Month: March 2013

The Evolution of Fast Food Burger Chain Logos: The Video

The Evolution of Fast Food Burger Chain Logos: The Video

Advertising
I just had so much gosh darn fun putting together my retrospective of fast food burger chain logos that I decided to turn it into a YouTube slideshow. Because some people just love slideshows. And as a special bonus I included audio extracts from vintage TV ads for some of the chains, like McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Dairy Queen, Arby's, Sonic, Jack in the Box, Hardee's, Carl's Jr., and Checkers/Rally's. Enjoy!
Holy Slam Bang Vanilla Ice Cream, Batman!

Holy Slam Bang Vanilla Ice Cream, Batman!

Auction Finds, Ephemera
Riding the wave of popularity brought about by the Batman television show, DC Comics took the opportunity to cash in on the Caped Crusader's new fan base. One of the more interesting Batman and Robin artifacts from that era was All Star's Slam Bang Vanilla Ice Cream from 1966. Here are a few outstanding pieces of ephemera related to the ice cream -- a well-preserved product box and a large paper ad. Note that at this point the official corporate name for DC was still National Periodical Publications, Inc. For more auction finds, click here.
Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 30: Two Guys in the ’50s and ’70s

Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 30: Two Guys in the ’50s and ’70s

Vintage Photo Wednesday
I've written about how much I miss the old Two Guys department store. I consider it a vital piece of my New Jersey upbringing and heritage, and I know others feel the same way. So imagine my excitement when I stumbled across this pair of old photographs. The first one comes from the golden age of Two Guys -- 1952 to be precise -- and is an interior shot from an unknown location. It shows the arcade/play area located by the entrance and cart return. Just 10 cents gets you a ride on the Rally Traffic Police Bike or the Tooner Ville Trolley! The next photo is in glorious color, although it has considerably less visual interest for store enthusiasts. This is an aerial shot taken above the Hackensack Two Guys in November 1974. Just about the only thing definitively marking this is a Two ...
Site Updates O’Plenty! (Sears Catalogs, AFL Covers)

Site Updates O’Plenty! (Sears Catalogs, AFL Covers)

Blogstuff
These are exciting times at The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, my friends. In addition to a great new project in the works (hint: it involves old postcards), the updates to the main site have been coming fast and furious. I uploaded a bunch of new scans to my classic Sears catalog area, for the 1958 Spring/Summer edition. And if you love vintage saddles shoes and children's wear, then you will love these scans. New stuff starts on this page. Elsewhere, I've added a bunch of new game programs in my American Football League cover gallery, as well as added some higher-res versions of existing ones. There are too many for me to list here, but I can share a few of the cooler ones with you here. This is from the very first matchup between the New York Jets and New York Giants. It...
Dig This Collection of Star Wars Masks and Helmets

Dig This Collection of Star Wars Masks and Helmets

Auction Finds, Movies
Once more from the farthest reaches of the internet, I bring you cool Star Wars stuff. This time, it's a gallery Star Wars masks and helmets used in the original trilogy. Most of these closeup pictures were taken within the last few years or so, so you have to expect some visible wear and tear. Still, they're fascinating documents that went into the magic of the first three films. Up first is a snowtrooper helmet from The Empire Strikes Back. Bet you never knew they had green eyepieces! Also from The Empire Strikes Back, here's an original Ugnaught foam latex mask. You remember the Ugnaughts as the little pig people who worked in Cloud City and helped prep the carbonite machine for Han Solo. Here are three different angles of a regular ol' Stormtrooper helmet, worn during ...
Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 29: The ’34 Pittsburgh Pirates Warm Up Their Bats

Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 29: The ’34 Pittsburgh Pirates Warm Up Their Bats

Vintage Photo Wednesday
Opening Day of the 2013 Major League Baseball season is just a few weeks away, so I'll depart from my usual fare and try to bust out some hardball pics between now and then (as I did last year with this gallery of baseball clubs from the late 19th to early 20th centuries). Here's a neat one via the old Acme Newsphotos company. It shows members of the 1934 Pittsburgh Pirates squad lighting a fire with their baseball bats. The original caption was "Heavy Hitters of the Pirates." From left to right are Charles "Red" Lucas, Gus Suhr, Larry French, Harold "Pie" Traynor, Freddie Lindstrom, Paul Waner, and Lloyd Waner. Despite a lineup featuring six future Hall of Famers (all of whom but Burleigh Grimes are shown here) the '34 Pirates finished two games under .500, good for 5th place in th...
Vintage St. Patrick’s Day Advertisements

Vintage St. Patrick’s Day Advertisements

Retrotisements
I can't believe that after all these years I haven't ever gotten around to putting together a gallery of vintage St. Patrick's Day advertisements. Of course the fact that I'm not Irish may have something to do with that. But then again I'm not pagan and I've had a few Halloween galleries. Nevertheless, the time has come to cut the blarney and get on with it. So here's a lucky seven for St. Paddy's Day (sorry, no Guinness). Erin go Bragh! (For more Retrotisements, click here. To check out my gallery of holiday-themed ads, go here.) Kellogg's Rice Krispies (1941) Kenmor Music's "Clancy Lowered the Boom" (1950) Ten-B-Low Ice Cream (1950) Lucky Strike (1951) Hiram Walker's Cordials (1953) Kool-Aid (1961) Berkey (1970)
Coming Soon to Saturday Serials — King of the Rocket Men!

Coming Soon to Saturday Serials — King of the Rocket Men!

Movies
I hadn't intended to take a seven-month break from my Saturday Serials posts, but that's just the way it happens sometimes. But inspiration has struck and so very soon I'll be bringing another classic movie serial your way. This one was released eight years after the Batman serial I brought you last summer. It's King of the Rocket Men, released in the summer of 1949 by Republic Pictures. It stars Tristram Coffin as Jeff King, aka Rocket Man. It also co-stars Mae Clarke as Glenda Thomas. Check out the pair from this period publicity still: So as you can see, ray guns and jet packs will be the order of the day with King of the Rocket Men. Join me here soon to get started on the action, won't you? And in the meantime, you can catch up on all the chapters of the 1943 Batman serial here.
Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 28: Albany Street Ads, 1948

Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 28: Albany Street Ads, 1948

Vintage Photo Wednesday
While looking for material for a possible St. Patrick's Day theme post, I found this outstanding vintage photograph taken in Albany, New York on August 31, 1948. I don't know the local street name, but it appears to be in a downtown area where state routes 32 and 9W run nearby. I can just make out an actual street sign name in front of the Phillips Hardware sign, but can't tell what it says. Any idea? There are so many great things to look at here I don't know where to begin, but I suppose I'll start with one of the biggest items in the picture -- the billboard for Beverwyck Beer & Ale, which makes the oddly specific claim of being the "first truly great beer and ale in 8 years!" (Click the image for a larger version.) Long-time Albany residents should know the Beverwyck n...