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!


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


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...