Month: January 2014

A Pair of Suffragette Valentine’s Day Cards

A Pair of Suffragette Valentine’s Day Cards

Auction Finds, Ephemera
I thought I had seen every type of Valentine's Day card there was, but apparently I was wrong. Apparently it was a thing in the early 20th century to give out cards with a suffragette theme, as evidenced by the two cards I am sharing with you today. They both directly address the issue of a woman's right to vote, which as we know was granted with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. The first card, which I'm guessing was printed pre-1920, is pretty blunt in its message: I'll give you time to think it over! Fairest Suffragette Be My Valentine And With This Bracelet Link Your Hands & Fate With Mine The imagery of the handcuffs is pretty evocative, wouldn't you agree? The second card, which looks like it might have been produced after the 19th Amendment was ra...
To (Well-Tailored) Arms! (Botany 500 Ad, 1960)

To (Well-Tailored) Arms! (Botany 500 Ad, 1960)

Retrotisements
It took more than five decades, but Botany 500 is finally getting the props from me that they so richly deserve. Well, their advertising agency anyway. I speak of this 1960 ad, which seemed awfully familiar when I spotted it on an eBay auction yesterday. Faithful readers of mine will remember this as a modified version of a recruitment poster from the Quasi-War (1798-1800), as first seen in my gallery of wartime recruiting posters. That is some damn fine design and ad copy right there, and I think it deserves to be typed out for your enjoyment. TO ALL BRAVE, HEALTHY, ABLE BODIED, AND WELL DISPOSED YOUNG MEN who have any inclination to express their individuality, maintain freedom of thought and dress, resist the pressure to conform to mob rule, THE WILES AND BLANDISHMENTS...
Reliving the Glory Days of the Weather Channel

Reliving the Glory Days of the Weather Channel

TV & Radio
I've been clean for several years, but at one time I was a hardcore Weather Channel junkie. From the late '80s through about the mid-1990s, I watched the Weather Channel more in one week than I watched most other channels in a year. And so it makes me just a little bit sad to see what has become of my once-favorite TV destination. Instead of the sober, lo-tech and slightly geeky take on weather that the network used to specialize, we now have a cesspool of lame reality programming and ugly public disputes with cable providers. But it was not always so. When it was launched in May 1982, the Weather Channel had one mission and one mission only -- to broadcast the weather. Sounds so simple, how could it possibly work? Because the internet is so awesome, we have footage from TWC's first...
Construction Scenes from the 1980 Winter Olympics Lake Placid Site, 1977-78

Construction Scenes from the 1980 Winter Olympics Lake Placid Site, 1977-78

Photography, Sports
Seeing as we're just weeks away from the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, I thought I should try to work in at least one Olympic-themed gallery. But this one is a little different, in that it doesn't show any actual competition. Rather, these are scenes from the construction of the venues at Lake Placid, New York, in preparation for the 1980 Winter Olympics. According to my information, these shots were taken in the 1977-78 time frame. Click on any photo for the full-size version.
AFL Programs Featuring the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos

AFL Programs Featuring the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos

Ephemera, Sports
This Sunday is a special day for AFL fans, as we will witness the first AFC Championship game featuring two AFL squads since the New England Patriots beat the San Diego Chargers six years ago. This time it's the Patriots once again, who will face the Denver Broncos at Mile High. The Patriots and Broncos are charter AFL teams, and so they've been squaring off regularly for more than 50 years. This is the first time, however, that the two teams will play for the right to go to the Super Bowl. Here, then, is a gallery featuring regular season game programs from Patriots/Broncos games taking place in Denver (Mile High Stadium, formerly known as Bears Stadium). All of these come from Football in Living Color, my exhibition of vintage AFL programs. Visit it today! ...
Classic Star Wars Pro-Immunization Poster (1977)

Classic Star Wars Pro-Immunization Poster (1977)

Ephemera
Well I know one movie that won't be seen in Jenny McCarthy's house any time soon -- Star Wars. At least not once she gets a load of this pro-immunization poster from 1977, featuring C-3PO and R2-D2 on it. This is great ad copy right here: "Parents of Earth, are your children fully immunized? Make sure - call your doctor or health department today. And may the Force be with you." If only there was a vaccine to prevent midichlorians. (via eBay)
Introducing… The Press Room!

Introducing… The Press Room!

Blogstuff, Sports
This week I started rolling out my newest and most ambitious project yet, and paradoxically the one I've spent the least time promoting -- The Press Room. Basically, the Press Room is an extension of my popular and beloved gallery of American Football League covers but with one major difference. Not content to waste dozens of hours scouring the internet for vintage AFL programs, I've decided to expand to all four of the major North American pro sports leagues -- MLB, NFL, NHL, and NBA. So I've begun the long, painstaking task of assembling a collection of images from those four leagues featuring game programs, media guides, yearbooks, and more. I'm hoping to be able to cover just about everything up until the early 1990s. I use that as the cutoff point for no particular reaso
Pop Culture Capsule — January 1-7, 1984

Pop Culture Capsule — January 1-7, 1984

Capsules, History
It's a brand new year, so what better time to look to the past, right? Well anyway, I'm going to do it and I hope you'll join me for yet another pop culture capsule. To start off this year's capsules, I'm taking us back 30 years and putting us knee-deep in the 1980s. By this point in American popular culture, the last vestiges of the '70s have been shed and we're smack dab in the middle of the Reagan Era. For those of you on Spotify, a lot of the tunes listed here are included on some of my Ultimate '80s Hit Collection playlists. Specifically, the ones for 1983 and 1984. Top 10 Movies 1. Terms of Endearment ($11.5 million) 2. Sudden Impact ($9.6 million) 3. Scarface ($5.6 million) 4. Yentl ($5.5 million) 5. Uncommon Valor ($5.2 million) 6. Two of a Kind ($5 million) 7. Th...