Thursday, April 12, 2012

Where in the world is I.H.E. ??

Did I fall off the Map?  Nah, I'm still here!  I have recently been hired full time at a new Sign Shop and I LOVE IT!  I was very glad to say bon voyage to my old job, where they cut my hours in half and were a buncha cranky pants all day long!  I'm now working just 2 blocks from my house (I walk to work) and have great co-workers, work more hours and make more money!  WOWEE!  But, the new schedule has taken some getting used to and my lil' blog has been scooted to the sidelines...

But I'm here to make a comeback!  If any of you are still out there after my temporary hiatus and also the fact that Google Friend Connect was discontinued (it was removed from my page and I have no evidence of any followers what so ever) then, you lovely folks, please enjoy these pics of my "inspiration board" decked out in a travel theme.  Yessir, I.H.E. is back on the map! 

 This nice big map is circa 1960's and is dog eared with age.  I love the muted colors and imagery.

 This leather bag is stamped as a "Gadget Bag" and it is used for toting around a camera and collecting field samples.  I found it at the same sale I got the amazing vintage pin-up book at.  It had some small specimen jars with little treasures in it like fools gold, an old marble and a chip of blue glass.  I love the thought of someone picking up these things while out on a hike. 

 Now, speaking of going on hikes, my version of a hike is finding stuff for free on the curb.  I found this metal sign on a pile of discarded books.  Not very welcoming, but the Sign Maker side of me really gets a kick out of it. 
 I also really like this vintage bike patch kit box.  It is about the size of an Altoid tin.  I have been riding my bike a lot too since my car is being overhauled.  (More about that at a later date!)

Lets set sail!  I sold this captain's cap at swap meet a while back.  I hope it's out to sea now!

 My little orange plane, I sold it too but not until I took lots of pics of it.

More Map Details

 I was born on this coast and.....

 ended up on this one!
 I like this old cardboard puzzle too.  It really reminds me of grade school!

So that was my travel theme.  Right now the board is all decked out with Paint By Numbers.  I went out junk hunting several weekends ago and found quite a few.  I'll be back soon to showcase those too.  Till then, happy travels and don't be a stranger! 

Oh, PS...if you could, leave a comment so I know how many people are still reading IHE.  I would really appreciate it! :-)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Block Heads - Amazing Danish Modern Play Set

I'm back to the online selling! The Dodge Dart fund is charging ahead!  Update:  The New Engine is rebuilt, and this coming week we will be prepping the car for the switch.  Which means new paint in the engine compartment, new radiator, water pump, belts and more!  I feel a draft coming from the car, it must be that someone has switched on the money vacuum in it!  Since I'm (hopefully) only doing this once, I'm doing it right!  So, I'm bringing out the REALLY good stuff from my personal collections to keep the cash flowing!  Check out these cool vintage toys!

Here is my Danish Modern set of  educational play blocks!
Forget the fact that I don't have kids, these are so fun!  I have had them on display in the house for a year or so, now it's time to share the fun!

The entire set has 32 pieces, a bag to store them all in and an original booklet!

The graphics on the bag are so fantastic.  These creations look like primitive robots.

The bag is labeled "Made in Danmark"

One of the things in the booklet to make is this cute birdie.

The wood is so smooth and natural.  They just don't make toys like this anymore!

 From the booklet, Man on horse:

The bird:

Here is one of my own creations.  I call this one, "Surprised Nude"
 They are too fun, and so classically Danish Mod.  I could easily see Charles Eames' daughter playing with these back in the 50's.  Can't you?  
If you want to have these fun Danish Modern blocks for your Atomic Ranch home, they are currently listed on Ebay!  I have more fun vintage toys to post!  Stay tuned!

***Edit***  Have you Blogger/Blogspot authors & readers noticed that Google has removed the Friend Connect Widget from your blogs?  Apparently it was discontinued on March 1st.  It was supposed to only be removed from non-blogger sites but mine is missing.  I now have NO FOLLOWERS showing, when I had over 100!  Are you guys still out there?  If so, please try to add yourselves again with the new Google + widget on the top left of the page.  Leave comments if you have had similar trouble!  Thanks for reading! -Amber

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Most Controversial Children's Book Ever!

The honor of being the most controversial children's book ever goes to the story of Little Black Sambo.  The story itself is clever and inventive, but the accompanying illustrations and names of characters was unanimously deemed racist.  I remember reading a copy that had belonged to my mother when she was a child at my grandma's house in North Carolina.  Being too young to recognize racist undertones, I really enjoyed the story.  The boy comes out the big hero and he did it by using nothing but his wits.  Not a bad fable if you ask me, but as an adult I recognize how it could have been done differently  Alas, it is a classic example of the way things were, and what was acceptable in the past versus today.  I'm not condoning the depiction of our hero and his family.  In my eyes Sambo is brave and clever, and I choose to think of him as such.

All that being said, I found a rare copy of the book in a pile of vintage kid's books that had been discarded in a dumpster (don't worry, they were all rescued!).  What makes this particular 1933 copy remarkable is the "Animated" illustrations.  Lets set aside the controversy for a moment and enjoy the story itself.

"Preface- There is very little to say about Little Black Sambo.  Once upon a time there was an English lady in India, where black children abound and tigers are everyday affairs, who had 2 little girls.  To amuse these little girls she would, now and then, invent stories, for which, being extremely talented, she also drew and colored the pictures.  Among these stories Little Black Sambo, which was the favorite. The story is now published in this animated edition in the hope that you will
like it even more than the two little girls did.

