Improve your Life: A reliable Cure for the Summertime Blues!

By on July 31, 2022

Some people will tell you ‘there ain’t no cure for the Summertime Blues’ but Dr. Postercowboy, proven expert for summertime mental ailments, sez: Those people are wrong.

In fact, there is an easy and almost failsafe remedy, Homemade Blueberry Muffins:

The Postercowboy’s Homemade Blueberry Muffins

The most important point here is ‘homemade’. Any store-brought crap will NOT do and will NOT produce the desired effect. Organic ingredients are not mandatory but recommended for tastier and more successful results.

My favorite recipe is from my favorite Southern cookbook: SOUL FOOD – Classic Cuisine from the Deep South by Sheila Ferguson:

(makes about 12 Muffins)

2 cups (8 oz. 250 g) sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (2 oz., 60 g) sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (2 oz., 60 g) melted butter
3/4 cup (6 fl oz, 175 g) milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup (6 fl oz, 175 g) fresh blueberries, washed and well drained

Preheat your oven to 400° F (200° C). Sift all the dry ingredients together, twice. Combine your butter, milk, and eggs, and add to the dry ingredients. Stirl lightly but do not beat. Fold in the blueberries, stirring just enough to distribute them through your batter, which should look lumpy.
Generously grease muffin cups and fill them two-thirds full. Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot, smothered with butter.

This is an old-time recipe, so I assume Mrs. Ferguson used an iron muffin tray. As you can see on my photo, I use an aluminium tray with paper cups, so the greasing can be omitted. Canned or frozen blueberries may be used as well. Also, those ultra-nerds among you out there will have noticed that the volume and metric measurements do not translate exactly. As long as you stick to either set, it does not make any difference.

Mrs. Ferguson also offers some practical advice on muffin making:

Never, never over-beat muffin batter, it only serves to make them tough. If any muffin cups are unfilled, before baking fill these one-third with water to prevent them from scorching. It also helps to keep the muffins moist. Remove your muffins to a cooling rack as soon as they come from the oven. You can put them back into the oven for about 5 minutes to warm through. If you want to keep them hot without the bottoms sweating, lift them up and set them sideways while warming. You can freeze muffins in foil for later use. But don’t let them thaw out naturally. Just throw them in the oven, still wrapped in the foil, and bake at 350° F (180° C) for about 45 minutes. They’ll taste just as if they were freshly baked.

It is always a good idea to remove the muffins from the tray directly after baking. In our home, where the Summertime Blues is a regular guest, they have never lasted long enough to freeze them, but her advice is usually rock solid. Also, every oven is different. My muffins were good after 22 minutes today.

In any case, these should take care of your Summertime Blues, and in the unlikely case they don’t: Start over from Step 1.

And since this is supposed to be a vintage movie poster blog, here’s a list of all the vintage movie posters we have that relate to


Happy trails,


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Cantina Las Perras San Miguel de Allende

Dead but not forgotten: The Mexican Cantina revisited

By on July 28, 2022

Suffering in the summer heat in Berlin-Kreuzberg, the Postercowboy dreams himself back to Mexico…

A legendary, now pretty much dead institution was the Mexican cantina, here’s an example from the Cantina Las Perras, the Bitches Canteen in San Miguel de Allende that closed a long time ago. I think it is now home to a cultural institution or something, but fortunately, they saved the original house front:

Cantina Las Perras, San Miguel de Allende

The cantina was quite a special place, in this case one of the basic rules were actually etched into the wall: Access prohibited for women, uniforms and minors.

Cantina Las Perras Access Rules

This was a standing rule for cantinas in Mexico. The concept of the place was pretty simple: You only paid for your drinks, while the food was free and also became heavier and greasier as the evening went on, all in order to encourage and enable more drinking.
The basic idea was that you were not supposed to leave as long as you were still able to walk on your own two feet. These places were all about drinking HARD and getting STUBBORNLY drunk.

The Postercowboy has not had a hard drink in ages, but there was a time when he would’ve just LOVED those places. Germany has quite a drinking culture, but nothing I ever saw over here came even close to this wonderful and completely ridiculous Mexican tradition.

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Why is this Blog written in English?

By on July 21, 2022

Zwei Gründe: Dieser Blog zielt auf ein internationales Publikum und ich bin zu faul, alles zweimal zu schreiben. Unter findet sich der Google-Übersetzer. Blog-URL kopieren, einfügen und alle Beiträge in deutsch (oder jeder anderen Sprache) lesen.

Two reasons: This blog is targeting an international audience and I am too lazy to write everything twice. Open then copy and paste the blog URL and read everything in German (or any other language).

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A few thoughts on the ‘Negotiator’ in THE GODFATHER

By on July 20, 2022

Like pretty much anybody else, the Postercowboy ranks THE GODFATHER among his eternal Top 10 movies. The movie is very close to the novel, which is not really a surprise, as Mario Puzo also wrote the screenplay (together with Francis Ford Coppola). There is one little sub-story in Mario Puzo’s book that did not really make it into the movie that has always amazed me. Here it is:

Before Michael has his meeting with Sollozzo, the ‘Turk’ and Captain McCluskey, the Corleones are having dinner at their home and the question about a ‘negotiator’ comes up briefly. Clemenza states something like ‘he’s at my place, my men are playing peanuts with him for pennies, he’s happy.’

In the book this subject is more elaborated: Puzo describes a bottom-level Sicilian clan in New York who made it their business to rent themselves as hostages, and their services are frequently used by the other families. The entire family is described as utterly stupid, total morons that are no good for anything else. BUT if anything happens to one of their own, the other family members will go after the offender like mad dogs, no holds barred, even at the risk of possible total self-instinction. So at the moment the ‘negotiator’ is on the plan, the Corleones know that Sollozzo truly means business and that Michael is indeed 100% safe, as nobody in his right mind would dare to mess with these guys.

It is clear to see why it did not make it into the movie, but I always liked this little tidbit of background info very much.

The Godfather German Pressbook

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My first post ever: Welcome to the Blog!

By on July 19, 2022

2022 has already been an eventful year for me: After almost 15 years, I relaunched the website, I turned the shop into a permanent exhibition space (a project that has been in the making for almost 20 years) and I am now starting my own BLOG, something else I have been contemplating for a l-o-n-g time…

To be honest, I have no idea yet where we will be heading here. Over those last 35 years of collecting movie posters, I discovered lots of interesting stories, quirky anecdotes, background information, and whatnot. I’m not a fan of the so-called ‘Social Media’, and you won’t see me on Facebook, Twitter, or WhatsApp. Still, every now and then, I thought ‘Gosh, I wish I had a place to share this one…’ Well, finally, here it is.

One part of this blog will be to present and discuss my new shop exhibition, as well as individual other pieces from my collection. Like the original, screen-used James Bond 007 OCTOPUSSY movie prop sign you see below. More on that one later on.

That is one idea, and others may follow, so let’s see where we will be going here. If you have any interest in vintage, international movie posters (and/or other pop culture relics) you are most welcome to join me for the ride. I think you will find this blog quite entertaining. And who knows, every now and then you might even learn something you did not know before.

So much for starters, about time to get some real work done. Waiting for orders, for example…

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