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In Memoriam-Sherwood Schwartz, creator of Gilligan’s Island and Brady Bunch

Mr. Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of Gilligan’s Island (1964-1967) and the Brady Bunch (1969-1974) died Tuesday at the age of 94. I have to admit, I never knew the name of the man who was responsible for such a great contribution to  America’s pop culture .  Shows that I’m sure every one alive during the the 60s and 70s  fondly remembers. Shows that were silly, fun and entertaining and a far cry from  (shudder) “The Jersey Shore”, which is sadly the type of entertainment many teens prefer today.

Not only did Mr. Schwartz create and produce these shows. But he also co-wrote the theme songs, my personal favorite being the Gilligan’s Island theme song.  Who can forget that catchy tune?

 

After abandoning a career in medicine,  Sherwood Schwartz would go on to writing for many popular radio and television shows, including the Ozzie and Harriet radio show,  the Bob Hope Show, Red Skelton Show and My Favorite Martian.  But it was Gilligan’s Island and The Brady  Bunch that are his claim to fame.

Aside from the light hearted entertainment,  who could forget the clothing?  As a young fashion conscious girl, I anxiously tuned in every week to see what outfits  Ginger, the glamorous Hollywood bombshell and Mary Anne, the beguiling girl next door, would be wearing.   Both had their own look that fit their character and I loved them both.  The fact that someone would take off for a day trip in a boat with suitcases full of clothing, including evening gowns,  didn’t seem farfetched to me in the least!  After all,  why let the facts get in the way of a good story? I even had an appreciation for Mrs. Howell’s chic society lady get ups.

Gilligan's Island

Gilligan's Island

The Brady Bunch was the original “70s Show”. On air even before the “the Partridge Family”.   Say what you will about those  crazy looking fashions of the 1970s. But I’ll sure there were countless teenaged girls back then who coveted those sweet mod dresses  that Marcia Brady wore. I know I was one of them!

Brady Bunch

Brady Bunch

So, thank you Mr. Schwartz, wherever you are, for  providing me with hours of entertainment in my youth. And thanks to reruns,  your memory will live on and on!

 

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Retro Easter Owl Mugs

Move over Easter Bunny, the Easter Owl is coming to town! The folks at Rock Scissor Paper are now offering the cutest limited edition retro mugs. Their  signature  kitschy 70′s Groovy Owl Mug has been redesigned especially for Easter and is available in three delicious  jelly bean colors.   An adorable gift for nostalgia lovers.

Available only through April 4 and they even come filled with Easter candy!

pink retro owl mug

pink retro owl mug

Purple retro owl mug

Purple retro owl mug

Green retro owl mug

Green retro owl mug

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Road Trip

It’s that time of year again! I’m on the road, working my way up the east coast, heading for New England in search of groovy and glamorous vintage clothing for my business. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it! Really, how can you not love a job that involves shopping for a living? Plus, the two great girls I have working for me are taking care of business while I’m off tracking down new stuff. So no worries about getting orders out while I’m away. Sweet!

Of course, all the driving I’m doing can be quite exhausting. So it’s imperative I take a break occasionally to poke around in the little out of the way antique shops I find along the way. I don’t always find vintage clothes, but I always find something, even if it’s just the entertainment I get from just looking at all the old, weird and wonderful things I come across.

Take today for instance. I totally struck out in the vintage clothing department. Found a whole booth full of vintage dresses, but unfortuately none were in the kind of condition I prefer to offer on my website. Boo Hoo! It always makes me so sad to see beautiful vintage clothing all distressed, especially when it has high price tags on it!

But I was able to buy myself about ten vintage fashion magazines from the 40s, 50s and 60s for between 3.00 and 6.00 a piece. That kind of cheered me up a bit.

Anyway I took some pictures of some things that caught my eye while I was poking around.

The excrutiatingly adorable vintage wall clock with cherries on it and cute cannister set would be in my car right now if I didn’t already have a perfectly nice vintage clock and kitchen cannister set already. It did make me think about getting rid of the others just to have these. If I could only afford a second home!

Cheery cherry clock

Cheery cherry clock

Vintage kitchen cannister set

Vintage kitchen cannister set

Here are a pair of 1960′s Andrew Geller black patent leather stilletos I had the misfortune of discovering. Misfortune, because no matter how hard I tried I could not squash my feet into them. Note to self. When you get home talk to podiatrist about severing a few toes to accomodate fabulous, but narrow, vintage high heels. (just kidding) But aren’t these amazing with the red dots on them?

60s Andrew Geller black patent leather stilleto heels

60s Andrew Geller black patent leather stilleto heels

This next display brought back some lovely childhood memories. Back in the 60s my mom always kept a bowl of plastic fruit on the table. It was popular back then for people to display plastic fruit for some strange reason.

I remember them so clearly, even though I was very young, because my Mom used them as a disciplinary tool. That’ s right. I was a victim of child fruit abuse. My mom used to wing them at me and my sisters when we pissed her off. Instead of spanking us, she would throw the plastic fruit at us. She missed most of the time, since we always ran away. It’s tough to hit a moving target you know. And we always laughed at her when she was doing it. So apparently this method of behavior modification failed miserably.

But seeing this bowl of fruit today brought back those memories of flying plastic pineapples, plums and peaches and actually made me smile! I sure miss my Mom and I’d give anything to have her here chucking fruit at me again!

