Monday, August 31, 2015

your Daily Double or Everyone Will Be Disappointed with Their Christmas Presents...

...if you buy them from a mall or some big online entity, and not from someplace you can get the unique and the awesome for less than you'd spend at these other places.

I'm sure you know the unique and awesome place I'm referring to, i.e. my Zazzle store:

Now, onto what you came for:

Yet another beautiful Leyendecker Arrow shirt and collar* ad, this one from 1923.
 *Back in the day, shirts didn't have collars.  Collars were sold separately, which is why you can often find collar boxes (i.e. boxes for holding collars) at antiques shops and like that.  The above is available on skins and decals -- t-shirts -- mugs -- neckties -- greeting cards -- mouse pads and tote bags.   Go to: and enter '1923'

Now onto some big time adorableness...
Mama Kitty, Baby Kitty, Mama Duck, and her cute little sailor-suited duckling.

You can get this darling image on skins and decals -- t-shirts -- throw pillows (!) -- mugs -- notebooks -- neckties -- ceramic tiles -- gift wrap aka wrapping paper -- trinket boxes -- tote bags -- cloth napkins (!) -- aprons -- jigsaw puzzles -- coasters -- greeting cards, and mouse pads.   Go to: and enter 'baby kitty'

Friday, August 28, 2015

your Daily Double or Awesomeness Springs Eternal

But that awesomeness is mainly found in my Zazzle store, i.e.

By the way, folks, let me remind you that the watermarks you see on the graphics here are NOT on the products you buy from my store.  The watermarks are merely to protect you from flying monkeys.  I would be remiss if I didn't use them, because I would hate for any of my faithful followers to be seized by flying monkeys and taken to who knows where.

No need to thank me.

Now onto what you came for...

We got war, 
specifically World War II, and an image that's supposed to depict a pair of brothers, one who went army and the other who was all 'Go Navy.'  You can get them on hats -- keychains -- letterhead -- buttons -- neckties -- decals -- ceramic tiles (yep, ceramic tiles) -- boxes -- jigsaw puzzles -- cotton print napkins (yep, cotton print napkins) -- t-shirts -- wall clocks -- notebooks -- plates (which go nicely with the napkins) -- coasters -- greeting cards, and maybe a few more must-have items.  Go to: and enter 'soldier meets sailor'

In addition to war, we also got romance,

which is nice.  The beauty above is, of course, by J. C. Leyendecker, and you can get it with mouse pads -- mugs -- decals and skins -- playing cards -- greeting cards -- t-shirts -- aprons -- and tote bags.  Go to:  and enter 'Arrow shirt ad no. 1'

Thursday, August 27, 2015

your Daily Double or Christmas Is Coming and You Need Somewhere to Buy Awesome Presents

That somewhere is, obviously, my Zazzle store:

Here's what we have for your today:

Judgmental Jack
Frankly, he's had it with your lame excuses.  And another thing... well, let's not bring THAT up again.  Judgmental Jack can be had on aprons -- tote bags -- mouse pads -- mugs -- skins and decals -- playing cards -- greeting cards -- t-shirts and wrapping paper aka gift wrap.  Go to: and enter 'another thing'

Next, we have the beauteous Arlene Dahl...
with a still from her famous motion picture Death by Hair Spray.  You can get this marvelous image on wall clocks -- coasters -- greeting cards -- skins and decals -- trinket boxes -- neckties -- wrapping paper aka gift wrap -- mugs -- jigsaw puzzles -- dinner plates -- hand towels -- cloth placemats -- napkins -- t-shirts -- tote bags, and even some more stuff!  Go to:  and enter 'Dahl'

The Lady's Letter-Writer: Letter XXVI

 Letter XXVI
Another, to a Proposal of immediate Marriage

Williamsburg, June 2, 18--

Dear .....: I am, I can assure you, quite as anxious for our union as you can be, but I feel that prudence is necessary.  We are both young, myself especially, and it is of no use for us to rush into a state of life which we would not have the means of supporting.  Should you be so fortunate as to obtain the situation of which Mr. ...... has held out hopes, we shall be able to marry without fear, as I can always earn something (state employment) , and hope to be as industrious as a wife ought to be.  Do not think that it is any coldness that makes me object to our immediate happiness; it is only prudence that makes me wish to spare ourselves the risk of that poverty, which too often leads to dissipation and misery on both sides.  We have seen so many sad examples, that I am sure you will take in good part these words from

                                                                         Your faithful,

                                                                                    ... ........

