When I began this year’s Countdown to Halloween, I began it with the pessimistic outlook that I wouldn’t have enough to post daily. As it turns out, I posted daily plus and still have a bunch leftover. The following finds were all candidates for a post of one kind or another, but I kept passing them over for other things I wanted to post first, much like that scene in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure where he keeps passing over the snakes while saving the rest of the animals from the fire at the pet store. Well, this is my AUGGGGHHHHH!!!! moment (imagine me laying on the ground with all of the following finds spread across me). If you can't relate to Pee Wee Herman, think of it this way: if this blog were Gilligan's Island, these finds would be the Professor and Mary Ann.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
I don't have a lot of commentary on this issue simply because I wanted to get it out quickly. Halloween is fast approaching and I'm hopping busy. This issue has some great Halloween show ads including "Disney's Halloween", "Bugs Bunny's Howl-oween", "Dark Night of the Scarecrow" (still a favorite), the network debut of "John Carpenter's Halloween" and of course "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." The network shows were running behind this year, so there are also lots of season premiers of your favorite shows from yesteryear. Enjoy!
I found this clipped article among the recipe booklets I found a while back. It's from the morning edition of the October 26th, 1938 edition of The St. Louis Globe-Democrat. With a title that could get you jail time these days, it addresses and attempts to resolve an issue communities were becoming more and more concerned about -- the destructive pranks done by young Halloween revelers. Prior to the 1940's, Halloween was an excuse to run amuck causing mayhem in your neighborhood with such pranks as soaping windows, stealing gates and porch steps, and even moving outhouses off of their pits. This article suggests planning a Halloween party to restrain those youngsters.
The art on these 1960's Topps Flying Things bear a striking resemblance to the art of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, and I'm sure it's no coincidence. Capitalizing on that Rat Fink style, these originally sold individually for 10 cents each.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
These late season Halloween finds came just in time to fill one day of my countdown to Halloween. I was at the last day of a 3-day sale a couple weeks ago. I wasn't expecting to find much, but due to an incorrectly posted start time (advertised as 8:00, but didn't open until 9:00) for the sale, I managed to be the first one in simply because I knocked on the front door to find out what was going on.
In the basement, I found one room of holiday decorations that seemed fairly ravaged. Boxes were dumped all over the ground, so I started digging through. In the pile, I found several bagged die cuts.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
I have lamented in recent TV Guide posts how I was running out of Guides to blog about, even resorting to a decidely non-vintage (by my standards) TV Guide earlier this month. Well, a couple weekends ago, I stumbled upon an amazing cache of TV Guides dating from the 1960's through the 1980's at an estate sale. They were bargain priced and I ended up with 120 of them. My first offering from this group is this October 25th through 31st, 1980 issue with an Al Hirschfeld cover. Don't forget to look for his daughter's name "Nina" hidden in the picture. Enjoy, and there will be plenty more coming in the future.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Monday, October 26, 2015
I found these Ben Cooper "Hairy & Scary" masks at a sale a couple weeks back. These are similar to the ones I blogged about last year and were bargain priced at $2 each. First up is this orange haired...witch? shrunken head? shrunken witch head? Your guess is as good as mine, but you have to agree, she/he/it is creepy.
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Saturday, October 24, 2015
From 1956 comes The Wonder-Wonder series (so nice, they named it twice) publication of "Every Day a Surprise" whose stories, based upon the cover, appear to involve a bulldog's explosive flatulence.
Friday, October 23, 2015
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
I found this sheet of newspaper clipped and saved from the October 20th, 1963 edition of The Chicago Tribune. Written and illustrated by Pulitzer Prize winner John T. McCutcheon in 1907, it was reprinted annually starting in 1912 until 1992. The story is told by an old man to his grandson of his memories of when Native Americans roamed the very land on which they sit and how on a Fall evening they can still be seen through the hazy smoke of a burning leaf pile. Full of folksy, old-timey dialect, it's also full of out-dated terms and notions that lead to complaints from the public and its eventual retirement in 1992. Since then, there have been equal calls for it to be either returned or forgotten. To me, despite the use of insensitive terms that quite frankly were still commonly used in my childhood (not to mention still used today by certain sports teams), I think the old man in this strip is sympathetic to the "injuns" and even laments their disappearance.
