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Shower Power! Cool Shower Curtains Make Mornings Fun

Sep 19, 2016 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Make your morning shower more fun by sharing it with John Wayne, Lucy, or Mr. Spock! Hang on, that didn’t come out right . . . Hang on, that didn’t come out right . . . See, we just launched about 200 novelty shower curtains featuring some of your favorite vintage style characters and designs,

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Throw Therapy: Soft Fleece Throw Blankets In Fun Retro Styles

Aug 23, 2016 |  Retro Staff No Comments

We all have those days. Maybe the boss really got to you, or traffic drained your will to live, or the weather was awful, or everything just seemed to go wrong. When you have one of those days, there’s nothing better than curling up under a soft, warm blanket. So it’s a good thing we

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Shakin’ Things Up With Your Favorite Retro Characters

Jan 08, 2014 |  Retro Staff No Comments

One of the most popular souvenirs picked up during travels in the ’50s and ’60s was the novelty salt and pepper shaker set. Whether custom designed for a particular destination or just adorable, such sets were small and functional. They could also serve as home decor, and it was not uncommon for people to display

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There Is No McDonald’s Without the Grimace

Sep 16, 2013 |  Retro Staff No Comments

In the late ’80s and early ’90s, when I was traveling the country appearing at comic book conventions, I used to joke with my friends that on my route, the McDonald’s signs would be changing due to my patronage. At the time, plenty of restaurants still had the signs with the rotating numbers, designating how

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A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Dec 22, 2012 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Premiering December 9, 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a holiday fave for both young and old. This animated Christmas special has proved itself as timeless, having aired for more than 47 years. Like many early television-aired shows, though, this Peanuts special has an interesting history. This special was the Peanuts comic strip’s first animated

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Josephine the Plumber

Oct 09, 2012 |  Retro Staff No Comments

By the mid-1960s an American actress became a household name, despite the fact that it wasn’t her own. Josephine the Plumber was a popular character for Comet cleanser, appearing in scores of television commercials and print ads. Jane Withers started her acting career at age three, and was a popular child film star of the

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“The Tape With the Plaid…”

Jul 19, 2012 |  Retro Staff No Comments

It’s usually the “simple” inventions that make significant impacts on our daily lives, and Scotch Tape is no different. Quite often, these simple items have a detailed, interesting history. The Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co. (3M) was founded in 1902 by five businessmen seeking to mine a mineral deposit for grinding-wheel abrasives. With its first

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The Wise Little Hen Presents Donald Duck

Jun 09, 2012 |  Retro Staff 1  Comment

Donald Duck made his debut in 1934 in a short film called The Wise Little Hen. In the cartoon, Donald and his friend, Peter Pig, try to avoid working by faking a stomach ache. One of the most popular cartoon characters of all time, Donald has appeared in more films than any other Disney character,

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Axelrod: The Flying A Gasoline Dog

Apr 15, 2009 |  Retro Staff 2 Comments

A major gasoline brand from the 1930s to the 1960s, Flying A was owned by Tidewater Petroleum. The Flying A Dog, Axelrod, was an advertising character for Flying A Service Stations in the 1960s.  He starred in a few commercials, appearing in his A-shaped doghouse with a worried expression.  Axelrod was the perfect mascot for

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