Sunday, September 22, 2013

Autumn As Seen In Jack And Jill Magazine, October 1965

I found this at my favorite antique store a couple years ago.  It covered two of my favorite retro things, autumn and Halloween.  The issue was in mint condition save for the cover which is pretty impressive when you consider the combined facts that this is a publication for children that is meant to be written in, colored on and cut up in addition to being read and it's just shy of fifty years old.

These were pretty ubiquitous in the world of my youth and could be found at pretty much any school, church and dentist office I may have found myself in, let alone my parents subscribing to it for me for a few years.  I haven't seen one for decades and I don't even know if this is even printed anymore!

I was really impressed with this while scanning it largely for the sheer size (80 pages for this one issue(!)) and a large breadth of things to read and make that may appeal to a pretty broad age of children.  The art is quite good, too.

Cover art detail by Ruth Bedll (sp?  There's no credit inside by name, just a note detailing as "Pixie Peekaboo."

Art by Barbara Werner

Detail from the art from "One Stormy Night" by H. Tom Hall

I remember trying to make these things and never being quite good at it.

One of those things that leaves your mind over the years until you see an ad for it like this.  I drank a lot of this stuff as a kid and if I recall correctly there were a variety of flavors.  Powder + sugar + water, stir, guzzle.

Detail of art by Edward F. Cortese that accompanied a story named "The Great Adventure."

Art by Patricia Lynn which accompanied the piece "The Falling-Down Bear."

There are several pieces like the above by Tom Weaver in this issue.

More Tom Weaver, this time depicting the witching hour.

Roughly thirty-five cents a month for this, what a deal!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Autumn as Portrayed on the Cover of The New Yorker

Credit due to the original artists, preservers and posters.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Captain Company

Readers of a certain age will remember the pre-internet days when spoiler reports for movies and tv shows didn't really exist.  In the pre-betamax & laser disk days the only way to watch movies at home was via Super 8 mm digests that were commercially sold.  Movie tie-in merchandising really didn't come into its own until after the release of Star Wars but there was prior to that a healthy market in books, lp's, models and posters.

The scans in this post come from the September 1977 issue of Warren Publishing's Famous Monsters of Filmland, pretty much the go-to source for a generation of movie fans until the advent of Starlog and Cinefantastique.  Captain Company was the in-house mail order service that Warren operated & these scans illustrate some of the items that were available.  A paperback novel for less than $2 - those were the days!

Even R. Crumb was represented here!

There was a store in my hometown that sometimes carried the really expensive masks shown here.
They looked about the same as they do here and smelled.

Aurora Models attempted to expand their movie monster series with a collection of sets that included a victim and a dungeon.  Parental backlash caused the series to be shelved.

The Super-8 films certainly costly, even for the 1970's.  The only worse part was the bulb for the projector which I recall being about $12 to replace.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Ghost Stories

These date back to the 1920's and 30's.  Credit due to the original preservers and posters.