Sunday, September 24, 2023
Saturday, September 23, 2023
Hot on the heels (har!) of our Pingree Shoe Company brochure a few posts ago (HERE), steps another neat female foot item from Geppetto ...of course! Stylishly black, spike heeled in a 6 1/2 AAA --who wants to try them on first? Of course, as much as I love the sexy shoes, this post is actually more about that amazing midcentury box lid design covered in fabulously illustrated 50's legs and a variety of super shoes! Even the Geppetto brand logo is incredible ...of course!
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
We've been looking at some lovely lady art for the last few posts, so let's keep it going with some truly beautiful C.A. Birch-Field paintings from the ultra rare copy of International Night Life - The Magazine of Night Club Activities V1 #1￼, published in September 1937. Also known as the "Ice Frolics Edition", the real-life versions of the performing girls featured in the images below were actual stars of the International Casino Revue.
Friday, September 15, 2023
Fun little stack of 1940's war era postcards I found the other day featuring a nice variety of va-va-voom good girl art and silly jokery. The artist of the second card found a mighty lucrative career in greeting cards as I totally recognize the style and own quite a few excellent examples. Anyway, keep those home front fires a'burnin', boys-- you definitely know what's worth fightin' for!
Tuesday, September 12, 2023
Found this fun Pingree Company advertising shoe brochure from the late 1800's yesterday. Cute little Victorian era girls replace the toes, and then it opens up and becomes two bare feet, while, cleverly enough, still never even showing you an actual shoe. This ad in particular is stamped on the back by local STL shoe company, J. G. Brandt. Googling around for more info, it seems JGB is long gone, (though they did produce a variety of colorfully attractive Victorian era postcard adverts as well.) Meanwhile, The Pingree Company is still going strong and still making shoes in Detroit. The Hazen S. Pingree wiki entry, aka the man who started it all, is also full of fascinating information, click HERE for it.
Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Time for another "Battle of the Great Packaging All-Stars", and today we pit the 1950's against the 1930's! Both products are wrapped in a similarly attractive design with a particularly eye-popping point of view. But who will win? The box of vibrating, half naked babes lounging around stimulating their circulations from the USA, --or, the unopened pack of smokes wrapper (highlighted by what appears to be an illustration of silver screen starlet, Jean Harlow) from France? Let's agree that both products ease nervous tension, and even relax the muscles. But are both products effectively safe? Don't we already know the answer to this question? VOTE NOW!
Sunday, September 3, 2023
Halloween sure is coming up fast, but you're the one girl on the block who likes July 4th even better! Your enthusiasm for patriotism, and love of the 'ol red, white, 'n blue overshadows all of the other girls who are into silly things like Holly Hobbie and Josie & the Pussycats! Why, you have a Statue of Liberty collection that outshines your brother's monster model kit collection by miles! What to do, what. to. do. What to be, what. to. be. Okay, you guys can see where this idiotic intro is going... I picked this up today for $15 and can't wait to stick it on a mannequin next summer and shoot bottle rockets out of her eye sockets. I'm guessing this was originally sold in 1976, and for the price of only $1.98 at Mattingly's, as well! And with that "hip, hip, hooray!" stars 'n stripes "Americana" box design, we also SEE! the past and future collide with Laura Ingalls on one side, and an astronaut on the other! Okay, pipe down now, can't ya tell that Ben Cooper totally put his name on the lid in a pentagram to remind you that this is still for All Hallow's Eve after all?! Jeez.