Magnet And Steel

Refrigerator camouflage.

The other day, Barb (Ghost) posted that she likes to collect refrigerator magnets… and it made me think that it’s one thing I have a lot of that I haven’t really shared at all on my blog before.  Since she encouraged me to rectify this, here’s a rare Thursday post dedicated to the many random magnets I’ve collected over the years that help hide the dirt on my icebox….

Yes, icebox.  That’s what we always called fridges in my podunk town, and I still have to force myself to use the word fridge in more “enlightened” conversations.  It’s a soda/pop thing.

The first thing you’ll notice in that picture above (other than my horrible attempt to Photoshop out my terrible housekeeping skills) is that I tend to stick any old thing with magnetic powers on the door.  That’s why there are random ads for lawyers, repair places and hospitals that often come in with the new phone books (Yes, they do still print those).  But there’s a few others that are a bit more unique…

The following photos are pretty crappy due to the poor lighting and need to be close enough to leave a shadow in order for my camera to focus right…

No, it’s not the moldy leftovers that stink…

Here’s a little skunk magnet that we sold at Mecca once upon a time…

We call people “hoosiers” here as slang for white trash.

On my baseball trips I took throughout the Midwest in the early part of the decade, I often grabbed magnets of the states I was traveling though.  The Indiana one is probably the neatest since it’s also a thermometer.

I look at baseball in the 90’s the same way older people fondly remember the sport’s golden age in the 50’s…

Four baseball “card” magnets that were part of a set I believe in 1994.  Clockwise from top-left: Brian McRae, Greg Vaughn, Fred McGriff and Larry Walker.

Because being in a dentist’s chair makes you so happy.

After my Grandma died six years ago, when I was asked if there was anything I wanted from the house, after a lot of thought, the one thing I thought of was all of her fridge magnets… which I was fascinated with as a kid.  Not all of them from my younger days were still there, but this “Smile” one advertising a local dentist (who is no longer in practice) was still there and now resides on my icebox.

Carpet by Dr. Scholl’s.

An owl and a bear in a shoe… also from the Grandma collection.

Because nobody cares what the temperature is in Indiana.

Another of Grandma’s owls… this one swallowed a thermometer.  Or maybe it was inserted in….. um, nevermind.

This also applies at 4:20, Fuzzy…

This was the one I most wanted back, because I bought it at a dollar store in 1999 and slapped in on my Grandma’s fridge that Christmas Eve.  Me and my sisters always gave her a hard time about smoking… which she did finally quit for good in 2002.

Ah, the days when Pizza Huts actually looked like Pizza Huts…

A really old Pizza Hut magnet… probably from the early 90’s, maybe even late 80’s.  And the crud on it betrays its age.

Aunt Sharon!!!

Those of you who’ve been around The Nest for a while probably are familiar with Gentlestitches, who I always called Aunt Sharon.  She was one of my first regular followers, and she is the one who crocheted together the pair of Sponkies that you often see on my blog.  She made a lot of other gifts for her friends at WordPress, and I was sad when she decided to quit blogging three years ago.  This magnet came with one of the things she sent me… probably the Sponkies.

Squirrels would make terrible life coaches. They don’t talk.

And I’ll leave you with some “Advice from a Squirrel.”  So you don’t have to strain your eyes to read it….

  • Look both ways when you cross the road
  • Plan ahead
  • Stay active
  • Eat plenty of fiber
  • Spend time in the woods
  • Go out on a limb
  • It’s OK to be a little nuts!

About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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35 Responses to Magnet And Steel

  1. Ally Bean says:

    A lovely collection, or should I say accumulation, of frig, or should I say icebox, magnets. Most eclectic.

    • It hasn’t gotten as out of control as my critter collection yet… which is probably a good thing since all the extra weight from hundreds of magnets might take the door off its hinges…

  2. I like the dentist magnet… and I ponder now if the owl swallowed the thermometer or… well ya know… I will keep that in my mind when we are at the vet the next time ;O)

  3. Oh man that Pizza Hut magnet is probably from the 1980’s I’m thinking! You have quite a collection of fridge magnents there Evil, are you still adding to it or is that the end? lol

    • Pizza Hut had that old logo into the mid 90’s I think. I don’t even think our Pizza Hut started delivering until Domino’s first came to town around 1989-ish. I still add any new magnets I get to the icebox, but I don’t go out of my way to buy them unless I really see something I like…

  4. My, that’s quite the magnet collection. Have always loved fridge magnets, getting a set of cookies 87 years ago which always irritated dogs and small children like crazy.😈

  5. Rivergirl says:

    I admit, I call it an icebox now and then as well.

