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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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Vinegar Valentines

Posted in absurd, ephemera, humor, valentine's day with tags , , , , on February 12, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I could have sworn I posted these before, but they don’t turn up in the archives, so I suppose I just collected them years ago in a mad frenzy of right-clicking like I’m so often wont to do.

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Vinegar Valentines were a great way to anonymously troll someone before the advent of the Internet (though arguably trolling had a lot more poetic flare circa 1840-1940 when these artistic tools of debasement were in circulation). There were Vinegar Valentines to suit many types and occasions.

For that annoying PDA couple:
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The domineering gold digger:
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The Cassanova:
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The shrill neurotic:
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The showoff:
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The subtle slithering specimen:
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These are clearly tame compared to modern insults, but one aspect of humanity consistent throughout the ages is that the Shadow side makes itself known. It should be a rule that trolls must provide a colorful handmade illustration with every hateful comment they leave (this would most likely cut down on the amount of “OMG ur so UgLy…gO dIe!” statements on perfectly nice YouTube videos).

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Alexander Korzer-Robinson

Posted in anatomy, antiques, art, Books, craft, ephemera, nature with tags , , , , , , on January 3, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Alexander Korzer-Robinson transforms antiquarian encyclopedias into stunning shadow boxes, as if to three dimensionally vivify the rich content between the pages.

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His use of vintage materials and handpicked images is akin to the process of memory itself; simultaneously selective and reconstructive.

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From the artist statement:
By using pre-existing media as a starting point, certain boundaries are set by the material, which I aim to transform through my process. Thus, an encyclopedia can become a window into an alternate world, much like lived reality becomes its alternate in remembered experience.

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These books, having been stripped of their utilitarian value by the passage of time, regain new purpose. They are no longer tools to learn about the world, but rather a means to gain insight about oneself.

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Happy New Year

Posted in absurd, ephemera, vintage with tags , , on January 1, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I’m sure I’ve posted this before, but this vintage New Year potato is my favorite greeting of all time for this day. Maybe I’ll make it a tradition to post him every year.

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Wishing you all a wonderful 2016!

Holiday Link Dump

Posted in absurd, art, christmas, craft, decoration, ephemera, film, food, sci-fi, sea, TV, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I couldn’t choose which link to post…so have a bunch!

What those dead bird holiday cards I posted the other day actually mean.
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“Seasonally Confused” Victorian Cards
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Giant Paper Snowflakes
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Gorgeous Digital Snowflakes
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Gingerbread Iron Throne
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Gingerbread Darth Vader
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Sea Creature That Look Like Whovian Christmas Trees
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Extremely Bizarre Vintage Holiday Cards

Posted in absurd, christmas, ephemera, humor, vintage with tags , , , , on December 19, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Can anyone possibly explain this to me?
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At least this somewhat qualifies as “merry.”
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THIS…on the other hand…
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Not sure I really want to hear what anthropomorphic cats sounds like when they’re belting out Christmas carols.
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Totally jolly.
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Um…WHAT?
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Nothing says joy like a dead bird against a stark background. One can feel the Christmas spirit emanating from his withered, dead feet.
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This dog got the official Red Rider BB Gun he wished for.
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Ah, the yuletide avian Frankenstein mob.
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These ornaments have anger issues.
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Halloween Countdown: Desktop Goodies #1

Posted in absurd, anthropomorphic, art, bats, cats, comics, craft, day of the dead, dolls, ephemera, halloween, horror, macabre, monsters, photography, sculpture, skulls and skeletons, undead, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Don’t know the origin of this, but I love the extra written touch.
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This kid’s face is not exactly what I’d call “joyful.” At least the trees are happy.
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Awesome.
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A very intricately done Day of the Dead hanging bat!
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This seriously looks like she’s wearing her sister’s skin.
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A little macabre for a greeting, no (that pumpkin is crying actual tears while getting murdered). What’s with the gleeful spectators? Is this some kind of Gladiatorial event for squash and…elves?
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The source said this is a real Victorian postmortem, but I have trouble believing it’s not doctored. Still…maybe the photographer was just really, REALLY late.
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Gorgeous custom Monster High doll!
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I wish this item hadn’t been taken down for sale/display. I would’ve done a feature post on the crafter of this fine wooden witch carving.
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At first it looks like a strange pose, but my black cat Dr. Morbius does this gravity defying move all the time.
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So long kiddies…pleasant dreams…
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