High-Five Friday, February 6, 2009
1 Thanks, Cheetah Velour, for showing us damn funny books at the thrift shoppe
2 We made the 100th edition of Make it from Scratch
. Want to know what for? Well, go see it -- or must I do everything for you?
3 You really should go Jump with Joey
4 Got tee shirts you want to sell, but they hold so many memories...? At re-shirt.net
you list the shirts to sell -- but the stories live on forever.
5 I was going to post this KKK stunt
here, but Deuce of Clubs has spared me all that typing.
Labels: books, fashion, high-five fridays, kitsch, racist
WWII Home Front Greeting Card
For $265 You Can Have A Black Boy Hold Your Mink Closed
Little Black Sambo Fashions
Make A Mammy (& Pappy) Racist Utensil Rack
Go ahead, I double-dog dare you.
As a white girl, I don't think I should even own these instructions and pattern from a vintage set of Coping Saw Carpentry For Boys & Girls
cards... As I've said, Black Americana isn't something I feel good about collecting myself
Whoopie, if you're reading this, I'll gladly send this to you for your collection. Free, of course.
Labels: collecting, crafting, free patterns, kitchen, racist, vintage
Halloween Parties Of Yesteryear
As I wrote
, the JoCoHistory site
is an amazing historical database; I knew I'd find some great Halloween images there.
From the Kansas State School for the Deaf, the Class of '53 in costume
. I have no idea what the sack costumes are... "Sack race contestants" is a costume?
Don't you just hate it when other kids have the same costume? (Kansas State School for the Deaf, Halloween, 1959
Well, at least you weren't the kid in the black face jack-o-lantern costume
At the school's 1956 party, someone took their costume very seriously
and spent much of the party scrubbing floors
. Yes, I do believe that is a dude.
In 1958, one kid went dressed as Big Ben
-- but looks more like a 1950's cartoon alarm clock.
The Johnson County Museum shows us
Zorro; a Space Ranger; a girl with an oval white mask over her eyes, white cardigan sweater buttoned partway down over satin dress (lame!); and Droopy Dog.
Before we leave these Halloween parties of yesteryear, let's not forget to thank
the Halloween Party Committee, the bakers and hostesses, the decorators and chaperons, for all their hard work!
Labels: 1950s, cool, costume, Halloween, old photographs, racist, retro, vintage, weird
Mrs. Alexander's Advice To Negro Youth
Have A Coolie Christmas
All you thought you had to worry about was your neighbor with the black lawn jockey
Included in the Pacific Palisades Holiday Tour was this exotic outdoor decoration that blends East and West. Set on an outdoor patio, the antique rickshaw carries a Santa Claus figure and a collection of brightly wrapped Christmas gifts.
The coolie figure was made of papier mache with an Oriental mask face under his collie hat. This holiday display decorates the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Kalasardo of Pacific Palisades.
Found in the 1959, Better Homes & Gardens' Christmas Ideas
Labels: 1960s, Christmas, decorating, Ghosts of Christmas Past, kitsch, racist, vintage magazines
Golliwogg, Guili-Guili, de Vigny
A vintage ad
for Vigny Perfumes, Paris, featuring some fanciful & kitschy perfume bottles.
Shown here are the charming, but oft misunderstood, so they say
, Golliwogg perfume "of romance" and Guili-Guili, a fragrance sold as "the tropical god of good fortune" but in truth was Guili-Guili was (according to Perfume Intelligence
) named after "the real-life Egyptian illusionist from Alexandria".
While Golliwogg is highly collectible, both as a perfume and a character inspiring annual events
, it is found with relative ease; Guili-Guili is much more rare.
Due to age, these bottles often have their labels missing, so along with this vintage ad image, and this image from dgaudit
to guide you, look for bottles matching this description from Perfume Intelligence:
Presented in flacon designed by Michel de Brunhoff with the head and foot of the bottle carved from mahogany; the head covered the stopper while the foot held the delicate crystal bottle to stand upright
The ad also mentions other fragrances, such as Chick-Chick, and Vigny lipstick. For more on de Vigny perfumes, see this guide at eBay
and this post about Michel de Brunhoff
Additional Golliwogg de Vigny photos via Rago Arts
Labels: beauty, dolls, kitsch, racist, vintage ads, vintage advertising