Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Space Party for Boys

Girls are invited too! It's another fun party idea from an old 50's issue of Family Circle magazine, and this time we're shooting for the stars and out into the final frontier! Yes, we're boldly going where no boy (or girl) has partied before!

And say now, why do only kids get to have all the space fun? Reverse the anti-gravity-panties, prepare to launch rockets-- thrust! Black holes in T minus 4... 3... 2... 1...

Space Party for everyone!!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Do You Know How to Visit the Sick?

Fun overview illustration accompanying a DON'T DO article featured in a 1950's Family Circle magazine. Are you guilty of these hospital visitation no-nos? I particularly love the kid playing cowboy with his sister in room #2, and Jayne Mansfield visiting her poor friend who has yet to acquire a room and is currently stuck out in the not so private hallway. The artist name is in the art but it's hard to read. Got a bunch of great ads from this mag coming up next!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Sir Reginald Play-N-Save Bank

Like the great hunter I am (for fun stuff ONLY) todays tremendous treasure find is the wonderfully cute 'n violent, Sir Reginald Play-n-Save Bank-- and lordy be it's plastic, though mechanical, and unlike one I found a few years ago, it works great too! Just load a coin on top of the shotgun, pull the green trigger (located on the hunter's stomach) and fire your hard earned change right down that mean 'ol lion's throat! Made by the Mascon Toy Company in Lorain, OH; there seems to be varying opinions online as to whether it's from the 50's or 60's. Does anyone know for sure? 

*Also, no lions were harmed in the making of this blog post!











Thursday, August 10, 2017

Courting Carriage

I don't collect perfume bottles, but I have been known to buy something with cute packaging art, and this Avon Courting Carriage from 1973 is a perfect example of just that. The bottle is certainly pretty enough in design with its clear glass mold and golden cap, but just look at that painted wraparound artwork of the shy young couple in the early stages of carriage courtship-- awww!!! It's making me blush just thinking about the bumpy carriage ride of life that lies just around the bend for them.





Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sears Vitamins '71

Cute illustrations for pill popping' health nuts, from the Spring / Summer 1971 Sears catalog. Yes, whether you're flying kites, doing the Charleston, welding, striking out with the girls, discarding a baby in the woods, or being just plain kookaburra, you know that getting your daily vitamins is always of the utmost importance! More from this catalog coming later this month too!













PLUS!!! BONUS SUMMER TIME LEGS!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Daisy Mae Beach Towel

Summer may be slowly winding down, but it's never too late to take advantage of my vintage Al Capp Daisy Mae beach towel! Hmmm, that didn't quite come out right...





Monday, July 24, 2017

MONSTERS: A Pop-Up Book

I found this really neat, (but really short) Monsters pop-up book in a huge pile of junk at Goodwill the other day. This only goes to show-- if you keep digging through life's garbage, (or even someone else's) eventually, you might just strike gold! There are absolutely no artistic credits given anywhere on the book, though the back cover says there are 3 other titles in this colorful mini 80's series: Dragons, Dinosaurs, and Unicorns.







Sunday, July 23, 2017

100 Days Until Halloween: Costumes

You read that right, Halloween is only 100 days away-- hurrah! And there's no time like the present to start thinking about important stuff too like your costume-- I mean, seriously, you know you don't wanna be that stupid loser who whips up something unoriginal at the last minute and thinks that wearing something like his current school team football uniform even remotely counts-- CUZ IT DOESN'T!!!! The Childcraft "Make and Do" (1960) book has some way more fun ideas for you instead, plus some neato illustrations and photos, and good lord I can hear you scared-o-clown wienies whining already with your pretend bandwagon jitters...











More Halloween coming up...

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Cold Drinks for a Hot Day

We currently have an unbearable heat index of 111 degrees here in STL MO, so while I finish preparing a larger post I had planned for tomorrow, let's see if we can cool ourselves down a wee bit with some thirst quenching ice cold drink recipes from the same Childcraft "Make and Do" book (1964) that I shared images from a few posts ago. Illustration by John Bolt again too!

Now--CHILL OUT!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Viking Season(ing)

Prepare to set sail on the salty high seas(onings) of fun, with this cute pair of 60's wooden salt and pepper shakers from Japan, found recently for $1 at a neighborhood garage sale. I'm not sure if they're Vikings or members of Water Bufflo Lodge No. 26, but I had to have 'em-- and I had to use a little glue on the one on the right after his beard fell off the second I touched it! All better now... whew!



Thursday, July 13, 2017

Give a Party!

You don't have to wait for your birthday or for a special occasion to have a party. You can have one any day of the year, and the Childcraft "How and Why Library" book, Make and Do (originally published in 1964) is here to show you how with fun examples (plus cute illustrations by John Bolt) of beach parties, space parties, pretty much any themed party that you can think of! And you're gonna need some entertaining games to play too, so as an added bonus there's 4 fun games at the end of the post to play as well (with even more incredibly cute illustrations by Jill Lillard.) More from this neat book in the next few posts as well, I'm thinking-- with extra special thanks to Mr. Cavin for the great non-birthday present!















Friday, July 7, 2017

Behaving Madly CONTEST!

***CONTEST WINNER: Wendy Loves Jesus - please email your mailing address to karswell@hotmail.com and I will get your prize copy of Behaving Madly sent out to you later this week. Thanks again to you, and everyone else who played... I'll have more contests later this year so keep coming back and participating-- THANK YOU!!!***

New from IDW / Yoe Books, Behaving Madly, a very funny, 200 page hardcover "best of" collection featuring material from competitive 50's mags that seriously wanted to be just like MAD! Magazines with titles like ZANY, PANIC, THIMK, CRAZY MAN CRAZY, FRANTIC!, FRENZY, etc... and featuring artists you've never heard of like Jack Davis, Bill Elder, John Severin, Al Jaffee, Jack Kirby, Basil Wolverton, Steve Ditko, and many many more! And now's your chance to win a FREE copy-- all you have to do is comment on this post to enter. I'll fish bowl everyone's names (please include your email address in the comment) and I'll draw one lucky winner on Sunday evening (July 9th.) You can comment / enter as many times as you want, also enter at my other blog HERE! And below is a brief example of the type of thing you'll find in this super kooky book!















Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Gilded Cage, NYC (1951) Program

Last month I showed you highlights from a late 70's Sugar Babies musical program (HERE) that I recently found at an antique mall... well, here's a similar discovery that dates back just a little bit further to 1951: The Gilded Cage was apparently "New York City's newest and gayest theatre restaurant" at the time, and judging by the rather extravagant "Scandals of Paris" program line-up of singers and dancers-- and lovely nude program cover art-- I would have to agree! FYI: No relation unfortunately to the famous Gilded Cage go-go club from my own hip happenin' home town of 60's swingin' STL MO!