Non-sports novelty bubble gum trading cards

Baby movie gum wrapperE.T. trading cards

Batman gum wrapper trading cards

A set of trading cards and a stick of gum.
That’s what you got when you purchased collectible cards, whether they be baseball or non-baseball trading cards.

Now baseball cards have been around for at least a hundred years, but novelty bubble gum cards hit the market after World War Two.
Name a trend or pop culture icon and most likely there’s a trading card about it.

I recently came across a wide range of sealed, novelty trading cards.

Below are two packages released during the Garbage Pail Kids craze.
They were spoofing the Cabbage Patch Kids that were huge in the 1980s.
They’re actually stickers, but the goal was the same — collect all the cards/stickers.

Cabbage Patch gum wrapper

Along the same line is this set called Rad Dudes.
They were spoofing skateboarders, surfers and other X-game type athletes.

Rad Dudes gum wrapper

And here’s a set for two musical icons: The Beatles and Michael Jackson.
The Beatles wrapper dates to 1964, while the Jackson set was released during his boom ‘Thriller’ years.

Beatles Gum Wrapper Trading CardsMichael Jackson gum wrapper

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The Beatles 1964 movie trailers to A Hard Day’s Night

A Hard Day's Night soundtrack

Fifty years ago this week, The Beatles released their first full length feature film: A Hard Day’s Night.

This week’s My Vintage Video feature two theatrical trailers used to promote the film.

The second trailer includes a scene of the fab four in baby carriages; it was never shown in US theaters.


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The Dixie Cups perform their #1 hit ‘Chapel of Love’

Dixie Cups

During the height of the British Invasion in 1964, along came a girl group from New Orleans with a number one hit.
“Chapel of Love” by the Dixie Cups was a smash in June of ’64.
Enjoy this week’s My Vintage Video.


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Pop Up Book: Edward Gorey’s The Dwindling Party

Edward Gorey's The Dwindling Party

Who doesn’t love a pop up book?
I remember being fascinated with them as a child – things move, turn and flap open. And even as an adult the pages bring a smile to my face.

This book by the late Edward Gorey was in our family. I found it in a box of books as we were cleaning out the family basement.

Edward GoreyEdward Gorey

The book is called The Dwindling Party.

It tells the story of the MacFizzet family who disappear one-by-one during a visit to Hickyacket Hall. The only one left is the young boy Neville who believes “it was all for the best.”

Edward Gorey

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Vintage Advertising: Gulf Oil Triptych Brochure

Memorial Day weekend kicks of summer travel.
Millions of people will gas up and hit the road.

Here’s a vintage advertising brochure for Gulf Oil.
I love the illustration of the granny driving what looks to be an old Model T.

Gulf Station Brochure

Gulf Station Brochure

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Newsreel: The 1964 World’s Fair opens in New York

New York World's Fair Slide

Fifty years ago this month, the 1964 World’s Fair opened in Flushing Meadows, New York.

By the time the fair closed a year later, more than 50 million people attended the fair. And although that was less than the projected 70 million mentioned in this newsreel, for those who did attend, everlasting memories were made.


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Uncle Sam’s Coin Register Bank

Well another tax year has come to a close.
And wondering what to do with your tax refund?
Perhaps put it in the bank or specifically in a vintage coin register bank.

Uncle Sam's Coin Register Bank

Banks like this were made throughout the 20th century. For fifty years they were made in the US by the Durable Toy and Novelty Company.
But after a buyout in 1958 by the Western Stamping Company, production moved to Japan.

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My Vintage Video: The Jive Talking Roosevelt Franklin from Sesame Street

Roosevelt Franklin

It’s my pleasure to introduce Roosevelt Franklin, the totally hip, skatting purple muppet from Sesame Street.
What’s he gonna do when he turns two?
He’ll tell you in this vintage video!


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Dr Zaius Hand Puppet from the Planet of the Apes

Zaius Puppet from Planet of the Apes

Dr. Zaius, the orange orangutan from the Planet of the Apes, was the Minister of Science and Chief Defender of the Faith in ape society.
Skeptical of humans, Zaius aim is to protect ape civilization from humankind.

But the funny thing is that this hand puppet was made for little boys.
So ultimately a human controlled Zaius’ thoughts and actions.

In this case, this hand puppet was at the mercy of my brother.
He was a great fan of the Ape movies and 1974 TV show.

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Star Wars characters lead an anti-smoking campaign

Star Wars Anti-smoking

Fifty years ago the Surgeon General issued a warning that smoking is hazardous to one’s health. In the years following, there have been numerous anti-smoking campaigns.

One public service announcement I clearly remember is this one featuring C-3P0 and R2-D2.


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