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A Covered Swivel Rotary File
A Cooper Hewitt Object of the Day.
design  dowdyworld 
27 days ago by M.Leddy
Manually operated elevators
The New York Times visits some of the city’s manually operated elevators.
dowdyworld  NewYorkCity 
4 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Dry goods, &c.
What are dry goods anyway?
dowdyworld  words 
10 weeks ago 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 
11 weeks ago 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 
11 weeks ago 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
DISCARD
On the back flyleaf, stamped in red: DISCARD.
books  dowdyworld 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
“CIRCUS THEN”
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.
dowdyworld 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
Overheard
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
Hours of outage
“Please enter the ten-digit telephone number you are calling in reference to.”
diction  dowdyworld  telephone 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
The Golden Voice
The first voice of the UK’s “speaking clock.”
dowdyworld  film  time 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
Remembrance of Vicks past
Not just a fragrant reminder of childhood but something like the WD-40 of mentholated ointments.
childhood  dowdyworld 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Dowdy-world brands
In The New York Times, Wendy MacLeod writes about “Name Brand Nostalgia.”
dowdyworld 
february 2017 by M.Leddy
BIZZ
Trailing clouds of glory, Henry approaches a two-dimensional variety store.
comics  dowdyworld  Henry 
december 2016 by M.Leddy
A Side Street police station
Coat rack, bulletin board, schoolhouse light-fixture, desk lamp, fancy telelectric-radiophonic communications equipment, and oh! those cabinets and drawers.
dowdyworld  film 
december 2016 by M.Leddy
Some operator
Wait — is she a? Yes, she’s an elevator operator.
comics  dowdyworld  Henry 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Mail chutes redux
Beautiful technology, relying on nothing more than gravity and walls.
dowdyworld  mail 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
Twistee Treat
This soft-serve stand closed in 2014.
dowdyworld  photography 
september 2016 by M.Leddy
Weather in the air
Diane Schirf writes about weather radios.
dowdyworld  radio  weather 
july 2016 by M.Leddy
Footnotes
A show of hands: who remembers working out footnotes with a typewriter?
BeverlyCleary  dowdyworld  typewriter 
july 2016 by M.Leddy
A Henry scooter
Kids really did ride around on scooters made from produce crates and roller skates.
comics  dowdyworld  Henry 
may 2016 by M.Leddy
Les Waas (1921–2016)
The creator of the Mister Softee jingle.
advertising  dowdyworld 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Fine Arts radiator
Fine Arts Building, Chicago.
dowdyworld 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Another Henry report card
Henry last received a report card on January 30. There must have been more frequent report cards Back Then.
comics  dowdyworld  Henry 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
An EXchange name on screen
Also vertical files, wooden file trays, &c. From Armored Car Robbery.
dowdyworld  supplies  telephone 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Recently updated!
Now with a second mayoral campaign and musical samples!
dowdyworld  NewYorkCity 
march 2016 by M.Leddy
Henry Book
Department stores used to have a section called Book.
comics  dowdyworld  Henry 
february 2016 by M.Leddy
Klenosky!
A very minor character in Gay Talese’s New York: A Serendipiter’s Journey.
dowdyworld  NewYorkCity 
february 2016 by M.Leddy
Filex
Do my folders date from the 1940s? I have no idea.
dowdyworld  supplies 
february 2016 by M.Leddy
A Henry report card
The little notch in the envelope’s edge is the giveaway.
comics  dowdyworld  Henry 
february 2016 by M.Leddy
A second police station
East Side, West Side (dir Mervyn LeRoy, 1949) is the second film in recent memory that has made our household remark on the splendors of a police station.
dowdyworld  film 
february 2016 by M.Leddy
Chestnuts, pigeons, statues
From Gay Talese’s New York: A Serendipiter’s Journey.
dowdyworld  NewYorkCity 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
“Fo-wer, fi-yiv, sev-ven, ni-yen”
From Gay Talese’s New York: A Serendipiter’s Journey.
dowdyworld  NewYorkCity  telephone 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
Another Henry gum machine
One can never have too many streetside gum machines.
comics  dowdyworld  Henry 
december 2015 by M.Leddy
Domestic comedy
Rachel’s twelve-year-old diaristic self.
domesticcomedy  dowdyworld  fambly 
december 2015 by M.Leddy
Barton Keyes’s office
From the film Double Indemnity. Three telephones, a Dictaphone, extra cylinders, books, papers, a desk calendar, wall charts, and file cabinets. Oh, those file cabinets.
dowdyworld  film  stationery  supplies 
december 2015 by M.Leddy
At the Queen Street Police Station
A glimpse of office life from Niagara (dir. Henry Hathaway, 1953).
dowdyworld  film  supplies 
december 2015 by M.Leddy
Henry hat
It’s been a long time since I last saw a pirate hat made of newspaper.
comics  dowdyworld  Henry 
december 2015 by M.Leddy
Dowdy-world miracle
Talking on the telephone. From Beverly Cleary’s Fifteen.
BeverlyCleary  dowdyworld  fiction  telephone 
november 2015 by M.Leddy
A pink ashtray
One of the pleasures of visiting my grandparents as a child was seeing the objects of their households, “the totally familiar,” always the same: a tiny porcelain boot with a penny in it, a dinner bell (for show not use), Hummel figurines, little bamboo cups for drinking a liqueur before Thanksgiving dinner. And this ashtray.
dowdyworld  family  materialculture 
november 2015 by M.Leddy
Henry moves, at least for a day
“The bathroom’s at the end of the hall.”
comics  dowdyworld  Henry 
november 2015 by M.Leddy
The Oysterette man
“When the N. B. C. let me go,” he told me, “I didn’t know what to think. I thought I had a job for life. But what are you gonna do?”
advertising  dowdyworld  food 
november 2015 by M.Leddy
TWA, JFK
The photographer Max Tuohey tours the Trans World Flight Center, aka the TWA terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
design  dowdyworld  photography 
july 2015 by M.Leddy
Another Henry gum machine
One can never have too many streetside gum machines.
comics  dowdyworld  Henry 
july 2015 by M.Leddy
“In the Nostalgia District”
The Brady Bunch in in a townful of use-book stores.
books  dowdyworld  television 
june 2015 by M.Leddy
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