Tuesday, January 07, 2014

NEATO COOLVILLE GOES INTO THE DEEP FREEZER


Did you ever put your toys in the freezer? I did that all the time when I was a kid. For whatever reason, freezing stuff fascinated me! Growing up, my family had a deep freezer in the basement and it was a regular artificial Antarctica. Usually you could find frozen slabs of meat, TV dinners and long forgotten tubs of Cool Whip stored inside. One time, my brother even kept a severed head of a snowman in there until summer. For me, the freezer was just another setting for my imagination and a fun place to play with my toys. A few of my action figures could be found entombed in the thick freezer frost. Like some sort of diabolical Batman villain, I kept those figures in a frozen state for months. 

Inspired by my frozen action figures from long ago, I'm putting Neato Coolville into the deep freezer. I've kinda lost that blogging feeling and need to move away from it for awhile. I'm not sure how long this ice age will last, but for now, it feels like the right thing to do. 

I really appreciate all of the Neato Readers out there and I thank you for stopping by the blog and other related NC sites all of these years. It really has been a joy sharing all this random stuff!

I'll still be on the grid in the form of twitter,  @NeatoCoolville.

Thanks and remember to be neato cool to everyone!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

WISHING ALL A NEATO NEW YEAR



Here's to a fun-filled new year with lots of laughs, happiness and joy! Happy 2014 everyone!!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

45TH ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 8

At the end of a troubled year in 1968, three men blasted off planet to become the first humans to orbit the moon. This historic journey paved the way for future lunar missions and at the same time gave a bruised nation some much needed relief.

The famous Earthrise photo by William Anders

Below is the original CBS broadcast from Christmas eve when the Apollo 8 crew read from the book of Genesis. This takes place at 5:10 in the video. (It always gives me goosebumps when I hear it!)


Here's an excellent Apollo 8 POV video narrated by Andrew Chaikin. It was created and released last week for the 45th anniversary. 



MID-CENTURY THOMAS TERRY CHRISTMAS CATALOG


All of the vintage Christmas cards I've been sharing are samples taken out of this Thomas Terry catalog. Now here's some scans of the catalog with a few kitchy items!













Monday, December 23, 2013

FOUND PHOTOS: YOU'LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT

One of my favorite Christmas movies is A Christmas Story and these slides from my found photo collection kind of capture the spirit of that film. 

 1962 

 1961

VINTAGE CHRISTMAS CARD: CHOO CHOO CLAUS



Sunday, December 22, 2013

VINTAGE CHRISTMAS BULBS


Remember when Christmas lights were big and clunky? Here are some for your holiday viewing pleasure.