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Bizarre Vintage New Years Cards

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 1, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Here is a small collection of vintage greetings to start your year off right.

Well, this is one way to face your demons.
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The intoxicated moon has somehow procured a giant cigarette and is rather adept at blowing smoke rings.
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There’s probably a story here. Broken glass and an angel making a move…
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I completely agree with the look on the bird in short pants.
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The source of this card had the perfect caption: “Hallmark, please start making these for a walk of shame card collection, thanks in advance.”
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Oddly anthropomorphized bottles making out. One can almost hear the clinking of glass.
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Be warned, if you pass out drunk a horse may eat your head while you sleep.
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I don’t understand this moon, anatomically.
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Ah, a beetle stares into space. Nothing says New Years like that!
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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.

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But may you be happier than a pig drinking champagne this evening!
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Holiday Desktop Goodies 12/18

Posted in absurd, advertising, candy coated nightmares, christmas, dolls, ephemera, food, humor, kitsch, monsters, photography, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

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I think a series of all of the Haunted Mansion Grim Grinning Ghosts would make an excellent ornament collection.
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This image is just perfect: happy tan lady with happy man, angry pale lady, pale lady’s partner not-so-inconspicuously eying her sunkissed rival. Don’tyou want a sun lamp now?
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Amazing relationship advice from the folks at Dormeyer: use tears to manipulate your husband into purchasing household items. Maybe if I fake a sense of victimhood I can score a toaster this Christmas.
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A man who knows what he wants (even the big Kewpie is looking at him like “Seriously, dude?”):
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Holy hell…
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How to traumatize birds:
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And by “Merry” I mean “there are bodies in the basement:”
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This drenched, freezing Yeti standing in a flood may be the most depressing card ever.
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The pudding has broken out in fluid filled pustules.
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And now for the piece de resitance (don’t gloss over this one. Take in every detail):
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Halloween Countdown: Desktop Goodies

Posted in advertising, anatomy, art, craft, creatures, day of the dead, ephemera, halloween, horror, monsters, skulls and skeletons, undead, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’m in a rush today, and unfortunately do not have time to write the image commentary (which I so thoroughly enjoy) so feel free to chime in!
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Desktop Goodies 7/25

Posted in absurd, automata, Books, ephemera, humor, monsters, vintage with tags , , , , , , , on July 25, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I apologize if I’ve posted some of these before. I forgot to clean out my “desktop goodies” folder and I may be repeating myself (though I don’t think so). Either way, these treasures are worth seeing.

This is real!
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I’ve seen fortune teller automata before, but never Puss in Boots. He sees straight into your soul. It burns.
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Take a moment to really absorb and digest this book. This may be one of the most horribly absurd things I’ve seen, and that’s saying something.
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I love this headstone. If I am interred, I hope I get a lot of reading done down there.
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Famous monster candle making? Sign me up!
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Need I comment on this? I think not.
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Where’s the bumper sticker that says MY OTHER CAR IS A FLOWER COVERED CARRIAGE STEERED BY A GIANT DEER HEAD?
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Dr. Coffins wonders why his private practice attracts very few patients.
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Talk about a niche market!
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Best caption ever.
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In closing, we must all ask ourselves…
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Antique Acquaintance Cards

Posted in antiques, ephemera, humor with tags , , on April 5, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Why did calling cards ever go out of fashion? Sure, we have hundreds of ways to bombard each other with introductions online (or in person…do people still meet that way?), but calling cards had style.

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From The Art of Manliness (wow, what a great blog name!):
In the 19th century, gentlemen used calling cards to formally introduce themselves to new acquaintances and to call upon friends and relatives in a dignified way. But there was another type of card used when a gentleman wanted to get the ball rolling with a lovely lady in a more casual way: the acquaintance card.

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The cards were designed as a comical way for a gentleman to break the ice, start a conversation, and flirt with the opposite sex. Sometimes the humor was overt, and sometimes it derived from the way the messages parodied the formal rules of etiquette — it wasn’t actually considered appropriate to ask for your calling card back or volunteer your escorting services so directly, as some of these cards do.

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Now THIS man is willing to risk his gun, his dog and his shoes to be acquainted with a lady.
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Also, check out this Acquaintance Card Flikr Set!

1966 Batman Valentines

Posted in comics, ephemera, valentine's day, vintage with tags , , , on February 13, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Andertoons has a nice collection of 1966 Batman Valentines.

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These are a must-see for any fan of old school Batman.
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On the bottom of the post, there are links to other superhero valentines as well. See more here.

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