Iowa City, Johnson County, and Eastern Iowa history, as seen through the eyes of postage stamps, postcards, letters, coins, books, and other collectibles.
Our Iowa Heritage: My Iowa Art.
The State of Iowa and the University of Iowa have long been known as a center for the Arts.
First, there’s Iowa’s most famous artist, of course, Grant Wood.
Wood’s one-of-a-kind artwork has been used for both US coins and US stamps:
(C-0180) Iowa State Quarter featuring Grant Wood’s Arbor Day.
(S-0054) U.S. stamp featuring Grant Wood’s American Gothic.
(S-0049)U.S. stamp featuring Grant Wood’s Young Corn.
And when it comes to the creative arts, who could forget the world-famous Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.
One of the best-known writers to come out of the Writers’ Workshop is W.P. Kinsella. Kinsella earned a Master of Fine Arts in English at the Writers’ Workshop in 1978, and is the author of Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa, which in 1989 became the most beloved baseball movie of all time… Field of Dreams.
Is this heaven? No…it’s Iowa!
(M-0030)Here’s a colorful reprint copy of the rare Cracker Jack 1914 Baseball Card (#103) featuring Shoeless Joe Jackson.
Over the last 180 years, the University of Iowa campus has long been a home to art:
(P-0181) (P-0182) (C-0267) Celebrating Hancher Auditorium (1972, 1982 and 2016).
(P-0183) …and, yes, even Herky can get a bit artistic!
So, over the years, we’ve collected some interesting pieces of art & collectibles that reflect our love of Iowa and the University. None of it, of course, will be included in the great works of Art ascribed to the University of Iowa, but for your viewing pleasure…here are a few of those works, pictured in chronological order…
(M-0039) Circa 1910 – Photograph in the Round of Downtown Iowa City.Here’s the corner of Clinton St. and Washington St. (the Pentacrest is on the left) taken around 1910.
Circa 1930’s – Boller Beverages Sign, Wooden Crate, and Misc. Containers.
Circa 1940’s – Bing Crosby’s “May The Good Lord Bless and Keep You” Sheet Music & 45RPM Record.
(BH-043) Circa 1970’s – 32-page Old Capitol Coloring Book.
1976 George Boller: A Hawkeye Football Nut by Al Grady and (2018) Boller Boys: Hawkeye Football Nuts wall hangings.
(M-0086)July 4, 1976 – Old Capitol Re-dedication Commemorative Key.
(L-0081)Circa 1980’s Box of 12 Iowa-Scene Notecards!
(M-0104)(M-0106) 2000’s Ceramic Old Capitol University of Iowa coffee mugs.
(M-0094) 2000 – The Des Moines Register’s Brian Duffy Iowa Millennium Poster.In 2000, Brian Duffy, political cartoonist with the Des Moines Register from 1983-2008, put together a magnificent artistic overview of Iowa icons, ranging from President Herbert Hoover, George Washington Carver, Meredith Willson, and Grant Wood to John Wayne, Mamie Eisenhower, Johnny Carson, Bob Feller, and Nile Kinnick. 58 subjects – One colorful poster. We have secured a rare framed copy of this classic poster and have it on display in our office.