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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.


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.


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.


Now THIS man is willing to risk his gun, his dog and his shoes to be acquainted with a lady.


Also, check out this Acquaintance Card Flikr Set!

Silent Film Etiquette

Posted in antiques, film, photography, vintage with tags , , , on July 10, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Old Hollywood has a wonderful collection of public service images, projected to instruct proper film etiquette in the 1910’s.

This next one inspires questions in my mind. What…else…could…hmmmm?

Etiquette Slides

Holiday Video Roundup

Posted in animation, antiques, candy coated nightmares, christmas, kitsch, puppets, video, vintage with tags , , , , , , , on December 24, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

Tired of the same old specials on TV? Here are some alternatives.

Let’s kick things off with this warped and wonderful “Spumco Christmas Card,” by Ren and Stimpy mastermind John K.:

I believe this claymation video was supposed to be aired on TV, but was actually cut (perhaps due to the kiddies getting beaten up?):

If not for my dear, talented friend J.E. Larson, I would not have remembered this 1950 rendition of “The Night Before Christmas.” PUPPETS!

Mr. Larson also made sure I didn’t skip the priceless Nativity Scene (this is just the first part, see the youtube sidebar for links to the rest):

And now to go waaaaaaay back to 1898, a simpler time, before Christmas was about Xboxes and iPads:

For those who haven’t seen it, here’s the 1968 Terry Gilliam Christmas Card:

And here’s a suggestion from My Pink Planet; a post-apocalyptic anti-war cartoon in which forest critters rebuild a world after the humans have destroyed it.

We’ll top things off with a gelatin Christmas tree from none other than Charles Phoenix, whom you may remember from his fantastic Fried Cereal video:

Halloween Countdown: Vintage Halloween Patents

Posted in antiques, design, halloween, vintage with tags , , , on October 9, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

This page has a wonderful collection of vintage Halloween patents, ranging from the “Jack-A-Lantern” in 1888 (pictured first) to the pumpkin decorating accessories of 1974 (pictured last).

See more patents for toys, lighting and decorations here.

Antique Leech Jars

Posted in antiques, macabre, vintage with tags , , on April 17, 2009 by shewalkssoftly

It’s a perfect day to share my little photo collection of antique medical leech jars. I originally set out on a google image odyssey for the word exsanguination, but it turned out to be very uninteresting.

So I give you these receptacles of a bygone era, used to house the slimy little agents of bloodletting.







I think this one is my favorite:

En Francais!

No frills…

And here’s a lovely vintage leech chart:

Personally, my body does not like being without its blood. Bad things happen.