Saturday, March 31, 2007

Remembering Peggy Lee
In the continuing effort fill up every second of my life in front of the computer, I now present the 2nd of my Podcasts. This one is dedicated to my memories of Peggy Lee; Peggy I can honestly say is my favorite female singer. Like Sinatra she was like a force of nature that continued to grow and change throughout her career. From band singer, to sexy cabaret chanteuse, to an icon of the America songbook, she was always a class act.

As an example, listen to her sing "I've Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" like no one else...

Or her signature song "Is That All There Is?" on the Johnny Cash Kraft Show. Someday I hope to see a clear color version of this.

and the saddest Christmas Medley you'll ever hear in your life... I show as an example of what an amazing actress of a song she was... as one of the posters on youtube commented... "it gives me goosebumps". Peggy barely has any voice left in this clip; it was a particularily difficult time in her life, but the emotions behind her voice are powerful.

and finally, this song is so etheral that it can almost make you stop breathing...

As you can probably tell by now, I'm a pretty big fan...

If you want to hear me wax on some more go to my Podcast to hear "Remembering Peggy Lee"...

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Once again I dive into my book of 40 year old jokes about Male Fantasies, Prostitution, Unwanted Pregnancies, Murder, Orgies, and Beds of Nails...

and my favorite...

Sunday, March 25, 2007

The Best of '73

Man... I can watch this shit for hours...
and David watch at 4:35... party at my house if you can find a copy of that...!!!

on second thought... party at my house with this gem... there is something about 70's TV movies... they are lessons for filmmakers in how to keep your audience's attention for 70 minutes...

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Jokes for the John... or Did you hear about the preacher who ruined his organ on a hymn?

I've lived in the same apartment now for ten years. Old 1920s structure with lots of character, odd elderly neighbors, and drafty windows. When I first moved into here I noticed in the bathroom that there was this strange little hook that was mounted right across from the toilet.

It really was useless for hanging anything on, but I thought maybe it was for a wash cloth. The other thing was for a hook it was decidedly dick-like. Then at a used book store I found a book called "More Jokes for the John".

Finally I realized the purpose of the hook. For almost ten years this book has been hanging there. I'm sure it's gotten more attention than anything else in my home. I mean if you're visiting and nature calls you can't miss it. More Jokes for the John has gotten me through many a hangover morning, or bout with food poisoning from Mexican food. It's a great bathroom read because the jokes are so inane that they seem fresh each time I read them because I've completely forgotten them from the last time.

Indicative of the time it was published the jokes are sexist, sexy, and just plain stupid. Just the thing to take your mind off of your business. The subjects of the jokes mainly run in a few categories: Horny men trying to trick a woman into having sex; horny women trying to have sex, prostitutes talking about sex, big breasts, homosexuals, and how wives are all shrews.

One of the jokes that has stumped people for years is this one:
"Two little worms were crawling in the garden, one of them stopped and the other crawled right on. "
That's it... Any interpretation as to why this is a joke would be most welcome. I've had suggestions that the punchline was left out, but I don't think so.
Anyway... for your browsing pleasure here are some of the cartoons from this book.

More to come...

Sunday, March 18, 2007

More Crumbling Beauty
Beauty and the Beastly Cheap Construction Paper

A few weeks ago I did a post on this found scrapbook that I found at an estate sale. Ever since I took it out of it's plastic it's completely falling apart. So I thought I'd better post a few more pages before they turn to dust.

One thing is sure Gloria Swanson was right, "Back then we had faces..." these people were dazzling.

Note: Lupe Valez is just right of Reginald Denny. She died in an horrible way. (via"She had planned a beautiful tableau for reporters to photograph - flowers and candles surrounding the bed on which she laid after taking an overdose of sleeping pills. But it didn't work that way - her last meal (a huge Mexican feast) didn't agree with the sleeping pills. She groggily made her way to the bathroom to throw up, but the pills kicked in and she passed out with her head in the toilet and drowned. Not exactly the pretty picture she had imagined. " I'd also heard she wasn't trying to kill herself, but just wanted to make a show for her lover. He didn't show on time and she tried to make herself throw up and then drowned... but still, 'what a way to go'...

One Hour with You is a great movie... It's terribly risque, it's all about a happily married couple who are tempted with other sexual possibilities. Maurice sings a song which basically says, "I love my wife, but I can screw this other woman, what should I do... I'll screw".

The person who put this scrapbook together certainly had an eye for design; just look at how the glamorous starlets are framing Claudette Cobert.

