Month: October 2013

Vintage Las Vegas Casino Chips from the 1950s and 1960s

Vintage Las Vegas Casino Chips from the 1950s and 1960s

Auction Finds
I don't really have a lot of commentary for this post. I've compiled images of 21 (because blackjack) vintage casino chips from Nevada casinos. These all date mostly from the 1950s and 1960s, although there are a few from the '70s. Some of these chips are from Nevada's most iconic Las Vegas casinos, while some are from other cities -- like Reno and Jackpot -- and aren't as well known. But they're all colorful and cool, and that's why I'm sharing them.   For more fun slideshows, click here.
Here’s Some Neat Late ’60s NFL and AFL Pins

Here’s Some Neat Late ’60s NFL and AFL Pins

Auction Finds, Football Friday, Sports
Based on a number of things I see in this photo of classic AFL/NFL pins, I'm guessing these were produced between 1968 and 1971. The reason I'm guessing '68 at the earliest is that we have a Cincinnati Bengals pin, and they didn't start play in the AFL until that year. Likewise, the Boston Patriots changed their name to New England Patriots in the spring of 1971, so it seems unlikely that these were produced after then. Elsewhere, we've got some sweet old logos for the 49ers, Rams, Oilers, Cardinals, and Packers.
The Saul Bass AT&T Logo Design, 1969

The Saul Bass AT&T Logo Design, 1969

History
AT&T was one of the largest companies of the 20th century and put considerable effort into documenting its own history and accomplishments. In recent years, the films created as part of that effort have been released through the AT&T Archives, and we at The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit will be taking a look at them, with a particular focus on the mid-century styles that you've come to expect here. To kick off our series digging through the archives, let's look at the introduction of the Bell System logo of 1969. If you're anything like me, you tend to vacation in places that trade on nostalgia -- ones that tend to have "Cape" or "Towne" in their names. Inevitably, there will be a store in the town, usually themed as a hardware store, that sells enameled metal advertis...
Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 40: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in Philadelphia, 1908

Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 40: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in Philadelphia, 1908

Vintage Photo Wednesday
I'm sure this must have been an odd sight to Philadelphians back in the day. It's a posed group photo of famed soldier and showman William F. Cody with the members of his "Buffalo Bill's Wild West" traveling show. Click for the full-size version. That's Buffalo Bill seated roughly in the middle of the picture, behind a group of Native American children. Cody started his first Wild West show in 1883, and he toured the world with it until it went bankrupt in 1913. Many people hold the belief that when Cody died in 1917 at the age of 70, it marked the end of the Wild West in America. The rather imposing building behind the group is the famed Wanamaker's, the first department store in Philly and one of the first in the United States. You can see some interested onlookers peering thro...
Yer Out! The 10 Longest Active World Series Title Droughts in MLB History

Yer Out! The 10 Longest Active World Series Title Droughts in MLB History

Listcruft, Sports
The last edition of this post ran in October 2012. Given that the two teams in the World Series this year aren't on the list, I feel pretty safe running it now. The 2013 Major League Baseball season is down to its last series, and so I turn my attention once again to the unlucky ten -- the franchises that currently hold the longest streaks in baseball for years gone by without a World Series championship. Some of these teams have at least managed to reach the summit of the Major Leagues, while others have a sad empty spot in their trophy cases. Season totals are current through the end of the 2013 MLB season. For more fun and informative sporting lists, check out this handy dandy index page. #10 -- Kansas City Royals (28 seasons) Few teams have fared more poorly in the 21st cen...
The 10 Best NBA Franchises, 2013 Edition

The 10 Best NBA Franchises, 2013 Edition

Sports
OK, I've ranked the 10 worst NBA franchises ever (as of 2013), so now it's time to look at the best of the best. The formula is pretty simple. I’ve ranked all 30 NBA 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 and ordered by that. If you want to check out my other pro sports rankings -- and I know you do -- you can find them on this handy page. The Criteria The categories and point values are as follows: 30 points for a league championship, and 15 points for a Finals loss. 2 points for a playoff berth. 5 points for each playoff round win (does not include a win in the Finals). 4 points for a division title (starting in 1970-71). 1 poi
Sports Graveyard: Indianapolis Capitols

Sports Graveyard: Indianapolis Capitols

Football Friday, Sports
I ran across this interesting pin while looking for old sports memorabilia, and was immediately intrigued. The only football team I ever thought called Indianapolis home is the Colts. So who were the Indianapolis Caps? Turns out the Caps -- actually the Indianapolis Capitols -- were a member of the short-lived Continental Football League. The CFL began play in 1965, five seasons after the American Football League, and folded after the 1969 season. The Caps joined the league in 1966 as the Montreal Beavers before moving to Indiana two years later. In their first year in Indianapolis, the Caps won the Central Division with an 8-4 record. They repeated that record in the league's final season, but managed to also win the last-ever CFL championship by beating the San Antonio Toros. ...
13 Classic Horror Movie Posters from the 1950s

13 Classic Horror Movie Posters from the 1950s

Ephemera, Movies
To be honest, I couldn't even tell you of these classic 1950s horror movies are any good. But I can say with certainty that their posters are. So to celebrate beautiful design, and one of the golden ages of American horror cinema, here is a gallery of 13 classic horror movie posters from the 1950s. Gaze upon them if you dare... And once you're done with these, check out my other poster galleries for '80s horror movies, juvenile delinquent movies, and '50s sci-fi movies.
The 10 Worst NBA Franchises, 2013 Edition

The 10 Worst NBA Franchises, 2013 Edition

Sports
The 2013-14 NBA season tips off in just a few weeks -- October 29 to be precise -- so it's time for me to continue my series of recaps looking at the best and worst franchises in each of the four major American sports leagues. Today I look at the rankings for the 10 worst NBA franchises ever. As with the NHL best/worst and NFL best lists I've already done, the formula is pretty simple. I’ve ranked all 30 NBA 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 and ordered by that. The Criteria The categories and point values are as follows: 30 points for a league championship, and 15 points for a Finals loss. 2 points for a playoff berth. 5 points for