Friday, November 9, 2018

World's Smallest Skunk Puzzle

Another wonderful Cracker Jacks prize from back in the day, re-assemble the stinky skunk after you punch-out and mix-up all 12 pieces and frames. It's harder than it looks too! And yeah, it might not actually be the "world's smallest" puzzle-- but it's definitely the world's cutest!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Jetsons Racing Game

Found this really weird, cheapo cool dime store toy a few weeks back and seriously laugh every time I look at it, because hey, remember when the Jetsons used to drive a blue VW around on dirt roads in the sky--?!! Whatever this gloriously off model idea game concept is trying to convey, it's definitely not Jetsons! Still, a fun "made in Hong Kong" find (no date on it though) and the paper track that you wheel around with your thumb (see black dial on the left) is totally intact, and the steering mechanism actually does move the car back and forth along the road. It's wonderfully fun for about a minute and a half, but man, I do so love the Jetsons!

Okay, since I can't think of a good "Jane, stop this crazy thing!" type joke to add at the end here, I'm just gonna pull off at the Road Diner for some Plutonian pork chops instead. Later, friends...

Sunday, November 4, 2018


Following up my previous art deco post with yet another shapely lady figure for my shelf, and this time we're probably dated more around the 50's or 60's, and instead of cast metal we are made of hurriedly painted, lightweight ceramic. Also, we are most certainly made in Japan because the sticker on the bottom says so. Oh! Speaking of bottoms...


Saturday, November 3, 2018

Art Deco Doorstop, or Bookend?

Does anyone know anything about metal, art deco doorstops, or bookends? I found this Vampira-esque beauty recently and was interested in knowing who made it, what year, etc. For its size, it's quite heavy, solid (though flat on the backside), and seems to be cast with a bit more detail than some of the other doorstop types I've seen online while researching it. Any help would be great-- thank you!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

A Spooky Mobile!

Picked up this Norcross greeting card gem today at an antique mall, completely unused and ready to get things seriously spooky for you just in time for Halloween 2018! Just print out the scans on card stock and ask your kids for permission to use the rounded edge scissors to cut it out and string it up! And remember: No running with the scissors either!

Hope everyone has a safe 'n scary Halloween tonight! Burn the midnight fires...

Friday, October 26, 2018

The Vampire Girl of Collegeville

This costume was a long time coming for my collection, and yes, after years of trying to win a vintage 60's Collegeville Vampire Girl on eBay-- I finally did it-- hurrah! Lovely fun box design, with spooky "Reflecta-Lite Mask" adorned with reflective spots 'n drippy blood paint job, plus the odd, fuzzy/flocked variation of the frock (vs. the more common non-flocked color version, both of which seem to be loosely based on an old Vampira Show ad); and one other interesting touch being the glittery blue highlights that you only notice when light hits the frock just right!

What're you going to be for Halloween this year?

I also found this cheap little mask recently... does anyone know anything about it, name / date / made by? The non-painted sections are clear, and it's the most ventilated mask I've ever seen, haha.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

You're A Fright for Sore Eyes!

Digging around in a big box of non sports trading cards recently, and found a great Insult Postcard put out by Topps in 1966. The full card set originally came with 32 different front illustrations (see them all HERE), and a variety of different backside images as well, with artwork created by Wally Wood and Dan Adkins.