Emily the Strange postcards set

It’s a new entry for the TVTA category archives as we present a selection of postcards from the 2002 collectable set for Emily the Strange.

Emily the Strange is a comic book character created by Rob Reger and features the delightfully dark and cynical young protaganist Emily, along with her four cats Sabbath, Miles, Nee Chee and Mystery.

As well as comic books, Emily the Strange appears as a clothing line, stationery, stickers, video games and fashion accessories. The featured postcards in this post were made as a set of 30, and TVTA has managed to get its inky fingers on 13 of them.

TVTA office cat Wooof highly approves today’s post! Bad kitty!


Wish You Were Here?

The reverse of the postcards are fun too, as they each have a slightly different design.

Here are two examples…


As always, thanks for looking 🙂

Balls! Time to get mad with TVTA!

Madballs Mad Money Wacky Cash banks. Wonderland catalogue. 1987. France.

Greetings vintage mates! Remember the short but popular phase of Madballs toys? They also had their imitators like Uglyballs and Weird Balls. Back in the day I had a few Madballs, but I didn’t know the line expanded to include money savings banks and water squirters, as seen in the 1987 edition of Wonderland Catalogue.

Madballs Water Squirters. Wonderland catalogue. 1987. France.

TVTA is pleased to present some additional images from the 1987 Wonderland Catalogue, featuring excellent toys from the likes of Bravestarr, Barbie and Popples.

Enjoy the images.

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Comic shop 7″ Vinyl Record Haul!

Ray Parker Jr. Ghostbusters theme. 1984. 45 tours West Germany pressing.

Happy New Year vintage mates! May love, joy, light and creativity be yours in 2022!

I spent the Christmas and New Year holiday working, with just two days off in between… luckily one of those days involved going into the nearest city for a spot of shopping, where I stumbled across a cool second-hand comic book store which also sold a selection of vinyl records and CDs. I plan to go back again later and grab some of the albums and CDs they had, but for now here are ten singles I purchased.

Format & Era: 7 inch 45 RPM vinyl. One picture disc. 1970s / 1980s. French and West Germany pressings.

Total Cost (Xe converter): 10 EUR / 11.37 USD / 8.40 GBP / 14 CAD / 15.64 AUD

Disc condition: All ten discs minty mint with two having mild surface scratches.

Picture Sleeve Condition: Fair to excellent condition.

My Best Picks: Seeing a Star Wars record always makes me happy to add it to my May The Vinyl Be With You collection! I was also pleased to see the novelty Zorro disc with its still-intact cut-out mask. The Elton John picture disc was a nice find too – Empty Garden was Elton’s 1982 tribute song to John Lennon. (edit: just checked out Thompson Twins Doctor! Doctor! on YT and man I forgot what an absolute 80s classic that is, and kind of sums up that era of music, especially the synths.)


Meco. La Guerre Des Etoiles (Star Wars). 1977. 45 tours French pressing.

Zorro theme. 1985. 45 tours French pressing.

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Walking in a 60s Wonderland

A TVTA Christmas Selection Box Special!

Greetings, vintage mates! Here’s wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a wonderful and creative New Year ahead!

Staying with our recent 1960s fashion and style vibe, TVTA is pleased to present seasonal images from the French pages of Elle (1968), Jours De France (1969) and Marie Claire (1965) featuring Christmas gift ideas, homemade decorations, festive food and winter fashion.

Enjoy the images. See you in 2022!

Ford

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If you had to choose a favourite decade for fashion and style, which would you choose?

Gwendacril. Marie France118. 1965.

Bas Cornuel Paris. Marie France 118. 1965.

Marie France 118. 1965.


From très élégant to trop cool! 1965-1968 Fashion and Style!

To answer my own question, I’ll say first that I’m a fan of the 1920s look, I love too the rebel flair of the 1950s, the glam and glitz of the 1970s, and the new wave punk attitude of the 1980s… but it’s decade numéro 1960s which takes my vote as favourite.

