How About A Nice Hawaiian Punch?

"How About A Nice Hawaiian Punch?" asks Punchy...

Take a trip back with me to a place where the tradewinds blow, where the pace is calm and where the Hawaiian punch flowed or if a bit of realism is required, to my home in Canada one hot summer day in the late 1960s on grocery day when my Mom served one of those big cans of ice cold Hawaiian Punch...

How about a nice Hawaiian Punch? Do YOU remember Hawaiian Punch? Do you remember the mascot, PUNCHY?

I do and I'd have to say he is firmly entrenched in the memories of my childhood. Hawaiian punch anyone? Take a little summer trip with me and learn a bit about the history of Hawaiian Punch and Punchy, find some links to more reading and some links to collectible and vintage merchandise celebrating Hawaiian Punch, the beverage of my childhood. Don't miss the videos. They are definitely not high definition but they will take you on a trip back in time. We did not drink pop when I was growing up, it was a very rare treat. Instead we drank Hawaiian Punch. How about you?

(Check out these retro-inspired Hawaiian Punch t-shirts on Amazon by clicking here.)

What is Hawaiian Punch?

Vintage Hawaiian Punch CanHawaiian Punch is a fruit punch drink with 5 percent real fruit juice that is now owned by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. It was originally invented by A.W. Leo, Tom Yates and Ralph Harrison as an ice cream sauce in 1934 and was later made into a tasty drink when it was mixed with water.

In 1934 Hawaiian Punch was developed in California in a garage and in 1950 the 46 ounce can was distributed to grocery stores. Punchy was born in December of 1961 and appeared in his first television commercial in 1962.

In 1999, Dr. Pepper/Seven Up purchased Hawaiian Punch and thought of re-using the Punchy mascot. It was thought that Punchy was a rather violent character for a product aimed at youth since his reputation is based on his punch. Great consideration was given to see how or even if Punchy could be used in a less offensive manner. Teenagers remembered the original version of Punchy which meant that he was still a valuable asset to the company. It was determined that his main appeal was his uniqueness and his punch which was not so much an act of violence as a metaphor for overwhelming refreshment.

In 2003, Punchy had a makeover to appeal more to the youth of the day.

(Hawaiian Punch can picture by roadsidepictures on Flickr.)

How 'Bout It? A Nice Hawaiian Punch 

Punchy's greatest hits, a Hawaiian punch commercial, featuring some of Punchy's greatest moments, sung by Charles Telerant.


Donny & Marie Osmond Go Hawaiian

If you grew up with Donny and Marie, this YouTube video is sure to have you smiling.


1960s - 1970s Hawaiian Punch Commercial

Hawaiian Punch Merchandise

In the marketplace, there is much Hawaiian Punch merchandise available. That means there are vintage pieces as well as new pieces so you can have whichever you prefer. Personally, I love the advertisements shown below and think they would be great framed and displayed in a pop culture fan's collection.  You can see which of these ads is available on eBay today by clicking right here. Additionally you can have new and used t-shirts, toys, ephemera, patches, pins and so much more. See eBay's collection of new, used and vintage Hawaiian Punch collectibles by clicking here.

Hawaiian Punch Advertisement
Now 4 Fruit Juicy Kinds of Hawaiian Punch

Hawaiian Punch Diet Ad
How'd you like a nice Hawaiian Punch - with low sugar?

Free Punchy Book Cover from Hawaiian Punch Ad
Free Punchy Book Cover from Hawaiian Punch

What memories does Hawaiian Punch mean to you?

You never know what I might
have in store for you!

More Reading About Hawaiian Punch and Punchy
Hawaiian Punch T-Shirts

Vintage Hawaiian Punch Hot Dog Recipe
If you are looking for a retro recipe that uses Hawaiian Punch, try this one. It's not a healthy recipe but it is vintage fun!

Real Hawaiian Punch Recipe
An honest-to-goodness real fruit juice punch. While Punchy's Hawaiian Punch is firmly entrenched in the minds of many North Americans, it is made with just 5 percent real fruit juice. For nutrition, make real fruit punch.

Hawaiian Punch T-Shirts
Find a collection of retro-inspired Punchy t-shirts on Amazon.

TV Acres Advertising Mascots  -  Punchy & Oaf  (Hawaiian Punch)
In 1961, the Atherton-Privett ad agency created a successful 20-second commercial to advertise the red punch drink known as Hawaiian Punch. Learn more here.

Josefa Moe Storied Islander, The Honolulu Advertiser
Josefa Moe originated the Hawaiian Punch character - the local guy named Moki who blurted "How 'bout a nice Hawaiian punch?" in print and TV commercials.

Hawaiian Punch Official Website
Follow this link to the official Hawaiian Punch website.

©2009 Treasures By Brenda (Previously published elsewhere.)

From Abba to Zoom: A Pop Culture Encyclopedia of the Late 20th Century

From Abba to Zoom is a pop culture encyclopedia of the late 20th century that was written by David Mansour. If you love pop culture, there is a lot of interesting information between the covers of this book about the world in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and even 1980s. It's pretty groovy.

