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Circulation Zero

Posted in music, retro, vintage with tags , , , on July 19, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Present, former and/or punks at heart, Circulation Zero is an “experiment” that has released a huge collection of legendary old punk zines in digital format, available for download!

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I was not quite born in time for what I consider the greatest era of punk (late 70’s). But I do recall running to my room to rabidly search through zines, with a pencil in hand to circle new bands to explore and take notes on new finds (wow…I was even a meticulous nerd in my musical quests as a kid). My dressers used to be covered in piles of goth, punk, industrial, hardcore and metal zines.

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Production value ranged from horrendous to professional, depending on the publication, but I’m sure many of you remember the tangible satisfaction of these zines. It’s truly a lost art.

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All files are ostensibly free, but donations are encouraged to keep the project going. What was your favorite zine?

Circulation Zero

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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Walter McDougall

Posted in absurd, art, candy coated nightmares, illustration, monsters, vintage with tags , , , , , on December 6, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Thank you, Monster Brains for posting a HUGE collection of Walter McDougall illustrations (click to enlarge).

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McDougall was a prolific newspaper illustrator in the late 1800’s. His work is sublimely imaginative and bizarre, dancing on the border of surrealist children’s fiction…and nightmares. The captions are brilliant.
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I confess, I saved all 86 images in the post because I plan to read them like bedtime stories. Each image is a vignette unto itself, often with a single sentence presenting a strange predicament and/or creature.
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Somehow, these fragments coagulate into stories when I see them…hazy at first, but overflowing with possibilities.
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See the collection of images HERE.

Desktop Goodies 4/27

Posted in absurd, advertising, art, Books, clothing, creatures, horror, humor, monsters, retro, sci-fi, street art, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

WHY don’t more buses look like this? It’s such a missed opportunity NOT to paint giant teeth on all of them.
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I’m sure this valid excuse resulted in instant exoneration:
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Yeah, but the Wild Germ has anger issues…
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One must look at the tagline and consider whether it is really the kind of attention ones wants.
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What has she seen?
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…Perhaps Karloff’s carload of arsenic?
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If I ever get to space, I’m traveling via giant, helmet-clad intergalactic puppy.
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A very touching piece of street art.
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AS fellow fans of The IT Crowd know, two is the best number of eyes.
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Yep.
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The sweet, pink title image is excellent with a cat that looks exceedingly unamused.
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Desktop Goodies 1/22

Posted in absurd, advertising, antiques, art, comics, creatures, photography, satire, sci-fi, skulls and skeletons, vintage, you can't handle the cute with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Yep, these are real birds…
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…not Tribbles with eyes.
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I wanted so much to believe this is an actual album, but sadly I don’t see it on Amazon or YouTube.
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Now THIS is music! I can almost hear their sweet, fruity harmonizing.
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1926 skull clock created by the German Oswald clockmaking workshop. They eyes rotate to tell the time.
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For maximum safety, place your child in a crib that appears to be a cross between a glass coffin and what magicians use to saw people in half.
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A unique abduction? Eye don’t know.
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MONSTER SOUP OF THE THAMES!
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Never neglect your bowels.
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I wish this were part of a large “Things to Do With a Giant Head” photo collection. There are two fine suggestions here:
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The Shadow is a force, indeed.
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The challenges we rarely think of…
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Twice As Natural

Posted in humor, taxidermy, vintage with tags , , , on September 8, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Phil Are Go! posted a series of images from a 1946 issue of Popular Mechanics that featured behind the scenes taxidermy. The captions containing the *ahem…cough, cough* “reproduced text” are hilarious.

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“Taxidermy” comes from the Latin “taxi”, meaning “yellow car for short term hire” and “dermy”, meaning “having nothing to do with”. Since the dawn of time, Man has been fascinated with killing animals, shoving lots of things into them, and then staring at them. Until the creation of the first museum, these men were just sick weirdos. Now, they are the archivists of the miracle of life, through the glory of death.

The journey of taxidermy begins with the animal being lightly killed. In this photograph, we see a Chimpanzee receiving his “contribution to history injection”. The animal’s last meal may consist of beer or Tang, depending on whether he was a jerk and bit somebody.

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I’m still laughing at the phrase “lightly killed” (though it’s no laughing matter, of course).
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Since I can’t take credit for the writing, I’ll let you read the rest here.

Thank you, Bettie!

Desktop Goodies 7/14

Posted in absurd, advertising, anatomy, Books, kitsch, quotes, sea, toys, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Alpha, much? (Reminds me of Max Power: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w3zdkmw2E4)
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This book is just a blank page with a single word: DON’T.
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Love this little man’s style…
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Child “guidance,” toward the ever important world of trans fats.
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Holy exploding cloaca! Who would brand their product this way?
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“With victim.”
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Yes, yes and yes.
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Totally agreed.
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Is it me, or do you feel a draft?
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This story has all of my favorite things!
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Answer to the age-old problem.
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Put a bird in it.
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Excellent grammar lesson.
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Hope you are all feeling beautiful today.
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Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.

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