Friday, March 4, 2011

believe it...OR NOT

i found this last month but it was placed in a stack when i got home and recently rediscovered. i guess i can forgive my own disorganization since i get double the treasure hunting thrill with everything i find and bring home.

ripley's museum booklet

i squealed when i found this. it was my favorite tv show when i was 5 and 6. i would watch it with my dad every week in that peeking-through-your-fingers sort of way. some of it scared me - especially jack palance - but that was always the best stuff. everything grew from a nationally syndicated comic started in 1929 and there are a few of the pages included...

ripley's museum booklet

ripley's museum booklet

"As the world's first millionaire cartoonist, he blew money on expensive foreign cars, but was afraid to drive them. He wouldn't use a telephone, fearing he might be electrocuted. He drank heavily, but considered smoking evil. And between the hours of 7am and 11pm, wearing little more than an old robe and slippers, Ripley drew his cartoons upside down - unless he was hungover, in which case assistants handled the inking over his outlines. But perhaps all that was to be expected of the world's foremost purveyor of the bizarre.......Ripley's home was equally eccentric, and his New York mansion served as a shrine to his peculiar tastes and treasures - a model of the Eiffel Tower made from 30,000 matchsticks, chastity belts from the Crusades era, and an Iron Maiden from Nuremberg to name a few. He called this live-in museum Bion (for Believe It Or Not! ). One of his personal favourite possessions was a Chinese Foochow riverboat called the Mon Lei, which the Japanese had confiscated during their 1930s invasion of China. Ripley used it to entertain guests in trips along the nearby Long Island Sound estuary."

he would make the very best weird uncle.

2 comments:

  1. Yes! I took the kids there a few times, still looks just like the picture.
    There's also chickens running around outside, and a house made from a fallen log, out front!
    I would love to meet you there someday. St. Augustine is awesome. :-) J.

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  2. I want to go there and just say "I don't believe it" in front of everything. is that wrong? :)

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