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Drs Casey & Kildare in Pillowcase Form

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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

Brigitte Bardot & Serge Gainsbourg: “Comic Strip”



Guardians of the Galaxy was great. But I'd pay twice as much to see a feature-length version of this.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Aug 20, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Comics, Sex Symbols, Superheroes, 1960's, Europe

Simplex Typewriter



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Original ad here.

From 1891 to at least 1948. Not a bad run for any toy.

More info here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 30, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Technology, Toys, Comics, 1940's, Nineteenth Century

The Art of S. Clay Wilson

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Surely some of the weirdest underground comix were produced by S. Clay Wilson. Now there's a great new compilation of his work, with more volumes to come. Add it to your Xmas List now.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 17, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Comics, Outsider Art, Surrealism, 1960's

Flameproof Playsuits

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Were children more prone to catch fire for no reason in the past during innocent recreational activities than they are today?

Original ad here. (Page 23.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jun 27, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Death, Destruction, Disasters, Fashion, Comics, Children, 1940's

The Woman With Don Martin Feet

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Original foto here.

It's number 46 in a slide show, and you'll have to click thru to reach it. But I think WUvies will enjoy the other shots of UK depravity as well.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 26, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Comics, Europe, Natural Wonders, Feet

Jeez!  The Kid’s Got a Real Gun!

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What are the actual odds that Billy would be deader'n a doornail as a result of his impetuous behavior?

Original ad here. (On page 35.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 24, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Crime, Stupid Criminals, Death, Toys, Comics, 1940's

Peter Penny and his Magic Dollar

Back in the 1940s, it became popular for business groups to put out "publicity comics" whose purpose was to instill in youth business-friendly feelings. One example was "Peter Penny and his Magic Dollar" put out by the American Bankers Association. The plot of the comic was that Bob, a schoolboy, wants to know about banks, so his mentor, Peter Penny, takes him around on a magic dollar to teach him about all the wonderful things that banks and bankers do.

I can't find a complete copy of this comic online, but a few pages of it can be read over at lostsoti.org.



Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jun 02, 2014 | Comments (15)
Category: Business, Advertising, Comics, 1940's

Nightmare Chimera

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This creature must have haunted the dreams of many a youth back in 1959, for it still has the power to send me screaming today.

Pig snout, elephant ears, dog feet, fox tail. And the insouciant cigarette holder of FDR. This is worse than anything Stephen King ever conjured up.

Perhaps WU readers would like to submit their proposed names for this creature.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 24, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Comics, 1950's, Fictional Monsters

Virgil Partch

I just finished reading this great book on cartoonist Virgil Partch, who defined cartoon weirdness for several decades.




The book revealed that Partch was a great joker in real life as well. He and some buddies founded the Balboa Island Sculling and Punting Society, which was an excuse to putter around the marina, freak out the squares and get drunk. Not satisfied with those activities however, they aimed higher. First they decided to take a "boat ride" from their West Coast hangout to Las Vegas. How? By putting a boat on a truck and riding inside the craft while being driven across the desert.

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Then they decided to take a train to Catalina Island, by a similar expedient.

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Here's a fuller account of their exploits.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon May 19, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Comics, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1950's
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