I thought I had seen every type of Valentine's Day card there was, but apparently I was wrong. Apparently it was a thing in the early 20th century to give out cards with a suffragette theme, as evidenced by the two cards I am sharing with you today. They both directly address the issue of a woman's right to vote, which as we know was granted with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. The first card, which I'm guessing was printed pre-1920, is pretty blunt in its message: I'll give you time to think it over! Fairest Suffragette Be My Valentine And With This Bracelet Link Your Hands & Fate With Mine The imagery of the handcuffs is pretty evocative, wouldn't you agree? The second card, which looks like it might have been produced after the 19th Amendment was ra...
I guess you can now cross "everything" off the list of things I have not seen, because Valentine's Day was apparently used to sell canned peas. Behold this Green Giant ad from 1952. Yikes. Well this one's definitely going in the Valentine's Day section of the Retrotisements gallery, so if you want to see an even larger version of this advertisement then head over there now.
If you enjoyed my gallery of vintage Hollywood actress Halloween pin-ups, then I'm sure you'll love this Valentine's Day collection too. Be still my beating heart!
It's almost Valentine's Day once again, which means love is in the air. Well, love and greasy fried crap. So to celebrate Fast Food Love, American Style, let's check out this gallery of Valentine's Day cards from McDonald's and Burger King. Up first is a set from the McDonaldland gang, circa 1973/74. For an even groovier Valentine's Day experience let's take a left turn to the Burger King Kingdom, where the visage of the Burger King beams at us from this set of postcards. These were produced in 1972 and feature a clean-shaven, decidedly un-scary King. (card scans via Flickr user Waffle Whiffer)
OK fellas, Valentine's Day is right around the corner. You know the drill by now so make with the flowers, candy, and assorted frilly things declaring your undying love. Need some suggestions this year? Here's some vintage Valentine's Day advertisements to help you get in the mood... for shopping. (Western Union Telegram, 1948) DEAR LIZ SAW YOU IN MALT SHOP, FOLLOWED YOU HOME. PLEASE DO NOT CALL POLICE ON ME AGAIN. I WAS ROOTING IN YOUR TRASH BECAUSE I LOVE YOU. YOU WILL REALIZE THIS SOME DAY. YOU CANNOT STOP ME. LOVE, YOUR DESTINY (Baker's Coconut, 1940) Mmmmmmmm! Nothing says "I love you" like a shag cake from a can. (Columbia Grafonola, 1921) I say this with no sarcasm whatsoever - I would gladly accept any of the items in this ad as a gift. The Grafo
Kudos once again to the Razzies for doing the Lord's work. There are a lot of bad movies and actors out there, and it's important to recognize the worst of the worst. So here are this year's nominees, with my predicted winners in bold: Worst Picture The Bounty Hunter The Last Airbender Sex & The City 2 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Vampires Suck Worst Actor Ashton Kutcher: Killers and Valentine's Day Gerard Butler: The Bounty Hunter Jack Black: Gulliver's Travels Robert Pattinson: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Remember Me Taylor Lautner: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Worst Actress Jennifer Aniston: The Bounty Hunter Miley Cyrus: The Last Song The Four "Gal Pals": Sex & The City 2 Megan Fox: Jonah Hex Kristen Stewart: The Twilight Saga: Eclips
Andrea Friedman is an actress. Notably, but not more importantly, Andrea Friedman also has Down Syndrome. Nevertheless, she's still managed to carve out a decent acting career for herself, with her most recent appearance being in an episode of Family Guy. Long story short, in the recent Valentine's Day episode Friedman's character (who also has Down Syndrome) joked about being Palin's daughter. So naturally, the self-appointed defender of the downtrodden opened her piehole to garner some sympathy. Well Friedman was having none of that. Here's her response to Palin: My name is Andrea Fay Friedman. I was born with Down syndrome. I played the role of Ellen on the "Extra Large Medium" episode of Family Guy that was broadcast on Valentine's day. Although they gave me red hair on the sh
When you think of Valentine's Day you think about chocolates and flowers, right? Well I don't. No sir, I think tires! And I'm not the only one, if this 1952 ad for General Tire (from The Saturday Evening Post) is any indication. So fellas, if you're still stuck for V-Day ideas and it's zero hour, consider a set of these beauties for the lady in your life. Just don't be surprised if she tries to run you down after they're installed. (For more, um, romantic ads, check out the my Valentine's Day Retrotisements gallery.)