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.

Photography and Sociology

In 1974 sociologist Howard Becker published “Photography and Sociology” He wrote: “Robert Frank’s […] enormously influential The Americans is in ways reminiscent both of Tocqueville’s analysis of American institutions and of the analysis of cultural themes by Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict.”

Becker has gratuitously allowed us to re-publish the article for our readers: Photography and Sociology.

 
 

A review of Codex Nuttall

Codex Nuttall is such an amazing piece of art. And literature, and cultural history. One guy’s name is 12 Earthquake Bloody Tiger! Could it get much cooler than that?!

 

Flaming Beauty

It’s around noon, late October, in a small town on the northwestern edge of the Colorado Desert. The outside air is clean and fresh, almost cold. A breeze blows through an open balcony door. Indoors, a modestly sized living room is jam-packed with dazzling paraphernalia, effects from the glamorous past of the lady who lives here. She’s worked in burlesque since the early 1960s.

Read the rest of our interview with Satan’s Angel here.

 
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