Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Six Whole Minutes of Golden... SILENCE!

Stumbled upon this hilarious novelty record yesterday, released by Vacuum (har) Records in 1959. It's a foagie-friendly gag most likely put into existence in righteous retaliation to that awful new Rock 'n Roll trend that all the kids were being so loud about around the time. Boy, they sure showed them!  Played at any speed (har 2), each side features 3 whole minutes of pure, unadulterated silence. And yes, they still bothered cutting grooves into the vinyl, you know, so that your turntable needle can actually have something to do while you're sitting there being a grinning 'ol fuddy duddy. Be sure to read the funny "long-play" releases that were also available, as listed on the back cover. (PS: Youtube link not required.)

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Schuco Perfume Monkey

Have any of you ever seen a Schuco Perfume Monkey? Made in Germany around the late 1920's, these little guys came in a variety of sizes and mohair fur color, highlighted with the oddball surprise of a hidden perfume bottle tucked inside. Just remove the head to find the corked glass tube nestled halfway in its brain, and sliding all the way down into his body cavity (like his spine has been replaced with a bottle.) This is the second one I've found, and unfortunately it also contains no perfume, nor even the slightest scent of one. I do hope it was banana scented though! Anyway, the monkey itself is fully jointed like a child's toy, and couldn't be more "adorable" with felt paws, and a metal painted face. Those cold, dead eyes make him look like he possibly swallowed a bottle of poisonous perfume or something. For an even more interesting variant on the Schuco monkeys, CLICK HERE for the compact version, where the body splits right down the middle and the monkey graphically opens up to reveal a mirror hidden within his torso-- no fooling!

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Space Monster

Okay, here's a vintage 50's or 60's kid's Halloween costume that I've never seen or even heard of before-- Collegeville's kooky Space Monster! In the box he might be sorta Creature from the Black Lagoony, but once you take him out of the box he's clearly more freaky frog than anything else (maybe even a little bit old school gremlin!) If you don't look at the image on the smock frock, he totally reminds me of something else that I can't quite put my finger on, (help, anyone?!) maybe a comic book alien, I think, possibly from some old DC science fiction story. Whatever he is, he's pretty cool, and the owl box with die-cut body window is something to really hoot about! Hoot!

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Hillbilly Matchbooks

I honestly can't reckon how many of these hilarious vintage hillbilly themed matchbooks I have, but it's a lot! They're pretty much everywhere around here too, cuz every time I open up a drawer or start digging around in a box of stuff, I always find a couple. So here we go with a small, but eye-poppin' example of the ones that have surfaced recently, and it's a real nice 'n spicy showcase of various artists doing what they do best in their unique, individual styles: drawing perty lil country gals and their cantankerously bearded 'ol Ozark mountain men! I'll post more in the future whenever they make an appearance, cuz if there's one thing I'm reeeally bad about it's keeping my matchbooks organized and all together in one place...

Thursday, March 28, 2024

The Wounded Bird

A very popular deco era painter working in 1920's - 30's France was Jean Hardy, aka J. Hardy who, like Louis Icart, produced a dazzling array of beautifully rendered, superbly soft, and feminine works of art during the popular era trend of "boudoir style" illustration. And once again I was lucky enough to be in the right place at just the right time to actually acquire one of Hardy's loveliest signed and hand numbered, original antique framed prints: "L'Oiseau Blesse", or, "The Wounded Bird." It's a gentle winter forest scene, featuring a gorgeous girl in a fur trimmed jacket rescuing a tiny "wounded" bird. The pictures below were taken in my car the day I purchased it, and I assure you, it currently looks incredible on my office wall next to my Horror Hotel '62 theatrical one-sheet, and just above my assorted Aurora model kit and monster mask display...

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

5th, 6th, and 13th Periods

I picked up a stack of these cute, mid century "Period" calendars recently, all dating from 1956 and 1957. Each has a colorful, electrically designed backing card, and most importantly, a stocking clad pin-up gal to grace your pool hall, garage wall, or where ever (the backside of the card contains an assortment of mediocre text jokes, oh well...) Out of all of these that that I scored, the trio I've chosen to spotlight in todays post are the most interesting, ie: the 5th Period inverted leg table being the oddest, the darling 6th Period roller derby queen preparing to shoot the duck, and my absolute fave, the 13th Period glamor puss who appears to be judging an elementary school owl drawing contest, or some-thing. This last card also has the weird addition of a spilled red ink drip, or is it a drop of blood? Hey, what kind of period calendar is this now, anyway?!!

Saturday, March 23, 2024

My Son The Vampire

Here's another fun Super 8 find, a rare version of a silly 1950's British sci-fi horror comedy starring Bela Lugosi. Originally titled, Mother Riley Meets the Vampire, it all concerns Bela's madcap attempt at taking over the world with killer robots, or something (ehh, you can read more about HERE.) Anyway, the 60's Super 8 version I now possess becomes, "My Son the Vampire", which is just one of many mind boggling US re-titles (see also: Vampire Over London, and Dracula's Desire!) The box art though contains a truly fantastic United Arista illustration that is seriously a million times better, and definitely way more atmospheric than the actual mundane movie. Bela also makes it into the design on the back of the Super 8 box, and just for fun I added a few of the film title cards featuring a cool, 60's greeting card style illustration. If you're still interested in any of this, you can watch the condensed Super 8 version of My Son the VampirHERE, or just watch the entire film HERE! You have been exhaustedly warned though!

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Two Nymphs are Better Than One

Presenting my other Nouveau era lamp that I mentioned in the previous post HERE. I was actually going to wait to post about it after I found the perfect shade, but alas, finding just the right one is quite a bit harder than I anticipated (and expensive!) Now what I have here is actually a 19th century bronze vase that has been converted into a lamp. It is adorned with two very lovely nymphs in individual poses on either side, plus plenty of gorgeous floral detail from the top, down to the obsidian green base. It weighs well over 20 lbs and is 35" tall, and is honestly just a thing of jaw-dropping beauty from every possible angle. Look closely at the bottom and you will also see the sculptor's signature, "C. Bonnefond." While researching him, I stumbled upon another lamp exactly like mine for sale, and noticed it listed as "one-of-a-kind", which is of course not true because, well, --here is my proof! The only difference being the flower extentions at the top were missing. So which nymph is your favorite? I sure am a sucker for girls with flowers in their hair...

Saturday, March 16, 2024

The Alabaster Nymph

In my never ending re-design process to spruce things up here in the 'ol office, I've recently acquired a couple of beautiful Art Nouveau era lamps. The first being a beautiful, 18" tall, carved alabaster figural, unsigned, and complete with marble sphere and base. Dating from the early 1900's, this lovely Nouveau nymph appears innocently enough in her long, clingy dress and sandals, running her fingers playfully through the loose strands of her flower adorned head of hair (incidentally, she matches an antique, oval framed silk print I have hanging on the wall in my office as well, --see last photo below.) The base column behind her which holds up the sphere (where the lightbulb goes inside) is given a bit more height with what appears to be a stack of three very thick books. Finally, after getting the lamp into the office and plugging it in, the marbled sphere above her is now fully illuminated, and suddenly, the neat thing about alabaster becomes apparent as well. Softer than marble, and almost translucent, the most noticeable detail being the alabaster nymph's face seems to glow rather spookily in the dark, especially around her eyes. Is she trying to hypnotize me from the corner of the desk? I believe so. Come back in a few days for an equally stunning example of another Nouveau style lamp which is also now in my possession.