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...

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!


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!