Tuesday, September 22, 2020


 I thought I'd get an early jump on Halloween this year and post this beautiful Ben Cooper Jeannie costume from the 70's that I found last week. This is of course the 1974 Hanna Barbara animated version (the one with Babu) and not the classic live action tv series starring gorgeous goddess, Barbara Eden. I'm one of the few weirdos that apparently loved this cartoon back in the day, so this was a great find for me, and aside from just being a lovely example of a 70's kids costume, it's still in decent condition as well, (despite a few smudges on the mask, an unfortunate tear on the frock, and the box is a bit crumpled.) And "wow", speaking of the box, it's packed with fun, though slightly off-model Saturday morning cartoon characters. Lots more Halloween hootenanny comin' up-- stick around!


Mr. Cavin said...

That's an awesome costume! If I ever knew there was an animated Jeannie with Babu then I had forgotten it somewhere along the way. Somebody needs to do another one, replace Babu with Samantha from Bewitched, and use the character models from the animated title sequences of the original shows. I think that would make a killer Adult Swim series.

top_cat_james said...

"Yapple Dapple!"

Wendy said...

Terrific find! Since I can't feel the mask for myself, and examine the material/paint in person, instead of offering potential "advice", I'll just leave a general smudge-cleaning tip here and you can do with it what you please: This year I learned that the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are FANTASTIC for quickly removing smudges from things like old toys. It works wonders on plastics and vinyl (like little PVC toys, My Little Pony, and Funkos), but you CAN use them on painted surfaces too, as long as you're careful and don't rub too hard. As I mentioned, I'm not in a position to definitively say, "You should try this on the mask!", but..... it MIGHT take the smudges off!

Mr. Karswell said...

Thanks for the advice, Wendy! I’ll give it a shot, I might even wave my hand over it and give it a “yapple dapple!”

So the blogger updates are so awful that they’re displaying my posts with tons of space in between the images. I’m seriously about to just chuck this whole thing

Wendy said...

@Mr. Karswell Oh, no, that sounds incredibly frustrating! If it's any consolation, I've never had ANY display issues with either of your blogs' posts. I view them both on my laptop and on my phone -- I'm not personally experiencing the spacing issue in either place!

However, I have experienced something similar (albeit much less extreme by the sounds of it) to what you're describing with my own posts in Wordpress... Sometimes when I add a photo, it looks fine in the editor, but if I preview the post on the web (or worse, see it after it's published), there's extra space after the pic, as if I've made a few hard returns. Go back into the editor, it shows no spaces, so I backspace, enter, mess around, take out the picture, put it back... sometimes it eliminates the extra spaces, but often it doesn't. When it doesn't, I usually have to start a new clean post draft, and then paste in my content, but only bits at a time -- and only the text. If I copy and paste the whole thing WITH pictures, it seems to bring the problem with it. The pics need to be added into the new draft manually. This typically solves my problem.

All I can figure is that it's a weird formatting issue that's caused by an incompatibility between the photos themselves and the Wordpress Editor, and I'm much more likely to experience it if I've put in a photo and then either changed it, moved it, or REmoved it and tried to put something in its place.

I'm sorry, I'm not sure any of this will be of help to you, but all I can say is that I literally not 20 minutes ago was recommending your blogs to a friend during a conversation about the blessing of regular people putting out GOOD content for the rest of us to enjoy, and told him that if you ever closed up shop I would be SO beyond disappointed because I always look forward to everything you post. I hope you can find a way to work around the meddlesome issues you're having, or will at least switch to a new platform, because the world will be a much more miserable place without your two blogs in it!

JMR777 said...

I remember the cartoon version of Jeannie too.

I'm sorry to hear that blogger is Still acting up for you. Its strange but a few horror comic blogs I follow don't seem to be having the same issues. Both have The Horrors Of It All as a blog they watch, I wonder if they could give you advice on what's going on.

Just this once I will post the names of other blogs only for the intent of getting THOIA and Everything Else Too up and running



As I said, they both follow THOIA so they might be willing to help out if you ask.

This is just a suggestion, nothing more.

Mr. Karswell said...

Logged back in a couple hours later and it appears to be displaying on the main page correctly now, I guess it fixed itself... now the only persisting issue is with the images not enlarging to their normal full size when we click on them.

I can’t tell you all how much it makes me smile to know that there’s a few of you out there that love this blog as much as I love bringing it to you. I sincerely appreciate all the kind words and awesome advice on all matters discussed here. And I want to thank everyone again for sticking with me over the years and through all of these needless glitcheramas. *hugs n smooches

JMR777 said...

We're just glad we can help any way we can.

Modern technology- its great When it works.

Footnote, which probably means nothing- before the glitch the pictures have a web address of https://1.bp.blogspot.com

after the glitch-

I don't know if that means anything or not.

Mr. Cavin said...

Well I'll be danged.

Adding to JMR's comment: And if you change the image URL from the "ih3.googleusercontent" back to "1.bp.blogspot" it still opens the same dumb way. BUT, if you then add the missing tag "s1280/" right before the file name (for example "jeannie1.jpg") it finally opens the full-size file. At long last. Here's the image of your Jeannie Halloween costume box as Google opens it naturally from the post. And Here is the same image with the edited URL. I understand that this isn't some kind of miracle fix. But it does indicate that Blogger is keeping the original file sizes available. Now we just have to figure out how bloggers are forcing Google to allow access to them, when clicking from the blog, instead of this other thing they've begun substituting.

Tom said...

I remember watching the animated Jeannie on Saturday mornings. I always wondered why Jeannie was now a redhead and where was Major Nelson. I also just realized as I heard Babu's voice in my head saying "Yapple Dapple" that he was voiced by Joe "Stinky" Besser.