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Last Call: Movieland Wax Museum
Inside Quick magazine
(November 12, 1949), in the fashion pages (page 45), this lovely bit about one of my favorite personalities of yesteryear, Dorothy Kilgallen
In New York: Dorothy Kilgallen (columnist-radio star) complained on the air that she had to wear a white Band-Aid on her cut finger to a party... said it looked awful. Next day Johnson & Johnson send an assortment of Band-Aids in shocking pink, cassia, leaf green, lavender. Will she start a trend?
Answer: Apparently not. Unless Quick failed to report Band-Aids with SpongeBob SquarePants -- or I guess at that time it would have been The Shadow? (Only he knows.)
This issue of the vintage magazine has Esther Williams on the cover, and featured on pages 48 - 51. I sent scans of the article to Here's Looking Like You, Kid
. 'Cuz I'm nice like that.
Labels: 1940s, celebs, vintage magazines, weird
Easter Bunny Ferret Funny
You Can't Dust M&Ms
I had to buy this retro turquoise glass snack dish -- I mean, come on -- it's fab-u-lous
! As the rooster says, "It's something to crow about!" (The photos don't do the turquoise color justice.)
At $2, it was a thrift shop steal.
But then, being 9.5 inches tall, and having a mouth diameter of 4.5 inches (much narrower than the base), it would cost, what, $45 to fill it with peanut butter M&M's?
Plus there's the additional cost of "a lifetime on the hips" -- because you cannot dust off M&M's, you have to eat
Labels: collecting, decorating, kitchen, kitsch, retro, roosters, thrift shop, thrift store lessons
Clara Bow Cupid Lips 'Round A Cancer Stick
Proof That The 1950's Were Nutty
Where else but eBay
would you find this classic New Look sundress -- with a nutty print.
The seller says:
UNBELIEVABLY FABULOUS photo print of NUTS...shelled, and unshelled WALNUTS, and it looks like some shelled almonds are in there too, the 'photo' is black and white, which has been hand-colored in tan, sepia, green and gold with grey 'shadows'....LOVE IT!!!
Labels: 1950s, fashion, kitsch, novelties, nuts, weird
Finally, Religious Books Properly Shelved
Jack Davis Collection
A while back I wrote about illustrator Jack Davis'
staggering amount of commercial work, specifically album covers, and just recently somebody commented to say they collect them, too, and have been Flickr'ing their collection for quite some time
It's unbelievable just how much stuff Davis has done — records, magazine covers, ads, books, it makes his Mad-magazine days seem like a blip on the screen, even though that's his most recognizeable work. The guy has done so much, everybody online who's got his work has something different
- I doubt you can ever have a complete Jack Davis art collection.
Labels: album covers, art, illustration, jack davis
April 1st, 1913 Orphanage Update
According to this old booklet for the Children's Home Society of Minnesota
, (organized September 11, 1889), the number of children cared for up to April 1st, 1913 was 3,400.
Apparently, as a result of this publication, one of the children's heads was adopted -- at least the photo was. (Which may have affected the Center of Gravity in the Human Body Study
done at the home.)
Labels: 1910s, April Fools, children, ephemera, Save The Baby