Month: October 2015

Sears Catalog Goodness #2: Fall 1958 Halloween Costumes

Sears Catalog Goodness #2: Fall 1958 Halloween Costumes

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In Sears Catalog Goodness I pull one page from a vintage Sears catalog to highlight neat, interesting, or just plain funny images and products sold by one of America’s greatest retailers once upon a time. You knew I couldn't go the whole Halloween season without sharing some vintage costumes from Sears, right? Well I'm not about to disappoint you on that front, so here is a page from the Fall 1958 catalog featuring the biggest heroes and stars of the day -- Zorro, Superman, Lassie, Woody Woodpecker, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Bugs Bunny, and "Pop-Eye the Sailor Man." The name characters on this page are great, of course, but my eye is drawn toward the costume that probably dates this assortment more than any other -- Satellite Joe, the "man of tomorrow." If that doesn't screa
All-Time NFL Franchise Rankings, 2015 Edition

All-Time NFL Franchise Rankings, 2015 Edition

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My NFL franchise ranking is now in its third year, despite the tardiness this season. So if you've read the 2013 or 2014 editions, you know what to expect here. Also, be sure to check out all my other great sports lists as well! The Criteria The categories and point values are as follows: 25 points for a championship game/Super Bowl win, 15 points for a championship game/Super Bowl loss (starting in 1932). 5 points for a season with a playoff appearance (starting in 1967), and 8 points for a season with a playoff win. 1 point for a winning regular-season record, -1 point for a losing regular-season record. 3 points for any year with a regular-season winning percentage of at least .750, -3 points for a regular-season winning percentage of .250 or less. Consecutive winning r
All-Time NHL Franchise Rankings, 2015-16 Edition

All-Time NHL Franchise Rankings, 2015-16 Edition

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I like to get these franchise ranking lists out before the start of the season but that didn't happen this year. But no matter, all the tabulations are complete and I'm ready to go with my updated rankings of all 30 active NHL franchises, from best to worst. Last year's list is here, and you can see all my great sports-related rankings and lists here. The Criteria The categories and point values are as follows: 25 points for a Stanley Cup championship (or an NHL title prior to 1927), and 15 points for a Stanley Cup Finals loss. 2 points for a playoff berth, counted only from the 1967-68 season forward. 3 points for each playoff round win, counted only from the 1967-68 season forward. 3 points for finishing the regular season with the most points. 1 point for a winning seas
All-Time NBA Franchise Rankings, 2015-16 Edition

All-Time NBA Franchise Rankings, 2015-16 Edition

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The 2015-16 NBA season is upon us, so it's time to take a look at the updated rankings for all 30 active franchises. To see last year's list click here, and to see all my fantastic sports rankings and lists, go here. 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 point for a winning season, -1 point for a losing season. 3 points for a regular-season winning percentage better than .730 (60 wins with the current schedule), -3 points for a regular-season winning percentage worse than .270 (20 wins with the current schedule). Consecuti
Sears Catalog Goodness #1: Roy Rogers/Dale Evans Cowboy & Cowgirl Outfits, 1957

Sears Catalog Goodness #1: Roy Rogers/Dale Evans Cowboy & Cowgirl Outfits, 1957

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In Sears Catalog Goodness I pull one page from a vintage Sears catalog to highlight neat, interesting, or just plain funny images and products sold by one of America's greatest retailers once upon a time. From the 1957 Sears Christmas catalog we have what look like Halloween costumes but are absolutely not. If you were a kid in the 1950s then I don't have to tell you how large the whole Western genre loomed in American pop culture. In particular, two of its biggest stars were Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, whose career began in the 1930s and spanned decades. Given that, it was not at all strange for boys and girls to dress like cowboys and cowgirls just because. It didn't even need to be Halloween. I suppose the closest thing we have to that now is when little girls dress like...
A Gallery of Vintage Beistle Halloween Decorations, Part 3

A Gallery of Vintage Beistle Halloween Decorations, Part 3

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It's been a few years since my last gallery of vintage Beistle Halloween decorations, and I've collected some cool images so it's time to share once again. This time I'm focusing on Beistle products exclusively from the 1940s. Eagle-eyed readers may notice the name "Luhrs" pop up in this gallery. This refers to H.E. Luhrs, who was the son-in-law of company founder Martin Luther Beistle and served as president of the company. So with that bit of history out of the way, let's look at the gallery! And don't forget to check out my first and second Beistle Halloween decoration galleries.