Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Between the Covers

I recently wrote about judging a book by its cover. But I've learned over the years, you can't always trust the cover to reveal the true contents of a book.  And I'm not talking about the story inside.

Over the years, I've found many things hidden among the pages of books I've bought, from cash to four-leaf clovers to store receipts to hidden school tardy slips.  On rarer occasions, you might even find a story within the story.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Little Screens

This recent New York Times slideshow introduced me to the photography of Lee Friedlander, specifically his series of photos featuring images of television shows and commercials as seen on actual TVs in the early 1960's.  Oddly enough, I found my own cache of similar images at an estate sale recently, the work of another TV fanatic from 1964.  I'm not sure if he was inspired by Friedlander, but looking through the various images, I can tell what did inspire him.

Featuring random shots of mainly talk show programs, this photographer leaned primarily toward the female guest (and often her figure). Most shots are labeled with the program name and broadcast date.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Monster Magnet

This Monster Magnet from 1964 was one of Wham-O's lamer toys released during the golden age that brought us the Frisbee, Hula Hoop and Super Ball.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Noisy Benders

As I predicted, this wasn't the last straw. I picked up another vintage package of Carnival straws this past weekend.

The clown is smiling because  he remembers the last time he went on a noisy bender. The screams... Oh, the screams...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sometimes I Do Judge a Book by Its Cover...

...and this one looks awesome.  Frankly, I think reading it would ruin it.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

RIP Adam West

I wouldn't normally use the same item to blog about twice, but Adam West's passing deserves a mention.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Holy Slot Cars, Batman!

One of my annual Christmas wishes when I was a kid was a slot car set.  Each year I'd circle every single slot car layout in the Sears and J.C. Penney's Christmas catalogs. Year after year Christmas came and went without finding one under the tree.  The tracks I was used to were the HO-scaled Tyco tracks of the 1970's. Then one day while watching an episode of the 1966 Batman TV show, I was surprised to see Bruce, Dick, Alfred and Aunt Harriet embroiled in their own slot car race.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Today's Garage Sale Finds

I'm going to do something I haven't done in a while (since 2014 as it turns out!) and return to the roots of this blog which is, after all, garage saling.

Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the kickoff to Summer and with it the garage sale season, although I've already been out looking several weeks now.

It was a beautiful start to the day with temperatures in the low 70's and a blue sky overhead.  My wife and I didn't get an early start, but we were out before 9.  There weren't any spectacular finds today, but a couple of cool items were purchased (along with a few I had to pass up).  Here's a sampling of what we found.

First up was this 15-volume set of the Time-Life "Old West" series of books from the 1970's. My brother always wanted this set, but they were out of our economic reach.  They originally sold for $12.95 each (plus shipping and handling).  These days, $5 takes all.

Friday, May 19, 2017

What was on TV May 9th through 15th, 1981

I know, I'm a week and a half late on this TV Guide, but it's not like you were going to use it to watch TV last week, is it? Enjoy.

What to do in Gatlinburg, Tennessee in July of 1964

Who wants more vintage travel ephemera?! Well, too bad, you're getting it anyway. Today's offering is this oddly red-colored brochure for Gatlingurg, Tennessee from July, 1964.  Why they just didn't go with all black and white, I don't know. My wife and I tent-camped in Gatlinburg about 25 years ago. Wettest week of my life.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Meramec Caverns

If you've ever driven down the Interstate 44 corridor in Missouri between St. Louis and Springfield (don't do it now, it's flooded), you are bound to have noticed the abundance of billboards and barn roofs touting Meramec Caverns in Stanton.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Anti-Gravity House

While looking for a travel brochure requested by a reader (sorry, Greg, still haven't found it), I decided I needed to get a handle on my (frighteningly) vast collection of ephemera, so I gathered it all up and started categorizing and scanning them (look for some coming your way in the near future). While doing so, I came across this brochure for "Marine Life" in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Rokkaku Kites

I found these miniature Rokkaku kites at an estate sale a couple years ago. I'd never heard of them before, but I liked the designs.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

What was on TV April 7th through 13th, 1979

After a long hiatus, TV Guide returns again to my blog.  This issue from this week in 1979 features an cover and interview with Maren Jensen of "Battlestar Galactica".

How right you are, 1979. Things do always go wrong at the Oscars. Just ask LaLaLand.

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Young Cook's Bake-A-Bun Book

Is there anything better than fresh, hot buns?  Well, sure, probably lots of things, but it sounded like the proper way to start this post.  Anyway, enjoy this Bake-a-Bun Book published by Fleischmmann's Rapidmix yeast from 1974.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Raid Frisbee

Just a few days ago, I was reminiscing about a Raid Ant and Roach Killer store display rack over at Mr. Karswell's place (okay, his blog. Not like I was hanging around his house).  We had one of those racks in our basement for years.  My father was an A&P grocery store employee from the 1940's through the early 1970's and had brought it home with him at some point, most likely the '60's based on the graphics. I'm not sure why the store would let him take the rack home, but I was a kid and wasn't about to ask any pointed questions.  At any rate, we used it for years for storing our bought and home-canned food supplies, which always struck me as odd considering it had previously stored pesticides.

Then yesterday while shopping at an estate sale in Maplewood, Missouri, I found this 1975 Wham-O Frisbee premium tie-in with Raid and Off! I'll admit, the coincidence isn't mind-blowing, but still weird.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Everybody Loves a Clown, So Why Don't We?

At the same sale I bought the toaster in my previous post, I found this Mattel Jack in the Box featuring some of the most horrifying clown images I've encountered.  I have to admit, I bought it solely to scare my youngest daughter (Yeah, I'm that kind of dad.  Hey, she's old enough to take it!)

