Wednesday, April 30, 2014

What was on TV April 25th through May 1st, 1981

Well, I solved the mystery of the missing April TV Guides.  They were behind the May issues.  Oh well, fodder for next year.  What?  Feeling short-changed?  Okay, here's one more from April.  This time, it's 1981 and yet another M*A*S*H cover and incidentally another Al Hirschfeld cover. Find the "Nina"! (This is a tough one).

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

What was on TV April 26th through May 2nd, 1980

I apologize for the TV Guide dry spell -- I didn't have the last few weeks.  After the long wait, we now return to April, 1980.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A Bird in the

This weekend I attended the estate sale of the home with the log cabin on it that I wrote about here last week.  If you didn't read it (and if you did read it, go back a take another look, I added some more pictures), I had gone to an estate sale next door at this house.

I learned at that sale, a number of properties along there would be demolished and a 60-house subdivision would be going in.  The property next door was an old familiar home I'd driven past many times.

But what I didn't know was a log cabin stood behind it.

I had taken a few pictures for the other post, but this time I had a chance to go inside as it was for sale like everything else on the property.

Inside was pretty plain with a stone fireplace and plastered walls.  Note that my phone doesn't take very good pictures so some of these shots are blurry.

It appeared to have been used mainly for storage for quite some time and the odor of mold was strong.  I knew it had a second floor, but didn't see a staircase.  Then I noticed behind some standing boards a simple panel door flush with the wall.  Nobody was around, so of course I moved the wood and opened it up.  

Shot up the stairs.

When I poked my head up over the stairs, a squirrel ran out through a hole in the wall.  I think he was as surprised to see me as I was to see him.

It was filthy with animal droppings and walnut and hickory nut hulls everywhere.  It smelled pretty awful.

From the inside, you could see there was a lot of termite damage.

I think if you tried to lift and move the cabin, it would fall apart.  The floor was fairly sturdy, I didn't have any concerns walking on it.

The smell was choking me up pretty badly, so I headed back down.

Alas, I couldn't come home with the cabin, but coincidentally, I did find this at the sale.

So if not a log cabin, at least a log cabin birdhouse.  I'll be hanging the house this week and looking for a couple of pioneer birds to take up residence.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

American Home March 1965

A few weeks ago, I found a large collection of "The American Home" magazines at an estate sale.  Most were from the mid to late 1960's.  In my never-ending quest to create more work for myself scanning images, I decided to start a semi-regular blog series of some of the more interesting pictures and ads from them.  "The American Home" ran from 1928 to 1977 and was similar to "Better Homes & Gardens" magazine.  Because of the large size of the magazine, some images are unintentionally cropped and might be blurred on some spots. But ask yourself: how much are you paying for this?

From the March 1965 issue.

For those of you who have been looking for a good mashed potato and tuna fish recipe.

Is this kid opening the closet door intentionally so the little girl wanders blindly into the hot water heater?

Josephine the Plumber was played by child-actress Jane Withers who starred opposite of Shirley Temple in "Bright Eyes".  As of this writing, she's still alive, living in Atlanta, Georgia.

That's it, honey, get those little hands in all the crevices.

If you're like me, you refuse to eat Sulphured Molasses.

I was surprised to see this ad in the back of the magazine.  I'm used to seeing it in comic books.  

Just go ahead and park by the pool.  I'm sure they won't mind.

My mom used to make Chun King Chow Mein when I was a kid and I loved it.  Some years ago, I bought some to see if it held up after all of these years.  It didn't.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Home Desecration

Generally, I'm a fan of 1960's styles and decor, but some of it is just plain hideous.

I found these home decoration pamphlets in the basement of an estate sale of a mid-century home.  I imagine they were the very ones they used when building their home.

The graphics are great, the decoration ideas aren't.

Naplex, a little too close to Napalm.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Love at First White

Occasionally at estate sales, they will make boxes available for carrying the items you find.  Generally, they are boxes found tucked away in basements or garages around the house.

I don't recall what I bought at this sale, but I liked the box I brought the stuff home in. It previously held "See Suds" laundry detergent made by Frontier Chemicals of St. Louis, Missouri.

