Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wacky Plaks

Wacky Plaks

"Wacky Plaks" were the somewhat more durable companion to "Wacky Packages," which were produced during the late 1960's and early 1970's. I spent many dollars of my lunch money on these babies during that time. "Wacky Plaks" were made to mail like post cards, while "Wacky Packages," were stickers.

The ArtSparker

I recently got a nice comment from a woman who runs a blog called ArtSpark Theatre. Unfortunately, I cannot figure out how to do the nice dialog thing that she does on her blog so I decided to post this folk art thing I got at the Goodwill for forty-nine cents, in her honor. This piece was made during the late 1960's to early 1970's.

I know this because on the back of this piece of decorated plywood was the name of the artist. I found her through Google and have spoken and written to her a few times. I have never actually met her and I do not know what she looks like. When I look at this piece of folk art it reminds me of stuff I have seen on the ArtSpark Theatre blog, and the ArtSpark woman, Susan Sanford, is what I imagine the artist of this piece would look like. ArtSparker this one is for you.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

My Kid Brother

Snoopy's Authorized Biography

Snoopy's Authorized Bio, Part II
I have a great little brother who just recently celebrated another birthday. He is a great collector of Peanuts memorabilia. This authorized biography of Snoopy was written by Charles Schulz in 1975 for inclusion in the book, "The People's Almanac." Like Snoopy, the life of my little brother remains shrouded in mystery, but I do love him very much. This one is for you buddy, and please remember to refrain from calling me goodnight.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

11 Random Things

I took some advice from a friend who suggested I post photos of ten random things from the walls of my office. I decided to do eleven. The Manson Christmas card was sent to me by a person who is in a cell near his in Corcoran state prison. The small teapot with the mice was a present to the stepdaughter from a woman who murdered her husband; the father of the stepdaughter. Everything else is self-explanatory.

Friday, October 8, 2010


Ox Cart, Knott's Berry Place, Buena Park, California

Ocean Avenue, Carmel, California

Ferry, Martinez, California

Mount Hood from Wapanitia Highway, Oregon

Two Flowers from 1909
The Real Photo Post Card is the only kind that interests me. Here are a few from my collection, along with locations.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Electric Hammer

The Electric Hammer, Leister Game Co., Toledo, OH, 1966

The Electric Hammer was made by Leister Game Company of Toledo, Ohio. This one was manufactured in 1966. Leister Game Company was started by Reginald S. Leister in 1933, in the basement of his home.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Nevada Newspaper Billheads

Nevada has a great and storied past in regard to newspapers. They would come and go like the boom towns and rushes that created them. Here are four different billheads from four different Nevada newspapers, that reside in my collection. All are signed by the various editors and owners of said newspapers, and they have all been spindled in a nasty fashion.

If you love, or want to begin to love Western Americana, and all things western, I direct your attention to the upcoming "Western Americana Bonanza," auction which is being run by Holabird-Kagin Americana, of Reno, Nevada, on October 29-30, 2010.

From the looks of their over 400 page catalog for this auction, this is going to be one of those incredible Western Americana sales that people talk about for years afterward. This show features the Mueller-Schmidtmann Collections. Anyone who knows anything about Western Americana and Western Ephemera, knows about these two guys and their legendary collections. The lots being presented for sale are incredible with many of those "one of a kind" items that we hear about so much, but see so infrequently.

Holabird-Kagin, in the creation of this sale, have shown themselves to be gifted and precise in their descriptions and research. They stand by their sales and have a sterling reputation as to their ethics and guarantees of authenticity. Truly a top notch offering of historically important ephemera and collectibles in this one. The depth and quality of the items is staggering and humbling. Holabird-Kagin, have again shown an expertise and scholarship, that places them above all others in their field. As a rule, I do not endorse companies or products, but in this case I feel I must comment as opportunities, such as this sale, come but once in a lifetime. I do not work for these people and do not know them personally.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fostex Cassette Tape

Fostex CT-5 60 Minute Cassette

I always liked the fact that Fostex tapes looked like little reel-to-reel tapes. The tape is junk, but they look good in the player, even when they are not playing!!!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Music To Shave By

This is the musical companion for your Remington shaver in "Auravision," which was a product of Columbia Records. Satchmo and the Hi-Los! on one disc, need I say more?