Enter if You Dare

7 08 2017

Here is a vintage post card view of the former Scottish Rite Temple in Mobile, Alabama, built in 1922. Very severe and monumental in design.

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Quench This

12 07 2017

Cleo Cola, the “Queen of Sparkling Drinks,” was introduced in 1935. This version of Cleopatra looks more Aztec princess than Egyptian queen. Here are a bottle and matchbook for your viewing pleasure.

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This Old Thing?

28 06 2017

-003-smallAnother vintage dress from my collection – hieroglyphs and female figures, including Hathor, in a black, olive/gold, and white colorway. A relaxed fit with casual open neckline above fabric-covered buttons, empire waist, and front slit at bottom. Reminiscent of Paganne, but there is no label so I assume it was a successful home creation. Alas – not my size.

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Anti-Shrinkage

10 06 2017

Behind every strong man is a woman helping him get dressed in the morning…or so Lion of Troy’s advertising department decided. This ad is probably from 1945 – the Vivien-Leigh-as-Cleopatra movie had just been released, and this illustrated vixen bears a striking resemblance to that movie star. The text states “Of course no shirt can wear as long as the Pyramids, but it is a scientific fact that many Egyptian excavations have disclosed fine, strong fabrics, woven of Egyptian cotton in the days of the Pharaohs, still in good condition.” Thus, modern shirts made from imported Egyptian cloth. Which, additionally and most importantly, are “Sanforized against shrinkage.”

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Write This Down

27 03 2017

According to this 1928 advertisement for Sheaffer’s writing implements, “It is easy to build for a day. It is difficult to build a thing that will withstand hard usage for unnumbered years.” Ergo, the selection of ancient Egyptian iconography for emphasis of this superior product boast – although, the Great Sphinx appears to have had reconstructive surgery and a genetic rewrite.

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Fly Guy

27 02 2017

This enameled pendant probably belongs to the 1970s. There is a nice modernity to how the perspective of the headdress is flattened.

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You Had Me at Scarab

4 02 2017

Journey’s album cover for Captured, 1981. Scarabs within scarabs within scarabs…..

Thank you Journey and Stanley Mouse.

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