Retro 50’s juvenile cards…

Submitted by MyFunCloset March 14th, 2012
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The graphics on these cards from the 50’s were all about the message though illustration. Below are a few of my favorite pop ups.

Hard to believe this peach pops into a bunch of bananas.

When the card opens, the corn slides across as he eats.

These cards were something I found at an estate sale a few years ago and just dug them out. In the coming days, I’ll share more of them in detail.

8 Responses to “Retro 50’s juvenile cards…”

  1. Allee Willis

    I absolutely love old greeting cards. When you think about the fact that short of writing a long letter they were the only way to really express sentiment, they become even better.

    Love the graphics on all of these, the more colorful the better. And I will never turn down a card that opens and something pops out of.

    I have a lot of old greeting cards too. I always bought them at swap meets but then could never give them away. My friend, Pamela DesBarres, still collects them and still faithfully sends them out for all her friends birthdays, as party invitations, Christmas cards, New Year’s cards etc.

  2. Douglas Wood

    I always grab vintage cards when I find them too. Your collection is really great. Love the anthropomorphized fruit, the pop-up fishing card and the politically incorrect Indian. But what the hell is “banana oil”? Am I reading that wrong? Or am I just not up-to-date on my fruit oils?

  3. MyFunCloset

    Just when I think I’m ready to purge, I get dragged back in by all your creative appreciation for these cards and why I bought them in the first place.
    Banana oil?… a 50’s thing? Are we to put it on our skin or on a salad?

  4. Douglas Wood

    Found this in an urban dictionary:

    banana oil (archaic) Insincere or nonsense speech. This term is an example of 1920s (“flapper” era) American slang. Synonyms from the era include horse feathers and applesauce. “He poured banana oil in her ear, telling her flattering sweet lies to lure her heart.”

    Also, just noticed your description of the corn sliding across as you open the card, now making this my favorite.