Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Woodworking Crafts - An Exploding Battleship Toy, 1936


Published in the December, 1935 issue of Modern Mechanix, just in time for Christmas.  Readers were supposed to make and sell these things to unsuspecting parents, I suppose, but as Bill Watterson once put it, the opportunities for mayhem would have been unlimited.

Saturday, January 16, 2021



Friday, January 15, 2021

Famous Last Words Dep't


They can't arrest everybody! ~ Andrew Williams, (former) firefighter.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Other Crafts - A Vacation Cottage from 1936


In a simpler time, Dad could find himself a nice spot "at the beach or mountains" and build a cottage for the family.  I'm not seeing any instructions on how to address zoning or sewage. From Modern Mechanics, June 1936.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Holidays - National Milk Day


Copyright-free, from Dover.

Saturday, January 9, 2021



Friday, January 8, 2021

Quote Of The Day


There is a rowdy strain in American life, living close to the surface but running very deep. Like an ape behind a mask, it can display itself suddenly with terrifying effect. ~ Bruce Catton

Thursday, January 7, 2021



Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Vintage Millinery - "A Slick Look" from 1951


"A slick look in hats is the desired style this season," according to the Australian Home Journal of October, 1951.  Some tips when purchasing new or refurbishing old. Left click to enlarge.

Saturday, January 2, 2021



There's an inch of ice on everything - I'm surprised we still have Internet.

Friday, January 1, 2021

Quote Of The Day

 Ring out the old, ring in the new,

Ring, happy bells, across the snow

The year is going, let him go;

Ring out the false, ring in the true. ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Happy New Year


Here's hoping 2021 turns out a lot better than it's looking so far.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Vintage Images - Cat Music


If anyone ever figures out how to sing this, let me know.

Friday, December 25, 2020

Quote Of The Day


In the bleak mid-winter

Frosty wind made moan;

Earth stood hard as iron,

Water like a stone; 

Snow had fallen, snow on snow,

Snow on snow,

In the bleak mid-winter

Long ago. ~ Christina Rossetti

Thursday, December 24, 2020



Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Sewing: The "Twenty Minutes'" Blouse from 1923


From The Girl's Own Paper, January 1923.  The editors want you to send them ninepence for a pattern, but I don't think it's really needed.

Interestingly enough, like many of the other designs featured in the GOP, this appears to have been swiped, without attribution, from a French fashion supplement, Les Modes De La Femmes De France. I pinned this a few months ago and of course now can't find it. EDITED TO ADD: Found it! 

Monday, December 21, 2020

Saturday, December 19, 2020



Friday, December 18, 2020

Quote Of The Day

image from Pinterest

Therefore, all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether the summer clothe the general earth
With greenness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the night-thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Thursday, December 17, 2020