Good Spookin’ Terms – Halloween Ads (Various)

It’s funny; when I look back at my personal Halloween memories there aren’t many that reflect the actual act of trick-or-treating. There are a couple, sure – one year some big kids stole my haul, an actual pillowcase full  of candy, so technically a trick-or-treat memory but one I’d rather skip – but by and…

The Gentle Persuaders – Vintage Hair Care Ads

As much as layout and design trends change, beauty care ads are usually consistently crisp across eras.  Case in point: these amazing magazine ads for hair care products, from the 1960s to the 1980s. This gentle 1969 ad for what is no doubt a painfully savage hair dye goes a little out there with the…

Five Things – 01.16.17 – Once Or Twice In History

Kid n’ Play Cartoon I’ve watched Hammerman. I’ve written about Hammerman.  This is no Hammerman. Kid ‘n Play premiered in 1990 on NBC. It followed the by-then-standard formula of a cartoon celebrity show where the featured celebrities appear in live-action wrappers at the beginning and end of each story, and a mediocre effort is sandwiched in-between….

Five Things – 10.10.16 – Wallow In A Sea of Emotionalism

Follow Us To Disney World Last time we took a look at a 1984 video brochure for EPCOT Center. This one, called “Follow Us”, came out at the same time but has an expanded scope to the entire Disney World area.  At the time this included the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Discovery Island, and the resorts. The…

Five Things – 11.18.13

1.  Shadow Chasers – Following the insane success of Ghostbusters, ABC tried their own hand at a goofy, effects-laden romp through the supernatural.  Shadow Chasers premiered in 1985 and lasted 9 episodes before being yanked from the schedule.  The series ranked 106th out of 106 for ratings in the 1985 broadcast year. Coincidentally, while the…