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December 29, 2008 12:10 AM   Subscribe

A retro set of cocktail napkins showing Eisenhower-era damsels and drunkards, with captions by The Bard. via
posted by Rumple (19 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
The juxtaposition of comic illustrations from the '50s with somewhat out of place captions reminds me of the work of Mark Newgarden, including, of course "We all die alone" (see his collection of the same name). I wonder if this, or some collection like this, was an influence for him.
posted by idiopath at 12:39 AM on December 29, 2008


Say what you will, but these betray a pleasing mixture of intelligence and wit.
posted by vac2003 at 1:11 AM on December 29, 2008


What else can you expect from Metafilter's own MrBaliHai?
posted by dchase at 1:16 AM on December 29, 2008


Saucy!
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 4:52 AM on December 29, 2008


these betray a pleasing mixture of intelligence and wit

I was more fascinated by the mixture of titty jokes and Shakespeare. It's sad that our culture is so fragmented now that these could never co-exist in a popular format like bar napkins. One side sneers at the objectification of women, the other side sneers at the book-larnin', and we all sit at the bar using blank napkins.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 5:33 AM on December 29, 2008 [5 favorites]


Thanks for the shoutout and the server stress-test, Rumple and dchase.

For more saucy wordplay in a similar vein, check out Mayor Mike's collection of Fractured French cocktail napkins, along with the rest of his collection in the Jim Backus Memorial Cocktail Napkin Museum.
posted by MrBaliHai at 5:47 AM on December 29, 2008 [4 favorites]


One side sneers at the objectification of women, the other side sneers at the book-larnin'

I would contend that there is a sizeable majority somewhere in the middle between the Freedom Hating Liberal Elitists and the Palin Family. Some of us can still (and just did) get a chuckle out of a good Shakespear juxtaposed with boobs joke.
posted by Pollomacho at 5:54 AM on December 29, 2008 [2 favorites]


Cocktayle Napkinf

Funny. Those napkins are unexpectedly, awfully entertaining and not least because the expectation that the enjoyers of the time would -or could- savor the contrast of kitsch and Shakespeare.
posted by nickyskye at 6:12 AM on December 29, 2008


check out Mayor Mike's collection of Fractured French cocktail napkins

Giggity-Giggity-Goo!
posted by Horace Rumpole at 6:46 AM on December 29, 2008


They need to reprint these suckers! Love 'em.
posted by flipyourwig at 7:11 AM on December 29, 2008


Lordy, lordy, Fractured French paraphernalia. Remember these things well from parties at the neighbor's house I used to get dragged to as a small kid. It would be some years before I would understand the point of an irritated burglar holding a spoon with the caption S'il vous plaît (not sterling). Roughly around the same time the lightbulb went off and I realized why it was that the adults became giggly and silly as the level of their drinks went down...
posted by Creosote at 9:07 AM on December 29, 2008


ReMake!

Can anyone suggest a good bitmap to vector conversion program?
posted by butterstick at 9:53 AM on December 29, 2008


Hilarious. I'm a big fan of Coloring Book Land too.
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 10:01 AM on December 29, 2008


These are great!
posted by brundlefly at 10:05 AM on December 29, 2008


Thanks for the link to the Jim Backus Memorial Cocktail Napkin Museum, MrBaliHai. I enjoyed poking about your site.
posted by Rumple at 10:27 AM on December 29, 2008


Glad to hear it. My site enjoys being poked.
posted by MrBaliHai at 12:05 PM on December 29, 2008


Bard petards?
posted by Ron Thanagar at 12:27 PM on December 29, 2008


"...Rough-hew them how we will."

My parents had these. They were in the liquor cabinet with the dusty bottle of Crème de menthe and the 1951 Château d'Yquem that was being saved for some very special occasion that never actually came. I remember looking at these napkins with eight-year-old curiosity, trying to read their secret messages of how comport myself an adult in 1950s America.

My, my. Thanks for the memories!
posted by Slithy_Tove at 6:39 PM on December 29, 2008


butterstick: inkscape is an open source vector graphics program that does a decent job of importing bitmaps and converting to SVG vector.
posted by idiopath at 11:53 PM on January 16, 2009


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