Once upon a time there was a little black boy, and his name was Little Black Sambo.  And his Mother was called Black Mumbo.

And his Father was called black Jumbo.

And Black Mumbo made him a beautiful little Red Coat, and a...

pair of beautiful little Blue Trousers.

And Black Jumbo went to the Bazaar, and bought him a beautiful Green Umbrella, and a lovely little Pair of Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles and Crimson Linings.

And then wasn't Little Black Sambo grand?

So he put on all his Fine Clothes, and went out for a walk in the Jungle.  And by and by he met a Tiger.  And the Tiger said to him, "Little Black Sambo, I'm going to eat you up!"  And Little Black Sambo said, "Oh! Please, Mr. Tiger, don't eat me up,

and I'll give you my beautiful little Red Coat".  So the Tiger said "Very well, I won't eat you this time, but you must give me your Beautiful little Red Coat."

So the Tiger got poor Little Black Sambo's beautiful little Red Coat, and went away saying "Now I'm the grandest Tiger in the Jungle."
And Little Black Sambo went on, and by and by he met another Tiger, and it said to him "Little Black Sambo, I'm going to eat you up!" And Little Black Sambo said, "Oh Please Mr. Tiger, don't eat me up, and I'll give you my beautiful little Blue Trousers."
So the Tiger said, "Very well, I won't eat you this time, but you must give me your beautiful Little Blue Trousers."  So the Tiger got poor Little Black Sambo's beautiful Little Blue Trousers, and went away saying, "Now I'm the grandest Tiger in the Jungle."
And Little Black Sambo went on, and by and by he met another Tiger, and it said to him "Little Black Sambo, I'm going to eat you up!" And Little Black Sambo said, "Oh Please Mr. Tiger, don't eat me up, and I'll give you my beautiful little Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles and Crimson Linings."  But the Tiger said, "What use would your shoes be to me?  I've got four feet and you've only got two: you haven't enough shoes for me." But Little Black Sambo said, "You could wear them on your ears."

"So I could," said the Tiger: "That's a very good idea.  Give them to me and I won't eat you this time."  So the Tiger got poor Little Black Sambo's Purple Shoes with the Crimson Linings and the Crimson soles, and went away saying "I'm the grandest Tiger in the Jungle." And by and by Little Black Sambo met another tiger and it said to him,

 "Little Black Sambo, I'm going to eat you up!" And Little Black Sambo said, "Oh Please Mr. Tiger, don't eat me up, and I'll give you my beautiful Green Umbrella." But the Tiger said "How can I carry an umbrella, when I need all my paws for walking with?"

"You could tie a knot on your tail, and carry it that way," said Little Black Sambo. "So I could, " said the Tiger. "Give it to me and I won't eat you this time."

So he got poor Little Black Sambo's beautiful Green Umbrella, and went away saying, "Now, I'm the grandest Tiger in the Jungle." 

And Little Black Sambo went away crying, because the cruel Tigers had taken all of his fine clothes.

Presently he heard a horrible noise that sounded like "Gr-r-r-r-rrrrrrr", and it got louder and louder. "Oh Dear!" said Little Black Sambo, "There are all the Tigers coming back to eat me up! What shall I do?"  So he ran quickly to a palm tree and peeped round to see what the matter was.

And there he saw the Tigers fighting and disputing which of them was the grandest.  And at last they jumped up and took off all of the fine clothes, and began to tear each other with their claws, and bit each other with their great big white teeth.
And they came rolling and tumbling right to the foot of the very tree where Little Black Sambo was hiding, but he jumped quickly in behind the umbrella.  And the Tigers all caught hold of each other's tails as they wrangled and scrambled, and so they found themselves in a ring round the tree.

Then while the Tigers were wrangling and scrambling, Little Black Sambo jumped up, and called out, "Oh Tigers! Why have you taken off all of your nice clothes? Don't you want them any more?  But the Tigers only answered "Gr-rr-rr!"
Then Little Black Sambo said "If you want them, say so, or I'll take them away"But the Tigers would not let go of each others' tails and so they could only say "Grrr-rr-rrrrrr!"

And the Tigers were very very angry, but still they would not let go of each others' tails.  And they were so angry that they ran up, and they ran faster and faster till they were whirling round so fast that you couldn't see their legs at all. 
(I think that a page is missing on the left here, but the Tigers ran so fast, they melted into butter!)

Now Black Jumbo was just coming home from his work with a great big brass pot in his arms and when he saw what was left of the Tigers he said, "Oh what lovely melted butter! I'll take that home to Black Mumbo for her to cook with."

So he put it all into the great big brass pot and took it home to Black Mumbo to cook with.  When Black Mumbo saw the melted butter, wasn't she pleased! "Now," said she, "we'll all have pancakes for supper!"

So she got flour and eggs and milk and sugar and butter and she made a huge plate of the most lovely pancakes.  And she fried them in the melted butter which the Tigers had made, and they were just as yellow and brown and little tigers.

And then they all sat down to supper. And Black Mumbo ate twenty-seven pancakes, and Black Jumbo ate fifty-five, but

Little Black Sambo ate a hundred and sixty nine, because he was so hungry.

Now, here are some videos of the Animations in action!

So, take it for what it is, a nice story presented in a very politically incorrect way!  It is definitely a reminder that not everything about the past was idyllic!  Sometimes its good to be right here in the present!  You can read more about the history of LBS on Wikipedia here.  My copy of the book is currently on sale on Ebay, just in case you are a collector!