And DAMN... Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was absolutely gorgeous!

More to come...

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Six Degrees of Lucy...
I've talked about my good pal Danny Boy and his incredible video collection in the past. I've scammed many a youtube clip from him until youtube shut him down a couple weeks ago. Well I had to do a plug for him because he was involved in the release Hour I Love Lucy Shows. I know for Dan working on this project must have been dream come true because he's always been a huge Lucy fan; He contributed some video from his private collection. It's a must have set... if only for the Tallulah Bankhead episode.

So congrats to Danny Boy... I'll keep you posted if he finds another place to start posting his videos again. Buy it here

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Beware the Ides of the March Issue of Women's Household
Who Says Easter Eggs Don't Grow on Trees

I'm committed to devote at least one post a month to an issue of Women's Household magazine. This month we look back at March 1966, and it does not disappoint. (Please click on scans for bigger, readable photos.)

Our issue begins with a profile of one of the regular readers who brags that she has over 650 salt and peppers and shows off a bedspread that she crocheted that must have taken her two years to complete! It makes me wonder if these crafts still exist or if they were just thrown away by uninterested grandchildren; not that I would completely blame them, what does a family do with 650 salt and pepper shakers?

Next, Mrs. Opal Roller (my new favorite drag name) hawks something called Powder Dolls and is willing to trade them for S&H Green Stamps. Those of a certain age will fondly remember S&H Green Stamps. Those who don't remember I pity that you've never had the satisfaction of pasting your last needed stamp in a book so that you could get that frying pan you've been waiting for. Also note that Mrs. Rollers daughter is probably a teenager but looks about 45.

Mrs. Daniel Bill of New Jersey is my choice for the Women's Household reader that I'd most like to drink Manhattan's. Not only does she do my favorite craft, making toilet paper cozies, but she plays the guitar and has a hot adopted Korean son.

No object is free from modification in Women's Household. In fact, if you subscribed to Pack-O-Fun craft magazine you got a book that warned you not to throw away your plastic bottles, because bleach bottles dressed as pigs make perfect wedding or birthday gifts. The weirdest item in this recycled craft art answers the age old question, "What do you do with old keys...?" Obviously you make little dresses for them. Mrs. Harriet Hansen suggests that you should make your key into whimsical characters when you have a 'window' in your craft making time and that "people will stop and chuckle at them" I think when you are making clothes for your old keys the only people who will stop and chuckle will be the nurses in an institution as they come to give you your pill.

And now a word from our sponsor:

What's Your Problem?

In previous posts on Woman's Household I've mentioned the "What's Your Problem?" section. Every month a reader's problem was featured, the following issue the busy bodies answers would be printed. This is a particularly interesting question. My husband is stupid and I hate him. Answer: Shut up and get off your high horse. There is a whole other page of answers, click here if you feel inclined to read the rest of the article.

And in a similar vein, one of my favorite features Pet Peeves.

(Large portions of WH are devoted to people complaining.)

I adore Jell-O. However, there is nothing I've heard more revolting then Lime Jello made with vegetable soup, and then to have the nerve to name it after a blessed saint. And if ever I decide to have another band again I think Tuna Queen would be a perfect name. If anyone cooks out there, please make these recipes and report back on them. Maybe we need a Women's Household cook-off.

A few random photos...

Mrs. M. Goates looks like she mistakenly left her two sacks of potatoes at the market and picked up these two kids instead.

The caption should be "here we are cowering in terror behind my rubber plant".

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

My first post on Women's Household was called a Subscription for Despair. there was much debate on the post about that title. However, presented for the first time in its entirety is the feature "Missing Folks Corner" sometimes called "Missing Persons". It still strikes me as a odd to have Jello recipes, key clothes on one page then on the next "...have you seen my crippled brother" ads. When I'm deciding what to put on this blog from this magazine, I've been leaving out most of the really gut wrenching stories, blind grandchildren, house bound lonely spinsters, and widowed knitters. Ah, the humanity.
And finally, a ray of hope. A letter from a young hopeful housewife, with plenty of craft making time windows to put a cozy on everything in her house. Duke University contacted me to ask if I would donate my Women's Household collection to their women's studies program library. I'm still in the process of scanning a lot of them so that's a way off; I think that they should contact Jane Winters of Williamsburg, Indiana, whose hobby was collecting craft magazines. I have a feeling if she's still alive, they are all neatly packed away in her sewing room right now. Enjoy!