bracket, but the wheels are missing. It was made by Oliver Rzick and is signed and dated 4-24-99. This plane is 16" long, about 3" high, has a wingspan of about 41". It is in very good condition. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: AWKO.   From above ... Overall ... Side view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From below ... Closeup of bottom.


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