Tag: vintage

A Gallery of Vintage Gas Pump Globes

A Gallery of Vintage Gas Pump Globes

Advertising, Auction Finds
Gas station patrons born around my time or later have probably never encountered a legitimate gas pump globe in action. But for years, these beauties adorned the top of vintage gas station pumps across the country. Each one was designed to advertise something, usually a brand of gas or an oil company, but sometimes automakers as well. They were everywhere from the early days of 20th century motoring, but began to disappear by the 1960s, as high-quality lighting and large signage was easier to obtain. What I have here is a gallery of some of the most attractive gas pump globe designs I've come across. I can't vouch for which ones of these are authentic or just reproductions, but the point here is to appreciate just how much style and thought went into something most motorists took for...
Four Beautiful Kodachrome Photos of New York City Storefronts

Four Beautiful Kodachrome Photos of New York City Storefronts

Auction Finds, Photography
In browsing through the Kodachrome prints on one of my favorite auction sites recently, I came upon these four gorgeous shots taken in New York City between 1949 and 1952. They feature four different storefronts and some of the sweetest Art Deco signage you will see this week. Click on any photo for the full-size version, and enjoy! Just look at those signs. Something about Art Deco makes even an otherwise drab storefront look slightly glamorous, doesn't it? The Golds and pharmacy stores must have looked fantastic on a dark New York City evening.
Cardboard America: Jose Gaspar and Other Pirate Cronies

Cardboard America: Jose Gaspar and Other Pirate Cronies

Ephemera
Jose Gaspar and Other Pirate Cronies at the London Wax Museum - St. Petersburg Beach, Florida Jose Gaspar (Gasparilla) and other pirate cronies whoop it up with some tavern girls. This scene and many other can be observed at the LONDON WAX MUSEUM, 5505 Gulf Blvd., St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. (original) For more vintage postcards, check out the Cardboard America archives!
Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 33: Papier-mâché Cow in Australia, 1944

Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 33: Papier-mâché Cow in Australia, 1944

Vintage Photo Wednesday
I have no reason for sharing this photo, other than the fact that it's so random and so odd that it must be seen. It comes to us via the Australian War Memorial's collection, and shows a rather unique scene from the Australian home front. This odd photo was shot on February 29, 1944 by the Herald Newspaper in Melbourne, Victoria. Here is the description, which makes no note of the priceless expression on the face of the woman walking by the car: A papier-mache cow, used for milking demonstrations at the Werribee experimental farm, being tied on to the luggage carrier of Mrs. Mellor's car for transport to the farm. Mrs. Mellor is a Field Officer in charge of the Women's Land Army Mont Park training depot.
A Gallery of Vintage Mother’s Day Ads, Vol. 2

A Gallery of Vintage Mother’s Day Ads, Vol. 2

Retrotisements
Has it already been a year since my last gallery of vintage Mother's Day ads ran? Where does the time go? Well, I'm back with another 10 classic advertisements to commemorate that most special lady in our lives -- mom. Of course, the usual suspects are here -- flowers and chocolates -- but I think this year's gallery manages to mix things up a bit. I think this is the first time I've seen a Mother's Day champagne ad after all.