vintage easter FUN with Pier Angeli, Snoopy, Doris Day, Bunnies, Chicks and a “GAY” Easter Cake Recipe!
lots of pics via mitch o’connell
Sue Lyon – Lolita Ya Ya
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1973: Sue meets Gary “Cotton” Adamson at the Colorado State Penitentiary, where he was currently serving time for murder and robbery(20-40 years).She worked as a cocktail waitress and lived in a hotel in Denver nearby. November 4: Sue marries Cotton. She began working for prison reform and conjugal rights. 1974: Sue divorced Cotton after he broke out and committed yet another robbery. Who knew?!
Witness Dean Rieser’s masterpiece BILL AND COO (1948)! An all-bird cast (trained by George Burton) acts out a story involving Taxi Driver Bill Singer wooing his beloved Coo whilst fighting off a parakeet-devouring crow! This clip features a tour of the town of Chirpendale and its inhabitants. Oddly enough, the film won a special Academy award “In which artistry and patience blended in a novel and entertaining use of the medium of motion pictures”. Go figure.
TV ACRES: Miss Chiquita Banana – Female banana character (first drawn by artist Dik Browne) who wore a headdress of fruit and sang the trademark Chiquita Banana song (voice first provided by singer Patti Clayton) that began “Hello Amigo…I’m Chiquita Banana and I’ve come to say/You eat the banana in a special way/And when it’s fleck with brown and has a golden hue/That’s when bananas are the best for you….” (Music © 1945 Shawnee Press Inc.)
The Chiquita Banana jingle was created in 1944 for the United Fruit Company by a BBDO advertising team headed by Robert Foreman. The song’s lyrics, written by Garth Montgomery and music composed by co-worker Ken MacKenzie, instructed Americans on how to ripen and properly use this golden tropical fruit, for example, putting them in pies, or salads and to never to put the equator grown fruit in the refrigerator
In 1945 and 1946, Puerto Rico-born Elsa Miranda portrayed Miss Chiquita in numerous personal appearances in the movies, in radio commercials. June Valli (popular for her 1954 hit song “Crying in the Chapel) was the singing voice of Chiquita Banana in the TV commercials in the 1950s.
In 1987, the image of Miss Chiquita changed from a banana character when artist Oscar Grillo, creator of the Pink Panther, transformed her into a beautiful brown skinned woman with a teasing smile who wore the traditional fruit-filled sombrero, gold loop earrings along with a blue dress adorned with ruffled sleeves and hems edged in yellow.
I’m Chiquita Banana, and I’ve come to say
Bananas have to ripen in a certain way.
And when they are flecked with brown
and have a golden hue,
Bananas taste the best, and are the best for you.
You can put them in a salad. You can put
them in a pie – aye.
Anyway you want to eat them it’s
impossible to beat them.
But bananas like the climate of the very,
very tropical equator.
So you should never put bananas in the refrigerator.
Punkinhead – Santa’s Very Special Little Bear
Eaton’s launched Punkinhead, the teddy bear with the thick woolly tuft of hair, for the Christmas season of 1948.
The story of the little bear who eventually gets to be in Santa’s Parade charmed children for the next decade and everyone would cheer for Santa’s little helper in the Parade. Eaton’s distributed story booklets of the sweet little bear’s adventures and featured Punkinhead on records and television commercials. Eaton’s had created a merchandising winner. The cute little bear was everywhere: on high chairs, rugs, lamps, sleepers, watches, and sheet music.
“Punkinhead, The Little Bear” – Wilf Carter
Charles Gustav Thorson (born Karl Gustaf Stefanson), political cartoonist, character designer, children’s book author and illustrator (b at Winnipeg, Man 29 Aug 1890; d at Vancouver, BC 7 Aug 1966).
Thorson is best known as the man who designed and named Bugs Bunny, but in a 10-year career (1935-45) in America’s great animation studios he created hundreds of cartoon characters, including Elmer Fudd, Little Hiawatha, Sniffles the Mouse, Inki and the Mynah, The Lady Known as Lou, and Twinkletoes.
Thorson began his artistic career as a political cartoonist for Icelandic-language newspapers in Winnipeg; he also contributed cartoons in a precise, gently satiric style to the Winnipeg Free Press and the Grain Growers Guide. For 20 years (1914-34) he was chief illustrator for the Eaton’s Catalogue at a time when the entire inventory of goods was hand-drawn.
