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 !!!

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Keyhole Frolics

Hiya
Hiya
Hiya.

It’s getting
well nigh
into the
Valentines
Day season….

And if a couple
of you fellers
haven’t figured
out how to turn
up the sugar
with your
favorite honey
yet,

Well,
all I got to
say is you
better get
moving.

Getting something
out of the gumball
machine for her
mighta worked
for ya 40 years ago,
but she’s been
busy on the phone
telling her girlfriends
that you’re gonna have
to put your big boy
pants on sometime
soon, and I do
think she means
it this time. 

Besides,
those machines
take dollar bills
now,
( who knew? )
so those quarters
you’ve been saving
ain’t gonna do no
good t’all.

Alright, so ,
maybe ,
just maybe,
you’ve decided
not to step
up for the
whole V-D deal –
( bad idea, bro )
which means,
basically, that
unless you paint a
face on your hand,
you’re not gonna
get makeup smeared
all over you this
year.

Again.

I’m sure there’s
other ways to
occupy your time –

– ( albeit not near
as much fun ) –

like calling your
Mother or pray a
Novena –

And as long as you
avoid certain acts
of desperation,
you’ll be fine.

I get a strange
impression,
though,
from these vintage
Mutoscope Cards,
part of a series
called:
” Keyhole Frolics ” –

– that it
wasn’t
always the
case for
some folks.

Desperation
doesn’t even
begin to cover
it, man.

Today we call
it being a
“Peeping Tom”
– but in movies
from the 30’s
and 40’s,
people were
doing it
all the time.

Ahh
well…

They have an
interesting….
perspective,
shall we say.

There were
originally
32 cards in
the set
issued by
Mutoscope
during the 
1940’s —
and they
were quite
popular at
the time.

So far,
I’ve only
been able
to find
these,
but of
course,
I’ll keep
looking.

Most of
these
cards on
our post
today
are easy
enough to
read the
legends …

but these
last 4 on
the right
aren’t great
scans, so
those
captions
read:

Pictorial News
Happy Landingmutoscope
Strike up the Band
and
Goal To Go!”

As strange
as they are,
I think
they’re still
pretty fun,
as long as
it don’t
give you
any crazy
or desperate
ideas.

Hey,
they don’t
make keyholes
that size any
more, any way.

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!!! HOY !!!

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Photo Boothing

My buddy Jen sent
me a funny picture
of a couple of dogs
mugging in one of
those coin-operated
automated photo
booths, and it got
me to thinking-

(always a
dangerous thing)

— just how many
hilarious examples
of this kinda thing
must be
out there
somewhere.

I guess it
must be true,
cause you can
do some really
goofy stuff in
front of a camera
in 5 second intervals.

Hell, I’ve been
known to participate
in some pretty silly
photo booth high jinks
myself when they were
still popular in arcades
and such.

Of course,
that required
pain-staking research,
searching every nook
and cranny of the
interwebs and stuff,
but
hey,
anything for
our readers, right ?

Well, here’s
the thing.

Most of the vintage
photo sets from
4 for a quarter
photo booths
that I found were
kinda lame…..

(with a few
exceptions)

People skewing up
their faces, bugging
their eye balls, and
making obscene
gestures is pretty
much par for the
course.

Not that
I have any
issue with any
of that-

– it just so
happens
that I hold
an advanced
degree in
obscene
gestures…..

….. but it’s just
not something
that would make
for all that thrilling
of a post,
if you get
my drift.

You seen
one middle
finger, you
seen em all.

But never fear —

( notwithstanding
how really slow
I was in
realizing it ) –

we did finally
figure out
that those
old fashioned
backdrop shots
that they used
to sell at the
beach,
arcades,
zoos, and
in amusement parks
could get pretty risque
or downright bizarre…

— especially those
from around
World War II.

Folks would simply
stick their head
or other appendages
into cut-outs on the
backdrop-

Then:
the camera
would click,
the light
would flash,
and – presto –
instant humiliation
stored on photo
emulsion paper.

Who wouldn’t
want ten
pounds
of that,
I ask you ?

Of course,
folks had a
much better
sense of humor
back then…….

And they hadn’t
learned yet the
truth of the now
defunct rule 74 –

– that if you
look like
you’re naked
or are doing
something
naughty in
a picture,
even if it
ain’t really
you, for all
practical purposes,
you are,
and for all time.

Don’t I know it.

(Rule 74 was
officially replaced
in the early
2000’s by :
Rule 74-R
which states that
unless you’re doing
so completely out
there while you’re
naked , (or a politico
or celebrity), that
makes it stand out
from the trillions
of other naked
pics floating
around
on the internet
somewhere,
there’s a very
strong chance
that nobody will
want/notice/care/
even see it. )

Ahem.

I honestly
don’t know
which version
of that rule that
I like least, but
anyhoo……

For those
of you who
tuned in to
see the funny
photo strips….

well,
if you’ve
got any:

just send em along
in care of this here
blog, we’ll still do
it on another post.

I just didn’t
have near
enough good
ones to make
a whole post
interesting.

And I do like
these vintage
‘cut-out’ shots 
a whole lot better
that the photo strips
I ended up not using.

It comes down
to simply this :

sometimes
a detour
will get ya
ya where you’re
going somewhere
faster than the
main road.

Not often,
I grant ya.

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!!! HOY !!!

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