Saturday, April 15, 2017

Alright sweetheart, the game's up!

No! Baka Boskovich, put the ham back!  

For the final post of the Five and Dime 1955 Trade catalog series it's going to go out with an Andy Griffith Show reference to the episode "Shoplifters" from 1964.  This is one of my favorites!  It has the Mother's Day gift showing the beer can opener with the umbrella so "she can open cans in the rain without getting her hands wet".  It has the security guard night watchman (aka Rip Van Winkle), Asa Breeny, who is one of my favorite characters "I got up!".  There is a scene with some amazing MCM furniture and lamps (6 PC Living Room Group $299).  And best of all is watching Barney scuttle around the floor of the department store.  The image above is from the trade magazine promoting two way glass, but it reminds me of the little old lady that ought never to 'clank'.

After two months of browsing in the same Five and Dime store you can certainly hear things, like what's been going around town about Myra Koontz from the Lingerie Shop or that some things have been disappearing from the store.   Things like a silver tea set and canned hams!  We can't afford these kind of losses!


No time for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Barney is on the case!  And he has got his eye on the burg right now!


Excuse me ma'am, but could you step on our scales please.  I'll even pay the penny charge.



She's loaded down with 163 pounds of clank!  Her fortune reads "You're headed for the Clink!"
Alright sister, let's go!  A little time behind bars may cure you of your taking ways lady!

  I am still sworn in as a deputy from the flood so i have to help sort this all out.  In the meantime it may remain quiet on MHICTY for a bit longer. Those canned hams have to be accounted for. Easter is just around the corner and people don't want Chef Boyardee Pizza in a box on their holiday table!

See if you can find out the story about Myra Koontz that's been going around while I'm away.  I heard it has something to do with the fella that came through from Chattanooga. 

More Mayberry:

2006 Trip

Crafty Andy Stuff

Mayberry Menus

Friday, April 14, 2017

Hardware Department: Trap more sales!


I have a vintage McGill rat trap.  Kinda odd I know.  I have crafty not death intentions for it!


This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hardware Department: Sylvania Light Bulb Profit Maker

An example of a Sylvania display off in the corner:



I have this old wood rack/shelf that I picked up free on the side of the road several years ago.



It's exclusively for the displaying of Sylvania Lamps!



I cleaned it up and painted it.  It is now the prime display area in my living room of random bits of thrifted crap!


This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Monday, April 10, 2017

Hardware Department: Bathroom, Kitchen, Closet Accessories

I think we better make our last stop in the Hardware Department.  Mr. Husband asked me to pick up some bathroom, kitchen, and closet accessories, light bulbs, and a rat trap.  Not sure what he has got planned but he can count me out!


I love the illustration style of this lady.  The display rack with it's pin legs is sooo awesome!

This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".


Friday, April 07, 2017

Toy Department: Plastic Playthings

While we are in the "Toy Department" I thought I would share a few vintage 5 and dime store toys I have in my collection that are still in their packaging.  I picked up all of these things together at the flea market.


I love this set and do have plans of delicately removing it from it's packaging for some dart practice.


I remember writing several months back that I collect a little bit of everything...except for rubber baby nipples.  I may have to take that back.  I now have this toy baby bottle in my collection and it has an old decrepit rubber nipple.


PB really liked these ships and we have plans of trying them out in the bathtub.


So so cute little mini tea and coffee set.

I love old toys and their packaging.
A few years back I was a participate of an art exhibit called "Retro".  For my piece I went with the idea of 5 and dime toys and packaging.


Only I made mine adult/life sized!


Here I am next to it as a serving suggestion.

For more photos and info about my Deluxe Dining Doo Dads see here.


This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Toy Department: New Vinyl Squeeze Toys

Oh my word.. these guys are so freakin' adorable!

Love little "Twinkle"!



Here is a rubber squeaky cutie kitty from my vintage toy collection.


This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Monday, April 03, 2017

Toy Department: Pretzel Balloons


Interestingly none of the balloons are shaped like pretzels! 




This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Friday, March 31, 2017

Toy Department: '55 Parade of Toys



It's a rather small parade but these appendage challenged sprites are worth showing up for!




This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Toy Department: Tru-Vue Viewer

Yay! On to the Toy Department!


Similar to View Master


This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Beauty/Health/Toy Department: Pepsodent toothbrush with Davy Crockett Ring

I think we are in a transition end cap between departments.


Such a cute idea!  And I love the display rack!



This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Monday, March 27, 2017

Beauty Department: Tub-Ums

I want a pair of Tub-Ums!  They come with a quilted vamp and are washable, of course!
They are a soothing travel companion!  Maybe when others in the car, plane, or train start causing a ruckus you remove one of your Tub-Ums and wack them with it so they will shut it!


