Monday, September 18, 2017


Yes indeed. There CAN BE TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING--check out this Christmas ad for Mom and daughter look-alike dresses--from Sears 1959. Your editor is now the proud owner of this catalog, courtesy of the Peekskill Attic Treasures Flea Market (open on Sundays, nine-ish to four-ish but only while the weather permits) and while a lot of pages are missing, you'll be seeing more of it from time to time.

And here's something from one side of the spectrum to the other--an oldie but goodie--check out this 1932 ad for Rain starring Joan Crawford. Crawford played prostitute Sadie Thompson; Walter Huston was the conflicted missionary. You can read more here 

It's followed by one of our favorite Halloween putz houses by Howard Lamey. Click on the photos.

We love the old tinplate toys (many of which would never pass the "safety" test these days with their sharp edges and corners--how did we ever survive, lol). Then we started thinking about BIG INDOOR TRAINS TRIBUTE TO TINPLATE--a'la houses and such; there are some really great "easy street scene projects" here and much more.  

Always worth a second and third look; click on the link -- creative inspiration in spades!

It's that time of year again; time to re-read THE SPOOK HILL CHRONICLES

A brief history of candy corn!

A fabulous vintage fireboat made by IDEAL back in the day, courtesy of TOYS AND STUFF

1 comment:

  1. My sisters and I used to all wear the same outfit at Easter. Hated it!