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  1. Good morning Silver Art Fox, Actually, I was a friend of Norm Baxter, and he GAVE me one of the "Houston '66 Portfolios" as a gift. I was a commercial artist in Houston from the early '60s to the early '70s, and knew almost all the "old gang" commercial artists and photographers. Which they were not. I too thought that the prices that I quoted seemed a bit high, but was elated to hear them, even though they came with the caveat that this was "just rumor". What I am trying to do is either confirm or debunk these fabulous prices, but I'd really like to find out just exactly what the value of this set is. It is in nearly pristine condition, having been nicely stored for the past forty-four years. Good idea. I'll look Mr Reaves up. Thank you for the reference. There was at the time a little cache of commercial artists in a building at the dead end of Marquart Street just West of Buffalo Speedway between Alabama and Richmond that was owned by Melvin Lane Powers and Candice Mossler (remember them?), which housed not only my businesses (Prelude Art Studio, Mediassociate Advertising, and The Mob Modeling Group), but also the studio of the late, great, Bill Wolfhagen, famous Viking photographer. Also in that building, were the studios of Fred Zipkis, Robert Brickhouse, illustrator, Alan Bates, also an illustrator, Floyd Hoffman, Frank Nagle, air brush artist, and Buddy Pritchett. We all were all loosely known as "The Marquart Art Mart". I Googled "Art Assessment and Evaluation" and found only Heritage Art Auctions and they were of little help. No, but now that you mention them, I will. Well, as mentioned above, I HAVE one of these FABULOUS portfolios. The prints are absolutely AMAZING to look at. The detail is EXQUISITE. And back in 1965, I got to see the ORIGINALS that Mr. Baxter had done. They were huge, like maybe 6'-0" wide and 8'-0" tall. But they were "production" art, that is: Pieces of tracing vellum that was pieced together to be photographed and then lithographed. Thank YOU for the GREAT response. And thanks for the above references. I'll follow each and every lead and let you know what I find. And because YOU seem to be quite in touch and tune with the period of which we are speaking, I'd like to mention some other things about that WONDROUS time. There was a studio called "Culberson, Glass and Dubose". Jim Culberson was one of the partners, and his son is now a Congressman, or a Senator. Jim Culberson had ambliopia (lazy eye), and he promoted himself as "The best cock-eyed artist in Houston". Jim Glass was one of the Partners. He was the designer of the First City National Bank's Trademark. and then there was the last partner Fred Dubose. They had studios on Kelvin just a block East of Kirby in the University Park. The above mentioned Prelude Art Studio was where all of the Brake Check Brake Center Graphics were designed. And the above mentioned Mediassociate Advertising Agency handled all of Brake Check's advertising till the business was sold to the Peveto family. The Mob Modeling Group was a quartet of VERY gorgeous photographic models: Marlenel (to whom I was married at the time), Diana Starling (could that girl ever dance!) were the Brake Check Girls who did personal appearances at the grand openings of all the Brake Check Brake Centers in Houston at the time. There was also a model from Clear Lake named Jill McKillip, and Roxanne Clanton, the wife of the '50s and '60s pop star Jimmy Clanton who sang "Venus in Blue Jeans". The Grand Openings of the Brake Check Brake Centers in the mid '60s featured performances by "Jim Gough, and the Good Guys". Jim Gough was the voice on the olde tyme Dodge Commercials and the "tag line" was: "You can tell they're good guys, the all wear white hats!" I eventually went to work for Cumming Advertising, and then left them and started the AllisonWonderland Concert Lightshow, which in 1973, had the television show called "Sensatiation", which was done at Channel 26, and simulcast with KLOL (K101). Pat Fant, who went on to be manager of KLOL, was the audio director. Kenan Branum was the video director. Jay Menier was the cameraman. Mary-k Ashley Wilson was the executive coordinator, the sponsor was Globe Discound Record Centers, and the Ad Agency was the Bob Adams Agency. I was the show's producer and the one who did the visuals on a vusic (visual music) instrument that I invented called the Crystalume, which is an instrument that does to the mind through the eyes with light, what a music instrument does to the mind through the ears with sound. If that is at all of any interest to you, click on the "If Silence is Black" webpage for more information: http://www.livingsto...lison1/home.htm I am now retired, living a life of leisure and ease in Onalaska, Texas on beautiful Lake Livingston in the middle of the world's largest pine tree forest. Anyway, I've got to get on with my day. Again, thank you so VERY much for the very nice response and references. I'll keep you updated here when and if any progress is made. Hope this finds YOU doing well. Warmest regards, AW
  2. Good morning Little Frau, That was what I meant by the term "anomalies". Those were the days. Thank you, and I hope YOU are well. AW
  3. Greetings Houston, Back in the 1960s, there was a commercial artist in Houston named Norman Baxter. His drawings graced many of the Southwestern Bell Telephone Yellow Pages. Extreme detail was Baxter's forte'. And his drawings were not without humor, as he included many anomalous items in the SWBTYPs cover drawings. Norman Baxter was one of the founders of and a partner in the commercial art agency called "Baxter and Korge". B&K's clients included NASA and the Houston Natural Gas Corporation, later to become ENRON. Norman Baxter, and B&K produced the 1965 HNGC's Annual Report which included one of his "signature style" drawings of the city of Houston. The drawing was such a fantastic piece of artwork that in 1966, the HNGC commissioned Norman Baxter to execute another two drawing, and HNGC had produced a VERY limited edition of this VERY nice portfolio of drawings called: "Houston '66, a Portfolio". The portfolio was a heavy, dark blue Strathmore folder, which included three 11" X 15" reproductions of drawings, along with a brochure telling the story of how the drawings came to be, and how to properly display them. The first drawing was, as mentioned previously, of the city of Houston with the Astrodome at the bottom of the drawing and the uptown section of Houston at the top, and used in the 1965 HNGC Annual Report.. The second drawing was of the Houston Ship Channel. And the third drawing was of the NASA area. The "Houston 66, a Portfolio" have since come to be highly sought after "collector item", being reputedly valued at from $25,000.00 to $100,000.00 depending on condition. Does anyone here have any information about the "Houston '66, a Portfolio"? AllisonWonderland
  4. Hey All, Does anyone here remember a 1971 TV Show called "Sensatiation"? It was telecast from Channel 26, and simulcast by K101 (KLOL). Hope you all are well. AW
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