Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Ring-Ring! Retro Phone Bags Are Calling!
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.)
Monday, January 18, 2010
Little Van Goes
Friday, September 4, 2009
Most Memorable Scene, March, 1970
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Executives Love No-Iron Knit Pants
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Don't Poop Out
Friday, June 5, 2009
17 "Don'ts" For Men (1890's Style)
Today's selection from Old Stuff was previously published in an untitled 1899 newspaper. It's advice from an unnamed male "men's fashion consultant" who was concerned with customers "preserving the finer points of sartorial elegance."
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Because We've All Heard The Nova Joke
Nova ad found in the July, 1974, issue of Psychology Today -- that issue's been passed around quite a bit, at least in scanned form. I shared an article on political activism from the issue here, sent scans of pages on nuclear families to Shawnee, and posted an ad with doggies here.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
What's Verrry Intersting?
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Far Out, Way Out, Or Way-Way Out?
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Ma Bell Rings Yer Bell
Macramé A Lampshade
That 70's Furniture
Reach Out And Touch Someone
Monday, December 22, 2008
It's 1973, What's Rick Springfield Doin'?
Friday, December 12, 2008
Craft-Scan Friday: Twin Martian Dolls
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Used Hankies In Your Hair
I don't care how much it's laundered, turning your bridal hankie into a christening bonnet for your baby is just asking for a bad case of cradle
Inside McCall's Needlework & Crafts, Spring 1978 issue.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The Sunshine Family Doll Christmas
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Girls Who Do Needlework Are Heterosexual
Boye Needle Company proclaimed "Girls Like Boye's" and proffered a tee-shirt which read "Every Girl needs a Boye" on the back cover of McCall's Needlework & Crafts, Spring 1978 issue.
Thinking I just might be willing to kill for one of those shirts, I did a search at eBay for Every Girl needs a Boye -- and finding just one (irrelevant) result, do you know what eBay suggested I might have meant?
Did you mean... every girl needs a bone ?
Now that's funny. And redundant.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The Queen Of The Senile Girls
Bonie (pronounced "Bone-Knee", entertained at hospitals, convalescent homes, social & service clubs, private parties and charity functions for 35 years. Her acts were patterned after some of the Phyllis Diller routines, but Bonie wrote her own jokes & song parodies.
Two years prior to this article (so that's be 1976-ish), Bonie decided she needed a gimmick for one of her song parodies and designed a crazy hat. Eventually she ended up with some 200 hats used in her acts -- hence the article's "Hat Comedy Show" titular use & the photographs.
Deciding that some history would be nice to throw into the shows, she made a trip to the library to study the history of hats -- but "You wouldn't believe how dull the history of hats is, so I invented some history of my own." Here's one of Bonie's jokes, on the origin of ladies' wide-brimmed hats, which audiences supposedly believed:
"Way back in history in some European country, the ladies of the court were always passing gossip by whispering in each other's ears," Bonie explains. "Now the king was jealous because he couldn't hear the gossip and decreed that the ladies would have to wear wide brimmed hats so they'd have to talk louder because they couldn't get their heads close together."
But my favorite quote is this:
"Of course, we have to clean up the act a little, when we are performing for a church group or something like that," Bonie said. "Some of our jokes, songs and routines might be considered a little risque."
While the article doesn't explain it, the teasing, tantalizing comment makes me wonder just what sort of dirty hat jokes &/or song parodies Bonie had.
If you know anything about Bonie, or Barbara Ludwig (piano accompanist) and Frances Harvey (Boni's "favorite stage 'stooge'"), please let me know.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Where Did The National Enquirer Go In 1978?
All for me!
Oh, the quality reporting! Logging 1,183,338 miles, they went to London to cover the world's first test tube baby and even went to Guyana twice in '78 to cover the Jamestown suicides.
And don't you go thinking they just sent 'reporters' to Alaska to gather information about "secret Soviet psychic research" -- they went to Moscow too.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
For The Love Of Grover
Mommas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Linda Blair
"The kids see photographs of them wearing coke spoons as decorations around their necks. They read of stars like Louise Lasser and Linda Blair getting into trouble over coke... Kieth Richard of The Rolling Stones being arrested in Canada... comedian George Kirby going to jail for dealing it."And where would the kids of 1979 see such photos and read such stories? Oh yeah, the National Enquirer.
Then again, who believes anything in the National Enquirer?
But if McLachlan and the National Enquirer really believed that peer pressure or the cool-kid factor were so strong, why didn't they stop publishing the stories -- or advise that parents keep the rag away from their kids.
Maybe the National Enquirer should use the tagline: Promoting the coke spoon & harming your kids since (at least) the 70's.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Would You Believe A Talking Dog?
Thursday, November 6, 2008
You Put The Spoon Where?
