Sunday, August 28, 2011

How to Talk Pure Ozark in One Easy Lesson

Funny stuff from fellow hillbilly MO native Dale Freeman in 1961, with original illustrations by Bob Palmer (Ozark Postcard Publishers, Kimberling MO.) Dale was the former Managing Editor of Springfield Newspaper in Springfield, MO. and many of the words and phrases in this glossary of Ozarkese originally appeared in featured stories written over half a century ago. Injoy!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Palmer-Hughes Accordian Course

Book Three in the Palmer-Hughes Accordian Course (1959) series of instructional booklets (Alfred Music Co. Inc, NY) aims to "maintain interest while promoting thorough understanding and good musicianship", as well as being "principally concerned with the exploration of new rhythms, introducing counterbasses, and developing technical skills." That's all great, but for those of us who don't read music, or play the accordian, let's instead marvel at the superbly illustrated keyart used to highlight the catchy little play-along standards covered here.

(I particulary like this monocled man with the artist's signature under his arm... anyone know anything about "Barth.")

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Girls! Girls! Girls!

Strip club ads from the back of an old dirty men's magazine (plus some funny one-panel adult cartoon gags), and aside from the very first Folies image below, all of these scans came from the March 1956 issue of Cabaret Magazine. Lots of fun 'good girl' art and design here, but I don't know about you, of everything listed below I'm actually most interested in seeing Anne Toinette and her "Daring... Dynamic... Death at the Guillotine!" (must be the Karswell inside me.)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Circus Souvenir Program Ads '61

A sampling of colorful ads from a Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus souvenir program from their 91st season of entertainment in 1961. This program is so huge in overall size that the full-page singles, and double page spreads wouldn't even begin to fit on my scanner... I apologize for the somewhat less than stellar photos taken with my crummy camera  instead. (And please, no jokes about the cute pink elephant on the cover giving the kid a BJ.)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sinclair Dinoland: NY World's Fair ('64-65)

Teaching my kid about dinosaurs recently reminded me of this 1960's Sinclair booklet I have which shows us, through the use of really great painted art and design, the connection that prehistoric monsters played with modern day crude oil refinery. Dinoland itself appeared to have been a highly detailed, outdoor, walk-thru exhibit constructed by Sinclair (aka "A Great Name in Oil") to help educate and promote their company at the New York World's Fair in 1964-65, with reenactments of full-scale dinosaurs in their natural habits. (FYI: google search "Sinclair Dinoland" to see many great photos taken at the fair itself.)