To:  ..... ......

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Today we have...
Princess Alexandra of Denmark 
 in blue.

And also, 
Princess Alexandra of Denmark in pink.

As I'm sure you know (or you ought to know) she later became the Alexandra, Princess of Wales, and later Queen Alexandra.  Her Prince of Wales was later King Edward VII.  

Note that we also have Alexandra in a lovely lavender shade.  

All three Alexandras are available on neckties -- decals -- t-shirts --tote bags -- mugs -- greeting cards, and mouse pads.  

To see and/or buy one or all, go to: and in the 'search this store' box enter 'Alexandra'

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

the Tuesday Song of the Week

A song I completely forgot, until something unrelated sparked my memory.  A VERY cool example of early 1980s New Wave:

'Soul Train' - Swans Way

your Daily Double or GET GET GET IT IT IT

Welcome to Tuesday.

It's Flowers Day!

African marigolds
 You can get the above beauties on coasters -- phone cases -- t-shirts -- greeting cards -- tote bags -- mugs -- throw pillows (!) -- notebooks, and oodles MORE.  Go to and enter 'African marigolds'

The above loveliness is available on printed cotton napkins -- throw pillows -- keychains -- wall clocks-- note pads -- t-shirts -- tote bags -- mugs -- decals -- gift wrap, and MORE.  Go to:  and in the 'search this store' box, enter 'ageratum'

Monday, August 24, 2015

your Daily Double or Buy Buy Buy American

I'm an American.  Buy my stuff.

Such as...
We still got cars for you because... well, who doesn't like cars??
 Above is a 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air.  You -- yes, YOU -- can get it on t-shirts, hats, mouse pads, greeting cards, mugs, tote bags, decals, plus some more stuff.   Go to and in the 'search this store' box enter 'Bel Air'

Next we have a bo impressive automobile...
A 1959 Ford Edsel!!  You can get this on wrapping paper, neckties, t-shirts, dog shirt, mugs, decals, tote bags, aprons, + oodles more!   Go to and in the 'search this store' box enter 'Edsel'

Thursday, August 20, 2015

your Daily Double or You Must Remember This

and if you don't, here's your opportunity to get acquainted!

By the by, today is Green Car Day, starting with...

this grand 1949 Mercury
You can get it on t-shirts -- mouse pads -- greeting cards -- decals/skins -- neckties AND tote bags.   Go to and in the 'search this store' box enter '1949 Mercury'

Next we have a 1951 Plymouth Cranbrook,
True fact: I'd never heard of the Cranbrook before I found this image in an old magazine.  

You can get t-shirts -- mouse pads -- hats -- tote bags -- neckties -- greeting cards and MORE of this image.   Go to: and in the enter 'Cranbrook'

The Lady's Letter-Writer: Letter XXV

Letter XXV
To a Man at Service

HAMMOND STREET, Saturday 12, 18--

Dear....: I received your kind letter of the, and am happy to hear that you are in health, and giving satisfaction to your employer.  I look forward with anxiety to the day when we shall be united forever, and when I enjoy the protection of an honest and persevering husband.  

Continue to go on as you have done, and assure yourself of the constant affection of

                                                                              ....... ....

To: ...... ........

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

your Daily Double or Why Are You Wasting Money on Mass-Produced Junk...?

... when you can get the rare, the unique, and the awesome from my Zazzle store.

Today is Red Car Day, 1941 edition.

 Above is a 1941 Mercury 8.  You can get it on t-shirts and trucker hats and mouse pads and t-shirts and decals and MORE.  Go to: and in the 'search this store' box enter 'red Mercury'  

This here is a 1941 Ford Super Deluxe
You can get it on tote bags and mouse pads and t-shirts and mugs and hats and greeting cards and neckties and decals and MORE.  Go to www.  and enter 'Ford Super'  

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

the Tuesday Song of the Week

Sometimes a cover version is waaay better than the original.

