Archive for the vintage Category

A Fish With an Accordion

Posted in absurd, art, oddities, vintage with tags , , , , on January 27, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Today…a fish with an accordion. And a lotus flower. Very little information surrounds this mysterious vintage gem…but it deserves its own post.


So there you have it.

Desktop Goodies 1/22

Posted in absurd, advertising, antiques, art, comics, creatures, photography, satire, sci-fi, skulls and skeletons, vintage, you can't handle the cute with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Yep, these are real birds…

…not Tribbles with eyes.

I wanted so much to believe this is an actual album, but sadly I don’t see it on Amazon or YouTube.

Now THIS is music! I can almost hear their sweet, fruity harmonizing.

1926 skull clock created by the German Oswald clockmaking workshop. They eyes rotate to tell the time.

For maximum safety, place your child in a crib that appears to be a cross between a glass coffin and what magicians use to saw people in half.

A unique abduction? Eye don’t know.

V0011218 An woman dropping her tea-cup in horror u

Never neglect your bowels.

I wish this were part of a large “Things to Do With a Giant Head” photo collection. There are two fine suggestions here:

The Shadow is a force, indeed.

The challenges we rarely think of…

Desktop Goodies 1/14

Posted in absurd, advertising, anthropomorphic, art, Books, craft, creatures, food, humor, nature, photography, sea, skulls and skeletons, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

How NOT to decorate your lobster. I call this Stairway to Hell.

Gorgeous carving work.



If only humans could leave behind the tangible structure of their own transformations to look back on.

I love how one happy consumer claims that a tablet of soap whittled her waist from 62 to 48 inches.

But some old ads EMBRACED a little junk in the trunk (how anyone thought the name “CHUBETTES” was a winner for a clothing line, I do not know).

Tick tock…

Adorable little skelly and her pet!

This is amazing in so many ways. Was this mushroom an official mascot of some sort, or just a damn fine costume?

This looks like something a child would paint in art class.

Everybody dance now!

Best search query of the week: “Why is Nicholas Cage on the cover of a Serbian Biology textbook?”

Mad Mad Mad Scientist Laboratory

Posted in science, toys, vintage with tags , , on January 13, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Got $2,3000 to spend on a toy? Consider the Mad Mad Mad Scientist Laboratory.


Found on Ebay:
One of the holy grails on Monster toys. 1965 The Mad Mad Mad Scientist Laboratory Sold briefly through the back pages of Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine. Original Cost – $4.95. Considered the rarest Monster toy in existence. Only 4 known to exist. This is the second finest one known. Would be considered mint but one of the chemicals leaked and damaged the bottom of the box. Other than that, cover is super mint and shiny.


It actually looks like a pretty amazing kit. The test tubes appear a bit more “real” than I would expect. I’d love to hand make something like this for a special kid; set up a whole box of mad scientist goodies with a cool cover.

Did you have any science toys as a kid? What was your favorite?

Mad Mad Mad Scientist Laboratory

Happy New Year

Posted in ephemera, photography, vintage with tags , , on December 31, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

It’s that time again! Twilight Zone marathon on SyFy! Actually, I’m ringing in the New Year in an odd bout of crippling migraines that has lasted a week, so I’m keeping this short.

This snowman’s face kind of looks like mine right now.


But may you be happier than a pig drinking champagne this evening!

It’s a Swing Wing!

Posted in absurd, advertising, toys, vintage with tags , , , on December 29, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

“It’s a WHAT?”, the commercial inquires. An appropriate exclamation for the Swing Wing, as it almost touches effectively upon the sense of bafflement one experiences upon viewing it.

What I have to say about this item was neatly summarized in my response to the loved one who shared it:

D: So…enough people really thought this whiplash-inducing device was a good idea to get the thing patented?

“Mommy, I want to play.”

“Ok darling! Go thrash your head violently and whip your own eyeballs. Here’s a cat o’ nine tails on a hat.”

C: Evidently yes! In fact, cut & paste that hypothetical conversation alongside this video and you’ve got yourself a tidy little SWS post, eh?


Also from Transogram, their patent-pending Bouncy Running Scissors and Kooky Box O’ Glass Shards. Just kidding. Or maybe not…I don’t know what else they made.

Merry Christmas

Posted in christmas, krampus, vintage with tags , , on December 25, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

To those who celebrate it, Merry Christmas!

Krampus Kapture 2014

(Thank you, Casp’al the Christmas Ghost for the photoshop!)


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