Monday, December 22, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Distressed Monarch Knapp

This scorched, wooden handled Monarch Knapp dryer (with frayed cord and significant motor damage) is highly collectible.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Alternative Uses for Blow Dryers

Cleaning radiators: drape a very damp cloth behind your radiator then blow all of the dust back to the cloth. This is so easy. If you don't have any radiators, then don't try this.

Friday, August 22, 2008

I Do Know

I receive a ton of letters and e mails with questions about this blog, portable hair dryers, and so forth. I throw most of them away, because who has the time? But one letter caught my eye, and it came with a sad photo enclosed.

Dear Portable Hair Dryer Girl,
You are a very lovely person and your blog is the best blog ever.
I recently bought a boat and want to change the name of it.
The name was put on with vinyl letters and I tried removing them but
it's messy. Someone said they think you would use a portable hair
dryer to remove them. If so, how exactly would you do it?

Signed: Clueless in Haverstraw

Dear Clueless,
Don't despair, just follow my instructions and you'll have a new name on your boat in no time at all. Besides a portable hair dryer, you'll need a PLASTIC ice scraper and an extension cord.

Hold the hair dryer about 5-7" from the surface and set to the lowest heat setting. (NOT COOL) If the setting is too hot it will cause the vinyl to melt into the boat's original varnish (gel coat) and cause a nasty mark. As you gently apply the light heat in a rhythmic fashion, swaying to and fro, begin to lift the edges of those ugly vinyl letters.
After the name has been removed, the area will have to be cleaned , dried gently and polished evenly. you'll want a nice smooth consistent surface so you can apply the new name.

Signed: Portable Hair Dryer Girl

P.S. Renaming a boat is very bad luck.

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Portable Hair Dryer with Yellow Plums and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Dog Hates Portable.

Dog prefers to sit under old fashioned dryer in salon with magazines and treats. Who can blame him?

PHOTO credit to: Emery_Way on Flickr.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Decorative Hair Dryers

For rent a home with large rooms. If you have keen eyesight, you can see the car reflected in the window has Ohio plates.

These rooms are very large! I can't imagine having such space!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Poor Wet Cat

I do not recommend using a portable hair dryer on a cat--toweling the cat dry with nice warm fluffy towels is the way to go for even the wettest coldest cat. (you can pop some towels in the clothes dryer to warm them.)

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Shoe Theme!

I'm very excited about this Theme Day, because I LOVE house-shoes (aka house slippers, aka bedroom slippers) While I don't make people take their shoes off when they come into my home, I like to wear slippers myself.

The velveteen slipper shown here was made in the UK and the pair cost me 4 pounds. Very durable.
I don't buy slippers made in China.
Slippers are great because if your pets gnaw on them it's OK, it's only a house slipper after all.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Transporting a Dryer

Don't buy the first tiny travel dryer you find. Buying a travel dryer can be as difficult as choosing where to go on vacation!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Remember Charm Bracelets?

I remember when I got my charm bracelet back in my school days. I didn't have my portable hair dryer charm (shown above) yet. The bracelet only came with one charm on it, a small gold toaster. I could see then that it would be a small appliance charm bracelet! That excited me. It isn't easy finding small electrics charms, which makes it all the more valuable. And sentimental, as my parents both loved small dangerous appliances and passed that love along to me. I will never forget my mother standing nearby with an amused smile on her face watching a tiny little me trying to get my piece of toast out of the toaster with a metal fork. The shock I got from that little action pushed me into the air--and did it ever TINGLE in a scary way. So I guess that's why the first charm was a toaster. A nice little memory of childhood folly.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Theme: Amusement... Not.

even a hot pink adam sandler with a pricey portable magical hair dryer does not bring me any amusement.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Saturday, June 7, 2008

The Priest and The Hair Dryer

The Hair Dryer
A distinguished young woman on a flight from Switzerland asked the Priest beside her, "Father, may I ask a favor?" "Of course. What may I do for you?"

