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Halloween Post Review

Here are a few things I’ve posted for Halloween over the past couple years; figured they were worth collecting in one spot. Likely I have some more around here if only I’d get to looking. 

Halloween used to be different.

LIFE magazine, Oct. 20, 1961

The candy was more interesting, for sure. Although, the 70s were the pinnacle of candy choices. Don’t even try to argue with me on that point. 

LIFE magazine, Oct. 20, 1961

This was even more before my time, but I’m old enough to remember popcorn balls and apples in my treat bag. I remember the ladies who handed out popcorn balls, and still think of them fondly. 

And now every year people trot out the same old stories about how all candy is dangerous and homemade treats are wicked because of that guy who tried to murder his son with poisoned Pixy Stix 35 years ago. You can hand out Christmas cookies but not Halloween ones. Muse on that. Also, why that boy is dressed in a pink bunny costume. They hadn’t invented irony back then or anything.

Gorgeous design...


Stile Industria No. 18 – Max Huber, August 1958

Stile Industria was Italy’s first and only magazine exclusively dedicated to Industrial Design (disegno industriale), Graphic Art (grafica) and Packaging Design (imballagio).

Launched in June 1954, under the directorship of architect and designer Alberto Rosselli (1921–1976), when the controversial idea of “Industrial Design” was very new and unconvincing to Italian readers, this quarterly magazine published a total of 41 issues (including one double issue – May 1960, No. 26/27) until it ceased publication nearly 10 years later in 1963.

Stile Industria promoted design as one of the most important cultural forces in modern Italy and provided a platform for discussions about the aesthetic and meaning of modern design in an international context. The covers were designed by a who’s who of post-war Italian and international graphic designers and artists who gave them their unmistakable Italian appearance.

Collection: Stile Industria

Wherein I wax on a bit about Bill Holden's bare chest

One of the best things about watching a William Holden movie from the mid-50s to early 70s is there's a high degree of likelihood he'll be in some state of partial undress, rather a lot of the time. In fact, if you look at candid photographs of him out having his real life adventures, you'll see that he's often shirtless in those as well, or unbuttoned, wearing shorts, barefoot, etc. The man clearly enjoyed being a natural part of nature, though they say (they who say these things) that he was obsessed with showering, too. Well, maybe there's the answer; you take a shower four times a day, you tire of putting on a new set of clothes each time. 


But, and this is true of other Hollywood stars of his era and earlier, he is often seen onscreen with a hairless chest. They (same they or possibly another set altogether) say this was done for Picnic (1955) because he was (definitely but who cares?) a bit too old for the character he played, and the bare chest made him look younger. I dunno. That doesn't really add up for me, but whatever. His chest is also hairless in Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955) and The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957,) but not Sunset Blvd (1950,) The Bridges of Toko-Ri (1954) or Paris When it Sizzles (1964.) I don't remember at the moment what his chest hair condition was in The World of Suzie Wong (1960) but I think the reason we saw less of him in that film is in case it led us to figure out just what a man does with a call girl, and that would be bad.  Wong

So maybe in his case there was some kind of mid-late-50s ban on very hairy chests, which had him continually shaved up between Bridges and Paris, but other actors previously had this treatment as well. Funny Hollywood. They took the hair off men's chests, but added it to so many of their heads. 

I mean, Bill Holden had one seriously hairy chest. And even though I grew up in the hairy man 1970s, this is not something I normally find specifically appealing. However, there are sometimes special circumstances. I do like hunting for treasure.

Here's the man, hairless and hairy. 




"They let me grow it on my face."





Soon I'm going to do another gratuitous post about Bill, with images of him holding various (and mostly pointy) objects.


More William Holden pictures here, 3 pages so far. Yes, well. 

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Gallo wines, 1962

This is so perfect. Look how he’s placed above her, elbow resting on a pillow with room to spare, and while the artist did a nice job of drawing our eye to the glass in her hand, we still shift back toward their faces, which clearly state,

“She’s got that look in her eye. I’ll loosen my tie in a minute and see if she smiles.”

“Can he tell what I’m thinking? How slowly should I sip this?”

“These glasses are rather small, perhaps I’ll refill them before I remove my jacket.”

“He seems quiet; I wonder if he’s expecting me to say something about this wine?”

“Hope she’s not wearing one of those goddamned girdles with all the hooks to undo…”

“What kind of plant is this? It’s awfully big.”