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!