"Well, I bought an expensive woman's electronic hair dryer for my mother's birthday. The dryer is unopened and well over the Customs limits; and I'm afraid they'll confiscate it. Is there any way you could carry it through Customs for me? Under your robes perhaps?"

"I would love to help you, dear, but I must warn you: I will not lie."

"With your honest face, Father, no one will question you."

When they reached the Customs area, she let the priest go ahead of her.

The official asked: "Father, do you have anything to declare?"

"From the top of my head down to my waist, I have nothing to declare."

The official thought this answer strange, so asked, "And what do you have to declare from your waist to the floor?"

"I have a marvelous instrument designed to be used on a woman, but which is, to date, unused."

Roaring with laughter, the official said, "Go ahead, Father."

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Mary: She Who Was Always Stylish

Lovely Aunt Mary's portable hair dryer and electric curling wand. Aunt Mary was Mouse's Godmother and a beautiful person. Rest in Peace, Sweet Maria.

Everyone seems to have an Aunt Mary. I had two of them. I love the name Mary. It's my favorite name. (For a girl.) Marie, Maria, Marieke, Mariana...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

What's the Deal, Loser?

People think I'm a loser because I am the curator of a portable hair dryer museum (The largest online female run portable hairdryer blog museum in the Tri State Area.) and because I am the president of the local Inkstampers Club and because I  am proud of these achievements.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Style King

Remember the old "Style King" Jingle?

Want to be a stylish thing?
Get yourself a Style King!
Want to have a dirty fling?
Style your hair with Style King!
Want to thrill a heartstring?
Fire up your Style King!
Want to laugh and shout and sing?
Better get that Style King! 

You won't be a success if your hair is a mess
You won't get a raise, no ca-ching!
If you don't care about your hair
Your life will have no ZING!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Doggie Do

I have no comment for this photo. Wait, yes I do...I would never have a pet that required salon work.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Chi Town Blower

Chi town has never been the same... now there's a hot wind blowin thru town, and it's not the Santa Ana... no, it's the super Chi techno wind.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Friday, April 25, 2008

Solar Powered Hair Dryer? nope.

You can make a solar generator to run  some small appliances like portable hair dryers, toaster ovens, blenders and even small TV sets. I found fairly simple straightforward instructions on how to make a fabulous solar generator (with easy to find parts!) for under $400-- But I couldn't find a solar dryer anywhere. Sorry!

Non- electric isn't always best~
 I once had an unfortunate experience with a propane powered curling iron- all I can say is : 
1.Do not put a propane powered appliance close to your head. 
2.Do not smoke a cigar while curling your toupee with a propane powered curling iron.
3. If your propane powered appliance begins to hiss and smell weird, throw it in a convenient ditch and call the authorities for assistance.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Then & Now

Barbie's Salon experience in the 60's: Hairpieces pinned in, messy dyes and curlers-- time under the big hood dryer-- almost every day she was going to the Salon it seemed. What a drag.  But today Barbie has those carefree extensions and only visits the salon every six weeks.  She blows out at home, slaps on the tiara, and she's ready to go hang with her plastic friend, Paris. 

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Old Grumpy Gilbert

I think we can safely assume this portable is a piece of work and difficult to deal with. 

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Portable Confusion

I wonder how this one works ? It looks like pull it off the base and  remove part of the outer shell.  Or maybe not. It appears to be called an Airjet.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Danger on a Stick

Handy Hanna was all hot metal and Asbestos. But she was popular.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Rich Kid, Poor Kid?

The rich kid was given many, many toys and so did not have to imagine very much at playtime and grew up to be a bored parasitic socialite with no imagination or sense of humor.

