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Coney Island Brand Exotic Canned Food #77 Nekomata

Coney Island Brand Exotic Canned Foods

 

Origin: Coney Island area of Brooklyn, New York, USA

 

Date: circa 1862 - present

 

Size: 112 x 75 x 75 mm (15 ounce capacity can)

 

Description of the artifacts: The original factory Coney Island Fine Foods was located in the heart of the Dreamland Amusement Park in the Coney Island area of Brooklyn, New York. The owner Henry J. Feltman was a very eccentric man who worked in a variety of jobs including a circus sideshow performer at traveling Ten-in-One-shows (human block head, contortionist, sword swallower, magician, and fire breather) when he was young. He later opened a seafood restaurant, Palace of Mermaids, in Coney Island and served varieties of exotic dishes from all over the world. His financial success led him to open a new factory to package and market his popular foods in the Northeast. The company became famous and very popular by originating Coney Island style Clam chowder and Coney Island style canned clams in Coney Island in 1862. At one point, Feltman’s clam chowder was as famous as two other famous foods which originated in Coney Island; hot dog (1867) and frozen custard (1919). Unfortunately this famed company was destroyed by the Dreamland Fire of 1911.

 

The current factory, Coney Island Fine Foods Yamada International, Inc., is located by the Stillwell-Coney Island subway station, which is only two blocks from the original factory. This company is a part of the Dr. Takeshi Yamada’s Museum of World Wonders. To appeal to the unique American consumer culture of food and art, in recent decades, the company has been issuing a series of limited-edition unique exotic canned foods as fine art objects for collectors. Examples of them are horseshoe crab, Fiji alligator, Madagascar giant hissing cockroach, Coelacanth, Japanese fugu, water bear, hairy trout, king tarantula, black trilobite, blue poison dart frog, sea lily, Jackalope, box jelly fish, blue poison dart frog, fire salamander, walking leaf, mermaid’s toenail, Hawaiian giant snail, giant vampire bat, Imperial dodo, coconut crab, pelican gulper eel, king piranha, etc. The signed one of a kind beautifully rendered canned labels of these exotic canned foods are also marketed as fine art prints. By using fancy phrases such as “Food for the Eyes”, “Food for the Soul” “Food for the Spirit”, and “Food for the Mind”, these artworks were widely marketed. With this ingenious packaging and marketing strategy, today, the Coney Island brand exotic canned food has been sold at major novelty stores, gift shops, museums and commercial art galleries around the world. Today, these exotic canned foods as artworks are as treasured as a bottle of fine wine among discriminating collectors for their cabinets of curiosities.

 

