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The TV Lamp Collectors Blog » 2008 » February

Archive for February, 2008

Lamps for Sale… maybe.

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

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Claes Mustang Head TV LampI can’t count the number of times that I’ve received inquiries regarding the purchase of lamps that appear on tvlamps.net, lamps other than those in “The Store”. This usually is the result of confusion regarding the site as a whole, many believing that the entire site is a commercial venture. The reality of it is that only the smallest portion of the site pertains to retail. It’s primarily about sharing information, and I can’t come up with a better way to differentiate between the “display” lamps and the “for sale” lamps… I don’t know how to clarify it further than I’ve done already. Given the number of visitors to tvlamps.net, I suppose that the percentage of folk who misunderstand the site’s layout is extremely low, and my concern isn’t based on any impatience on my part, but rather my desire for a clean layout and clarity of design.
Clearing up that confusion is something I’ll be working on, but this issue has prompted me to rethink my stance on the lamps in my collection. As is often said, everything is for sale for a price, and I’ve decided to accept offers on any lamps on the site…any lamps that I own. Many, many lamps are presented on the site through the kindness of others, and are not in my personal collection. The line, “photos courtesy of…” is a definite giveaway. I don’t own those, and in 99% of the cases, I don’t know who currently does. So, if you really want a lamp that I own, make me an offer. I would be willing to sell some of them at a typical market value, whereas the value I’ll place on others will clearly reflect my reluctance to sell… but it certainly doesn’t hurt to ask!

Recent Auction Activity

Monday, February 11th, 2008

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Beauceware TV Lamp
$333.33 - Beauceware Cats (Claes copy)
$185.00 - Lane & Co. Poodles (white)
$152.49 - Lane & Co. Sailfish
$149.99 - Jacquelin Panther (white)
$131.50 - Phil-Mar Swordfish
$112.50 - Green Horse Head (Phil-Mar?)
$78.88 - Lane & Co. “3-Cat” Siamese
$77.89 - Lane & Co. “Horse on the Range”
$76.51 - Texans/Kron Poodle & Pug (black)
$76.00 - Gilner Horse (green)
$72.77 - Gilner Horse (pink)
$68.00 - Lane & Co. Roses (white w/gold)
$61.47 - Premco Oriental Boat (chartreuse)
$61.00 - Claes Siamese Cats

Today’s Chuckle

Friday, February 8th, 2008

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TV cartoon

Mr. TV

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

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Mr. TVHere’s my completed “Mr. TV” image! I’m not sure where I’m going with this, perhaps nowhere, but it could turn into an on-going cartoon/comic strip… it’s all about finding the time to do it. We’ll see!

Caption Ideas?

Monday, February 4th, 2008

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TV cartoonI’m not sure what got me going on it, but I was playing around with Adobe Illustrator and came up with this cartoon TV in the style of old ads and cartoons. Illustrator requires a different method of working than Photoshop, the program I’m used to, so I did this while experimenting with AI. Remember the “Let’s all go to the lobby” clip that they used to show at the drive-ins? That cartoon featured marching hotdogs, drinks, etc., and was certainly on my mind when I conceived “Mr. TV”. I included a word-balloon so that a caption might be added, but I haven’t been able to think of anything clever. So, dear readers, I’ll throw it out to you for consideration… what are your caption ideas? It’s hard to see in this small version, but he’s pointing with his left hand towards the top of the cabinet. He’s not finished, and I’ll probably add a TV lamp, so you might take that into consideration.