Modern Woman Mondays: Arm Yourself Against Those Pesky Little Moths!
We Always Knew Joan Crawford Had A Big Head
If you think Joan Crawford looks like a bobble head on this vintage trading card, check out the rest of the movie stars on the 1949 set of Turf Cigarette cards
Vintage Mildred Pierce card found via The Golden Age Of Hollywood Ning Group
Labels: 1940s, celebs, cool, ephemera, movies, vintage
Thanks For The Reindeer Sweater
Girls Have Always Read Comic Books
Craft-Scan Friday: Make Amusing Table Favors From Fruits & Vegetables
Mrs. George C. Wagoner of Glendale, California, must have never been told by her momma not to play with her food; here she show how to make a tiny orchestra from hairpins, paper clips, modeling clay, and a basket
of common fruits and vegetables. Talk about your anthropomorphic fruits and veggies!
Found inside this vintage issue of Modern Woman Magazine
Labels: 1940s, Craft-Scan Fridays, crafting, decorating, food, kitsch, musician, vintage
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
Dauntless Dale Isn't Sheep-ish
From Quick magazine
, October 31, 1949
: "Karen Hutchinson, 2, of Ontario, Cal., simultaneously enjoys a free ride and shows off the prize-winning form of 'Dauntless Dale,' a 1 1/2-year-old Hampshire ram which took Junior Division honors at last year's Los Angeles County Fair. Rams, especially prize winners, don't usual pose so willingly."
Labels: 1940s, childhood, children, old photographs, vintage magazines
WWII Home Front Greeting Card
You'd Have To Be Drunk To Wear 'Em
How To Talk To The Soda Jerk
Modern Woman Monday: A Margaret Sanger Rhyme
7 Maids A-Milking -- To Music
Warning: Your Male Bosom Is Bunchy
Don't Mess With The Gene Autry Fans
Yeast, The New Way -- And You'll Like It
Once, I Could've Learned To Care For Him
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Of 1942
Recognize Me Without The Fruit On My Head?
"Don't You Know There's A Peace On?"
The Corn Is Green -- And 1945's Knee-Deep In It
In Calling All Girls
(December, 1945), Nancy Pepper, Fashion Editor, has a kitschy column called "Jabberwocky and Jive". This bit is teaches the not-so-cool kids on the cool lingo the kids were using that day based on Hollywood.
Here are some of my favorites (you can click the image to read the larger scan).
B 'n B -- That's what you call them if they're Co-Starring of Going Steady, on account of they're a Bogie 'n Bacall.
HI, VAN--HOW'S JOHNSON? -- Instead of plain "Hi." There are lots of them -- like "Hi, Garson -- how's Pidgeon?"
HEAVENLY HURD -- A smooth boy. Inspired by the Man of your Screams in "Dorian Gray."
CROON ANOTHER, CROSBY -- Means "Tell me more."
THE CORN IS GREEN -- You say that when anyone tells a corny story.
Labels: 1940s, celebs, childhood, hip lingo, vintage magazines
When Illustrations Collide
Jay Hyde Barnum
's illustration of a sexy songbird with a lifted hem shares the page with an ad for Perfect Circle
Triple-Action piston rings.
The incongruity of such juxtaposition of pinup with what I lovingly call 'racing troll babies' makes me stare long and hard at this vintage magazine page for clues... At first I thought sex appeal was being applied by Perfect Circle, but the three babies, a regular gimmick used by the company
, are drawn by Pete Hawley
. Why the editors decided to print the pinup facing the ad is unknown to me -- but I'm sure it helped Perfect Circle
sell piston rings.
Labels: 1940s, illustration, vintage ads, vintage advertising, vintage magazines, weird
Sani-Flush Your Gunk Away
No White Spots On Your Scottie Dog
The Unknown Comic - Artist
From The Saturday Evening Post
, June 14, 1941, a full-page ad for Hotpoint electric refrigerators and ranges. The top portion features a comic, Just Around The Corner: Ed And Alice Open Up The Summer Cottage
, which extols the virtues of having appliances in your summer cottage "just like in town." So much for getting away from it all & roughing it.
And no one ever shows up to help me move.
Having a title seems to signify a series -- be it a regular comic series or an ad campaign -- but it's unsigned. The style is so familiar... Capp? Marge? I honestly don't know; neither does Google. If you do, please share.
Here's the bottom portion of the ad, in case that helps.
Labels: 1940s, appliances, cartooning, collecting, comics, illustration, vintage ads, vintage advertising
From Making Words Work
, 1942, a "Thinking about the picture" assignment:
Thinking about the picture
Is Jack having a good time? How can you tell? What is he doing?
What kind of boy do you think he is? What kind of day is it?
Labels: 1940s, books, childhood, children, homework, old photographs, school, toys, vintage
"Gee, Mom, Them's An Important Collection!"
Teen-Age Know-How From 1946
From my collection of etiquette books
, a few pages from Your Manners Are Showing, by Betty Betz
First, how to be a proper street walker, for him and her.
Don't tell naughty jokes!
I'm not sure if this last one is to say that eating while walking in public is rude (who hasn't eaten an ice cream cone thus?) -- or is a warning to ladies to satisfy her man at home...
Charmed? I'm sure; but find your own copy on eBay
Labels: 1940s, books, dating, etiquette, illustration, vintage
Mrs. Alexander's Advice To Negro Youth
When Ephemera Leaves Bruises