THE ViETNAM ZiPPO
LiGHTER

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

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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.

Hot Rod Kulture Culture

“A good thing about Polaroids,” artist and photographer Jack Butler says, “is that you take the picture and it’s ready right away, so you can use the photo to initiate a conversation with your subjects.”

 
 

Flaming Beauty

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

 

Stripping, social class, and the strange carnalities of research

Sociologist Danielle Egan worked as a striptease dancer and wrote about it. Here is an excerpt from her book Dancing for Dollars and Paying for Love.

 
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