Month: March 2012

How to Spot the Different Teen-Types, by Modess

How to Spot the Different Teen-Types, by Modess

Advertising, Retrotisements
I've been having a ton of fun browsing through some collections of Golden Age comic books I downloaded recently. I've been uploading some of the images that strike me as most interesting on my Tumblr and Facebook pages, but I had to share this one here. It's an ad for a book called "Growing Up and Liking It," and it appeared in issue #28 (December 1952) of Teen-Age Romances. In case the message wasn't clear enough, this ad is aimed at teen girls having "issues" with their period. Modess, in case you didn't know, is a maker of feminine products (aka sanitary napkins) that started in the 1920s as a division of Johnson & Johnson. Their big slogan around this time was "Modess... Because." Anyway, for those who don't already know, there are tons more ads like these on Retrotisemen...
The Best and Worst Major League Baseball Logos (NL East)

The Best and Worst Major League Baseball Logos (NL East)

Sports
With the 2012 Major League Baseball season nearly upon us, now is as good a time as any to obsess once again on one of my favorite topics — logos. So I’m going to offer up my choices for the best and worst team logos for all 30 current MLB franchises. Primary, alternate, and cap logos listed on Chris Creamer’s outstanding logo website are all under consideration. Today, for the final installment, I look at the five squads of the National League’s East division. (Other recaps — AL West, NL West, AL Central, NL Central, AL East) Atlanta Braves Best The whole Atlanta Braves look from the '70s was one of the best in modern baseball, and that includes the primary logo seen here (used until 1986). A close second for this spot was the distinctive feather logo used on the jersey sleeves.
Album cover of the week: Ike and Tina Turner — Outta Season

Album cover of the week: Ike and Tina Turner — Outta Season

Album Cover of the Week, Music
As provocative album covers go, Ike and Tina Turner's Outta Season LP has to be one of the greats. The image of the couple eating watermelon while wearing whiteface -- a brilliant mockery of blackface minstrelsy -- would be controversial now, so the fact that this was released in 1968 is even more amazing. Not surprisingly, the foreign versions of Outta Season featured much more unimaginative album art. I don't know if they featured the super sexy gatefold picture the original U.S. edition (on Blue Thumb Records) had.
Pop Culture Capsule: Vintage Pulp Fiction Novel Book Covers

Pop Culture Capsule: Vintage Pulp Fiction Novel Book Covers

Books, Capsules, Featured Posts
Who doesn't love a delightfully cheesy pulp fiction book cover? I know I do, so here's a bunch of good ones, curated for maximum enjoyment by yours truly. Some of these were selected for the artwork, some for the titles or description, and some for both. As you can probably guess, some of these may not be safe for work so I'll put the racier ones after the jump. And lest you think pulp novels were all about sex, there was also murder and space. But yeah, mostly sex.
The Best and Worst Major League Baseball Logos (AL East)

The Best and Worst Major League Baseball Logos (AL East)

Sports
With the 2012 Major League Baseball season nearly upon us, now is as good a time as any to obsess once again on one of my favorite topics — logos. So I’m going to offer up my choices for the best and worst team logos for all 30 current MLB franchises. Primary, alternate, and cap logos listed on Chris Creamer’s outstanding logo website are all under consideration. Today I look at the five squads of the American League’s East division. (Other recaps — AL West, NL West, AL Central, NL Central) Baltimore Orioles Best Despite being a lifelong Yankees fan, I've always been partial to the Orioles. Could it be because orange is in fact my favorite color? Maybe. All I know is that this logo, the team's second, is damn neat. It's fun but not frivolous, cartoonish but not cutesy. This one,
Album cover of the week: Mobius (Cedar Walton)

Album cover of the week: Mobius (Cedar Walton)

Album Cover of the Week, Music
The recent death of French artist Jean Giraud -- aka Moebius -- was the inspiration for this week's album cover selection. It's Cedar Walton's Mobius, released on RCA Records (APL1-1009) in 1975. The album notes pretty much give away the inspiration for the title: "Mobius, which is the theoretical shape of the infinite universe, makes use of the most modern recording techniques and synthesizers. We mastered and mixed so that it's hotter than the competition, which should help radio play and in-store demonstration." Technically the correct spelling would be Möbius, but I'm not sure how jazz/funk fans in 1975 would've reacted to seeing an umlaut in an album title. But they'd probably get past it hearing hot tracks like "Road Island Red." Unfortunately I do not know who illust
United Air Lines — Fly the Manly Skies!

United Air Lines — Fly the Manly Skies!

Advertising, Retrotisements
I really do love the internet. For a lover of vintage ads like myself, there really is no better resource outside flea markets or estate sales for tons of them. Of course that means weeding through a lot of unremarkable ads before I get to a gem. And boy is this one ever a gem. I've long assumed that the phenomenon of suburban, white men feeling the need to escape dreaded femininity was a recent one. And yet I now have this 1953 ad, advertising one of the forerunners of the "man cave," right in front of me. One imagines the dialogue in the top part of the ad going something like: "Good evening, Mr. Thompson. So nice to see you again." "Evenin', Jack. How's the weather look for the flight?" "Oh, just swell. Before I let you on board, I'll have to check your briefcase. Standa...
The Best and Worst Major League Baseball Logos (NL Central)

The Best and Worst Major League Baseball Logos (NL Central)

Sports
With the 2012 Major League Baseball season nearly upon us, now is as good a time as any to obsess once again on one of my favorite topics — logos. So I’m going to offer up my choices for the best and worst team baseball logos for all 30 current MLB franchises. Primary, alternate, and cap logos listed on Chris Creamer’s outstanding logo website are all under consideration. Today I look at the six squads of the National League’s Central division. (Other recaps — AL West, NL West, AL Central) Chicago Cubs Best This is the only Cubs logo I've ever known, and I assumed it always looked like this. Alas, this particular variant of the primary design introduced in 1937 has only been in use since 1979. Still, seems kind of timeless, no? Worst It had been not quite 20 years since the
Album cover of the week: In Farm We Trust

Album cover of the week: In Farm We Trust

Album Cover of the Week, Music
For a few years I was really into collecting coins. Lack of time and lack of money (ironically) preclude me from pursuing the hobby any further for now, but I still appreciate some of the classics. Like the so-called Buffalo Nickel, designed by James Earle Fraser and minted in the United States from 1913 to 1938. Timeless and utterly American, no? So imagine my glee when I spotted the cover to the latest album from Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau, In Farm We Trust. Very nice indeed. Looks like they used the more recent 24-karat American Buffalo gold coin as the template, but that design looks great either way.