Mark Cline as Barney Fife
I just added several photographs to my article on Mark Cline. He recently sent them to me, showing the many different impersonations he does for theater, community events, and his own amusement.
Mark also reported to me that he is already working on this year’s April Fool’s joke. He says, “I think it’s going to be big!” I don’t doubt it.
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Jayne Mansfield Hot Water Bottle
The latest tacky treasure is a hot water bottle in the shape of the blond bombshell from the 1960s, Jayne Mansfield. I was tipped off to its existence by Bob Smakula, who (like me) spends a lot of time at flea markets. You never know what you might find, and this is certainly one of the more remarkable discoveries.
I went looking for one of my own on eBay, and eventually found a fine example with its original packaging.
In researching the water bottle, I found out way more than I needed to know about Jayne Mansfield. There are only a few books on her life, probably because her contributions to American culture were pretty shallow, and like this hot water bottle, rather tacky.
Here’s an image from the collections of the Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress: Jayne Mansfield, posed as motorcycle cop “Miss Traffic Stopper,” ticketing male driver.
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Julie (photo by Lynda Folwick)
In October 2000, I launched Julie’s Tacky Treasures. Little did I know that nearly ten years later, I’d still be searching for tacky treasures and writing about them on this web site. As the ten-year anniversary of Julie’s Tacky Treasures approaches, it seemed a good time to clean house and put a new coat of paint on it. Take a look around, and if something you loved is missing, don’t worry. Let me know, and I’ll bring it back. There was just too much stuff to convert to the new design all at once, so I made sure to bring over all the tackiest stuff.
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