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Halloween Countdown: Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell

Posted in Books, halloween, undead, vintage with tags , , , on October 28, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Over the weekend I received the most amazing book as a gift. I think it’s safe to say to any readers of this blog…RUN, don’t walk, to procure this incredible edition.

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If you’re not familiar with diableries, have a look at the book description:

In France, around 1860, from the loins of a traditional national fascination with all things diabolical, was born a new sensation – a series of visionary dioramas depicting life in a strange parallel universe called ENFER – Hell – communicated to an eager audience by means of stereoscopic cards, to be viewed in the stereoscopes which had already become popular in the 1850s.

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This 3-D phenomenon, which fascinated a nation for 40 years, is now yours to share. This book, the fruit of half a lifetime’s study by three impassioned authors, brings every one of the published Diableries into the 21st century for the very first time. Some of them are so rare that at the time of writing there is no known complete collection of the originals of these masterpieces.

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The book comes with a viewer called The Owl (invented by Queen guitarist Brian May. Who knew?), and every time I glimpsed an image through it, I gasped. These dioramas, in remarkable 3D, are truly a sight to behold. There are endless details to drink in; incredibly entertaining and well crafted. There is also a great deal of interesting supplementary information to read.

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Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell

Thank you, my dear GD, for bringing these wondrous displays into my life!

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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Halloween Countdown: Vintage Photos

Posted in halloween, photography, vintage with tags , , on October 21, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Vintage Halloween is tied for first place in the countdown poll, so I give you these photographs of what costumes and masks used to look like before they were sold in bulk at party supply stores (and made slutty).

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Vintage masks are, in some ways, creepier than the highly detailed rubber monster masks on sale today.
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What the…?
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Note the odd floating head.
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Jesus Christ! Eyes…eyes…eyes…
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Second one from the left: amazing.
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See the rest of the Buzzfeed roundup here.

Halloween Countdown: Munsters Squeak Toys

Posted in halloween, monsters, toys, TV, vintage with tags , , , , on October 19, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

In 1965, Spanish company Laya produced a line of Munsters squeak toys.

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Does anyone know why Bugs Bunny is involved in this? I couldn’t find much info about the company.
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Interesting color choices for the toys. Though I remember also being surprised when I first saw a color photo of the Munsters (I’m not sure what I expected…real life grayscale?).

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Halloween Countdown: Neato Coolville Wallpapers

Posted in halloween, monsters, retro, vintage with tags , , , on October 18, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Neato Coolville, an all around amazing blog, has been posting a series of Halloween wallpapers for free download. They are full of retro monster goodness!

This Magazine is Haunted Wallpaper

Trick or Treat Skeleton Wallpaper

As a result of my image hoarding “hard drive curating” I have about 200 things on my desktop at any given time, so I need a fairly simple wallpaper in order to see them all. This one fits the bill perfectly.
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Halloween Postcard Wallpaper

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I’m posting the downsized versions. Click here and scroll around for full sizes!

Halloween Countdown: 1976 Super Gruesome Iron On Transfers

Posted in halloween, monsters, retro, vintage with tags , , , on October 6, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Neato Coolville featured these excellent iron on transfers, featuring some classic fiends.

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I think I’d wear every one of these on a T-shirt for Halloween.
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In fact, this is going to be be new “migraine T-shirt” for those headachy days.
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Which one is your favorite?
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There are some leads for original image sourcing here.

Desktop Goodies: Crazy Book Edition

Posted in absurd, Books, humor, vintage with tags , , , on September 26, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

My apologies if any of these are repeats. I may have posted one or two of them and accidentally re-saved, but I’m pretty sure almost all of these are new to the blog.

Don’t get me wrong; the best things in life are truly free…but just in case, there’s a book for people who care enough to do the very least.
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This poor man looks like he’s happy as he prepares his wife for the reaping of grim death.
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I wonder how long this book is. How much can be written about this particular subject? Chapter one: turn on water. Chapter two: turn off water. Chapter three: sit in water. Chapter four: get out of water. Did I just write a book?
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Suspend your disbelief…
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It might be difficult for those without a corporeal form to get their hands on this book (literally, I guess). But it’s good to be prepared.
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Best autobiography title I’ve ever seen:
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We all do it:
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I have the power to walk through my house in a sheer negligee with a bouquet of flowers…
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“Erogetic” appears to be a word entirely made up for the sake of this book. But a picture is worth a thousand words.
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