Today in Nashville adventures, we tried to leave Winona’s living room and relocate to a cute, little coffee shop to blog. But alas, there were no seats available. So, like any good blogger would, we decided to ditch our laptops and go on a vintage shopping bonanza. Click through to see the gems we discovered, find out what we did and didn’t purchase, and learn where in the heck we would wear gold, leather knickers or denim baby backpacks.
My mom gave me treasure: a small pile of small paperback books produced by someone named Jose Bonomo who may or may not be a real person, from the 1950s-1960’s on various womanly things, like how to have flawless hair, makeup, figures, diets, and even parties. I feel like I am a 1960’s housewife in the modern world, despite not being married. I want to write the feminists’ guide to being a single 1960’s housewife, which I realize makes no sense and is contradictory, but I’m just so curious about how women lived in the ‘50s and ‘60s (thanks, “Mad Men”). I want to know how they did their hair, makeup, and maintained their figures.
So when I saw this one diet book in particular, I thought I misread the title. But no, I hadn’t, it’s actually a book titled The Scientific & Easy Way to Gain Wight. The cover shows an illustration of a thin woman measuring her thighs. “SHOWS YOU HOW TO ADD POUNDS AND INCHES” the book assures, while proclaiming, “SENSIBLE! SURE!” Keep reading »
I guess back in the ’80s some baby genius manufactured a phone reflective of the hit Boy George song “Karma Chameleon.” As evidenced by the video, it’s a phone shaped like a chameleon that sings to you every time someone calls. I want it, I want it, I want it! [YouTube]
Sometimes you’re like, “Geez, I really wish I could enjoy a healthy, invigorating steam while watching ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ in my living room.” You are always saying that and you know it! Too bad you — and “Rizzoli & Isles” — weren’t around in 1983, when some monster took it upon himself to invent a portable, plug-in steam cabinet, available for sale in the Fall/Winter 1983 Sears Catalog. All for the the low, low, price of $389 in 1983 dollars, which is basically the down payment on a house in today’s money. [Wired]
As far as I’m concerned, the ’80s toy Teddy Ruxpin was already a bit of a creepster. A strange combo man/bear with perpetually outstretched arms, Ruxpin was at turns needy and difficult, with the vocal intonations of a serial killer.
Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so. Portland, Oregon, artist Sean Hathaway hacked into the Teddy Ruxpin computer system and created deviously modified bears. Hathaway replaced the Ruxpin vocal box with an array of creepy alternatives, all having mental breakdowns. The effect is chilling and confirms our deepest fears about Ruxpin. He’s a maniac.
Above, check out 10 more toys that we find totally creepy, bizarre and kid-inappropriate. And check out Hathaways T,E.D. project after the jump!
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Betsey Johnson has been around for a long ass time. Here she is in 1966, checking out models in her studio (Betsey is seated on the left), looking the picture of mod coolness.