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Costumes and Masks

Jail-Jamas

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Original ad here. (Page 2)

Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 08, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Fashion, Stupid Criminals, Marriage, 1950s

Butterick Tweety Sewing Pattern

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Several currently for sale on Etsy and eBay.

Thanks to Deborah Newton.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Dec 13, 2014 - Comments (8)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Costumes and Masks, Horror, Reader Recommendation, Cartoons, 1980s

Where’s Wenda/Wilma?

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I never realized there were female counterparts to Waldo, nor that one could purchase Halloween costumes along those lines. But the disparity between Wenda and Wilma--or is that just two conflicting sides of the same woman?--is very confusing.


Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 30, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Holidays, Sex Symbols, Books

New Miniature Dust Mask

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Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 28, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Hygiene, Inventions, 1940s

Ghost Rider Mask

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NOTE: Not responsible for radioactive facial burns.

Source of ad.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 22, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Comics, 1950s

12th century reliquary that looks like the Aurora shooter

I was looking through a book of art history when I came across this photo of a reliquary of St. Vitale, made around 1170. A reliquary is a container for holding sacred relics, such as the bones or body parts of saints. This reliquary, made out of bronze with encrusted enamel, held pieces of what were supposed to be St. Vitale's skull. The skull pieces "could be placed in (and removed from) the container through a concealed opening at the rear of the sculpted head." To be honest, I'm not sure which St. Vitale this is supposed to represent, because there are a couple of them.

But what really struck me, as soon as I saw the photo, was how much the reliquary, with its creepy staring eyes, resembled James Holmes, the Aurora shooter. Compare for yourself!

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 12, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Art, Costumes and Masks, Death

How to Apply Blackface


Denison's make-up guide (1926) was a catalogue of the various products sold by Denison, but it also offered detailed instructions on how to use their products. Below is their guide for "blacking up" using their Superfine Minstrel Black make-up paint. There were similar how-to's for other ethnic types such as the 'Ghetto Jew,' the Japanese, Irishman, Chinaman, etc. See more images from the catalogue at UVA's online exhibit, Uncle Tom's Cabin & American Culture.





Posted By: Alex - Wed Jan 09, 2013 - Comments (8)
Category: Clowns, Costumes and Masks, Racism, 1920s

Weird Contact Lenses

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Find these two, and many more, for sale at this site.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jan 06, 2013 - Comments (3)
Category: Body Modifications, Costumes and Masks, Technology, Eyes and Vision

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