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Of Swastikas & Confederate Flags (Collectibles Vs Living Culture)

Of Swastikas & Confederate Flags (Collectibles Vs Living Culture) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

I was watching Morning Joe and they were freaking out that eBay (and perhaps others) were selling swastikas while removing confederate flags. They said such an announcement to remove the flags was hypocritical and a pandering publicity move.


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 Let me educate you:

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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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Remembering Retro Risque T-Shirt Iron-Ons

Remembering Retro Risque T-Shirt Iron-Ons | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Back in the day, you couldn't go to a mall and avoid a visit to (or the smell of) the t-shirt shop. There you could select your t-shirt style (ringers were de rigueur, but then the baseball shirts ...
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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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Ye Olde Advertising

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Shhh, It's A Cookbook Secret...

Shhh, It's A Cookbook Secret... | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
I've been collecting vintage cookbooks (and other ephemera) for decades. But it's not because I actually cook. Other than baking, I nearly hate cooking. Thankfully, my dear hubby is the cook in the...
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Ordinary Politics Make For Strange Collectibles

Ordinary Politics Make For Strange Collectibles | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Political collecting can be a strange area : not just because politicians are strange, but because the details may not transfer with time. Culture, pop
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Like Flies To Honey... An Antique Primitive Fly Trap

Like Flies To Honey... An Antique Primitive Fly Trap | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
We've sold a number of these primitive antique fly traps -- but none quite this large. (I forgot to measure it, but it's at least a foot tall.) Nor did any have their original maker tag with instru...
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Collectible ERA? Yes!

Collectible ERA? Yes! | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
I don't like to make a lot of specific predictions regarding what will be the next collectible trend, but... On July 21, 2009, Representative Caroly
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Collecting Vintage Glamour Girl Photos

Collecting Vintage Glamour Girl Photos | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Some collectors want "real" signatures on vintage glamour girl photographs, but I just ask myself, "How much do I love looking at thee?".
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Collecting Rudolph and Other Reindeer Games

Collecting Rudolph and Other Reindeer Games | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer was born in 1939 as a marketing gimmick. This may surprise you, but the amazing thing is, Rudolph still draws 'em in. Rud
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A Rare Antique Folk Art Find: A Family Tree Made Of Tintypes

A Rare Antique Folk Art Find: A Family Tree Made Of Tintypes | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago, my husband & I attended an auction at the Cass Country Historical Society. The museum was deaccessioning hundreds of items in order to raise funds to replace the historic St. J...
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If you find this inspiring, I've also posted some tips on how to make your very own folk art family tree here http://www.thingsyourgrandmotherknew.com/2014/10/making-folk-art-family-tree.html

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The Halloween Tradition Of Romantic Tricks & Treats

The Halloween Tradition Of Romantic Tricks & Treats | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Halloween was once steeped in the tradition of belief that the veil between this world and the next was thinnest at this time of year and so was considered a time when fortunes could be best told. ...
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I also wrote an in-depth article on Halloween doll history for the Dolls By Diane newsletter; if you aren't a subscriber, and would like to read it, I can get you a copy :)

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, October 27, 2014 3:50 PM

I also wrote an in-depth article on Halloween doll history for the Dolls By Diane newsletter; if you aren't a subscriber, and would like to read it, I can get you a copy :)

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Salvaged Antique Church Fixtures and Furnishings

Salvaged Antique Church Fixtures and Furnishings | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
This past July, a fire broke-out in the historic St. John's Lutheran Church on the grounds of Bonanzaville in West Fargo, North Dakota. Bonanzaville, a pioneer village with 12 acres, 43 historic bu...
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This Holiday Season Celebrate Postcards!

This Holiday Season Celebrate Postcards! | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Perhaps it comes as no surprise, but the evolution of the postcard contains many advances that took place during peak holiday seasons.The history of postcards begins with calling or visiting cards, cards...
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A history of postcards

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A Beginner's Guide To Flatware

A Beginner's Guide To Flatware | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Just a few weeks ago, my husband and I were working in the antique shop when a woman came in and asked about a vintage set of flatware. With the holidays coming she wanted a pretty set for her family gatherings....
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Yes, Research FTW!

Yes, Research FTW! | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Holy crap! Yesterday, I published an article about journalist Edward R. Murrow; and just now I published one about fashion designer Sophie Gimbel. In looking for images for that last article, I fou...
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Click-ity-click-click for all the fun!

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"The Challenge Of The 50s -- Years Of Crisis"

"The Challenge Of The 50s -- Years Of Crisis" | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

For those of you who prefer to think of the 1950s as an idyllic time, one to romance over, there were issues and crises. In fact, one of them was regarding journalism itself

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Sophie Gimbel Designs For Saks -- And Dolls!

Sophie Gimbel Designs For Saks -- And Dolls! | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Because you know I obsess over things... Like Gimbels department stores... I was working on another set of doll articles for Diane’s Doll Hospital (this time on vintage walker dolls from the 1950s;...
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About the first American fashion designer to be on the cover of Time magazine.

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Educational Doll Articles

Educational Doll Articles | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Just finished my doll articles for the Dolls By Diane newsletter. This time, I write about a large doll I literally was shocked to find -- Slumped like that on the floor, I thought she was a person...
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50 Years *sigh*

50 Years *sigh* | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Today, June 21st, is my birthday; I turn 50. I feel pretty much the same way I did when I wrote this two years ago, "A lifetime of so little progress is just too much."; only more so. *sigh* I was ...
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Of Hard Hats In Hard Times

Of Hard Hats In Hard Times | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Normally, we see the pin-up version of women working in WWII. Like this image of dancers at London's Windmill Theatre practicing their routine while wearing gas masks and hard-hats with their costu...
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Women on the homefront in WWII

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Women on the homefront in WWII

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The Internet Orgainized By Personality, For Real, Yo

The Internet Orgainized By Personality, For Real, Yo | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
GlamKitty on why Backwash.com was so important -- and cool. Like lots of things, BW seems even more important and fabulous in hindsight. When I think back, what strikes me most about Backwash is th...
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My thoughts on what was the coolest & most innovative website, Backwash.com. We are doing a reunion of sorts, so check it out.

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Antique Logging Stamp Hammer

Antique Logging Stamp Hammer | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
This is an antique stamp hammer, and part of lumber history. A stamp hammer was used to make "end marks" on lumber and logs. These end marks are much like bands in that they are used to identify ca...
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The Classics: Music & Humor

The Classics: Music & Humor | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

When Alyssa Milano was on The Late Late Show last December, she told Craig Ferguson (and all of us watching), that her grandfather said there were two types of people: those who think farts are funny, and those who don’t.

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Of Mozart & the fart.

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Context Is Credibility

Context Is Credibility | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
I've written before about the importance of context; and ranted too about "stolen" images used, uncredited etc., at Tumblr and other sites. I've tweeted and posted at Facebook about my hatred of su...
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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.