Sunday, August 31, 2014

I ♥ Hartland

I went to an estate sale a week ago Friday in Lemay.  It was later in the morning, so I figured the good stuff would already be gone.  For some reason, they had people entering through the basement around back and the first thing I saw inside was a box of a bunch of loose plastic horses.  There were also a couple figures in riding stance.

At first I thought they were the cheaper figures you would find at vacation tourist stops, such as these I picked up a while ago. But I recongnized one of the figures immediately.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Future Shock

These slides were among a bunch of banking-related slides I picked up at an estate sale quite a while back. They date from about 1970 and feature some state of the art (for the time) computer equipment.  Others showed how they envisioned the year 2000.

The age they were living in:

The age they dreamed would someday be:

Apparently, N times Apple times Pear equals 3.  And if you don't get the right answer, they remove all the air from your vacuum chamber.

***Update: I came across another related set from this same collection which you can view here.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

What was on Television August 16th through 27th, 1980

Welcome to this week's trip back into TV's  hairy-chested past.  This week it's 1980 and we visit TV's Incredible Hunks.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Memories of Mendel

A little over a year ago, I came across what I consider one of my best finds -- a cache of pictures and original recordings featuring Shirley White, an unknown Big Band singer who performed with The Phil Levant Orchestra in nightclubs throughout the midwest in the late 1940's.  Through this blog, I was happy to be able to return them to Shirley's family where they belonged.

Last month at another estate sale, I came across yet another cache of original records by another Big Band era unknown -- The Mendel Riley Orchestra.

While digging through stacks and stacks (and stacks!) of mainstream record albums from the 1960's, I recognized an original recording disc mixed among them.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

What was on TV August 12th through 18th, 1978

Time for this week's TV Guide.  Technically, last week's, but you know me by now.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Stir Crazy

The most read Garage Sale Finds post as of this writing is this one I wrote a couple years ago about a large collection of swizzle sticks I bought for $5 at an estate sale.  I'm not sure why it's so popular, but I've picked up quite a few more since then and thought I'd show some of the more interesting ones.  Once again, I've tried to link to the location when possible or show a picture or two.

The Boulevard Room, Stevens Hotel, Chicago

Friday, August 15, 2014

What was on TV August 5th through 11th, 1978

Okay, it's become almost a standard opening for these, but I'm running a few days (okay a week) behind.  Another foregone assumption, friend John contributed to this post.  So without further adieu, I give you television as you knew it last week in 1978.

George Jefferson says, "Weezie, your lack of faith disturbs me."

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Doing Your Share

My parents lived through the depression and World War II and it's from them I get my frugal (read cheap) ways.  They didn't need a booklet like this one to tell them how to conserve their food and stretch their budget; they learned it from their parents and were already living under rationing by necessity before the war started.  But I think it's worth a read for comparison and contrast to how most of us live now.

"Your Share" was a pamphlet published by Betty Crocker in 1943 with recipes and hints to help stretch your ration points and feed your family on less.  I found it in a bunch of other various booklets I picked up at an estate sale last Friday.

Betty Crocker would like a word with you ladies on the homefront.  Wow, she's really giving them a stern glare.

They actually sold Grade C meat?  The butcher is pulling the old "thumb on the scale" routine, but this homefront housewife is a little too smart for him.

Wow, chasing the calf  and catching it by the tail so you can hit it over the head with a frying pan.  That woman is deperate for some meat!  The look of sheer terror on the calf's face is downright disturbing.

I'm wondering why that guy in the upper left is still home eating this fine meal of Grade C meat instead of K-rations on the frontlines.  4-F?  Politician's son?  AWOL?  I need answers!

That chicken has the look of, "Don't ask me where it came from lady."

I tried to think of something to say about the cat chasing the mouse chasing the anthropomorphic cheese, but I think it stands on its own.  Look at it.  LOOK AT IT!!!

There was a time when the picture at the top of this page didn't disturb people.  That time has passed.

Again, father is sitting pretty at the table instead of knocking on Schicklgruber's door with the butt of his M-1 Garand.  Well, at least he's spreading his butter thin.  I'm sure that makes it all right with Willie and Joe.

Easy, Gramps.  A few pilfered apples aren't going to kill you.  In a few years Uncle Sam will be shipping those boys off and you'll probably be in the grave.  How do you like them apples?!

Well, I hope you're all proud of yourselves.  You made the bread cry.

Spare the Sweets and spoil the sailor? Easy with the sugar there, Mom.

Stretching meat, stretching time.  Is there anything these ladies don't stretch?

I love the pledge at the bottom of page 37.

"Short-notice weddings" doesn't mean what you think.  It meant their boyfriend was being shipped off to some God-forsaken rock and would probably never come home.

The kid at the lunch table reminds me of "Skeezix" from Gasoline Alley.  And that's your obscure comic strip character reference for the day.

The ad above reminded me that "Cheerios" were once known as "Cheerieoats".  Making their debut under that name in 1941, "Cheerioats" became "Cheerios" in 1945 to stem the threat of a lawsuit by a competitor who was already using the word "oats" in a breakfast cereal.

I can't believe there's not a food group for Lard and Fats.

RIP Robin Williams

It really has nothing to do with garage or estate sales, but Robin Williams had such an impact on my childhood, I couldn't let him pass without some kind of mention.

One thing that bothered Robin Williams was despite his many critically acclaimed roles, people's minds always returned to his role as Mork:
"People say you're an Academy Award winner," he said. "The Academy Award lasted about a week and then one week later, people went, 'Hey Mork!'"
I think the fact that people always remembered him for that was a statement of the impact of that character and Robin's take on him and a reflection of how beloved he was.  It's too bad Robin Williams didn't see it that way and accept what an honor it truly was.

 Rest in Peace, Robin, we'll miss you.  I hope your demons have finally been driven out.

The cover is from a TV Guide post from last year.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Rolling in the Doh

Before Homer Simpson hijacked the word, "doh", it was reserved for one product -- "Play-Doh".  As a child, I loved Play-Doh, but my mom hated it.  As a parent, I understand why -- it makes a huge mess.  Little dried balls of "doh" are found everywhere for weeks.  But finding these play sets for 50 cents each at a garage sale yesterday has me thinking about running out to the store for a few fresh cans.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Better Homes and Gardens, June 1970

Summer is flying by and school is just around the corner, but there's still time for some last minute summertime activities.  Like a carnival!  Fortunately for you, Better Homes and Gardens has the how-to for hosting your own backyard freakshow.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Today's Garage Sale Finds

Today I'm going to forgo my usual posting of individual finds and give a complete picture of one sale I attended this morning. It will give you an idea of the diversity of things you can find at a single sale and a reminder that vintage items can still be found out there.

The phone rang at 7:00 a.m. this morning.  It was my mother-in-law.  Usually the combination of those two things would mean something bad happened.  But in this case, she had news of a garage sale across from her house in Lemay.  It's an older neighborhood and the family had been in the house for many years, so it sounded promising.

My wife and I headed over and while she visited with her parents, I crossed the street to the sale.

The first thing I spotted was a Mego Farrah Fawcett doll.

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