Blow-Up Bop’Ems

 

 

There was a style for every kid: Bamm-Bamm, Bozo the Clown, Fred Flintstone, Popeye, Scooby-Doo, Flipper (the Dolphin), Huckleberry Hound, Bullwinkle, Batman, Frosty the Snowman, Yogi Bear, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Gumby & Pokey, King Kong, Snoopy, Dennis the Menace, and Sock-It-To-Me (from Laugh-In w/Goldie Hawn).

And those were only a few of the first generation.

 

Each decade boasts its own novelty collection from the 1960s-today.

Random people even post videos of them. Which goes to show how grown-up kids never outgrow a need to recall the fun of childhood!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blow-Up Bop’Ems

    There was a style for every kid: Bamm-Bamm, Bozo the Clown, Fred Flintstone, Popeye, Scooby-Doo, Flipper (the Dolphin), Huckleberry Hound, Bullwinkle, Batman, Frosty the Snowman, Yogi Bear, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Gumby & Pokey, King Kong, Snoopy,...

One Cool Cat

  Everything he touched turned to gold.   Bobby Troup composed, Get Your Kicks on Route 66, famously recorded by multiple artists beginning with Nat King Cole. The song was inspired by a 10-day, cross-country drive taken by Bobby and his first wife, Cynthia....

Time-Out for Tenderness

 Photo by Robert Eklund on Unsplash Children and their pets create bonds, strong and true. Wherever a pet can be added to the family, daily affection and relationships enjoyed by all can be worth the effort required.   Top 10 Reasons   Warmer weather and sunshine...

A Town Once Famous

Pontoon Boat Sunset by Rob Lee is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Lake Wobegon is a fictional town created by Garrison Keillor. And while he authored several books from 1981-2014, his radio show, A Prairie Home Companion was his claim to fame.   Anyone born from,...

Hello, Operator?

Photo by R.D. Smith on Unsplash  100 Years of "Ma Bell"   Do you ever miss the feeling of cradling a Western Electric Bell telephone in your hand, holding the handset up to your ear, listening to the voice of your loved one on the other end?   And, how about...

The Joy of Life

French Countryside by Funky Tee is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 The spark that gives us vigor to live in the present moment with a sense of joy is known by the French as Joie de Vivre.   Magazine About the Joy of Living   Melancholy music suspends us in time,...

Rewinding a Fashion Statement

St. John gold Chain Belt by leyla.a is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 A recent trend uses a popular wardrobe accessory in a novel way: the chain belt draped over women's swimwear as jewelry.   Laws of nature dictate summer sunshine warms metal quickly. You decide....

Summertime Strawberry Splendor

"Strawberries" by ewan traveler is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Realistic aromas can waft from vivid strawberry photographs. Peer for mere seconds before your mouth waters and senses rise with a pleasing dopamine rush!   An absolute favorite memory of my youngest...

Zany Xanadu

Vintage Ad #1,868: Xanadu! by jbcurio is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 The most dazzling romantic musical fantasy in years!   Within the film are time travel scenes of the most unlikely culture contrasts seen on the big screen (like the big band era vs. disco -...

For Good Measure

Every tool bench has a tape measure of some kind. Each dressmaker or seamstress has one as well. They're obviously useful collectibles even today.   Luckily, I spent a lot of fun times playing with these as a child when the adults were too busy to care!  ...

A Mother’s Heart

 Shirley Jones by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   A Mother's Heart: Shirley Mae Jones   She turned down the role of Carol Brady, longing instead to portray a mother like herself:  a working mom with healthy, active children to raise. She got...

Reelin’ in the Years

Sawyer model g view-master viewer.jpg by Junkyardsparkle is marked with CC 1.0   Reelin' in the Years: How View-Master Set the World at Our Fingertips A partnership began in 1938. Soon after, the first View-Master model of stereographic images using Kodachrome...

Bossa Nova Beat

Photo by Pearse O'Halloran on Unsplash    Bossa Nova Beat: The Jazz Genre for All Generations What happened when a band mixed jazz & samba into one single  rhythm, down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, back in the 1950s & 1960s? A new musical genre was born:...

Dining in Style on Route 66

  Dining in Style on Route 66: Tableside Service with a Smile 21st-century décor has not altered the quality of a classic vintage menu and service at one ultra-fine dining spot in New Mexico. Named the best steakhouse in the state, Dinner For Two continues to...

Talent at Every Turn

Tony Curtis (Large) by YorkieBoy is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Talent at Every Turn: Tony Curtis Tony Curtis liked being a movie star enough to act in 130 films. He even liked being married enough to be wedded six times. Some have even said he paved the way for...

Come to the Fair!

Popcorn & Cotton Candy Stand - Windsor Fair, Maine by ChrisGoldNY is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0   Come to the Fair! The Romance of Carnivals and Fairs Step back in time with this selection from Erie County, NY:   https://youtu.be/NuFViPn8aB4?t=198...

