Easter Egg animals by Richard Baer

23 03 2008

Easter Egg animals by Richard Baer
McCall’s magazine, April 1954
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

Happy Easter!

Make these perky Easter egg animals at home!

Designed by Richard Baer for the April 1954 edition of McCall’s magazine, the animals include “Mr. Mouse,” an elephant, frog, rooster, duck, and of course, a bunny.

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Whether you give ’em or get ’em this Christmas

25 12 2007

Weller Power Tools Advertisement
Popular Mechanics, Dec. 1960
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

There’s real excitement in Power Tools!

I hope you all get what you want this Christmas, and that your holiday is merry and bright!! This guy seems a bit too pleased about his power tool, I dare say. Love dad and son’s matching plaid robes, to be certain!! And no tree is complete without covering every inch of green with shiny silver tinsel, eh?

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Need a “Real Man’s” gift? Check out more Christmas magazine ads from Popular Science and Popular Mechanics…

For more vintage Christmas goodness, check out my ‘Tis the Season set (full of ads, cards and covers), or the Vintage Christmas: 1945-1970 flickr pool!





Caricatures, Covers & Cha-cha-cha

21 11 2007


Game & Gossip, May 1932
Illustration by Xavier Cugat
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

You may be familiar with the name Xavier Cugat as the “Rhumba King,” the Cuban-Catalan bandleader who was largely responsible for popularizing Latin American music in the United States. You may not be aware that Cugat was also a talented cartoonist (and even worked for the Los Angeles Times)!

Recently I came across some of his 1932 covers for Game & Gossip, and a fold-out with 74 caricatures of the most popular Hollywood celebrities of the time. These included such diverse characters as (see list and key) Will Rogers, Rudy Vallee, Mary Pickford, The Marx Brothers and Charlie Chaplin.

See more Game & Gossip illustrations, covers and advertisements

Read more about Xavier Cugat…





You like them Fresh? So do I!

20 11 2007


You like them Fresh? So do I!
Camels advertisement
Game & Gossip
, 1932
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

Smoke a FRESH Cigarette!

Nurses everywhere recommend smoking!!

From the back page of a 1932 Game and Gossip Magazine:

She knows by a grateful throat’s testimony what a relief this smooth, cool, slow-burning fresh cigarette means to sensitive membrane.

Experience more fresh cigarettes from RJ Reynolds…

For more cough-free, minty fresh vintage tobacco advertising, signs and packaging, see my Vintage Smoking flickr set, or join us at the Smooth Smoke Slogans that “Satisfy” [VINTAGE] pool…

(Paula’s bad habit is collecting and spending too much time on flickr, not smoking…)





Inside the Hottest Towns in the U.S.A.

5 11 2007


Inside the Hottest Towns in the U.S.A.
Inside Magazine, March 1958.
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

This itty bitty little magazine is sure to warm the heart (or elsewhere) of warm-blooded men everywhere (or at least it was intended to, back in the 50s). Men’s magazines sure have changed over the years. What is considered “Sensational” certainly has!

Check out some of the vintage advertisements for Stag movies, books, photos, viewers and other assorted attractions.

In case you are wondering, the “Hottest Towns” featured are: Miami (hot climate, hot times), Puerto Rico (seamen’s paradise), Los Angeles (stars, strippers, and sex), Havana (city of chips and chippies), New Orleans (the most wicked of them all), Baltimore (where statesmen stay), and New York (big city, big times).

The art director on this fine little publication is Jack Newman. Picture editor is Harold Asher. No illustrator names are mentioned. How scandalous! See more





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…