Monday, November 29, 2010

Gypsy Huggers vs. Chill Chasers (IN COLOR!)

Back in the early 70's I pitched a live-action TV show concept to Sid & Marty Krofft about two rival highschool girl gangs that, every week, try to "out-crochet" each other. To death. Potential PILOT SYNOPSIS: Honky Tonk and Hippy Dippy attempt to lure Mindy Mittens into their gang with a seductive variation of the "Pass-Slip-Stitch-Over" technique, thus defying everything the Chill Chaser's sensai has taught them. A valuable lesson is revealed once the No. 9 knitting needles start to fly! For a variety of frustratingly illogical reasons my show didn't get the green light (ahead of its time?) ...but here are some rare, never-before-seen photos from my own production style-guide files, reminding us all of what could have been (or what could be? I am still open to offers!)

 (BABY BOOTIES, from the very special "abortion" episode.)

After Sid & Marty balked on my pitch,  I took the idea to Hanna Barbera where it seemed to stir a mild bit of interest, um, as long as a dog was added to the cast (see last two photos above.) Unfortunately...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

50's Ads! Ads! Ads!

Here are a handful of cool 'n cartoony advertisments from the March 1951 issue of Radio Television Mirror Vol. 35 No. 4, as well as a couple from the November 1955 "Utopia of Obsenity" issue of Sir! (A Magazine for Males.) Boy, I sure do love the Bissell Sweepers Rug-A-Boo!

Thursday, November 25, 2010


We're celebrating Turkey Day today with some deliciously fun themed imagery from The Gas Holiday Cook Book booklet (1958 Milliken Publishing Company, illustrations by Pres Bagent and Paul Stoddard.) You gotta love that hobo sniffing the pie cooling on the windowsill, and the pig rubbing himself down with mustard as he totally can't wait to get in the oven! Plus, a few cute images from Carnation's "Desserts Plain & Fancy" pamphlet, 1953. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Houdini Weinies! PLUS Other Feats of Oven Wizardry and Table Sorcery!

Back in June, AEET's first post was one of these great 60's (or 70's?) Betty Crocker / Gold Medal recipe pamphlets full of delicious treats, glorious design/art direction, and endless fun... so just in time to add some mmm-mmm good magic to your upcoming holiday meals and desserts we now present another one! If you don't think Hocus Pocus Buns or Riddle Rabbit Rolls will get your friends and family hoppin' to the table then you don't know the power that Betty Crocker possesses! As the Baking's Believing cover proclaims, it's "Eating Enchantment!" and seriously now, how can you possibly go wrong with Abracadabra Dough, Spells & Bells Doughnuts, Yogi Puffs, Baffle Bowls, Saucery Pie, Spooky Cookies, or Devil Decker Dishes? There's even 2 pages of magic tricks (see 18 and 19) to really liven up your tryptophan induced festivities!