Scary Faces Ear Muffs

Submitted by Douglas Wood February 9th, 2010
Certifikitsch Winner

Thankfully, if you’re wearing these furry, velour-backed ear muffs on your ears, you aren’t forced to actually look at the malevolent kiddie faces peering out at the rest of the world.

12 Responses to “Scary Faces Ear Muffs”

  1. Allee Willis

    I love these and always look for such style in my ear apparel. I had similar ones in the ’70s as I slogged through blizzards in Manhattan hanging posters for clubs, everything freezing except my girl covered ears. I was very worried about the driving snow affecting the faces but sure enough they were just as sparkly when I got back to my apartment as when I left.

    Are these vintage or newer? If newer, I’m going on the hunt.

  2. Chotchke

    Not everyone can pull off that look, but I know you must’ve worn them with panache. And I can only guess at how cool your gloves or mittens were.

    These are vintage. I bought them at an antique store on 3rd about 20 years ago.

    By the way, I found your fabulous site via a recent mention by Lily Tomlin in Time magazine. So glad I found it.

    • Allee Willis

      You are correct in assuming my gloves and mittens were exceptionally cool. Although I’m firmly planted in Los Angeles I still have all of those. The fact that I can drag them out from time to time is the only thing that makes me happy about traveling to colder climates.

      Yes, Lily, a longtime champion and collaborator of mine, was quite the generous one to name as a must stop destination in the Feb. 1 issue of Time magazine. I just peeked at your other submissions and they’re FANTASTIC so I hope you don’t slow up in submitting them!

  3. MyFunCloset

    Allee, I can’t remember when and where, but when I lived in the City in the 70’s, I faintly recall a seeing someone wearing face ear muffs, and this photo triggered a flashback.

    • Allee Willis

      Well, it easily could have been me as I definitely went nowhere without them. My areas (Manhattan) would have been the village, the upper West side, like 67th-77th, and then upper East side where I went to every night to hat check at Catch A Rising Star.

      • MyFunCloset

        Could be Catch a Rising Star…. I was on 85th and York and 83rd off 2nd throughout the ’70s. Were you at CaRS when there was a bartender, can’t think of his name, a hefty guy, black hair and mustache, with really deep voice? He eventually got into a movie(s).

        • Allee Willis

          YES! Big Ritchie! He wasn’t the bartender though, though he certainly may have helped out behind the bar at Catch as he did whatever was necessary there. He got into a bunch of films in the late 70s/early 80s. Last I heard, which was within the last year, he married someone who founded a massive technology company the name of which we would all know but I’m going blank right now. So Big Richie’s living high.