Saturday, January 9, 2010
Your Guess Is As Good As Ours
Sure, we could look the clipping up in Google translate, but why ruin the mystery?
Labels: cool, creepy, ephemera, old photographs, vintage, weird
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Because Clowns Just Plain Ol' Scare Me
Labels: antiques, clowns, creepy, games
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."
Labels: 1900's, children, creepy, ephemera, Halloween, vintage, weird
Monday, July 20, 2009
El Vampiro Atomico
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.
Labels: art, children, creepy, dolls
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Baby Got Back-Fat
I'm too amused & enthralled to really research this one, kids... Besides, isn't it time you told me something?
The illustration dates to 1909; Vol. 30, December, No. 1, of The Philistine.
Labels: antique, antiques, creepy, ephemera, history, illustration, vintage magazines
Friday, February 6, 2009
Revenge On The Clowns
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Reminds Me Of Sarah Palin
I still cringe and say Eeeeiiwwww. Which is why when I spotted a pair of such wall plaques at the thrift store, I did not buy them.
I was both brave enough & amused enough to take photos of the girl applying lipstick to the family dog tho. (Even if she has exposed her bare bottom.) For some reason both the little girl applying lipstick to her dog -- and wildly inappropriate bathroom decor -- remind me of Sarah Palin.
Labels: bathroom, beauty, creepy, decorating, Did Not Buy, dogs, kitsch, retro
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.
Labels: 1970s, children, creepy, fashion, handkerchiefs, Save The Baby, snot funny, vintage advertising, weird ads
Monday, December 8, 2008
Trouble Keeping Your Hose Up?
1921 ad for Wilson Garters, found in The Modern Priscilla magazine.
Labels: 1920s, children, creepy, fashion, vintage ads, vintage advertising, weird
Battle For The Soul Of Christmas
Labels: brownies elves imps whatever, Christmas, collecting, creepy, Ghosts of Christmas Past, kitsch, photographs
Friday, December 5, 2008
Dad Says He Tired Of Ties As Gifts?
Instructions and pattern from a vintage set of Coping Saw Carpentry For Boys & Girls cards. You can find nicer patterns and craft project instructions at my other blog, Things Your Grandmother Knew too.
Labels: Craft-Scan Fridays, crafting, creepy, free patterns, vintage, weird
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
No More Happy Families
Labels: altered art, art, cool, creepy, humor
Monday, December 1, 2008
Anne Frank's Not The Only Thing Hiding In The Attic
Labels: 1980s, cool, creepy, old photographs, photographs, stuffed toys
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
"The Practical Self May Try To Hold You Back"
It also says you might find yourself walking among the living stars, as they "regularly visit" the museum. Those who do so, are awarded their own special director's chair (with their own name!) upon their first visit.
I didn't scan the whole thing; but enjoy the pages I did. Or not. It might be creepy even in digital pixels.
Also from my travel and tourism collection; see something you like there, let me know, and maybe I'll scan &/or provide additional details.
Labels: celebs, creepy, ephemera, kitsch, retro, tourism, vintage advertising, weird
Monday, November 3, 2008
She Should Be Blue
I don't know which Flora Belle doll by Brinns she is -- other than 'a pink one.' I didn't look at her name. Who knew they made so many pink ones? Not me; with all that air-tight plastic, I thought she'd be blue.
Labels: creepy, Did Not Buy, dolls, retro
Monday, October 13, 2008
Pussy Doesn't Love The Canary For Its Song
Maybe the kid's only creepy for being on the card. Maybe you don't think he's creepy at all. But I'm pretty certain he's the 1920's version of a goth graffiti artist. But in any case, I found the vintage postcard well worth the $1.
Postmarked 1921; SB postcard number s.204.
Labels: 1920s, creepy, ephemera, humor, kitties, vintage, weird
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.
Labels: 1970s, bunny rabbits, creepy, film reviews, movies, weird, youtube
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Labels: antiques, books, collecting, creepy, history, vintage
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Modern Woman Monday: What's In Your Fridge?
If you don't see the works with art nudes, create an account at Zazzle, go to 'account settings', and set 'the maturity level' to R.
Labels: altered art, appliances, cool, creepy, humor, Modern Woman Mondays, poster, retro style, weird
Monday, August 25, 2008
What Could Be Bedda Than Hedda?
You turn the knob on the top of her non-removable bonnet to see all the faces/phases of her disease.
Creepy, ey? This doll would send my sister into deep psychological
According to DollInfo.com, these dolls were marketed to the pre-teens and teenagers who were getting "too old for baby dolls".
If anyone can move past the two-faced to the three-faced, it's pre-teen and teenage girls.
Labels: 1960s, creepy, dolls, retro, toys, weird
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Will. Not. Eat.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
The Story Of The Bear Hug Wiggler; Or Why I'm Not Allowed To Go Out Of The House Alone
I have a thing for bears, and a natural human disposition to laziness, so I wondered, is this thing a bear you put a crayon into and when you wind it up, it draws for you? If so, I need one.
