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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:


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„¢.

Flickr Saturday: The Beaver Pond

It’s time for another book rescued from my childhood library. The Beaver Pond, written by Alvin Tresselt with illustrations by Roger Duvoisin, was published in 1970. Like I’m Alvin, this book on woodland creatures not native to the Arizona where I grew up was something of a puzzlement to the kid me. I enjoyed it all the same, however, for the lush full-page illustrations showing beavers building a dam. A few samples:

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!

Flickr Friday: The Secret Hiding Place

Since I no longer have the webcomic occupying my time, I’m going to introduce a new feature here called Flickr Fridays. Each week, I’ll share an image or more that’s been added to my Flickr photostream. I have a lot of “catch up” work to do with my flickr, anyhow, so we’re not in danger of running out of material.

What do we have for today? Recently I went back to my parents’ home and came across a bunch of dog-eared old books that I loved as a kid. One of them, I vaguely recall, had a family of hippos and a lion. It was called The Secret Hiding Place, written and illustrated by Rainey Bennett and published in 1960. Here’s the cover:

This was an old library book, which holds its own potential for surprises. Like this sticker on the title page:

“Please wash your hands before you read me and keep me clean” — sound advice, then and now! As with most of my childhood books, I don’t remember the stories so much as the pictures. This particular book had a nice, loose drawing style with the animals rendered in black ink, surrounded by wispy watercolor clouds printed in red, blue and yellow. The book is now very yellowed and old, but the scan below captures some of the colors:

I remember one part in the book where the little hippo hides in the cave and is totally black. This kinda freaked me out as a youngster. Turn the page, quick!

I will be sharing more childhood books (and other stuff) in future installments of Flickr Fridays. Thanks for readin’!