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  • Loads of Laughs – VIP Matches from 1957

    Posted on April 14th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    retro-fun-stuffBack in the ’50s and ’60s, people were really into these little gag gifts. They’d pick them up at the Five and Ten, or at joke shops, or for the racier stuff at dirty book stores. They were often usable (like matches) and made great conversation pieces sitting on a bachelor pad’s coffee table or swinger’s corner cocktail bar.

    If you click on the pix you can see a larger version where you can read the kookie stuff printed on them. I think my favorite is Alcoholics Unanimous, for obvious reasons. And of course there’s the Opium Den, The Golden Navel Dance Hall, and Mabel’s House of Ill Fame. There’s loads of puns built into these beauts if you look hard enough. Lots of laughs at the cocktail party, great conversation pieces.

    I have a few of these goodies, but by far my favorite is the “Very Important Places” Matchbook set. Read the rest of this entry »