Category Archives: Curious Clutter

Ingber Clutch

I received this clutch when an elderly neighbor passed away. It was manufactured by The Ingber Company in Philadelphia, PA. The company was established by brothers David and Issac Ingber in 1903, and survived until 1966.

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A Weighty Request

When you have about an inch of column space and are competing for eyeballs with Sea Monkeys, switchblade pocket combs and get-rich schemes, subtlety is a luxury advertisers in comic books could not afford.

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Why I Stick With Physical Media

Pepe Le Pew — that’s why! Having heard that maladjusted moralists with way too much time on their hands have targeted the beloved cartoon character and are trying to ban him from future appearances as well as streaming platforms, I … Continue reading

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SEND MY SELECTIONS ON…

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WFIL 56

Before Philadelphia’s American Broadcast Company affiliate was WPVI it was WFIL, and it had a sister radio station on the AM dial that played a heavy rotation of top forty hits and a whole lot of commercials.

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Read this students, QUIETLY!

My Weekly Reader from the Spring of 1972. I found this in a crumbling folder of ancient homework and handouts from grade school circa 1972. Teachers would hand these out and make the students read them QUIETLY so they could cadge … Continue reading

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Syd Kushner W I D E S H O E S

Advertisement for a Philadelphia shoe store from a November 23, 1971 edition of the Courier Post, a Southern New Jersey newspaper.

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Things to do about four decades ago…

These ads were on the back of an article in what was probably The Courier Post that I thought was very important at the time. This was before the home video market took off and not everybody had cable television … Continue reading

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It seemed like a good idea at the time…

Behold…the FUTURE! …or at least it was about 20 years ago.

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Only Two Bits at Broad & Lombard

I found another pay phone in Philadelphia, and a call on this one will only set you back 25¢! Of course, the disinfectant used to kill whatever transferred from the receiver to your ear may cost considerably more. This coin … Continue reading

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BEYOND the Spinning Rack of Comics

I guess the thing I miss most about comics is the newsstands and druggists that once carried the 4-colored treasures I eagerly plucked from spinning racks or wooden shelves. I would spend what was probably an inordinate amount of time … Continue reading

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Like Spotting Bigfoot

Inexplicably, a phonebooth stands at the corner of 15th and Snyder in South Philadelphia. I haven’t seen one in years and suddenly coming upon one was surprising if not startling. Sadly, the receiver was vandalized so no, it was not … Continue reading

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Blister Pack of Mayhem

Tina made this find in a junk store in Philadelphia’s Italian Market. It cost all of 50¢.

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KOH-I-NOOR CZECH REPUBLIC 48

Having worked in art supply stores for an inordinate amount of time in the 20th Century, I’ve gathered a lot of rare, old or obscure art making tools just as a whale gathers barnacles. This fat lead holder is one … Continue reading

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