THE ViETNAM ZiPPO
LiGHTER

From the collection of Bradford Edwards, Photography by Misha Anikst, copyright Asia Ink and Visionary World 2007.

You can take a closer look at Vietnam Zippos if you follow this link to amazon.com.

 

We've been reading Sherry Buchanan's Vietnam Zippos: American Soldiers' Engravings and Stories 1965—1973 (from the collection of Bradford Edwards).

It's an intriguing book, illustrated with hundreds of photos of engraved Zippos, with informative explanations of the inscriptions on the lighters, and with brief descriptions of the historical and cultural setting in which these folk art relics emerged.

So we decided we'd give you an excerpt from this fine title, artist and Zippo collector Edwards' essay on how his collection came to be.

Flaming Beauty

Satan’s Angel has worked in burlesque since the early 1960s. We’ve interviewed her.

 
 

“It’s Different From Anywhere Else”

In G-Strings and Sympathy anthropologist Katherine Frank writes about the “regulars” in the clubs she worked in as a stripper. We have a chapter from her book for you: Searching for Escape.

 

Espectacular de lucha libre

Through hundreds and hundreds of photos on 296 beautiful pages, Lourdes Grobet’s work makes for a thick visual description of the Mexican wrestling scene. I find myself going back to this book, again and again, to engulf myself in the life steaming from its pages.

 
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