Such as what we have today, which totally -- and I mean totally! -- swings.

'A World without Love' - Bobby Rydell

your Daily Double or You can buy your nears and dears cheap junk from China OR

you can get them wonderful awesome and RARE stuff from my Zazzle store

True fact.  

Here's what we have for you today:
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...
 Meaning, of course, the 1930s.  For some people it was horrible and horrendous*, and yet we also remember that the 1930s were the absolute peak of Cafe Society and classy people and classy cars and classy movies and such and such    The lady above is obviously from that second category of people.  Her image is from 1937.  She's available on decals -- notebooks -- t-shirts --greeeting cards -- tote bags -- mouse pads, MORE.  Go to: and in the 'search this store' box enter 'glamorous woman'  

And what else would you expect a high style high society dame to ride in...
other than a Packard?  Specifically, a 1939 Packard Super 8.  (Yes, she would have to wait two years for it to come out.)  This bo awesome vehicle is available on notebooks -- decals -- trinket boxes --buttons -- tote bags -- note pads -- t-shirts -- mouse pads -- pillows, and oodles more!  Go to and enter '1939 Packard'

*There's a book I have entitled Down and Out in the Great Depression: Letters from the “Forgotten Man” which is a collection of letters sent to Franklin Roosevelt and/or Eleanor Roosevelt during the Depression.  If you want a good cry, this is the book for you.  Among the letters is one begging Eleanor if could send one of her winter coats, because the letter-writer doesn't have one, can't afford one, and desperately needs one.  Letters begging for all kinds of help with food, or the rent is due and the letter-writer still hasn't found work, even after trying for months and months...  It just goes on and on.  I've kept it because whenever I've been in a play where my character had to cry, all I have to do is think about these letters, and I turn into a blubbering mess.

Monday, August 17, 2015

your Daily Double or GET GET GET IT IT IT

I'm sorry I missed Friday and Saturday.  I am currently STRESSED OUT OF MY MIND (the boy and I are house-shopping, and I'm going cray cray.)  

But that's not your problem, so here we go:

Today is Blue Vehicle Day, featuring...

this divine 1936 Packard
Specifically a blue Packard Twelve Club Sedan.  Awesome, no? (yes, very.)  This super-neat example of 1930s automobile design is available on everything from hats to tote bags to mouse pads to t-shirts to cards to aprons, and stuff.   Go to: and in the 'search this store' box' enter 'blue Packard'

Next up, the finest truck that ever came out of Chicago.
Or some place.  When I first looked this up, I got Ardmore, PA, which is bo unlikely, but there was all kinds of info about it, which mysteriously disappeared.  (I blame aliens messing with my head.)  Nevertheless, you could get this beauty on t-shirts, decals, cards, hats, neckties, mouse pads, tote bags, and MORE.  Go to:  and in the 'search this store' box enter 'Diamond T'

Thursday, August 13, 2015

your Daily Double or GETSA GETSA GETSA IT IT IT

Today, we got 1930s redheads.

Here's a lady rocking a marcel wave.
 She's available on trinket boxes, tote bags, mugs, t-shirts, plates, mouse pads, throw pillows, neckties, clocks and MORE.   Go to:  and in the 'search this store' box enter '1930s red'

Another red-head, another marcel wave.
She began life as part of a Chesterfield cigarettes ad.  She's available on t-shirts, neckties, tote bags, greeting cards, computer/cellphone accessories, mouse pads, MORE.    Go to:   and enter '1934 pretty lady'

The Lady's Letter-Writer IS BACK!! Letter XXIV

Letter XXIV
(for some reason, the letters in the book have the wrong numbers, i.e. Letter XXIII is followed by the letter below, which is numbered in the book Letter XXL.  But I'm giving it the correct number, because I care.)
On a Clandestine Meeting

Williamsburg, May 1, 18--

Dear ...: Although my own conscience tells me that anything like clandestine conduct should be avoided, still I feel that we are most unhappily placed, and that the undue opposition on the part of my aunt, in seeking to force upon me a man whom I dislike, excuses to some extent what I cannot justify.

Would that we could both act uprightly, and cherish an honorable attachment (such as I feel yours to be) without restraint!  A few months more, however, will see me mistress of my own fortune and liberty, and then there will be no further need of concealment.

