Garbage Pail Kids: Where Are They Now?

As a child of the eighties, when I was twelve I walked down the three blocks to the corner grocery store and paid a quarter for a pack of Garbage Pail Kids as often as I had the money — but, time passes, that corner grocery is now a parking ramp and my Garbage Pail Kids card collection is long gone: but where are those Kids today?   Bruton Stroube Studios took their cameras to the streets and found out.

Photographer W. Brandon Voges (Bruton Stroube Studios) Concept Jake Houvenangle Retouching Jordan Guance (Bruton Stroube Studios) Producers Tony Biaggne, Matt Siemer and Sherry Tennil (Bruton Stroube Studios) Assistants Steve Eschner (Bruton Stroube Studios) Mandi Kohlmeier (Bruton Stroube Studios) Stacy Collier Hair/Makeup Julie Dietrich (Talent Plus) Priscilla Case (Talent Plus) Props/Wardrobe Cathy Rauch (Bruton Stroube Studios) Food/Barf Styling Cathy Chipley (Bruton Stroube Studios) Set Builder/Rigging Bill Stults (Bruton Stroube Studios)


“We Mustache You A Question”

And by “we” I mean Kitschy Kitschy Coo and the Smithsonian — and the Smithsonian really wants to know, “Who has your favorite historic facial hair?”

While there are tons of old photographs to choose from (including at the Smithsonian’s Pinterest Board), I’m going to vote for Dwight Blocker Bowers. Not for his own mustache (I’m not even sure he has one!) but because he’s a curator in the Division of Culture and the Arts and, as such, is in charge of these fake mustaches.

moustache collection

These beauties were once worn by actor James Whitmore in his titular role in Bully: An Adventure with Teddy Roosevelt (the one-man stage drama by playwright Jerome Alden).

I won’t point any fingers, but someone we know (*cough* hubby) collects old wigs; I find the old facial-hair wigs much more interesting.

1977 James Whitmore as Roosevelt

Photo of James Whitmore as Roosevelt in Bully via argenta-images06.

Of Pandas & Puppies On Porches

I have a retro hydraulic panda chair on my porch. (What? You don’t?!)

It’s the sort used by hip and kitschy beauty salons for kids to sit on while getting a hair cut.

So, anyway, I’m out on the porch with the new puppy, a Basset Hound puppy named Mr. Oliver Puddington (photos can be seen on my Facebook page; videos are at YouTube). And I hear this noise… The softest of tearing sounds. I looked around to see what the pup had found.

There he is, at the base of the hydraulic panda chair, his nose on the metal hydraulic tube part, and I’m just in time to see him pull away — and hear the soft tearing noise as his delicate scenting-hound nose is ripped from it. Mr. Oliver Puddington just had a Christmas Story flagpole moment.

No yipes or whines. Not even when he repeated it.


While I about wet my pants.

Because puppies are slow and I guess he needed to make sure it was a bad thing to do.

Anyway, his tongue is fine. Though he still let’s it hang out of his mouth a bit while sleeping…

The better to make the oddest sucking sounds.

Puppies are weird.

It’s Craft Scan Friday, So Don’t Blow It

One sure way to make sure people don’t blow their noses in your head kerchief is to knit it. No one likes to snot on the knots.

Pattern from the 1969 Bernat Handicrafter Learn To Knit Book #127.

Vintage Norwegian Travel Hanky

A vintage “how the Norwegians say it” hankie, presumably so you could politely pretend to sneeze while figuring out what to say — or what was being said to you — on your trip to Norway:

In case the images don’t make things clear (and they didn’t for this person of German descent), here’s a translation (courtesy of hubby, who is of Norwegian descent):

tusen takk = thank you
skål = cheers
pen pike = pretty girl
jeg elsker deg = I love you
værsågod = you’re welcome
god tur = nice trip
morn = ‘morning!
takk for maten = thank you for the meal

While discussing this vintage handkerchief, hubby noted the crosses on all the helmets…

“It’s so you can tell them from the Vikings,” I said.

“Norwegians were Vikings,” he replied.

Über fail for me.

Hanky found at HANKIESANDMORE.