Peel Here & Scream, Day 23!

I thought I’d round out this second to last week in this 2015 Countdown with another sheet of fun branded stickers.  Yesterday was all about the Peanuts, and today touches on another of my favorite properties, The Muppets!  This sheet was released by Hallmark back in 1982…


It’s weird how Miss Piggy-centric a lot of the Muppets merchandise was back in the early 80s, specifically the stickers that were released by Hallmark.  This sheet is no exception with her oinkiness dominating this sheet with 4 of the 9 stickers.  At least there’s a Zoot sticker.  You don’t see him get the spotlight like that very often…

Well, there’s only 2 Saturdays left in the countdown, so swing by tomorrow to see what I have in store!


Peel Here & Scream, Day 22!

The 2015 Branded Countdown to Halloween keeps on chugging along and today I have a couple more Hallmark sticker sheets to share.  I figured today was as good a day as any to break into sharing some branded Halloween stickers. Probably the most popular brand that celebrates the Halloween season are the Peanuts, and I’d be willing to bet that there have been sheets of spooky Charlie Brown and Snoopy stickers during the season dating back to the early 70s.  Here are a couple sheets from the 80s that I have in my collection…


1989 peanuts halloween

I love that these two sheets feature at least one sticker referencing the Great Pumpkin storyline and cartoon special.  Weird as it might seem, for all the Halloween related Peanuts merchandise it’s actually kind of rare to see stickers that directly reference the special.  I’m not sure why exactly, but you never see it, like you never see Charlie Brown stickers or toys that have him in the weird ghost costume for instance.  I wonder if there is some sort of legal reason for this?

Swing back by tomorrow for day 23 and more vintage sticker scans!


Peel Here & Scream, Day 21!

There are only 10 days left until Halloween. Cripes, this month is flying by.  Well, today is gonna be another quickie drive-by sticker dump as the day job is being a total time suck this week.  But, to make up for it, here are twice the number of stickers! It’s a pumpkin-a-plooza!



You know the drill, I’ll be back tomorrow with more vintage Halloween sticker fun!


Peel Here & Scream, Day 20!

Welcome back to day 20 of the Branded in the 80s, Peel Here & Scream Countdown to Halloween (*pant*pant*).  Man, that’s a mouthful.  Well, we’re less than two weeks away from the big day, but there’s still plenty of time to carve your pumpkins and work on your costumes for this season’s festivities.  Me?  I am super stoked and looking forward to my second year of handing out candy in a real neighborhood setting.  It’s an experience that had eluded me for my first 36 years, but now that I’m living in a nice subdivision in the burbs I’m taking full advantage of being the coolest house on the block with the best candy.  Kids that hit up my house that have made their own costume?  Full size candy bar and some fun size bars for good measure.  Kids dressed as Ninja Turtles?  A heaping handful of funsize bars.  Last kid of the night?  Gets whatever is left in the bowl (last year it was almost a full bag of mixed candy.  The secret hidden prize?  If any kid comes up to my door in a hand-me-down Ben Cooper costume that once belonged to their parents?  That kids gets two full-size candy bars, and $20.  I know this last one is a seriously outside bet, but there is a family in this neighborhood that has a kid tearing up the streets in a vintage CHiPs big wheel, so there is a chance…

Anyway, onto today’s stickers which are a little bit of a mystery for me.  I’m not sure what company originally released these, or what year (though I can pretty easily peg them to the mid to late 80s based on the illustration style alone.)


I love the MAD magazine style of the illustrator (who I can only identify by the last name, Giulivo.)  I also really dig that the overall sheet is one large scene with the individual characters as removable stickers.  That is a very late 80s development in sticker sheets for sure.  Could you imagine getting the Skeleton sticker on a test as a kid, and then like a week later getting the connecting Mummy sticker on your homework and then realizing that there was a connection between the two?  Mind blowing for a 2nd grader…

Swing back by tomorrow for more 80s Halloween-y sticker fun, and remember to check out the Countdown to Halloween for a metric ton of other sites participating in the month-long festivities of the season.


Peel Here & Scream, Day 19!

Well, we’re almost two thirds into the 2015 Countdown to Halloween as there are only 12 more days until All Hallows Eve.  The past couple of days have featured some majorly cutesy stickers, so I thought it was time to switch gears back to something a bit more monstrous with this 1980 Hallmark sticker sheet…

Hallmark 1980 monsters

Sort of like the stickers I post last Friday, the illustrations on these are on the crude side, but I kind of love that about them, lopsided Frankenstein’s Monster and all.  My one question is why did they decide to add snakes to the mix?

Hit up Branded tomorrow for even more fun spooky stickers from the 80s!


Peel Here & Scream, Day 18!

I’ve sort of been saving the extra cute stickers for the weekends during this month of Halloween-y stickers at Branded, and today is hands down probably the closest I’m going to get to a Precious Moments-esque sticker sheet in the countdown.  This sheet is from Hallmark, circa 1986…

1986 Hallmark

Does it get any more precious than this?  Ghost mice with acorn wants for the win…

Swing back by tomorrow for something more monstrous as we crack into the third full week of the season!


