Sunday, October 25, 2009

1960 Magazine Ad - Song Without End

This movie came out in 1960, and was heralded for its fantastic musical score. It follows the life of Franz Liszt, renowned 18th century musician/pianist/composer. The movie won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

This ad was amongst the clippings I found at my storage unit on top of the recycle bin.

More to come!

Friday, October 23, 2009

1960 Magazine Ad - Post Graduate School of Nursing

If I had known it would be this easy ...
Just 10 weeks to learn practical nursing - at home!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

This Find is For JANN

I found a stack of old movie magazine clippings sitting on the recycle bin at my storage unit.

Most were dated from the '50's and '60's. Naturally, I snagged them and brought them home!!!

There are thousands here - I have only begun to glance through them! This stack is over 6" high!!!

I found myself thinking of a good friend as I leafed through these clippings - someone who would appreciate them as much as I do. Jann, this find is for you!!!

I may blog some of the more fun pages (okay, I like the old advertisements best) in the future, and every time I do, I will think of you. Thank you for the friendship and inspiration you give. I treasure you and your blog.

Friday, October 16, 2009

In The Sky

So ... what are the odds of this?

Mom reading "Pie in the Sky" (Patricia Condon Johnston).

Dad reading "Farmer in the Sky" (Robert A. Heinlein).

At the same time?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


I finally tracked down the elusive "boobus-toobus", long known to frequent these woods; hiding behind the sword ferns near the creek.

It must be a young one -- its umbilical cord is still attached!

Quite a "moving picture", isn't it?

I will leave it alone. And I will tell no one.

I will name it "Ann Alog".


Monday, October 12, 2009

Find the Hidden Treasure!

Something is hidden in this picture.
Do you see it?
Enjoying the rare fall flowers
That survived the slight frost.

Hint ... look for the goldfinch!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

That New Tree Smell

This one really doesn't need words.
Which smells better, do you think?

Saturday, August 22, 2009

1931 Silverware Replacement Guarantee

I don't remember how I came into possession of this silverware replacement guarantee from 1931.

I just wish I had the silverware to go along with it!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

1916 Mothers Magazine, The Strange Case of Mary Page

The Strange Case of Mary Page was a black and white, silent, 15 part series (made for the big screen). It apparently made quite a hit, with both good and not-so-good reviews.

Hmmmm I wonder who really did kill the drunken Dave Pollock? I'll probably never know.

Monday, August 17, 2009

1918 YMCA Christmas Greetings, WWI

I found this YMCA Christmas 1918 greeting in Grammie's stuff.
Her husband, my Grampa Lester, was a veteran of WWI.
He must have received this while overseas that year.
I think it must have meant a lot to him.
And to her.
To me as well.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

1916 Mothers Magazine, Colgate's Ribbon Dental Cream

"It is much better to take pains with your teeth than to have your teeth taken with pains."
So true in 1916 ... so true today!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Tale of the Wandering Wallet

There is a story here ...
Late one night (around midnight) I heard a commotion at the abandoned church across the street. I went outside to listen. What I heard was ... dozens of flip-flops ... running full tilt down the road. Yep, a whole herd of teenagers apparently spooked themselves in the building and were running for their lives. Snicker.

The next morning I saw something on the road leading up to the building. It was a wallet! I picked it up and found it belonged to a 16-year-old high school student from a nearby town. Presumably one of the runners.

I called the police and told them what had happened. Twenty minutes later a deputy showed up and took possession of the wallet. He said he looked forward to locating the owner. I told him he should look for the owner's parents instead ... the deputy snickered and said 'yeah, that's what I meant". Boy would I have liked to have been a fly on the wall listening to that particular conversation!!!

Friday, August 7, 2009

1916 Mothers Magazine, Layette Pattern

What a cute layette pattern for a brand new baby. Too bad they don't sell patterns for a dime anymore!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Paper Dolls

This delightful paper doll cowboy is shootin' for your affection.