Plastic fruit display in vintage bowl

Plastic fruit display in vintage bowl

Of course it was only a matter of time before I came across some creepy and weird things to kill my happy nostalgia buzz. First of all, I don’t like dolls , clowns or trolls. There are too many movies about dolls that come alive and wreak havoc and kill people and stuff, like that one in the Trilogy of Terror series in 1975, never mind the Chucky movies. They’re always just sitting there staring blankly into space. But they don’t fool me. Same with the clowns. They’re up to no good, I tell ya. And trolls are just plain ugly.

These are things nightmares are made of. I’m going to have trouble sleeping tonight because I can’t get these images out of my mind. I mean look at her. And is that the freakish child she spawned that’s sitting next to her? The condition she’s in, she’s bound to have revenge in mind.

This doll has nothing to lose.

This doll has nothing to lose.

Let me guess, a clown mated with a wishnik and now we have this hideous hybrid of the doll world.

A troll/clown hybrid. It can't get worse than this.

A troll/clown hybrid. It can't get worse than this.

And last but not least. I did a double take when I spotted this. Ok, I know it’s a shoemaker. But at first glance, you have to ask yourself, what the heck has he got going on there? Like, “hey, maybe that extra dose of Viagra wasn’t such a good idea after all!” Ok, maybe it’s me.

Old man getting ready to wack away!

Old man getting ready to wack away!

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Upcoming Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia Auction

On June 14th Bonhams and Butterfields is holding an Entertainment Memorabilia Auction at 7601 W. Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.   Their online catalog is  fascinating, full of  autographed photos of Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Marlon Brando, Clark Gable and many other famous Hollywood stars, costumes from several movies and various other celebrity collectibles, like the handbag carried by Estelle Getty in the Golden Girls television series.

Their rock and roll memorabilia includes an impressive collection of  concert posters, including  Grateful Dead posters by Rick Griffin,  one of Chris Isaack’s guitars and the costumes worn in the Sargeant Pepper movie.

Below is just a small sampling of some of  the entertainment collectibles that will be up for bid.

Gown worn by Ethel Merman in "There's No Business Like Show Business"

1950s Gown worn by Ethel Merman in "There's No Business Like Show Business"

Autographed picture of Rita Hayworth

Autographed picture of Rita Hayworth

40s vintage dress worn by Veronica Lake in publicity stills

40s vintage dress worn by Veronica Lake in publicity stills

1950s vintage gown worn by Christine Aguilera

1950s vintage gown worn by Christine Aguilera

70s artwork for the Tramps "Disco Inferno" album cover

70s artwork for the Tramps "Disco Inferno" album cover

Costumes worn by members of the Jackson Five

1970s Costumes worn by members of the Jackson Five

For those not present day of the auction, there is phone and internet bidding available.   And even if you have no intention of trying to win anything, you should definitely check out their catalog. It’s a highly entertaining little trip down memory lane!

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Vintage Christmas Catalogs

Here’s an entertaining  site to browse through when you’re done with all your shopping. These guys have scanned literally thousands of pages from Christmas Wishbook catalogs from the 1940s to the 1970s.  It’s quite a labor of love and the graphics are fantastic.

I remember my sisters and I eagerly awaiting the delivery of the Sears Wishbook so we could make all our gift choices.  We truly believed that Sears and Roebuck was a subsidiary of Santa Claus, Inc., because everything we picked out of the catalog magically showed up at our house on Christmas Day.  We had no clue how he figured out what we wanted.  We just knew it had something to do with choosing presents from that special book and that’s all that mattered.   I  wonder if other kids  had that same catalog delusion back then?  Or were we just strange, which, if you knew my family, is a distinct possiblity! I’ll have to remember to ask my guests at Christmas dinner this year.

Anyway,  these Wishbooks are a real blast from the past and these guys have done a fantastic job with the scans.
It does take a couple of minutes for a full catalog to load if you have DSL, but worth the wait.

Here are a few examples.

Speigel catalog 1955. I was almost a year old when this one came out.  Unfortunately, way too young to order any of these fabulous accessories.

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In case you didn’t know what to get your friends who live a specific alternative lifestyle,  the 1945 Sears catalog describes  music boxes as gay,  helpfully taking some of the guesswork out of gift giving.

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Love the Barbie Color n Curl Beauty Salon from the 1966 JC Penney catalog.  You got wigs that changed to different colors and a cool hairdyer.  I don’t recall getting this for Christmas and now I feel deprived. But I did get the Barbie dream house  and my Barbie was very thankful. She was definitely too uppity to live in the communal conditions of my toybox!

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It’s been great fun going through these, an added benefit being it’s been diverting my attention away from the cookies that I can’t seem to stay away from.

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Say I Love You with Wax Lips and Atomic Fireballs

Candycrate_1935_122368651 Need a last minute Valentine’s Day gift?  There’s still time to say "I Love You"  the old fashioned way, by having one of these fun retro candy assortments from Candy Crate-Nostalgic Candy and Gift Store  overnighted to that special someone.

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You can even order era specific sweets to ensure your loved one receives the appropriate mid-century munchy of their childhood.  I can still remember how excited my sisters and I would be when we got a little extra spending money. We’d immediately hurry to the corner store for "penny candy" , visions of Sweet Tarts, bubble gum cigarettes, Atomic Fireballs, Necco Wafers and Sky Bars dancing in our heads.  Yikes, I’m totally giving away my age.

So, for a sugar filled trip down memory lane,  these candy assortments will make a uniquely sweet gift for Valentines Day or any other special occasion.

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