Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Rubber Flintstones

Since I posted the Flintstones Vitamin poster earlier this month I thought I'd finish the month with some more of the 'Stones.'

Above are three rubber Flintstones figures I got as a kid around 1977 (I'd guess).  I remember they were purchased at Sears.  They were sold individually out of a container (like a plastic fish bowl if I remember correctly) sitting by a cash register near their cafeteria.  The Flintstones weren't the only characters available either.  Mixed in the same container were a bunch of Warner Bros. characters too.  For a while there whenever I was shopping at Sears with my Mother I'd ask if I could get a new figure.

The characters are made of a strange rubber.  They almost seem to be made of a pencil eraser-like material, but they do not work as an eraser.  If you're wondering about the scale, Dino is approximately 2 ¾ inches tall.

That's about all I know about these things.  An image search on Flintstones toys didn't really turn up any more of these figures. If anyone reading this knows who manufactured these things please leave a comment.

I know I had Fred too, but he's currently MIA.  So for now Wilma and Barney will have to make do alone (I always thought Wilma and Barney should get together anyways. They both have the same eyes). Along with Dino, and that strange stone-age cat sitting by Wilma's feet. 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Magic World Update

I just wanted to make a quick announcement that I've updated the Magic World Brochure post.

This is important because Magic World's General Manager Sonny Thrower has graciously answered a few burning questions about "The Never Neverland Like You've Never Ever Seen."

Sonny also sets the record straight on why Magic World eventually shut down.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Flintstones Vitamin Poster of Bedrock

If you're a fan of that famous modern stone-age family, and have been searching for a cartoon 'fun map' of Bedrock search no further.  Get ready for an internet exclusive (presented this clearly at least) with this Flintstones Vitamin promotional poster from 1970...


Here's a close-up of the "History of Bedrock" text, and its sketchy information of a mysterious "tribe of twelve families" that founded Bedrock.

Another mystery is the little known first leader of Bedrock - Cornelius Granitebuilt.  How little known is Cornelius Granitebuilt you might wonder. According to Google this is the first time the name "Cornelius Granitebuilt" has been written on the Internet.  Well whoever he was, Cornelius was important enough to have a hospital named after him complete with a bust of his likeness placed outside.

Also Cornelius Granitebuilt is craved into Bedrock's Mount Rockmore, and that seems fitting for the first leader of Bedrock.  Sometime later Fred, Barney and Dino were bestowed this honor.  Not bad for a guy who works at a quarry, and another guy who works... well, wherever Barney works, and a pet dinosaur.

It wouldn't be Bedrock without lots of stone-age versions of modern day landmarks with one of the words replaced with a similar sounding rock or mineral.  Although it doesn't have the prestige of something like the "Empire Slate Building" I'm kinda fascinated with the County Quartz House.

Probably my favorite thing in this poster are the Bedrock Playground's very literal, and therefore wildly impractical monkey-bars.

In case you forgot who's responsible for this poster here's the Flintstones Factory the very place that makes those delicious chewable Flintstones Vitamins.

I found an early Flintstones Vitamins commercial featuring the Flintstones Factory. This commercial answers the important question, "Are there child labor laws in Bedrock?" Also check out that very off-model Dino...

J.R. Wainwright is the name of the artist who signed this poster.  I think J.R. did a great job, and it wouldn't surprise me if he worked for Hanna-Barbera - but I can't find any info to support that. If you happen to know anything about J.R. Wainwright please leave a comment.

And just to be complete, for those who like to read the fine print, here's the fine print...

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Scenes From a Late 50's School Fair

Here's some photo's from the Bulman School Fair in Redford, MI taken in 1958 and 1959.

Do you prefer your photos of vaguely disturbing clowns in "portrait"...

...or in "landscape" modes?

The photo above of "Mr. Thomas Saunders operating the cotton candy machine" looks amazingly timeless to me.  If I were told this photo was taken last year I could believe it.

And that's latest a Bulman School Fair photo could have been taken (if they were still having school fairs).  In researching this post I learned that the Bulman Elementary School closed , and was scheduled for demolition after the 2011 school year.


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