I was going to continue my tribute to summer with another inflatable toy, but I am very pleased to announce that I received five guest exhibits contributed by new friend of the Mercheum Jim Rash. I have said before how a number of pieces of Harvey comics merchandise would appeal to a variety of collectors, and today’s exhibits are proof. Jim is a long-time collector of vinyl figures. He and photographer Jameson Scott published a book about them, Cartoon Figural Toys.
Sorry for not posting last weekend, but my father passed away. The man that supported me in this hobby, and read every Richie Rich comic book alongside me, is gone. It still does not seem possible.
This Wednesday, June 21st, is the summer solstice, the first day of summer. To celebrate, today I am featuring another inflatable toy. This one is a pool toy depicting Casper and some of his friends, enjoy!
What a happy coincidence! Last week, I posted the Richie Rich Inflatable Chair, and mentioned the Casper version I had exhibited previously. As it turns out, the Casper chair was the next exhibit to be made into a Jigidi puzzle!
To see all of the Harvey Mercheum puzzles, use the “New Puzzle” post category on this website:
or visit the HMCurator creator page on Jigidi:
I am back from my trip, and finally ready to start posting exhibits again! I had posted the Casper Inflatable Chair back in February of 2015, and mentioned how I was looking to own the Richie Rich version. Since then, I was able to acquire one, still bagged, and it is today’s exhibit:
Happy Mother’s Day! I have been continuing my research into museum policies and techniques, begun last August. I have also started studying museum websites. One thing that I noticed is that they tend to have some sort of “about the collection” page. I realized that the Harvey Mercheum website did not, and so I made one. You can see it here:
I have also gone through all of the exhibit pages, and linked the “Contributor” field if appropriate.
If you have any suggestions for improving the new page, or any aspect of the Harvey Mercheum website, feel free to leave a comment below, or use the Contact the Curator form.
This week, May 7-13, is National Postcard Week! When I was very young, I used to collect postcards. In fact, it was one of the first collections I remember having. Now when I travel, I still buy postcards, but they end up in a scrapbook along with the rest of the ephemera from the trip.
To celebrate this week, I decided to try my hand at making an old style travel postcard. I love learning new things, and this gave me an excuse to try some new techniques in Adobe Photoshop. I made it to the postcard standard size of 4 1/4 inches by 6 inches. I did not have any printed, but if you wish to download and print it, make sure scaling is turned off or set to 100%:
Enjoy the week, and let me know what you think of my postcard in the comments below!
Today is Free Comic Book Day (FCBD)! This is the closest thing there is to a holiday for comic book fans. Unfortunately, I am going to miss out on the fun today. I hope all of you enjoy the day for me!
Today is International Tabletop Day! There are a number of Harvey board games in the permanent collection, and several more I do not own. However, due to the difficulty of photographing them, I have only featured one board game so far as an exhibit. Today let us look back on the Casper the Friendly Ghost game by Milton Bradley:
Today is World Intellectual Property Day. This year’s theme is innovation – improving lives. I would like to name WordPress as an innovation that has improved my life. I would not have been able to create the Harvey Mercheum website as it is without it. Take a moment today to think about innovations that have improved your life.