Month: March 2016

Retrotisements — 1980 Pontiac New Car Lineup

Retrotisements — 1980 Pontiac New Car Lineup

Retrotisements
It's been a looong time since my last new car ad gallery -- just over three years in fact since my 1970 Dodge post. For the return of this series, let's fast forward one decade to the dawn of the '80s and the lineup for GM's Pontiac make. The theme for these ads was a pretty clever twist on the MPG initialism. In this case it stood for: More Pontiac to the Gallon More Pontiac Excitement to the Gallon More Pontiac Excitement for the Great Ones The only model I wasn't able to find a good print ad for is the Sunbird, so if anyone can help me out please let me know. (To see other car lineup advertisement galleries, click here. Got a request for other years and makes? Let me know in the Comments section.) 1980 Pontiac Compacts 1980 Pontiac Mid-Sizes 1980 Pontiac Full
Absentee Moms Choose Kool-Aid!

Absentee Moms Choose Kool-Aid!

Retrotisements
From 1959 through 1962, Kool-Aid (and its parent company, General Foods) ran a print ad campaign to showcase its various flavors. Each ad had the same setup -- a family member (usually mom) had to leave the house for a while, wrote a note for those left behind, and mixed a pitcher of delicious Kool-Aid. Visually, it was a very attractive campaign. And judging by the fact that it lasted for several years I'm guessing it was pretty successful too. Now of course I'm joking about the absentee mom thing, but it does seem odd that several of these ads feature notes from a missing parent. As a latchkey kid myself, I know all about that. Anyway, enjoy the ads! There are 17 of them in case you're counting. For more great slideshows, click here.
The Art of Activision Atari Covers

The Art of Activision Atari Covers

Games & Toys
I can't even begin to calculate the hours I spent playing Activision games for my Atari 2600. I think they probably had the most fun games on average out of any gaming company back then. One of the crucial parts of Activision's appeal was their artwork. I'm referring specifically to the great use of simple drawings with those bold, rainbow motion patterns. There was a real sense of thematic unity behind a lot of Activision's games, which really helped them so stand out from the pack. Not all of their titles shared that unity, but many did. So in tribute to the great (and not-so-great) Activision games with the brilliant packaging, here is my Atari 2600 Activision cover slideshow gallery. Here's what we have here -- Boxing, Enduro, Fishing Derby, Freeway, Grand Prix, Ice Hockey, Kaboo...
All-Time MLB Franchise Rankings, 2016 Edition

All-Time MLB Franchise Rankings, 2016 Edition

Sports
I've upped my game with franchise rankings and introduced some new technology to the process -- namely, Tableau. To see some other examples of me putting Tableau to good use, check out the Infographics section of my SportsPaper.info site. Other than making things look snazzy, however, the methodology behind how I'm ranking all MLB franchises remains pretty much intact. So for those who don't know the rules, here they are again: The Criteria The categories and point values are as follows: 20 points for a World Series title. Pre-1903 titles are not counted. 15 points for a league pennant. 6 points for a playoff series win (e.g. Division Series or Wild Card Game). 4 points for a division title. 3 points for a regular season winning percentage of .556 or higher, -3 points for ...
Airline Memories #3: Aer Lingus Potpourri

Airline Memories #3: Aer Lingus Potpourri

Ephemera
In Airline Memories, I share aviation items and curiosities from the long history of commercial flight. You’ll see everything from ephemera to souvenirs and other branded items from various U.S. airlines. If you have a request or anything else to share, leave a comment or contact me directly. Not only is today St. Patrick's Day, but we are just weeks away from the 80th anniversary of the founding of one of the world's most iconic national airlines -- Aer Lingus. So to celebrate both occasions, here is a collection of some cool, vintage Aer Lingus items I've come across. As always, click on any item for a larger version.