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johnny dollar's vault

retro pop culture and various local observations and ramblings.

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Location: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
johnny dollar's vault resides in the basement of stately dollar maisonTM, amongst the wine cellar, tiki bar, and finicky electrical panel. from time to time i will unearth various artifacts from either there or from the random crevices of my mind.

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NOTE: this blog will NOT deal with any recent pop culture (i.e. since about 1990) or topical issues, so if you're looking for discussion about britney baracko jacko flacco, look elsewhere, lol

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

forget warhol, THIS is pop art

i am so enamoured of this image that i will for sure buy a copy once i put the finishing touches on my basement bar.

it is by dave avenell, whom i contacted with a request to blog about his wonderful imagery. he never replied to say yes, but he never said no either, and silence implies consent ~ if he tells me to take this down, i will.

but til then, totally check out his stuff! it's wonderful, it's like he scanned my brain of stuff i would love to hang on my walls.

now knock off the negative waves!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

how to frug

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

jonesin'; indy label

ye may be perchance agog to find this most obscure and most unread blog to be discussing this particular topic, but you got something more than you bargained for; i'm yer golderned indiana jones blogger.

viewing the recent trailer for indiana jones 4 (us old timers used to call the movies "raiders,") made me to muse upon my viewing of the original movie in 1981, temple of doom in 1984, and last crusade in 1989.

i saw temple of doom at congressional theater in rockville, and for some reason i think my dad got me the OFFICIAL COLLECTORS EDITION program. neener, neener. i dunno if it is worth anything these days, but is is fun to look at.

also about that time i purchased the OFFICIAL REPLICA HAT at britches great outdoors in montgomery mall. the hat has outlived the stores in the mall, hah. well this hat is copyright 1984 so i guess it coincided with temple of doom. feels like walking on fortune cookie!

anyways there are some photos of indy looking all buff etc etc. i am invited by the ever enthusiastic snay to view all the first three movies in a marathon before number 4 comes out, so perhaps i'll bring it along.

dr. jones... he is... nefarious...

Thursday, February 14, 2008


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

why i love lent

mmm... PIEROGIES...

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

get a piece of me, part 1

okay so me and the missus like to take a trip to the REAL o.c. during the off season, and this year due to circumstances, we figured the trip would be contingent on funding other than the ol' household expenses since like we're dipping dry in the ol' well of ducats so to speak. so we're shuffling off some junk from the vault, for fun and profit:

above: the mean ol' dirty bastard tiki mug, on the evil-bay:

a model 1918 german combat helmet - perhaps a technicality, but it's not knotzee, see?

hand painted lead role playing game figures - i painted them myself back in the crusty days of the 1980's. this was before everyone was on the internets playing virtual multiplayer combat. the 1980's were a strange and wonderous era.

a die-cast luger cap gun, made by lone star in england. that is kind of an odd cultural amalgamation, a british company named lone star making lugers. anyways, for the roll-type caps. remember them? before having a toy gun instantly made you a criminal?

and meanwhile, with the good folks at woodward's auction house over in hampden, we have many lots of our stuff on the chopping block. this is not all that is there, but merely a sampling, an amuse-bouche so to speak.

vinyl records! no download required!

fans - start your own club.

cameras and radios! no flash memory or usb cord required!

that auction at woodward's is listed for today starting at 4PM, really, they have lots of interesting stuff there - if you've never been to an auction, it is an experience you should have once in your life.