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Vintage “Vegetable Harvest Creature”

Posted in absurd, halloween, thrift horror, vintage with tags , , , on May 28, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

This is technically an autumn item, but I’m posting it as the Northeast US starts to swelter with summer heat because it’s too good to wait.

I present: “Vegetable Harvest Creature.”

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Made of early celluloid plastic from the Viscoloid company, this super rare fellow is…wait for it…

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…TWO FACED! Yes, he can be happy or sad, tragic or comic (well, he’s always both of those no matter which face is forward).

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The price tag is steep, but for serious celluloid collectors, this…exists.

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Desktop Goodies 5/10

Posted in absurd, anthropomorphic, art, cats, comics, craft, humor, illustration, puppets, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

How do I get my hands on this?
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This came up in my Amazon suggestions. Best mouse pad I’ve ever seen. I may buy it for my such clicks and many scrolls. And I like its enthusiasm: “Wow.”
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I tried to find this album on YouTube so we could take a listen. Art definitely looks the part(y) here.
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Dapper Vegetable Man. Wait for it…nobody BEETS him! (See what I did there?)
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I have no idea who makes these, but they’re rather amazing.
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Take this, Darwin…
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Awkward Christ and puppet induced ecstasy:
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So chilling…
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Control your giant blob, dude.
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Not the most practical default posture…but terrifying nonetheless.
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“And then the Mammoth took the two of them in the circle of his trunk, and threw them into space.”
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Anyone have these as a kid?
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The look on the little kid’s face really drive home “poor life choices.”
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Stéphane Rosse

Posted in absurd, art, surreal with tags , , on May 1, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Stéphane Rosse creates truly bizarre art; part retro comic, part mind-bending trip into an alternate universe where skeletons and strange creatures conduct mysterious business and have wild adventures.

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One of my favorite things about Rosse’s pieces is that (at least in some of the more involved scenes) it’s delightfully difficult to construct a narrative. You just have to suspend your disbelief and jump in.
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Desktop Goodies 4/10

Posted in absurd, anatomy, art, clothing, fashion, film, humor, japan, photography, retro, sea, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Let’s start with some sea inspired fashion…
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And a gorgeous octopus ice sculpture:
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A stunning still frame.
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I like the way this woman thinks. Pizza will never break your heart.
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A beautiful soul is made of rabbits.
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Oh thank you, Rachel, for this…and your other invaluable contributions to this post.
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I’m sure it’s happening somewhere…
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Traveling in style.
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I approve of this progression.
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Yep, it’s a wig made of countless earbuds on strings…for people who want to have listening parties and don’t care about personal space.
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Who remembers this?
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All of my outfits are based on various diaphonized specimens. Fashion at its finest.
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Antique Driving Garb

Posted in absurd, antiques, ephemera, vintage with tags , , , on March 30, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I wasn’t searching for antique driving garb…but antique driving garb, I found. And I’m very glad I did.

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According to the Source these are Images from a 1906 issue of the French women’s magazine Femina…These strange array of pictures are from a competition in which the readers were asked to identify the famous female ‘artistes’ of the day obscured behind a bizarre variety of women’s driving headwear.

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I don’t know about you, but I can’t place a single celebrity.

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Dyngus Day

Posted in absurd, humor with tags , on March 28, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Have you noticed that humans are strange creatures? Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in our rituals and traditions. Take Dyngus Day, for example; an Easter Monday Polish holiday on which boys throw water on girls they like and hit them with pussy willows.

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According to tradition, they sneak into girls’ homes at dawn and drench them while they’re still in bed. The screaming girl is sometimes dragged to the river for a dunking afterward. The water might be accompanied by a rhyme, such as Dyngus, dyngus, po dwa jaja; nie chce chleba tylko jaja (“Dyngus, dyngus, for two eggs; I don’t want bread, only eggs”). Apparently, painted eggs can be given as ransom to avoid a serious dousing.

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The Wiki page is filled with fabulously unironic sentences that are a treat to read. “This [the dousing] is accompanied by a number of other rituals, such as making verse declarations and holding door-to-door processions, in some regions involving boys dressed as bears.”

On Easter Tuesday, girls take their revenge by throwing plates and crockery at the boys (well, that’s what’s supposed to happen, but in reality both sexes tend to just drench each other on Monday…which might be for the best because flying plates can do some damage).

HAPPY DYNGUS DAY!

Read more here.

Thanks, B, for introducing me to this!

Easter Image Roundup

Posted in absurd, cake, candy coated nightmares, craft, easter, food with tags , , , , , , on March 27, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Just some favorite Easter images from around the Web…

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Happy Easter!

The Harp-Playing Pig Automaton

Posted in absurd, anthropomorphic, antiques, automata, creatures with tags , , , , on March 13, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Jackson’s International Auctions had a listing for this rare 19th Century French automaton of a pig playing a harp.

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This dapper swine music box moves his arms over the harp strings via a clockwork key windup.

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He stands just over thirteen inches tall and sold for $2,160.00.

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See the listing here.

Anne Bobroff-Hajal: Russian History

Posted in absurd, history, illustration with tags , , on March 10, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Bless my dear Rachel’s late night internet searches, which led me to Anne Bobroff-Hajal’s incredible Russian History illustrations.
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Rachel came across THIS incredible illustration, with no explanation whatsoever. It turned out to be a depiction of Ivan he Terrible blessing a mustachioed baby Joseph Stalin (but it’s more entertaining with no idea that it’s supposed to be political satire). I rather enjoyed her recounting the Google image searches that finally led to the image source…including, but not limited to “flying broomstick mustache baby.”
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The artist bio describes Bobroff-Hajal’s work as detailed and whimsical visual stories about powerful human motivations: love, greed, grief, competition, fury.
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This art has so much character, I feel it could make even those who find history dreadfully boring pay attention
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Desktop Goodies 3/10

Posted in absurd, architecture, Books, candy coated nightmares, cats, humor, illustration, monsters, nature, photography, sci-fi, skulls and skeletons, space, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

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Let’s take a moment to ogle the beauty of nature…
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For some reason, people feel slightly uneasy in this chair.
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A tad crass…but definitely my favorite faux Rand McNally cover:
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Couldn’t they have thought of more appetizing adjectives than “semi-liquids?” I suppose it beats “lumpy, congealed and vomitous.”
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Dana, Don’t make a joke about this car being cheesy…Don’t make a joke about this car being cheesy…Resist!
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Did anyone have this as a kid? It looks awesome.
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How can I get my hands on this book? This woman absolutely has life figured out.
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Incredible building of unknown origin.
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Gorgeous modern interpretation of Danse Macabre!
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The old one was no fun at all…
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A children’s book illustration. I’m sure no one had nightmares or anything.
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