Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Pink Poodle Magazine And Book Rack

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Made of spun spaghetti metal, this poodle is one of the most popular pets I’ve ever owned. I almost didn’t buy it because poodles, like flamingos, harlequins and other icons of the 1950s, are over-popularized, repro’s belched out at an alarming rate in wrong colors and materials, enough to drive any collector of the real thing mad. But this poodle is a stellar example of the lengths to which style, convenience and innovation were earmarks of 1950s Atomic design.

2 feet long, 22 inches tall and 14 inches wide, it and its mate – yes, I found TWO of them! – sit on either side of my fluffy-pink-covered-in-plastic-as-any-great-50′s-couch-would-be couch and are endless conversation pieces for those exposed to the pets for the first time.

Today’s reading materials feature a Bat and Bar Mitzvah resources catalog and a “TVs Greatest Hits” book that includes the Friends theme song that I co-wrote and which partially funded the buying of these two precious pooches.

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Made of spun spaghetti metal, this poodle is one of the most popular pets I’ve ever owned. I almost didn’t buy it because poodles, like flamingos, harlequins and other icons of the 1950s, are over-popularized, repro’s belched out at an alarming rate in wrong colors and materials, enough to drive any collector of the real thing mad. But this poodle – I actually own a pair of them – is a stellar example of the lengths to which style, convenience and innovation were earmarks of 1950s Atomic design. 2 feet long, 22 inches tall and 14 inches wide it and its mate – yes, i found TWO of them! – sit on either side of my fluffy-pink-covered-in-plastic-as-any-great-50′s-couch-would-be couch and are endless conversations pieces for those exposed to the pets for the first time.
Today’s reading materials feature a Bat and Bar Mitzvah resources catalog and a “TVs Greatest Hits” book that includes the Friends theme song that I co-wrote and which partially funded the buying of these two precious pooches.

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4 Comments

  • J.B. Taylor says:

    Allee! Love your posts, and was so surprised to see this mag rack featured, as i’d sold an IDENTICAL one (the wire was sagging in all the same places on the legs) at a garage sale in Valley Village about 5 years ago!!! Could it be that my beloved poodle stand from childhood has cosmically been adopted by the most perfect owner? I’m so curious! Where did you find it?

  • Allee says:

    As much as I’d love to say yes it’s no. I got these about 15 years ago. But just to know that more of the family was huddled in the valley in search of an owner makes me shudder that I didn’t pick up the scent and snatch them up! I’ve only seen one other one so we both owned a very rare pedigree.

    J.B., if you’re on Facebook please join The Allee Willis Museum Of Kitsch fan page: http://www.facebook.com/AWMoK

  • J.B. Taylor says:

    I joined on facebook. Thanks, and now back to remorse for selling my beloved poodle stand in a moment of vintage insanity : /

    P.S. I have a blog about vintage too that you may dig: http://jbtaylor.typepad.com

    Kitschy Kisses from a fellow Valley Girl (who misses the Riverside Market and is so happy to have read once that you rescued the neon sign)!

  • marina says:

    that’s a super cool poodle!

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