Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – 1960′s Artist Beard and Mustache Disguise

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I can’t imagine that many people working at Bayshore Industries, the company responsible for this follilicular fun for the face, knew many actual artists to pattern their work after. Not only is it a mix of stereotypical arty types – 1950′s bearded beatnik above the neck and 1960′s flower power below – it appears the designers had little regard for what artists have to say as they forgot to leave a hole for the mouth.

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Bonus Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Pigmy Will “Greenhouse Gases”

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Brand new “Pigmy Will”!

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Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Dr. Martin Luther King Matches

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I have tons of MLK memorabilia – busts, rugs, pens, cufflinks, ashtrays – but this book of matches is one of my favorites. Comes in a matching set with Jackie Robinson, Mahalia Jackson, Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, Lorraine Hansberry, Zora Neale Hurston, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Bill Pickett.

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Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Touch O’ Soul Pantyhose

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Yes, the name and graphic are fantastic but couldn’t they have spent a little more time thinking about their target customer before they named the shade “Off Black”?! I’m pretty sure what shade the marketing guy at the Standard Hoisery Co. of Brandon, Miss. was…  Not to mention that ‘pantyhose’ is one word.

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Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – ‘Jesus Use Me’ Hair Extravaganza LP

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With the hairdo on the left looking like the perfect bundt cake, a bulldog in the middle and a bouffanted Jay Leno on the right, what Jesus used was The Faith Tones’ heads to perform some of the most astounding hair artistry in the history of Christian album covers, the Kentucky Derby of cheese championships in the 1960′s and 70′s.

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Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Vintage Bab-O Cleanser Can

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Instant action can o’ Bab-o, good for cleaning the usual stuff plus “rubber rollers on wringers, etc.” I’m one of the few people who do, in fact, have “rubber rollers on wringers, etc” as I use a 1940′s wringer washing machine as a beer barrel at my parties.
One of my favorite product names ever, the can-o Bab-o’s from the early 1950′s.

Instant action can o’ Bab-o, good for cleaning the usual stuff plus “rubber rollers on wringers, etc.” I’m one of the few people who do, in fact, have “rubber rollers on wringers, etc” as I use a 1940′s wringer washing machine as a beer barrel at my parties.

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Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Bowling Ball And Pin Cup

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I’m not a bowler but I love bowling artifacts and memorabilia. I’ve had bowling balls planted in my garden so they look like moon rocks for almost 30 years. I wear bowling shoes. I use bowling bags as purses. I don’t even need to comment on the beauty of bowling league shirts. And I enjoy a nice cup of vanilla with a hit of hazelnut decaf out of this ball every morning.

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Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Talking Monkees Doll

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I’ve never seen one of these that worked properly or where the heads stood up straight but still it’s one of the most prized collectibles of  Monkees memorabilia. Although I loved the just-ingested-mushrooms quality of their TV show and the supreme popiness of the records, I never had a favorite Monkee as my head was buried so deeply in Motown. 

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Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Meet Pigmy Will!

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Here’s how I spend my spare time, making this highly sophisticated -NOT- animation with Prudence Fenton, of Pee Wee’s Playhouse and Peter Gabriel videos fame. After being a private joke for 15 years, we’ve finally committed (in all senses of the word) the Pigmy to film. If anybody deserves a place on the mantle of Kitsch Klassicism, it’s Pigmy Will. 

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Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Car With Two Front Ends

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Today’s KOTD was supposed to be the launch of “Pigmy Will”, my new animated series on YouTube, but Facebook seems to be having stomach problems and I don’t want to risk a malfunction on the Pigmy’s big day. So instead, here’s a car I’ve always wanted to buy. Two front ends so you’re moving forward whichever way you go. 

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