Peel Here & Scream, Day 17!

Welcome back to the 2015 Branded Halloween sticker countdown!  A couple days ago I posted what I’m pretty sure is a sheet of Amscam stickers from around 1979-1981.  Today I have another sheet that I believe is part of the same series from around the same time frame…

1980 cute halloween

These are super cutsey, but I love them to death.  Again, like that other sheet these scream autumn to me.  They look like some of the paper Halloween decorations that my elementary school used to put up around October.  So many memories of those decorations…

Come back tomorrow for another dose of vintage sticky Halloween ephemeral fun!


Peel Here & Scream, Day 16!

Well, we’re right at the halfway point for this year’s Countdown to Halloween and I have to say that I’ve been having a blast.  In the interest of total disclosure, when the season was approaching I didn’t have a concrete idea for what I wanted to do for this year’s countdown because I’ve been so busy with work that I just didn’t have time to brainstorm anything ideas.  I’m always picking up vintage stickers to add to the collection though and while flipping through them I realized that I had enough to fill 31 days worth of sharing.  At first I thought it was going to be kind of boring, but as I’ve been taking a closer look at these stickers I’ve been falling in love with each sheet all over again and am now glad that I pulled the Peel Here column out of semi-retirement for this month’s festivities.

DBGCI 1981

These stickers were released by the Drawing Board Greeting Cards Incorporated company back in 1981 and I think that the illustrations really define that early 80s aesthetic of loose, quick, disposable merchandising of the era.  This is the kind of style you saw a lot in magazines like Dynamite and Hotdog, or on the various Scholastic book club sticker sheets.  It has a lot of character and my guess is that these were all glorified doodles which is awesome because there is usually a lot of goofy energy captured in that style of brain-dump drawing.  I love the beast in particular!

If you’re enjoying this countdown, swing back by tomorrow for some more sticker fun, and check out the Countdown to Halloween main site for a huge list of blogs that are also hip deep in their own spooky marathons.


Peel Here & Scream, Day 15!

We’re almost halfway through the 2015 Countdown to Halloween and it’s really starting to feel like the season here at Branded HQ.  Since making the move to Maryland from Atlanta last winter I’ve been dying to know what it was like to experience a true summer to fall transition in a state where I’d get to see a more drastic change in the weather and foliage.  Maryland has not disappointed on that front.  The days have been in the mid 60s, the nights in the 40s and 50s and the leaves are starting to change.  Down in the south it’s not uncommon for the weather to stay in the 80s and 90s throughout November, and at least in the areas that I used to haunt the majority of the trees were everygreens and pines, so there was very little in the way of autumn colors on the leaves.  So it’s been really awesome to finally get a taste of what a true fall season is like.

So in honor of that, here’s the most autumn-y stickers I have to share on the countdown this year.  I’m not sure exactly on the date or company on this sheet, but I think they might be Amscam from around 1979-1981.


The illustration style is crude but a whole lot of fun and the whole sheet has a very heavy fall feel to it with lots of yellows, oranges, and browns.  Love it.

Swing back by tomorrow for more spooky sticker fun and again, if you have a second, check out the Countdown to Halloween official site for a list of hundreds of other sites participating in the month-long celebration of the holiday!


Peel Here & Scream, Day 14!

Welcome back to the Peel Here & Scream, the 2015 Branded Countdown to Halloween.  Well, sooner or later it had to happen.  Lisa Frank had to grace this site.  I’ll be honest, as sticker crazy as I was as a kid, it led me to breaking through the gender barrier when it came to falling in love with a lot of the more girl-oriented properties and brands (Strawberry Shortcake and Jem spring to mind.)  That being said, I just never got into Lisa Frank.  I was aware of all of the stickers, school supplies and clothes, but it fell way outside of the Venn diagram that made up my interests.  But as I said, being a guy who loves to collect and share a massive amount of vintage stickers, sooner or later I had to pick up some Lisa Frank stuff.  Running across these vintage Halloween stickers was the breaking point…

lisa frank

I’m not positive when these stickers were released, but if I had to guess I’d pinpoint it somewhere between 1987-1989.  First things first, Halloween dolphin with.  This sheet of stickers is covered in Halloween dolphin witches.  That is just…I mean…I’m not sure exactly what to say about it.  It’s like two nightmares merging, Ecco the Dolphin meets ridiculously colorful girly Lisa Frank.  It’s amazing.  That’s not even to discount the trick-or-treating surfer dude ghost duck.  There are just so many layers of WTF awesome on these sheet of stickers.

Aldo, this was perfectly weird timing as I noticed while I was finishing this piece that my good bud Ben over at just posted a bunch more of the Lisa Frank Halloween stickers from his vintage sticker collection!  Holy synchronicity Batman!

I’m not sure I can top this sheet, but swing back by tomorrow to see what I have to share next, and as always, be sure to check out the Countdown to Halloween website to find a list of a plethora of other sites also celebrating the month of October with blog-a-thons.