Dabbling in Divination

Sharing this wonderful post by my WP blogging good buddy Wibi of Wibi Wonders!

Wibi Wonders

I was grateful to spot a recent ‘Anatomy of an Artwork’ in the Guardian Guide on ‘The Tower’ from the 1982 “Neuzeit-Tarot” (“New Age Tarot”). It provided some interesting background to the deck I was given in 1984. Initially I used the cards a lot, mainly for others (as one should). Below is the cover of the book that I used to help me make sense of the cards. Please note that the deck in the book is not the Neuzeit one, but the Raider-Waite deck).

photo of cover of a book on interpreting Tarot cards - showing the 2 of pentacles of the Raider-Waite deck

But let’s get back to the Neuzeit, or rather, its creator!

Tarot card from 1982 New Age deck - XVI - The Tower

Walter Wegmüller(February 25, 1937 – March 26, 2020)was aSwisspainterand recording artist. According to the Guardian’s Skye Sherwin: “Wegmüller’s sensibility was steeped in 1960s and 70s counterculture. Of Roma heritage and based in Switzerland, he was an intriguing figure in a local hippy circle that included the acid guru Timothy Leary, in exile…

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My Second Barbie – she’s a Wonder Woman!


Presenting, my second Barbie… (first one here)

Dear readers, I am thrilled to add my second Barbie to TVTA’s toy collection – the 2003 Mattel Barbie DC Comics Playline Edition Wonder Woman doll.


My Barbie as Wonder Woman came mint in her original box, complete with accessories and a mini lunchbox keychain. A display stand is also included.

The reverse of the box shows an uncredited Wonder Woman comic artwork (possibly by Bruce Timm from Justice League Unlimited era, anyone?), and an image of the three DC Playline Edition Barbie dolls available at the time: Catgirl, Wonder Woman, and Supergirl.


She’s Wonder Woman, and she rules, but she’s also Barbie… therefore she must strike her glamour poses…


I was tempted to get one of the many exquisite Barbie Wonder Woman dolls based on the modern Gal Gadot version, but hesitated for the moment in favour of a more traditional comic book Wonder Woman + traditional Barbie look.

Honestly though, examples like the one below are going to be hard to resist!


In other Wonder Woman news…

Here is my freshly scanned copy of Odyssey of the Amazons – a ‘Before Wonder Woman’ tale. I’m hoping to jump into this epic story during my two days off before the weekend slog at work.

 

And finally, for those of you who just can’t get enough of Wonder Woman…

Look out for TVTA’s upcoming Wonder Woman tribute post, scheduled for this October in time for a very important film release 😉


Thank you for being Wonderful with us 🙂 

Latest ads – Gremlins, Barbie, Superman, and vintage accolades galore!

Figurine Panini Gremlins stickers offer in the comics Suzy; Victor; and Judy. 1984. UK.

It’s a TVTA extravaganza of cool ads featuring franchise promotions, comic strip posters, and enough accolades to win Accolades of the Year!

As Wooof once told me on his way to office cat astronaut training with the promise of bringing back twelve promotional bottles of strong moon beer and a box of NASA ballpoint pens – you’ve never had it so good, nor for so free!

Indeed. TVTA comes to you regularly, independently, and completely free of advertising (which is funny as we are a site that showcases advertising).

Recently we were voted the most perusal-friendly site on the internet by popular history magazine: Weekly Archive Newsletter Keeping Everything Real. Cool!

Not to mention our summer nomination for providing Free Universal Collectable Knowledge (we came 3rd and won a food hamper and picnic disguise kit).

We are big winners with our fans!

Also, I was voted ‘best editor of a free vintage website’ by Awesome Retro Style Editors.

Gosh! With all these awards coming in, Wooof has had to transform one of our archive wings into a trophy room! But we won’t let these accolades go to our head. No. TVTA will continue to bring you vintage materials with as much love, care, and enthusiasm as we have been doing since 2010, and all while fending off court orders, repossession notices, parking fines, and overdue library books!

TVTA… yar, keeping it free!

Figurine Panini Barbie stickers and album offer with Nikki comic. 1985. UK.

Figurine Panini Barbie stickers offer with Nikki comic. 1985. UK.

Abbey Junior Savers offer from Jinty and Penny comic. 1981. UK.

Figurine Panini Sarah Kay offer in Girl comic. 1981. UK.

Fruity Pencil Toppers offer with Nikki comic. 1985. UK.

Kodak camera offer with Jinty and Penny comic. 1981. UK.

Superman and Nick O’Teen Free anti-smoking kit. 1981. UK.

Below: Superman school gear from the Mattel Maroquinerie et Papeterie catalogue. 1998. France.


Batman VS Superman USB flash drive by Emtec International

Batman VS Superman USB by Emtec.

Flash Gordon Weetabix movie cards. UK. 1981.