I love the innocence the artist somehow caught in the glance of this cute little firegirl.

Lead me to the rodeo! This little cowgirl is quite flirty isn't she?

I'm not sure where these paper dolls came from. I found them in my boxes of paper "stuff" I have been trying to go through and organize. They are made out of heavy paper, and it is a wonder they survived without falling apart.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

1961 Direct Distance Dialing

At 11 PM on May 20, 1961, telephone service in Portland, Oregon changed forever. No longer did a person making a long distance call have to dial the operator, give them the number they were trying to reach, and wait for a connection.

And you gotta love the rotary phones they had!

Some of my early telephone memories involve rotary phones and "party lines". Phone service has come a long way since then!

Friday, July 31, 2009

One Person's Trash ...

I was walking down our country road a while back, when I noticed a pile of garbage someone had thrown out of their car. Great piles of it. I was angry. I absolutely hate litter! There is no excuse for it.

Then I started looking closer at what these people had dropped off. A huge box of toys, some unused! School supplies, clothing, tools, car parts and more.

Me being the scavenger that I am, ran home to get the wheelbarrow. Toys for my nieces and nephews! Tools for my dad! Trendy jeans for my sister's beautiful daughters! The picture above is just a fraction of what I found that day. Most has already been given away.

I still abhor litter. There is no excuse for it! But if I must pick up someone elses garbage, at least this time it was worth it!!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

1916 Mothers Magazine, Washington Crisps

It must be time for breakfast!
Bring on the corn flakes!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Harvey Finds a Friend!

Not only did Harvey find a special friend, the small Jaijunko, but he found this wonderful vintage pitchfork! The handle is broken, and it is used as a focal point in this planter in mom's garden. Once again, thank you to the lovely Michelle over at mylifeonthexyzlist for letting me host Harvey this week. We have had so much fun, and I will be posting some of our more random adventures on Random Stuff tomorrow (Thursday)!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

1974 Oregon Senate Questionnaire

The mid-seventies were trying times, as you can see by reading this questionnaire. Our nation's presidency was awash in scandal, gasoline was expensive and hard to find, and the country was crying for change. Hmmmm sound familiar?

Oregon Senator Bob Packwood sent out this random questionnaire asking residents' opinions on what should be done to manage these crises.

It was interesting to find this letter. But sad too, because the intended recipient apparently did not respond, and their voice was not heard.

Monday, July 13, 2009

1936, P and G - The White Naphtha Soap

I'm not sure why someone kept these. I found them folded together ... the advertisement along with the soap wrapper. Maybe someone was happy with the product and wanted to remember what it was? Or maybe they were unhappy with it and forgot to return it?

At any rate, it's kind of cool to have the two together.
And just think ... you can save yourself two rubs out of every three!!!
(This is what we did before dishwashers were household items. Except the portable kind - my siblings and I WERE the portable kind!!!)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

1955 Calendar

They don't send these in the mail anymore! You have to go pick them up ...

Monday, July 6, 2009

I have a fan!

It was tucked inside a book when I found it.
All folded up, the back torn and taped back together.
Someone loved it once.

I pulled it open, revealing its beauty.
Perhaps made even more special because
Someone loved it once.

I took it home, and gave it a special place.
Where I can see it's glory.
Someone loved it once.
But I love it NOW.

Friday, July 3, 2009

1916 Mothers Magazine, Nujol

This page really scares me. Not because of the "Fagott Party", but because of the Nujol ad for constipation relief.

The best part? "Your blood ... is polluted with the fermented wastes absorbed from the stagnant products of constipation ..."

Scary isn't it?!?!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


As a teenager and young adult, I used to dream about traveling, and collected all kinds of brochures of places I wanted to visit.
It is time to let some of those dreams go ... as a military (ex-)spouse I've done my fair share of travelling.

