January 31, 2015

The Art Of Redmer Hoekstra

 photo DentalViolin.jpg There is something I really like about these images, but I can't say exactly what it is. The pictures are a bit odd, yes, but somehow they make sense to me. They also make me want to create words, like "cornfish" and "bookowl."

Redmer has lots of work in color. Be sure to visit his website to see the collections. The website isn't in English but art knows no language, so you'll enjoy it.

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January 28, 2015

Vintage Advertising Cards

I think these are just so pretty!

Click on any image to see it full-sized. And take whatever you like!

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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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.

January 8, 2015

At The Movies: Vintage Signs

 photo Popcorn.jpg I love all these retro signs, themed movie theater snack bar. Check out RetroPlanet to see all these and more (you might be there for hours!)

You can buy these and many other retro items, from clocks to t-shirts. 
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January 5, 2015

Merit Badges

I come from a long line of Scouts...that is, Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of America. I was a Brownie and then a Girl Scout, my brother was a Boy Scout (and his son, my nephew, is an Eagle Scout), my father was always a Boy Scout and eventually Cub Master of our local Scouts and my mother had Girl Scout troops for several years.

I tell you all that because I don't like anything that denigrates Scouting. Therefore, I have determined that Merit Badges are not a slam on Scouts but rather a compliment to the organization.

Also, just so you know, this was my idea first. I just failed to act upon it. I think adult merit badges would be a wonderful incentive to do many fine things. Frankly, there are things I would never do for money that I'd happily do to earn a badge.

Let's keep that last sentence there to ourselves. It sounds absolutely ridiculous even though it's true.

So someone else ran with my idea and now you can get merit badges online. What's lacking (which is part of my idea) is a written list of each of the steps necessary to earn these awards. (Also, an adult needs to initial each step as you complete it. Perhaps, given this turn-about, one's child or other young person in their life should have to do the initialing. Maybe the young person should have to be a real Scout.)

I chose the badges I believe I'm qualified to buy and sew onto a sash, which I would wear proudly anywhere. You can check here for badges you feel you deserve.
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Coffee Drinking
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Running On Empty
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Living Without 
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