Archive for the ‘Meatball’ Category


Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Who knew iron filings made good whiskers until this classic toy came along? Both Democrats and Republicans had fun creating unique disguises for President Clinton, some more flattering than the examples on the card I’m sure. They should make one for every president! Wouldn’t you just love to give ol’ Millard Filmore a big pair of mutton chops? This polarized presidential portrait hails from the Souvenir Supershop in Washington, D.C.

It’s All For You!

Friday, July 30th, 2010

I love old Halloween costumes, and just couldn’t wait until October before posting this piece of vintage horror. Looking for a scary costume? What could be scarier than the Antichrist himself? Mask and all black costume included, but unfortunately no temporary tattoos of the “mark of the beast”. By the way, if you can find the Father Brennan costume from this movie, it can double as a Doctor Who costume! This item was discovered at the St. Winifred Church Benefit Yard Sale in Perry, MO.

Did he skin Snagglepuss?

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Old Key comics had such elaborately painted covers back in the day. This one features The Fabulous Samson, the ever-fashionable defender of a post-apocalyptic world. His pink fur tunic and matching eye patch are obviously striking fear into this soon-to-be-dinner adversary. I can just hear him shouting “Red is the new dead, you beast!” This groundbreaking comic was discovered at the Braddy Book Store in Boston, MA.

A Different Nursery Rhyme

Monday, July 26th, 2010

This vintage wind-up musical television tells the story of Richard Nixon’s “great fall” in lenticular animated style! Infants and toddlers could learn a valuable lesson from this little gem, while little girls could fawn over Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman to their heart’s content. I think they should have made a tape recorder instead, don’t you? Found at the Baxter rummage sale in Sharpsburg, KY.

For Preschool Carnivores..

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

They could have called this an “Eat ‘n Say”! Nonetheless, it’s important for youngsters to learn where delicious meats come from, and this toy was their ticket to knowledge. Just point the arrow and pull the string.. Well, actually, we don’t know what sounds it made, as this one is broken. Was it the sound of a sizzling grill, the grinding of a meat saw through bones, or just the sounds of the animals meeting their demise at the slaughterhouse? Whichever it is, if you’re still hungry after learning the truth about meat, then congratulations! You’re officially a carnivore. And yes, we noticed they left out venison. Found at the Stop ‘n Swap Flea Market in Yuma, AZ.

So, what are you wearing? Saddle Oxfords? Hot.

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

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I love educational toys that teach kids skills which can lead to gainful employment. With this playset young ladies could learn a job that’s been around almost as long as telephones, and has turned into a million dollar industry. Isn’t capitalism great? Found at the Goodspirit Donation Center in Silverton, OR.

A Little Tay to Start Your Day

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Internet sensation Tay Zonday had a fairly profitable “15 minutes” a couple of years ago, but it didn’t last long enough to cash in on this idea. This prototype chocolate milk mix can was destined to contain his own special recipe, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Perhaps it was because Chocolate Rain’s baffling and confusing lyrics never really defined what it meant, and people didn’t want to drink whatever it was. This morning beverage wannabe comes to us from a private collector in Bancroft, ID.

Very Metal

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Way before South Park, the Brits brought irreverent comedy to America (via MTV) in the story of four flat mates with nothing in common called The Young Ones. If this item had gone past the prototype stage, I know someone who would have killed Santa Claus to get it. We loved the show back in the 80’s, but because of the lack of merchandise our only means of expression were our home-made Vyvyan denim jackets and t-shirts that read “Vegetable Rights and Peace”. This item was received as a wedding gift by a couple in Decatur, IL.

You’re Asking For it, Little Mister!

Friday, July 9th, 2010

It’s a terrible paradox: kids love to make noise, while adults find it unbearably annoying to the point of pulling out one’s own hair. This Little Goldie Book teaches kids about understanding when mommy and daddy have had it “up to here” and just need to sit down with a martini and relax. Childhood sure can be confusing! Found at Addy’s Pawn in Lockwood, MT.

Seaweed, draw weed!

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Microbiology was never so much fun as using plastic gears to create nifty algae-like patterns. You could use the included book for ideas, or create new and unique strains! Who knows, this may have inspired scientists to create algae-based food supplements, but remember kids, Soylent Green is people! This near-complete set is on loan from a private collector in Orange, NH.