Denny’s Adventures in Allee Willis’ “Willis Wonderland” (Part 55A- August 2010)

Submitted by denny November 2nd, 2010
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You just never know when you will be out and need to use a comb. Thank god this comb is more then ready to accommodate two heads. Comes with an amazing piece of orange yarn for easy carrying around your neck. Get into the scene!

Sock it to me? I don’t know this characters name but I believe he is from “McHale’s Navy” which was a show I never watched. I think he is smoking something here.

I think my parents even had one of these but they weren’t of this era. My Pop is a bit “silly & whimsical” (a term I now embrace) and I think he was behind wanting to display this in the house against my Mom’s wishes that is…..

I could never figure this saying out. Ate what?

“Turn On”, “Uptight” or “Fun Time”. I call these motivational pencils but I don’t think i would EVER remove these from their packaging. The outfits that the models are wearing are over the top fabulous. My favorite is the green ensemble with go-go boots and mini!

Out of all the kitsch listed here, this is, bay far, one of my favorite little pieces of kitsch. The packaging and illustrations here are beautiful! That looks like a hot dog to me.

13 Responses to “Denny’s Adventures in Allee Willis’ “Willis Wonderland” (Part 55A- August 2010)”

  1. Allee Willis

    I love the Kooky Komb because it’s so completely unmanageable and the models are anything but ‚Äúhip and groovy‚Äù.

    The Sock It to Me wastebasket holds all of my umbrellas now.There’s a photo of it in action here:‚Äì-lipstick-umbrella-for-rainy-day-in-la/ I love anything “Laugh-In”.

    I have a ton of wooden hand piece symbols but the one in the third photo is one of the better ones. It’s almost a foot tall.

    The patch in the fourth photo was a slogan made famous in the 1960’s Alka-Seltzer commercial.

    “Turn On”, “Uptight” and “Fun Time” are from 1967. As far as I know I have a complete set.

    I love old dime store things like the Artist Beard and Mustache.

  2. Lisa Rios

    Awwww, my parents had the wooden hand peace symbol as well. I’m so sorry they didn’t keep that. I recall it disappearing in around ’78 when we moved from the midwest to L.A. I’m always on the lookout for one but haven’t seen any for sale at a reasonable price.

    Still enjoying these posts!

  3. Michael Ely

    I’m old enough to remember giving the peace sign to people (dressed in my paisley shirt, fringe vest and purple bellbottoms). That gave way to punk rock and people flipping each other the bird. I prefer the love-in days. In fact, I still have my fringe vest!

  4. MyFunCloset

    To have grown up from the 50’s to the 70’s was an amazing contrast from one decade to the next. To be 20 something in the 70’s was a life experience in itself. I’d live that decade over in a heart beat!

      • MyFunCloset

        Thank you… There’s a great annual rummage sale this Saturday. You’ll be there in spirit guiding me. First I buy, then I snap pictures. Can’t do both at once.

    • Michael Ely

      I too would live the 70’s over in a heartbeat. I was 20 years old in 1973 and having a blast. Having grown-up in the conservative 50’s thru the swingin’ and turbulent 60’s, it was the 1970’s where everything came together for me. It truly was a time of freedom and self-expression. My only regret is that I did not appreciate it more.

  5. denny

    I missed so much!

    This is one of my favorite posts of this series. Some of this stuff is soooo insane. In the one oval on the “kooky comb”, the couple is posed like they are dancing. I love that!

    • Lisa Rios

      That’s OK, I was 6 in ’73. My childhood was a lot of fun and I have fond memories of the ’70’s. It wasn’t until the 80’s when I started reading a lot of biographies did I truly start to understand what I missed. We missed a lot of fun!!