A Collection of Works by L. C. Spooner

L.C. Spooner (1863-1955), Inventor
Graphite, & Ink on Paper
Circa: 1935
Sizes vary - see descriptions
A collection of four works by Lee Cordova Spooner. Spooner was a visionary inventor of self-propulsion and self-defense. Two of these works are from Blue Mound, Illinois and two from St. Charles, Missouri (one on the back of a St. Charles hotel stationary).

From the WLD Foundation’s website: Little is known about the life of this highly original artist. L.C. Spooner's work, created between 1911 and 1935, is comprised entirely of plans of machines or everyday-life objects based on the principle of self-propulsion (self-propelled motors, self-propelled trash cans, self-propelled scales, self-propelled finger-lifter, etc.).

Most of Spooner’s work is held in the William Louis Dreyfus-Foundation’s Collection and The Centre Pompidou by way of the ABCD / Art Brut Foundation.

L.C. Spooner (1863-1955), Inventor
Graphite, & Ink on Paper
“Flown Over Aviation Field Missouri River Waterfront St. Charles, Missouri”
Circa: May 5, 1935
Size: 7 1/4" x 10 1/4" (sight)
Price: $5.800.00

L.C. Spooner (1863-1955), Inventor
Traveling Sleeves Blue Mound, Illinois
Jan 11, 1935
Ink on Paper
Size: 6 1/4" x 7 1/4"
"Traveling Sleeves
separate and detached
slip them on like a coat =
sleeves = draw the elbows
into the side of the body and the
reciprocating = compounding levers
with the four prongs = each side = carries you away.
Fig. 2 shows four prongs that encircle half the body:
1 under the hips
1 around the small of the back
1 under the arms
1 one around the neck.
Price: $3,800.00

L.C. Spooner (1863-1955), Inventor
Flying Cone
Blue Mound Illinois
August 9, 1935
Graphite, & Ink on Paper
Size: 7 1/2" x 8 1/2" (sight)
Price: $4,400.00

L.C. Spooner (1863-1955), Inventor
St. Charles, Missouri
That's The Jack Knife
May 29, 1935
Graphite, Ink on Paper
Size: 11" x 8 1/2" (sight)
“That’s the jack-knife”!
Saw mechanism on both sides of body.
Worn = unnoticeable, = under his clothes
When he wants to duck, a “bad time story” -
he doubles up = like a jack-knife = locked his hands under
his knees = + departs for “all points
North, = East, = South, & West.”
Price: $3,400.00

Provenance: Hill Gallery


Condition: Excellent.

Prices: See above