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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

When in Hollywood...Ask for Babs

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the 2nd part of an article that I started writing on another site. To read Part One go here.)
Finding this Universal Studio Tour Guide from 1967 made me think of the final scenes of "Animal House."  One of the sorority sisters is stripped to her undies during the parade at the same time all main characters are presented with sub-title descriptions of what happens to them in later life."Babs" goes on to become a Universal City tour guide and to prove it, the movie ends with this card
 Other John Landis directed films carried this same title card at the end, and until 1989 you could get a free or discounted pass at Universal by asking for Babs.

Here is the continuation of the studio tour guide (the paper one, not the female one-sorry) images. 
You can click on any of these for a more readable image. I like the call-outs to the TV series' especially my favorite of the bunch "Dragnet." Question: Did Harry Morgan ever age, or was he born looking like he was 70?
I don't know why "Spartacus" is listed here, unless there is some theater in the world that hasn't shown it 7 years later. 
 If you always wanted to know what a Key-Grip is, well, this useful glossary will have you conversing like a Hollywood producer in no time.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Subliminal Ads #2 - See what's in it for you.

I have become fascinated with these ads. When I find one, it only makes me want to find another and try to see something intentional (or unintentional) in each. Take a look below:
Did you see what's in it for you?  I almost don't want to reveal it just to have you guess what you see and place it in the comments. Later, we could compare notes and I would bet that no 2 people would see the exact same thing. Here take a closer look and tell me what you see.
Did you see it? Did you see the lady in the glass? Now, look real close she right there!!! Actually, this is an ad for electrosol detergent. Here is the real reveal from my perspective as to what I see.

I always want to drink more when I see a lady kissing a monkey.............

Monday, May 27, 2013

"Will you come to my Fudge Party?" Said no one ever.

There are odd ads, and there are really odd ads, and then there is this ad.

Now, this is 1913, so 100 years ago it's entirely possible that someone really believed that chocolate was good for you, so...
I really like the unnecessary "...of it." that ends this ad.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Old Chestnut found in an attic

A chestnut or "old Chestnut" is a reference to an old joke or story:

Slang sense of "venerable joke or story" is from 1885, explained 1888 by Joseph Jefferson (see "Lippincott's Monthly Magazine," January 1888) as probably abstracted from the 1816 melodrama "The Broken Sword" by William Dimond where an oft-repeated story involving a chestnut tree figures in an exchange between the characters "Captain Zavior" and "Pablo":

Whether this is true or not, the phase or term is actually British in origin, and in this case refers to a scrap of paper I found while picking through an attic in Bethlehem CT this past weekend.

Click on the image to read the joke, it's old but a good laugh.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Video Dig Report

This was the kind of sale I like, and I was able to see it while it was being set-up. Watch below!

You've now seen the "before" maybe I should return to do the "after" video.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Popular Science of Stork choking?

Face it, Storks love the smell of fine tobacco. So, save a baby's life and switch from those leaves and twigs you've been smoking! Other than the physical property of heated smoke being lighter than air...this ad just makes no sense. However, if it did make sense I couldn't post it, so thank you mad men of the early 20th century ad agencies.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Busy Day - Louis Armstrong and George Raft in Person!

Though I do wonder where his right hand, and her right leg have gone?...I don't collect postcard for the pictures, no! I collect them for the great messages on the back. See.
Either John was all talk or he was somebody who knew some of the coolest people of the day. More than the Brooklyn stamp, I think the Coney Island Station cancellation is a gem.