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Links and More Links!

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

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I’ve started the process of adding lots of internal links throughout tvlamps.net, and it’s definitely a long-term project. An example is the People and Faces page, where I’ve made links to the various manufacturers where they’re referenced. This will make it easier for people, particularly those not familiar with the navigation of this site, to find the information they’re after. What a concept!

TV lamp story coming to Collectors News

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

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Now isn’t this just the coolest thing? I’ve been contacted by Collectors News magazine to participate in a sort of Q&A about TV lamps. I’m not sure what issue it’ll be in, but I’ll keep y’all posted! Also, I’ve got a really big announcement to make, but I’m going to wait until I complete a spiffy graphic to go along with it, probably mid-week.

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!

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.

Gone Antiquing… my weekend excursion

Monday, January 28th, 2008

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Palm Tree LampThe wife and I decided to spend Saturday hitting area antique shops in the never-ending quest for vintage pottery. We found some cool stuff, but only after sifting through a lot of “junk”. Sound familiar? I suppose the thing that really bugs me on such outings is the incredible number of “antique malls/shops” that don’t sell antiques. Actually, in theory at least, the term “antiques” refers to items at least 100 years old, furniture more often than not. But that’s not usually what I’m after, and it’s the word “collectibles” that more closely describes the things I seek, smaller things, things not quite so old. (I believe mid-century lamps fall nicely into that category) A great number of folk are searching for just such collectibles when they go antiquing, and most places cater to just such shoppers. Then there’s the ones that don’t have antiques, that don’t have collectibles. They’re all about catering to this sort of faux-nostalgic junk that I have an array of creative names for: country-chic, granny-chic, and a few that I won’t repeat here. One can recognize these places the moment you enter the door, as the pungent smell of potpourri is positively lethal. A quick scan of the establishment will reveal all sorts of rustic/victorian-era things, most crafted less than five years ago and painted in pastel shades of blue, pink, or green. Plenty of decorative things made from tin will be in evidence (hand-painted watering pails and the like) as well as sand-sculptures of dogs and children. Did I mention the eye-watering stench of potpourri?
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TV Lamps In Their Natural Habitat… the ’50s!

Friday, January 25th, 2008

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TV lamps in Florida

Now this is a rare scene… a photo from the ’50s showing TV lamps, lots of them, on the shelves in a retail outlet! These are obviously of the “touristy” variety, made up from shells and sprinkled with plastic figures and such. I haven’t addressed this unique style of lamp on tvlamps.net, but am working to correct that oversight. The picture is shared here through the generosity of Charles Phoenix, purveyor of all things retro. If you haven’t seen his website, well, you haven’t lived! I command thee, go there now.

Modern Mechanix, A Website You Need To Visit

Friday, January 25th, 2008

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I’m going to stray off-topic even more than usual here to share a great website, Modern Mechanix. It includes hundreds of scanned articles from vintage copies (from the ’30s and beyond) of Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Modern Mechanix and the like, and is a great place to spend a few hours. The blog entries are sorted into many categories, covering transportation, home, television, science and much more. Be warned, it’s addictive!

Fun with Flash…sort of.

Friday, January 25th, 2008

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I’ve been playing around some more with Flash on texansinc.com, and have added an audio clip to the Howard Kron page. (see previous post) The song that so well represents Howard’s days as a singer, Pedlar of Dreams, was performed and recorded by Corey Ash (Band Director at Howard Payne University) for inclusion on the site, and appears at the bottom of the page. I toyed with different styles for the play/pause/stop buttons, and can’t decide if I like them or not…we’ll see. Creating Photoshop buttons isn’t something I have trouble with, but the implementation of Flash effects, now that’s another story! Before I post the four “designers” pages I hope to make menu page for them, something that will include some image effects that, while crystal clear in my mind, are going to put my Flash skills (or the lack thereof) to the test. Any Flash pros out there that would care to volunteer their assistance?

Howard Kron Biography

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

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I thought I’d give my blog readers a “sneak peek” at the biography of Howard Kron that I just finished. It’s one of four pages that will focus on the Texans Incorporated designers, and will be posted on texansinc.com once they’re all done. There’s no link to this from the website yet, but I had to share it… don’t tell anyone! The Designers: Howard Kron