It is a book for Boomers and Gen Xers. Did you watch The Huckleberry Hound Show, Johnny Quest or Sesame Street? Were you a fan of Farrah Fawcett, James Bond, Lost in Space, or Woodstock? If so, you will enjoy this book with more than 3,000 alphabetically arranged references.

Amazon Customer Review:

"This almost everything pop culture book, is really very good...It has classic TV shows, movies, top 40 music, fads, commercials, classic toys, classic candy bars, great icons, comics and much more. It has the popular and not very popular stuff of the 1950s through 1990s. Baby boomers should have fun browsing in this book, but younger and older individuals should like this book, too. The biggest problem with this book is putting it down. A book with The Beatles, Jonny Quest, Coca-Cola, Captain Kangaroo, Gilligan's Island, Hot Wheels, Barbie, mini skirts, The Flintstones and much much more in one book that cannot be bad. Almost everything? Almost. And almost everybody, should have fun reading this book." - Alex

It would definitely make a great gift idea for anyone who is intrigued by pop culture of years gone by. Read more on Amazon by clicking right here. It was published in 2005 so it definitely won't have any recent pop culture but, because it is an older book, nor will it break your pocket book. Used copies are quite affordable, as is the Kindle version of this book. If you want a new hard copy, you will have to pay a bit more since it is an out of print book.

You never know what
I might have in store for you!

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©2009 Treasures By Brenda (Previously published elsewhere.)

31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS: Vintage Taylor and Ng Coffee Mugs

You Will Love These Handsome and Whimsical Taylor & Ng Coffee Mugs

Taylor and Ng is a 51-year old American company created by the Chinese American artists Spaulding Taylor and Win Ng. The firm is still in operation today and takes pride in creating useful and attractive products for everyday life. The Taylor and Ng coffee mugs certainly meet that goal although I am certain that they are popular because they feature whimsical images of animals including some slightly naughty ones.

Vintage Taylor and Ng mugs are sought after. However, the company continues to make mugs so you can also purchase a new, reproduction mug if you prefer.

The vintage MUGS are hot collectors' items right now, with individual mugs ranging in value from $10 to $180 with that last figure being the most expensive Taylor and Ng mug sold on eBay in the 90 days preceding the creation of this page in August of 2011. Because I know you are curious, I will tell you that the mug that sold for $180 is a white 1979 mug with a blue picture of Le Chat Aile - a winged cat.

(Picture of the Le Chat mug shown here by Hidden Library on Flickr.)

Taylor & Ng Le Chat (Cat) Coffee Mugs

Cat lovers who appreciate Ng's work will love these Le Chat mugs and, of course, you don't have to hold out for the rarest $180 mug. You can have a different version from a more recent year for much less than that figure like this one from eBay:

Taylor & Ng L'Escargot and Cheval Mugs

There seems to be something about the vintage mugs in the blue color for the blue Taylor & Ng l'escargo and cheval mugs also command top dollar but, once again, there are other choices available including more recent reproductions, other images and other colors.

(Picture via jhighead on eBay.)

This cheval mug updates daily and is available right now on eBay:

Taylor & Ng Orgy / Naughty Coffee Mugs

These Taylor & Ng orgy or naughty coffee mugs generate a lot of discussion on and offline. (Taylor & Ng calls the reproduction of these naughty mugs animates, I am not sure if that is what they originally called them.)

People often have these cups in their hands without realizing exactly what those creatures are up to in the image until someone points the activity out to them. Fun and playful, these mugs fortunately leave much to the imagination.

Although popular, these naughty cups are generally more affordable with the most expensive one sold in the last 90 days being a naughty alligator coffee mug, which eBay seller CTCulture had the good fortune to sell for just over $50 once you factor in the cost of shipping.

If you see a mug you love, don't hesitate. These mugs are all listed on eBay and may be the seller's only one...

Modern Taylor & Ng Coffee Cups

Classy Critters Taylor & Ng Coffee MugsBe aware that there are two types of Taylor & Ng mugs...the vintage, collectible ones and the reproduction, brand-new ones. Some available from Amazon are misleadingly titled vintage although they are really reproductions. Be aware, too, that people are sometimes disappointed with the new mugs, especially when they were expecting the character of the older ones. In any case, you can see all of Amazon's Taylor & Ng mugs by clicking here.

I love the Taylor & Ng classy critters mugs. (As shown here in a picture via Happy Flower Head on Flickr.) They are more colorful than most of the others and may appeal to you more or less because of that fact. They are attractive and feature fun names and illustrations like Rascal Rabbit, Doggy Do Good and Kitty Katfish. You can find the classy critter collection on Amazon by clicking right here.

What do you think of these Taylor & Ng coffee mugs naughty and otherwise?


More Reading:

Who Collects Coffee Mugs?
I am willing to bet that you collect coffee mugs, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Find out who else is collecting mugs and what types of mugs are in their cupboards.

Where Can I Buy The Best Coffee Calendars?
Coffee plays a very important part of the every day life of many North Americans so it only makes sense that you might want to choose a coffee themed calendar...