We could agree that fashion is often influenced by that which has preceded it; and in the images I’ve scanned below it’s interesting to see how some of the styles have a definite 1920s look, and there is also that natural crossover or bleed from the 1950s influence. But we could also agree that the sixties saw a genuine birth of new ideas which not only exploded onto the scene but perhaps defined in the first place exactly what a scene should look like. The style back then – whether it was the clothes you wore or the way you cut your hair, or the jewellery you wore, seemed to marry effortlessly into the music and films and the characters which inhabited the sixties landscape. Cool? Swinging? Fab? I think so.

Join me, as TVTA points a nostalgic lens on just some of the fashions, style and brands which appeared in this decade, via the pages of French publications Marie France (from 1965), and Elle (from 1968).

Elle N°1201. 1968.

Marie France 118. 1965.

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Do toys prove to be a better investment than gold, art, and financial securities?

Lego Space. Denmark. 1987. TVTA/Jaltesorensen.

Depending on condition, rarity and market demand, I would say yes, they could do. A study published December 3, 2021 by HSE University economists states that “Unusual ways of investment, such as collecting toys, can generate high returns.” One of the study’s authors, Victoria Dobrynskaya, says:

“We are used to thinking that people buy such items as jewellery, antiques or artworks as an investment. However, there are other options, such as collectible toys. Tens of thousands of deals are made on the secondary LEGO market. Even taking into account the small prices of most sets, this is a huge market that is not well-known by traditional investors.” 

Read the HSE article here

Lego sets various. Autumn Bargains catalogue. 1986. UK. TVTA.

Time to break out your old Lego to see if you have anything of value to sell?

Hold on… to gain maximum profit you must first have something that is still in its original sealed box and in mint condition. Second, it needs to be an item that was popular and sought after (think Star Wars Lego sets) and produced as a limited run or as a special exclusive. Third, does the item have nostalgia and worldwide appeal value?

This is not to say that if you have a well-looked after complete Lego set which has been opened and played with, and with the original box and instructions still lying around somewhere, you won’t get a good return on what you originally paid. If you have just the complete Lego toy but no box and instructions however, then your return will be lower.

May The Toys Be With You

Star Wars 1978 Display Stand with First Twelve action figures. TVTA.

The same can be said for Star Wars toys and collectables made between 1978 to around 1985. Some items in mint and unopened condition can go for thousands+, but so too can certain items that are no longer packaged and perhaps not even in that good condition. Rarity is key. In 2010, I paid 100 USD for an all original 1978 Star Wars Display Stand including the ‘first twelve’ figures meant to be displayed. I’ve since updated some of the figures with better condition and rarer specimens (thus increasing its value). The figure accessories are all original and some are very hard to find. If I sold the set today I would make a mouth-watering profit on that original hundred bucks I spent.

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Another Sunday Flea Market 7″ Vinyl Record Haul!

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five. The Message. 1982.

Greetings vintage mates. Just like in November I struck lucky again at the local monthly flea market, and picked up nine French pressings of vinyl singles released between the late 70s up to 1990.

Total cost: 6 EUR / 6.78 USD / 5.12 GBP.

Condition: All discs minty mint. Picture sleeves fair to excellent condition. Another winning morning I reckon 😎 I was particularly pleased to see the Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five single The Message, The Logical Song by Supertramp, and Fade to Grey by Visage.


Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five. The Message (instrumental). 1982.
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five. The Message (lyrics). 1982.
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1980s music ads from Australia as seen in Federal Comics

Stars and Rockers. 1985. Australia.

TVTA is pleased to present an Australian-heavy feature of classic 1980s artists and bands. The adverts were featured in DC superhero comics such as Superman, Supergirl, Wonder Woman and Super Powers, and were published by The Federal Publishing Company Proprietary Limited which was granted permission by DC to reprint and publish their titles under the name Federal Comics to Australian readers. To see some examples of the actual comics go to TVTA’s post here

For now, let’s get into the groove…

Rock Stars Scrapbook. Australia. 1985.
Rock Poster Magazine. Australia. 1985.
Rock Poster Magazine. Australia. 1985.

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