Month: April 2014

The Bold Look of Kohler Harvest Gold (1969)

The Bold Look of Kohler Harvest Gold (1969)

Retrotisements
Now here is a swingin' relic from advertising's very groovy past. It's part of a campaign called "The Bold Look of Kohler," and it features two of the three primary colors of the 1970s -- Avocado Green and Harvest Gold (but no Cerulean Blue). Dig it: That just screams 1969, from the colors to the outfit, and even to the stylized stencil typeface for Harvest Gold. I love it. But if that's not enough for you, check out this brochure page highlighting Avocado Green. I get a hankerin' for watching the Brady Bunch and driving a 3-ton American car just looking at it. I suppose at one time Avocado Green did provide a "soft, neutral effect," but not so much anymore. (h/t Kohler)
Pennant Fever #2: 1973 Philadelphia Eagles

Pennant Fever #2: 1973 Philadelphia Eagles

Auction Finds, Football Friday, Sports
Now here's a curious one. At a glance this just looks like an ordinary vintage Philadelphia Eagles pennant, right? Attentive Eagles fans, however, might notice something different with this pennant. It features the short-lived white helmet with green wings design, which the team only used from 1969 through 1973. But it also has the Eagles wordmark that Philly didn't start using until the 1973 season (at least according to Chris Creamer's site). That makes this pennant not only a rather unique specimen, but easy to date as well. Unless some printer really goofed, this could only have been produced in 1973, possibly early '74 depending on when the white helmets were ditched. Personally I like the white helmets, but that's a topic for another post. Don’t forget to check ou
The New York State Pavilion Gets Its Day in the Sun

The New York State Pavilion Gets Its Day in the Sun

Featured Posts, Mental Debris
I was not born until a decade after the 1964-65 New York World's Fair ended, so I've only ever been able to experience it through home movies, photographs, and postcards. Having never attended a World's Fair in the United States -- the last of which was held in 1984 -- it's always been a little difficult to understand the spell that those events cast over millions of Americans in the 20th century. The most visible remnants of that once-glittering spectacle in Queens are the Unisphere, which sits a stone's throw from Citi Field, and the New York State Pavilion. The Pavilion, actually comprised of three distinct elements -- the Tent of Tomorrow, a trio of concrete observation towers, and the Theaterama -- has been abandoned since the 1970s, its metal portions rusting and its paint fading.
Brochure Beauties #2: For Your Safety in “Ditching”

Brochure Beauties #2: For Your Safety in “Ditching”

Ephemera
Anyone who's flown on an airplane in the last several years knows just how dry and serious the pre-flight safety overview is. But at one time, and at least on one airline, safety wasn't just sensible, it was fun! For proof I offer this circa 1950s safety brochure from Pacific Northern Airlines, entitled "For Your Safety in 'Ditching,'" which provided a serious but not somber look at what to do if your flight crew has to attempt a water landing. But really it's all about those fantastic mid-century illustrations. I ask you -- has having to evacuate an airplane in the middle of the ocean ever looked like so much fun?! Pacific Northern, incidentally, was acquired by Western Airlines in 1967.
Listening Booth — Scorpions, “The Sails of Charon”

Listening Booth — Scorpions, “The Sails of Charon”

Listening Booth, Music
For Friday, here's a slab of vintage 1970s metal and progressive rock all rolled up into one beautiful, German package. Wait, that doesn't sound right. Anyway, this song is on the excellent 1977 Scorpions LP Taken By Force. It was the last Scorps record with the inimitable Uli Jon Roth. This is a promo video and thus features the horribly synced drumming you'd expect to see in such a thing. For those on Spotify, you can check out this track and most of the ones featured in my Listening Booth series by subscribing to this playlist.