    • It’s really the word I grew up learning for it. I always thought “refrigerator” was just a fancy term until the internet took me out of my little town for the first time…

      • Rivergirl says:

        My mother said icebox until the day she died… I grew up with the word, as well as the appliance you had to manually defrost. God, what a pain that was!!

  6. Photofinland says:

    This post is so lovely, so much history of your life. You mentioned a fridge, an icebox, that white thing here in our kitchen is jääkaappi. I don’t know if the small dots above a is seen in your computer, but jää, two dots above as is ice and kaappi is a box, or a closet.
    And now one language question I have been wondering today, when I am in a berry bush, do I pick berries, or do I pick up berries.

  7. I have a lot of ICEBOX (love using that word even though we always called it the fridge in my family!) – magnets too. Most of them I keep in a drawer by the refrigerator and from time to time when I feel like it I change everything up so I can “re-enjoy” some of the older ones. MANY of ours are from trips – when we have been to Europe it’s a whole lot easier collecting magnets from every country since they take up zero room in your suitcase. Your collection is more “eclectic” than mine for sure………….


  8. Lordie!!! I’ve found ‘my’ tribe/clan/people!!! At last! I, too, am part of the ‘fridge magnet’ collector enclave koff koff koff – obsessive nut who puts magnetic shtuff on their fridges – koff koff koff ** I am so impressed with this episode/chapter of “Evil Squirrel – the Reality” that I’m reblogging it AND the one by the lovely Ghost (aka Barb). I haven’t read Barb’s post (yet), but you sir? Amateur city, although I really want some owl magnets like those your Nana had. You’ll see. I’ll reveal all (well a seemly amount anyway) on my post along with a LOT of pictures.. Thanks Squirrel!

    • Thanks for the shoutout, and I loved seeing your magnets which are so much more interesting and colorful than a lot of the crap I’ve stuck on the icebox. Maybe we’ll get more fridge magnet people to come out and show us theirs now that we’ve shown them ours…. so to speak, anyway!

  9. Merbear74 says:

    I miss Aunt Sharon.

  10. ghostmmnc says:

    Thanks for the mention!
    I really enjoyed seeing your magnet collection, and your memories of them. I’m glad you got to keep some of those your grandma had saved over the years. I like that little owl with the thermometer, and the skunk one! And…I see a squirrel! Yay! 🙂

    • And thanks for the idea. I have no idea why I didn’t think to do this earlier…. maybe because the kitchen is on the other side of the house from the Shelf, and this is where I do all of my thinking!

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  12. mydangblog says:

    Super cool collection. One of my most eclectic collections is “floaty pens”, those pens filled with liquid that have things floating them that I’ve collected since I was a kid. Everyone should have something nostalgic like that😊

    • I might have one or two of them around since I have a huge stash of pens too (Though most of them are just plain old pens). I’m a lifelong hoarder, so I have more than my fair share of “collections”…

  13. draliman says:

    Sorry, I can’t get past the title of this post. I’m already pitching my new cop show to producers. “Magnet and Steel”…

  14. We finally got rid of the really OLD magnets that were having trouble clinging to the refrigerator, or where the magnet had come loose. We still have dozens of them. They have become the thing we buy on vacation because often, it’s the only thing in the gift shop we can afford!

  15. Trisha says:

    I love all your critter magnets! I inherited a few magnets from my grandparents as well – a few butterflies and lady bugs – but I have no idea what happened to them. I’d forgotten all about them until reading your post. I need to post the advice from a squirrel somewhere so my squirrel friends can read it. A couple of them haven’t looked both ways before crossing and the results were tragic. 😢

    • I think the problem with squirrels not heeding this advice is that sometimes they look both ways and then still cross the road anyway. I’m sure that garbage truck will stop for me…. scamper, scamper, scamper.

  16. That was fun. I love to see what other people post on their kitchen message boards, I mean refrigerators. I have fond memories of Gentlestitches.

  17. Quirky Girl says:

    I’m all about fridge magnets too! Most of our magnets are from places we’d traveled… but there’s this one Hawaii magnet that particularly stands out. Mostly because we had never been to Hawaii. And also because I suspect my oldest son had inadvertently stolen it from his kindergarten teacher years ago… 😛

    • Ha! That is totally the kind of thing I would’ve done (and still would). I love pilfering… er, picking up odd trinkets from everywhere! It’s why I have so many cool SCT props…

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