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Groceries emoji
I can describe what I’d like to see: a brown paper bag, appropriately dented in two or three places, with a loaf of bread, a box (perhaps of cereal), and a head of celery jutting from the open top. A cliché, of course, the groceries people used to carry in on television, though the emoji need not be in black and white.
dowdyworld  materialculture 
8 days ago by M.Leddy
A fleeting reference in Zippy. What is it? I had to find out.
advertising  comics  dowdyworld  Zippy 
29 days ago by M.Leddy
Canteen Canteen Canteen
A mid-century vending-machine triptych.
design  dowdyworld  film 
5 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Land O’Lines
Roger Cohen and Virginia Heffernan on the landline.
dowdyworld  telephone 
december 2019 by M.Leddy
The overhead projector of classrooms past: “As a professor, I would notice the overhead projector stashed on the wall convector, next to lost scarves and notebooks and a little box or two of spare bulbs. A sad, neglected projector in every classroom.”
dowdyworld  teaching  technology 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
“Hello? Is this 1973?”
In today’s Zippy, pay phones, postcards, and letters. The post title is Zippy speaking into a broken pay phone.
comics  dowdyworld  Zippy 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
Zippy Psyche
The symbol of White Rock soda.
advertising  comics  dowdyworld  Zippy 
october 2019 by M.Leddy
The end of the dining car
I remember sitting in a dining car just once — white tablecloth, eggs.
dowdyworld  trains 
september 2019 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
A date of manufacture for the Dark Passage streetcar.
dowdyworld  film 
august 2019 by M.Leddy
Dark Passage streetcar
At the intersection of Powell and Market.
dowdyworld  film 
august 2019 by M.Leddy
Zippy drives a futuristic vehicle of the past.
comics  dowdyworld  Zippy 
july 2019 by M.Leddy
File between Breakfast and Dinner, also made with Pepperidge Farm White Bread. A 1966 ad.
advertising  dowdyworld  food 
june 2019 by M.Leddy
Steven Heller writes about Mr. ZIP. With a large likeness of the now-retired public servant.
dowdyworld  mail 
june 2019 by M.Leddy
Zippy’s Tad’s
If Zippy is at the Times Square Tad’s, it really must be 1962 all over again.
comics  dowdyworld  NewYorkCity  Zippy 
may 2019 by M.Leddy
Or 1937?
Things began to feel fairly old and industrial. Before long it was 1951. Or 1937?
april 2019 by M.Leddy
The last Automat
The Automat appears again and again in Zippy.
comics  dowdyworld  Zippy 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
May Drug Co.
In today’s Zippy, a dead drugstore comes back to life.
comics  dowdyworld  Zippy 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
Kids ’n’ coffee. A repurposed Ovaltine advertisement.
advertising  dowdyworld  coffee 
december 2018 by M.Leddy
Moving to Elgin Park
The creator of an imaginary town has died.
art  design  dowdyworld 
december 2018 by M.Leddy
Dunham’s is a family-owned department store in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania.
november 2018 by M.Leddy
Automat, archived
From the NYC Municipal Archives Online Gallery.
dowdyworld  NewYorkCity 
november 2018 by M.Leddy
Main Streets
Griffy and Zippy in Norwich, Connecticut.
comics  dowdyworld  Zippy 
october 2018 by M.Leddy
Purees and spelling lessons
Comics are not just purees and spelling lessons. There’s also realism.
comics  dowdyworld  food  Zippy 
september 2018 by M.Leddy
Soil as a verb
A Henry panel. “Soil” is a verb you don’t hear much these days.
comics  dowdyworld  Henry  words 
july 2018 by M.Leddy
Life before air-conditioning
In 1998, Arthur Miller wrote for The New Yorker about life before air-conditioning.
dowdyworld  summer 
july 2018 by M.Leddy
Rhymes with Moscow
Today’s Zippy calls for knowledge of a jingle.
comics  dowdyworld  television  Zippy 
june 2018 by M.Leddy
Got gum?
