Ha Ha, Your Momma Took Penicillin
Searching for old letters to illustrate my article at Inherited Values
(yes, I need another website to write at, thank-you-very-much), I found this gem of a blog, Matrilineal
, by Linda (a jackass owner
), who is transcribing 15 years of previously unread family letters. Sadly I did not find any scans of the old letters (I just love looking at them; it's almost as good as holding them), but when you find entires like this one dated December 6, 1954
, you can forgive nearly anything:
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.
Labels: 1950s, cool, ephemera, humor, medical, vintage
Hank Didn't Mean To Give The Waitress The Finger
Memo To Becky: Pray Or Get Off The Pot
Todd Left To Get Liquid-Plumr
Who Said Brigitte Bardot Never Had A Cross Word?
Winter Would Come Too Quickly
The Case Of The Pirate Fashion Photographer
I'm no Erle Stanley Gardner, or even one of the Brett Hallidays
; but I'm pretty sure it was all the striped ties which caused male fashion photographer Marco to gauge his own eye out.
Labels: 1960s, fashion, humor, pirates, weird
The Nightmare That Is Sandy Mac Underwear
The opposite of how I envision underwear sales, for I neither want sandy undies nor the word "Mac" associated with my butt.
And why would it be cute to see a toddler in his underwear skating on thin ice?
Labels: 1920s, fashion, humor, illustration, Save The Baby, vintage ads, vintage advertising, weird ads
"Do I sound like that?" "Yes."
Three dollar signs for THAT??!?
Intro To The Dean Martin Show (April 1969)
Some-Bunny Ears Ursula Andress
New Year, New You: Workout With Dumbells
Our Kids Asked To Be Left Alone, Please
James Brown In National Geographic
Pussy Doesn't Love The Canary For Its Song
Modern Woman Monday: What's In Your Fridge?
of the many quirky, unique items available at the Kindness Of Strangers shop
, a group in which I am just one of the quirky, unique artists -- but I didn't make this one; Slip of a Girl
did. (People always think she's so sweet. She is, but she's also got her twisty side
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
Why Other Countries Hate It When McDonald's Comes To Town
Why Mom Never Let Us Play Billiards
Even After Years Of Studying Them
Amanda Always Hated It When They Returned Her Hanky
Ham-Handed Harriet Had Trouble Hand-Tinting Photos
Who Invited The Chubby Girl? (Or, She Was Happier Because She Could Eat)
Climbing The Corporate Ladder Has Always Been Tough
They Quickly Learned To Keep The Knives Away From Susan
Via LJ's Vintage Ad Community
(we're still crediting them, hoping they'll credit us with the stuff they score here).
UPDATE: Hey, StumbleUpon folks -- there's a lot more at KKC, so start at the beginning
and get so dizzy with the delights that folks will need to keep the knives away from you too.
Labels: food, humor, retro, vintage ads, vintage advertising
Before Wonka, The Umpa Loompas Made Coats
Naturally, they would have to change the spelling of their names from Umpa Lumpa to Oompa Loompa.
Vintage ads for Umpa furs, via eBay (1
Labels: fashion, humor, vintage ads, vintage advertising
Roller Coasters Of Love, Say What?
Let's Face It... A Slow Death Is Better?
How To Be a Super Secretary
Just Like A Man -- And A Woman
Just Like A Man
was a Family Circle
column by Byron Fish
; the following appeared in the November 1964 issue of the magazine.
A boy can't learn too soon that in math, as in most subjects, there is a male and a female way to work things out. After a lesson in feminine-gender arithmetic my son figures that when it comes to higher powers of reasoning, men are squares.
First up, gender punctuation:
"You are inquiring into a mystery unsolved by man. From the time a female learns to write, she is convinced that exclamation points were invented to be used. She even feels they will go to waste unless they are put into sentences."
The boy asks, "How about those dots in there?"
The father responds:
Dots sometimes are used for a specific purpose in the neuter, or masculine, gender. If you find a long row of them apparently just thrown in, they are feminine gender."
My husband would have a field day with this... He abhors my continual use of ellipsis...
I, in return, must counter by pointing out that this article is proof that everything is considered masculine unless noted as feminine (and that feminine is lower in status). I'm just sayin'...
"Men teachers probably are told during their training to allow for the more complicated punctuation by girl pupils." :sigh: I suppose I should just be happy there was no mention of retarded or intolerant women teachers.
Then again... no mention of female teachers is rather sexist -- I mean, "It's rather sexist!"
Now we move onto gender in 'rithmetic.
The boy gets the correct answer, but dad makes an ambiguous statement...
So dad needs to explain female math.
"Particularly if he is married." Yuck it up, Byron.
Oh, and it all ends with a cute little story of the little woman besting "daddy". How quaint.
If you'd prefer to read the column in its entirety as it appeared:
Labels: 1960s, childhood, humor, school, sexist, vintage magazines