|Lena Scuccimaro - Arrested for baby trafficking. 1905 (Patty Grazini)|
My friend was right, and her pitch for them was right: "They are small paper people with small paper animal heads, and they're based on real criminals that made it into the news in the early 1900's - an insurance defrauder, a baby-trafficker, a bird-selling scam artist, an opium smoker, a murderer, an arsonist - it's right up your alley!"
|Mary Largo - Queen of the beggars society. Arrested for graft. 1902|
|Delia A. Ruggles - Arrested for arson for burning her apartment to collect insurance money. 1888|
There's really nothing to do but send you over to Patty Grazini's web site to take a look. And send you down to Curtis Steiner, if you're near Seattle (the figures which have not sold yet will be on display through December.) And now I have to go rob a bank so that I can buy the beggar queen. But no, I don't have to own it - Grazini shares her art with us, and I share it with you here. This is museum-quality artwork. It's featured in this month's issue of Ornament magazine. Maybe I'll buy a lottery ticket instead of robbing a bank. Or maybe I could be a criminal and steal one and Patty Grazini could figure out the perfect sort of paper animal I am.....
|August W. Eckhardt - Arrested for the murder of Mary Ann Gaston, with a thrown knife. 1898|