In 1935 he was hired by Disney Studios, where he became expert at designing cute, anthropomorphized animals. After 2 years, during which he provided story elements and character designs for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and over a dozen short films, he moved to Harman-Ising, MGM, and then Warner Bros. studios, where he was the first person ever hired just for his specialty – character design. He also worked at Fleischer Brothers, Terrytoons, Columbia, and George Pal studios.
When his movie career ended, Thorson switched easily to advertising and children’s book illustration. In 1947 he wrote and illustrated Keeko, an endearing and beautifully detailed book about an adventurous Indian child. Keeko went into a 9th printing and prompted a sequel, Chee-Chee and Keeko, in 1952.
For Eaton’s Thorson created the character Punkinhead, the poster-bear for the Canadian baby-boom generation and the most successful advertising character in Canadian retail history. The image of the cuddly bear with the magical mop of unruly yellow hair soon became associated with hundreds of Eaton’s products, from booklets to clothes, dishes to furniture. Thorson also designed Elmer the Safety Elephant in 1952, the icon for a nationwide traffic safety campaign for school children.
The younger brother of powerful federal politician Joseph THORSON, Charlie Thorson was attracted to stories about outcasts and improbable heroes. His forte was designing cute, charming characters with undeniable star-quality. He had a special gift for using the subtleties of colour to give his cartoon characters 3-dimensionality and human-ness; through his detailed rendering of eyes, his creatures gained personality and inner life.
In 1947 he was made an honorary member of the International Mark Twain Society for “his contributions to literature.”
A 1972 TV show from CTV starring a 250 pound St. Bernard in the Swiss Alps. Starring Marshall Thompson, Trudy Young and Volker Stewart. Canadian TV show series about a dog in Switzerland..
A Dylan and Pretty Boy video. Disneyland Dream Redux. Randy Newman & Jennifer Warnes – “Ragtime” & “One More Hour”
A homage to the Atlantic City boardwalk parade and bathing beauty contest (what eventually became the Miss America pageant) of the 1920s and 30s. The various sweets and goodies of Cookietown are preparing to crown their new Cookie Queen. Contestants include Miss Peppermint, Miss Coconut, Miss Banana Cake, Miss Strawberry Blonde, Miss Peaches and Cream, Miss Licorice, Miss Pineapple Upside-down Cake, Miss Orange Crush, and likely several others that aren’t featured.
Far from the parade route, on what would appear to be the wrong side of the peppermint stick railroad tracks, a gingerbread drifter overhears an impoverished sugar cookie girl crying. Upon hearing that she cannot enter the parade because she hasn’t any pretty clothes, he hurries to remedy this, concocting a dress of colored frosting and candy hearts. He covers her brown hair with golden taffy ringlets and adds a large violet bow to her dress as a finishing touch. Thus attired, she is entered as the final contestant in the parade: Miss Bonbon.
The judges, who have thus far been disappointed in the candidates, all promptly declare Miss Bonbon the Cookie Queen on sight. The gingerbread man is practically trampled in the sudden surge of the crowd as they carry Miss Bonbon to her throne, where they place a golden crown on her head. She is then presented with a large layer cake which appears to be a carousel of different vaudeville acts. A Queen must have a king, and so the newly crowned Cookie Queen must choose a husband from those featured.
After being presented with a duo of tap dancing candy cane men, a pair of Barbershop singing Old Fashioned Cookies, a pair of effeminate angel food cakes, two scat-singing devil’s food cakes, some acrobatic upside-down cakes, and three tipsy rum cookies, she refuses each and every one with a giggle and a shake of her head. The judges, with no other suitors to present, make their own proposals.
At that moment, the gingerbread man, who has been attempting to gain a closer vantage point, sneaks up onto the dias. He is accosted by the guards who split his cupcake paper hat and tear off a piece of the jelly roll red carpet so that he looks as if he’s wearing a crown and an ermine-lined cloak. The Cookie Queen calls to the guards “Stop! I say! Don’t crown the King that way!” The gingerbread man is immediately released and takes his place beside his beloved sugar cookie. Their closing kiss melts the lollipop intended to screen them from view.