Johnson Smith

Johnson Smith

For juvenile pranksters, reading through a Johnson Smith Company catalog was like hearing a voice from heaven. Yes, children, there really is gum that tastes like garlic and candy that turns your mouth bloody (or, at least, fake bloody). And nobody made these tricks, gizmos, jokes and marvels look more appealing that the people at Johnson Smith. Continue reading...

Good & Plenty

Good & Plenty

For those who don't harbor an aversion to the black variety of licorice, movie theaters have long offered a special treat – those little capsule shaped white and pink delicacies known as Good & Plenty. Fans will attest that they are both good and plentiful, and they also happen to be the oldest branded candy in the United States. Continue reading...

Dominoes

Dominoes

Planning is about to meet execution. You can't move a muscle, you can hardly breathe, lest you (or one errant sneeze) accidentally lay to waste your hours spent slaving over piece after endless piece. But now it is here, the moment of reckoning, as you prepare to fell your arch-rival - the domino, and all the troops behind him. One tiny touch, and clickity-clackity, it's over. Continue reading...

Platform Shoes

Platform Shoes

Nothing says “walking tall” like the obscenely elevated soles of the platform shoe. As any survivor of the disco era can attest, one's stature in the fashion world was measured in part by the amazing heights achievable in these stylish stilts. But the platform shoe has a storied history that dates much farther back than the Bee Gees. Continue reading...

A Bug's Life

A Bug’s Life

Bugs crawling across movie screens were a common sight in the late 90s. While the folks at Dreamworks were infested with Antz, Disney/Pixar followed in their footsteps with A Bug’s Life, featuring a star-studded cast of critter voices and some revolutionary CGI animation for their “epic of miniature proportions.” Continue reading...

Avon

Avon

When purchasing cosmetics, women have always preferred the personal touch and Avon has been there to deliver for well over a hundred years. With an army of sales associates ready to meet you at your front door and provide that perfect shade of lipstick along with a plethora of other cosmetics, they have saved many a customer the inconvenience of running to the store for supplies. Continue reading...

Creamsicle

Creamsicle

Sitting side-by-side in the frozen aisle, the cold-blooded cousins named ice cream and sherbet always coexisted peacefully, but rarely crossed paths. Then came the Creamsicle, a vanilla ice cream bar coated in a layer of orange sherbet. This pairing of Popsicle and ice cream went on to become one of the most beloved frozen treats ever created. Continue reading...

Aqua Net

Aqua Net

A big helmet of hair, impervious to the elements, was an important element of both 60s and 80s fashion, the latter thanks to the influence and abundance of heavy metal hair bands and mohawked punkers. And to get their locks of hair to defy the laws of gravity, these folks and their fans overwhelmingly turned to a tried and true product called Aqua Net, the aerosol-based hairspray with ultra hold. Continue reading...