The Ponytail girls pre-dated Barbie (morphed into her actually) and were part of the post-war consumer boom of realization that teens and pre-teens were a whole new - ginormous - market to create for that came with the expansion of rock and roll to the young masses who had their parents' money to spend. Although most items produced were made from vinyl - things like address/autograph books, various cases, even dolls - these are some of the rarer tin trays that may have come with one of the very popular vinyl lunchboxes.
This Baby Blue Brother typewriter from the 70s received the acclaimed Good Housekeeping seal of approval! Kinda like a Consumer Reports high rating of today, but with a reverent domestic twist. Isn't it interesting that we are seeing a cool trendy revival of the use of old typewriters? They are not just being bought and sold for decor, but are actually being used, their one-off typewritten pages being appreciated for, not only that one-offness, but for the nostalgia, the effort, the visceral clakity-clak of the clakking of the keys as you type. Sure, you can download any number of typewriter fonts, but as the digital communication of tweets and emails overtakes our means and ways, the emergence of an alternative arises from the ashes like a phoenix from the fire. Yay!
"Live Long and Prosper" has always been a part of my lexicon, thanks to Leonard Nimoy, whose role as an actor playing the Vulcan/Human crossbreed was a pivotal three-year stage in his life and a major identity crisis. Star Trek The Original Series wasn't such a huge hit at the time, but gathered momentum with an unprecedented fanbase, a diverse group of people looking for belonging and finding solidarity at conventions. Finding himself typecast as Spock was a struggle initially for Nimoy, but he came to acknowledge the impact the humanistic foundation of the show had on people, and the immense role that the character of Spock had in this; he himself had brought so much of the spiritual and philosophical underpinnings of Spock to the character, and he came to embrace that rather then refuse it after seeing the good it was doing and after accepting the odd path he found himself on. The iconic hand gesture, based in the feminine aspect of spiritual Judaism, the nature of being an outcast wherever you go because of innate difference, the traits of Spock and what he displayed for us as children growing up in a more and more complex society struggling with diversity and new-found freedoms stood as models for the possible, as so much of quality science fiction does. Leonard Nimoy went on to have an incredibly broad and multivalenced creative career, exploring all the aspects of himself that he wanted to, and all of his projects somehow tied to these initial tenets. Many of us were shaped by him-as-Spock and, as an artist so embroiled in his work, he will be remembered and honoured for being true to himself and being a model for us because of that.
"Bell Bottom Trousers", words and music by Moe Jaffe in 1944, was a song re-written in the Big Band WWII era to rally encouragement and support for the troops, recorded by at least three different artists before the end of the war and shooting to the top of the charts continuously. But the song was a spin-off of an already legendary sea-faring sailor camaraderie classic bawdy folk song. Instead of being about a left-behind-at-home girl enamored with a sailor who, of course, wears bell bottoms, it is about a sailor who "conquers" a woman through rather forceful means... the word "rape" is even used. Check out the Wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_Bottom_Trousers_(commercial_song)