Monday, July 31, 2006

Kolor Spray

I always seem to start small collections and one of them is old spray paint cans. They turn up once in a while at the local junk swap usually in a cardboard box filled with garage stuff. I try to buy the ones with the small metal caps. They had great designs on the cans which appeals to the graphic design part of me. This one has the diamond shapes and 50's colors that were used as design elements back then. Stay tuned in the future for others from my small growing collection.


Vintage Bug Repelent Container with a really pissed off flying bug on the label. The product was a brown waxy stick that you would rub on your skin for protection. Enjoy the week and keep the bugs off.

Sunday, July 30, 2006


Who out there has not seen or had one of the staples of the American household the Moo-Cow Creamer. This piece of Americana has it all: Virtually Unbreakable, dishwasher Safe, Can be used with or without the Top and best of all it was made in the good ole USA. This piece was attached to the creamer so you could see and read all it's great features. I like the minimal colors use on it but they did use 4 color printing as you can see from the slightly off color registration. The graphics are great with that little boy just working the straw to get every last drop out of his mug and the two-tone smiling cow head art. This version was made by Whirley Industries, inc. and I checked out the place and they are still around at Whirley Industries but alas no more Moo-Cow Creamers. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Those Eyes

These postcards all have eyes with the little pupils that move when you shake them. I remember finding them all at the same time. The backs have writing to someone refered to as "Danny Boy "or "My Little Stinker". 2 of the cards are signed Daddy. Have a great Saturday everyone.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Chicken Delight part 2

What better way to let the delivery customer know that his buckets are soon to arrive than bolting this fowl on the delivery vehicles roof. This original Chicken Delight figure is made of fiberglass with some hard coating on the outside to protect it from the weather. On the bottom is on huge bolt and nut which makes me wonder if they had company trucks? I doubt any of the delivery guys would want to drill a 3/4 hole on the roof of their cars for a chicken. Maybe someone out there delivered chicken for Chicken Delight and can clear up this question. Thanks again for dropping by.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Chicken Delight part 1

Don't cook tonight Call Chicken Delight. Nice bold graphics from a late 60's take out menu from Chicken Delight. Is it me or does it seem funny that a chicken is serving up a plate with two of his buddys legs on it? Stay tuned tomorrow for another Chicken Delight piece of the past.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Greetings from

What makes one of the Big Letter postcard even better? why a cool little ad character. The Skipper is included on this vintage linen postcard from Newport Harbor California. I am not sure if he pitched a product or was the spokesman for the area. With a friendly wave and a Big white smile he welcomed all to his harbor.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Mmmmm Bread

I just cannot pass up a vintage food can with a great ad figure on it. This B&M can looks pretty generic from the front but hiding on the back is the B&M Bean Pot Guy pitching the product. The Bread is still inside, I am not sure what condition it is in and I don't plan on finding out. Thanks for passing by.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Don't Delay

Great piece of art from some vintage note sheets I have. There is a code at the bottom so I guess there were other designs you could get, probably thru a catalog. Have a Great week and hope to see you tomorrow.

Sunday, July 23, 2006


I am always looking for space graphics from the 50's and early 60's . These cards are from a card game named Orbit. The winner is the one who ends up with one of each card thru passing and discarding cards. I have the box somewhere ( I know that's where the cards should be) so when I dig it up I will post the graphics on the front of the box. Thanks for landing here today.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Too Cool

Todays post was from an email sent to me from Jim, a fan of my Blog. His father worked at a used car dealership and got to clean out the trade-ins plus could keep whatever he found. This was one of the things that he saved back then. Since the heat has been close to unbearable around here what better thing to have to keep your lunch cool. The Frigee Freeze canned cold metal can will do the job in your Lunch Box. Great icy type and check out those icicles hanging down along the top edge. The maker of this "don't leave home without one" cooler? Earl Scheib, you know the car painter guy, " Il'l paint any car any color for $19.99. I wonder how much the Frigee Freeze was? Thanks Jim for the great addition to the blog. Stay cool everyone

Friday, July 21, 2006


The New York Worlds Fair was big on souveniers in 1939. This chrome and enamel pin could stand on it own, but the card add so much to the whole piece.

Thursday, July 20, 2006


Check out this little Red Devil JUMBO Magic Black Snakes box, I don't think they even make these guys anymore. The box is 2 1/2 by 1 1/2 and contained just 6 snakes. My guess is these were from 1951 from the dated State Fire Marshal seal on the back. The side on the box has this great information" Guaranteed not to contain mercury ( of course they are snakes not fish). The directions are better " Be sure pellet is ignited completely for perfect results" ( So it's up to you not to screw up the snakes) and the the last tid bit of info " Do Not Hold In Hand" (Unless you want 6 little black spots on your hand for life). Thanks for dropping by.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


Just a cheap little charm bracelet, but what a great assortment of plastic tchotchkes. Here is what's there in case you cannot make them all out:
Baby Blue Princess phone ( copy on bottom reads " It's Little, It's Lovely, It Lights!)
Red guitar pick shaped piece with gold edge
White top hat with a gold rabbit inside
Brown and red grand piano
Green Mary had a little Lamb ( has that written on the bottom)
Red Frankenstien monster
Red Scottie dog
Green clown head with a little bead inside for shaking
Blue glass with white ice cream, pink cherry with red dot on top.
Clear plastic church with a yellow roof. The church opens up to show four people inside
Light Blue owl with flickering eyes
Yellow lighthouse with a blue top
and last but not least a blue teacup pink inside.
Have a charming day all

