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Watch Out! Here comes the Boogieman!

Posted in absurd, creatures, ephemera, monsters, oddities, photography, retro, surreal, vintage on June 25, 2013 by bettiemuldoon

Hi everyone. It’s good to pop in and make a post for Dana, but I would much rather see her able to continue without interruption. It is two months since my last assist. Lets hope you don’t have me here long before Dana takes the wheel again.

Posted by proxy from Dana’s “stuff to blog” queue while she is on medical hiatus. She reads and appreciates all comments…and apologizes for not being able to respond at the moment.

Gosh, did I get a swell batch to post on my return! These wonderful “Boogeyman” images from the 1920’s are actually stereoview cards.



From the auction listing, with edits:

1920s BOOGIE MAN child & goblins bedtime DROP CARD series of 15 stereoviews lot.  This particular series…would be very unique as halloween costumes & monster movies were just coming to life (at this time). This is pretty bizarre & scary series.

On back of one of the views it is written J-13 “The Goblins will get you if you don’t watch out.” The views also have ink stamps on back from 1923 from a Dept of Public Safety approved for Sunday. Since they came out of an early coin op machine there are machine… wear marks etc. They are almost 7″ x 3 1/2″ in size




These did not sell for the asking $495.00.  The source listing won’t be online for long, but you can see more here.

Kitschmas: Pink Trees

Posted in christmas, ephemera, kitsch, photography, vintage, you can't handle the cute with tags , , , , , on December 11, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Medical hiatus no-typing mix…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond at the moment.







Posted in absurd, art, christmas, ephemera, humor, thrift horror, vintage with tags , , , , , , on December 5, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Medical hiatus no-typing mix…10344274115732640_mpE8xPpu_c





I read and appreciate all comments. Apologies for not being able to respond at the moment.

John Clowder

Posted in anatomy, art, ephemera, vintage with tags , , , on March 13, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

How could I not be a fan of John Clowder’s collage work? From the artist statement:

Our resource constituency comprises obsolete adverts, morbid medical texts, bone atlases, and zoographic curios.

I’m sold!

See more here.

Vintage Valentines: Monsters and Undead

Posted in ephemera, monsters, undead, valentine's day, vintage with tags , , , , on February 14, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Let’s start with a series of (miniaturized) Universal Monster Valentines:

And assorted other goodies…

And he’s not a monster, but he’s the master of suspense…gotta love this:


Unfortunately, I don’t have my whole collection of these with me at the moment. I’m *always* on a quest for more of them though. If you come across any vintage spooky Valentines, let’s share/trade!

Vintage Valentines: Ghosts, Witches and Skeletons

Posted in ephemera, undead, valentine's day, vintage with tags , , , on February 14, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Nowadays, zombies and whatever sparkly things pass for vampires are all the rage. But in the mid 20th century, some GENIUS decided to mix Valentine’s Day with the best of all holidays…Halloween.

Personally, I like spooky elements in ALL of my special occasions. I put bats on my Christmas tree and skeletons on birthday greetings (you get the idea).

I wish there were more like these.

Sweet little specters…

Witchy women…

See a few hearts, skulls and zombies from last year here.

Bat Valentines

Posted in creatures, ephemera, valentine's day, vintage with tags , , , on February 11, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Every holiday is better with bats, Valentine’s Day included. Here’s a little roundup of some bat-related Valentine finds.

By TheGreyFoxStudio:

By ktcrawford:

The Bat Conservation Trust has a whole page of bat e-cards!

I found this little lady here:

There are customizable bat pendants available on Zazzle:

Now for some vintage cuties:

And of course, we have retro BATMAN!

Anyone have others to share?

Impromptu Groundhog Day Megapost II

Posted in absurd, anatomy, anthropomorphic, art, Books, craft, creatures, ephemera, humor, kitsch, taxidermy, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

I never intend to post about this holiday, but I once again got wrapped up in some nifty searches.

How about a few vintage treats to start?

Is the groundhog the instructor, or part of the recipe?

“Nice marmot.”

I’ve learned that anything can be turned into an occasion for beer. Too bad I don’t like beer. Where are the Groundhog Day chocolate parties?

How about a little “art?”

Punxsutawney Phil the Seer of Seers:

King Henry Groundhog (hm?):

How about a painted groundhog tart pan? My goodness, this is depressing.

At least this soap is a bit more cheerful.

This poor guy looks like he’s undergoing an uncomfortable medical procedure.


And now for your daily dose of euphemism: the Jolly Groundhog:

Innnnnnnteresting…(I love how this next one is available on “Fine Art America”).

Now this, I really like:

Bloody Groundhog Day:

You better recognize.

And a little taxidermy…

GAH! (The store this comes from is actually pretty great)

His posture is sublime:

The groundhog saw his shadow this morning, so that means six more weeks of…this?

In closing…

Don’t miss the absurd finds on last year’s Groundhog Day post!

New Years Miscellania

Posted in art, ephemera, food, humor, music video, retro, video, vintage with tags , , , , , , , on January 1, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Happy 2012, folks!

I enjoyed this vintage glimpse of New Years past as the clock wound down last night.

Followed by the smooooooth sounds of Trololo:

Here’s a nice little 2012 collage by Marko Purac:

The companion piece actually reminds me a bit more of my feelings about 2011:

Here’s another that’s been circulating, by Trevor Brown:

And this is one of my all time favorite New Years cards (date unknown). Judging from the picture, “the pace that kills” is probably about 15 miles per hour.

WordPress sent me a note chronicling my top 5 most popular posts of 2011. I was kind of hoping I could find my top 5 LEAST popular ones and list them here for the fun of it…but there’s no easy way to access that. So, in case you missed them, the “top 5″ (not necessarily written in the past year) are:

Pumpkin Megapost
Ernst Haeckel
Halloween Wedding Cakes
Owl Tattoos
Sushi Cake

Hope everyone has a lovely day today…

Happy New Year

Posted in art, ephemera, vintage with tags , , on December 31, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

Apparently, it was tradition for Russian New Years cards to incorporate some Christmas themes.

What is it time to do, folks? So mysterious…

I love this hair. It reminds me of a cat.

I’m sure this story makes sense…somehow.

Almost ominous…

Love the combo of memento mori symbolism with the cherubic little creature holding them…



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