This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Friday, March 24, 2017

Beauty Department: Poly-Pin Hair Brush


I am amused with this ad for a plastic hairbrush.  Partly it is because of a funny (had to be there) story.  I'll tell it but only myself and a friend of mine will ever laugh about it.
Several years ago one of my best friends and I worked together.  She had a drawer she kept her personal stuff in.  For some reason this pink hairbrush (just like the one in the picture) kept showing up in her drawer.  She asked around to return it to it's owner.  No one would claim it.  The brush started to become the punchline in any thing we would joke about. We would set up reasons to talk about it: "Hey Deb!  Your hair is looking mighty nice today!"  "It's thanks to my Pink Hair Brush!"  My friend taped it to the bulletin board and claimed to everyone that it was a prize for which ever employee met some quota that wasn't even real.  I can't tell you how much she and I would laugh about that hair brush.  Finally, one day another employee snatched it off the wall, offended, because it was hers.  Apparently she had so much crap in her personal drawer the hairbrush kept getting pushed into my friend's drawer below.  This made us laugh even more.  Pink Hair Brush!


This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Beauty Department: Hair Nets


Their not just for lunch ladies!

Here are a few I have in my vintage collection:





This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Monday, March 20, 2017

Beauty Department: Color Hair Rinse


Your using it wrong!  It goes on your hair not your face!

This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Friday, March 17, 2017

Beauty Department: Bob Pins


If you haven't filled your buggy up with too many toilet brushes let's see what's new in the Beauty Department!


It's TIME to use some rubber tipped bob pins!


"Never use anything but Wil-hold, or your hair just isn't going to look right."
An alternative selling slogan.


Safety tipped bob pins came about due to high incidences of ladies killing their husbands with the previous sharp dagger ended models.  


Shop owners could send for a beauty record, explaining the many thrills of bob pin 'Flexi-Grip'.



I don't have any of the brands in the ads above but I do have this box full of vintage professional Flamingo bob pins.  Preferred by 7 out of 10 beauticians!


This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Houseware Department: Toilet Scrubbers



Display your toilet brush scrubbers on tables, shelves, gondolas- anywhere! 


This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Monday, March 13, 2017

Houseware Department: Mallo-tone Ware

Fantastic plastic!

This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Housewares: Magic Touch Ice Cube Trays



I love this ad!  Those clip art folks are sooo excited over those ice cube trays!  Look at the guy already pulling out his wallet and money.  And his wife is elated as if he was buying her a mink coat.


Here are some metal ice cube trays of mine...though none of them have the Magic Touch!  They are the "outmoded trays" of old refrigerators, General Electric and Frigidaire. 

While I love the look of metal ice cube trays I find them difficult and a bit dangerous to use.  I can't crack them due to my puny girl muscles.  And you'll be screaming "stuck! Stuck! STUCK!" like Flick on The Christmas Story if your hands have any bit of moisture when removing them from the freezer.  

Friday, March 10, 2017

Houseware Department: Ice Cream Scoop


When is the last time you saw an ad for an ice cream scoop?

Ice Cream scoops are an inside joke around our house.  There is a Chinese buffet restaurant in the red neck /low class area of our town that we like to go to.  Not because the food is superb, it's the atmosphere we like.  There is always some crazy story to eavesdrop on or someone wearing bizarre fashion combinations.  During one visit I came out of the bathroom to find an ice cream scoop on the floor.  Mr. Husband informed me I had missed an employee get in an argument with a guest right in front of the buffet area.  Apparently the employee ended the altercation by throwing the ice cream scoop down the hallway and stormed off.
It's always a great time there!


This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Houseware Department: Decoware


This is such an amazing ad!  My scan does not do it justice. The entire page is printed a pale shade of pink.  It is very suitable for framing...if I had a pink kitchen.  However the faceless and footless lady is a bit disturbing!  

 Decoware items are so lovely.
I do have the small metal waste basket in turquoise by Decoware.  


I wish I had all of those items in the ad in turquoise!

This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Monday, March 06, 2017

Houseware Department: Federal Canister Set

Sure looks like alot like these....


This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Friday, March 03, 2017

Houseware Department: Household Gloves

Glamour protection, rubber glove style!



Rubber gloves sell, sell, sell!



Here is a photo booth pic of myself wearing rubber gloves, 70s housewife style, from the Apron Strings exhibit last year.
I don't like wearing rubber gloves.  They make my hands stink for days.  I would rather get old lady 'dishpan hands' scented of dish soap and lasagna.

This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".


Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Houseware Department: Lustro-Ware

 Lustro-ware products are usually much cuter than this ad. Maybe the flexible stuff is plain and more utilitarian.  I have a set of well used rigid and cute Lustro-Ware canisters:




This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".