While we may be among the newest collector sites on the Internet, we are one of the oldest businesses in the field. I bought my first poster – Flagg's famous "I Want You" for seventy-five cents in 1955, at age eight. I sold it in 1960 when I started to produce my first mail order lists of Military and other historical arcana. Soon after graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Graphic Design, I started Miscellaneous Man in a picturesque little rat hole in Baltimore's then ungentrified harbor section, named Fell's Point. This was in Autumn of 1970. Business was somewhat elusive, though the drinks were cheap at the all Lesbian Biker Bar next door, to say nothing of the girls' thoughtfulness in parking their Harleys long-ways in front of my shop at night, effectively preventing the possibility of one drunk throwing another through my windows.
By 1973, I decided to give some thought to acting like a grown up and buying a house, preferably in a place with appreciably less flying bullets. One wintry night I laid out a Rand McNally road map, which showed a three state radius around Baltimore. I covered my eyes with one hand and blindly poked the page with my index finger of the other, which landed on a place I had never heard of, in rural Pennsylvania, called New Freedom. The name seemed in keeping with our state of mind, so we bought the second house we saw, in a blinding snow storm, and we have been in business from this area ever since.
Katherine Nelson joined the business in 1986, bringing a badly needed and highly professional degree of control and organization over cataloging, inventory, and customer service.
We've been producing catalogs devoted exclusively to rare posters and graphics since 1971. Early catalogs offered original 1939 film posters for "Stagecoach" for twelve dollars, and British 1920's Frank Newbould Golfing posters for fifty. This web site serves as our catalog now, though it shows only a portion of our stock.
Our website designer suggested that I write something of my past so I've included a few bits of background here regarding who has dealt with us in the past and who has chosen to write about the business. This is not intended to be braggadocio.
Please see the FAQ section for specifics about the business. Everything we offer is absolutely original and as stated, we sell everything with satisfaction guaranteed.
Museums and Collections
We have provided rarities to or engaged in a consultant capacity for the following Museums and Collections:
- Smithsonian: National Air & Space Museum
- National Portrait Gallery
- National Museum of American Art
- Library of Congress
- National Library of Medicine
- New York Public Library, Schomberg Center
- The White House
- The American Film Institute
- Hagley Museum
- Suntory Museum, Osaka, Japan
- American Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Library
- Imperial War Museum
- Brandywine Museum
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art
- Free Library of Philadelphia
- The Strong Museum
- Metro Toronto Library
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police Museum
- National Museum of Aviation, Pensacola
- National Museum of Dentistry
- Franklin & Marshall
- Delaware Art Museum
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
and dozens more.
Publicity and Features
Over the years our company has been featured in:
- Art & Antiques
- Art Business News
- Baltimore Sun
- Business Week
- Collectibles Illustrated
- Country Life
- Country Collectibles
- Franklin Mint Almanac
- Knoxville Journal
- New York Daily News
- New York Times
- Philadelphia Inquirer
- Popeye, Tokyo
- Your Money
- Washington Post
and many, many more.
We are members of:
Adj. Prof., Graphic Design History, York College of Pennsylvania
Author of American Posters of World War I (Dafran House, NY, 1973)
Questions? Suggestions on improving this site?
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© 2004-2013 Miscellaneous Man : Rare original Posters and vintage Graphics
P.O. Box 1776 : New Freedom, PA 17349
Phone: 717.235.4766 – Email: email@example.com