Monday, May 13, 2013

Monday Mustache: September 1969 Life with Archie

Archie, Jughead, Reggie and the others from that squeeky clean bunch in the Archie comics didn't sport facial hair, but maybe they should have.

Instead, mustaches in the comics were often relegated to stuffy authority figures...

or angry fathers.

Maybe the Archies should have read their own comic.

Tucked away in the pages of the September 1969 issue of Life with Archie was an ad that could have transformed their young lives.

It even might have helped Archie win over Veronica, taking him from this:

and only $2 later, to this.
 The whole Archie gang could have benefited.

Maybe Betty and Veronica should go with the hair extensions instead, and at only $1 each, think of the savings.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Monday Mustache: Natty Boh, Baltimore

Mr. Boh, the logo for National Bohemian ("Natty Boh") beer, debuted in 1933. Here he is perched atop of the Natty Boh brewery in Baltimore, Maryland.

Photo courtesy of John Martin (obtained through a Listia auction!)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

1953 Sightseeing with the Swayzes through Vacationland America

Today I went to a muscle car cruise, where owners of vintage street machines bring them out to show them, so in honor of those cars I'm featuring a vintage travel guide of mine.

Published in 1953 by Fram, this great bit of auto ephemera focuses on New Orleans, and is "hosted" by newscaster John Cameron Swayze - I  believe this was before he was spokesperson for Timex (It takes a licking and keeps on ticking.)

The brochure takes the reader through a nine day travel itinerary of the Swayzes through the New Orleans area, with the brochure liberally sprinkled with Fram promotions.

What a great bit of vintage Vacationland memorabilia.

By the way, if you want to see some of those muscle cars, check out my other blog, Daddy's Tiny Cars, where I kick out a collage of some great cars, some of which were from the time of this brochure.

Friday, September 28, 2012

An explanation of Boudreaux, Butt Paste, and Tiny Cars

For a short time viewers who get this blog delivered via feed or email might have seen a strange blog post about Boudreaux and a Matchbox car, only to disappear.

You did not imagine it. Allow me to explain.

In addition to Nickadizzy, I also write where I post a picture of a Hot Wheels or Matchbox car each week and loosely connect it to a story about my family or life.

Today I inadvertently posted the Tiny Cars blog on the Nickadizzy vintage site but realized my error and switched it to its real home.

Sorry for any confusion, but since I'm here I invite you, if interested, to follow the adventures of me, Racer A, Racer Z, and Baby G over at!


- Dale aka Nickadizzy

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ice Capades of 1956 program

I recent found  this original 1956 Ice Capades program at a garage sale.

The program featured an ice show of Peter Pan featuring skater Donna Atwood, as well as top a skating act Bobby Specht and a number of others.

This bit of 1950's ephemera was too good to not share ~

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

1914 The People's Home Library

Christina, a friend of mine, lent me this great old reference book. Copyrighted 1910 and published in Cleveland, Ohio in 1914 by the R.C. Barnum Company, The People's Home Library is a giant of a book -- three books, actually, combined under one binding for something like a combined 1,032 pages and weighing four pounds five ounces!

The book is a compendium of information. Book I is home medical advice, including advice on marriage, recipes for patent medicines such as Shiloh's Consumption Cure and Oil of Gladness (which requires 1 fluid dram of Tincture of Opium), and advice on baby colic.

I'm not sure how sound all of the medical advice remains -- for a nose bleed it suggests shoving grated dried beef up your nose, but it's fascinating to browse through.

Moving right out of home remedies for hives, we get Book II, with recipes for corn bread and custard, and instructions for setting the table.

The logical next step would be: veterinary diagrams and instructions for livestock, of course. Actually, it makes sense, as this was meant as a how-to book for rural inhabitants to handle almost any situation.

With some things incredibly outdated and other topics still relatively unchanged, this is a browsing book, and at more than 1,000 pages, that's a lot of browsing.