Thursday, February 14, 2013

Cool Shit : Vintage Monster Valentines!

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Today is of course Valentine's Day, the day where those of us who are in relationships are extra loving towards our significant others, and those of us who are single get drunk by ourselves, and watch films like My Bloody Valentine and, well, the other My Bloody Valentine.  If you can't celebrate the holiday in the throes of passion, then you might as well spend it in the throes of blood and violence, am I right?  Personally, my night is going to be a nice mixture of the two.  Since my wife is cool like that.

Now I already did my big Valentine's post for this year, but I just wanted to share a cool little vintage treasure with ya tonight.  I mean come on, what kinda blogger would I be if I didn't have some sort of Valentine's themed post on Valentine's Day?  Not a very good one, methinks.

Waaaay way back in 1966, Topps put out a series of trading cards called Frankenstein Valentine Stickers, 44 sticker cards in total that featured the likenesses of iconic movie monsters, along with messages of love that ranged from clever to downright creepy.  The stickers were painted by artist Norman Saunders (he also did art for the Mars Attacks and Wacky Packages cards), and the individual 5 cent packs of five cards each came with a stick of gum, as was the norm for Topps back in the day.  
 
Though the box the packs were housed in labeled the cards as 'Frankenstein Valentine Stickers', the packs for whatever reason were emblazoned with a graphic that simply read 'Frankenstein Stickers'.  Just in case you were wondering why the pack above doesn't have the word 'Valentine' in it.

No matter what ya want to call them, they're pretty awesome.  Check out the whole series below, which comes courtesy of the late Norman Saunders' website!

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Top Left : 'I'm Sinking Without You'
Top Right : 'I Love You In Vein!'
^ORIGINAL PAINTINGS^

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Top Left : 'You Make My Heart Sing!'

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Top Left : 'Hug Me!'

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Top Left : 'Let's Stroll In The Moonlight'
Top Right : 'Don't Keep Me In The Dark'

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Happy Valentine's Day!!

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