Asia Scene: the First Anime Film, Hakujaden





I didn’t know what this movie was, but web searches revealed that it’s known around the world as the first anime film. The entire film is above. It’s very much in the style of Disney, even in that Toei adapted a foreign story for the film. There are cute animals, cute children, and serious looking adults. I’ve seen only a little of the movie, but, it also has colorism; that’s unfortunate. Continue reading Asia Scene: the First Anime Film, Hakujaden


Midcentury Japan, Kanagawa News

Kanagawa is probably unknown to most Americans (or any non-Japanese) but it’s one of the more famous areas of Japan because it’s next to Tokyo and Mr. Fuji, and is also the site for a well-known Hokusai painting.

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Make Money Fast (with Cartoons)

I don’t normally “cyberstalk” customers, but the sale of a cartooning magazine with a “make a living at this” angle was so weird that I had to do it. It turns out he’s a blogger with a fantastic archive of similar material! I had found a similar ad in the Taro Kawakami hoard, and added it to the order, as a freebie.  Here’s the ad:

I thought I had listed it, but it hadn’t been.

It’s a good feeling, knowing it’ll go to an interesting home.

(I watch the “get rich reselling on ebay” videos on youtube. It’s one reason why I’m selling stuff on ebay. The other is that I need to get rid of stuff and make some money, and it’s an activity to substitute for my own hoarding inclinations. These ads and the videos are so similar in tone.)

J.S. Ogilvie Publisher

From the Cambridge Tribune, No. 42, 14 December 1907

J. S. Ogilvie Publishing Co.

No publishing house In the country outdoes J. S. Ogilvie Publishing Company, of New York, In Its output of paper covered books at very low prices, thus bringing within the reach of the people at large many books which, but for this method of the Ogilvie house, they would be denied. Ogilvie catalogues contain an almost bewildering array of titles, every subject pertaining to human affairs being apparently Included. Continue reading J.S. Ogilvie Publisher

Decluttering and Dehoarding vs. Reselling

I was expecting the dehoarding to go pretty quickly, but it didn’t; in fact, it seemed to slow down my slowly improving performance with the Ebay reselling.

The hardest part was sorting a disorganized hoard. Organizing requires goal: you are taking one form of organization, and transforming it into another form. The goal, initially, was to organize it for Ebay. My role was to be a “classifier”. I’d look at things and classify them.

Personal stuff goes to the family (me), and the less personal stuff goes to the market, into Ebay’s categories.

Ebay’s categories are broad; they contain tens of thousands of items. People cut through this noise with searches (and landing pages that Ebay creates… which are like searches for people who search on Google).

The search terms need to be generic and popular. The terms I had were generic, but not popular: vintage city of los angeles ephemera, vintage los angeles politics, vintage japanese american, old collectible magazines (which is a category on Ebay).

These were the main categories for which I had material, and they were not great categories on Ebay. Lucky for me, activist friends gave me connections to some individuals who could use this stuff.  I also met someone on Craigslist who wanted the vintage magazines and other printed ephemera.

This makes the classification a lot easier. It’s easier to try to impress a specific person than a “market”. There’s no money in this, but, I really don’t care: the stuff’s getting it’s last chance at love. It’s interesting stuff.

Focusing on pleasing specific people, even if you don’t know them, makes classification potentially really fast, too. I just need to make some boxes of stuff, photograph some of it for posterity, or online ephemerality, send them off, and then get some feedback about what they want. For the next batch, adjust accordingly.

Along the way, I’d have to spot any unique one-off items that might have a market on Ebay, which is a lot more like reselling.