Your Hotel Room Hasn’t Changed Since The 60s

Maybe the linens and carpet have (I still wouldn’t use a black light!), but the furniture hasn’t really changed since John Van Koert designed the InnMaster I for Simmons:

Vintage ad via Spuzzlightyeartoo; more on Van Koert designs here.

A Gift For Every Bowler In Your Family

I don’t know about the rest of the stuff, but I sooo want that plastic bowling ball ornament / keepsake / gift certificate holder shown at the bottom of this 1962 ad. Puh-leeze, Santa?

(That Santa link is one of my favorite Christmas posts from the Kitschy Kitschy Coo archives; what’s yours?)

Make Breaking The Wishbone Personal

How? By dressing those wishbones up first.

Since this craft project idea comes from the 1962 New Ideas For Christmas, the Fawcett publication supposes you’ll have wishbones left over from Thanksgiving (How many wishbones does a turkey have?) — and the “wishbone figurine” suggestions are Santas, angels, etc.

But don’t be so limited in your thinking.

Why not save all the wishbones you can this holiday season (and whenever you can get them) and make little wishbone figures that look just like your ex, the guy foreclosing on your home or buying your repossessed storage unit, etc. That way when you break them, it will be much more therapeutic.

Big Wheel, It’s A Retro Pinup

Her sucker says, “I Ate The Whole Thing!” but what really gives the photo its zing is the fact that this pinup poses on a Mattel Big Wheel.

Photo, circa 1960s, via bondman2.

Craft Scan Friday: Make Paper Furniture For A Doll House

The author’s advice: “Old shoe boxes make excellent houses.” (I think she means for dolls, not the homeless; but in this economy, perhaps we might consider some of the options.)

Wouldn’t it be ironic to make paper furniture for your vintage paper dollhouse from the pages in this book?

From Play With Paper by Thea Bank-Jensen; Scholastic Book Services © 1962 (my copy is the third printing, July 1973).

Do Your Do Like The First Lady In 1962

I normally don’t even look at JFK stuff; everyone saved all their Kennedy stuff, so the Age Of Camelot memorabilia is quite common. But when I spotted this 1962 Dell Purse Book, # 4160, The Jacqueline Touch, I had to pick it up because it seemed so unique to me.

I was rewarded with six pages of “First Lady Dos” — which I now share with you!