Friday, March 20, 2009

Strange Interludes



Lapel pins and palmistry. What's the connection between them? Oh, who knows. I'll bet Webb doesn't even know. Maybe he's hypnotized. And what's in that surprise package, anyway?



Well, I have a Scientific Home Method for curing stammering, too. And it's called Taking Off the Gag. In fact, that might be the actual problem here.



Let's read it out, all together now: Sun! Fun! Hat! These words go together, children. Sun plus Fun equals Hat. A cute, stretchable, tea-cosy of a hat. And it's magic, too. When you put it on your head, you turn into a Barbie doll.

I don't think Webb and his lapel pin palmistry can top that.

13 comments:

Erica said...

Haha -- "surprise packages" are pretty much exactly what it sounds like. You send a dollar, and you get SOMETHING IN A PACKAGE. It's a surprise! It might be diamonds! It might be dirt! (OK, people got dirt, or the equivalent.)

There's a modern version -- The Something Store, where you send $10 and get, well, "something". It's a very strange concept, although I can sort of see the attraction of getting a mysterious package if you are feeling bored and lonely.

Tori Lennox said...

What surprises me (see how I so nicely tied that in?) is how none of these ads came from Chicago!

GoRetroGirl said...

That "cure" for stammering looks awfully scary!

Tiggy said...

Lapel pins are a wonderful gift! So why do my family keep moaning about getting them every Christmas?

Lidian said...

Erica - That Something Store does sound strange. I am looking forward to checking out the link, thank you! (I am not planning on any surprise purchases, though)

Tori - That was very nicely tied in! And yes, it is surprising. I will try and find some more Chicago ads for next time...

GoRetroGirl - Yes, it sure does! That's quite an incentive program they have there.

Tiggy - Why indeed? At least they aren't getting my great grandmother's fave gift, crocheted doilies.

Hairball said...

Why did Blogger not tell me you had a new post up ??

Those hats remind me of those bleach jug/crochet thingies that were popular with tasteless people in the 70's.

Yes, I did have one why do you ask?

Bill said...

I hate to kill the suspense, but the Surprise package contains Eno's Fruit Salts. A whole warehouse full, in fact.

Those ads for the Mystery Box and Surprise Package always tantalized me as a kid, but my mother would have none of that.

Heather Cherry said...

Ha! I found a great old "Stammerer's Guild" ad and posted about it a while back. The jokes almost wrote themselves on that one.

And you're right. Ol' girl does strongly resemble a Barbie doll. Perhaps "SUN - FUN - HAT Barbie"? A.K.A. The Most Confusing Concept for a Barbie Ever.

Lidian said...

Hairball - Well, FeedBurner has lost 200 subscribers from VDM (or else they all went away in themiddle of the night) so maybe Blogger is also playing tricks. Sorry about that, I will go and ping them and bug them (like that's gonna help, but it'll make me feel a little better).

Bill - If that's what in it, there are certainly going to be more wonderful surprises in store - for the whole family! As C.B. DeMille used to say, Include me out!

Heather - I am going to go read that post right now! :)

Judy said...

I think my Mom coined the Sun, Fun, Hat thingy...Quite often she admonished, "If you're going to have fun in the sun, WEAR A HAT!"

Lidian said...

Judy - That was probably true, given all the sunburns some of us used to get trying to get tanned (ahem)...I remember the days of no sunscreen and no hats! And sunburn to follow, of course.

Anonymous said...

Oh my god...I was reading the top one about the pins, then looked at the address...I live outside of Rome!! I am going to go to that address and see if it is a store now...how funny!!

Lidian said...

Anonymous - Oh, please do and then come back and let us know!