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Guest Host

Hello everyone! Today I am a guest blogger over at swapatorium. Angelica has a wonderful blog and was one of the reasons I started up Tikranch. Please drop on by and check out her wonderful collection of posts.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Happy 51st Disneyland

Just perfect for today was a piece of art I found yesterday at the Long Beach Antique Swapmeet. This original art was for an article in a paper named the Star. The size is 13 by 18 inches and done in pen, gouache and airbrush. The art was for the 5th birthday of Disneyland. What a great image of Walt serving up a big ladle full of 5 to the world. The piece is signed "Fisher". Check me out tomorrow for a special guest post over at


Sunday, July 16, 2006

Robot One
The first 2 post I did on my blog showed the 2nd of the 3rd found object Robots I built. Here is the first one I made during an estate sale while I was stationed in the garage. We are presently getting ready to move so when I get the workbench set up I plan on getting a few new one's made. Stay tuned

Saturday, July 15, 2006

One Free Bucket
Pioneer Pete made you a Honorary Pioneer Member of the BUCKET BRIGADE with this card. Don't go and lose your card just 9 buckets of Chicken and the 10th ones free. I like the illustration of Pioneer Pete holding a drumstick like a rifle and saluting.

Friday, July 14, 2006

The Clock Broiler had their own mascot named Chubby the Champ. This early menu shows Chubby and the restaurant in Lynwood.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Politically Correct
During the presidential campain years ago Kool cigarettes took at neutral stand for the candidates. Either way they just wanted you to keep smoking the brand.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Sleepy Bear
Those little hotel soaps sure look great with an advertising character on them. The Blythe California Travelodge soap featuring the Sleepy Bear with the slogan " For the Best Rest East or West". The Travel Lodge choice of soap was Camry.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Turtle Back Wrap
I am always amazed at the wonderful graphics they used years ago for the most ordinary products. I guess a sponge is a sponge but the packaging elevates it to something more. This Turtle Back sponge survived somehow and I could not resist getting it, I think they were trying to make it look close to a Turle Wax product to make it sell better.

Monday, July 10, 2006

This Bud's for you!
Plastic Vacu-form signs are also a great thing to collect if you are into Adverting Characters. Most of the ones I have were store display signs that seldom survived after the promotion ended. Because the plastic is formed from a flat sheet, the material is very thin and fragile from the start. This one today is Budman the Dauntless Defender of Quality. Liike any superhero he " never lets you down" but he will not be responsible if you drink too much and fall down on your own. Thanks for falling by and have a great day!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Take 5
Nice little graphic off a glass half-pint milk bottle. I must say a half pint bottle looks like it hold 3 chugs of milk, I guess they drank less back then.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Big Nick
I posted the Nick at Night figure from my collection but here is another version I know of. This one is a full size store display. I had heard about it from someone and of course I had to see if it was for sale. I tracked it down in New York but it was on display and not for sale at the Nickleodeon Offices. I still wanted to see what it looked like so I ask if I could get a few pictures. The woman on the phone said sure, so I sent her a disposable camera and an envelope with postage for the trip back. A few weeks later the package arrived and I had some pictures of the monster Nick man. That was probably 7 years ago I wonder what ever happened to the piece. Have a great weekend everyone.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Trailer Screens
I find there are some great graphics on vintage packaging, These were on a old box that held some sort of trailer screen louvers. Most of the boxes were falling apart but I was able to save one panel for the art. I wonder if that lady peering at the screen is the Mother-in-Law? Have a great day thanks for stoping by.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

There are so many new ad figures produced these days it seems there is no end. I see them at shows but pass of them for the most part to available display space. This figure was a exception, The Nick at Night figure. What more could you ask for a winking TV headed guy giving you the A-OKAY, he also has a cable box on top of his head. This was one figure that I was happy to add to my collection.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Big Shots
Mr Big Shot your chocolate milk making friend. Big Shot was a chocolate syrup that you would dispense like a whipped cream. The can was great because the characters head made up the top of the can body. After I found a complete can for my collection I would come across lone heads so I would buy them (I don't know why?). I guess that what us collectors do.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Monday, July 03, 2006

Georgie Georgie!
One great part of ad figure collecting is all the figural ashtrays they made over the years. Years ago companies would give out plaster/chalk ashtrays with the ad figure on them. This one is one of my favorites Georgie Georgie. Who could resist this little guy shouting his name out to you. Under the name is Hoover so I guess he was the pitchman for the company. I have yet to come across any old advertising with this character so any info would be great. Thanks again for dropping by.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Out at the Swap meet this morning I found a few of these postcards. This vintage linen postcard featuring the great sign above the store in New York. The sign looks bigger than the store, I bet it was hard to miss this place at night. I can just imagine all the great advertising displays they must of had inside. Thanks for blogging by !