In the dowdy world, all stamps must be licked.
comics  dowdyworld  Henry  mail 
june 2018 by M.Leddy
It’s ringing
“The expectation of pickup was what made phones a synchronous medium.”
dowdyworld  telephone 
june 2018 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Best drugstore in the movies? Now with an instance of what I love about the Internets.
dowdyworld  film 
june 2018 by M.Leddy
They’re back
British phone booths, repurposed in imaginative ways.
dowdyworld  telephone 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
Dowdy finals
Fountain pens, postcards, bells.
BeverlyCleary  dowdyworld  exams 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
MUrray Hill-Seven Seven-Five-Hundred. MUrray Hill-Seven Seven-Five-Hundred.
dowdyworld  telephone  television 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Striking back at the processed milkshake establishment.
dowdyworld  food  restaurants  words 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Beginning with “say”
“Say, did you ever see a bellhop that didn’t want to be a fighter?”
dowdyworld  film 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
A conversation from another world
From Father Knows Best. They don’t make colleges like this anymore.
college  dowdyworld  television 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Branching out
From Father Knows Best: “The successful engineer today also needs to know languages, economics, philosophy, the humanities.”
dowdyworld  humanities  television 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
Crispix Corridor
Today’s Zippy is a treat for anyone who loves the metropolitan dowdy world.
comics  dowdyworld  Zippy 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
An utterance from another world
From Father Knows Best: “Your dinner jacket just arrived from the cleaners.”
dowdyworld  television 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
“Telephone Inside”
It must be in the dowdy world, not the future, because the telephone booth still has a telephone.
comics  dowdyworld  Henry  telephone 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
The return of the phone booth, sort of
The New York Times reports on the return of the phone booth, sort of — phone-booth-like structures that afford privacy in open-floor workplace.
dowdyworld  telephone 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
“It’s Automatic”
Today’s Zippy channels a postcard explanation of what to do in a Horn & Hardart Automat.
comics  dowdyworld  Zippy 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
Yet another Henry gum machine
Where would we be without streetside mirrors?
comics  dowdyworld  Henry 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
Manually operated elevators
The New York Times visits some of the city’s manually operated elevators.
dowdyworld  NewYorkCity 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
World Book Things
Five minutes into the first episode of the new season of Stranger Things, I was thrilled to see the World Book Encyclopedia, or at least a partial set, on a shelf in Dustin’s house.
childhood  dowdyworld  television 
november 2017 by M.Leddy
Goodbye, Smart Trend by Sunglow
Goodbye, Smart Trend by Sunglow dresser, a mid-century modern dresser that long outlived its time.
dowdyworld  life 
november 2017 by M.Leddy
“Technocracy Debunked”
An Everyday Science and Mechanics cover, February 1933.
design  dowdyworld  magazines  technology 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
Subway payphone, 1932
Ephemeral New York shows us what a New York City subway payphone looked like in 1932 .
dowdyworld  NewYorkCity  telephone 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
On the back flyleaf, stamped in red: DISCARD.
books  dowdyworld 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Today’s Henry shows once again that the strip’s billboards are of the lattice variety.
comics  dowdyworld  Henry 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Zippy’s Darkroom
At 5370 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.
comics  dowdyworld  LosAngeles  Zippy 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Escaping in a Buick
Zippy and Griffy flee into the past.
comics  dowdyworld  Zippy 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
“School supplies and fun”
A 1953 Woolworth advertisement for school supplies.
dowdyworld  pencils  stationery  supplies 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Flying high on Dextrose
An advertisement from Boys’ Life, January 1937.
advertising  dowdyworld 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
“The latest!”
“The narrow-brimmed straw," aka the stingy brim.
comics  dowdyworld  Henry 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Zippy Automat
Zippy pretends he’s in an Automat.
comics  dowdyworld  Zippy 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Watch-band calendar
From the Myles Kimball catalogue.
july 2017 by M.Leddy
From the dowdy world: a voice speaks.
dowdyworld  overheard 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
An “over and over”
Brick and mortar! Brick and mortar! Brick and mortar!
comics  dowdyworld  Henry  Zippy 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
Henry TV
Henry’s dog Dusty is sitting too close to the television.
comics  dowdyworld  Henry  television 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Henry washes dishes
By hand, standing in front of a curtained window.
comics  dowdyworld  Henry 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Life’s “we”
Life’s sense of an American.
culture  dowdyworld 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
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