Annual Hit Parade. 1980. UK.

Big Ben poster in Whizzer and Chips comic. 1981. UK.

Strange Hill poster in Whizzer and Chips comic. Art by Tom Paterson. 1981. UK.

Lazy Bones poster in Whizzer and Chips comic. Art by Colin Whittock. 1981. UK.

And lastly… TVTA wins the bounciest balls award 2020!

Yay!

Thank you for bouncing your balls with us 🙂

The Beano Bouncing Balls. 2007. UK.

Coming soon to TVTA… a very special Barbie, and movie images from the 1930s!

Six Sentence Stories: The straight line of footprints

Walkaway Fairy. Artwork by Ford, TVTA.


I’m linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and everyone is invited to write a story or poem constructed of six sentences based on a cue word given.

This week’s cue word is line

 

 


Editor’s note: the following is an extract from a larger work in progress, a ghost story, and features the characters Henry and Marling. You can read a previous extract here.


The straight line of footprints

Henry went over to the sole window of Doctor Lessing’s office, and when he looked with his sole eye he spied the water fountain on the lawn where he had arranged to meet Marling tomorrow at noon; beyond this lay the sprawling avenues and groves of many trees, and the patients wandering the grounds – twinned by their long shadows which fell about them on the grass like phasmids and mantises from the sun’s late afternoon toil.

‘Not a bad view eh?’ Inspector Du Maurier said, joining Henry at the window. ‘If you enjoy looking at crazy people that is.’

‘How do you know they’re crazy?’ said Henry

‘How do you they’re not? Tell me, how’s the eye?’

Henry ran a finger across the lower seam of his eyepatch and replied, ‘There is no eye.’

Du Maurier stared at the one-eyed Henry then looked away, his gaze falling to the same fountain Henry had been looking at in monovision, his detective eyes – even from the second floor of Doctor Lessing’s office – not failing to see the straight line of footprints embedded in the mud, which led from the fountain and into the hospice, as though the ghost of Marling was deliberately leaving clues.


Tiswas

Tiswas is a British children’s television show which aired on Saturday mornings from 1974 to 1982. “Tiswas” stands for “Today Is Saturday: Watch And Smile. Presenters included Chris Tarrant, Sally James, Lenny Henry, John Gorman, and others – including returning special guests and famous personalities. One of the most popular characters was the masked Phantom Flan Flinger – the arch villain of the show who would think nothing twice of chucking a custard pie in your face.

The show was all about fun, mayhem, riotous and slapstick humour, jokes, custard pies, puppets, impersonations, music, and famous faces. Popular slots included ‘Flanorama’, ‘Compost Corner’, and ‘Flan Your Folks’. The show spawned a hit single called ‘The Bucket of Water Song’, performed by members of the cast as ‘The Four Bucketeers’.

My Saturday morning TV childhood memories are full to bursting with excellent programmes, but Tiswas will always have a special place for its sheer mayhem and fun.

Recently I received a little bit of Tiswas in my life again – namely an armful of 1981 issues of the Tiswas Family Fun Book (later Tiswas Magazine). Flantastic! Here are the covers, ads, and selected content – all wiped clean of custard pies, and dried out from their buckets of water soaking.

Enjoy! I’m off to practice my Dying Fly movements 🙂

Tiswas Family Fun Book Vol 1 N°9 1981.

Tiswas Book of Silly Superstitions 1981.

Tiswas official money box and digital watch. 1981.

Tiswas. Bob Carolgees and Spit the Dog.


Thank you for flinging flans with us 🙂

Speed – the weekly comic for boys, 1980

The final issue of Speed before its merger with Tiger. 25th October. 1980.

Speed was launched on 23rd February 1980, edited by David Hunt, and published each Monday by IPC magazines. Aimed at boys, the comic featured strips about sports, daredevils, racers, and included articles and profiles on high performance vehicles of land, sea, and in the air.

Some of Speed’s regular comic strip characters. 1980.

F-15 A Eagle. Speed 20th September. 1980.

USS John F. Kennedy. Art: John Cooper. Speed 27th September. 1980.

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Selected images: Starlog Scrapbook movie magazine, 1984

Featuring stars from some of 20th century cinema’s biggest sci-fi, horror, and fantasy hits (and a few misses) … TVTA is pleased to present selected images from the 1984 Starlog Scrapbook Vol. 3. by Norman Jacobs and Kerry O’Quinn.

© O’Quinn Studios Inc. Images reproduced by TVTA for film appreciation purposes.

Sigourney Weaver and Jones – Alien. JoBeth Williams – Endangered Species.

The Three Stooges. Have Rocket, Will Travel.

Abbott and Costello Go to Mars.

Edmond O’Brien and Jan Sterling. 1984.

David Naughton. An American Werewolf in London.

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