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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).

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

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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Bettie Page & Other Paper Pinup Fantasies

Bettie Page & Other Paper Pinup Fantasies | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
There obviously some errors in the text — the misspelling of Bettie Page as “Betty Page” and frankly, I am completely lost in the description of this paper doll for...

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 17, 2013 12:18 AM

Thoughts on art, intellectual property rights, and simplistic male fantasies.

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Dance, Ballerina, Dance (Remembering Kathy Keeton; Gone To Soon & Forgotten Even Faster)

Dance, Ballerina, Dance (Remembering Kathy Keeton; Gone To Soon & Forgotten Even Faster) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Who was Kathy Keeton? For starters, Keeton was Guccione’s longtime girlfriend and eventual wife. But she ought to be remembered for far more than that.


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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 11, 2013 5:19 PM

This woman ought to be among the largest names in feminism and publishing -- and an icon of the 1970s - 1980s.

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Happiness Is Flying High & Not Jiggling

Happiness Is Flying High & Not Jiggling | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
That’s Marge Redmond, the actress who played Sister Jacqueline in The Flying Nun, sporting a very kitschy robe while sitting at the makeup mirror. This photo was part of an article in Inside ...
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Lessons From The Maltese Falcon | Inherited Values

Lessons From The Maltese Falcon | Inherited Values | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

What happens when a movie prop from one of the most iconic films goes up for auction?

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Odd collectibles may be rare, but that doesn't mean they're always expensive

Odd collectibles may be rare, but that doesn't mean they're always expensive | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Deanna describes ephemera as one of the most overlooked and lowest priced areas of collecting, which hosts some “odd” collectibles.
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This is Part 2 of my two part post at Collector Perspectives. Read Part 1 here.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 7, 2013 12:56 AM

This is Part 2 of my two part post at Collector Perspectives. Read Part 1 here.

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In the collector world, nothing is truly “weird”

In the collector world, nothing is truly “weird” | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

“The honest truth is, I don’t find anything to be weird in collecting,” says collector Deanna.


...We’ve all heard the expression “one man’s trash is another’s treasure”, well, one man’s treasure is another man’s weird.

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My latest at Collector Perspectives (part 1 of 2).

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 6, 2013 11:50 PM

My latest at Collector Perspectives (part 1 of 2).

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On This Day In History, We Ought To Be Reminded

On This Day In History, We Ought To Be Reminded | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

On this date, November 6th, in 1967 a baby girl was born; just 21 years later, on July 18, 1989, she would be murdered.

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Remembering -- and honoring -- Rebecca Schaeffer. Be an action figure!

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Facts About Disinfecting, Baking Soda & Other Natural Cleansers

Facts About Disinfecting, Baking Soda & Other Natural Cleansers | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

While baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) is an excellent and safe household cleaner, there are some things you should know about it -- and other household cleaners.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 6, 2013 6:23 AM

What you really need to know about cleaning!

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The Way To A Man’s Heart Is Through His Stomach & Other Lessons In Vintage Cookbooks

The Way To A Man’s Heart Is Through His Stomach & Other Lessons In Vintage Cookbooks | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
This is the cover of The Way To His Heart “A Cookbook with a Personality”, 1941; note the figures on the cover. The five female figures on the cover of...
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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 4, 2013 5:25 PM

One cookbook illustrates so many issues: body image, ageing, racism, marketing & consumerism. Oh, and recipes too ;)

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KITSCH-SLAPPED describe itself as

"SPECIALIZING IN BAD TASTE FROM A (FEMINIST) CHICK’S PERSPECTIVE. POP CULTURE, PAST & PRESENT, IN YER KISSER."

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Things Your Grandmother Knew: How To Remove Stains From Marble (And Info On Soft & Hard Soaps)

Things Your Grandmother Knew: How To Remove Stains From Marble (And Info On Soft & Hard Soaps) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Tips from Godey’s Lady’s Book, January 1855 -- and info on soaps in the 1880s.

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Loved To Death Or Irked To Death? | Inherited Values

Loved To Death Or Irked To Death? | Inherited Values | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Is anyone else annoyed by this season of Oddities: San Francisco?


Along with a new cast member (Lincoln Smith replaces Korrie Sabatini), the Oddities spin-off (which has fared better than the other spin-off, Odd Folks Home), has been tweaked for season two. Among the tweaks: lots of smirks, fake looks of horror and shock, and, I kid you not, actual “boing” and “doing” noises to emphasize them.

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Halloween & Other Collectibles Articles For October

Halloween & Other Collectibles Articles For October | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

I've been busy with articles again this month...


I also write regularly for the Dolls By Diane newsletter. This month it was all about wax dolls — from their history to some spook-tacular antique wax dolls, including 17th century wax anatomical models (like those by Anna Morandi Manzolini) and effigy dolls

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Fashion & Sewing Pattern History, Part Three | Inherited Values

Fashion & Sewing Pattern History, Part Three | Inherited Values | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

As you may recall from part two, fashion sewing patterns were still rather complicated in the mid-1800s. However, some, like Ellen Louise Demorest and her husband William Jennings Demorest, began to assist those who were interested in sewing at home –  assisting at a profit, of course.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, October 26, 2013 4:24 PM

Part 3 of my series

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Collecting Halloween: The history of Halloween postcards and costumes

Collecting Halloween: The history of Halloween postcards and costumes | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Delve into the history of two popular Halloween collectibles with Deanna as she explores antique and vintage postcards and the origination of the Halloween costume as we know it today.
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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, October 24, 2013 4:23 PM

My latest column at Collector Perspectives.

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Fashion & Sewing Pattern History, Part Two | Inherited Values

Fashion & Sewing Pattern History, Part Two | Inherited Values | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Moving into the early 19th century and taking a closer look at how clothing pattern history closely parallels domestic sewing machine history.

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Cigarette Butts — Get It?

Cigarette Butts — Get It? | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
The part of the cigarette that’s left when you’re done smoking is called a “butt” — and back in the day, millions were made on toilet-themed ashtrays. These are just a...
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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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Vintage Art Deco Glass Embalming Bottle | Inherited Values

Vintage Art Deco Glass Embalming Bottle | Inherited Values | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

But even without the label, or knowing that this is a death and funeral related item, the old glass bottle itself is beautiful. It has such great art deco style! Look at that fabulous step-pyramid top, all the embossing, all the details, the measurement guide along the side…

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Profiles Behind Vintage Silhouette Artists Are Shady | Inherited Values

Profiles Behind Vintage Silhouette Artists Are Shady | Inherited Values | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

While I love the vintage fashionista who was compelled to have not one, but two, portraits of herself done at the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair (and I am quite enamored with her hat — which is either amply feathered or sports an actual bird!), it is the silhouette artist himself which mainly concerns me.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, September 27, 2013 8:14 PM

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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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Of Valentino, Mineralava Beauty Pageants & Pink Powder Puffs

Of Valentino, Mineralava Beauty Pageants & Pink Powder Puffs | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

As a feminist, I have a complicated, conflicted, relationship with beauty pageants. But this vintage booklet from the 1923 Mineralava Beauty Pageant fascinates me because of the man involved: Rudolph Valentino.

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The Black, White and Shades of Grey in Collecting Black Americana

The Black, White and Shades of Grey in Collecting Black Americana | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

According to Howard Dodson, director of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, “There are two kinds of collectors of black Americana: those who are interested in collecting as a financial investment and those with a passion for finding ‘the missing pages of history.’”


...There is also some concern that part of the drive in purchasing black Americana is pimpin’ black culture.: that this adoption of old images and negative stereotypes is being glamorized in a perverse way. Like hip-hop’s bad ‘rap’ (pun intended), collecting black Americana is sweeping the nation in a concerning way.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, August 27, 2013 3:07 PM

As a white chick, I don't dare collect this stuff -- even if I, as a collector of similar negative sterotypical items about women, understand the desire to document the horrible past.

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Discussing What's Going On In These Antique Photographs

Discussing What's Going On In These Antique Photographs | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
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Join the conversation, follow the links, share what you know!

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August 17th is National Thrift Shop Day

August 17th is National Thrift Shop Day | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

National Thrift Shop Day: a day to promote the ethical and economic opportunities of shopping at thrift stores. Why should collectors care? Because among the common secondhand goods, lie the uncommon treasures.

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7 tips for shopping at thrift stores

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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.