Japan, being a big gift giving culture has embraced Kit Kats like nowhere else in the world. In fact a big part of their success is that the name Kit Kat is very similar to the Japanese phrase kitto katsu, or “you’ll surely win,” and this has helped it become a great present among students and friends.
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There are books you read as a kid that stay with you years later. Methodically studying each page and taking in all the detail, etching the images into your mind’s eye. Galactic Aliens was such a book, and as kids it blew our minds. Page after page of amazing illustrations and chilling backstories provided hours of speculation and just enough heebie-jeebies to keep you pondering… was there really something else out there in the universe?
A downside to living in the digital age is the decline in the tangible, physical element of owning something. For music lovers, the experience has always been about buying an album, taking it with you and then simply having the chance to look at it while you listened to the tracks. The artwork and the notes enabled you to completely immerse yourself in the artist’s vision.
In 1980 a company named Amurol recognised that and created Chu-Bops. They were miniature reproductions of album sleeve artwork covering a whole range of different bands and artists such as Blondie, Abba, Gary Numan, KISS, Judas Priest and Billy Joel. Quite a range really. All in all, 9 series were produced with some specifically covering Elvis, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. They were the perfect keepsake to swap and collect with friends.
I collect vintage children’s picture books (mostly from 60’s and 70’s). There’s not a huge collectors base for them but this is definitely changing over time. There’s a charm to the illustrations and stories that isn’t often replicated in today’s book world. Some are classics, like anything by Dr Seuss which is always in print but there’s so many that have been forgotten and people with a sensibility for anything retro and vintage are starting to see this. These can often make great gifts to kids of friends and family as they are a true snap shot of the way the world was.
Ever since the original Star Wars movie was released in 1977 there’s been literally countless collectibles and different types of merchandise released. If we’re talking what was most popular of them all, it’s definitely the action figures.
We can look back and see the time when the black and white images of the first televisions lit up lucky homes around the world. It was a revolution in entertainment that the whole family and jealous neighbours would have been amazed by.
So it wouldn’t be a surprise that this would have been the same amazing experience when video games started stamping their mark on the world. Pong and its many clones showed how interactive entertainment was possible and well, the world hasn’t looked back.
60′s were a time of kitsch. Although it was the height of fashion at the time, designers went a bit crazy – pairing bold colours with the most random objects. Mind you, among garish décor disasters it wasn’t all bad and we can look back fondly for reflection and inspiration at an amazing colour revolution. But besides those interesting design sensibilities, what could this have to do with the internet today? Cats!
Evil dead, Sam Raimi’s classic horror film. Released in the early 80’s it was THE horror movie to see. My older brother had watched it and as I was too young, he delivered it to me in his own words. Weaving vivid descriptions of its scariest and bloodiest moments, it was all the nourishment my young mind needed to recreate every moment he described into a terrifying vision.
Apologies for the delay between posts!
There’s been a lot going on at work.. new job and have been settling into it. But I’m back now and will continue posting on a more regular basis
Ever since I worked at a comic book shop in the early 90′s, I was fascinated by the beautiful and ornate artwork created by Alphonse Mucha. It wasn’t because at the time the comic shop sold Mucha artwork but that his style of work, Art Nouveau, was interpreted by one of my favourite comic book artists, Joe Quesada. Quesada had created some X-Men posters in the style of Art Nouveau and I loved them. Ornate, organic and beautifully detailed I wanted to know more about Mucha and the origins of this art movement. One of the posters is linked in a Tumblr blog further in my post.
View Master – one of the great toy success stories of the last century. There wouldn’t be many people out there that haven’t owned or at least played with one at some point. It was simple to use and with hundreds of reels created over time that meant there was something for everyone. Today’s post is about Bec’s very impressive collection of View Master reels and viewers and why she chose to collect it.