Big Game Shooting Gallery

6 12 2007


Big Game Shooting Gallery
Whitman Publishing Co.
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

A hit-the-target game 2 can play

While hunting at Urban Ore for fascinating old junk, I found this great 1963 publication by Whitman Publishing Company (a subsidiary of the now defunct Western Publishing).

Your blood-thirsty young ones can play at being British colonial hunters on safari, shooting wild game in the jungle with punch-out rifles and rubber bands. The game comes with jungle hats, compasses, clip-on mustaches, guns, even monocles!! The quarry includes parrots, toucans, a gorilla, giraffe, leopard, lion, snake, monkey, and even a hippopotamus!!

See more pages from the game

Visit the Witty Whitman! group on flickr for more children’s games and publications.

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Christmas Carols from your Richfield Dealer

29 11 2007


Richfield Christmas Carols
Illustration by Neil Boyle
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

Richmond Christmas Carols (and Christmas in the Early West)

‘Tis the season for holiday ephemera, starting with this excellent little booklet of carols from Richfield Oil Corporation. The richly illustrated centerfold tells (questionable) legends of how Christmas was celebrated in the wilderness of the Early West.

The illustrations are by the Canadian-born illustrator Neil Boyle (1931-2006).

More illustrations from the book of carols…

See record cover illustrations by Neil Boyle on Leif Peng’s blog, Today’s Inspiration, and read Boyle’s bio at the Lee Youngman Art Gallery…

Enjoy even more jolly vintage Christmas ephemera (and kitsch), in the flickr pool Vintage Christmas: 1945-1970





Sing of the U.S.A. with Chevrolet

25 11 2007


See the U.S.A. in Your Chevrolet
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

See the U.S.A. in Your Chevrolet

As an avid collector of sheet music, and lover of old cars, I was excited to find two copies of music put out by General Motors, both with the song “See the U.S.A. in Your Chevrolet.” And they even have ukulele tablature!!

The first printing is from 1948, with a gorgeous cover illustration by Disney artist and illustrator Eyvind Earle.

The second is a thicker booklet from 1964, with a selection of illustrated lyrics from America’s favorite popular songs, as well as an ode to (and advertisements for) Chevrolet. The illustrator is unknown.

View the covers and illustrations for See the U.S.A. in Your Chevrolet

See and hear Dinah Shore singing the song at the Vintage Chevrolet Archives





YOU Are in Demand if You Can Draw!

14 11 2007


YOU Are in Demand if You Can Draw!
Modern Romances, Nov. 1949.
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

Make money with your brush and pen!

If you like to Draw, Sketch, or Paint, write for Talent Test. No Fee!

To read (and believe) these magazine advertisements, there is certainly no job more profitable than being an artist.

Tell it to my bank account, eh?

For more ephemera extolling the virtues of the artist’s life and work, see “So, you wanna be an artist?

See even more opportunities for rewarding employment in the Success By Mail flickr group…





I’m Yours For Tonight

2 11 2007


I’m Yours For Tonight
Illustration by ‘Hap’ Hadley
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

Of all my ephemera collections, the one I am the most addicted to is my vintage sheet music collection. It’s truly massive.

One of the issues I always had with scanning my collection is that most scanner beds are too small to scan a piece of sheet music in one go. If I wanted a scan with no major cropping, I had to do two scans and tile the piece together in Photoshop. (The same went for large magazine pages, like the Post).

Let me just sing the praises of Photoshop CS3 for a moment. The new Photomerge feature is a godsend. No more must I do all that layering, rotating, color matching, blending and merging by hand — the new feature makes it so easy, and totally seamless. Thanks, Adobe!!! Now I have no excuse for not scanning all my larger pieces!

This gorgeous piece from 1932, I’m Yours For Tonight, with a lovely female closeup paired with a smoking male silhouette, is illustrated by ‘Hap’ Hadley Studio (born Alvan Cordell Hadley).

For more of my collection, see my Vintage Sheet Music set. For more submissions, see the Vintage Sheet Music flickr pool.





Six-Shooter Edition

24 10 2007


Six-shooter Edition
Illustration by J. Frederick Smith
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

Ride ’em cowboy! This little rascal is using his dad’s slippered foot for a horse, while his father perfects that perfectly cool, pipe-smoking 50s demeanor. Gotta love the story title they chose to feature under his chair.

The cover illustration was drawn by J. Frederick Smith, known for his steamy illustrations and photographs. (read his obituary)

See more J. Frederick Smith illustrations in Leif Peng’s flickr stream.

For more old-timey kids in western wear, see the Vintage Kids as Cowpokes flickr pool…





Rocket to a new high with WARD!

21 10 2007


Rocket to a new high with WARD!
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

No stranger to sexually suggestive advertisements, I was nevertheless almost shocked by the audacity of this one. No subtlety lost on this particular ad campaign, I dare say.

Advertisement for The Ward Products Corp. from Radio & Television News, September 1953.

Check her out (full-size) in all her glory!

For more contemporary, but equally scintillating Ward-related illustration, check out Ward-O-Matic (no relation to Ward Products Corp.).