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The Who Framed Roger Rabbit? board game reviewed

The Who Framed Roger Rabbit? board game reviewed | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
The board game based on the phantasmic film isn't that great, writes Deanna Dahlsad, but will be a coveted rarity for fans
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When Should I Sell My '80s Toys?

When Should I Sell My '80s Toys? | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
On Sunday I posted Nostalgia Drives The Collectibles Market, to which dinocollector posted the following comment: But my question is will generations of c
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Categorizing & Organizing Collectibles: The Quandry Of Ephemera

Categorizing & Organizing Collectibles: The Quandry Of Ephemera | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Photographer Alex Waterhouse-Hayward's post has me thinking... He writes: The biggest worry in my mind these days as I toss and turn in bed the waning days of the year has been what to do with 13, ...

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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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Just How Innocent Are These "How To Attract Women" Websites?

Just How Innocent Are These "How To Attract Women" Websites? | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
The Men's Right Movement (MRM) may have begun in support of women and feminism, but it's gone to hell. There's always been an element of "I want to be a playboy" in the world of modern Western men....
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I look past the simple sales pitches into just who runs these dating self-help sites...

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How Much Adultery Is Too Much Adultery In China?

How Much Adultery Is Too Much Adultery In China? | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Well, that all depends on who you are. China Daily reports that "adultery" is now banned for communist party members. That might seem a bit shocking, in one direction or another, depending on your ...
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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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The Televangelist Infidelity Matrix Scandal

The Televangelist Infidelity Matrix Scandal | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Last week, Rachel Maddow mentioned that there was a mug featuring one on the show's fabulous charts, The Televangelist Infidelity Matrix, was available at CafePress. I went searching for it, but ap...
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Signs Of The Times: Now

Signs Of The Times: Now | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
So I'm at the Mall Of America last weekend and, as dirty, rotten smoker, I have to find the properly designated areas to do my nasty business in. (I want to rant about the whole unfairness of how t...
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More #YesAllWomen Backlash & Myth-Information (It's Math, Really)

More #YesAllWomen Backlash & Myth-Information (It's Math, Really) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
If you don't follow me on Twitter, then you may not have noticed how in love I am with the #YesAllWomen phenomenon. Personally, it became very difficult for me to maintain such conversations when M...
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The Whirligig Project

The Whirligig Project | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Early in May, we sold a bunch (but not all) of our old dairy cream separator funnels or cones in our Etsy shop to a lady in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. The lady was Kat, called "Kat in the Hat" ...
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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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Women

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Sometimes things just line up interestingly at Tumblr.

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A snapshot of the "women" tag at my Tumblr.

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A snapshot of the "women" tag at my Tumblr.

malek's curator insight, April 29, 4:04 AM

Let's tune in when women are being respected and tune out when they're not.

M. Philip Oliver's curator insight, May 2, 3:24 PM

Thanks Malek!

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What Does Your Collection Say?

What Does Your Collection Say? | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
In the beginning, there was an object. It may have been purchased, inherited, or obtained long ago and never parted with. Somewhere in time this object c
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The Typewriter: A Love Story

The Typewriter: A Love Story | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Joseph and his wife were about to celebrate their first anniversary. Like any good husband, he wanted to give his wife Julie a special gift. In this case, it was a vintage typewriter as the couple ...

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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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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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The Famous Elvis Chair

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This green barrel-backed chair was one of a suite of six from Elvis Presley's Hillcrest home in Los Angeles. It's rather as one of these chairs was used in the 1970 family photo shoot with Elvis, P...
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Click for details on the auction as well as the iconic photos of Elvis, Priscilla, & Lisa Marie.

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Signs From Antique Wooden Shingles

Signs From Antique Wooden Shingles | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
On a barn pick, I got a rather large box of antique wooden roof shingles. Since there are times one just has to put the piles of supplies to use, I began making a series of classic signs, such as "...
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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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Check Out Girls #YesAllWomen

Check Out Girls #YesAllWomen | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
I've written / ranted about this sort of thing before. If I let myself shop a lot, I could make a whole website devoted to this subject of inappropriate clothing that sexualizes children. That's sa...
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Prison Rape Isn't Entertaining

Prison Rape Isn't Entertaining | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
The Kinsey Institute reminds us that while Orange Is the New Black (OITNB) may be entertaining, it downplays a major issue that occurs not only in female correctional facilities, but in male correc...
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Authentic Prairie Style With Vintage Fashions

Authentic Prairie Style With Vintage Fashions | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Few things say "prairie fashion" like the ruffled petticoats made of cotton muslin. They are especially romantic when trimmed with eyelet and lace -- and paired with other Victorian underthings, li...
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The Skinny On Men's Girlie Neckties

The Skinny On Men's Girlie Neckties | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
There's a reason this vintage skinny tie has a print featuring smug sphinxes... It holds a secret: flip it up, and get a Peek-A-Boo treat: the technicolor insert pin-up girl inside. Circa 1950s-196...
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A Nude Exposes The Vincent Price Of Art At Sears

A Nude Exposes The Vincent Price Of Art At Sears | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

This lithograph of Nude, Sleeping by Wolf Kahn was part of The Vincent Price Collection. No, it's not like Vincent Price himself owned the nude -- but is his selection of the art for a collection to sell at Sears any less creepy?

Yes, you read that right; Vincent Price, the famed B-film master of kitschy horror was selected to head a retail art sales program for Sears.

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