Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 30th, 2006
Friday, the one-two punch of Boing Boing and The Anomalist featuring my blog on “African Dinosaur Hunting: Art Deco Style,” got the story/link repeated and viewed far and wide. Some of the locations were very diverse: Professor Hex, Lesley at The Debris Field , Africa Art History, Spooky Paradigm, Planet Kwekje, Weird History, Zapptor, Kung Fu Action Theatre, Frederick County Report, and many others.
Yes, I did listen to you regarding a desire to read the newsprint. It is difficult to do, from the jpegs of Art Deco African dinosaur hunting articles shared earlier, so here below you will find pdfs of those articles and others. Maybe some will be more readable.
Now a new hunt is on. Apparently, vintage souvenirs of Art Deco dinos were produced over 90 years ago. Little remembered today is the fact that dinosaur popularity began early in the 20th century. Indeed, at the British Natural History Museum in 1925, to meet the demands of children visitors who wanted their “own,” the institution began to make souvenir dinosaur models of the ones on display. Above (top) is shown Hilda Bather, daughter of Francis Arthur Bather, Keeper of Geology, who offered this set of seven dinosaur models for sale. I hear some still exist. (Needless to say, how these dinosaurs appeared in this art influenced what the early cryptozoologists thought they were seeking in Africa.)
Fresno Bee, February 19, 1928
Once again, thanks to Craig Heinselman for his assistance in obtaining these scans.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.