Monday, September 18, 2017


A few years back I picked up a crumbling stack of hilarious old issues of Ballyhoo Magazine from the 30's. Ballyhoo was pretty much the National Lampoon of its day, full of hilarious gags, stories, tons of great cartoon art, and fake ads, like this one for Persimmons Beds, Springs, & Mattresses. Unfortunately, this particular ad is in a million brittle pieces, pulled loose from its original issue (and found floating in a separate one) and it's possibly incomplete. But I've managed to salvage a few of the cutely illustrated panels, as well as a bit of the text that reads as follows:

"Sleeping LIKE THIS is the bunk-- lantern slides prove in convincing studies by bed specialists at Hot Springs. Sleeping "like a horse" has always been considered the ideal form of rest. Until now. Now it is known that nobody sleeps like a horse except horses and pony chorus girls. And besides, our investigators have proved that people who sleep like horses are troubled with nightmares which necessitates sleeping with a Colt under your pillow." Very funny stuff (Nov. '32.)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Burlesque Frolics (1959)

From the same local 1950's STL newspaper as the ads in our last post, here's an exciting little notice (blown up 400x) announcing an adults only Burlesque Frolics show in St. Charles MO. With the keen help from my co-hort in cutie pie film loops (click HERE to see Charmette in jaw dropping, bump 'n grind action) she was also able to track down pix of Joy Davis and Brandy Jones, as listed in the ad. Unfortunately, Rusty Amber remains MIA. I'm also assuming that "Open at 10:30" means AM... I can't imagine all that sensational stripperama going down in only 30 minutes every night!

Joy Davis

Brandy Jones

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

February 11th, 1959

I found some brass candlesticks in my attic that were carefully wrapped in an old STL newspaper dated February 11th, 1959. Thankfully it wasn't the sports section-- it was all sadly forgotten funnies and even a few movie / TV ads! So here ya go, some of the silly comic highlights, (a particularly nice bite of Jack Kirby and Wally Wood's Sky Masters too) and a couple of local ads. Man, I'd love to see The Spider, aka Earth vs. the Spider, with Brain Eaters at the drive-in! (Scanned at 300%)

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Breezy Bedtime Bikini Brief For Men

Some sexy mail-order items from a late 60's STL newspaper catalog mini suppliment inserted into a Post Dispatch Parade Magazine. Yes, whether it's flimsy, frisky, see-thru night wear intended to actually get your night started, or fun little novelty items like strip tease pens or pin-up playing cards, Hanover House seemed to always deliver the goods! I've posted Hanover House stuff before (click HERE for a much wider / varied selection of goods), but this post is focused on the things you would more typically find in the back of vintage fashion, or naughty adult men's magazines. Perk up your nighttime retiring-- NOW! (FYI: Scanned at 400x!)

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Now That's the Way I Like Meat Loaf...

Real clever, these advertisers! Yes, it's time for more fun ads with adorable illustrations from an old 50's issue of Family Circle magazine-- I particularly love the sad sack stove and the guy excitedly stuffing his big 'ol mouth with meat loaf.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Space Party for Boys

Girls are invited too! It's another fun party idea from an old 50's issue of Family Circle magazine, and this time we're shooting for the stars and out into the final frontier! Yes, we're boldly going where no boy (or girl) has partied before!

And say now, why do only kids get to have all the space fun? Reverse the anti-gravity-panties, prepare to launch rockets-- thrust! Black holes in T minus 4... 3... 2... 1...

Space Party for everyone!!

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...