January 23, 2015

Vintage American Girl Magazines

American Girl magazine started as a publication for The Girl Scouts Of America. It still exists, but was sold in 1986 to someone else and even today it's a pretty good magazine for pre-teens and young teens.

I already posted some more recently retro American Girl magazines, but these are truly vintage. Click any of the following to see them full-sized. The artwork is really stunning. See more here.

January 20, 2015

Jigsaw Puzzles

I love jigsaw puzzles, but I'm picky. I don't like serene landscapes with a lot of sky. I prefer 500 pieces but 1000-piece puzzles (like the following) that are interesting can be okay.

These puzzles from White Mountain Puzzles are fantastic. I had a hard time deciding which to include here, because they have so many in the retro collage format. The best thing is, these items are only $16.95, which is very reasonable for such puzzles.

If you're interested, be sure to visit White Mountain's website because there are so many more choices!

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January 17, 2015

Resin Figures

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These resin figures were everywhere in the early to mid-seventies. I was actually looking for the one my friend Karen gave to me for Christmas in 1974. It said, "Bitch a little, you'll feel better."

I think these figures were about $1.98 at Hudson's Pharmacy. They were about seven inches tall and you could also find them at Blaylock's. And isn't it funny how last names that are so familiar to a particular geographical region seem so foreign to people who don't live where you are? (Everybody knew the Blaylocks, they had a horse farm.)

Anyway, it was probably Christmas of 1974 that my parents both got their "World's Greatest Mom/Dad" resin figure. That was four bucks of my allowance I'd never see again.

No, no, I was glad to do it. Nothing like a little statuette to say things I'd never have said out loud.

I wish I'd said it out loud.
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January 14, 2015

Night Gallery

Rod Serling's "Night Gallery" began in 1970 and ran for only three seasons; I could've sworn it was more. In my book, this series was tremendous. It probably hit me at the right age, since I was rather young when "The Twilight Zone" aired.

The show always began with Serling walking through an art gallery of terrifying paintings. He'd do his little talk and finally stop at one of the paintings, explaining that this was the artwork upon which tonight's story was based.

Here are a few...
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Aired January 6, 1970
Season 1, Episode 4

Written by Rod Serling
Directed by Steven Spielberg

A tragic tale of a desperate comic who can’t get a laugh, and the deal he makes with an equally desperate miracle worker.

Aired January 13, 1970
Season 1, Episode 5

Written by Rod Serling
Directed by Richard Benedict

A two-character story about a haunting with a weird twist. The haunted: a husband who murdered his magpie wife.

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Aired December 8, 1971
Season 2, Episode 18

Teleplay by Rod Serling
Story by Basil Copper
Directed by John Badham

A horror tale about a hardhearted moneylender who gets his due via a client’s unusual telescopic device.

Aired January 12, 1972
Season 2, Episode 22

Teleplay by Stanford Whitmore
From “The Fur Brooch” by Dulcie Gray
Directed by Jeannot Szwarc

A grisly shocker about a repulsive suitor’s unusual gift: a fur brooch that seems almost alive.

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 photo 82-girl-with-the-hungry-eyes.jpg THE GIRL WITH THE HUNGRY EYES
Aired October 1, 1972
Season 3, Episode 30

Teleplay by Robert Malcolm Young
Story by Fritz Leiber Jr.
Directed by John Badham

A photographer hires a mysterious model whose eyes burn with a seductive—yet frightening—glow.

Aired May 20, 1973
Season 3, Episode 42

 Teleplay by Jack Guss
Story by Vivian Meik
Directed by John Badham

A spurned Englishman in the British West Indies enlists the power of voodoo to avenge himself against a romantic rival.
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January 11, 2015

Beagle uses toaster oven

What's amazing to me about this video is that dogs rarely use tools, as in pushing a chair to climb upon to reach another level of the kitchen. But what's fun about it is how dedicated this dog is to getting his goodies.

Having been owned by two beagles, I find this video very familiar. Except for the chair thing.