This last weekend I bought a few magazines from the 1940s. I’m kicking myself for not buying the whole pile, but hoping that the man will be at the flea market next month with the rest. I want the magazines because A) I love reading old magazines; B) Our house was built in 1946 and I’m interested in the history; and most importantly C) we have been re-doing our bathroom, and I’ve decided (I think) to decorate with travel ads from the 1940s. This is the cover of one of the magazines, which will be perfect for my travel theme. Seriously, you should have seen the giant grin on my face when I found it!
While looking through old magazines, I’m always struck by how similar the articles and content are to what we have today. For instance, I read an article about a lady who was a writer, and tired of trying to do her work in a space where she was constantly trampled by children, puppies, and tradespeople, decided to redo a cellar room into a study. She managed to do it for only $25, ($384.59 by today’s standards, according to The Inflation Calculator). Today, however, I saw this in a 1941 Better Homes and Gardens. The first two paragraphs read:
“There’s one sure way to tell a long-lasting paint. Find out how much white lead it contains. For as good painters and architects will tell you, the greater the white lead content, the more enduring the paint. And you can’t get a more weather-resistant paint than one containing 100% pure white lead.”
<Jaw drops to floor>
Little did they know, a few years later children would be seriously injured from eating bits of the paint that was not, I suppose, as durable as the ads wanted them to believe. Of course, 15 years ago people still thought margarine was better for you than butter. We just never know when our prevailing wisdom will turn to foolishness!
Categories: 1940s, Change, Cool Stuff, History, Hmm..., Travel
Tags: 1940s, 1941, bathroom remodel, lead, lead paint, magazines, old advertising, Travel, travel ads
Two and a half years ago I wrote a post about a local Pacific Power public service television commercial I remember seeing as a child (read the post “Kite Man” here for reference). Today, I am incredibly pleased to announce that the video, after being lost for years, is finally on the internet! Thanks, Jason Rouse, and thanks to Rob for letting us know where to find it! Here it is:
Over the last couple of years I’ve realized that I’m not the only one who wanted to see this again and show it to the next generation. It is one of the most read posts on my blog, and there are numerous Facebook pages about the subject, including this one: Search For the Kite Man.
How many of you hear the word “frogs” and still automatically respond “I like frogs.”?
Categories: Cool Stuff, Fun, History, Memories, Success!
Tags: ad, call the kite man, commercial, frogs, I like frogs, kite, Kite Man, man, Pacific Power, public service, video
In so many of the new kids’ cartoons there are classic culture references that the kids (and probably many adults my age) just don’t get, and when I see these I am compelled to ask my kids, “Do you know why that’s funny?”
Today my son and I are were watching “Courage the Cowardly Dog”. There was a scene where Courage and a Bigfoot got in a food fight, and at the end of the food fight they both had piles of fruit on their heads and skirts made of bananas and were dancing the samba. I said something like “Ha ha, Carmen Miranda!” and Ben said something like “Huh?!” so I made him watch this video because I feel it is my responsibility to teach him everything I can possibly think of.
Ben and I were at the bank drive-up ATM today and I was telling him “Now, when you’re at the ATM be sure to keep your car doors locked, and look around to make sure nobody is sneaking up to take your money, etc. etc.” and he said “Yes, I know, that’s the third time you told me!” I think I’ll make him watch this video a couple more times just so he doesn’t forget who Carmen Miranda is.
Watch the video, then try not to sing and dance. It’s impossible, the samba is irresistible! La la la la la chica chica boom chic!! Boom ch’boom boom boom ch’boom…
Categories: Cool Stuff, Fun, History, Kids, Life, Observations, People, Trivia
Tags: Carmen Miranda, Chica Chica Boom Chic, Classic, Culture, Learning, Parenting, teenagers
I thought I’d start a “Monday Memories” series to put down some sort of random memories that pop up in my brain here and there. I’d love to hear some of yours, too!
I heard the name “Heidi” yesterday and it reminded me of a girl who took care of my sister and me during the summer one year when our mom had gone back to work to sell real estate. (This was around 1980 or 1981, when the real estate market had unfortunately bottomed out.)
Heidi was 17 years old and she was a wonderful babysitter. She was very pretty and had an old pickup to drive us places, which we thought was extremely cool.
The clearest memory I have of Heidi is that she had a purse that looked like a rolled up magazine. It was a plastic clutch style to hold under your arm, and you couldn’t tell it was a purse. I had never seen one before and she had gotten it on a trip somewhere, so I couldn’t get one. But, I just found some beautiful models and more info about them online at StyleWithAnna! This site just gave one away, but I missed it. :’-( You can buy them at Clutch For Cures, and I also found a vintage model on eBay. I’ll have to start saving immediately to get one!
Categories: Cool Stuff, Fashion, History, Life, Memories
Tags: Accessories, Heidi, History, Magazine Bag, memories, Purse, Vintage Purses