What is the Institute? A good question. It began as a repository for odd things I scanned - and by “scanned,” I mean I took pictures with a video camera, and used a frame grabber to get the images. Cheap scanners didn’t exist.
As time went on, anything that was “vintage” or “retro” and could be gently mocked went into the Institute.
HERE'S the main page. At present, the Institute contains these sites:
The Gallery of Regrettable Food. The classic from 1997, it spawned two books. You know: this stuff.
Interior Desecrations: bad interior design of the 60s and 70s.
The Gobbler: the Grooviest Motel in Wisconsin.
The Art of Art Frahm: the effect of celery on underwear elastic.
The 70s: a brief account (only 100 pages so far) of the worst decad ever. Also linked in the 20th century project.
The Permanent Collection of Impermanent Art: what if we treated advertising illustration with the same pretentious analysis we use for museum art?
Comic Sins: a small name for a huge site. It contains:
Advertising in Comics. Arranged by genre, of course, for all the anal-retentive types out there.
Covers: an ongoing site, updated Tuesday. There are lots of sites on the web that post old covers, and this without question is one of them.
The Funny Pages. A study of old newspaper and magazine cartoons. Contains several subsites:
Lance Lawson, a short-lived Minneapolis you-solve-it strip
Mr. Coffeenerves, a real bastard
Jerry on the Job, a 1920s gag strip that used the flip-take a bit too much
High-Pressure Pete, another obscure 20s strip
Worst Comics Ever. In my opinion. Includes a bad Spirit someone was kind enough to show to Will Eisner.
Abian Wallgren: his WW1 soldier comics.
Caspar Milquetoast: an appreciation.
Gluyas Williams: also an appreciation.
The Laxies: an ad strip designed to induce defecation.
King Features: the entire 1949 line up of artists and strips. More than fifty!
Stagworld! Ooky old men’s mags. Closest thing this site comes to for NSFW.
Compupromo: promotional art for the old calculating machines.
The Nervine Joke Book. 1920s hardy-har compendium.
East is Red, Butt is Numb. Postcards celebrating Chinese Opera. Really.
Patriotica: WW2 homefront propaganda.
Archives of the American Home Ironizer.
Dorcus Collection: Unfortunate men’s fashions.
Story of Bread: 1949 Promotional Brochure about the wonders of bread.
Meet the Dayalets! Creepy undead vitamin illustrations.
Ozark Vacation Dee-Lights: 1972 vacation promotional brochure.
Dateline: Kennel Dogs in newspapers.
Bad Publicity. No such thing? Think again.
Orphanage of Cast-Off Mascots (offline at the moment.)
History of the Institute. Early site about the Institute itself.