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exhibition/performance, conceptual, figurative, digital, research modern painting traditional drawing, non-profit, publication, books, ArtBooks, Blog, Vingtage Sleaze, folk art, outsider art, Art History mixed-media traditional photography photography


Jim Linderman is a Grammy nominated writer, artist, collector and iconoclast.

THE BOOKSTORE of Dull Tool Dim Bulb Books HERE


Smut by Mail: Vintage Graphics from the Golden Age of Obscenity

160 colorful pages of the most absurd and beautiful (often at the same time) vintage graphics and advertisements for Mail Order Smut from the Glorious age of Obscenity!

Using the archive of Original mail-order forms from the 1950s and 1960s collected by Victor Minx SMUT BY MAIL: VINTAGE GRAPHICS FROM THE GOLDEN DAYS OF OBSCENITY illustrates some 150 examples of art used to promote and sell soft-core porn.
Today laughable and virtually innocent, at the time the producers of the material were hounded by postal authorities and subjected to numerous censorship cases, which the essay by Jim Linderman discusses. Colorful, vibrant and downright odd, it is another example of formerly lost and forgotten art being brought to attention by Dull Tool Dim Bulb Books. Striking primitive and naive graphics which pre-date the punk esthetic by 20 years. 20 pages of the 2011 book are available for preview HERE. Certainly one of the most unusual and interesting vernacular art books of the year.


The Thousand Dollar Book: Smut and the Milwaukee Obscenity Bust of 1957

Writer and collector Jim Linderman from the noted blog Dull Tool Dim Bulb finds yet another forgotten story. In 1957 Milwaukee, hapless bookstore owner Samuel R. Hochman is arrested and convicted of obscenity attempting to stock his shelves with sleazy digest books produced by criminal elements, hack writers using fake names and the startling illustrations of Eugene Bilbrew and Eric Stanton. With Court transcripts, vintage ads, scarce mail order catalogs and more, the unfortunate story is told here for the first time.

INCLUDES a reprint of the ENTIRE BOOK for Which Hochman was convicted, THE SEX FACTORY by H. Tennob. Not seen for over 50 years, the book contains numerous Bilbrew illustrations which have never been reprinted. Of interest to legal scholars, book collectors and anyone who enjoys a true story with spicy pictures!


Not celebration, but documentation of a people, place and time which existed briefly in captured snaps of Central Michigan during and immediately after the Second World War.  In Middle America on the cusp of the 1950s, a family fights isolation with few choices, missing sons, distant neighbors and a seemingly bleak, unfortunate reality.  Black and white portraits by an anonymous photographer, these are the images he left behind.

Centerpiece of the Jim Linderman blog network.  A blog about surface, wear, form and authenticity in art, antiques, design and photography. Dull tool and dim bulb were the only swear words his father ever used. Items from the Jim Linderman collection of vernacular photography, folk art, ephemera and curiosities.  Weird, wonderful, wicked and smart. OVER 500,000 Page Views and Counting!


Jim Linderman Profiles and examples of the forgotten artists and illustrators of vintage sleaze.  From the virtually unknown African-American master Eugene Bilbrew to the well-known drawings of Eric Stanton, and every cocktail napkin and matchbook illustrator inbetween.  Low Art becomes High Art on Vintage Sleaze.

GALS GAMS GARTERS: The Virgina Stockings Scrapbook Published 2009

Jim Linderman discovers an eccentric scrapbook of an anonymous artist who collaged hundreds of stocking clad legs from girly magazines of the 1950's.  Dumpster dived by a student in Virgina 50 years ago, the material has been republished as a book again by Victor Minx and Jim Linderman

SHY SHAMED SECRET SHADOWED HIDDEN: Vintage Vernacular Erotic Photography Hardcover 80 pages over 100 illustrations Jim Linderman with Victor Minx   Published 2009

100 original photographs from the collection of Victor Minx, the pseudonym of a prominent collector of vintage photographs. All the photographs pre-date the digital era. That is, all are unique, original, vintage photos printed on paper at or near the time of their being taken. Some were printed in editions and sold "under the counter" or in the back pages of men's magazines, others were taken as a memento by an amateur photographer for his own use. All fit the criteria indicated by the title of the exhibition.


1890-1950   Published 2009  GRAMMY NOMINATED 12/09

Winner Living Blues Award Best Historical Reissue 2010Photographs from the Jim Linderman collection with a CD of historic early recordings. Produced by Steven Lance Ledbetter. Essays by Jim Linderman, Luc Sante.  Published 2009 by Dust to Digital.  Reviews, Film, Press Releases, etc.  A published hardcover book with CD 2009.  Site contains film, reviews, press-kit, links.

THE PAINTED BACKDROP  Behind the Sitter in American Tintype Photography

Published 2010

The art of the hand-painted backdrop in 19th Century American Tintype Photography, this book will open a new dialog on the relationship between painting, art and photography.   With stunning illustrations from the Jim Linderman collection, the book opens a whole new dialog on the history of both painting and photography in 19th century America.

CAMERA CLUB GIRLS: Bettie Page and the Work of Rudolph Rossi
The extraordinary hand-painted photographs of Rudolph Rossi. Rossi was an informal member of the New York City Concorde Camera Club in the repressive 1950's. For a ten dollar fee, he photographed Bettie Page and a plethora of interracial models, then later meticulously hand-painted the photographs creating the illusion of color photography. An exceptional body of work by a previously unknown and unrecognized photographer and erotic artist from a time when such activity was taboo.

Vernacular religious detritus from the Jim Linderman collection of photography and ephemera. Jesus is my jet plane and I have the Lord on speed dial. Old Time Religion is a natural line extension from Dull Tool Dim Bulb, where posts of this nature occur every Saturday night while the rest of you are sinning. Wake up, it is Sunday morning!  Praise the Lord and Click to Enlarge!



Recent Exhibits

Jim Linderman participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2012 The Linderman Collection Arcane Americana Slideshow (SEE LINK HERE)
La Lettre de la Photographie
Nov, 2011 Camera Club Girls Rudolph Rossi Vintage circa 1950 Photographs
Au Boudoir Art Space Santa Fe
curated with these artists
Jim Linderman has curated with these artists:

Anonymous Photographers of Arcane Americana Rudolph Rossi
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Jim Linderman has curated at these venues:

La Lettre de la Photographie Au Boudoir Art Space Santa Fe
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