Poor kid was happy with a toy from a gumball machine and imagined his own little play-world through stories, drawings and sock puppets that he made himself. He grew up to be a commercial artist who supported himself and his family, and was contented.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Lego Blow Dryer

What do Lego bears need besides a cup and a ladle? A blow dryer is most important to a bear.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Yugoslavian Multi-Tasker

Multi-tasking was the strong suit of the former Yugoslavians. The word "Focus" was not in their vocabulary. They had a million and two things on their minds at all times. This Yublomixwhirr is a rare piece of Yugoslavian History. It was used to mash and mix potatoes, brush the teeth of a family of seven, scare off home invaders, blow dry hair, wild animals and socks, and it gained fame when it was used to successfully place curses on enemies. According to folklore it worked very well in all applications. The Yugoslavian fad of wearing bits of food in the hair was said to originate with the popularity of the Yublomixwhirr.  

Sunday, March 30, 2008

In Olden Times

This is a really old model, metal and ouch! You could get burned if you didn't handle it with care. Where did all the discarded Portable Hair Dryers go? How many must have been thrown away over the decades? If we piled them all up, how big would the pile be? 

If you had an old broken hair dryer like this one,  what could you do with it? 

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Bob Dylan's 115th Hair Dryer

Iconic singer songwriter Bob Dylan has owned a lot of hairdryers over the years. Some were gifts from hair stylists, some got stolen by "fans", six nice ones were lost in divorce settlements and breakups, and some just made his hair frizz really bad. 

The T3 from Bespoke Labs is Bob's current hair dryer and he says he is very pleased with it. 

"I am very pleased with it." ~ Bob Dylan

 Ionic is the answer for an Iconic singer songwriter who admits he has always had problem hair. Crushed tourmaline crystals are the secret to drying without baking the hair into a frizzy mess.

One of Bob's hairdryers made it on to the silver screen. In the film "Reynaldo & Clara" We see Joan Baez talking to herself in a hotel room. She is obviously upset and begins to stroke Bob's blow dryer. Joan ended up insisting that this blow dryer belonged to her rather than to Bob, and Bob never saw it again, even though Joan offered him supervised visitation rights. 

Monday, March 24, 2008

A Powerful Conair

This powerful Conair graces the bathroom of artist Rivka Chang-Sedaris, who makes her living as a Tuxedo Cat portraitist. "I love the power of the Conair because my knee-length hair is very thick and coarse and the Conair dries it quickly-- I enjoy a long soak in the tub, and because the Conair is so efficient I have extra time to relax & read back issues of OPE in the tub." Rivka purchased the Conair 8 years ago. 

 Her husband Olaf is extremely hirsute. (His nickname is "Fleecy") and he dries his entire furry body in less than a minute with the Conair. Olaf is an accountant and personal money manager so good grooming is important! 

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Dullsville

If you have a very bland home with space for a Dullsville model, this baby could be on display in your home 24/7. The Dullsville prefers a spot that is uncluttered, positioned near a comfy chair for totally thorough but dull drying.  This model is in the home of Martha Snodbay, and when Martha is under the Dullsville she has a view of her much loved Hummel Figurine collection. "It helps to have something awe inspiring to look at, and I always look at the Hummels and think I should dust them." 

Monday, March 3, 2008

The Zeta Jones

Very beautiful but slightly high maintenance unit with a few unnecessary extra features, such as the rubberina bonnet holder head and the pink Douglas strap that essentially does nothing. 
Available in pink only, this unit functions well and the bonnet holds tight without gripping uncomfortably. Bonnet is adjustable and made to last. Has strong but quiet motor and is easy to pack up and take on trips. Truly a portable, and reliable.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Blow Drive

Are you one of those multi-taskers who enjoy chatting on your cell phone and eating while driving your SUV? Now you can blow dry your hair en route to the office between phone calls! You can even use this dashboard blow dryer to re-warm  your fast food should it grow cold while you take & make those oh so important calls. Once you install this system you will come up with dozens of uses for it.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Motel Six Plain White

Wall mounted with anti theft guard. Not much to say about this one. Most are broken along with the door locks at the Motel Six.