18 July 2013 @ 08:19 pm
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10 September 2014 @ 06:49 am

A dog food made from named for a famous dog!

"My dog likes the liver in Lassie"  ::facepalm::


ETA: Fun Facts about the "What's That, Timmy?" legend (copied from http://legendsrevealed.com/entertainment/2010/08/20/tv-legends-revealed-34/)

TV LEGEND: Lassie frequently saved Timmy after the boy fell down a well.


After being the pet of a young boy named Jeff for the first four seasons of Lassie, Lassie settled in with a new owner named Timmy for the next seven seasons. Timmy (played by Jon Provost) is the most famous of Lassie’s owners, which also included some Park Rangers in later seasons and a children’s orphanage in the last two syndicated seasons.

There is a famous joke about the standard plot on an episode of Lassie. I don’t know exactly where it is from – it certainly could be Saturday Night Live, but I have an idea that it is likely older than that (as Lassie ran from 1954-1973, so you figure SOME comedian must have made fun of the show during those years), but it goes like this.

Lassie comes running in to Timmy’s mother and barks a couple of times. The mother (played most famously by June Lockhart, although Cloris Leachman originated the role) replies, “What’s that, Lassie? Timmy fell down a well?”

The joke mocks the way that Lassie was able to so accurately communicate with the adults on the show to let them know of the trouble Timmy got into, and boy did Timmy get into a lot of trouble!

The website Lassie Web once detailed a bunch of the problems Timmy got into. Here is a sampling…

.let a rabid dog out of a cage (“Graduation”)
…ate deadly nightshade berries (“Berrypickers”)
…threatened by an escaped female circus elephant (“The Elephant”)
…hides out in the treehouse when he has pneumonia (“Spartan”)
…threatened by a mother wolf (“The Wolf Cub”)
…falls into the lake (“Transition” and “The House Guest”)
…develops a high fever from the measles (“The Crisis”)
…is almost shot by Paul (“Hungry Deer”)
…ignores severe stomach pains; he’s diagnosed with appendicitis (“Hospital”)
…is trapped in an abandoned house with Boomer (“Trapped”)
…wanders into a live mine field (“Junior GIs”)
…is menaced by a bear (“Campout” and “The Renegade”)
…is trapped in a mine (“Old Henry”)
…gets a black eye playing football (“Growing Pains”)
…nearly flies a home-made glider off a cliff (“Flying Machine”)
…runs into a burning house to save a neighbor lady and passes out (“The Whopper”)
…is endangered by dynamite picked up by an escaped lab chimp (“The Man from Mars”)

And that is truly just a sampling of the problems he got into over the seven seasons he was the lead character on the show.

You’ll notice what is NOT on that list.

Timmy never actually fell down a well in any of the seven seasons he was on the show. Nor did the earlier owner, Jeff, ever fall down a well. It appears as though the only character on the show to EVER fall down a well was Lassie herself, in a Season 17 episode (Season 17 was an odd season where Lassie was without an owner).

The “What’s that, Lassie? Timmy fell down a well?” joke became SO universal, though, that it was just accepted that Timmy did, in fact, fall down wells with some frequency. And really, he DID fall down things with great frequency, they were just storm drains, pipes, etc. Just never a well.

Amusingly enough, Jon Provost still named his auto-biography, Timmy’s in the Well: The Jon Provost Story (he does note in the book that never actually fell down a well).

Thanks to Lassie Web for the great list! Go check out their site to find out a list of all the problems he had over the years.

01 July 2013 @ 06:04 pm
Every time I hear terrible fire story's , like the death of those 19 firemen today, I think of my grandfather. I think how brave he was to face those scary situations, not just once but everyday.

I dedicate this one to him and the other fire fighters out there.

14 December 2012 @ 07:46 am

Red Heart Dehydrated Dog Food, 1943  "It's swell tasting."

I love the chatty casual tone. ;D

10 December 2012 @ 10:05 pm
Good Night!
10 December 2012 @ 06:30 pm

Spratt's Meat Fibrine Dog Cakes, 1924

10 December 2012 @ 06:27 pm
Spratt's Patent Dog Food, 1903

This Friskies campaign had a lot of charming images, most of them painted by Douglass Crockwell, which I thought were worth seeing. So here is the rest of the campaign in another post.

A pink bathroom! And mom is going to be very happy they're using her towel and Shalimar on the dog.
LIFE Apr 23, 1956

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Yes, you read that right...the first paragraph says "U.S. Government inspected horse meat is the principal ingredient in Friskies..." Talk about your details that wouldn't fly in an ad today!

LIFE Jan 23, 1956
10 December 2012 @ 02:00 pm
Kibbles 'n Bits, 1988

05 June 2011 @ 07:02 pm
tanwen 's posting, down the page a bit, reminded me of this one:

Food A, food B, or food C.

Woman's Day, April 1943.  At least by the time tanwen's ad was printed they were labeling the cans with the flavors:  in 1943 you had a choice of "Diet A, "Diet B", or "Diet C", and I don't know whether which-was-which was printed on the packages at all!

05 June 2011 @ 04:11 pm

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