Month: September 2013

Album Cover of the Week: Shock Music in Hi-Fi by the Creed Taylor Orchestra

Album Cover of the Week: Shock Music in Hi-Fi by the Creed Taylor Orchestra

Album Cover of the Week
October doesn't start until tomorrow, but I just can't wait to get started on my Countdown to Halloween 2013 posts so I'm kicking things off a little early. Here's a fun little vintage album cover to set the mood for you -- it's Shock Music in Hi-Fi by the Creed Taylor Orchestra (ABC-Paramount ABC-259, 1959). Now if you ask me, the woman on the front cover looks more in a state of grief than of shock or horror. But it's a neat visual and works well with the "Shock" portion of the typeface. Credits on this one are easy, as they're listed right on the back cover. The front and liner photographs were taken by Tony Triolo, and Matt Schutz designed the front cover. Here's a clip from the album, to give you an idea of what this record sounds like. It's "The Crank," written by Ke...
The 10 Worst NHL Franchises, 2013 Edition

The 10 Worst NHL Franchises, 2013 Edition

Sports
I had so much fun compiling my rankings of all 32 NFL franchises, I thought it would be fun to do the same thing for the other major sports leagues. And since the 2013-14 NHL season is just around the corner -- the puck drops on October 1 -- it only seems right to tackle some hockey rankings. And for a fun twist, I'm going to split the rankings into two posts, first reviewing the 10 worst NHL franchises. I'll do the 10 best list in a few more days. But before I get to that, a quick word on the methodology. Similar to my NFL list, I've ranked all 30 NHL franchises according to a series of categories, each of which is assigned a point value. I then divided the total point value by the number of years each team has been in existence -- not counting the lockout season of 2004-05 -- a...
Vintage Animation: “Who Profits from Profits?”

Vintage Animation: “Who Profits from Profits?”

Auction Finds
I came across one of the more unique sets of 35mm slides I've seen on eBay in some time. They purport to be from a 1960s animated business presentation film called "Who Profits from Profits?" No other information is provided, and a quick internet search for the film yielded no results. What I can confirm is that these are in fact some of the niftiest bits of vintage animation you'll see today. Even business films, with their admittedly short shelf life, were animated with more care than most commercial or entertainment productions today. If anyone has any information on this film please let let me know, I'd love to see it.
Let’s Examine This Vintage 1956 New York City Street Scene Photo

Let’s Examine This Vintage 1956 New York City Street Scene Photo

Photography
From the furthest reaches of the internet comes this outstanding photograph, taken in 1956 in midtown Manhattan, New York City -- Times Square to be specific. Drink in the details (click for a larger version), and then let's talk about what's on here. Gorgeous, isn't it? Of course there are vintage cars and clothes aplenty, but let's focus on some of the other details instead. Here's what I can pick out from this picture, starting from the upper left: Some kind of travel billboard, likely either for air or rail. This part is too blurry for me to tell anything else. Giant ad for the Western movie Jubal, which according to IMDB was released on April 6, 1956. The ad plays up co-star Ernest Borgnine, who had just received the Academy Award for Best Actor a few weeks earlier for hi...
Classic NFL Game Action Slides (1960s – 1980s)

Classic NFL Game Action Slides (1960s – 1980s)

Football Friday, Sports
And now, for your viewing pleasure, I present a random assortment of vintage color slides depicting NFL game action. In addition to some of these shots being quite nice, it gives me yet another excuse to look at old NFL logos and uniforms. Enjoy! Some of the dates may be off, so if you have any corrections please let me know in the comments section. Click on any image for the full-size version. Credit: Lee Balterman San Francisco 49ers RB/KR Doug Cunningham (#42) runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles, 1967. Joe Ferguson (#12) of the Buffalo Bills throws a pass against the Denver Broncos, 1981. Buffalo Bills RB O.J. Simpson (#32) runs through the middle of the field against the Denver Broncos in an AFL contest, 1969. Baltimore Colts QB Marty Do...
Vintage Slides Depicting Life in Cuba, 1955

Vintage Slides Depicting Life in Cuba, 1955

Auction Finds, Photography
All I know about this gallery of 35mm Kodachrome slides is that they purport to depict scenes from Cuba in 1955. If true, that means these were taken during the reign of Fulgencio Batista -- and about four years before Fidel Castro's revolution ousted him from power. If I had to guess I'd say that these slides were shot by a foreign tourist on a sightseeing trip. Most of these photographs capture buildings and other landmarks in Cuba, and very few Cubans are actually seen. Since I know so little about the island, I can't even make any educated guesses as to what is shown here (although I think one of these slides shows the American embassy in Havana), but if you can then please leave a comment below. What I can say is that there a ton of sweet vintage automobiles to gaze at. F...
20 Vintage Pro Wrestling Magazine Covers

20 Vintage Pro Wrestling Magazine Covers

Featured Posts, Sports
You might not guess it to know me, but I was a huge pro wrestling fan back in the day. And by "the day" I mean the mid to late 1980s, what I consider to be the Golden Age of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). It was fun, it was exciting, it was everything a pre-teen boy could want to watch. Those days are long behind me now, but every once in awhile I pine for the salad days watching strong but pasty guys like Rowdy Roddy Piper, Big John Studd, Andre the Giant, and Paul "Mr. Wonderful" Orndorff compete in the squared circle. Oh yeah, not to mention less pasty guys like Hulk Hogan, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, the Junkyard Dog, and Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat. To help remember those wrestling titans of days gone by -- as well as some before my time -- here's a gallery of 20 vintage pro...
Angela Dorian’s Playboy Playmate Pink 1968 AMX

Angela Dorian’s Playboy Playmate Pink 1968 AMX

Photography
According to at least one source, in 1964 Playboy magazine started giving away so-called Playmate Pink automobiles as prizes to the women selected as Playmate of the Year. For 1968, Angela Dorian -- born Victoria Vetri -- was given the honor and a brand-new 1968 pink AMC AMX, the first model year for the sports car. This AMX was powered by the base 290 V8 with automatic transmission, air conditioning, tilt wheel, AM/8-track radio and optional rear bumper guards. In addition to the paint job, this car differed from other AMXs in that its dashboard number plate contained Dorian's measurements, making her car AMX 36-24-35. According to my exhaustive internet sleuthing, Dorian still owns the car, which is now black. At least that's as of 2010, when she was arrested for attempted murd...