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Saturday, November 10th, 2012
3:03 pm
Friday, October 19th, 2012
7:01 am

Next part of my "Mademoiselle, August 1958" project.

Mademoiselle, August 1958, p 41

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Monday, October 15th, 2012
7:10 am

Mademoiselle, August 1958, front cover

So I've set myself a bit of a project. Recently I was given the August 1958 issue of Mademoiselle magazine to dismantle and scan. I'm going to try doing it systematically one gather at a time. More info on the mag at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mademoiselle_(magazine). (On a personal note: Thank you D and Aunt C!)

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Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
12:32 pm
Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
11:07 am

Created in 1955 as a piece of propaganda to present Chinese communism as benevolent toward religions, this was an album of 24 pictures of which only a few have survived. The full text is included for your edification ... in 1955 the horrors of the Cultural Revolution were still 10 years away. During the Cultural Revolution, many of the places mentioned here were ransacked, looted, and destroyed. Religious people, especially clerics and monks, were systematically exterminated or sent to "re-education" camps. Tibetan Buddhism had not yet become a cause celebre in the West, so little mention is made of it.

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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
10:32 am

Communism, the Nature of Your Enemy, © 1962, Time, Inc.

10:30 am

Poster for Lecture by David Roth, Los Angeles Downtown Optimist Club, Thursday February 9, 1956

10:28 am

Bartell's Drug Store photo envelope, Store 5, 1336 Second Ave, Seattle, dated 3/5/49

10:21 am

"I Hear America Singing: No. 1, Twice 55 Community Songs, The Brown Book, © 1917, C. C. Birchard & Company, Boston.

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
1:31 am
Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
9:47 pm

Dizzy Fingers, Zez Confrey's Novelty Piano Solos, Mills Music, Inc. New York N.Y., © 1921. Front cover.

This cover from a folio of sheet music is a perfect example of why I love vintage ephemera. I learned so much from this one item and there is plenty more to explore.

I'd never heard of Zez Confrey until I saw this. There is a short wikipedia article, with dates and places, but more interesting to me were the samples of his music at the Folkways site: The Piano Roll Artistry of Zez Confrey, and Zez Confrey: Creator of the Novelty Rag (short samples of numerous works are available from on the Folkways site). I recognise the genre of music immediately, but now I know a bit more about where it came from.

But another curious little side-trip: the "NRA" logo in the lower right corner. Not "National Rifle Association", but National Recovery Administration, the history of which is really quite interesting and speaks to current events in US. It was part of the attempt to help the US survive the Depression, and implemented policies like minimum wages. The NRA was only around for a short time, 1933-1935, so that dates this particular copy of the music to that window.

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Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
11:12 am

LIFE Magazine, 1948 04 26, p. 82-83.

This one is a bit of a restoration project, I like it enough that I will probably print it at full size (21" x 14", about 54 x 34 cm) one day. There were a pile of magazines and loose pages in a box on the floor of my partner's grandparents' house, and when the floor flooded they suffered some serious water damage (yesterday's woolens ad was also from that box, but it wasn't really amenable to serious repair).

Monday, August 23rd, 2010
2:03 pm
General Foods Kitchens Cookbook, 1959

The General Foods Kitchens Cookbook, by the Women of General Foods Kitchens; Random House, 1959.
"Let the children cook . . . it's fun for them and a help to you. Start off with an easy menu (page 81) and just see them shine!"

First Printing. Photographs by George Lazarnick, designed by Stahley Thompson Associates, New York. Photograph pages un-numbered. Frontispiece stamped "Compliments of … Michigan National Bank, Saginaw, Michigan.

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Saturday, August 14th, 2010
12:39 pm
It's Tops!

Autobody and the Reconditioned Car, December 1948, inside front cover
© The Spokesman Publishing Co., 913-915 First Nat'l Bank Bldg., Cincinnati 2, Ohio, U.S.A.

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Friday, August 13th, 2010
7:38 pm
The Children in the Valley, Religious Tract Society, mid-late 1880s

The Children in the Valley, Mrs (Mary) Hughs, frontispiece / page 4
© Religious Tract Society, UK, late 1800s

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Another dumpster find: The Children In The Valley published by the Religious Tract Society in London sometime during the mid-late 1800s; inscribed "Hazel Tidball, 219 Victoria Ave, Toronto."

The RTS, founded in the late 1700s, has during its time printed millions of little (protestant, evangelical, at the time "progressive") pamphlets and ephemera meant to be used as religious instruction for children and adults.

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
8:56 pm

Cooking the Modern Way, 129 Home Tested and Proved Recipes to Please Your Family. Published by the Manufacturers, Planters Edible Oil Company, Suffolk Va. - Wilkes-Barre Pa. - Toronto, Ontario - San Francisco, Calif., Copyright 1948 - Printed in U.S.A.

click here for a Flash gallery of the whole booklet.
Friday, July 30th, 2010
5:06 pm
Violet Rays!

Violet Rays Aids the Life-Process, 1920s?, probably Sears-Roebuck Co., front cover.

An instructional booklet for the "Violet Rays" medical device, which was sold in the early part of the last century when electricity was still seen as a quasi-magical force that could cure all manner of diseases from gonorrhea through tuberculosis. Essentially it is a hand-held coil and an attached electrode that generates a neon-like glow and zaps you with a small electric shock and a spectacular purple spark. And smells of ozone. Safer and more fun than actual snake-oil!

For a Flash-based gallery of the whole booklet click here.

Violet Rays Aids the Life-Process, 1920s?, illustration of head with a typology of headaches, probably Sears-Roebuck Co., p. 11.

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010
1:40 pm
the Art and Secrets of Chinese Cookery

The Art and Secrets of Chinese Cookery, 1959, La Choy Food Products, Archbold, Ohio (© 1959 Beatrice Foods Co.) front cover.

Complete with choo-chow-ching-chong Faque Oriental writing and a fluorescent yellow Oriental. It's now owned by Con Agra and the products have hardly changed: La Choy. And lest you think the taste has changed, here is the ingredients list for the "soy sauce": Water, Salt, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, Potassium Sorbate. Yup, it's salty brown dishwater with a side of corn syrup sugar in case you haven't got the diabeetus yet.

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1:04 pm
Man Cheese

He-Man Snacks (for Men Only) for Round-the-Clock Entertaining, early 1950s, Kaukauna Klub Cheese, Kaukauna Wisconsin; front cover.

He-Man Snacks (for Men Only) for Round-the-Clock Entertaining, early 1950s, Kaukauna Klub Cheese, Kaukauna Wisconsin; back cover.

Amazingly enough, this product is still around: Kaukauna products. Although apparently now they let girls eat it too.

12:50 pm

Cooking With Your Hat On, Tasty Recipes for Gals in a Hurry. late 1950s?, the A.1. Sauce Co., Heublein Food, Inc. Food Division, Hartford, Conn.; front cover

Cooking With Your Hat On, Tasty Recipes for Gals in a Hurry. late 1950s?, the A.1. Sauce Co., Heublein Food, Inc. Food Division, Hartford, Conn.; back cover

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