Frank L. Kelly Tattoo Trunk.
The Frank Kelly tattoo trunk
was rediscovered and acquired by the Motor City Tattoo Museum in January of
2013. The items had not seen the light of day for almost 20 years prior.
Frank Kelly was a turn of the
century tattooer that worked from the late 1800's until his retirement in 1939.
During his career he worked in Coney Island NY, on Chatham Square NYC (with
Charlie Wagner) and finally settled in Racine Wisconsin until his retirement. He
continued to paint circus sideshow banners until his death in 1957.
All of the items below were found in
Frank Kelly trunk.
^ The trunk as it was found (L), and after
clearing out the goods (R). Unfortunately, the newspaper in the trunk was so
deteriorated we couldn't find a date or even a headline in tact.
^ 2 near mint condition 100% original Charlie Wagner
machines with Stamped Wagner Tubes and switchboard.
^ Pigments, stencil cutter, watercolors, and various
^ Four D. Nations Supply Fliers with hand drawn
acetate rubbings on the back of each. 1910's era.
^ Only one acetate stencil (R) in the bunch, and the
corresponding pencil drawing (L)
^ This was the only flash cut that was signed by Frank
^ 27 flash cuts by Amund Dietzel, including one that
appears to have been a palette at one time.
^ Various hand painted flash cuts believed to be from
the late 1800's-1920's era. Artist unknown.
^ 2 hand drawn paper flash sheets. Unknown artist. Early
^ Various pencil drawings. Various unknown artists.
Some believed to be Amund Dietzel. Others possibly Christian Warlich.
^ 18 flash boards. Paper mounted on cardboard. Unknown
artist. Believed to be late 1800's era.