Richard Myrle Buckley was born 108 years ago today in Tuolumne, CA. He later self-applied the deferential appellation Lord and became a fixture on the New York jazz nightclub scene, transforming into what his biographer Michael Monteleone described as “a strange but intriguing mix of a proper English peer of the realm and a street corner jive hipster.” He played the Vaudeville circuit, was friends with gangster Al Capone, appeared on The Tonight Show, married six…

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Spot illustration, Columbia Records new popular-release weekly trade mailer, November 7, 1942, promoting bandleader Horace Heidt’s new single, “Pennsylvania Polka.” Despite the caption,  there appear to be no casualties on the dance floor.

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One hundred years ago today, James Royer Flora was born in the quaint village of Bellefontaine, Ohio. Above, possibly making its first public appearance, is the artist’s earliest extant work, a pen & ink with pencil (or charcoal) entitled First Steps, dated June 8, 1935, around the time Flora enrolled at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Whether the work is intended to be autobiographical shall forever remain a mystery. To observe the centennial, we have two…

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Flora at BlissTopic Arte

January 20, 2014

For our Spanish-speaking (-reading, actually) Floraphiles, here’s a lengthy profile of our upcoming centenarian (Jan. 25) by Esther B. Vigil at BlissTopic.com. The title, EXORCIZANDO DEMONIOS AL RITMO FRENÉTICO DEL JAZZ, translates as “exorcising demons to the rhythm of jazz,” which is an interesting take on Flora’s devilish creations. The images were borrowed from our website, except for a 1950s photo we provided of Flora at work in his studio. The article includes the 1959…

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Party Animals

December 24, 2013

Detail of untitled 1940s tempera casually referred to as “Tenement K,” which contains quite a few enigmatic and disturbing tenants. The original work is owned by Keith McAllister, who extracted the above celebratory duo to produce a holiday card titled “Party Animals.” No better way to ring in seasonal festivities than a curiously sinister Flora tableau.

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Tenement K

October 22, 2013

Today we introduce a new limited edition fine art print called TENEMENT K, whose residents are bawdy, musical, criminal, and/or exhibitionistic. Doesn’t matter if you’re rowdy, serpentine, or headless—the landlord will rent you a room. If you were a mutant miscreant, you’d be home by now. The previously unpublished and uncirculated work, which dates from the 1940s, is owned by a private collector who allowed us to have the work professionally photographed for print reproduction….

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music and art in the crib

October 11, 2013

Flora, grinning (ca. 1985) Flora’s daughter Roussie Jacksina has received her complimentary copy of The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora. She writes: Hi Irwin, I received the book today and it is GORGEOUS! Where on earth did you find all that new material? You are amazing sleuths and the book is stunning. Assuming Dad is among us in the 4th dimension, I’m sure he is grinning wide. I think the first music I ever heard…

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Animation legend GENE DEITCH was a longtime friend of Jim Flora, a friendship that commenced in the 1940s and ended only with Flora’s death in 1998. Today Gene wrote to us: Pete Jolly Duo EP from back cover of The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora THE HIGH-FIDELITY ART OF JIM FLORA arrived!  This latest treasury of Jim’s art is the closest to my heart, as it covers the exact material that led me to him in the mid…

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In 2012 we sold our 200th and final oversized Mambo For Cats screen print, the last of a limited edition produced by Aesthetic Apparatus of Minneapolis in 2006. Almost immediately, a legion of Floraphiles—especially those fond of felines and Latin terpsichore—began clamoring for this work to be restored to our catalog. The nature of limited editions precludes us from issuing the work in an identical (or even comparable) format. Two hundred hand-numbered, Flora family-authenticated, 20″-square Mambo screen prints…

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WOW! YIP! Don’t miss this!

September 20, 2013

Spot illustration, Columbia Records new popular-release weekly trade mailer, October 31, 1942, promoting Kay Kyser and His Orchestra’s single “Can’t Get Out of This Mood” (Columbia 36657)

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