Have a Coke With…

1 11 2017

Sometime around the 1960s, Coke promoted their soda with decorative caps featuring various famous people, including Cleopatra. Refreshing!

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Good Manners are Timeless

19 10 2017

A clever 2014 cartoon by Scott Hilburn parodying one of our most beloved modern sayings.

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Armchair Traveler

18 09 2017

The end of the Victorian era produced numerous travel journals by both scholars and Joe Adventurer, all equally suspect in terms of veracity but at least full of interesting imagery and bound in eye-catching covers. This example, Our New Way Round the World, by the colorfully surnamed Charles Carleton Coffin, was published in 1887. It is not exclusively about Egypt, but iconography from the land was chosen for the cover art. As usual, “artistic” license was taken with some, though not all, illustrations.





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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