I love the graphics which probably date it to the 1960's.

Love at first white.

Aquaflash Power-Lantern..AWAY!!!!

I found this flashlight, sorry "Waterproof Floating Aquaflash Power-Lantern", at an estate sale this past weekend.

What We Leave Behind

Some finds just can't come home with you. My wife and I went to an estate sale in Lemay a few weekends back.  It was at a property I've driven by for years.  It was a Craftsman style home built sometime in the early 1900's.  

Tucked back among its trees, I never realized how vast the property was.  Both the house and the grounds seemed to go on forever.  

When I saw the estate sale workers digging up plants, prying up stepping stones, and dismantling exterior buildings, I knew this wasn't an ordinary sale.  As it turns out, a developer had bought the property plus several properties flanking either side and was putting in a 60-home subdivision.

Behind the house, we found this building.  I'm not sure if it was a summer kitchen, guest house or a child's playhouse.

Inside was an stone fireplace, oak flooring and original knotty pine wall planks.

The fireplace and paneling were for both for sale at $100 each.  I wish I could have taken the whole structure with me.

The estate sale company said there would be a sale at the  property next door as well.  I know this house well from driving by it so frequently.  It was on my route to my first job and my wife's, then girlfriend's, home.  I always thought it would be a great house to live in.

The best, or maybe saddest, discovery was behind this house.

You can't see this log cabin from the road and I never knew it existed.

I don't know the age of the cabin or its history, but it's clearly old and I would guess it was the original residence of the property.

Hopefully, the log cabin will be saved and moved somewhere else.

Near the log cabin is what I'm presuming to be an ice house, probably dating from the same time as the log cabin.

I hate seeing more of the old community and history torn down for new subdivision homes. Whenever I walk through estate sales, it's never far from my mind that they are the sign of the end of something, and the items for sale a story of  a lifetime and what was left behind.  Seeing this sale and the destruction of the properties makes me wonder -- what are we  leaving behind?

Sunday, April 13, 2014


I was at an estate sale today and came across a shoe box full of what appeared to be loose puzzle pieces. Picking a few up, I immediately recognized what, or rather who they were.

Priced at $1, I couldn't pass them up. Similar to paper dolls, these heavier cardboard pieces apparently were intended to be nailed (!) down using the included (!) hammer and nails.  You have to love old toys and their carefree attitudes about child safety. 

Dagwood, Blondie and Alexander "Baby Dumpling" Bumstead. The presence of Alexander and the absence of "Cookie", the Bumsteads' daughter, places this set between 1934 and 1941.

Dagwood and the ever-present sandwich that bears his name.

Blondie, sporting a decidely 30's hair-do and a slightly mangled leg.  Perhaps by Daisy or  Dagwood in a hunger-induced rage.

The handle of Alexander's wagon is also a shovel.  There were some odd accessories with this playset.

And of course, Daisy.

The set came with a secondary set of heads which oddly enough don't fit as well, particularly Blondie's which causes her to swivel her neck 180 degrees.

I was going to crop out the upper portion of this image, but I like the way Blondie looks up at the disembodied heads of Dagwood and Alexander.

Some of the accompanying accessories.  I'm not sure how these could be used in play.  Perhaps it originally came with a backdrop.

I was never a huge fan of the strip, although I read it, but I was a bigger fan of the movie serials starring Arthur Lake and Penny Singleton, who later voiced Jane on "The Jetsons".

Cartoonist Chic Young originally began the strip in 1930 about the free-spirited adventures of a young flapper named Blondie Boopadoop and the romantic pursuits of her boyfriends, including one Dagwood Bumstead, son a wealthy railroad baron.  As the depression worsened, the popularity of the characters began to dwindle and Chic decided it was time to bring them down to earth.  Dagwood proposed to Blondie, his parents disinherited him, and Blondie and Dagwood settled down into a middle-class existence complete with a child and a dog.  Americans embraced the new Blondie and Dagwood and publication of the strip, under guidance of Chic's son Dean, continues to this day.
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