Friday, August 21, 2015

HAPPY HOTPOINT HAND PUPPET

 FLEA MARKET FRIDAYS #88

I just recently found this 1950's Happy Hotpoint hand puppet at an antique store. Everyone knows Happy Hotpoint right? This version of the little imp/pixie was the official mascot for Hotpoint appliances in the 1950s. (Click here to see what he looked like back in the 1930s.)  


Hotpoint was the official sponsor of the TV show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Watch the little imp in action in this animated spot.  




Eventually the animated version gave way to a live action portrayal by Mary Tyler Moore. Hmm... too bad they didn't make a Happy Hotpoint Mary Tyler Moore doll.  


I'm not sure when Happy retired from the ad mascot biz, but the old imp looks pretty darn happy in his domain inside my stove. (Shh... don't tell him that it's a Whirlpool.)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

LET'S TAKE A LOOK INSIDE THE BOOK OF GOLDEN SECRETS

Now that school is starting up we will be opening this 1980s school book published by Scott, Foresman and Company. (Don't worry, there won't be a test afterwards!) SF&C are known for their series of Dick & Jane books, but did you know they published a few books with neat Sci-Fi covers? I didn't until I found this Golden Secrets book in a thrift store. They also published Star Flight, which also has a neat cover.  


I'm not sure who the artist is for this Journey to the Center of the Earth type of scene, but it is a fantastic piece of artwork. (Unfortunately the book is void of any artist credit.)


Thirty years ago Jaime, Bonnie, Ranae and Sarah were the last to check this book out from the library. I hope they enjoyed the book as much as I did scanning some of the artwork for you guys. Now enjoy this trip back to school!


















Saturday, June 20, 2015

HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY, JAWS! LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE BAKED YOU A CAKE (BACK IN '75!)



It's hard to believe the movie Jaws is forty years old today! To help celebrate one of the best movies ever made, lets look at this crazy Jaws cake from back in the day. (I found this article in a cooking magazine called Mail Box News.)



Agnes Willis must have been a cake making genius because I love everything about this Jaws cake. Of course the best part of the article is the quote from Agnes, "I cut off one of the doll's legs to fit it in the mouth better." Well played Agnes! 


As a bonus, this magazine had another Jaws cake! Wow, you can almost hear the famous theme! No, wait...that was just my stomach growling for a piece of Jaws cake!




Thursday, June 04, 2015

FANTASY FILM HOCKEY TRADING CARDS


Now that the battle for Lord Stanley's Cup is waging, I thought it was time to create another pack of virtual movie sports character cards. This time featuring Hockey characters. You can check out Football, Baseball and Basketball by clicking here. Like before, I try to set the character in a card design that was actually available during the year the movie was released. Okay, let's rev up the Zamboni and open this wax pack!  


Johnny Hanson - New York Panthers - Idol of the Crowds (1937)
Played by John Wayne
1937 Worldwide Gum


Billy Duke - Toronto Maple Leafs - Face-Off (1971)
Played by Art Hindle
1971-72 O-Pee-Chee


Hanson Brothers - Charlestown Chiefs - Slap Shot (1977)
Played by Steve Carlson, Jeff Carlson and David Hanson.
1977-78 Topps


Doug McKenzie - Elsinore Beer - Strange Brew (1983)
Played by Dave Thomas
1982-83 Topps


Bob McKenzie - Elsinore Beer - Strange Brew (1983)
Played by Rick Moranis
1982-83 Neilson Cookie Bar


Jason Voorhees - Crystal Lake Slashers - Friday the 13th Part 3 (1983)
Played by Richard Booker
1982-83 O-Pee-Chee


Cameron Frye - Detroit Red Wings - Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Played by Alan Ruck
1986-87 Topps


Dean Youngblood - Hamilton Mustangs - Youngblood (1986)
Played by Rob Lowe
1986-87 O-Pee-Chee Gold Foil Sticker


Darren McCord - Pittsburgh Penguins - Sudden Death (1995)
Played by Jean-Claude Van Damme
1995-96 Pinnacle


Jack - Nuggets - MVP: Most Valuable Primate (2000)
Played by Bernie, Louie and Mac
2000-2001 Stadium Club

Sunday, May 17, 2015

THE EXECUTIVE ABC BOOK


In honor of tonight's final episode of Mad Men, let's take a look at this novelty gag booklet from 1962. It's kind of amazing how this book sort of sums up the complete series of Mad Men.













Sunday, May 10, 2015

LET'S CELEBRATE MOTHER'S DAY WITH AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF ADVERTISING ART


To all the moms of the world past and present...you are all neato cool!!!

Two weeks ago I found this large piece of original artwork in an antique store and brought it home. I'm sure it's a piece of advertising art but I haven't had time to do any research. Probably from the 1950s or 60s.  As we celebrate our moms, I thought today would be the perfect day to showcase this artwork. If anyone has a clue what this could be from please add your thoughts in the comments.