Friday, March 28, 2008

KROGER'S SPICE TRADE-IN SALE BAG

FLEA MARKET FRIDAYS #30

I snagged this fun 1963 Kroger bag at an auction this past Wednesday. It was part of a box lot and was one of the last things to sell at the auction. Glad I waited until the end!


Love the graphics of the brand new spice tins marching in front of the sad old spice tins.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

SPIDER-MAN IS SUCH A HAM


Look out! Here comes the Spider-Man swinging on this late 60's ham radio QSL card. I don’t know who James Rhodes a.k.a. Ole Spiderman was, but sir you are the coolest ham radio guy that ever lived since you used Spidey on your card.

I posted a Spider-Man card last year that I thought was from a rock band, but looking at it again, I think it might be one of these QSL cards.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

KELLOGG'S FREE MILK MONEY


Back in ‘65, Kellogg’s gave away free milk money and all you had to do was send in two box tops. Check out the original magazine ad and the recipe card with Yogi Bear presenting a new shinny quarter. (Actually it’s not new, I placed a vintage 1964 quarter on the card as the original quarter was long gone. Probably taken by a bully!)



Monday, March 24, 2008

BIGFOOT OF WILLOW CREEK


Good old Bigfoot is represented here in this late 60's postcard from Willow Creek, California. (The place where the famed Patterson-Gimlin film was taken) This is considered the first bigfoot statue and was carved by Jim McClarin in the late 60's.

I haven't read the 1969 book, The California Feeling: A Personal View by Peter S. Beagle before, but apparently the author visited McClarin while he was carving this bigfoot statue.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

SHARP DRESSED EASTER KID


The Easter Bunny must've given this 1930's kid two Easter baskets because he was the snazziest and the jazziest kid on the block!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

MMM... RABBIT MEAT

Ok, maybe this is in bad taste for this time of year, but it cracks me up too much not to post it.

Instead of serving the traditional ham for Easter dinner, why not serve rabbit? Sure it might scar the kids a bit, but hey it’s the other white meat and according to this old matchbook cover it’s also tender and nutritious!


This matchbook is just too funny! I like how the happy rabbit is presenting a big plate of meat from his own kind. What is he, some kind of evil cottontail cannibal? Hey, who cares if he’s cooking up his own species, as long as he serves it hot and juicy.



Inside the matchbook is a recipe for Golden Brown Fried Rabbit. In case you want to serve this for the Sunday feast, here’s the recipe.

Golden Brown Fried Rabbit
1 3/4 to 2 lb dressed rabbit
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
1/8 teaspoon of pepper
1 slightly beaten egg
2 tablespoons water
1 cup fine, dry bread crumbs

Wash and wipe rabbit with damp cloth. Cut into 6 pieces for serving. Add salt and pepper to beaten egg. Dip rabbit pieces into egg mixture, then roll in crumbs. Brown in 1/4 inch hot fat. Then reduce heat, cover and cook slowly 30 minutes longer, or until tender. Serves 3 to 4. Serve on a bed of boiled rice with brown gravy. (Serve it on a silver tray surrounded by brightly colored Easter eggs) I added the last part.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

SUPER TRIX RABBIT

Hmm... shades of Captain Carrot? He does have the same color shirt and cape as the fearless leader of the Zoo Crew. This box is from 1980.


Monday, March 17, 2008

HAPPY ST. PAT'S DAY


Watch out if you're not wearing green, because Lucky might be zooming to give you a pinch!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

MORE MONSTERS

Mr. Duggery

Risonhoux Robot (Giant Version)

Draxman

Monsterbilly

Atomic Cow

Dr. Bloat M.S.

FOLKY FALSTAFF


I gave him a name and since he's folk art made from a beer can he will forever be known as Folky Falstaff. The first lady came up with Bottlecap Bob and I almost went with that, but I think he's more of a Folky.

Read the first post about this guy

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

DAVE STEVENS R.I.P.

I just heard that Dave Stevens passed away yesterday. Dave was one of my favorite artists and I consider his character The Rocketeer as one of the best comic characters created in the past 25 years. He was much too young to leave, but he will be remembered thru is amazing artwork.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Thursday, March 06, 2008

1984: RETRO ARCADE IN SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI


Lately, I’ve been in a classic video game kick and it started a couple of weeks ago when some of my buddies and I traveled to Springfield, Missouri to visit 1984. No, we didn’t have a time machine, nor am I talking about the year, but instead about a retro arcade appropriately named 1984.

You’ll think you just stepped out of a time machine when you enter 1984. Just like those golden age video arcades from the past, 1984 is packed with some of the greatest video games ever created.


The cool thing, is that you don’t need a pocket of quarters to play. Just five bucks to pay at the door for all you can play games for one day! Now you don’t have to spend a fortune trying to master Donkey Kong or Zaxxon.



If you beat one of the high scores on the Hall of Fame board, you’ll win a free play card that lets you in free during your next visit.



The story behind 1984 is that a group of classic gamers decided to store their games in a warehouse to simulate a vintage arcade just for their own amusement. Thankfully, they instead decided to share their collection with the public and open an actual arcade with the same feel as the arcades they enjoyed from the 80's. They’ve done an excellent job with the atmosphere giving you a feeling that you just walked into a much better version of the CafĂ© 80's from Back to the Future II, just without the Max (Reagan) Headroom waiter. You can even watch 80's music videos while drinking coffee from the Sinistarbucks bar.

I was impressed that most of the decorations and props were handmade or pieced together from something else. If you visit, be sure you go to the bathroom as you’ll feel as if you just took a. . . well, washed your hands in the world of Tron!


Both times I’ve been there, the arcade has been packed with gamers. This place is highly recommended and is a perfect place for kids to adults. The 1984 staff is helpful and friendly and especially enjoy chatting about classic arcade games.




For a person who spent most of his youth in arcades, 1984 feels like home. I can’t wait to go back so I can finally get that ranking of Space Avenger on Gorf!

Checkout their website 1984arcade.com and also watch this episode of Hak5 featuring this arcade.


Of course if your in Springfield, Missouri (which is not far from Branson) make sure you visit the downtown area and go relive some arcade memories. 1984's hours are 4:00pm to 11:00 pm Wednesday to Saturday.