IF YOU’RE like me, you’re always on the lookout for graphics that make a statement about your weird tastes. Like desktop wallpapers, for example. In today’s hyper-digitized environment, nothing sets you apart like a lurid old painting of Frankenstein’s Monster with extra scars (trust me, nothing).
So with that in mind, I call your attention to the cool collection of vintage wallpapers available free on a website called Secret Fun Spot. It’s a monster-centric collection sourced from old spook show advertisements and related media, but there are also images related to toys, mid-century tourist traps, bubblegum machine cards, and more.
I’ve posted several of my favorite images here, but there are many more on the site.
The guy to thank for all this is Kirk Demarais, one of the internet’s premiere curators of retro fun culture. He literally wrote the book on classic mail-order novelties, and if you pine for the more innocent days of drive-in monster movies and dime-store gags, you’ll want to get to know him. He’s a kind of fun-culture detective. Take, for example, the colorful black light monster poster below. I hadn’t seen that classic image since the late 1970s, when it was hanging in my cousin’s closet. Now, thanks to Kirk, I can look at it every day.
As can everyone else who walks by my desk.
There are currently two batches of wallpapers available at Secret Fun Spot, here and here. Be sure to check out the rest of the site when you’re done downloading. It’s an old Flash site, so you may have to grant some permissions.