Wednesday, January 31, 2018

My Boyhood Bedroom

These are photos I took with my new cheap, crummy polaroid camera of my boyhood bedroom in Great Neck, Long Island, (11 Gateway Drive), which I inhabited from 1966-72. I was between 11-13 when these photos were snapped in 1970-72.

At that time I was mainly obsessed with comic books, old comedy TV shows and movies, MAD magazine, TOPPS trading cards and especially old horror films, which I think is clearly reflected in the photos. Like many other kids, I was also fascinated by photos of Famous Monsters of Filmland editor's Forrest J. Ackerman's "Ackermansion", featuring his obsessive collection of rare horror and science fiction mementos displayed in photo features within the magazine for all to see and envy. Those photos were clearly an influence on my early bedroom decorating skills.

In late 1972, my family packed up and moved to Manhattan, my bedroom was disbanded, and I can only assume, returned to normality.

corner of bedroom (Danny O'Day sitting on chair)

my drawing desk (guinea pig cage on the left)

"Big Frankie"
 door leading out to the hallway, a laundrey basket, and the real world

magazine and comic book collection

book shelf

comic books


  1. Please decorate my house. ;-)

  2. Holy frijoles! That is the most impressive case of pre-teen horror vacui I've ever seen in a home! The sheer concentrated essence of pre-teen boyhood obsessions of the era is unmatched by anything I've ever seen. Is that Sammy on the back of the door? Rubbing elbows with the still unsettling Aurora Vampirella models that caused such uproar! As a child I could tell that there was something deeply wrong about them just from the comic book ads that referenced Kitty Genovese; whom I'd learn about a few years later. You lived in a room that looked like an antiques mall of the future. Most Impressive that you had the presence of mind to take pix of that as they are beyond priceless today.

  3. Drew, you're the best, I've been a fan for many, many decades.

    I am pleased to confirm that my instant affection and admiration for your work all those years ago has never been misplaced. All the very best to you.