The Art of Healing With Color

Henri Matisse - Dishes and Fruit [1901] by Gandalf's Gallery is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0   The Art of Healing With Color: Henri Mattise The artist was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France.  He often used Mediterranean themes in his vigorous expression of color,...

A Thousand Words

Blow-Up Bop’Ems

    There was a style for every kid: Bamm-Bamm, Bozo the Clown, Fred Flintstone, Popeye, Scooby-Doo, Flipper (the Dolphin), Huckleberry Hound, Bullwinkle, Batman, Frosty the Snowman, Yogi Bear, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Gumby & Pokey, King Kong, Snoopy,...

One Cool Cat

  Everything he touched turned to gold.   Bobby Troup composed, Get Your Kicks on Route 66, famously recorded by multiple artists beginning with Nat King Cole. The song was inspired by a 10-day, cross-country drive taken by Bobby and his first wife, Cynthia....

Time-Out for Tenderness

 Photo by Robert Eklund on Unsplash Children and their pets create bonds, strong and true. Wherever a pet can be added to the family, daily affection and relationships enjoyed by all can be worth the effort required.   Top 10 Reasons   Warmer weather and sunshine...

A Town Once Famous

Pontoon Boat Sunset by Rob Lee is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Lake Wobegon is a fictional town created by Garrison Keillor. And while he authored several books from 1981-2014, his radio show, A Prairie Home Companion was his claim to fame.   Anyone born from,...

Hello, Operator?

Photo by R.D. Smith on Unsplash  100 Years of "Ma Bell"   Do you ever miss the feeling of cradling a Western Electric Bell telephone in your hand, holding the handset up to your ear, listening to the voice of your loved one on the other end?   And, how about...

The Joy of Life

French Countryside by Funky Tee is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 The spark that gives us vigor to live in the present moment with a sense of joy is known by the French as Joie de Vivre.   Magazine About the Joy of Living   Melancholy music suspends us in time,...

Rewinding a Fashion Statement

St. John gold Chain Belt by leyla.a is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 A recent trend uses a popular wardrobe accessory in a novel way: the chain belt draped over women's swimwear as jewelry.   Laws of nature dictate summer sunshine warms metal quickly. You decide....

Summertime Strawberry Splendor

"Strawberries" by ewan traveler is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Realistic aromas can waft from vivid strawberry photographs. Peer for mere seconds before your mouth waters and senses rise with a pleasing dopamine rush!   An absolute favorite memory of my youngest...

Zany Xanadu

Vintage Ad #1,868: Xanadu! by jbcurio is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 The most dazzling romantic musical fantasy in years!   Within the film are time travel scenes of the most unlikely culture contrasts seen on the big screen (like the big band era vs. disco -...

For Good Measure

Every tool bench has a tape measure of some kind. Each dressmaker or seamstress has one as well. They're obviously useful collectibles even today.   Luckily, I spent a lot of fun times playing with these as a child when the adults were too busy to care!  ...

A Mother’s Heart

 Shirley Jones by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   A Mother's Heart: Shirley Mae Jones   She turned down the role of Carol Brady, longing instead to portray a mother like herself:  a working mom with healthy, active children to raise. She got...

Reelin’ in the Years

Sawyer model g view-master viewer.jpg by Junkyardsparkle is marked with CC 1.0   Reelin' in the Years: How View-Master Set the World at Our Fingertips A partnership began in 1938. Soon after, the first View-Master model of stereographic images using Kodachrome...

Bossa Nova Beat

Photo by Pearse O'Halloran on Unsplash    Bossa Nova Beat: The Jazz Genre for All Generations What happened when a band mixed jazz & samba into one single  rhythm, down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, back in the 1950s & 1960s? A new musical genre was born:...

Dining in Style on Route 66

  Dining in Style on Route 66: Tableside Service with a Smile 21st-century décor has not altered the quality of a classic vintage menu and service at one ultra-fine dining spot in New Mexico. Named the best steakhouse in the state, Dinner For Two continues to...

Talent at Every Turn

Tony Curtis (Large) by YorkieBoy is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Talent at Every Turn: Tony Curtis Tony Curtis liked being a movie star enough to act in 130 films. He even liked being married enough to be wedded six times. Some have even said he paved the way for...

Come to the Fair!

Popcorn & Cotton Candy Stand - Windsor Fair, Maine by ChrisGoldNY is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0   Come to the Fair! The Romance of Carnivals and Fairs Step back in time with this selection from Erie County, NY:   https://youtu.be/NuFViPn8aB4?t=198...

The Art of Healing With Color

Henri Matisse - Dishes and Fruit [1901] by Gandalf's Gallery is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0   The Art of Healing With Color: Henri Mattise The artist was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France.  He often used Mediterranean themes in his vigorous expression of color,...

A Town Once Famous

Pontoon Boat Sunset by Rob Lee is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Lake Wobegon is a fictional town created by Garrison Keillor. And while he authored several books from 1981-2014, his radio show, A Prairie Home Companion was his claim to fame.

