Thursday, 31 October 2013

Housewife Horror..."Suzy Homemaker Was A BLOODSUCKER!!"

This past Sunday, I had another fun shoot collaboration with Kallea.  

Even with the loss of our makeup artist and hair stylist, it turned out really well.  I think you lot will like this one for sure!

Don't worry kids!  You're humble narrator hasn't really been bumped off by a Bloodsucking Donna Reed!!  I'm perfectly fine....except for the sudden craving for raw meat I've begun having...

Some other fun shots!.....

Some behind the scenes action......

The toile fitting.  That's the skirt to the great vintage Pendleton suit I showed you the other day!

Pip makes an appearance......

Photography:  Warren Verity
Wardrobe:  Ada Keli
Model:  Gloria Dixon
Set:  The 'Brady Ponderosa'

See more of our work in my portfolio @ Valley of The Dolls!!

Happy Halloween!--Life Magazine, October 31, 1960

Just had to share this fab article from the stacks!

Life Magazine, 1960...October 31st to be exact!

Here's a little snippet from the front of the mag.  The last paragraph is about the article and the photog responsible for the creepy, Surrealist shoot.....

"Won't scare the kids"???  Ummm, I'm an adult and even I find the images pretty darn disturbing.  See what you think:

I love how the little girl is sticking her tongue out at the demon!  And willya take a gander at that fabric her snazzy garb is made of!!!  Whoa!

Channeling Michael Jackson 30 years early....

Here are the kids behind the creepyness......

Pip wanted to get in on the action and tried to do his own version of the pics....Whataya think, kids?.....

In the end, he decided he looks much more appealing in a less Dali-esque pose...

Happy Halloween from the 'Brady Ponderosa'!!!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Ad of The Day: Brach's Candy--Halloween, 1959

I found this ad while flipping through the pages of an October, 1959, edition of Life.  And don't you just think the little trick or treaters are adorable?......

In the days of 'sexy Cinderella', it makes me super happy to look back on the Halloween that was.  I mean, I honestly think that my generation...the kids who had their childhood in the '80s and early '90s...were the last to experience true innocence and that 'good old days' vibe.  It wasn't the innocent of the '50s and '60s, but we still went door to door (although any candy received at any house we weren't familiar with was always thoroughly checked by mom and dad), we still got homemade cookies and candies from the older couples in the neighbourhood (one lady used to make me a loaf of her sweet sourdough bread that she knew I loved in anticipation of my annual Halloween visit and another used to make me a FULL BATCH of my favourite cookies!...yeah, it's a miracle I'm not big as a house today!), we dressed as cartoon characters and princesses and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and none of them 'sexy', aka 'pole dancer with a theme'...not even adults' costumes).

Check out these other vintage Brach's ads I found.....

How fab is that owl packaging!!??  Wow!!!!

I used to love those little pumpkins!!  I used to put a ton of them around my dollhouse to decorate it for Halloween as a kid!  They must still make them as I saw one included with a few other Halloween treats in a pile on the register at Walmart the other day.  I don't know what's more frightening, the fact that the cashier was actually ok with putting her hoard of unwrapped candies on that nasty register, or the fact that I was at Walmart.  

Shock Horror!  Non-individually wrapped candy!

I wanna be the Chief Goblin....

Here's some other candy brands' Mid-Century Halloween push:

The 'Here Kiddie.  Kiddie.  Kiddie' thing is ultra creepy.  Just sayin'.

Do they still make Chuckles?  I seem to remember the package on the top left as a little kid.

Now THOSE are some treats.  None of those 'fun size' disappointments for our Mid-Century trick-or-treaters!

How about 'Fudgies'?  Are they still around?  I used to love them, but I haven't had them in ages.  I remember my great-grandmother having them all the time...of course, knowing her, they could have been from the '60s!

I just watched 'It' the other night.  It may be a few weeks before I can look at this ad and not be as terrified as a two year old.

Oh my golly!  Anyone else remember those suckers with the looped stick?

I leave you with Necco Wafers and an OK bar.