Should We Ban Paper Coffee Cups?
Whilst I might agree that sometimes there is a place for paper cups and plastic lids, I truly do believe that whenever possible coffee...

How Do You Store Coffee?
It is not difficult but there are some simple guidelines for storing your coffee.

Author's Note: Page originally published elsewhere in 2011.

A Very Vintage Christmas: Holiday Collecting, Decorating and Celebrating by Bob Richter

'Tis not the season right now but I just finished watching a short video in which Bob Richter of Flea Market Minute and PBS' Market Warrior introduces his upcoming book, A Very Vintage Christmas: Holiday Collecting, Decorating and Celebrating.  The video shares Richter's flare for decorating in the rooms of his own home and you can watch it for yourself here:

There is no doubt in my mind that when this book is released readers, especially those who embrace things vintage, will find inspiration between the covers for decorating their own homes at Christmastime. You can read more and/or pre-order the book now from Amazon by clicking right here. Bob's Christmas book will be delivered on July 1, 2016.

Merry Christmas...
(many months early!)

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31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS: Prince Purple Rain Coffee Mug

RIP Prince. The world lost another talented musician on April 21, 2016.

Prince really does not need much in the way of introduction. We know that he was part singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, producer and even actor. He was flamboyant and eclectic. He crossed over numerous musical styles including pop, fun, rock, rhythm and blues, soul and psychedelia.

Prince Rogers Nelson, which is his full name, left behind a legacy for which he will never be forgotten.

Continuing then in my 31 Days of Coffee Mugs series, I thought it appropriate to seek out a Prince-themed coffee mug for his fans and I found this one by Cayman Hill Designs on Etsy. It is simple and that is why I like it, it has a nice image of the musician and it features lyrics from the song Purple Rain, the song that I remember best from my youth.

Are you a fan of Prince? What is your favorite song?

You never know what
coffee mugs I might
have in store for you next!

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Artisan Gift Ideas for Mom

I am impressed by some of the fabulous artisan made items appearing on eBay these days.  If you are looking for something extra special and unique for mom, you might do well to shop eBay.

My picks for today include Nutty Steph's salted caramel chocolate gift bag, Emgie Libris' journals and Paloma's Nest family name sign. Of course they would make great gift ideas for many different situations and people and not just for mom on Mother's Day but if you are looking for something extra special for mom use these items and eBay's Artisan Collective as a starting point.

First up is an item for those who want to gift mom with something edible. Nutty Steph's: salted caramel chocolate gift bag. Packaged in a pretty little Liberty of London bag are six pieces of Vermont’s best chocolate by Steph’s. Steph’s was the first blond chocolate bar made in the United States and won a Good Food Award for its unusual buttery flavor. The company grew from the dreams of a teacher who started with one product, a homemade granola. Today, the company is run by a group of talented women and all of the granola and the candy is handmade with attention to detail, the best of ingredients both local and organic.

Next up are Emgie Libris's journals. They are handmade in Philadelphia and beautifully bound in denim, canvas, or twill. They are filled with with 70 lb neutral pH archival paper. They begin as scraps, incorporating as many recyclable materials as possible and are available in four solids or a striped pattern and in three different sizes. They are made to order and crafted totally by hand, one-by-one.

When we travel, we carry a small journal for making notes, taking email addresses, etc. and the small version of the journal from Emgie Libris would be perfect for that job. (More travel-themed gift ideas here.) Of course, these journals would also be lovely put to the purpose of journalling. As Emgie says, they have "a story, a built-in history. Personality."

Finally, from Paloma's Nest in Connecticut comes a beautiful hanging sign hand crafted in ceramic and wood and personalized with a family name. Each tile is made from white earthenware clay, marked with your family name and a year that is important to you. For us, it would read “THE LITTLE FAMILY, EST 1989.” With this tile and other beautiful products, Paloma’s Nest strives to create new traditions for modern families, heirloom-quality items that will be passed on for generations to come.

If you want to find any of the products shown here on this page, you can simply click on any of the links or pictures. If you want to see more artisan products, you can find eBay's complete Artisan Collective collection by clicking right here.  But beware, eBay really has gathered together some absolutely amazing artisan-made pieces. Window shopping was never been so much fun!

Treasures By Brenda
You Never Know
What I Might
Have in Store For You!

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31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS: Leslie Knope Motivational Mug

If you are reading this, you likely need no introduction to the reference on this mug which reads, "Be the Leslie Knope of whatever you do."

Played by actress Amy Poehler, Leslie Barbara Knope was a character on the NBC comedy television program, Parks and Recreation.

If you were inspired by Knope's attitude and motivation, this mug will help you continue to embrace her traits whilst at the same time embracing your coffee mug.

It's a great gift idea as are the matching tote bag and sweatshirt for anyone who loved the television program Parks and Recreation or even for those who simply admire her attitude and her gumption. Find it on Etsy by clicking right here.

Treasures By Brenda
You never know what
coffee mugs I might have
in store for you!

Quick Links:

Order this Leslie Knope coffee mug from Etsy.

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