October 28, 2016

Fridays with Farley...Another Dose of Useless Tidbits for Halloween 2016

The Good Stuff...
Why Women Pretended to Be Creepy Rocks and Trees in NYC Parks During WWI
Imagine taking a quiet stroll through the expansive wilderness of Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, New York. You’re surrounded by a forest of oak trees, stony ridges, and a tranquil lake—completely isolated and alone in nature. But in 1918, visitors to the 1,146-acre park were unaware that they were in the company of a group of women hiding among the rocks, trees, and grass.

“Weird shapes, the color of the rocks and earth, moved here and there, and from the tops of trees came loud halloos and catcalls from other shapeless objects,” journalist Elene Foster wrote in the April 28, 1918 issue of the New York Tribune. “I stumbled over a hump of grass, which squealed when I stepped on it, and rose before me."

The women disguised in special (and fairly creepy) dried grass or "rock suits" were student military camouflage artists, or camoufleurs, of the Women’s Reserve Camouflage Corps, a forgotten division of the National League for Women’s Service.

Female artists across the United States joined the ranks of this highly specialized military group in New York to help with the war effort during World War I. They used their creativity and crafting skills to develop designs and patterns that mimicked the landscape to provide soldiers with added protection.

Parks were used as laboratories to test different camouflage suits, and city streets doubled as studios for them to paint dazzling, distracting designs on battleships.
View the complete article HERE 

*Atlas Obscura is the definitive guidebook and friendly tour-guide to the world's most wondrous & hidden places, strange facts and unique events.

Halloween is near, time for an old school monster mash-up...
Remco married the Universal Monsters with the pure goodness that is the 3-inch action figure in 1980 and also created a combination carrying case/creepy house playset that could hold all the characters. It was so cool to strap Frankenstein to his table and have Dracula rise from his crypt you?d forget the fact that it?s not likely these dudes would actually ever hang out!

The Doctors Model Mansion*
Check out the amazing model collection of Mark Glassy who creates simply amazing models based on the Universal Monsters, Hammer films, Ray Harryhausen films, sci-fi and rare and unusual subjects all featured on his amazing blog The Doctors Model Mansion.  

*Prepare to be thrilled by the amazing model collection of Dr. Mark C. Glassy, cancer researcher and vinyl/resin monster and sci-fi model kit enthusiast.

• Socialized
found on Facebook..

Over the years we have sold a lot of different magazines in our shop. One thing that remains constant is the popularity of Amazing Figure Modeler Magazine. Now in it's 21st year this is a beautiful magazine that hits on all aspects of garage kit modeling, T.V., Movie, Sci-fi, Horror and Fantasy kits and so much more in dazzling full color, eye-popping hobby coverage, and a format that is often copied but never duplicated! AFM features comprehensive modeling instruction by some of the best modelers in the industry and entertaining interviews and profiles with legends and up and coming talents. Throw in extensive reviews of new kits and hobby products and you have one the coolest magazines out there.

• Sited
The Witches of Halloween Past on smithsonianmag.com
Sexy or scary, the outfit has cast a spell on costume wearers going back many years...a look back at Halloween Pin-ups

• Built
Brad Gilbert's Mars Attacks! 
featuring Moebius Models MOE-936 Mars Attacks: Martian Warrior

• Benched

Old School...

A. M. Warkaskw's Hobby Center
Whatever your hobby is - modelmaking, handicrafts, electronics - this bench is a perfect center for your activities.   Its crammed with ideas taken from several types of industrial benches.   Every inch of it serves to make your hobby more fun.   There's plenty of room for storing tools and supplies, and lots of working space.   And that unusal stool lets you relax. Both pieces were designed by A. M. Warkaske, Editor of Rockwell's Flying Chips.
From Popular Science magazine 1940s

New School...

• The Parting Shot...


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