Saturday, August 29, 2009

Savagely Primitive

So many insane sexytime girlfriends, so few lifetimes. A guy almost has to reincarnate.

Ectoplasmic Female

I say let her have the hat.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

First TV Crush

I suppose every pre-adolescent boy in the 60s was in danger of developing a crush on a beautiful woman he sees regularly on TV. This was mine.

From "The Addams Family Card Game."

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Zhong Guoming Caipuke!

I have no clue why such a thing exists. I just like it to pieces.

Bottoms Up!

A drive past this address might be edifying. What's there now?

Gambling and Cheap Booze

An unbeatable combination!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Unauthorized Nightie

Just another typical Saturday night, chasing a sexy, wide-hipped brunette up and down the corridors of Harold's Purple Crayon Hotel.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Plus, It's Infra-Red!

The Nick and Nora of mid-twentieth century kitchen gadgetry. 1953.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Monday, July 6, 2009


Everybody loves stickers. Mucilage'd back. One would imagine this would come from the 1950s or '60s. Found in a drawer while preparing to move.

Cute? Sexy? Demented?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Win, Lose or Draw

The box opens like a little book, and includes a charming bit of doggerel, quite as racy as the brunette and her imminent spillage.

I like a game where stakes are high
And I can take the other guy
For all he's worth (within the law)
And play it straight - Win, Lose or Draw!

From a church thrift store.

Winning Aces

This deck features two poems. The Burgundy Lady's poem:

In that crucial situation
When you've wagered all you own,
Let the others have their horseshoes,
I'll take a WISHING BONE!

The Green Lady, on the other hand, offers this sentiment:

Comes the big pot of the evening
And your bankroll's pretty flat,
Who can blame a gal for raising
When she's holding ACES PAT?

Whatever it is the Bowman Products Co. is selling, I'll take a case of it.

Hit the Deck

I was going to deal out a hand of Solitaire but the rotary phone rang.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Computers Are the Future

A bit off-topic but such fabulous ephemera. Higbee's is long gone, of course, as are most mid-century department stores. Computers, on the other hand, still look pretty much like this.

Monday, June 8, 2009


That this was actually found in a thrift store is enough of a surprise, but that it's an actual 1935 imprint, not a 1940s or 1950s reprint, is even more surprising.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Scene of Weird Death

Stylish and disturbing. Red dress, green chaise, lavender hair, death pallor.

These Dell mysteries created a whole world for the reader. Trouble visualizing the scene of the crime? No matter, just flip the book over! Trouble comprehending what this mystery is about? Dell is on that too.

And in case you couldn't remember from page to page who was who....


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Good Morning, Starshine

Dr. Grecian Formula offers our heroine a nutritious vodka screwdriver upon bringing her out of a century's worth of suspended animation, with the hope that he can convince her she really doesn't need that thin red coverlet, now that it's 2054 and buxom redheads are no longer required to put up with annoying clothes.

Frisky Ingenues

From a more interesting time when frisky ingenues cavorting in states of undress was not seen as an affront to the sensibilities of most Americans, except for some Methodists in the South who were just plain horrified, though not before devouring every word.

Note the metamorphosis of Thorne Smith, best known for Topper, into Norman Matson. Smith died of a heart attack in 1934 at the age of 42, but the franchise was too lucrative to let it drop, and after Matson completed the fragments of The Passionate Witch, he continued with its sequel, Bats in the Belfry.

The Passionate Witch was movie-fied into I Married a Witch, with Fredric March and Veronica Lake. Twenty years later, the theme was exhumed for Bewitched. Always something to learn from racy paperbacks with nudie cuties on the cover.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Dames with Gats

Remind me again, a half-naked babe with a loaded handgun is supposed to make a guy want to hop in the sack how?

Love the bullet belt. How manly is that?

Ace Doubles

They're becoming scarce, at least in the thrift stores and yard sales. You can get them from collectors or vintage stores, but that's cheating.

Friday, May 1, 2009


"Shall I display my ability?"

Oh my goodness yes, please.

A Year Passes Like Nothing

By all that's holy, why isn't life really like this?!