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October 19, 2021

Amazing Polaroids of Ventriloquist Heads, ca. 1975

Jim Linderman is an American author and folk art collector. He has written a number of books, some self-published, and has written articles for collecting magazines.

Linderman spent several years in Kalamazoo, Michigan working as a research librarian. He moved to New York City in 1981, and obtained a job cataloging independently-produced punk rock and new wave recordings for the book VOLUME TWO: International Discography of the New Wave, published in 1982, which is in the collection of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Linderman left in 1981 to work at CBS News as a librarian and researcher.

While in New York, Linderman began collecting American folk art with a particular interest in African-American self-taught art and material culture. His growing collection led to a profile and interview in Folk Art Magazine, the publication of the American Museum of Folk Art in 2005. He later published a book of vintage photographs, Arcane Americana, based on this collection.

After ten years at CBS, Linderman took a job as a researcher on the PBS and BBC collaboration “The Edge,” a culture and art show presented by Robert Krulwich. The Edge ran for one year and was not renewed. Linderman spent his final years in New York researching at the BBDO ad agency; he left Manhattan in 2005.

In about 2008 Linderman began blogging about his collections. He has been interviewed and profiled in various print publications and web sites about his collection, publications and blogs. He was the subject of a full-page profile in the New York Times in 2012.

Here, some original Polaroids of ventriloquist heads circa 1975 from Jim Linderman’s collection.


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