Odd Yard Sale Finds



He’s Howdy Doody, but who’s she?


Hint #1: She’s a Princess.

Hint #2: what she is wearing on her head tells you her name.

If you guessed her to be “Princess SunLeafSnowmanRobin”, sorry to say you are incorrect. You have to think symbolism here.

This classic Howdy Doody theme song will give you the true identity of the maiden behind the mask:

I think I saw him on Broadway in ’88.


Oops, looks like he made his debut in 1888, not 1988. Guess that was just a wee bit before my time.

I acquired this photo-post card in a huge box of ephemera. In layman’s terms, that’s collector-speak for old paper, as in post cards, pamphlets, ticket stubs, advertisements, and the like. The more literal definition is anything transitory (love that word), meaning not meant to be retained or preserved, although, judging by the tonnage of this sort of thing that turns up at flea markets and yard sales, it seems obvious that transitory does not always apply.

FYI, according to Wikipedia, one of Mr. Warfield’s best known roles was that of Anton von Barwig in “The Music Master”, a part he played more than 1000 times during the years 1904-1907. I’ll have to ask around and see if anyone I know remembers attending one of his performances.

On the way to the deltiologist


This image is from a lot of postcards I acquired. Amongst the lot was a series of vintage cards depicting the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. Btw, in case you are wondering, deltiologist is a fancy name for a postcard collector.

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