Peer Into NYC's Commercial Past With This Scrapbook of Trade Cards

Brooklyn Museum // Public Domain
Brooklyn Museum // Public Domain

The special collections of the Brooklyn Museum Library hold a variety of treasures, from thousands of glass lantern slides to a delicate album of seaweeds pressed like flowers. One of their most complete digital collections is a scrapbook of Brooklyn trade cards from the late 19th century, featuring local tailors, watchmakers, grocers, furniture sellers, florists, and other small businesses that once kept the city humming. The scrapbook serves as both a snapshot of Brooklyn's commercial past (a time when it apparently made perfect sense to advertise shoes with a robin carrying an egg on its back) as well as a treasury of graphic design. You can view some of our favorites below, or see the whole assortment here.

Full view of scrapbook page including 3 trade cards for Brooklyn businesses: W. H. Hodgins, Henry Bristow
Brooklyn Museum Libraries, Special Collections // Public Domain

Illustration of bunnies in a in a crate

Brooklyn Museum Libraries, Special Collections // Public Domain

Trade card for James H. Benjamin, with caption: 'Jumbo Leaving England, on the Way to the Steamer.'
Brooklyn Museum Libraries, Special Collections // Public Domain

Trade card of Henry Bullwinkel featuring illustration of a cat with a litter of kittens next to a set of luggage.
Brooklyn Museum Libraries, Special Collections // Public Domain

Card in the shape of a teacup with text reading A. Cohen, Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Museum Libraries, Special Collections // Public Domain

Illustration of two men with different facial expressions, one smiling and one not.
Brooklyn Museum Libraries, Special Collections // Public Domain

Trade card for the Broadway Tailor featuring three cats playing jump rope
Brooklyn Museum Libraries, Special Collections // Public Domain

JELL-O's New Edible Slimes Are As Fun to Eat As They Are to Play With

JELL-O/The Kraft Heinz Company
JELL-O/The Kraft Heinz Company

JELL-O has good news for anyone who has ever gotten hungry watching slime videos on YouTube. As MovieWeb reports, the snack brand has added two new products to their JELL-O Play line: Monster Slime and Unicorn Slime, both of which are 100 percent edible.

JELL-O edible slime starts as a powdered mix. At home, kids and parents can stir three scoops of the powder together with one scoop of warm water for 30 seconds then add an additional tablespoon of warm water to make the slime.

Like the slime you find in toy stores or the DIY kind, this slime is meant to be played with. "The slime stretches if you pull it slowly, but snaps if you pull it apart fast," the product description reads. "It's firm if you squeeze it, but it can also pour and drip like a liquid!" And after they're done playing with their slime, kids (and fun-loving adults) can eat it. As for the slime that does't get eaten and ends up on clothes and hands, JELL-O says it washes off easily with soap and water.

The JELL-O slime comes in two flavors, lime for Monster Slime and strawberry for Unicorn Slime, and will be available in select stores beginning in December. It's part of a line of interactive snack products from JELL-O, which includes pudding pop molds and dirt cups kits.

[h/t MovieWeb]

A Home Alone-Themed Clothing Line Has Arrived Just in Time for Holiday Party Season

RSVLTS
RSVLTS

Little Nero’s Pizza isn’t fiddlin’ around, and neither are The Roosevelts. Just in time for holiday party season, the apparel company—more popularly known as RSVLTS—has launched a clothing line based on Home Alone, the John Hughes-penned 1990 family classic starring Macaulay Culkin.

The logo for Little Nero’s, the fictional pizza chain that Kevin ordered from in the film, has been printed on a red ball cap and a long-sleeved T-shirt. The latter has logos on both the front and back, with the tagline—"No Fiddlin’ Around!"—printed on the sleeve. You can even order a replica of the jacket worn by the pizza delivery kid who was verbally assaulted by a recording of a shoot-'em-up gangster movie.

A long-sleeve shirt with "No Fiddlin' Around" written on the sleeve
RSVLTS

A jacket with "Little Nero's Pizza" written on the back
RSVLTS

A couple of button-up Oxfords are also available. One features everyone's favorite inept burglars, Harry and Marv, in various stages of distress, like being lit on fire or smacked in the face with a red-hot iron (against a sky blue backdrop, no less). Another design features tiny Home Alone-themed icons: an airplane, a pizza, the Eiffel Tower, a bucket of paint, and more of the Wet Bandits, of course.

A button-down shirt with Home Alone-themed icons on it
RSVLTS

Lastly, there’s a “battle plan” hoodie featuring Kevin’s hand-drawn blueprint for outsmarting the burglars. All of the items are officially licensed by 21st Century Fox and range in price from $30 to $75.

If you want to peruse more pop culture-themed apparel, check out RSVLTS's Bob Ross, Rocky, and The Sandlot collections.

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