Thursday, March 16, 2017


For years, I have driven past a house on my way home from work that I have entertained (if only wishfully) I would some day own. It's located in an old neighborhood (turn of the last century) of homes called "Webster Park" in Webster Groves, one of the earliest suburbs in the St. Louis area. Despite being an upscale (read expensive) area, the amount of repair on the home gave me a glimmer of hope it would be affordable when it did come on the market.  Seeing this picture on the listing gave me hope that it would soon be for sale.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Plastics Can Wait

A post over on Papergreat got me to thinking about a find I made over last summer.  I don't typically look at posters at sales, but for some reason, I opened this one up when I found it by itself rolled up in the corner of a basement bedroom.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Take it Easy Cleaning House

We previously learned about "The Beauty of Housework".  Only a year later (and a year and 4 months later on this blog), "Take it Easy Cleaning House" was published.  Printed by the University of Arkansas College of Agriculture and Home Economics (I'm glad the U. S. Department of Agriculture cooperated), it details the best methods for cleaning your house.  If it were an internet ad today, it would say "The way you've been cleaning your house is all wrong!"

The woman on the cover appears to be giving herself a homemade facelift by pulling her hair back.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Nuns in the Sun

I'm still going through my accumulation of 35mm slides so you get to continue to suffer through enjoy them.

I'm not sure if the photographer knew these sisters or just found the scene amusing.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Big Eyes

It's time once again to reach into my pile of 35mm slides and choose a random image.  Okay, it wasn't really random.  I just liked this one because of her funky sunglasses. They remind me of those paintings of the same era.

Taken at the Trans World Airlines counter in St. Louis Lambert International Airport in the mid to late '60's.  Are the two other girls wearing matching dresses?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Archie's World and Welcome To It

A couple years ago, I covered this Spire comic which told the comic version of Revelations.  If that wasn't enough to frighten you into the straight and narrow, Spire Comics is back once again with this 1976 issue.  Yes, it's "Archie's World", and frankly, I'm a little frightened to visit. But let's go anyway.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

For the Love of Pete - Day 10

Time to move a few more Valentine's today featuring more plays on words.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

For the Love of Pete - Day 6

As we near Valentine's Day (I know, it's only Day 6), I will need to start blowing some of these out in groups. I have more than 14 Valentines to showcase. STOP SIGHING!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

For the Love of Pete - Day 5

Again, it might seem a little creepy today sending your teacher a Valentine suggesting a little "neckin'", but it's done in a humorous way. 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

For the Love of Pete - Day 4

In case you're just joining (ah, who am I kidding. Hello? Anyone out there?), I've been showcasing Valentine's sent to Peter Blank, a teacher from Freeburg, Illinois in the 1930's and '40's.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

For the Love of Pete - Day 1

This past year I bought a box of vintage Christmas cards and Valentine's. I previously posted the Christmas cards here.  These Valentine's were all sent to a teacher named Peter Blank who lived in Freeburg, Illinois. From the look of the cards, they all date from the 1930's or 40's. I have a pretty good supply of them, so I thought I'd drag them out enjoy them one at a time over the days leading up to Valentine's Day.  A few have articulation, so I've included a gif showing them in action.  It's a look back on an innocent time when "love" was used much more freely, even among students and teacher.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

She Turned the World on with Her Smile

I was only 3 when this show premiered, but I remember watching it in the early '70's and recognizing there was something different about the character Mary played.  She had a job.  My mother was a housewife and never had a job, so this was a new concept to me. Also, since she wasn't married, as a child, I thought she was maybe 20 years old and just starting out, much like my older sister whom for the same reason I equated her character to. She was 33 when the show premiered.  Single at 33 and a working woman. Odd that that was so foreign in 1970. She's also probably a large reason it no longer is.


Sunday, January 22, 2017

New Moon

The 1953 MGM movie "The Long, Long Trailer" starring Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball has always been one of my favorites. It's the story of  newlyweds Nicky and Tacy Collini who strike out cross country pulling "forty feet of train" in the form of a New Moon Travel Trailer pulled by their 1953 Mercury Monterey convertible through busy city streets and up steep, winding mountain roads. The characters aren't a far stretch from their Ricky and Lucy roles, so it might well have been an "I Love Lucy" movie.  It's filled with plenty of Lucy zaniness and Ricky frustration.  At the time, the movie was the highest grossing MGM comedy to date and had a great economic impact on the Redman Homes, manufacturer of the New Moon, resulting in an increase in production from one or two trailers a day to hundreds.

This weekend, I was at a sale and found another stash of 35mm slides (I can't help it, I'm addicted).  A handful of the slides featured an older couple sitting in front of their own New Moon.

Monday, January 16, 2017

What Time Is It?

Your first thought might be, "About 6:16", but you'd be wrong. The correct answer is "Time for new wallpaper."

What exactly are those indiscriminate blobs? Fruits? Vegetables? Something the cat hacked up? And matching curtains to boot! Anyway, extra points for anyone that can identify the brand name on that box of potato chips.


We have a winner! Illpropaganda identified the potato chip box as the A&P housebrand "Jane Parker". You can see what the box looked like in this ad.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Got a Light?

Is it me, or does that cigarette seem unusually large? Either that, or her head is unusually small.

Okay, focus has moved from the cigarette size to the wall sculpture. I zoomed in and cropped it, but I still can't tell what it's supposed to be.  I'm seeing a clown wearing a yellow derby waving a folding fan . That can't be right. Any ideas?

Friday, January 13, 2017

You're right, this magazine IS great!

Looks like the joke is on the Party Pooper.  She has the magazine now AND a new man.

Adds to my suspicion that these slides were staged.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Fashion Fail

I refuse to believe any of this was ever in style.

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