Friday, April 21, 2017

Rokkaku Kites

I found these miniature Rokkaku kites at an estate sale a couple years ago. I'd never heard of them before, but I liked the designs.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

What was on TV April 7th through 13th, 1979

After a long hiatus, TV Guide returns again to my blog.  This issue from this week in 1979 features an cover and interview with Maren Jensen of "Battlestar Galactica".

How right you are, 1979. Things do always go wrong at the Oscars. Just ask LaLaLand.

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Young Cook's Bake-A-Bun Book

Is there anything better than fresh, hot buns?  Well, sure, probably lots of things, but it sounded like the proper way to start this post.  Anyway, enjoy this Bake-a-Bun Book published by Fleischmmann's Rapidmix yeast from 1974.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Raid Frisbee

Just a few days ago, I was reminiscing about a Raid Ant and Roach Killer store display rack over at Mr. Karswell's place (okay, his blog. Not like I was hanging around his house).  We had one of those racks in our basement for years.  My father was an A&P grocery store employee from the 1940's through the early 1970's and had brought it home with him at some point, most likely the '60's based on the graphics. I'm not sure why the store would let him take the rack home, but I was a kid and wasn't about to ask any pointed questions.  At any rate, we used it for years for storing our bought and home-canned food supplies, which always struck me as odd considering it had previously stored pesticides.

Then yesterday while shopping at an estate sale in Maplewood, Missouri, I found this 1975 Wham-O Frisbee premium tie-in with Raid and Off! I'll admit, the coincidence isn't mind-blowing, but still weird.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Everybody Loves a Clown, So Why Don't We?

At the same sale I bought the toaster in my previous post, I found this Mattel Jack in the Box featuring some of the most horrifying clown images I've encountered.  I have to admit, I bought it solely to scare my youngest daughter (Yeah, I'm that kind of dad.  Hey, she's old enough to take it!)

Thursday, March 16, 2017


For years, I have driven past a house on my way home from work that I have entertained (if only wishfully) I would some day own. It's located in an old neighborhood (turn of the last century) of homes called "Webster Park" in Webster Groves, one of the earliest suburbs in the St. Louis area. Despite being an upscale (read expensive) area, the amount of repair on the home gave me a glimmer of hope it would be affordable when it did come on the market.  Seeing this picture on the listing gave me hope that it would soon be for sale.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Plastics Can Wait

A post over on Papergreat got me to thinking about a find I made over last summer.  I don't typically look at posters at sales, but for some reason, I opened this one up when I found it by itself rolled up in the corner of a basement bedroom.

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