Vintage Pin Up: Fritz Willis

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Friday Mail Bag

Halfway through
February 2019
already —

— and
as we again
consider the
postcards that
made our
grandparents
and great grand
parents react
with surprise,
glee, mirth,
and shock –

– we also have
to wonder where
our own innocence,
and
all of the time
has gone.

To quote the lyrics
of Dan Fogelberg’s
song “Innocent Age“:

” Back at the start
it was easy to see
No one to own to,
nowhere to be
Deep in the
heartlands
a sad memory calls
to me
(calls to me)
Fretful horizons,
worrisome skies
Tearful misgivings
burning your eyes
Yearnings unanswered,
reckon the wage
you pay
To recapture the
innocent age “

I dunno,
if given
the chance
somehow,
if we’d ask to
recapture
our own
innocence
– I doubt it – 
considering
much of a
damned
big hurry
I was in
to get
rid of it to
begin with …….

Maybe just
remembering
how we saw
things from
a sweeter
perspective
is enough
as we
mark the
years.

.

!!! HOY !!!

Happy Valentines Day

February 14?

It can only
mean one
thing :

It’s Valentines
Day again.

!! YAY !!

Man,
I love the
whole V-D thing.

but, it’s hard to
come up with a
way of celebrating
it here on the
Muscleheaded Blog
that we haven’t
already done….

If you don’t believe me,
check out our previous
Valentines Day posts
like this, or this one,
and you’ll see what
I mean.

I thought for a
mo or two
that I’d milked that
particular cow dry,
but then, I thought
to commemorate
the day by looking
some very cool
vintage posters that
were used to advertiseneckers
Mutoscope Company
and Exhibit Supply
cards dealing with
romantic subjects
during the 1940’s.

These were usually
cartoons or gag cards
that were found in
arcade dispensing
machines –

— you just put a
penny in the slot,
and you got one,
or you could buy
them by the set.

And as you can see,
there were a large
variety of themes
to choose from…..

Unfortunately,
not as many of the
individual cards have
survived the years as
one would one like —
but the posters have
done much better.

It might seem a
bit strange to us
today, but these
things were very
popular with
Servicemen during
World War II –

– and there was a
brisk business for
them, especially
the more risque
sets.

But collecting em
was one thing for
a sailor or soldier
in the barracks or
his sea bag —

– and another having
them around the
house at home after
the war, which I guess
goes far to explain
their relative rarity
today.

!!! HOY !!!