Monday, January 18, 2010
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Hopalong Cassidy Remained Still
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Mouseketeer's Talent Round-Up Record
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 song:
Today is Tuesday, you know what that means.This has nothing to do with the songs on this record, I suspect; but if I must have an earworm, you will too.
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!
That would also be why I blog.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Memo To Becky: Pray Or Get Off The Pot
Monday, October 26, 2009
Halloween Nineteen-Ought-Seven: Tricks Bigger Than Treats
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."
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Vintage Yankton Cowboy
Monday, October 12, 2009
The Little Kitten That Came Back
Friday, September 4, 2009
Winter Would Come Too Quickly
Friday, July 24, 2009
Last Dance With Mary Jane
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Girls Have Always Read Comic Books
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Creepy Kid Vent Dummies!
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.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
April 1st, 1913 Orphanage Update
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.)
Monday, March 30, 2009
Dauntless Dale Isn't Sheep-ish
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The Story Of Skippy
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
A Real Collector's Swap Event
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:
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Mess Around With One Of The "Mediums"
Monday, January 12, 2009
Ferdinand Frog & Friends
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Using Peer Pressure To Hook Teens On Crossword Puzzles
Dozens of delightful puzzles
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"
Crosswords for Teen Agers, by Murray Rockowitz, copyright 1958 (TAB Books, published by Scholastic), 6th printing, May 1963.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Why Christmas Tights Are Important For Little Girls
This looks so much like my sister -- OK, and not just as a child (she wears pants now Christmas Eve for a reason!) I wish it was a photo of her, because then we'd have had an Andy Gibb microphone!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Clothespin Desk Organizer
Thursday, December 11, 2008
"The Potato Babies, And How They Grew"
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
Like Birthday Hats For Jesus
Monday, December 8, 2008
Trouble Keeping Your Hose Up?
Monday, November 24, 2008
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.One shilling? What am I, made of money?
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.
Who compares hockey to lawn-tennis? Well, I might; I find neither "exciting."
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Once, I Could've Learned To Care For Him
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.
A Ming Stole
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
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.