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Image Odyssey: Victorian Flea Circus

Posted in antiques, creatures, image odyssey, retro, sideshow, vintage with tags , , , , , , on August 22, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

I have no idea why I decided to seek out “Victorian Flea Circus” images. Just a whim. I’ve had stranger ones.

Not all of these images are Victorian, obviously. I just used the search term because I wanted to find flea circuses with that special antique feel.

A little flea circus info.


Image Odyssey: Forefathers in Wax

Posted in ephemera, humor, image odyssey, kitsch, sculpture, vintage with tags , , , , , on July 4, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

Today in the US we celebrate our Independence Day. I’m not exactly the type to throw on red, white and blue and wave an American flag…but I’ll gladly give you some unsettling waxworks of American forefathers.

George Washington’s cold dead eyes welcome you…

These are actually supposed to be Benjamin Franklin:

A little bit o’ Lincoln:

Looking like the sinister cousin of Mr. Rogers (hide your kiddies)…

Group shots!

And two bonus images from Neatorama

Awesome Statue of Liberty construction shot:

And Lady Liberty herself looking eeeeeevil.

Image Odyssey: Vintage Strongman

Posted in art, craft, ephemera, image odyssey, photography, plush, thrift horror, toys, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

On any given day, I’m guilty of countless curiosity tangents. After seeing one word or image that strikes me, I’m liable to spend (too much) time in search of related images, information and anecdotes.

Today? VINTAGE STRONGMEN, inspired by these bandages seen on Swissmiss:

Outlets for the general fascination with physical strength shape-shift through generations, but the fascination itself appears to be a constant of the human experience.

Since images like the ones above are easy enough to search out (if you’re so inclined…which you’re probably not), I’m going to focus on a few of the things that surprised me in my strongman odyssey.

I came across many more dolls and toys than I expected. Particularly modern ones. There’s a strongman revival in the works, folks. Believe it.

Perhaps the toy trend comes from the recent hipster adoption and pop culture resurrection of the handlebar moustache.

They just kept popping up!

Inherently contradictory paper strongman:


There are a variety of vintage toys as well.

No idea about this one…

I really wonder what this old “Rover” LP sounds like:

For those who wanted to measure their own “strongmanity” (my adjective describing one’s degree of strongman attributes):

Lou has Muscles and Might (though surprisingly weak ankles):

Mildly uncomfortable…

More uncomfortable…

Best left unexplored, really…

Yearning to know more? Try a Composite Guide.

There were indeed comic representations too, but that’s a whole other story.

I’ll wrap it up here with a classic poster.

You’ll find the greatest wealth of images on Oldtime Strongman (I didn’t take images from the site for this post because I found the logos distracting to look at, but much effort clearly went into this site).

This post is dedicated to the mighty Buff Jenkins, who has helped me loosen many a jar lid. May your tankinis always be striped and well-fitted!

Thrift Santas

Posted in christmas, craft, ephemera, humor, image odyssey, kitsch, sculpture, thrift horror, toys, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

Today I give you the results of this year’s Web scouring for the most absurd and disconcerting thrift store renditions of Santa Claus.

Because eyes are overrated anyway…

Especially anatomically correct eyes.

Actually, who needs a face, period?

When you have a face, things like THIS can happen:

He sees you when you’re sleeping, kiddies…

“Very superstitious…writings on the wall…”

I sense tragic comedy waiting to happen if THIS fellow ever attempted toy delivery:

No, this is not an intentional “craftastrophe.” I promise. It was found at a regular market (in the Twilight Zone?).

What? Santa is secure enough in his masculinity to wear pink and glow.

This post was brought to you by MAYBELLINE JESUS!

Be sure to check out:
Holiday Horrors Week: Santas
Image Odyssey: Scary Santa (Inanimate Object Version)
Serving in Santa

Desktop Goodies 12/17

Posted in anatomy, art, craft, image odyssey, photography, retrofuturism, sculpture, thrift horror, toys, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 17, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

I have some holiday themed images floating on my desktop right now, but lets have a look at some of the regular (if such a a word can be used in this case) first.

First, a new piece by Camille Rose Garcia, whom I’ve posted about here, here and here.

[Insert split personality joke for the following]

Damn right:

The perils of waiting too long…

I’m not sure if this is how the “birth” of ideas really works.

Artistically rendered territory of taste:

The “Autobeautifier:”

And for those who prefer to practice beauty techniques with their own hands…

A couple for the pessimists…

This image is actually a giant sea monster projectile vomiting thousands of human bodies. Whoa, indeed.

We’ll finish off with some beautiful projectile vomit by TYPOE

Cthulhu Christmas

Posted in image odyssey with tags , , , , , on December 16, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

“Cthulhu Christmas” felt like an appropriate title for an image odyssey…and I was not disappointed. Something about this creature of the deep seems to lend itself to holiday crafting and products.

Let’s start with a tree topper and ornament from Think Geek:

Santa Cthulhu:

Another, found here.

Looks like this is a popular motif (I like this one’s attitude):

The Mr. and Mrs.:

A nifty card found here:

Another great card from 7 Deadly Sinners:

I love the sun catcher:

Cthulhu cthupcake!

This plush wreath is pretty well done:

There are so many images out there of ornaments, plushies, decorations and cards…if you’re into the Cthulhu thing, definitely poke around online this season.

Image Odyssey: Funhouse

Posted in architecture, candy coated nightmares, image odyssey, photography, toys, vintage with tags , , , , , on November 5, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

Running an errand at Target yesterday, I passed this gem amidst the aisles of homogenized, CGI graphic infested toys:

Isn’t that great? What a colorful, nightmarish device…reminiscent of a carnival funhouse entrance.

This toy inspired me to explore some actual funhouse entrances in an image odyssey. Here are a few…

I’m sure there are plenty of great carnival images out there. If anyone has great ones to share, please send them my way.