Happy Valentine's Day, From 1961
Ring-Ring! Retro Phone Bags Are Calling!
If you missed it last time
, here's another 70's telephone purse
-- in which the phone actually works
. (In case you don't know Jack, or don't remember when phones were plugged in things, you'll need access to a phone jack to make this old bag phone work.)
If that's not a-cord-ing to your taste, how about a retro 60's handbag decorated with coiled phone cords
? (Disclaimer: Found in my parents' eBay listings.)
Labels: 1960s, 1970s, fashion, handbag, retro, telephones
A Peignoir Fit For Mrs. Kravitz
Mary Tyler Moore Mannequin?
The Case Of The Pirate Fashion Photographer
I'm no Erle Stanley Gardner, or even one of the Brett Hallidays
; but I'm pretty sure it was all the striped ties which caused male fashion photographer Marco to gauge his own eye out.
Labels: 1960s, fashion, humor, pirates, weird
I Get The Raggedy Ann Wig, But...
What's up with those foam shoes?
Found at Flickr
, Woman's Day magazine
, July 1969.
Labels: 1960s, dolls, fashion, vintage magazines, weird
I Can't Hear You; Your Makeup Is Too Loud
What's Verrry Intersting?
Mess Around With One Of The "Mediums"
From that Scholastic Crosswords for Teen Agers book
, one of the "medium" puzzles called This Or That
Click for a larger scan; I'll post the answers in a few days.
Labels: 1960s, books, children, games, puzzles, quiz
She Can't Believe She's In Reader's Digest Either
Using Peer Pressure To Hook Teens On Crossword Puzzles
The back cover of Scholastic's Crosswords for Teen Agers
not only uses the "C'mon, join the crowd!" to push the crack of word games that is "crossword puzzles", but employs sexual dance euphemisms to lure the teens in:
Dozens of delightful puzzlesCrosswords for Teen Agers
Tailored to your taste...and your tempo
Pick up speed as your do along:
Enjoy yourself with the "easies"
Mess around with the "mediums"
Tangle with the "toughies"
, by Murray Rockowitz, copyright 1958 (TAB Books, published by Scholastic), 6th printing, May 1963.
Labels: 1950s, 1960s, books, children, games, hip lingo, puzzles
F Troop Postcard 1967
An over-sized postcard from Harrah's in Reno promoting TV's "F Troop" (Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch, Ken Berry) in the Headliner Room. Back promos future talent: Don Adams (with mini pic), Jim Nabors, George Kirby/Kim Siters, Bobby Darin (with mini pic), Debbie Reynolds, & Wayne Newton. (I've got a few of these; if you're interested, make me an offer
Labels: 1960s, celebs, ephemera, retro, television
Intro To The Dean Martin Show (April 1969)
Modern Woman Monday: Wippette -- Wippette Real Good
Skin Cancer For Christmas? You Shouldn't Have!
Clothespin Desk Organizer
Ticky-tacky paper flowers cheerfully scare away goth girls and other nightmares. Or maybe they cause nightmares. I know Fire Marshal Bill would see this as literal over-kill, what with paper flowers being so flammable.
In any case, if you really need instructions for it let me know. But it's cutting paper
, people; not rocket surgery -- so I may mock you when sending the info.
Also in that first issue of Good Housekeeping Needlecraft magazine
Labels: 1960s, crafting, decorating, kitsch, retro
Because I'm A Sucker For These Mod Space-Age Head Fashions...
"I Never Thought I’d See So Much Purity Of Pattern"
A pervy come-on of a sales-pitch from a ladies' clothing salesman:
I never thought I’d see so much purity of pattern. Absolute rightness. I must please you, and I think I can. Don’t fail me now, because I may never trust myself with a woman again, ever. Try it on. I’m sure, absolutely, I can please you. Show me. Wait for me.
From 1965's The Knack... And How To Get It reviewed here
at Here's Looking Like You, Kid
Labels: 1960s, cult classics, fashion, film reviews, movies, retro
Like Birthday Hats For Jesus
Pixies: Guardians Of PJs
A cute elf sits on the cover of the first issue of Good Housekeeping Needlecraft magazine
Turns out he is not an elf, but rather both a pixie and a pajama bag. Click the images to get the patterns & instructions (I tired to color correct the pattern page, but that's the best I could get it). If you make any pixie pj bags, I'd love to see 'em!
I put the skirt instructions for crocheting the long red hostess here
-- I'd love to see those if you make them too.
Labels: 1960s, brownies elves imps whatever, Christmas, crafting, free patterns, Ghosts of Christmas Past, retro, vintage magazines
Everything's Better When It's Kitsch On A Ritz
What's A Pink Pussycat Worth?
The Sands Hotel First Annual Domino Tournament
No, these are not soft squishy helmets for those who already have brain damage, these are stylish Space Age Fashions from the 1960's
While Jaynie tells us how to wear our hair with hats
, such information is irrelevant with these polka dotted wonders. The good news is that even when your mom cut your hair wrong
, no one would be able to see it under these.
This post is dedicated to the HATtastic Miss Janey
Labels: 1960s, fashion, retro, space age, weird
Your Seat Is Not A Flotation Device
Remember When You Could Smoke On A Plane?
It's Not My Mom
This looks like my mom, but it's not; this lady's name was Jeri and she was famous. I don't know her. But I do know my mom.
It's a small photo, just like the ones you give away to your friends in school. Only I didn't get this from Jeri herself (I told you I don't know her
); I got it with some other vintage photos of famous people. That explains why it's not signed on the back with a note for me to 'stay sweet' (which I did) or how fun I was in math class (which I was).
If you know who this lady is -- even if she's not your mom -- please let me know.
Labels: 1960s, celebs, collecting, old photographs
They Made A Tape For That
This tip from a reader, published in The Farmer
(Dakota Edition, September 3, 1960), advises the use of cellophane tape for trimming bangs.
But they made a tape for that
. I remember it distinctly as "the pink tape with the zig-zag ends which looked like it was cut with a pinking shears"
; which meant it was very difficult to find on the Internet. (You're welcome, surfers who are also searching by such memories.)
I think my mom used that tape to make those curls by her ears which were oh-so-fashionable in the 60's. Those curls are called "guiche" -- and apparently each type of curl had a name
. So now you can identify which kind of curl it was that that little girl has in the middle of her forehead
. (And pray it's not The Fishhook!)
Funny thing is, I don't remember my mom using the tape to cut our hair... And our bangs were often a crooked mess, usually running in a diagonal line along our foreheads. Ah, good times.
Dad said she put a bowl on our heads to give us a trim and that she never bothered to monitor & straighten the bowl. I don't remember that. I just cringe when I see the photos.
If you pester me, I may make the time to find & scan a few for you.
Labels: 1960s, beauty, childhood, retro, vintage magazines