April 3rd, 2009

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'Monster' vs. Sweden

Meet Ginormica, the towering character formerly known as Susan Murphy, from the hit movie "Monsters vs. Aliens" (it had the highest weekend box office take so far this year). Voiced by Reese Witherspoon, Ginormica is sort of an homage to the 50-foot woman of sci-fi's heyday (although poor Susan topped out at a mere 49-foot-11 after being sprayed with falling meteor gunk a few hours before her wedding). She and several other misfits inspired by classic sci-fi films save the world (and prove their worth) by successfully repelling an alien attack.

Ginormica came to my mind when I was looking through Carole Lombard memorabilia and found a 1934 Swedish magazine, with her on the cover, entitled "Allers Monster Tidning." The thought of a colossal, Ginormica-sized Carole, stomping through the streets of Stockholm, possibly looking for plenty of Swedish meatballs (I don't believe Ikea had been created yet), was rather amusing, but I knew something was awry. Then I noticed on the cover two little dots above the "o" in "Monster." That probably made all the difference, I thought.

A run through a Swedish-to-English translator, and I discovered that "Allers Mönster-Tidning" stood for "Allers Pattern Magazine." Nothing monstrous about patterns...well, unless they really fail aesthetically. Oh, and here's what the cover looks like:

I'm no expert on Swedish magazines, but from what I can gather during a Google check, Allers Mönster-Tidning existed between 1899 and 1944. It focused on fashion and had several film stars on covers during the 1930s, including Anna May Wong.

The seller is Swedish; the minimum bid is $7 (no bids as of yet), and bidding closes at about 2:20 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday. If interested, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/Carole-Lombard-magazine_W0QQitemZ110369300444QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item110369300444&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50.

Whether that's a ginormous value is for you to decide.
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