I did, however, find some interesting brochures in my 'collection', including this one of a shop in Seaside, Oregon that specialized in "volcanoware". After the major eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980, many items were handcrafted from the ash that was everywhere. I don't know if this shop is still around, it might be worth a short trip to Seaside to check it out ... hmmmm I guess I'll have to keep this brochure. And that other one ... I might still go there too ...

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

1916 Mothers Magazine, Vapo Cresolene and Berthe May's Corset

I got a kick out of the ads on this page.
First, the Vapo Cresolene, which was advertised to be a treatment for whooping cough, scarlet fever, measles, diptheria, spasmodic croup, asthma and more.

Then there are Berthe May's Corsets ...
For maternity and ordinary wear!!!
Boy am I glad I never had to wear one of those!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

1916 Mothers Magazine, Ralston Wheat Food

"Ralston Wheat Food - Makes Children Sturdy"!

Children who took part in the "contest" described in this ad the previous year also enjoyed the following benefits (according to their mothers!):
Bowels more regular.
Sleeps better and longer.
Rosy cheeks.
Happier in disposition.
Decidedly stronger.
Less nervous.
And more.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

1916 Mothers Magazine, Campbells Soup

I just adore these old Campbell's Soup ads, although the price of 10 cents per can seems a bit steep for 1916!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Princess Phone

Wouldn't you love to have one of these darling rotary-dial princess phones in your house? Maybe you too could waltz around in an evening gown carrying a magic wand!!! Of course if I had a magic wand I wouldn't be using it to pick my telephone color ... I'd be waving it at this mountain of laundry I have to do today .........

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

1916 Mothers Magazine, Grapenuts

Advertising sure has changed over the years ... can you imagine selling a cereal to "elderly people" based on the claim that it is "predigested food" ????? Yech!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

1916 Mothers Magazine, An Explanation

I had gone to my storage unit several years ago to retrieve my fake Christmas tree. I found a few items in my unit that needed to be thrown away, so I brought them to the very large garbage can supplied.

On the ground next to the can were several boxes - all full of books and papers. Books! I pulled the car forward and loaded up. The books were in pristine condition, and the local book store bought them outright.

Amidst the papers (mostly clippings of long-gone movie stars from old movie magazines) was this delightful magazine - The Mothers Magazine - cover ripped off and the staples rusted through. I have carefully scanned the best pages to post as I can.

Monday, June 22, 2009

1916 Mothers Magazine, Ivory Soap

Above -- It Floats!!!
Don't you wish the illustrations in today's world were this whimsical, this beautiful? I love the detail of the woman washing her precious child in the bathtub of the day -- a metal basin.

Below - New Years 1916
Love the whimsical flag they used to herald the new year of 1916. And the interesting article entitled "Ye Olde Tyme Fagott Partie". Too bad the meaning changed over the years.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

1942 Stop Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis isn't something we have to worry about anymore, but it wasn't always so.
Christmas Seal donations played a very important role in funding research and eradication of this dreaded scourge.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Sew Beautiful!

I found these needles in the sewing stuff Grandma G gave me years ago. I love the vibrant colors and detailed illustrations they used on their packaging. I have to wonder, on closer inspection, what all of these women are looking at. With the exception of the lady looking at the needle, the rest seem to be staring off in the distance at something just out of sight ... judging by their smiles, it must have been something worth looking at!

I love the looks on these precious kittens faces. The one on the right seems to be very nervous, perhaps because the other one is going to steal her thread.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

1959 Food Stockpile for Survival Pamphlet

Back in the 1950's Americans, World War II over but still in recent memory, responded to a perceived Russian nuclear threat by building and stocking fallout shelters. How-to books, pamphlets and tapes were distributed on this subject. I found this Department of Agriculture's food stockpiling pamphlet while going through some old papers and pamphlets in Grandma G's stuff. They lived through very interesting times. Just like us.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Halloween Mask

This is an actual face-sized mask from long ago. You can see where the lines are to punch out the nose, and the holes in the ears to hold strings that go around your head.
It is made of very heavy cardboard.
I have had this mask for years ... but I don't remember where it came from.