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Links to (many of) my columns and articles.
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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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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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The Novelty Of Retro Nurse Novels

The Novelty Of Retro Nurse Novels | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
When you own a lot of vintage paperback books, you sometimes feel compelled to read them. Even when you feel they will be as kitschy as their covers and a
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Of Blanche Saunders, Poodles & People: Why It's Important To Share Your Collection

Of Blanche Saunders, Poodles & People: Why It's Important To Share Your Collection | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Back in February I posted 13 Fascinating Clippings From 1957, which included this bit: In a feature called May We Present, we learn of the miracle of dog
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Desperately Seeking 80's Madonna Fashions?

Desperately Seeking 80's Madonna Fashions? | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
UPDATE 10/18/2014: I've a pair of the black Desperately Seeking Susan boots for sale in my Etsy shop! Speaking of 1980's-Desperately-Seeking-Susan Madonna & boots... Fans of the film Desperatel...
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Tips & places for the iconic fashions.

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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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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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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

Women | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it


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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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, April 28, 2014 11:37 PM

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

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

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Politicians: Erect & Standing Up, But Not For Women

Politicians: Erect & Standing Up, But Not For Women | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Maybe you don't want to call it a "war on women". Maybe you find the word "war" to be over-the-top, despite the facts regarding bombings, shootings, rape, and other violent attacks against women, i...
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Padding Your Bra With Emotions

Padding Your Bra With Emotions | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Can't find enough reasons to hate your bra? You will soon: Microsoft is working on a smart bra to measure your mood:


The prototype contains removable sensors that monitor heart and skin activity to provide an indication of mood levels.


The aim was to find out if wearable technology could help prevent stress-related over-eating.

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I'm sooooo not into this technology.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 21, 2013 1:31 PM

Insulting & sexist

Laura Brown's comment, January 4, 2014 8:08 PM
This is right up there with men who think women should be taking pills to "improve" their sex drive. Maybe the bra can come with little coloured flags that pop up in the middle of the cleavage? How has the human race managed to continue to reproduce up until now?
Laura Brown's comment, January 4, 2014 8:09 PM
PS - Yes I always over eat when my boobs are stressed out.
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When Beauty Is A Crime

When Beauty Is A Crime | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

I have a modest collection of vintage vanity items. (My collection and I have even been featured in Collectors News magazine.) And indeed, I’ve often wondered about the vast popularity of Rachel as a powder shade. I’d rather believed the hype that this particular shade was named after a popular actress at the time — but in Antique Personal Possessions, Silvia Druitt gives another possible reason...

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I explore the links between cosmetics, prostituion, actresses, and blackmail.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:06 AM

Links between cosmetics, prostituion, actresses, and blackmail.


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Rethinking Pink (Or Girls Don't Need Pencils)

Rethinking Pink (Or Girls Don't Need Pencils) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Speaking of suffrage colors... A news clipping from the New Brunswick Times, October 15, 1915, about Miss Ellen Murray who threw an anti-suffrage party: The house was decorated in the colors of the...
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Vintage Cosmetics & Beauty Accessories: Not Taken At Face Value

Vintage Cosmetics & Beauty Accessories: Not Taken At Face Value | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

So there I am, in the "Collector's Spotlight" titled Vintage Cosmetics & Beauty Accessories: Not Taken At Face Value, covering two pages (24-25) in text with some photos of my collection.

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Not written by me; but an article about me & my collection.

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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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Is Wearing Vintage Fashions Feminist? (Or, Sign Of The Times 1948)

Is Wearing Vintage Fashions Feminist? (Or, Sign Of The Times 1948) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

At my vintage living blog, Things Your Grandmother Knew, I’ve written about the tendency to romanticize the past, but I recently read two blog posts discussing vintage fashion in terms of “the vintage girl being the new feminist” and thought it was time to discuss the subject from a more feminist angle…

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Context matters.

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, November 27, 2013 5:25 PM

Whether your passion is vintage fashion orsex positivity, you'll like this.

 

Thanks @Deanna Dahlsad for including sex workers in this post!

Gracie Passette's curator insight, November 27, 2013 5:29 PM

Whether your passion is vintage fashion or sex positivity, you'll like this.

Gracie Passette's curator insight, November 27, 2013 5:30 PM

Whether your passion is vintage fashion or sex positivity, you'll like this ~ it mentions sex workers in a positive light too.

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Casual Sex Feminists?

Casual Sex Feminists? | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Seeing that this article, Mediocre Sex – The Price Women Pay For Freedom? by Jennifer Kabbany, was published at right-wing college site The Collage Fix, I should have resisted and not given it a cl...
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Gracie Passette's curator insight, November 24, 2013 10:13 PM

So much to think about, no wonder small-minded conservatives get it wrong.

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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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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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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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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 ;)

malek's curator insight, November 4, 2013 7:59 PM

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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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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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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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.