1. Horseshoe Crab, 2004

2. Orange Trilobite, 2004

3. Madagascar Giant Hissing Cockroach, 2004

4. Desert hairy Scorpion, 2004

5. Black Trilobite, 2004

6. Coelacanth, 2004

7. Stag Beetle, 2004

8. Giant Starfish, 2004

9. Giant Cave Roach, 2004

10. Lion Fish, 2004

11. Emperor Scorpion, 2004

12. Tadpole Shrimp, 2004

13. Rainbow Sea Slug, 2004

14. Sea Hare, 2004

15. King Cicada, 2004

16. Sea Lily, 2004

17. Mammoth Ant, 2004

18. Jewel beetle, 2004

19. Mermaid’s Purse, 2004

20. Spiny Bullfrog, 2004

21. Sea Apple, 2004

22. Sea Cucumber, 2004

23. Feather Star, 2004

24. 17 Year Cicada, 2004

25. Chinese Dragon Eel, 2006

26. Golden Ammonite, 2004

27. Black Ammonite, 2004

28. Tiger Ammonite, 2004

29. Desert Tadpole, 2004

30. Seahorse, 2004

31. Hammerhead Shark, 2004

32. Japanese Fugu, 2004

33. Coconut Crab, 2004

34. Pelican Gulper Eel, 2004

35. Flying Fish, 2004

36. Nautilus, 2004

37. Paper Nautilus

38. Mermaid’s Toenail, 2004

39. Blue Morpho Butterfly, 2004

40. Walking Leaf, 2004

41. King Tarantula, 2004

42. King Piranha, 2004

43. Fire Salamander, 2004

44. Orange Disc Coral, 2004

45. Rose Anemone, 2004

46. Crocea Clam, 2004

47. Blue Poison Dart Frog, 2004

48. Red Sea Cucumber, 2004

49. Hawaiian Giant Snail, 2004

50. Box Jellyfish, 2004

51. Spring Roses, 2004

52. Summer Butterflies, 2004

53. Hawksbill Turtle, 2004

54. Blue Ribbon Eel, 2004

55. Ringed Sea Slug, 2004

56. Sunflower Starfish, 2004

57. Mountain Jackalope, 2004

58. Spiny Rattle Snake, 2004

59. Fiji Alligator, 2004

60. Blue Mud Puppy, 2004

61. Golden Sand Dollar, 2004

62. Giant Vampire Bat, 2004

63. Matamata, 2006

64. Killer Whale, 2005

65. Mexican Jumping Beans, 2004

66. Luna Moth, 2004

67. Winter Snow Crystals, 2004

68. Hermit Crab, 2004

69. Imperial Turkey, 2004

70. Hairy Trout, 2005

71. Imperial Dodo, 2005

72. Water Bear, 2005

73. Autumn Leaves, 2006

74. Thylacine, 2006

75. Asian Longhorned Beetle, 2006

76. Sea Rabbit, 2006

77. Nekomata, 2006

78. Sea Cobra, 2009

79. Tsuchinoko, 2009

  

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Reference: Dr. Takeshi Yamada as “Immortalizer” of the AMC cable television competitive fine art reality show, “Immortalized”, season 1, aired in 2013:

www.amctv.com/shows/immortalized

www.facebook.com/ImmortalizedAMC?filter=1

www.amctv.com/shows/immortalized/cast/takeshi-yamada

blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/immortalized-cast-photos/...

blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/immortalized-season-1-cas...

www.imdb.com/media/rm471641344/tt2631416

blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/immortalized-season-1-cas...

www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/nyc-taxidermy...

blogs.amctv.com/movie-blog/2013/02/immortalized-takeshi-y...

www.amctv.com/immortalized/videos/spoilers-the-final-reve...

blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/immortalized-season-1-epi...

amusingthezillion.com/2012/11/29/coney-island-taxidermist...

amusingthezillion.com/2013/01/30/video-of-the-day-meet-ta...

www.ign.com/videos/2013/01/29/immortalized-meet-takeshi-y...

www.amctv.com/immortalized/videos/on-air-trailer-wood-duc...

www.amctv.com/immortalized/videos/on-air-trailer-real-ori...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0i6KqUN22E

www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iLUTs-KSXI

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bdxsl1HI5a4

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nwsz0nRnWJg

www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8SrTXdjikw

mm.gettyimages.com/mm/nicePath/gyipa_public?nav=pr181713719

www.amctv.com/real-original-thursdays

www.hollywood.com/photos/tv/55000551/amc-s-immortalized-t...

www.hollywood.com/photos/tv/55000551/amc-s-immortalized-t...

www.poptower.com/news-52146/freakshow-immortalized-tv-sho...

iamturbo.com/new-taxidermy-reality-show-to-star-coney-isl...

tv.yahoo.com/news/amc-pits-taxidermists-against-each-othe...

animalnewyork.com/2013/new-taxidermy-reality-show-to-star...

www.sheepsheadbites.com/2013/02/takeshi-yamada-immortalized/

blogs.smithsonianmag.com/artscience/2013/02/outrageous-ta...

tv.nytimes.com/2013/02/14/arts/television/immortalized-an...

www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/freakshow-immortalized-t...

www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/news/article_17114...

www.rlslog.net/immortalized-s01e01-hdtv-x264-bajskorv/

trailerrss.com/immortalized-amc-series-premiere-promo

thegame4.com/immortalized-clip-meet-takeshi-yamada/

www.outdoorhub.com/news/man-vs-fur-amcs-new-competitive-t...

www.avclub.com/articles/freakshowimmortalized,92526/

blogs.amctv.com/movie-blog/2013/02/freakshow-immortalized...

www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/02/amcs-immortalized/

blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/02/immortalized-tax...

www.factpile.com/8874-watch-immortalized-on-amc/

www.hollywood.com/photos/tv/55000551/amc-s-immortalized-t...

twitpic.com/c1q9rx

www.michigandaily.com/blog/wire/alumni-profile-takeshi-ya...

art-design.umich.edu/news/takeshi_yamada_featured_on_amcs...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FoD-OptXgk

www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9aROKs_iSQ

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4msQyZqOrOY&NR=1&feature=...

www.gothic.net/immortalized-amc-taxidermy/immortalizer-ta...

