Peel Here & Scream, Day 16!

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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.

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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.

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Peel Here & Scream, Day 15!

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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.

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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!

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Peel Here & Scream, Day 14!

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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…

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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 Batfan.com 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.

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Peel Here & Scream, Day 13!

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So, changing things up just a bit for day 13 of the Countdown to Halloween I thought it would be fun to share a set of the four Halloween-y Trend scratch-n-sniff stickers from the early 80s.  Though I know there were more Trend brand Halloween stickers than these four, I’m most familiar with these and can distinctly remember getting them on homework papers from elementary school.

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The scents on these stickers is all over the map from normal to weird.  For instance, the witch sticker above smelled like licorice, while the description on the skeletons below was bone (though it smells more like musk.)

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These Trend ghosts are probably the best smelling of the bunch as they are coconut scented…

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The Swooper bat below is described as cave-scented, but it really smells like a campfire.

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Swing back by tomorrow for another round of vintage Halloween stickers and remember to check out the Countdown to Halloween for a ton of other sites participating in this marathon of macabre all October long!

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Peel Here & Scream! Day 12…

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Welcome back to week 2 of the Countdown to Halloween here at Branded in the 80s.  To kick things off I wanted to share one of my favorite all-time Halloween-y Hallmark sticker sheets from the 80s, these amazing designs from 1984…

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I absolutely freaking love these candy trick-or-treating designs!  It kills me that imagery of trick-or-treators is rare in vintage sticker sheets, but this sheets almost makes up for it. Remember to swing back by my metaphorical house tomorrow for more sticker treats.  And check out the Countdown to Halloween for a ton of other sites also handing out virtual goodies all month long!

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Peel Here & Scream, Day 11!

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Today’s Countdown to Halloween post is a another short but cute one as I take a moment to share another super cute set of stickers that are more adorable than creepy.  But they’re still heavy on the Halloween charm.  This sheet hails from 1982 and is another Hallmark sheet.  Is this the first Owl that’s graced this countdown?

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Peel Here & Scream! Day 9…

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We’re nearing the end of the first full week of the Countdown to Halloween here at Branded.  Since I shared a sheet of pun-laden, gravestone-centric AGC stickers earlier in the week I thought it would be fun to share some Hallmark stickers that are in the same vein…

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The jokes on these stones are pretty groan worthy, like zombie groans, but I adore the heck out of the illustrations.  That vampire is freaking adorable!  These hail from 1984, by the by.

Come back around tomorrow for another installment of the Halloween-y sticker countdown and if you’re looking for more sites celebrating the season like mine, you can find a plethora of ‘em with a metric ton of spooky content over at the Countdown to Halloween!

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Peel Here & Scream! Day 8…

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For today’s edition of Peel Here & Scream I’m going super traditional with a couple of Hallmark pumpkin sticker sheets.  They might not be the most exciting stickers, but they’re classics and I love ‘em.  First up is this sheet from 1981…

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This second sheet is out of this world and hails from 1984.  Not exactly sure why these Jack O’Lanterns are in outer space, but I love, love, love them.  The only draw back on these sheet is the repetition.  At least that first sheet had about 14 different designs…

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Remember to come back tomorrow for more Halloween-y sticker fun, and if you have a minute, head on over to the Countdown to Halloween website to scope out all the other sites participating in the 2015 blog marathon festivities!

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Peel Here & Scream! Day 7…

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For day seven of the Countdown to Halloween I’m jump back into my collection of spooky stickers for another edition of Peel Here & Scream.  Today I’m changing things up a tad by sharing a vintage sheet of AGC stickers (instead of Hallmark, which admittedly will dominate this countdown.)

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These stickers hail from 1983 and feature a bunch of Halloween-y gravestone puns.  They’re not all winners (Jack O. Lantern, really AGC?)  But some of these remind me of Garbage Pail Kid-style name puns which I love.  Dee Funct for the win.  Also, the illustration style of these stickers reminds me a ton of the Witch’s Night Out Halloween cartoon special.  If you’ve never seen it, do yourself a favor and check it out!

Let’s reconvene back here tomorrow for another installment of Peel Here & Scream, and remember, there’s a ton of other site participating in the Countdown to Halloween, all of which you can find at the site aptly named, Countdown to Halloween! ;)

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