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Night of the Lepus
Watching Night of the Lepus - when rabbits terrorize! http://www.imdb.com/title/t... Still less strange than Palin/McCain campaignShould this interest you at all, why not watch the trailer?
Yes, yes, go in cellar to hide from rabbits.
Slow motion humungoid bunnies running to slow version of Twilight Zone's do-do-do-do. Excellent.
Why didn't they stop for the lone guy with a rifle acting so crazy on the side of the road? Huh.
Ah, the turn-off to Woodale is a dirt road... that seems to bode that they are safe.
Giant rabbits fill the wild-west general store!! No need for cheezy music -- I am enthralled!
A helicopter approaches. I am waitnig for a giant bunny to rear up and snatch it from the sky... I wait for it.
Siren sound effect is large kazoo?
Maybe just a child going "wooooOOoooo WoOOOOoooo"
"Attention" police say to drive-in movie attendees, "There'a a herd of large attacking rabbits, evacuate!"
Giant killer rabbits killed on railroad tracks -- electrocuted. Or shot. I can smell the burning fur.
Goodness is restored to the earth. Children play in fields. Roll credits.
Thank you, Turner Classic Movies.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Quick, What Decade Is It?
We're sure that Mackenzie really wishes she had traded places with Marlene Dietrich back in 1976. Marlene was still alive then; so trading now, while it may alleviate some of today's problems, really isn't a good idea.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Big Dreams Of The Big-Eyed
(Feel free to bid on it and send it to me.)
But did you know there was also a big-eyed doll in the 60's -- complete with tear?
Little Miss No Name by Hasbro Toys (1965) was designed by Deet D'Andrade. Little Miss No Name wore a burlap dress, had a hand made for begging, and that large plastic tear... I'm guessing I never heard of her because few little girls wanted to play adopt the homeless begging orphan (Little Orphan Annie had a lovely red dress -- and too much spunk to let herself go like that). Fewer still wanted to plan & play a day in the life of a pitiful waif (also probably why the Kate Moss dolls never came to fruition).
But I want her.
I'm guessing when I find her, she'll be more expensive that replacing my old retro sad dog bank... But it won't stop me from fancying the two, together, in my office.
It's better to have big dreams of big eyed art -- and be left with a giant plastic tear -- then to never have dreamed at all.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Scrap Rug Fun - Doggy Tissue Cover
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Thanks to these guys & gals who not only watch the films and shows for cars but take screen shots and identify and document them at the Internet Movie Cars Database, we can enjoy an entire page of AMC Javelins in movies and TV series. (If you love Javelins as I do, you may also wish to see pages/categories for AMC AMX Javelin in movies and TV series, AMC AMX in movies and TV series -- and all AMC vehicle listings.)
Of course, you may prefer another maker/model... Here's the Internet Movie Cars Database list of all vehicle makes.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Sitting Ork Style
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
70's Teen Beauty Diary Entry
OK, I'll admit that we tried this, my friend Mary & I. We were too young & silly -- hopped up on soda pop, disco music and teenybopper posters from Tiger Beat -- not to know what would happen. Which, in case you didn't see it coming, was the following:
- dots & streaks in shades of pink, red, blue & lavender on our faces, ears and necks from the pencils
- pencils so coated in styling gunk they had to be tossed out (no amount of shaving/sharpening could save them because they crusty stuff would transfer to our hands and flake on our faces during use)
- no curls to speak of because we had no clever way to hold the pencils in our hair (we were modern steam-curl girls)
Thursday, June 26, 2008
That 70's Purse Comes A-Calling
New old stock vintage 70's Dallas Handbags Telephone purse:
Shiny black vinyl embossed to replicate alligator, the handle of the purse is the phone handset.
A large and roomy size, it measures 14 2/3" long and 12" high, not including the handle. The bag has a long shoulder strap.
Never used, the hang tag instructions are still attached, the original paper stuffing is still in the bag and the cellophane wrapper is still on the handset (removed for the pictures). The bag is in mint condition and has the telephone cord included. And, yes it does work, tested it.
Monday, June 9, 2008
It's Always Something: Teen Dares Of 1971
And to braid our hair, Bo Derek style -- in precisely 20 braids.
I did that once. Well, I had my sister braid my hair, using those tiny rubber bands which were supposed to be for our braces; and I don't think we ever bothered to count the braids...
Anyway, while I looked nothing like Bo, I wore my hair thus to the one and only car race I went to. On a dirt track.
I was so bored, and annoyed by being sprayed with dirt every turn, that I busied myself with unbraiding my hair, and soon looked like Roseanne Roseannadanna.
Just imagine trying to wash the chunks of dirt out of that.
Like the two-tone lip freak-fest, I do not advise the braiding of hair; it can lead to drinking the Kool-Aid proffered by cults.
But then, hey, your sister can make some cool shoes.