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A Little Bird Told Me

It’s Sunday night, we just finished cleaning out our back room after it flooded (long story), and I just don’t feel like writing the Flick Clique. I’m going to work on it tomorrow. Please check out the Los Angeles Feb. 2012 set on Flickr, with the following souvenir that I got from the Kinokuniya store in Japantown.

Flickr Friday: Groovy ’60s Greeting Cards

Greetings and apologies for the site outage over the past week (did anybody even notice? I wonder). My website has been moved to a new web host, and there was a significant delay in transferring the MySQL system data that holds the backup info for this very blog. But now it’s done, and I’m relieved. What this means for you, dear reader, is that the weblog will load much smoother and there won’t be any tech difficulties in posting comments and such. If you’re reading this, please don’t hesitate to say “hello” in the comment field!

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s look at the two marvelous vintage greeting cards I found on our recent thrifting jaunt in Palm Springs. Both of these are likely from the late ’60s, and are printed with a day-glo pink color that my scanner couldn’t quite pick up. Our first card is actually kind of lovely, since the cartoon illustration was printed on yellow ocher-colored paper using bright silk screened inks. This was produced by a company called Velvetone and the cartoon is signed “Camden,” otherwise I can’t find any info on it. Can you tell what it says inside?

a big THANKS!

Our next card is from a maker called Reed Starline. I originally thought was a vintage Hallmark (the goofy cartoon looks similar to a lot of older cards that Hallmark has been re-printing lately). Again with the day-glo pink, although the cartoon looks more Mad magazine-y:

*PICTURE OF ME GOING HOG WILD OVER YOU

Flickr Friday: Disneyland Aluminum Hall of Fame Brochure

For Flickr Friday, I’m sharing a bit of that vintage Disneyland brochure that I picked up at the antique mall in Sherman Oaks during our recent L.A. trip. This brochure is from the Kaiser Aluminum Hall of Fame, one of the corporate-sponsored attractions that was quickly shoehorned into Tomorrowland in time for the park’s grand opening in July 1955. Although I couldn’t find much information on the Hall of Fame on the web, thanks to Daveland I now know that lasted in the park for five years, with Kaiser cutting their contract with Disney short since they felt the Disneyland TV show had inappropriately used competing sponsors.

In keeping with the science class-y nature of early Tomorrowland, the walk-though exhibit guided parkgoers through the wondrous process of making aluminum. This is illustrated in the brochure with nifty midcentury modern drawings like these:

Aluminum is poured into a rough form known as “pigs,” from which all our favorite aluminum stuff is made. Remember, you will be tested on this. According to Daveland, the attraction had a pig mascot named KAP (Kaiser Aluminum Pig). The 40 foot-long telescope at the center of the attraction looked as if it could slice someone’s limb open, if they weren’t careful.

With an optimistic look at what other Disneyland attractions used Kaiser aluminum on the brochure’s back cover, that concludes our visit to one of the more educational corners of The Happiest Place On Earthâ„¢.

Going Gaga for Zsa Zsa

In honor of my review of Dahling: A Tribute to Zsa Zsa Gabor being published at DVD Talk, let’s enjoy Ms. Gabor singing “High Heeled Sneakers” on Shindig!:

OK, so she couldn’t sing, but could she act? Here she is showing that continental flair in a commercial for Lawry’s Seasoned Salt from the same period. I think I’d enjoy noshing on a hamburger with Zsa Zsa.

Flickr Friday: Republic and Gazette Playing Card

I came across some playing cards with a unique design at a Tempe, AZ Goodwill. The cards were lying around loose on a shelf, so I snuck a few in my pocket (shhh!). The cards depict an ornate Spanish tile design with an architectural rendering of a fountain using said tiles in front of a building with a “Republic and Gazette” sign. These cards were a promo item from The Arizona Republic newspaper, and they date from prior to the 1990s, when the companion afternoon paper The Phoenix Gazette was shuttered. Oddly, though I worked at the Republic for 11 years, I don’t recognize this building!

’70s-Something

Time for another ’70s toy commercial from Hasbro and the Duke archive. Like Leggy Fashion Dolls, I don’t believe that the Great Moves party game had a long shelf life. It looks like a Twister with something of a proto-Win, Lose Or Draw spin, only more logistically complex than either. For maximum 70s-ishness, the partygoers include Fred “Rerun” Berry and Roz “Pinky Tuscadero” Kelly!