Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Let's Bake (PART ONE)

From the sexy chapter header art of our last post, to the almost unbearably cute chapter header art of our current post, drawings of kids with photos of giant, REAL food are seriously some of my favorite design choices ever in vintage cookbooks! Let's Bake (the Robin-Hood flour brand "No Sift" Way) from 1964, is over 60 pages of yummy recipes and "no-sift" methods to creative cooking. But just as importantly-- it's full of super cute key art!! Whether licking the chocolate off the over-sized mixing tool, or strolling happily through a giant cookie thunderstorm-- breads, desserts, and main dishes-- it's all here, and in our next post we'll see much more cuteness as well, so stay tuned, today's post is just an appetizer! :)

To be continued...

Monday, January 15, 2018

We Gave at the Office

Sexy key art by Bill Wenzel highlights all 8 chapters of this hilarious 1974 paperback by Laura Mills and Pauline Burlick about uninhibited career girls loose in filthy New York City. Whether behind the typewriter-- or behind the filing cabinet-- "Bad girls make the best secretaries!"

Saturday, January 13, 2018

For Swingers Only

Another antique mall find of the week-- a full, unopened pack of 12 super swingin', drip proof coasters from American Greeting Corp., aka the House of Paper. And judging by the awesome artwork, (and overall swinger theme) I'd say 60's or 70's-- and yes, I'm totally gonna test that "drip proof" claim ASAP! Just as soon as I'm finished swingin'!

" chestnuts... popcorn... that girl!"

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Worsted Monster by Edward Gorey (a play!)

That's right-- why just sit around freezing with boredom all winter when instead while trapped indoors you could be theatrically productive and putting on your own tiny stage productions! And we can't think of a better way to kick off your homespun DIY season of live performances than with The Worsted Monster, written by Edward Gorey. Efficiency is key as the script is thankfully only 2 pages long, and meanwhile, your visual budget is next to nothing as you will also already have everything required: full color back-drops / sets / scenery, props, and yes, even the actors already in costume --just cut everything out with scissors and manipulate them around on a table or windowsill-- however / wherever you find fit (see more helpfully hilarious production notes located at the end of the script.)

And all of this comes courtesy of the June 1974 "Rainy Day Sunday Funbook Issue" of National Lampoon Magazine-- why, even the cover art is by Edward Gorey too!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Animals by Jack Davis

I thought it would be fun to do a post that focused on a specific subject of Jack Davis that I've always found, like all things Davis, to be executed with the utmost of perfection-- and that being his incredibly unique take on animals. But not just animals! Nope. Today anything non-human will do, including birds, fish, and even insects. And a rather good example of this can be found among the collection of hilarious jokes and screwball stories as told by another national institution, Harry Herschfield, and contained in his JOKE BOOK collection published in 1964 by Ballantine Books. NOTE: no Herschfield jokes are included here in this post though, sorry. Trust me, the Jack Davis key art illustrations are way more funny!

Saturday, December 30, 2017


Ending 2017 with some KING KONG related fun 'n games from the always great SUPER MAG mini kid's magazine, Vol. 1 #2 published in 1976, the same year the not so great big budget Dino DiLaurentis remake was unleashed upon the world.

Hope everyone had a great year, we'll be back in 2018 with lots more... see ya!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

CARTOONIST: Irving "Roir" Roth

I don't know much about Irving Roth other than he had 3 brothers who were all popular cartoonists at the same exact time as well-- but boy oh boy do I ever love his stuff! It's loose and funny and looks like nobody else. This is another small sampling selection from the Merry-Go-Round Pictorial Review of the Year book published in 1947 (see my last post for more details.)