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Mystery Illustration 15


Why was this horse brought inside a house, if not just as a photo stunt?

The answer is here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jan 31, 2016 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Interior Decorating, 1960's

Armored Velvet

This stuff sounds like having a shag carpet sprayed onto your walls. Might have been a cool effect for a bachelor pad.

Unfortunately I can't find any pictures of what it looked like, so I can't tell how awesome/disgusting the stuff really was. I bet the fibers would get easily torn off, and then how would you patch it?

It seems to have disappeared from the market sometime around 1970.

The Deseret News - Oct 18, 1967

Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph - Aug 10, 1968

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jan 16, 2016 | Comments (8)
Category: Interior Decorating, 1960's

Texas Toilets


Just in time for Christmas! Visit "Lone Star Western Decor" for all your cowboy-themed toilet gifts. Six pages of items here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Nov 18, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Hygiene, Regionalism, Foreign Customs, Interior Decorating, North America

Drs Casey & Kildare in Pillowcase Form


[Click to enlarge]

An early example of Dakimakura. I understand Richard Chamberlain still has a warehouse of these which he will sell upon request.

Original ad here (page 31).
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Aug 24, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Celebrities, Comics, Sex Toys, Interior Decorating, 1960's

O. J. Wangen, Evil Paint Seller


It makes no difference whether you want your house painted or not; whether you want to use Sherwin-Williams or another brand; whether you plan to do it yourself or employ a different company. None of this counts in the face of O. J. Wangen's plan for world domination. "Let us have our way... We will have it, all or part of it in the end."

Original ad here. (Scroll down at link.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 18, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Evil, Newspapers, Interior Decorating, 1900's

The Standing Broom of Prattville

The Prattville Standing Broom is an old story from 2009, but I think it deserves a place on WU.

Especially since it's inspired an entire subgenre of broom-standing-on-their-own videos on youtube. Here's just one, picked at random:

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Mar 18, 2012 | Comments (2)
Category: Stupidity, Interior Decorating

Essential Beatnik Pad


[Click text to enlarge for readability]


Original story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 04, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Interior Decorating, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1950's

The Pillow Fight League

More info here.

Thanks to Sandy Pearlman!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 20, 2011 | Comments (5)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Reader Recommendation, Interior Decorating, Women

Follies of the Mad Men #151


The French Foreign Legion. Enlistment of criminals. Hot, spartan living conditions. Death by savage natives. Cruel officers. Boredom, disease, fistfights.

Nice home furnishings? Not so much.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 07, 2011 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Interior Decorating, 1980's, Armed Forces
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