www.gothic.net/immortalized-amc-taxidermy/immortalized-co...

www.gothic.net/immortalized-amc-taxidermy/

www.gothic.net/immortalized-amc-taxidermy/immortalized-co...

www.gothic.net/immortalized-episode-3-the-odyssey/

www.dragonblogger.com/about-immortalized-amcs-new-unscrip...

idownloadg.eu/tag/size-matters/

horrorboom.com/tag/takeshi-yamada/

  

Reference (newspaper articles and reviews):

www.cvltnation.com/god-of-freakstakeshi-yamada/

online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704828104576021750...

www.villagevoice.com/2006-11-07/nyc-life/the-stuffing-dre...

karlshuker.blogspot.com/2011/06/giant-sea-serpents-and-ch...

amusingthezillion.com/2011/12/08/takeshi-yamadas-jersey-d...

amusingthezillion.com/2010/12/07/art-of-the-day-freak-tax...

amusingthezillion.com/2010/10/27/oct-29-at-coney-island-l...

amusingthezillion.com/2010/09/18/photo-of-the-day-takeshi...

amusingthezillion.com/2009/11/07/thru-dec-31-at-coney-isl...

4strange.blogspot.com/2009/02/ten-of-takeshi-yamada-colle...

www.flickr.com/photos/museumofworldwonders/5440224421/siz...

www.gobrooklynart.org/studio/takeshiyamada

spexyandheknowsit.tumblr.com/post/42840993672/spexy-guy-d...

www.teoti.com/art-comics/15119-takeshi-yamada-s-creative-...

pinterest.com/lmartin84/taxidermy-i-know-it-s-weird/

secretscienceclub.blogspot.com/2007/11/long-live-taxiderm...

www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/34/48/24_taxidermycontest_2...

boingboing.net/2006/11/21/takeshi-yamadas-curi.html

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takeshi_Yamada

www.digplanet.com/wiki/Takeshi_Yamada

 

Reference (fine art websites):

www.roguetaxidermy.com/members_detail.php?id=528

www.brooklynartproject.com/photo/photo/listForContributor...

www.bsagarts.org/member-listing/takeshi-yamada/

www.horseshoecrab.org/poem/feature/takeshi.html

www.artfagcity.com/2012/09/06/recommended-go-brooklyn-stu...

 

Reference (flickr):

www.flickr.com/photos/takeshiyamadaimmortalized/

www.flickr.com/people/searabbit16/

www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit15/

www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit14/

www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit13

www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit12

www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit11

www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit10

www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit9/

www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit8/

www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit7

www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit6

www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit5/

www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit4/

www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit3/

www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit2/

www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit1/

www.flickr.com/photos/museumofworldwonders3/

www.flickr.com/photos/museumofworldwonders2

www.flickr.com/photos/museumofworldwonders/

www.flickr.com/photos/takeshiyamadapaintings/

 

Reference (other videos):

www.youtube.com/watch?v=otSh91iC3C4

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhIR-lz1Mrs

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BttREu63Ksg

 

Reference (videos featuring sea rabbits and Dr. Takeshi Yamada):

www.amctv.com/immortalized/videos/who-is-takeshi-yamada-i...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ek-GsW9ay0

www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJK04yQUX2o&feature=related

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrCCxV5S-EE

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0QnW26dQKg&feature=related

www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpVCqEjFXk0

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NlcIZTFIj8&feature=fvw

www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UPzGvwq57g

s87.beta.photobucket.com/user/katiecavell/media/NYC%2008/...

www.animalnewyork.com/2012/what-are-you-doing-tonight-con...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeAdsChmSR8

www.ign.com/videos/2013/01/29/immortalized-meet-takeshi-y...

superforest.org/2010/11/takeshi-yamada-rogue-taxidermist/

 

Reference (sea rabbit artifacts)

www.wondersandmarvels.com/2012/06/coney-island-sea-rabbit...

www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit3/5417188428/in/photostream

www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit3/5417189548/in/photostream

www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit3/5416579163/in/photostream

www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit3/5417191794/in/photostream

www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit3/5417192426/in/photostream

www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit3/5417192938/in/photostream

www.thewheelhousereview.com/2012/07/18/person-of-interest...

crappytaxidermy.com/page/25

 

(updated March 4, 2013)

 

takeshiyamada.weebly.com

 

For any questions, please contact Dr. Takeshi Yamada via his official art website and his email there. See the first page and/or the last page of this website for details.

   

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