I was (and still am) a devoted pen freak. There is just something satisfying about having a writing utensil in-hand, creating with your own handwriting. My pen obsession likely began around 1974, when – as this ad shows – the Sheaffer NoNonsense pen was introduced. This pen had a super cool design, harking back to the 1920s with its large flattop fountain pen style.
The NoNonsense pen was refillable and came in either ballpoint, marker or cartridge fountain styles. It came in eight sprightly holiday colors, and its own little gift box for $1.98.
I had the orange NoNonsense pen in 1974. I remember thinking it was SO fab and loved writing with it since it was fat and round. I tend to grip my writing utensils quite tightly, and this one loosened up my grasp a bit. I also thought the orange matched my hair, since I was a redhead. 🙂
Mix, Munch and be Merry with Chex Party Mix. It’s the snack you make up fresh!
This is a fab recipe from the December 1969 issue of Ingenue magazine for that classic snack, Chex Party Mix. I checked online for “original” Chex Party Mix recipes, but they are different. The new recipes have slightly different ingredients, and use a microwave (which was not in widespread use in 1969). In keeping with vintage authenticity, here is the recipe for a fast and spicy variation of the regular Chex Party Mix recipe. Mix it in your skillet. It’s ready to munch in just 10 minutes.
Special Chex Pronto Party Mix
- 5 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Ac’cent
- 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 2 cups Corn Chex
- 2 cups Rice Chex
- 2 cups Wheat Chex
- 1 jar Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts
- Melt butter in large skillet over low heat. Stir in seasonings. Mix well.
- Add Chex and peanuts. Mix over low heat until all pieces are coated.
- Continue heating and stirring 10 minutes. Spread out on absorbent paper to cool. Yield: 8 cups.
Enjoy this vintage 60s party classic!
“It’s another feeling. It’s another Chanel.”
This is a really pretty Chanel No.19 perfume ad from the December 1974 issue of Mademoiselle magazine. It features a gorgeous model with long, flying hair dressed in a dark pink evening gown. I love the metallic silver printing of the Chanel logo.
Chanel No. 19 perfume was first introduced in 1971. The number 19 was chosen for Coco Chanel’s birthday of August 19th. No. 19 is a balsamic-green scent, and the perfume has a slight greenish tint. The perfume contains fragrant notes of galbanum, neroli, bergamot, jasmine, rose, lily of the valley, iris, vetiver, sandalwood, leather and musk.
This is a great December 1969 ad for Maybelline Frosty Whites eye shadow and eye liner. It has a sparkly, wintry feel to it, with the luminously pale model decked out in Frosty Whites makeup.
White eye shadow was popular in the late ’60s. In reality, it made all but a few of us look pale and ghostly – especially when teamed with white lipstick (which no one should ever wear)!
To use Frosty Whites, you start with a line of Ivory White…cake or fluid. Then add darker liner to show off the white. Brush on Pearl White Ultra Shadow to highlight pastel shadows, to widen your eyes. For extra excitement at night, use Crystal White Stick Shadow iwth a line of iridescent Fluid Liner. The forecast can only be extra beauty for your eyes…when you face the winter with Frosty Whites.
Tie-Dye was HUGE in the early 1970s, and Rit Dye Co. was having a heyday. “Rit invents ELECTRIC SATIN – Simplicity says it’s shocking!”
This 1970 Rit ad showcased tie-dying satin fabric, and then sewing up an ‘electrifying’ Simplicity Pattern. The sewing patterns are 8210, 8245, and 8182. Most every female knew how to sew in 1970, due to the requirement (for girls) of Home Economics classes. The whole point was to make something uniquely yours by creating your own print. Then sewing it up yourself added to that one-of-a-kind outfit.
I think the effect is rather groovy! 🙂
Peace out, Marilyn
Cheryl Tiegs was a fresh-faced, natural looking model in the 1970s. With her California girl looks, she was the perfect face for Cover Girl’s Clean Make-up line. Clean Make-up was supposed to stay fresh as sunshine and look natural as all outdoors, while being infused with Noxzema medication to fight germs.
Unfortunately, Cheryl now has taken it up as her mission to criticize gorgeous full-sized models such as Ashley Graham. I find this in very poor taste. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and we should be celebrating health and diversity.