Thursday, April 28, 2011

Best of Children's Digest '52

Bill Bunny, Butch & Buttercup, and Goofy Gander were all characters that originally appeared in various Golden Age "funny animal" comics like "Dizzy Duck", "Happy Rabbit", and "Coo Coo Comics." Parents' Magazine would then later reprint them among the wonderfully condensed classics, games, and poetry pages of their other various monthly publications for kids, (ie: Humpty Dumpty, Polly Pigtails, etc.) The 3 hilarious, and expertly illustrated examples in today's post were all reprinted in the Oct. and Nov. '52 issues of Children's Digest... I'll have more of these for you next month too!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Monsters, Ghouls, & Assorted Creeps

In 1965, someone named Paula presented this "horribly funny stationary pad for writing to that certain SOMETHING in your life!" --and for only 59 cents too! Featuring kookily captioned pictures of famous (and not so famous) monsters, ghouls, and assorted creeps, this screaming pad of terror was definitely something to writhe home about! Who can name all 12 monstrosities and from whence where they came? There could be a perfectly putrid prize involved...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Card Art

Happy holiday everyone, and welcome to another installlment of Karswell's Card Collection! Of all the greeting cards I collect, Easter seems to be the one holiday that I have the least amount of good examples to showcase from, that is, when it comes to the interesting art styles of the 1940's through the 70's, I mean. But below are a few from my collection. Fyi: for an incredibly HUGE greeting card showcase you'll have to come back in May, when I break out the birthday selections (there will be lots more rabbits then too!)





Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Primitive Pete vs. Hand Tools

The "ABC's of Hand Tools" was a booklet published for the Armed Forces of the United States in 1943, specifically for help in the training of mechanics in charge of servicing, maintenance, and repair of the equipment used in modern warfare. To make the booklet more fun and interesting, Walt Disney Productions was commissioned to supply the illustrations-- so enter Primitive Pete, the unsuspecting victim who shows us the wrong way to do things and the troubles which result from it. Seriously, is there anything more entertaining than watching someone maim themselves with deadly, inanimate objects?