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Monday, October 19, 2015
I found these napkins (unused of course) in a bag of Halloween party supplies at an estate sale last weekend. Sadly, there was only one of these.
I love this style. I'm not sure why there hasn't been a resurgence in it.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
When it comes to the word "vintage", I'll admit I'm a bit of a snob. To me, vintage is 1980's and prior. So when I found this TV Guide from 1997 mixed among my other "classics", I snubbed it. Heck, I even sneered at it. 1997? Why, I'd already been married 5 years when you came out! You're nothing but a punk! But then I realized, it's been almost 20 years since this issue came out. In fact, babies born when this issue came out are graduating high school this year. My own son was born mere months after this issue debuted. How did that happen? I can't even remember what I did in the past 20 years. It almost makes you nostalgic for those years. When did the '90's go all "misty-water-colored-memories" on us? I guess it was inevitable. So October 18th through the 24th TV Guide, go ahead, show your stuff. You deserve it.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
"A Pumpkin Full of Poems" is a collection of various writers illustrated by Sheilah Beckett and was printed by Happy House, the children's division of Random House, in 1982. Some of the drawings of the humans are a little too cute for my liking, but I love the sprites, faeries, goblins, witches, ghouls and ghosts. And a poem by Shel Silverstein to boot.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Most people know Norman Bridwell for his "Clifford the Big Red Dog" series of books, but he also had a thing for monsters. In addition to "The Witch Next Door" and "How to Care for Your Monster", he also released this collection of Monster Jokes and Riddles in 1972.
Monday, October 12, 2015
This Peter Pan Book & Record of "Casper and the Demon of Darkness" was released in 1976. The cover art is by Warren Kremer, a long time Harvey Comics artist who created Richie Rich and Hot Stuff.
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Friday, October 9, 2015
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Someone bought this Halloween tablecloth for a party that never materialized. Still in it's original package marked at 59 cents, I paid $1 for it. I guess at least they made a profit. I would guess it dates from the 1970's.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
When I first found these wax monster noggins, I thought they were old. Doing some research, it looks like they were produced in the last 20 years. Still cool. I don't think I'll burn these, although, if I had the Frankenstein candle, it might be appropriate.
Since this was such a short post, can I light a candle under you (see what I did there) and advise that you head (again! I can't stop!) on over to the great Countdown to Halloween and check out what all the other boils and ghouls are up to!
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Dynamite was one of my staple orders from Scholastic Books when I was a kid. And one of my favorite parts of the magazine was always Count Morbida. This issue from 1975 dates a little prior to when I started reading it, but I was fortunate to come across it along with several other issues at an estate sale this summer. It's issue number twelve and it devotes a large section to planning a Monster Bash. Maybe you can use some of these for your Halloween party this year.
Monday, October 5, 2015
Sometimes when I start writing a post, it begins as one thing and ends as another. Initially, this post was about trying to identify a mask, but it turned into a tangential examination of Halloween masks used in classic television shows and movies I recall fondly from my childhood. In other words, I'm easily distracted.
Last spring, I drove a fair distance to attend what appeared to be an enormous estate sale chock full of retro goodies. What particularly caught my eye in the ads for the sale were numerous Ben Cooper/Collegeville plastic Halloween masks. Once inside and after fighting my way through the crowd, I finally found the room with the masks, just in time to see a lady grabbing every plastic mask there. I pushed toward her to see if she'd left any, but she hadn't. However, she had passed on a rubber mask which I grabbed.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Friday, October 2, 2015
Even Soap Operas couldn't resist the allure of the monster mania that swept the mid 1960's and countered the typical serial soap romance and melodrama with "Dark Shadows". Hosting a variety of ghouls, the show starred Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) as the reluctant vampire in search of his lost love.
The show was cancelled in 1971, but lived on in comic books and later revivals, most recently the 2012 Tim Burton film.
In this August 1972 Gold Key issue, Barnabas' long-time nemesis Angelique (who is responsible for turning Barnabas into a vampire 175 years ago) sics two "Night Children" on Barnabas, convincing him they are simply poor waifs looking for their lost dog before going all demonic on him. Enjoy the story and the groovy ads!
Thursday, October 1, 2015
It's hard to believe the Halloween season has rolled around yet again. And once more, I have received an exclusive invitation from the countdowntohalloween.com gang to participate in this year's festivities. Okay, actually they forgot all about me and I had to politely knock and ask to come in.