Archive for the retro Category

Gojin Ishihara

Posted in art, japan, monsters, retro with tags , , , on March 27, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

My friend Stacey linked me to this awesome collection of Japanese monster illustrations by Gojin Ishihara.

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The books came out in the 70′s, designed for kids. I wish my childhood library contained them!
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I think these are some of my favorite vintage Japanese monster illustrations out there
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See more here.

Beep Art

Posted in design, home, retro, vintage with tags , , , , on March 23, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

If you are into bold domestic expression, Beep Art might have something for you.

This was the image that brought me to their site (I am a sucker for mid century atomic design, though I’m NOT generally “bold” in a brightly colored wall sort of way):

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These are some of the more eye catching, unique wall details out there, for sure.

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They also make great retro inspired laptop/ipad/etc. skins.
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Heal Yourself Skeletor

Posted in animation, humor, retro, TV with tags , , , on March 21, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Heal Yourself Skeletor is an amazing tumblr. I cannot tell you how much joy I get from looking at this particular character paired with joyous, loving affirmations.

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Skeletor makes a dynamite bodhisattva (and the screenshots are perfect, aren’t they?).

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My favorite:
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See the archive here.

Swamp Pulp

Posted in absurd, Books, film, humor, retro, vintage with tags , , , , , on March 7, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Through dear old Pinterest, I discovered a most unexpected literary (and film!) subgenre: SWAMP PULP.

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Swamps strike me as one of the LEAST sexy ecosystems to cozy up with someone…but what do I know? Swamps are clearly infested with rampant sexuality.
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Apparently there was such a market for this that multiple authors and film makers chose the same swampy titles.

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Oh, we’re still going…

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Yes, there are more…

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Why stop now?

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Are you enjoying yourself? Are you thinking about swamps?

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Not yet? Okay, have some more…

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And this was just the small sample I found. I’m intrigued (not intrigued enough to read about swamp nymphs…but quite astounded that they have been such a prominent feature in dime store novels).

Sharkleberry Fin

Posted in humor, retro with tags , on March 5, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

It takes so little to entertain me. Case in point, I really LOVE that a flavor called “Sharkleberry Fin” exists (or did, anyway). A major drink manufacturer crafted a ludicrous literary pun that invokes strange musings of a mythical sea beast flavored berry. Nice.

I missed this one in the 80′s, as I wasn’t big on Kool Aid. What does a SHARKLEBERRY taste like? Can anyone enlighten me? Don’t say orange-strawberry-banana (the technical flavor aim of the product)…I encourage made up adjectives to describe it.

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Apparently, other flavors in the Kool Aid wildlife collection include Rock-A-Dile Red, Purlesaurus Rex, Great Bluedini, Pink Swimmingo and Incrediberry. This is exactly the kind of absurd thing I’d want to try despite the fact that I am a grown woman.

Tell me your stories with crazy flavors!

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Hobo Nickels

Posted in art, craft, retro, sculpture, vintage on January 15, 2014 by bettiemuldoon

Hobo Nickels have seen a renewed interest in recent years. In the Great Depression, many hobos worked over nickels, creating folk art. The history goes back earlier, and you can read more here. Today SWS shares the talent of Mr. The Hobo Nickels. What is especially appealing to collectors on a shoestring budget is his affordable plastic replicas, like the three at the bottom.

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Source.

 

Window to the past ~ Budapest Kerényi Zoltán

Posted in architecture, photography, retro on November 8, 2013 by bettiemuldoon

Posted by proxy on a rough day, while health matters persist. Dana can still see your comments, but cannot reply. Thanks for your continuing presence here! 

These images of Budapest are simply wonderful juxtapositions of old and new, (nearly) seamlessly brought to life by Kerényi Zoltán. Marvel at the effort it took to find the same place of the original photos in order to inset the old photos.

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Thanks, Everyone, for your continuous support of Dana and her blog!

Halloween Countdown: Desktop Goodies Treat Bag #3

Posted in absurd, art, craft, ephemera, film, food, halloween, horror, humor, illustration, kitsch, macabre, monsters, music, oddities, postcards, retro, undead, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Damn, right in the eye…
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Sarcastic ghost is like “Boo…or whatever.”
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Watched Poltergeist II the other day (great movie, but the first was awesome), and happened to pause for a break on this comical frame:
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Oh, hell yes, haunted kitsch sweater!
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Amazing pancakes (check out the one on the lower left…wow!):
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The inclusion of something that has eyes does NOT an eyeball make:
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Oh, you think your pumpkin is scary? THIS is how they did it in early 20th Century Ireland.
raditional (and utterly terrifying) Halloween turnip jack-o-lantern carved in Ireland in the early 20th century. Note the horrifying teeth.

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Ah, the 80′s…when movies had their own cheese-tastic rap theme songs. Take Monster Squad for example. What’s your favorite 80′s horror movie?

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
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Halloween Countdown: Tales From the Crypt Pinball Machine

Posted in halloween, retro, toys, undead with tags , , , on October 21, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

I watched (and read) Tales from the Crypt all the time as a kid. But I never saw the pinball machine.

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How cool is this?

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More pictures and details here.

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Halloween Countdown: 80′s Sitcom Treat Bag

Posted in halloween, humor, retro, video with tags , , , on October 3, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

My October tradition involves digging up all manner of nostalgic and/or spooky cartoons, TV shows, movies, etc. (from silent era to present) and watching these goodies every day of the month.

Today I give you a random treat bag of 80′s Halloween sitcom full episodes (Note: I have not watched them all yet, so I cannot say with conviction whether they are “totally tubular” or “grody to the max.”)

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You Can’t Do That on Television
The Facts of Life
Mr. Belvedere
Charles in Charge
Newhart
The Cosby Show

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And here’s a playlist of Roseanne Halloween episodes!

Anyone have links to others?

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