Medical Oddities, Nature's Anomalies and Carnival Gaffs: A Pop Up Book for Children

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    Medical Oddities, Nature's Anomalies and Carnival Gaffs: A Pop Up Book for Children, a rather odd book from the Colmore Collection.
    The mummy face in the middle does not appear to be made from paper. It has a pliable leathery texture. It is quite similar to a mummy that was part of the American Dime Museum's collection. There is no author or publishing information listed anywhere in this volume. I suspect it is a one of a kind privately produced work. Note that the titular card has the word "anomalies" misspelled. It appears correctly on the cover and title page of the tome itself. Many of the items depicted throughout the book appear in other forms as part of the Colmore Collection.

    Created for Textures for Layers Challenge #71: Old Book

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    1. crowolf 58 months ago | reply

      Thanks! There are passport offices located in Lochwinnoch, Scotland, Lupelulla, Alabama and Innsmouth, Massachusetts.

    2. pareeerica 58 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called GhostWorks, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      Wonderful work!

    3. paperform 58 months ago | reply

      this doesnt look real - the form in the middle doesnt look like it is attached to the page correctly to fold...

    4. crowolf 58 months ago | reply

      Hmmm, paperform, I don't recall posting this to any paper folding "critique requested" groups.

      The authenticity of the Neville Colmore Collection has never been in question. One might as well question the existence of fairies or whether Dr. Walter Traprock sailed to the Filbert Islands or visited the North Pole! I assure you the Traprock Society has no patience for humbuggery or nattering naysayers but in the interest of Science we must not stifle spirited debate.

      First we must define our terms. What is "real" exactly? You are correct that this is not a pipe. Perhaps in appearance it is surreal. However, the "form in the middle" did physically exist in space and time when I photographed it. In that sense it is real. Unless of course you are of the opinion that our entire reality is merely the dream of an extraterrestrial dolphin that does not sleep. In that case we will have to not wait in the forest to listen to hear if any trees do not fall in order to resolve this debate, but I digress.

      If you'd bothered to read the description you might have noted that the "form in the middle" does not appear to be paper. Therefore, logically, it would not fold like paper. I will quote the pertinent section to save the arduous task of scrolling to the top and reading the descriptive material I have provided.

      "The mummy face in the middle does not appear to be made from paper. It has a pliable leathery texture. It is quite similar to a mummy that was part of the American Dime Museum's collection."

      It looked like it might not fold, but rather sort of crumple, when the book was closed. It does appear to have been split in the middle to accommodate closing or perhaps due to repeated closings. It appeared to be attached only at small points where the ears would have been. Perhaps it would fold when closed but you are probably correct that it would not fold perfectly flat. The ears might be intact on the preceding and following pages.

      I am not qualified to certify whether or not the "form in the middle" is an actual mummy face. It might well be a medical oddity, one of nature's anomalies or a carnival gaff as suggested by the provenance card. May I refer you to John and Alice Durant's excellent "Pictorial History of the American Circus" New York, NY: A.S. Barnes and Co., 1957? It has an excellent section on pickled punks and carnival gaffs. Any good online dictionary could help you with the definition of the word gaff, but the Durants could put it in the proper context for you.

      The tags and the rest of my work should be a pretty clear tip off as to the intent of the piece. Thank you for your comment but in the future, please refrain from trying to spoil things for the other kids and return to your regularly scheduled origami obsession. I, in turn, hereby swear on the moustache of Salvador Dali not to visit your stream and leave comments about how your paper sculptures of fruit and meat do not look real because they have straight edges, solid colors and folds not found in natural fruit or meat.

      Do feel free to send any comments on my spelling or grammatical errors in this post or any further unsolicited critiques of my parenting skills, swordplay, art, cooking or photography to:
      Mr. Crowolf
      Care of The Traprock Society, Colmore Investigative Project
      1921 Swank Road
      Lupelulla, Alabama 35904

    5. paperform 58 months ago | reply

      hehe =)
      well said then

    6. crowolf 58 months ago | reply

      Thanks. (Tongue always planted firmly in cheek.)
      From the film "A Mighty Wind"

      Lawrence E. Turpin: All right, here's your giant banjo...
      Jonathan Steinbloom: Um-hmm. It's very flat.
      Lawrence E. Turpin: Well, it doesn't look flat from in the audience.
      Jonathan Steinbloom: It has basically, no dimension to it.
      Lawrence E. Turpin: Well, it's painted to look three dimensional. If you go back there, trust me...
      Jonathan Steinbloom: But it's not painted on the back. I'm looking at the back right now. Will you look with me for a minute?
      Lawrence E. Turpin: Why would it be... From the audience it's gonna look perfectly fine. And it looks three dimensional. Just go out there and take a peek.
      Jonathan Steinbloom: Well, is this the real furniture or is this the rehearsal furniture?
      Lawrence E. Turpin: Well, A it's not called furniture. It's a set.
      Jonathan Steinbloom: Uh-huhh...
      Lawrence E. Turpin: And it's painted this way. It looks completely three dimensional from the audience, if you just go out that way, Mr. Steinbloom.
      Jonathan Steinbloom: So this is the real furniture, and this is... Is this an actual street lamp?
      Lawrence E. Turpin: I'm sure it was at one time.
      Jonathan Steinbloom: Can you have an actual three dimensional object that represents the thing that it actually is, can that be next to something that it's pretending to be? Would that be okay?

    7. Slimdandy 58 months ago | reply

      This image, along with the related remarks by the artist, are absolutely brilliant! (after seeing the latest "Harry Potter" film with my Granddaughter, I find myself using the word, "brilliant" all the time). I really, really mean it this time; this thread is brilliant! I've already faved it, or I would fave it again.

    8. crowolf 58 months ago | reply

      Thanks for your support of the important work of the Traprock Society.

    9. Tennerka 58 months ago | reply

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    10. rajesh9922 55 months ago | reply

      Good photo collection.
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    11. funk_so_bravo 54 months ago | reply

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    12. Tony Carlos Br 53 months ago | reply

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    13. Anne-Miek Bibbe 50 months ago | reply

      AMAZING PIECE!
      I LOVE THIS BOOK!

      I would love to pick it up, feel the weight, smell the old fragrance, browse, study and keep it for a while on my on my bedsidetable.

    14. Alda Cravo Al-Saude 46 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called A Square Magic [Admin Invited] P1/A2, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    15. Alda Cravo Al-Saude 46 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ¸.•*´¨*•.Studio for Moderns and Classics © (Adm Invt), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    16. AA <©>photography.tw 46 months ago | reply

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    17. Catherine B 63 [deleted] 46 months ago | reply

      Interesting shot & lovely processing.

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    18. Evaline Merlin 45 months ago | reply

      Wow, fantastic!!

    19. Alex Åkesson 29 months ago | reply

      awesome comment, you win the box!

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