I shall be walking ..... at ..... o'clock, when we shall perhaps gain an opportunity of a few minutes' conversation.

Hoping sincerely that fairer prospects may yet arise for both of us, believe me,


                                                                    Ever affectionately yours,

                                                                      .............. .....

To:..... ........

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

your Daily Double or GETTA GETTA GETTA THIS!!

Today, we're going back to the 1920s.

 What a beauty the above is!  It's available on cellphone cases, clocks, notebooks, coasters, buttons, gift wrap, jigsaw puzzles, greeting cards, t-shirts, tote bags, plates, and MORE.  Go to  and enter 'dance'

Next, an ad for Kelly-Springfield tires, from a 1920s Broadway playbill.  (Every single 1920s Broadway playbill I have, has a Kelly-Springfield ad.  EVERY ONE!) 
This appears on clocks, t-shirts, tote bags, notebooks, boxes, mouse pads, keychains, and MORE MORE MORE.   Go to  and enter 'Kelly-Springfield'

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

the Tuesday Song of the Week

I first heard this a hundred years ago on SCTV, where the Boomtown Rats were guesting.


'Never in a Million Years' - the Boomtown Rats

your Daily Double or GET IT GET IT GET IT

Happy Tuesday!

Here's what we got today...

MORE stuff from that 1908 Gimbels catalog!!
 These are what used to be called 'waists.'  Not 'blouses,' and certainly not 'tops.'

Both of the above are available on throw pillows, computer/cellphone accessories, letterhead, mouse pads, trinket boxes, gift boxes, mugs, notebooks, napkins, t-shirts, tote bags, greeting cards, more!    Go to  and enter 'waists'

Monday, August 10, 2015

your Daily Double or GET GET GETGETGET!!

Sorry I missed a couple of days.  Amma really try to make this a truly daily thing (other than Sundays, of course).

So, here we go!
From a 1908 Gimbels sale catalog
Beautifully hand-colored and available on everything from tote bags to note books to mugs to puzzles to trinket boxes to t-shirts to dinner plates and MORE.  Go and enter '1908 Gimbels'

From the same catalog!
On t-shirts, mugs, mouse pads, greeting cards, totebags, more more.   Go and enter '1908 Gimbels'

Thursday, August 6, 2015

your Daily Double or GET IT GET IT!!

Sorry I missed yesterday.  I'm busy and tired.

1970s wiggage
 The above is available on TONS of stuff, like throw pillows and notebooks and neckties and tote bags and mugs and cellphone/computer accessories and coasters and jigsaw puzzles and t-shirts and keychains and clocks and, like, a TON more.  Go to  and enter 'wig'

old-timey European town square
Where this is, I dunno.  But it is very attractive.  AND it's on all kinds of stuff, including throw pillows, notebooks, mugs, t-shirts, clocks, greeting cards, and a BUNCH more.   Go to  and enter 'European'

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

the Tuesday Song of the Week

Always return to the Lord...

'Full Force Gale' - Van Morrison

your Daily Double or GET GET GET GET THIS!!

Today, we have:

a beautiful gal behind the wheel
You can get her on neckties, tiles, wrapping paper, clocks, stationery, party plates, t-shirts, tote bags, mugs, note books, keychains, and MORE!  Go to  and enter 'beautiful woman in car'

Speaking of cars...
Dig that classic 1950s Cadillac grille, with pointy space-age whatevers they are for extra pointy-ness.  It's available on everything from scratch pads to t-shirts to coasters to tote bags to mouse pads to greeting cards to notebooks to pillows and MORE MORE.  Go to  and enter 'cadillac'  then scroll down.

Monday, August 3, 2015


Aren't you thrilled?

You should be.  

Unlike today, driving in the 1930s was made extra hazardous by rich fat ladies out walking their dogs.
 The above is available on greeting cards, t-shirts, wrapping paper, mugs, and MORE.  Go to  and enter 'fat lady'

Now this is a total beauty beauty
A hosiery ad found in a 1920s Broadway playbill.  You can get it on tote bags, tshirts, ties, greeting cards, iPad skins, note books, mousepads!  Go to  and enter 'hosiery'