There was no explanation or description on the insert, so I went to the counter to ask the pimply-faced boy standing there. Our interaction was brief and went like this:
Me: "Hi, can you show me the bear wiggler?"
Me: "Can I see your bear wiggler?"
Him: *blank stare*
Me: "Your bear wiggler -- the Crayola toy."
Him: *digging blindly beneath the counter in what I can only assume is a bin of kids' meal toys -- occasionally looking into the assumed box then back at me*
Me: *waiting hopefully*
Him: "I have no idea what that is. I have no idea what that is."
Me: "Uh, OK, thanks anyway."
I walk to the door to meet the waiting family, whereupon my hubby, sardonic eyebrow raised, says, "Probably not appropriate to ask a guy to show him his 'bare wiggler' in public."
All that, and I still don't know what a "Bear Hug" Wiggler is.
But I'm pretty sure I still want one. Now I have a great cougar story to with it.
Labels: bears, BK, children, crafting, creepy, toys
Marvels From 1954's The Family Physician -- Or Bad HMO?
A Miracle Of Modern Science
Nail swallowed by four-year-old boy was successfully withdrawn from his duodenum when doctors induced him to gulp chocolate malted milk containing magnet attached to a thread. X-ray shows magnet in contact with nail, which appears as curved line beneath it.
Self-OperationIf I had to choose between gulping chocolate milk with a magnet & thread (just like mom used to make!) or operating on myself, I'd gulp, baby.
Photograph shows doctor removing his own appendix; assistant and nurse helped him to hold instruments. He did this to "get patient's attitude."
I can't even understand the "get patient's attitude" dealio-mcbob. I mean are there patients who actually operate on themselves? Or was the unnamed doc responding to those patients who, like visitors to art galleries, think they can do that themselves.
Labels: 1950s, accident, books, children, creepy, history, medical, science, stunts, weird
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Ladies Don't Argue With A Burglar
Labels: antiques, creepy, vintage ads, vintage advertising, weapons
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
If Bees In Your Crotch Make Your Ankles Swell...
Or maybe you just like the bees in your crotch thing. Who can tell? (Maybe that's why it's so swollen there.)
Labels: creepy, fashion, retro
Friday, July 18, 2008
Dimple Dot Kleenex Box Cover Kit
Seeing this ad reminds me of when I was young, someone gave this to my folks as a gift -- :eek: -- and our dog used to bark at like she was rabid (the dog, not the Dimple Doll). My folks would put it away, and then every now and then bring it out to see if the dog still hated it; she did. Eventually, the dog got a hold of it and destroyed it.
Whenever I see them at sales, I want to buy them and set them all in a row on a shelf -- maybe even fill and entire book shelf with them, in all the colors and variations.
I did get one once, but sent it to my sister; one part memory, one part freak factor (she hates dolls so opening a box with a doll head, well, that would be super freaky). But no affordable ones since.
Feel free to send me some, if you don't want them.
Labels: cool, Craft-Scan Fridays, crafting, creepy, dolls, kitsch, snot funny, vintage ads, vintage advertising
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
As If Sticking Pins Into The Baby Isn't Bad Enough...
Screaming Oliver reproduction pin cushion and bugs (by Cats Paw Doll Accessories), available here.
Labels: crafting, creepy, Save The Baby, weird
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Fame Was In The Stars For J.K. Rowling; She Knew, Because She Put It There
From the auction listing:
The third horoscope is of their young son, born on the cusp of Aquarius and Pisces. He will enjoy school, perhaps be accident-prone, (like all Pisces) could be prone to alcoholism, and (perhaps like us all) may well fall in love with someone totally incompatible. The chart apparently suggests that the boy will have great literary talent ("...the planet of fantasy and imagination meets a sign frequently associated with bookishness...") Rowling wonders whether his "ability to weave a good yarn" could perhaps bring fame and fortune, before deciding that becoming a film director would better suit his talents. Apparently wishing for some small slice of fame for herself, J.K. Rowling wonders if the boy would perhaps at least mention her in his Oscar acceptance speech ("...This peculiar woman my mother knows predicted I would be standing before you today ... of course, my parents laughed at the time...")To be auctioned off at Sotheby's in London on July 17.
Labels: astrology, books, collecting, creepy, illustration, zodiac
Monday, June 9, 2008
Nothing Says, "Welcome, Spring!" More Than A Skull Birdhouse
Via A Tad Too Much Tan For Taupe.
Labels: art, creepy, skulls, stuff, weird, youtube
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Bring Out Your Dead
It's an antique sale -- and the antiques are dead people. Note to self: if the bones are old, the state of Ohio stops worrying about whether or not they're human remains. Addendum note to self: there are some creepy, creepy collectors.
Labels: antiques, creepy, human remains