Catalogs #44: Spiegel - Fall & Winter 1961 (Part 1)

I have to say - this may be the most amazing catalog I own.  The brilliant colors, the elegant feminine fashions, the classy fashions for gentlemen, the luxurious decor... words can't convey the awesomeness of it.  So, let's open it up, and begin our trek through the 1961 Spiegel Fall & Winter Catalog.  My intention is to scan most of this entire catalog, starting from the beginning...


Tech #33: Women at Computers

Here's a stack of images of women at computers from 1979 to 1991 (we should have Kenny Rogers' "Through the Years" playing in the background).  As you might have guessed, most are secretaries doing glamorless data entry for the gentlemen in double breasted suits (we weren't "enlightened" back then).

Still, gender issues aside, it's a fun stroll "through the years" in the Golden Age of Floppy Disks. Enjoy.


Mini Skirt Monday #207: Print & Pattern Minis

The early minis were mostly bright solid colors; maybe with a polka-dot or strip thrown in for good measure, then came paisleys and psychedelic patterns. But with the advent of the seventies, came the popularity of the polyester floral variety.  You may remember Marcia Brady being particularly fond of this style.

So, here is a massive dose (83 in all!) of prints and patterns for your viewing pleasure.  Most are new to Mini Skirt Monday, but a few oldies-but-goodies can be found here and there.  Enjoy.


Cover Gallery #28: Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery

Looking through a stack of Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery comic books, I was impressed by the cover artwork for each issue.  Definitely worth sharing.  Have a look....


Vinyl Dynamite #56: The Wombles

The Best of the Wombles (1976)
If you grew up in the US, you may not remember The Wombles - their popularity was mainly limited to the UK (and Australia/New Zealand).  It started as a children's book in 1968, then became a stop-animation BBC TV series a few years later.  Basically, they're underground dwelling creatures who thrive to pick up litter.


Magazines #49: Holiday Inn International Magazine (1974)

This issue of Holiday Inn International Magazine (September/October 1974) interested me because it paints Lebanon as a wonderful travel destination, little knowing that just a few months later all hell would break loose.  From 1975-1990, the Lebanese Civil War would claim 120,000 lives, and lead to an exodus of over 1 million citizens.  I feel bad for the poor schmucks that planned their hard-earned vacations based on Holiday Inn's recommendation.

Unfortunately, the magazine doesn't contain much of interest in terms of articles - just bland travelogues. But the advertising inside is definitely worth a look....


Double Feature #20: The Dark Side of Man

Dr. Jekyll vs. the Werewolf (1972) and The Ice House (1969) AKA The Passion Pit

Both of tonight's double feature revolve around the duality of man; where man's civilized side takes turns with his bestial nature.  In the Paul Naschy film, Mr. Nice Guy not only has a werewolf side , but also a Mr. Hyde side as well.  In The Ice House, the studly blue collar Casanova becomes a violent maniac when a certain trigger occurs.   In both films, the bestial side has a tendency to victimize women.  Armchair psychologists, you've been summoned.  Enjoy the shows!


Ads #80: Booze

Enjoy 52 booze advertisements from the late 1960s through the early 1980s.  Cheers!


Comic Books #65: Frankenstein 1948

This  July 1948 issue of Frankenstein is surprisingly disturbing for a children's comic.  And when I say "disturbing", I'm not fooling around.  This stuff is dark - way darker and grotesque than I could ever have imagined a kiddie comic could be.  Let's take a look.... if you think you're up for it.