Hopalong Cassidy Remained Still
Mouseketeer's Talent Round-Up Record
Retro Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Club record Mouseketeer's Talent Round-Up
, #653, copyright, 1975; the 45 has the following songs: We're The Mouseketeers
, A Rollin' Stone
, Talent Round-up
, and Hi To You
The record itself has a big straight split, so I can't play it -- but I can't toss it either. Maybe there's a collector out there who really really needs this cover. Maybe I can discover a way to mend & play the 45. Maybe, maybe, maybe... This is why I blog; to excuse the crap I hold onto under the guise of helping another collector find what they need.
Thanks to reruns playing after school during my teen babysitting years, every time I spy this on my shelf (and that happens more often than you might think), I hear the Mickey Mouse Club Today Is Tuesday
Today is Tuesday, you know what that means.
We're gonna have a special guest
So get out the broom and sweep the place clean.
And dust off the mat so the welcome can be seen.
Roll out the carpet, strike up the band,
And give out with a Hip, Hooray!
Wiggle your ears like good Mouseketeers.
We're gonna present a guest today
'Cause Tuesday is Guest Star Day!
This has nothing to do with the songs on this record, I suspect; but if I must have an earworm, you will too.
That would also be why I blog.
Labels: children, collecting, Disney, music, records, television
Memo To Becky: Pray Or Get Off The Pot
Halloween Nineteen-Ought-Seven: Tricks Bigger Than Treats
Straight out of the pages of The Fargo Forum and Daily Republican
, November 2nd, 1907, the story of "Two Brothers Filled With Peas." (Click to enlarge the old news article, or scroll below it to read copied text.)
Farmer Beaton's Sons Treated To A Warm Reception By Irate Farmer On Hallowe'en Night -- A Double Barreled Shot Gun Did The Businss
Two Small boys, the sons of a farmer named Beaton, who lives just outside the west part of Fargo, were shot at by an irate farmer on Hallowe'en and as a result they came to Fargo yesterday and had about a handful of peas picked out of them by a physician.
The Boys had greatly annoyed a neighboring farmer last Hallowe'en, and this year he waited for them with a double-barreled shotgun loaded with peas. The boys approached his place and he let fly with both barrels, and his marksmanship was excellent.
In future Hallowe'ens these particular boys will probably remain a long ways from that particular farmer.
Ahhh, Halloween in 1907, when kids could be shot just for being annoying, good times...
Note that people don't shoot people, "double barreled shot guns do the business."
Labels: 1900's, children, creepy, ephemera, Halloween, vintage, weird
The Little Kitten That Came Back
Winter Would Come Too Quickly
Last Dance With Mary Jane
Girls Have Always Read Comic Books
Creepy Kid Vent Dummies!
Who knew that two Photoshopped shadows would cause my skin to crawl:
As if ventriloquist dummies weren't creepy enough as it is, these are regular children photoshopped to appear to be dolls with articulated mouths
. Sure, she looks like a nice, non-homicidal doll now, but just wait until she's been played with by an average child for a couple years:
NOW if lightning or magic gives this doll a life of its own, you better run for the freakin' hills
, because it will have no mercy on beings of flesh and bone.
Labels: art, children, creepy, dolls
April 1st, 1913 Orphanage Update
According to this old booklet for the Children's Home Society of Minnesota
, (organized September 11, 1889), the number of children cared for up to April 1st, 1913 was 3,400.
Apparently, as a result of this publication, one of the children's heads was adopted -- at least the photo was. (Which may have affected the Center of Gravity in the Human Body Study
done at the home.)
Labels: 1910s, April Fools, children, ephemera, Save The Baby
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
A Real Collector's Swap Event
Our family interviewed to be cast for ABC Family's Wife Swap
But after a few long talks, we decided that we weren't a good fit for the show. Not only do we have a crazy family dynamic
but the requirement to forgo being on any other television show for 18 months would then limit our pursuit of more educational projects, such as my work with domestic violence
, special needs, and history/culture issues.
(Plus, while we don't mind laughing at or being laughed at especially regarding our collecting habits, we* aren't exactly loud exhibitionists.)
However, if you belong to a family of collectors and welcome the chance to participate in this social experiment called reality television (for financial honorarium too!), check out the casting call
and then contact Matthew McLaughlin at email@example.com
ASAP. Don't forget to tell him that Deanna from Collectors' Quest sent you!
* When I say "we aren't exactly loud exhibitionists", I mean some of us are :cough-Me: and some of us aren't :cough-Him:
Labels: children, collecting, entertainment, hobby, TV
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
Ferdinand Frog & Friends
The decorated endpages of The Tale Of Ferdinand Frog, Sleepy-Time Tales
, by Arthur Scott Bailey, illustrations by Diane Petersen; Grosset & Dunlap, copy; 1918. As you can see, some child has colored in the characters a bit.
Labels: 1910s, antique, books, children, illustration, vintage
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
Why Christmas Tights Are Important For Little Girls
Clothespin Desk Organizer
"The Potato Babies, And How They Grew"
Used Hankies In Your Hair
Kitschy Kitschy Coo presents... The Hanky Bonnet: The ultimate in icky fashion recycling.
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.
Labels: 1970s, children, creepy, fashion, handkerchiefs, Save The Baby, snot funny, vintage advertising, weird ads
Like Birthday Hats For Jesus
Trouble Keeping Your Hose Up?
The Game Of Stickerchief
Found in The Book of Knowledge
, Vol XL, The Game Of Stickerchief:
A splendid game that can be played by any number of children is "Stickerchief." It is quite as exciting as hockey or lawn-tennis, and it has the advantage of not requiring expensive balls, racquets, or sticks.
Stickerchief is played with a handkerchief and some short pieces of bamboo, of the sort used by gardeners to hold up tall flowers. A dozen of these bamboos can be bought at any florist's for one shilling.
One shilling? What am I, made of money?
Who compares hockey to lawn-tennis? Well, I might; I find neither "exciting."
Labels: books, children, games, handkerchiefs, snot funny, Victorian
Once, I Could've Learned To Care For Him
Mommas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Linda Blair
An article in the February 13, 1979 National Enquirer
by Donald McLachlan warns, "Cocaine Sniffing by Celebrities Blamed For Soaring Use of Drugs by Youngsters."
"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.
Labels: 1970s, celebs, children, ephemera, National Enquirer, retro, vintage magazines
I'm smitten with storks, especially the vintage variety, so you'll forgive me for sharing a nursery rhyme from Holland which seems to be uninspired, poorly translated, or both.The StorkOoievaar
Steal a twig,
Stork loves babies small and big.
But, oh, isn't the illustration lovely!
In Tales Told in Holland
, edited by Olive Beaupre Miller, illustrated by Maud and Miska Petersham, part of the My Travelship series, published by The Book House for Children, Chicago, copyright 1926.
Labels: 1920s, books, childhood, children, illustration, nursery rhymes, storks, vintage
Nothing Warms Them Up Like Baked Goods
Our Kids Asked To Be Left Alone, Please
A Reason To Get Pregnant
No, Brooke Shields, it's not the VW Routon
which has me in the mood for a baby; it's BambinaMia who makes the most kitsch-tastic baby duds for dolls and dudes!
(Also available at Etsy
Labels: celebs, children, cool, cult classics, Elvis, fashion, gnomes, kitsch, pink puppies, retro style, sock monkey