Help w/ID Vintage Coffee Mug w/Sexually Explicit Inappropriate Art

Discussion in 'Pottery, Glass, and Porcelain' started by Jim Goodykoontz, May 21, 2024.

  1. Jim Goodykoontz

    Jim Goodykoontz Active Member

    hi everyone. i hope i'm not breaking any rules by posting this on this forum. i found this today and thought it might be worth a few bucks. i'm hoping someone out there can help me with identifying the artist. i realize this is a longshot but maybe someone will recognize the style. it's completely handpainted and measures a little over 3 inches in height. the mug looks like old diner ware.
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  2. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    I don't get the joke..... but ribald collectors abound..;)
  3. Jim Goodykoontz

    Jim Goodykoontz Active Member

    yeah, it's definitely dumb. but, it's extremely off-color and, i think, over-the-top. let me say, too, it was a slow day.
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  4. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    The more famous George Jones:

  5. Roaring20s

    Roaring20s Well-Known Member

    A cringe worthy gag, no pun intended.

    I always want to understand "why," when I see a social image telling a story, or joke. What inspired a choice of subject? Was something going on during its time of creation? I speculated a 1930s Japanese and Mexican relationship situation. A quick search (nothing in depth) turned up this. Maybe this was the region of its audience?

    From ...

    "In 1930, ethnic Japanese and Mexicans composed 9 percent of the total population and 78 percent of the non-white population in Los Angeles County. In other words, they made up the majority of non-white Los Angeles before World War II. Japanese merchants and doctors not only catered to Mexican residents but also supported the publication of La Opinión as advertisers since the paper’s founding in 1926. "
  6. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    my current dentist wouldn't go lower than my gum, let alone pulling my c**k out
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  7. bluumz

    bluumz Quite Busy

    ... I admit it, I had to look ... :rolleyes::hilarious:
  8. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Gambling,Drinking & Smoking,Brothel,Erotica-Vintage naughtiness always goes quick,or as an old Dealer bud of mine used to say-'The Devil always bats last..' or something like that ?
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  9. Jim Goodykoontz

    Jim Goodykoontz Active Member

    thank you for this input. i hadn't thought of this angle, or reference point in considering this piece. i had thought the dentist might be Japanese. i'm still not certain the unfortunate patient is Mexican, but considering this mug more as an artifact of its time(which i too thought might be the 1930s) does help to contextualize it.
  10. Jim Goodykoontz

    Jim Goodykoontz Active Member

    i kinda' figured this would get eyes on it. i feel a little bad, because it really isn't that funny.
  11. laura9797

    laura9797 Well-Known Member

    Don't feel bad! Not everyone has the same sense of humor. I could show this to my husband and soda would shoot out his so much :D
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  12. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Cringe worthy indeed. What part of the world did you find that in? I think 1930s/1940s likely as seated character appears to be wearing a zoot suit. And meant to be both racist and titilating. If I had to guess... A souvenir from Tijuana.

  13. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    my Cuban great aunt had a little monk doll that when you pushed down on his head,his 'business' would pop up out of his robe. As kids we found it hysterical. She was a bawdy old gal anyway,and quite the character.
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  14. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!


    I have one of these floating around......haven't seen it in years though...:wideyed:
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  15. NanaB

    NanaB Well-Known Member

    Komo, my husband has the matches. I buried them in his old school report cards (we once had young kids at home). And a statue that is along the same line, buried in the same box with the report cards.
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