Month: April 2013

Vintage Toys: James Bond 007 Thunderball Action Figure

Vintage Toys: James Bond 007 Thunderball Action Figure

Auction Finds, Games & Toys
Here's a dashing action figure likeness of Sean Connery as James Bond from the 1965 film Thunderball. The movie was released in 1965 so I'm assuming the action figure -- produced by Gilbert -- was as well. Dig that sweet SCUBA outfit, complete with fins, snorkel, and super-snug bathing trunks! The Thunderball line turned out to be almost the last hurrah for Gilbert (known officially as the A.C. Gilbert Company), which closed for good in 1967 after almost 60 years in business. Gilbert, incidentally, introduced the world-famous Erector Set in 1913. For more auction finds, click here.
And Through the Wire — A Single-Topic Tumblr

And Through the Wire — A Single-Topic Tumblr

Blogstuff
I've been collecting wire photo images from the internet for several months, and I've been struggling with just how to best share my favorites with all of you out there. I thought about creating a new section in the Ephemera section of this site, and I may still do that, but not now. I also thought about putting them on my Flickr feed, and I'll still do that for some -- but that's more of a personal storehouse than anything else. What I've settled on for now is a brand new, single-topic Tumblr feed. It's called And Through the Wire, and yes that's a reference to the Peter Gabriel song. It's a separate endeavor from my regular Tumblr feed, which is more of a free-for-all thing. This feed will be wire photos and only wire photos, and it'll cover just about any subject area you can thi...
Here’s Joe Namath Wearing a 1964 New York Jets Helmet

Here’s Joe Namath Wearing a 1964 New York Jets Helmet

Football Friday, Sports
As originally seen on UniWatch, here's a very cool photo of Joe Namath in a New York Jets uniform. It's notable for a few reasons, which I'll get into shortly. What makes this interesting is that Broadway Joe is wearing a helmet with an altered version the mostly white Jets logo that was used for the 1964 season only, but didn't play his first game for New York until 1965. By that time the team had adopted a helmet logo that was essentially the same but with the colors reversed. Here's a replica of that version: And here's the '64 version as well: So based on the Namath pic, it looks like the helmet he wore for that shoot is a prototype of some sort. Perhaps the team had already decided to move in a new direction for '65? Makes sense, considering what a landmark signin...
Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 32: Marilyn Monroe Goes Fishing, c. 1946

Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 32: Marilyn Monroe Goes Fishing, c. 1946

Vintage Photo Wednesday
I love this set of vintage photos featuring the lovely Marilyn Monroe doing some fly fishing, circa 1946. These three images were shot on color safety by Andre de Dienes (1913-85), and capture Marilyn before she had fully transformed into the blonde bombshell that captivated America in the '50s and '60s. In fact, she had barely transitioned away from her given name of Norma Jeane Mortenson at the time of this photo session. The Marilyn we see here is not a star, but just a really pretty young woman full of life. That's how I like to remember her. (Click for the full-size version of each picture.)
Sunday Jazz: The Cannonball Adderley Quintet, “Walk Tall”

Sunday Jazz: The Cannonball Adderley Quintet, “Walk Tall”

Music, Sunday Jazz
One of the things I've always loved about Cannonball Adderley's approach to jazz is how he seamlessly infused elements of R&B and (later) soul into his arrangements. While he could play straight hard bop with the best of them, I think his best output comes from his willingness to expand and experiment. And so this week I want to highlight a song from Cannonball's his first album of the 1970s, Country Preacher (Capitol Records SKAO-404, 1970). It was recorded live in Chicago in October 1969. After a fiery introduction by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Adderley's quintet -- Cannonball on alto sax, Nat Adderley on cornet, Joe Zawinul on piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Roy McCurdy on drums -- busts out a greasy funk-inspired groove on "Walk Tall." This brilliant mix of late '60s funk and...
Saturday Serials: “Plunging Death” (King of the Rocket Men, Chap. 2)

Saturday Serials: “Plunging Death” (King of the Rocket Men, Chap. 2)

Movies
The rocket-powered action returns, as we watch the second chapter of the 1949 Republic Pictures serial film King of the Rocket Men! When we left off in chapter 1, Jeff King (Tristram Coffin) assumed his mantle as the Rocket Man, thwarted a plan by Dr. Vulcan to steal a top-secret military missile, and punched a lot of people. Chapter 2, "Plunging Death," sees King trying to ferret out the rat in Science Associates -- the man who is Dr. Vulcan. But soon a bigger danger arises, as photographer Glenda Thomas (Mae Clarke) is ambushed by Vulcan's thugs, hoping to steal a negative she shot of Rocket Man. Thomas fights back but then flops around like a fish and loses the photo. She gives chase in her car, and soon Rocket Man is on the trail. As the episode ends, Rocket Man and Glenda plunge
Retired NFL Jersey Numbers: NFC North

Retired NFL Jersey Numbers: NFC North

Football Friday, Sports
Since it’s the off-season I thought I’d start a fun project involving NFL history. So I’m going to go division by division and post football card galleries (when available) featuring all NFL players who have had their jersey numbers retired by their teams. This week it’s the four squads of the NFC North — the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, and Minnesota Vikings. Previous galleries: AFC East, NFC East, AFC North Chicago Bears (13) #3 -- Bronko Nagurski #5 -- George McAfee #7 -- George Halas I couldn't find a card from Halas's playing days, but how could I leave off Papa Bear? #28 -- Willie Galimore Galimore was killed in an automobile accident on July 27, 1964 in Rensselaer, Indiana at the age of 29 with teammate Bo Farrington. #34 -- Walter Payton
Logo Evolution: ABC TV

Logo Evolution: ABC TV

TV & Radio
Until the Fox television network went on the air in 1986, the American Broadcasting Company -- ABC -- was the young kid on the block. It began in 1943 as a direct descendant of RCA's NBC Blue radio network. Originally known as the Blue Network, the network was re-branded in 1944 as the American Broadcasting Company. On April 19, 1948 the ABC television network went on the air, and so it is in that year that I begin my look at the history of the ABC-TV network logos. Dates on some of the early logos are approximate. If any readers have more accurate information please let me know in the comments. To check out my history of the NBC logo, click here. Logo #1 (1948 - ?) Not surprisingly, ABC's first television logo was directly inspired by radio -- the same is true for NBC as well. Ba
Let’s See Fred Flintstone Smoke Winston Cigarettes in Color

Let’s See Fred Flintstone Smoke Winston Cigarettes in Color

Advertising, TV & Radio
Hang around the internet long enough and you'll stumble across one of the classic TV commercials for Winston cigarettes, starring the Flintstones. Those spots from the early '60s are practically advertising legend at this point. If you haven't seen them, click on the link above and prepare to be amazed. Well if you thought that was cool -- or even if you didn't -- then you'll really enjoy this find. It's an original production animation cel from the second spot in that clip; a closeup of Fred Flintstone sparking a Winston and loving every second of it. Oddly enough, the animation is in glorious color while the cigarette appears to be a black and white photograph. Now that's responsible marketing!