Posts Categorized: Daily Life

Clotheslines and Forget-Me-Nots

Spring has been springing forth thoroughly for several months now in the Pacific Northwest, and more so in the last week. My backyard is going absolutely berserk with growth. The pretty little blue forget-me-nots seem to be all over the place about a month ahead of normal bloom time. They’ve positioned themselves right under my… Read more »

The Ultra Brite Love-Bug – Vintage 1975

In 1971, LA based advertising consultant Charles E. Bird started a company called Beetleboards. It was a way for college students to advertise and make money ($20 per month) by driving around with groovy graphic ads on the sides of their VW Beetles. This continued throughout the ’70s, but fizzled out by the ’80s. Which… Read more »

Yardley of London in Wartime 1945

With Yardley of London reaching its groovy heyday in the late 1960s/early 70s, it’s easy to forget that it’s an old company. A very old company! Established in 1770, it was a major producer of soaps and perfumes. English Lavender soap, anyone? Since Yardley’s soaps and cosmetics were so popular with the Victorians and Edwardians,… Read more »

The 1934 Magical Reducing Perfolastic Girdle!

Wanting to look smooth and shapely under your clothing is nothing new, despite the current pervasiveness of Spanx and other modern shapewear. This Perfolastic Girdle ad is from the January 1934 issue of Picture Play magazine. 1930s fashions were more sleek and form-fitting than the relative bagginess of 1920s Flapper styles, so a proper foundation… Read more »