 

Anyone born from, say, 1950-1970, likely tuned into the weekly program or heard its American folk music playing from a home radio often enough to recognize Keillor’s familiar voice.

 

Comedy is best when it contains a measure of real life experience and human fallibility.  This is precisely how

A Prairie Home Companion brought the imaginary town

of Lake Wobegon to life each week around the globe.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed the author-narrated audio version of News from Lake Wobegon for several years after receiving it as a gift. One of its finest stories is here for your pleasure:

 

 

 

Further proof that some celebrities still care about their fans:

 

And He Still Lives Here!

 

 

 

The Joy of Life

French Countryside by Funky Tee is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The spark that gives us vigor to live in the present moment with a sense of joy is known by the French as Joie de Vivre.

 

Magazine About the Joy of Living

 

Melancholy music suspends us in time, illuminating the hidden cobwebs in our spirit.

One such touching melancholy piece is titled,  Joie de Vivre

The composer is George Davidson, a brilliant musician who grew up off the coast of France on the island of Guernsey. 

He specializes in romantic favorites, French love songs, show tunes, and original compositions.  Please listen and enjoy:

 

 

 

 

 

Rewinding a Fashion Statement

St. John gold Chain Belt by leyla.a is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

A recent trend uses a popular wardrobe accessory in a novel way: the chain belt draped over women’s swimwear as jewelry.

 

Laws of nature dictate summer sunshine warms metal quickly.

You decide.

Should chain belts be saved for cocktail dresswear, or venture out to the pool and ocean by adorning swimsuits this season?

 

 

 

 

Women’s chain belts were a thing in the 1980s-90s when huge shoulder pads & double-breasted styling were standard attire.

Does the Lady of the House in your home have one of these chains tucked away somewhere in the closet?

 

If not, you can find great styles here on Etsy:

 

Vintage Chain Belts

 

 

Zany Xanadu

Vintage Ad #1,868: Xanadu! by jbcurio is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

The most dazzling romantic musical fantasy in years!

 

Within the film are time travel scenes of the most unlikely culture contrasts seen on the big screen (like the big band era vs. disco – with ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) filling much of its double-platinum motion picture soundtrack album.

 

Xanadu Title Track: Olivia & ELO

 

My biggest arguments in support of the movie’s cult following (a significant fan base yet today) are the pairing of two bigtime stars: Olivia Newton-John with Gene Kelly, and performances by the late Andy Gibb of the legendary Brothers Gibb legacy.

 

The Brothers Gibb

 

Disclaimer: PG-13 warning for language in last few seconds of video. Thank You. 

 

 

 

 

Reelin’ in the Years

Sawyer model g view-master viewer.jpg by Junkyardsparkle is marked with CC 1.0

 

Reelin’ in the Years:

How View-Master Set the World at Our Fingertips

A partnership began in 1938. Soon after, the first View-Master model of stereographic images using Kodachrome transparency film was showcased at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City.

 

The creators wanted their device to be a postcard alternative.

This is why many of the earliest reels were scenes from tourist sites such as Carlsbad Caverns and The Grand Canyon.

 

View-Master fulfilled a huge contract with the United States Government for military personnel training reels and viewers.

Then the company bought out its biggest competitor, also gaining  licensing rights to Walt Disney Studios. 

 

These two actions bankrolled View-Master into becoming a worldwide phenomenon – and household favorite of all ages.

 

 

 

 

Bossa Nova Beat

Photo by Pearse O’Halloran on Unsplash 

 

Bossa Nova Beat:

The Jazz Genre for All Generations

What happened when a band mixed jazz & samba into one single  rhythm, down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, back in the 1950s & 1960s?

A new musical genre was born: Bossa Nova, meaning New Wave.

 

If you think this was only a fly-by-night fancy, think again.

The enduring hit, The Girl from Ipanema, is thought to be the second most recorded pop song ever (after The Beatles’ Yesterday)!

 

In honor of the jazz genre for all generations, here is Ultra-Lounge,

Vol. 14: Bossa Novaville. My top favorite song is Amy’s Theme.

The final track is by Julie London, nurse from the series Emergency!

Let me know in the comments which of the 19 hits you like best.

 

 

 

 

Dining in Style on Route 66

 

Dining in Style on Route 66:

Tableside Service with a Smile

21st-century décor has not altered the quality of a classic vintage menu and service at one ultra-fine dining spot in New Mexico.

Named the best steakhouse in the state, Dinner For Two continues to carry great 1950s-era elegance by offering tableside service for two including Caesar Salad, Chateaubriand, and Bananas Foster.

 

Regal Dining for Two on Route 66

 

 

 

 

 

Come to the Fair!

Popcorn & Cotton Candy Stand – Windsor Fair, Maine by ChrisGoldNY is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

 

Come to the Fair!

The Romance of Carnivals and Fairs

Step back in time with this selection from Erie County, NY:

 

 

And see Carter’s Vintage Steam Fair; the world’s largest of its kind: