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Vintage Paint By Number Metalware | Inherited Values

Vintage Paint By Number Metalware | Inherited Values | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Combining two of my favorite things, vintage metalware wastebaskets and vintage paint by numbers, what’s not to love about this 1950s paint by number Tole Craft Wastebasket!

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There are a lot more options than trash cans too!

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Not All Disney Princesses Were Legal | Inherited Values

Not All Disney Princesses Were Legal | Inherited Values | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

In the 1920s through the 1940s, carnivals, state fairs, and the like gave away figurines made of plaster to those who successfully answered the calls of carnival game barkers. Because they were made of plaster or chalk, these pieces are called carnival chalkware. Given that they were made of a less-than sturdy material as well as given away to men trying to impress ladies and kids (both temporary conditions!), relatively few of the rather large number of plaster carnival prizes made and given away have survived; thus making them collectible.

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Rocks Of Ages | Collectors' Blog

Rocks Of Ages | Collectors' Blog | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
One year, when my sister and I were little girls, my parents bought the family a rock polisher or tumbler. It was neat to see what rocks would look like on
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Old Etiquette Books: How To Be A More Interesting Woman | Collectors' Blog

Old Etiquette Books: How To Be A More Interesting Woman | Collectors' Blog | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
I have a modest number of old etiquette books. They began as a part of my "women's issues" or "female history" collection, but since their number grows, we
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Vanity Collectibles | Collectors' Blog

Vanity Collectibles | Collectors' Blog | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Women and their vanity -- err, vanity items. Yeah, that's what I meant. Vanity collectibles is a wide category. It spills with as many beautiful and odd
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Becoming Unhinged Over Antique Beaded Purses | Inherited Values

Becoming Unhinged Over Antique Beaded Purses | Inherited Values | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

This dreamy creamy white antique hand beaded bag is a square 4 1/2 by 4 /12/ inches, but it’s placed into the frame on an angle so that it looks diamond shaped. The German Silver frame is embossed with leaves — and the clasps are acorns!

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Looking Back At Vikki “The Back” Dougan (A Biography)

Looking Back At Vikki “The Back” Dougan (A Biography) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Collecting vintage smut, as I do, I know who Vikki Dougan is; but I’ve been surprised a number of times by both the lack of recognition this iconic beauty has and the lack of information about her. So, ever obsessed as usual, I set out to correct the situation.



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She was the inspiration for Jessica Rabbit, English pop artists, and more than one personal fantasy.

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, July 23, 2013 10:05 PM

A great profile about an incredible icon!

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I Love Trash – Cans | Inherited Values

I Love Trash – Cans | Inherited Values | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
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When it comes to vintage wastebaskets, I prefer the metalware models (but plastic versions are available too). The big name in collectible vintage wastebaskets is Ransburg, but there are other names, less known and so less sought after.

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Blogging Death Knells Are Premature & Passe

Blogging Death Knells Are Premature & Passe | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
This sort of “blogging is dead, especially for business” thinking as shared in Beyond Blogging: 13 Content Marketing Opportunities for Ecommerce by Linda Bustos drives me nuts: Remember when business...
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In this article I discuss the inaccuracies & misunderstandings in prematurley pronouncing blogs "dead". In fact, that claim is soooo 2004. Which alone proves it's not true ;)

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Deanna Dahlsad's comment, July 12, 2013 4:31 PM
Thanks for sharing :)
Gracie Passette's curator insight, July 12, 2013 8:08 PM

Blogs are not dead, despite what you've heard. And this is great news for those working in the adult industry who are blocked from using Facebook and other giant sites. Click the links in the article for detailed info.

 

MartinSocially's curator insight, July 29, 2013 4:05 PM

The concept of individuals creating their own content will endure, platforms may come and go but the essence of origianal content is fundamental to the future of the internet and society as a whole.

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What Are Women Earning? (And How Are Men Shrinking?)

What Are Women Earning? (And How Are Men Shrinking?) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

One should also note that this is not simply a matter of “feminism having won, so just let it all go away.” For the findings also reveal that “total family income is higher when the mother, not the father, is the primary breadwinner.” Thanks, pink collar ghetto, unequal pay, and continuing notions of gender inequality in the workplace. Not to mention all the BS traditional notions of motherhood.

 

Never mind the facts, however; let’s just get to the million dollar subtext question Liza Donnelly put forth regarding the 37% — the married mothers who have a higher income than their husbands: Can Husbands Handle Being Outearned By Their Wives?


...If you want to dismiss all this as the ramblings of irrelevant talking asshats on Fox (for which I will gently remind you that their rhetoric is often too dangerous to be dismissed), you’ll need to also know about this other study, called In Sickness and In Wealth...

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The Choice Of Motherhood

The Choice Of Motherhood | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

This is difficult to write -- but then that's why I feel it must be discussed.

Feminist and author Alice Walker and her daughter, Rebecca Walker, have been at odds over motherhood.

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Things Your Grandmother Knew: What Is "Vintage Living"? What Does "Green Living" Really Mean?

Things Your Grandmother Knew: What Is "Vintage Living"? What Does "Green Living" Really Mean? | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Interviewing my friend Laura (of Creative Fat Grrl and Green Living History) with questions like, "What is something you do all the time that you are surprised to hear is "vintage living"?"

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Writer's Block Is More Than The Fear Of White Paper (Or Screen) - Word Grrls

Writer's Block Is More Than The Fear Of White Paper (Or Screen) - Word Grrls | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

One of the things I now find myself doing in my consulting work is providing clients with a Writing Prompt Service. It was born, like any good service, from client needs. In working with my clients, it quickly became clear that whatever their reason for having a website or blog, writers, bloggers, marketers, etc. all struggle with coming up with fresh ideas to write about.

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My guest spot at WordGrrls

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If It’s Antique Is It Still Porn?

If It’s Antique Is It Still Porn? | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

If you thought the matter of who makes art exploring the issue of abortion difficult, perhaps the following antique erotic artworks will be too upsetting. That’s your warning to leave.

 

For these works go beyond the issue of basic nudity in art, beyond even the matter of erotic art, to  explore sexuality along with religion and what appears to be the opulence of wealth.


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Pin-Up Queens: Three Female Artists Who Shaped the American Dream Girl

Pin-Up Queens: Three Female Artists Who Shaped the American Dream Girl | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

“So many women are left out of historical records,” Dahlsad says. “Men will say, ‘I want to show off what my father did; he deserves to shine. Someone should do a book on him!’ Daughters don’t do that about their moms to the same degree, so often things get thrown away. How many men would look at their archives say, ‘Just take it all to the dumpster’? Somebody would be saying, ‘You can’t do that! You’re George Petty. Put it back!’”

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I'm interviewed as part of this article by Lisa Hix

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Antique “Stuffed” Child’s Chair

Antique “Stuffed” Child’s Chair | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

American Chair Co. furniture is so nice, it is mentioned at many fine collectible furniture websites as fine examples of Arts & Crafts furniture, even mentioned with names such as Stickley.

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Kitschy Kischy Coolie

Kitschy Kischy Coolie | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Ahh, when racism ran rampant… Another coolie, this one by W H Bossons (of Congleton, England), who apparently specialized in, err, interesting faces. More on Bossons here. This specific item ...
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Vintage Folding Sewing Cabinets | Inherited Values

Vintage Folding Sewing Cabinets | Inherited Values | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Having recently written about the various types of vintage sewing baskets and boxes (part one, part two), I was thrilled to find this vintage newspaper photo:

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No Subsidy For Cupid, Stupid (Lessons In Pay Equity & The Value Of Teachers, From 1948)

No Subsidy For Cupid, Stupid (Lessons In Pay Equity & The Value Of Teachers, From 1948) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

I found this article, Subsidy For Cupid: Request for Salary Differential for Married Teachers Is Unsound, in the December 10, 1948, edition of The Wisconsin State Journal.

 

The first line reads, “The board of education has been asked to establish a permanent salary differential of $600 annually for instructors who are married.” This had me thinking that the proposed salary adjustment would remove $600 a year for married teachers; you know, because married women are therefore little women who do not really need a salary anyway. But then...

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Vintage Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer Vest | Inherited Values

Vintage Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer Vest | Inherited Values | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Usually when’ there’s beer on a man’s clothing, we tend to ignore it — but who can ignore this vintage Pabst Blue Ribbon vest?!

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Vintage Industrial & Primitive Candle Holders | Inherited Values

Vintage Industrial & Primitive Candle Holders | Inherited Values | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Vintage dairy cream separator funnels have a great industrial look — and a great primitive look when rusty.

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Infuriated & Embarrassed To Be From This State (Abortion Laws In North Dakota)

Infuriated & Embarrassed To Be From This State (Abortion Laws In North Dakota) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
After calling Gov. Dalrymple, I called my state legislators too. And then I sent this letter via email to all as well in response to all the insanity occurring in...
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Watch The Objectification

Watch The Objectification | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
I’ve often viewed sexual objectification as a passive-aggressive thing. As in the human being objectified (most often a woman) is passive to the aggressive actions (usually from men). What clinches...
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Vintage Pin-Ups For The Nursery | Inherited Values

Vintage Pin-Ups For The Nursery | Inherited Values | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Once upon a time, brightly-colored graphics on pressed layers of cardboard in the shape of characters from nursery rhymes, Mother Goose stories, and other childhood tales covered the walls in baby nurseries and children's bedrooms.

 

 

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The story of vintage Dolly Toy Co. coardboard wall decor for nurseries and children's rooms. (Lots of pics, including vintage advertising, and a surprise celebrity!)

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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 Tormorrow
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.