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Collectible Vintage Rolex Diving Watches On Display

Collectible Vintage Rolex Diving Watches On Display | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
When my parents were working on this latest estate sale, the found this miniature copper diver's helmet. Attached to it was a note stating it was from a Rolex watch store display. Ever curious, err...
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Vintage Marketing To Women Was A-Wash In Premiums

Vintage Marketing To Women Was A-Wash In Premiums | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Some people think that the only premiums that came in boxes were in cereal boxes for kids. Sure, there were those coupon books and other early loyalty programs designed to bring people back to cert...
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Remember the old ads with Dolly Parton? Do you remember which brand it was?

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Antique Up-Skirt Action

Antique Up-Skirt Action | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Who doesn't like a company that preaches values while looking up a lady's skirt? After complaining about Uncle Sam's tax, ye olde Day & Night tobacco company wants you to get your money's worth...
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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, March 16, 2015 2:28 PM

Ye Olde Advertising

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"Topknot Troubles"

"Topknot Troubles" | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
If you collect vintage magazines and ephemera like I do, you know there's nothing new under the sun. The celebrity names & faces change, there's "modern" graphics and trends too. But the push o...
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How I Spent My Afternoon: Cleaning Old Feed Sacks (A "How To" Guide!)

How I Spent My Afternoon: Cleaning Old Feed Sacks (A "How To" Guide!) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
While the graphics can be real beauties, they lie beneath layers & clumps of stuff that is not so beautiful and smells — like dirt and, yes, manure.

In order to be of any real value, the vintage and antique feed sacks must be cleaned.

But it is neither safe nor advisable to throw them into the wash machine. (Since the weave of burlap sacks is so wide, I rarely ever trust my washing machine with them. Even the gentle or hand-wash settings always seems to create pulls or holes, often starting at the threads at the seams. I just don’t like to risk it.)

Instead, you must hand wash them — and, due to their size, one at a time at that.

While the old feed sacks I cleaned today are made of burlap, you can clean other feed, seed, flour, sugar sacks etc. in the same way.

How To Clean Old Feed, Flour, Seed Sacks Found In Barns
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I Think You're Missing The Big Bottom Line In Those "Skinny" Subway Ads

I Think You're Missing The Big Bottom Line In Those "Skinny" Subway Ads | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Have you seen Subway's latest ad ~ the one with the woman who reminds us to "Eat Fresh!" and stay healthy & slim so we can fit into our sexy Halloween costumes? Jezebel did. And out came the re...
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Fitting The Female Form Has Always Been Complicated

Fitting The Female Form Has Always Been Complicated | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
You (and I) can talk about the difficulty of finding fashions that fit women 'til we're blue in the face. But if a picture is worth a thousand words, then these vintage Berlei lingerie "Figure Type...
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Bad Hair Is No Joke (Or, Hairy Situations In Racism & Misogyny)

Bad Hair Is No Joke (Or, Hairy Situations In Racism & Misogyny) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

I don’t know that I actually have to beat all the dead horses in this vintage ad, do I?  [But] while we are on the subject of hair…

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Horrible advertising & hair's cultural power.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 20, 2013 12:15 AM

One horrible vintage ad (and those who click through to read will find lots of info on hair history).

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Horrible advertising & hair's cultural power.

Gracie Passette's curator insight, November 21, 2013 7:22 PM

The importanace of hair

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Ah, The Chick’s An Old Battle Ax

Ah, The Chick’s An Old Battle Ax | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
The “new woman” rode bicycles — and she smoked and likely even chewed tobaccie. So it makes sense that folks would advertise tobacco directly to her. In this antique tobacco...

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, October 3, 2013 9:31 PM

History in advertising

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Meet Me Down by Schuster’s (Vintage Department Store Memories & Collectibles) | Inherited Values

Meet Me Down by Schuster’s (Vintage Department Store Memories & Collectibles) | Inherited Values | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Like many people, my first jobs were in retail. It was work I actually loved; but retail doesn’t pay enough to support a family, so I left it & got a college degree. Years later, I still consider myself to be a “retail brat” — and so I collect vintage retail store items. Like most collectors, I tend to focus on the names that mean something to me. For me, these are the department stores of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, September 24, 2013 6:52 AM

Trade stamp history (like S&H Green Stamps) too!

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Whatjamacallits Wednesday: Tigers In Your Tank Edition

Whatjamacallits Wednesday: Tigers In Your Tank Edition | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Back when I was a kid and I didn’t understand intellectual property such as sales & marketing slogans; hence, I never understood why Kellogg’s didn’t just come right out and...
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Can You Smell That Smell? A Mystery Is In The Air

Can You Smell That Smell? A Mystery Is In The Air | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
A vintage text ad from the Ritz for Michael Todd Jr’s 1960 film, Scent Of Mystery (1960), in “glorious” smell-o-vision! A film which “positively cannot be shown in any other...
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Properly used and executed, smell-o-vision and all the rest could do more than entertain; it would evoke and create memories.

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Curated by Deanna Dahlsad
An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
Other Topics
A Marketing Mix
Adventures in advertising and marketing - the contemporary, the historical, and the hysterical. http://deanna.dahlsad.com/
Antiques & Vintage Collectibles
Collecting old things; heirlooms and new to you things! Companion to http://www.inherited-values.com/
Colorful Prism Of Racism
Racism past and present. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/colorful-prism-of-racism/
Consumption Junction
Consumerism meets marketing; who & what manipulates the free market of goods & services. See also: http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/ze-big-mouth-promotions-stuff/
Crimes Against Humanity
From lone gunmen on hills to mass movements. Depressing as hell, really.
Cultural History
The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
Dare To Be A Feminist
I do. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/hey-sister-can-you-spare-some-social-change/
For Art's Sake-1
Art, crafts, and the people who make them. To inspire and purchase. Companion to http://www.ululating-undulating-ungulate.com/
Herstory
History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
In The Name Of God
Mainly acts done in the name of religion, but also discussions of atheism, faith, & spirituality.
Kinsanity
Let's just say I have reasons to learn more about mental health, special needs children, psychology, and the like.
Kitsch
Mostly vintage and retro "badness" but you can decide how delicious it is. http://www.kitschy-kitschy-coo.com/blog/
Nerdy Needs
The stuff of nerdy, geeky, dreams.
Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
Sex Positive
Sexuality as a human right.
Vintage Living Today For A Future Tomorrow
It's as easy to romanticize the past as it is to demonize it; instead, let's learn from it. More than living simply, more than living 'green', thrifty grandmas knew the importance of the 'economics' in Home Economics. The history of home ec, lessons in thrift, practical tips and ideas from the past focused on sustainability for families and out planet. Companion to http://www.thingsyourgrandmotherknew.com/
Visiting The Past
Travel based on grande ideas, locations, and persons of the past.
Walking On Sunshine
Stuff that makes me smile.
You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important
Links to (many of) my columns and articles.