Month: June 2014

Kodachrome Memories #3: Sears Parking Lot, 1940s

Kodachrome Memories #3: Sears Parking Lot, 1940s

Photography
Some of the best old Kodachrome slides you can come across are of parking lots. They give you the chance to see a nice cross-section of cars, sure, but they also offer a hint as to the economic condition of the area. A bunch of rusted old junkers paints a very different picture than a lot full of shiny, newer models. This is a great selection of pre and post-war models, including at least two Woodie station wagons. And as an even bigger bonus, you can see a Sears storefront, from a time when they reigned as one of the great retail operations in America. Good times, my friends, good times. If anyone can identify any of the cars in this picture, please leave a comment.

A Trio of Fantastic Western Union Father’s Day Telegram Designs

Ephemera
This year for Father's Day, I'm going to skip the vintage ads in favor of something much more unique. Here are three great pieces of Father's Day ephemera, courtesy Western Union. These telegram design templates, which comes from the 1940s and 1960s, are really something else. Funny how the image Western Union most associated with fatherhood in the 1960s was fishing. Click on any telegram for a larger image. And if you still really want to see some great vintage Father's Day advertisements, you can check them out here and here.
Sports Graveyard: Hartford Knights

Sports Graveyard: Hartford Knights

Football Friday, Sports
Several months ago I shared the story of the Indianapolis Caps, a minor league football team that played in the old Continental Football League in the late 1960s. This post concerns the Caps' next home, the Atlantic Coast Football League, which operated from 1962 until 1973. The Caps moved to the ACFL for the 1970 season and folded operations after that year. Here we have a program from early in the year, between the Caps and the Hartford Knights. The Knights, who were by this time aligned with the AFL's Buffalo Bills, were one of the ACFL's stronger squads. They met the Caps for a Saturday night game at Dillon Stadium in Hartford on September 5, 1970. I've been unable to track down the result of this game, but I think it's enough to just enjoy this very neat program cover fro
This 1969-70 Sporting News NBA Guide Is Great

This 1969-70 Sporting News NBA Guide Is Great

Ephemera, Sports
Old sports magazine? Check. Cool set of vintage sports logos? Check. Prototypical post material? Double check. This guide to the 1969-70 NBA season, published by The Sporting News, is a wonderful snapshot of an era of the league long past. Of the 14 teams shown here via logos, five have since taken on a new location and/or identity. Gone are the Cincinnati Royals (Sacramento Kings), San Francisco Warriors (Golden State Warriors), Seattle Supersonics (Oklahoma City Thunder), Baltimore Bullets (Washington Wizards), and San Diego Rockets (Houston Rockets). And of the nine teams that still go by the same name, only the Chicago Bulls have retained the exact same logo and colors. The rest have since been modified either slightly -- Celtics, Lakers, and 76ers -- or rather drastically