Sunday, February 27, 2011

Attack of the Killer Garage

I made a very modest attempt at gleaning the garage of 20+ years of collecting. I have at least 4 large bins of stuff I will be selling bit by bit.

I did opt on keeping my infamous box of Darkie Toothpaste (now known as Darlie Toothpaste) - we need to be reminded from time to time how very, VERY bad some ideas were and still are.

I stole this image off the internet. Mine is like the one directly in the center - the bright yellow box with the old timey minstrel face. I originally purchased it in 1990 because no one in the states believed it actually existed.

When Colgate purchased the original company, Hawley & Hazel, they changed the Anglo name to Darlie; however, the original cantonese name still remains: Haak Yahn Nga Gou [้ป‘ไบบ็‰™่†] (Black Man Toothpaste). 

Amazingly, this is one of the best selling toothpastes in Taiwan.

On a brighter note, I found some of my old Macintosh games from the early '90s. I liked graphic interactive games the best - still do, actually. If you click on the pictures, you'll end up on ebay where you can bid on them, if you're so inclined. The two below are pretty rare titles, and more like interactive art than video game.

The Residents' Freak Show:

 The Residents' Gingerbread Man:

In case you've never heard of The Residents, here's a sampling from YouTube:

A few of the computer generated scenes from this video are in the Gingerbread Man video game.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Gewgaw, Jarts from Hell

Jarts are a outdoor toy officially banned by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. They are not only banned, but the agency recommends if you have this game, you destroy it.

You'd think Jarts were semi-automatic weapons marketed to children. If you read the packaging, you'll note that it's states, quite clearly, that Jarts are an ADULT toy. It wasn't always that way - originally, the lawn darts had pointed tips, and were sold as a kids' toy. But hey, that was the 50s and 60s when people took responsibility for their own stupidity.

In its 30+ year history, there have been at least three deaths associated with the (mis)use of Jarts. The death of a young girl prompted its ban in the U.S., and eventually Canada.

To put this in perspective, note the YEARLY death toll of other commonly used toys:

Bicycles: 700
Skateboards: 40
Ball: 5 (not including baseball, football or sports related balls)
Balloon: 3

I wonder what the body count is for airsoft and bb guns, indoor darts, bow and arrow sets or that Jackass movie...

Many people are closet Jarts fans. There are Jarts competitions, and people continue to buy and sell black market Jarts anywhere, except Ebay. Some people have very strong feelings about vintage Jarts and the ban.

If you're curious about playing the game, and don't have vintage Jarts, this kinder, gentler version is available. Legally.

Congratulations, Torrance Tartars!

Kudos to our frosh/soph basketball team who won 9 out of 10 games this season - big hearts, great teamwork, dedicated coaching brought it all together.

Better things to come!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Gewgaw - Chalkware Baby

I just bought this off ebay, and I was so ecstatic - she is fantastic:

I don't know how many of you know about Esther Hunt, but I can never afford those busts. They are very expensive, and well, I just can't rationalize expending that kind of dough on a big chalk head.

But this little girl is so cute, I couldn't stand it, and when I got her for as cheap as I did, well, I just had to have her. She's worn and chippy, but oh, so perfect.

I'm so weak.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Not-so-Gewgaw, George Nelson for Howard Miller Chronopak Clock

This is a departure from the usual flotsam and jetsam posted here. A very classic design, and up for auction on ebay: