Monday, November 20, 2017

Vintage Advertising - Snowdrift Lard

From The Woman's Home Companion, January 1921.

Saturday, November 18, 2017


Friday, November 17, 2017

Quote Of The Day

Cat Gorgeous Cat by Oliver Herford

"You know the best example of sincerity?  The absolute gold standard?"


Angus pointed to the door, outside which Cyril was waiting patiently.  "A dog.  Have you ever met with an insincere dog -- a dog who hides his true feelings?"

Domenica looked thoughtful.  "And cats?"

"Dreadfully insincere," said Angus.  Psychopaths -- every one of them.  Show me a cat, Domenica, and I'll show you a psycopath.  Textbook examples."  ~ Alexander McCall Smith

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Not So Ancient History

My oldest sister was watching this the other night and suddenly her husband's picture flashed on the screen.


High Diving Giraffes from Алексей on Vimeo.

As requested - the giraffes!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Plus Ҫa Change

Michigan Avenue Bridge, by Errol Jacobson

About fifty years ago, my father (who resembled Dr Gibbs in this respect) piled the four youngest children -- aged eight to sixteen -- into our station wagon with my poor mother and headed for Alabama.

Ostensibly we were going to see my oldest sister graduate from boot camp at then-Ft. McClellan, but the real reasons for the trip were Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and any other Civil War site that could reasonably be sandwiched in along the way.

In front of a six-pounder perched high on Missionary Ridge, a young Park Service guide began asking questions of the small crowd of tourists.  Little did he know what he was in went something like this.

He: Does anyone here know how many shots per minute this cannon could fire?

Me:  Two rounds per minute, with an experienced crew.

He:  Very good!  Who knows what these cannons were made of?

Next Youngest Brother:  They were cast out of bronze except for some Confederate cannons that used to blow up.

He:  Mmm..okay.  Now, in order to use a cannon, the crew needed to haul ammunition and other equipment around.  Does anyone know what this was called?

Youngest Brother: Limber.

He:  Ah...yes.  Moving right along, can anyone tell me what made these cannons so much more accurate than they were in the past?

Youngest Sister: They had rifled barrels.

And so it went for the rest of that poor man's spiel.  The four of us answered every single question, while my father grinned behind his moustache and my mother looked resigned.

Last Friday my sisters and I went on an architecture tour up the Chicago River (yes, it was snowing.  Took two hours for my feet to thaw out).  As soon as we were underway the guide began quizzing the dozen or so hardy souls aboard.

It was Missionary Ridge all over again.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Off to Chicago this week for a Veteran's Day meetup with my sisters.

(God help Chicago).

Monday, November 6, 2017

Vintage Magazines - 10-Story Mystery

From 1948, the British version of a magazine originally published in Chicago in 1942.

Saturday, November 4, 2017


Friday, November 3, 2017

Quote Of The Day

Image from The Graphics Fairy

A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner. ~ English proverb.

Thursday, November 2, 2017


In our house, these are known as woof marks.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Bad Night At Black Rock

copyright-free image from Dover

Batdog and I went off to obedience class tonight, leaving the Man of the House and the New Kids to deal with the trick or treaters.

By the time we got home (around 8pm), he had just finished coaxing them back up out of the basement.  Then for some reason Batdog vomited on the dining room rug and he got out the handheld steamer* and fired it up.

The Kids are still in the basement.

*a pet 0wner's best friend.

Sewing - One Hour Dress

The One Hour Dress, brainchild of Mary Brooks Picken's correspondence school the Woman's Institute and courtesy of the Antique Pattern Library.  Copyright 1925.

Yes, I still can't find those damned Workbaskets.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Vintage Advertising - Sunkist Lemons

From the Woman's Home Companion, January 1921.

Saturday, October 28, 2017


Friday, October 27, 2017

Quote Of The Day

Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. ~ Wm Shakespeare

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A Word To The Wise

Generally speaking, it is not a good idea to pretend to be choking on your sandwich during a Red Cross Disaster Action Team meeting.

Workbasket Magazines at the Antique Patterns Library

Last week I took all of my 1940's copies of Workbasket magazine that still needed to be scanned, placed them in a manila folder, and put them...


So until I find them again, here's a link to Vol 9, No 3 (March 1944), one of two vintage Workbaskets that APL has up on their website.

They recently acquired an almost-complete set of the little magazine, along with permission to copy them.  They've done two so far and I can't wait for the rest.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Vintage Magazines - Adventure

From September, 1930; about thirty-five years after cavalry charges became obsolete.