Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
We Always Knew Joan Crawford Had A Big Head
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Your Guess Is As Good As Ours
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Ha Ha, Your Momma Took Penicillin
I was so scared and horrified when I read that you had taken penicillin. No wonder the doctor tested your heart. Don't ever take it again. After taking it several times it reacts on the heart and often causes death in a few minutes. Don't let any doctor give you any more of it.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Posts Of Halloween Past
I've been busy this Halloween; here's a round-up of the Halloween posts I made this year:
1. Vintage Halloween party recipes, from this issue of The Royal Neighbor.
2. Halloween's a blast! Back when you could shoot children who annoyed you, anyway.
3. My review of the retro skeleton game based on Dark Shadows' vampire, Barnabas Collins.
4. My review of a gravedigger's memoirs.
5. Did you see the antique vampire killing kits up for auction?
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."
Monday, October 12, 2009
The Little Kitten That Came Back
Friday, September 11, 2009
Craft-Scan Friday: Women Are Delighted By Shills
Friday, September 4, 2009
Most Memorable Scene, March, 1970
Monday, August 3, 2009
Modern Woman Monday: Women "Over 40" Wanted
Friday, July 24, 2009
Last Dance With Mary Jane
Monday, July 20, 2009
El Vampiro Atomico
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Look Like A Vintage Secretary
I'm surprised any of these vintage writing tablets have survived... The "tops," with their celebrity images, maybe; but with paper? Amazing.
Read more about them at Things & Other Stuff, who also has some for salenow.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Make Shadow Puppets With Deaf-Mute People
While this may be fun, the inside section contains "facts about deaf-mutes" -- which warns you not to "let noise shorten your life." (I guess the National Deaf-Mute Sales Co. wouldn't exactly be sorry to learn of your hearing loss... but death would impact their sales.)
Here are startling new facts. The din in your life. Here is a list of the seven worst noise makers:But if you were hoping for a list of vintage New Years noisemakers, the list is far less kitsch-nostalgic:
1. Traffic.(Thank heavens we can now avoid such dangerous modern entertainment and make shadow pictures!)
2. Trains, planes.
3. Radios, television sets.
4. Whistles, bells.So don't let barking dogs shorten your life!
6. Loud voices.
7. Barking dogs.
Below, the front cover of this vintage booklet:
Friday, June 5, 2009
I Want To See Evelyn Green Dolls
Her collection, one of the most valuable in the nation, includes fur-clad cave-dwellers, Gay Nineties models, and modern bobby-sox types, depicting the fashions of mankind from 18,000 B.C. to the present. Mrs. Green requires a week or two to make a small doll and two or three months to complete a large, elaborate model. She has spent fourteen years on her hobby.There's scant information about Evelyn Green dolls online; even though the doll maker was featured in Doll Collector Magazine in what appears to be 2005 (presumably prompted by the Evelyn Green portrait dolls which were de-accessioned, via Theriaults, from the collections of the Strong Museum in 2004). I found no clearly labled photos of the dolls themselves. Pooh.
Evelyn Green dolls now appaer to sell for between $200 and $400 each.
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."
Monday, May 18, 2009
Modern Woman Monday: Kate Smith
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.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Answers For Those Questions You Asked Your Erudite Friends
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 16, 2009
A Comic Male Quartette
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Such A Hoot To Be A Socialite In Nineteen-Ought-Two
Monday, March 9, 2009
Androgynous Pat, The Animal Doodle
Friday, February 27, 2009
Vintage Bridal Shower Party Games
Friday, February 6, 2009
Sewing Is Misogynistic
Sunday, February 1, 2009
WWII Home Front Greeting Card
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
You Could Be "Shirt Changed"
Monday, January 12, 2009
Magic Trick Fan
Saturday, January 10, 2009
F Troop Postcard 1967
Friday, December 19, 2008
Giant Thinks Jack A Killer-Diller
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
It's Easy To See Which Snowman Wears The Pants In The Family
Monday, December 15, 2008
Modern Woman Monday: A Margaret Sanger Rhyme
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Don't Mess With The Gene Autry Fans
What's A Pink Pussycat Worth?
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Ida Sweet As Apple Cider
The Sands Hotel First Annual Domino Tournament
Want it? Make me an offer.
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.
Your Seat Is Not A Flotation Device
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Remember When You Could Smoke On A Plane?
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.