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Man, Myth and Magic: Title Page

Man, Myth and Magic: Black Magic and Witchcraft

Growing up, this was far and away the book that I perused the most. My parents, for whatever reason, stopped collecting after volume 3 but, as soon as I got my first disposable income, I purchased the entire set on eBay for like $35; right after I bought a Genesis (Power Base Converter included) and a Phantasy Star II cartridge.

Click here to see the rest of Man, Myth & Magic – Volume 1

Posted by: on April 20th, 2009 | Tagged with: , , | Comments (2)

Derek Riggs Iron Maiden Killers Album

This is what got Tony into art when he was little.

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White Turban Vogue Bambini 1980s

Lace Pants Vogue Bambini 1980s

My sister and I used to pore over copies of  Vogue Bambini as kids. My dad recently found some old issues. These amazing turbans and lace pants(!) are from 1981.

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Posted by: on April 15th, 2009 | Tagged with: | Comments (0)

Crochet Ball 1970s

When I have a son, I will knit him a crochet ball as big as he is so he can be as filled with joy as this little boy in the 1975 book, Make It Yourself Vol. 1.

Posted by: on April 7th, 2009 | Tagged with: , , | Comments (2)


This is about things I get to my email address ‘marcus.smith’ @  Having a fairly common name and being lucky enough to get in on the ground floor for my email address I tend to get a lot of things meant for people who are not me.

Sometimes these emails touch me in some way and get my mind wandering…

The other day I got this in.  Apparently I’m the parent of a boy of Hot-Wheel-lovin’ age who was gracious enough to get me in on the action.

Dear Parent,

We are writing to let you know that your child has signed up to join Our site is the ultimate online destination for boys (ed: interesting assumption I wonder if the barbie site says ‘girls’) to experience the thrill of Hot Wheels® cars and to play great games, compete with friends, track their car collection and stats, and get the latest Hot Wheels® news.

When kids register, we ask them to provide a username, their e-mail address, AND the e-mail address of a parent so we can send this letter!

We invite you to visit the site and check it out. Monitoring where your kids go on the Internet is part of your job (ed: ha, I guess if you don’t care about you’re obviously a bad parent) and we want to assure you that is a safe space for fun online! We’ve taken every precaution to partner with you to keep your kids not only safe, but also engaged, entertained and challenged.

Please view our privacy policy at We care deeply about personal privacy and any and all information we collect is used to help us improve our site, our services and our products.

As a parent you have the right to ask us to not contact your son online and to remove him from our e-mail database at any time. If you do not respond we will send your child e-mail newsletters and updates periodically. If you choose to remove your child, they will not receive future e-mails from Unfortunately, they will also be unable to enjoy lots of exclusive content available with membership which enhances the experience and makes it more fun. (ed: still not too late to be a bad parent) To remove your child from our email database click here

You may want to save this e-mail for future reference.

We really appreciate your time and we hope you and your child will visit us at soon!


P.S. Please do not send a reply to this email.
Unfortunately, due to the volume of mail we receive, we can’t respond to individual e-mails. Thank you.

P.P.S. If you are having trouble using links, cut and paste or type the entire link into your website browser address line.

© 2009 Mattel, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The site itself is gaudy, plays the stock photo equivalent of rock (or ‘juice-box-commercial rock’ if I had to put a genre to it), and opens with a video game montage of giant purple sharks.  In other words, exactly the sort of thing I’d love if I were a 12 year old boy.

I remember long ago establishing Hot Wheels as my standard kid currency.  They were traded like marbles on the open after-school market.  My personal favorites were the classic ones w/ the soft tires and metallic flake paint.  GI Joe’s were too expensive, had parts that could go missing rendering them of more questionable worth, and were badass soldier personalities complete with cardboard profiles so you grew way too attached to them to merely trade away.  Hot Wheels however were these perfectly encapsulated units of awesome rolling power that was easily transferable and lacked the complications of GI Joe attachment.  What?  Trade my SEAL and Lady Jane for a Destro and Arctic Trooper?  You must be out of your mind.  I’d much rather sit back and covet your toys while thinking about how my father didn’t love me enough to help me complete my set then even dream of eliminating from my precious supply.

The email goes on to assume said kid’s excitement in their exclusive content and “latest Hot Wheel news”.  So much that they seem to be making not only a desperate plea for the parent’s approval but the establishment of a firm belief that they are essential for the customer, um, kid’s development having now found the ultimate boy destination.  Like this 7-12 year old had discovered a secret much too powerful to be tempered with.  Dunno if I remember ever caring about latest Hot Wheels news, I guess there was a time when I wanted to be that first kid on the block with that new racetrack where they would do a flip.

So, sorry Marcus Smith.  I truly hope your kid can remain a loyal follower/patron of Hot Wheels dot com and never miss out on their new developments.  Otherwise it would make me a bit sad despite the shameless hubris exhibited by the Mattel corporation.

Posted by: on April 6th, 2009 | Tagged with: , , | Comments (3)

THE STORY of LIVE DOLLS by Josephine Scribner Gates

This is from a story book my mom gave to me that her mother had given to her. It was originally published in 1901. It scarred me for life:

One day the children of the village find posters plastered all over town: “NOTICE: On the morning of June the Fourth all the dolls in the village of Cloverdale will come alive!” (Oh God, nooooo!) All the children are very excited. The next day, Janie, the protagonist, wakes to find her “Miss Dollie” quite alive and, if I may, aggressively affectionate. Janie and the children of the village have a lovely morning with their dolls. Here is where the story gets F*CKED-UP… The children discover “Doll Farm” where the Queen of Dolls lives and cares for all the dollies of the land when they come to life every summer for a day. In a special room in Doll Farm is “Doll Hospital” where dolls that have been mangled and neglected writhe in agony and wait for the Queen to mend them. Unfortunately, dolls with no eyes must remain blind, the dolls with no legs will never walk, and the poor little dollie they found buried behind the potter’s shed is dead and there is nothing the Queen can do. The children are naturally very upset to see the dolls suffering and feel quite ashamed to have mistreated them so, but the dolls forgive them and they all spend a lovely day together at the seashore. (All except for the dead one.)

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This jaunty chap is sold only in Michigan and comes with two skulking cronies, a cannon (not to scale) and a neon pink and green cave with which to imprison captive women (sold separately). Thanks to Christina who gave me this lil’ guy from her personal collection.

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Whenever these cherubic tots get close to one another, the back of their heads stick together with the magnetism of love.

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