Crowd shots, London, July 29, 1981

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Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer on July 29, 1981, in London, England. These screenshots are of the crowd outside Buckingham Palace waiting for the newlyweds to wave from the balcony.

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Mystery of the Men in Black

Screenshot (646)“Official interest in UFO sightings was a novelty in Britain in 1954. A series of mid-air encounters involving RAF jets had shaken Whitehall and many witnesses from 1952 onwards say they were interrogated by secret government investigators. Similar official visitors in the USA– again often wearing dark glasses– became part of UFO lore during the mid-Fifties, where they are considered to be aliens in disguise.

This legend of the ‘men in black’ survives and today witnesses still claim to be visited by them. They report being asked odd questions, told not to mention their sighting in public and allege attempts to persuade them that their UFO was really something mundane–such as military aircraft.”

UFOs and How to See them, Jenny Randles, Brockhampton Press, 1992.

Figurines, 1984-2014

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Michael Jackson Superstar of the 80s, 1984, MJJ Productions, LJN Toys Ltd.  “‘GRAMMY AWARDS’ OUTFIT * FULLY POSEABLE * AUTHENTIC STAGE OUTFIT * RECREATE HIS FAMOUS DANCE STEPS.” 

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mary-kate and ashley, High School Years, 2004, Dualstar Consumer Products, Mattel. Made in Indonesia. Text on box in English, French, German, Italian, Danish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, and Cyrillic script: “High school is so cool!” “Wow! It’s our last year!”

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Kikkerland Jubilee Commemorative Limited Edition Solar Queen, 2012. Made in China. “Place the Solar Queen in the sunlight and watch her Majesty wave with a subtle twist of the wrist. This gesture, cultivated over the centuries, is the true mark of royalty. We recreate the Queen in miniature to pay homage to the real life version. God save the queen!! The solar panel on her handbag is her power supply. So, she never needs batteries, which means she may just wave forever!”

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Liverpool F.C. No. 1 Fan  Toy, 2009. Made in China. Battery operated. Waves scarf, chants, and sings The Fields of Anfield Road, You’ll Never Walk Alone, and We Are the Famous Kopites. “Introducing the number one fan. The perfect gift for anyone who loves football. Show your passion at work, impress your mates down the pub, and amuse your family at home.”

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Osama Bin Laden Punching Puppet, 2011. Made in China.  Acrylic black and white beard.“PUNCHING PUPPET PLEASE HOLD THE TORSE AND PRESS THE PEDALS. THEN, HIS ARMS WILL PUNCH OUT. NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 5 YEARS.”

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Egyptian Cat, 2014. Made in the UK. Sold in the gift shop of The British Museum. “The ancient Egyptians believed in the after-life and that their gods appeared on Earth in animal form. The cat was considered to be the incarnation of the goddess Bast, or Bastet. Cat figurines were often deposited at temples by people wishing to gain favour with the goddess. Moulded from an original Egyptian bronze handle mounting (c.664030bc) in the British Museum. This product is NOT a toy. For ornamental use only.”

HOW THE YEAR 2000 WILL DIFFER FROM THE WORLD OF TODAY IF PRESENT TRENDS CONTINUE

Image“(Another World Future Society list from their National Science Foundation study. Condensed.)

a. More Unified. Improved communications and transportation will increasingly bind people into an integrated world community.

b. More Standardized. The metric system will be universally accepted. English will likely be the accepted lingua franca of mankind… A world currency may be in use… etc.

c. More Affluent.  The average person in the Western world will have a higher standard of living…

d. More Leisured. People will spend less time at their jobs.

e. Less Integrated by Family and Kinship. People will change mates more frequently. The family will have deteriorated still further and people will have increased emotional problems…

f. Less Oriented Toward Industry in the Developed Countries and Less Towards Agriculture in the Developing Countries

g. Longer Living. Life expectancy will have reached new highs in the developing countries…

h. More Mobile. People will move about with increased frequency–both for business and pleasure.

i. Less Religious. Belief in the spiritual realm will have declined. More people will be unchurched.

j. Better Educated…”

The Future File, Paul Dickson, Avon Books, 1977.

Paul Dickson: http://www.pauldicksonbooks.com/

“Vrai Housewives”

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Vrai Housewives is a French installment of Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise. The reality series is shot in Beverly Hills with a cast of francophone Angelenos. It’s a rite of passage for cast members to get their Botox shots or have plastic surgery on camera. Botox costs are determined on a per-unit or per-area basis– and hugs are free.

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Celebrated Multiple Births

Dionne“To guard their budding beauty, the Dionne Quins use only PALMOLIVE the soap made with Gentle Olive Oil!

DR. DAFOE Says: ‘At the time of the birth of the Dionne Quintuplets, and for some time afterward, they were bathed in Olive Oil. When the time arrived for soap and water baths, we selected Palmolive Soap exclusively for daily use in bathing these famous babies.’

How adorable they are! Their great dark eyes fringed with long, curling lashes… their rose-bud mouths!

No picture can do justice to these lovely Dionne Quins. For so much of their beauty is in their exquisite, baby-girl complexions… kept soft and smooth, both winter and summer, by Palmolive’s gentle, protective care!” 1937

Sixty Fingers, Sixty ToesSixty Fingers, Sixty Toes: See How the Dilley Sextuplets Grow, Becki and Keith Dilley, Photographs by E. Anthony Valainis

“Meet Brenna, Julian, Quinn, Claire, Ian, and Adrian, six siblings who all share the same birthday: May 25, 1993. Whether it’s finger painting, potty training, bathtime, or getting ready for school, this family knows how to make the most of each day and each other. Full-color throughout.” 1998

 

 

Multiple Bles8ings

Multiple Bles8ings: Suriving to Thriving with Twins and Sextuplets, Jon & Kate Gosselin and Beth Carson, “Eight children in three years? Impossible! Kate and Jon Gosselin have learned that, through God, all things are possible—though sometimes slightly improbable. Just three years after giving birth to twin daughters, Kate and Jon learned they were pregnant again—with sextuplets. In Multiple Blessings, Kate candidly chronicles the emotional and exhausting challenges she and Jon faced from the time the babies were conceived through the first two years of their lives. This amazing story of faith provides a heartening lesson in what it means to trust the faithful hand of God to provide the strength and courage to make it through life’s seemingly impossible situations.” 2008 

Eiler Larsen

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“Eiler Larsen, nationally known goodwill ambassador of Laguna Beach, California, takes a break at the beach while his statue in front of the famous pottery shack greets his thousands of friends on the Coast Highway.”
“Plastichrome” by Colourpicture postcard.