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Why Are Tarot Decks So Different? A Historical Peek into the Details

Most card games have a single look and way to play, but not tarot cards! Over the centuries, variations have popped up all over the globe and it can be dizzying to sort them all out. Here’s a Curio & Co. tour through the different types of tarot decks!  ...

The Origins of Musterberg: Unique Tarot Cards with a Delightful History!

When the legendary Tarot of Musterberg was recently rediscovered, it opened up a lot of questions! From its roots in 18th century Europe to its famous star turn at the Pennyland Amusement Park, the rare tarot deck and its extra Major Arcana has a long and storied past.   “Congratulations...

Card Sharks, Nobles, and Mystics: A Revealing History of Tarot!

The history of tarot is a twisty path from rich Italian gamblers to French historians, a secret order of magic practitioners, a turn-of-the-century artist, an enterprising publisher in the ‘70s, and a fun pastime that spans centuries.    “Tarot cards have a long history — but maybe not as long...

Space Cadet Spaceman Jax Fanclub 1961

This official space cadet pin is a long-lost treasure from our memories. Do you remember collecting all those box tops, carefully treasuring each one of them and then sending them out at the post office directly just to make sure they wouldn’t get lost? Then it was a waiting game...

Too Many Ideas, Too Little Time

Too Many Ideas, Too Little Time

Thinking about those 52 images in Finding Frank and his Friend that were previously unpublished really gets us wondering about why Otis Dooley set them aside.  We asked Dooley’s son Lance about it at the book’s presentation this summer:  “You know, we never saw the same thing that he saw...

Grown-ups in Frank and His Friend

Grown-ups in Frank and His Friend

If they’re not with us, they’re against us. In the world of Frank and His Friend, relatives come in only two categories: Those bearing gifts or cookies, and those that require everyone to wear their uncomfortable Sunday Best. Although the main characters are often seen addressing the audience as a...

The Rocks in Bloom

The Rocks in Bloom

You’d almost think you were on Tarloc XIX!  While out and about today, I cam across these blooms for sale at a local flower shop.  I stopped in my tracks – aren’t they the spitting image of the terraniums from Spaceman Jax and the Galactic Adventures? The terraniums were one...

Philip La Carta

Philip La Carta

Originally from Italy, Philip La Carta was the main character designer at PUD Films in the 1960's. La Carta was the strong hand behind the styling of Spaceman Jax and the Galactic Adventures and Brigadier Buffalo TV-Shows, both sponsored by Sunningtong Morn.  Before landing a job at PUD Films, La Carta worked...

Hog Oiler

A hog oiler is a mechanical device employed on farms to be used by hogs to provide relief from insects and offer skin protection. It consists of a reservoir to hold oil, and a means to distribute the oil onto the hog, often via grooved wheels or cylinders. Hogs seeking...

Clarence 'Otis' Dooley: Always Drawing

Clarence 'Otis' Dooley: Always Drawing

“My Dad was always drawing. Even when he wasn’t working. He would draw at the dinner table or waiting in line at the Post Office. The only time he wasn’t drawing, actually, was when us kids were drawing. He loved sitting down with us when we had the coloring books and crayons and big...

Frank and His Friend: Inspiration from the Dooley Household

Frank and His Friend: Inspiration from the Dooley Household

“We didn’t get in trouble a lot as kids, but we were…pretty spirited. I can remember one time my Mom had her Sandusky Women’s Musical Appreciation Society and Bunco Club meeting at our house, and Jamie and I wanted to show off our new gymnastic skills – I think the...

Cudworth-Hooper 1952 Memorandum

Cudworth-Hooper 1952 Memorandum

This memo was sent from  Cudworth-Hooper President J.P. Cudworth to Burt Stradder, Division Head of Training Films & Manuals, which was one of the 14 divisions the company had at that time. Like much of the printed ephemera associated with the Gadabout, this was from the estate of Howard Dillinger....