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Tumblr Highlights, Week Ended 9/6/13

Tumblr Highlights, Week Ended 9/6/13

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Here are some highlights from the last week on my very own Tumblr feed. Included here are some tourist shots from Cuba in 1955, some great scenes from the American retail scene of the 1950s, and an ad for The Chevy Chase Show. Click any picture to be taken to the original post, and by all means follow me there if you're a user. [alpine-phototile-for-tumblr src="user" uid="grayflannelsuit" imgl="tumblr" style="vertical" size="500" num="20" shadow="1" curve="1" align="center" max="100"]
66 Days Until Halloween!

66 Days Until Halloween!

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I bring this up for no reason in particular, but we only have 66 days until Halloween 2013 is upon us. I will likely be participating in the Countdown to Halloween again this year (assuming there is one), so really there are just over 30 days until the festivities begin. Until then, enjoy this vintage Kodachrome image of a pair of kids celebrating Halloween, 1950s style.
Cross-Pollination: Top 5 Holy Grail Playset Toys of the 1980s (on Popdose)

Cross-Pollination: Top 5 Holy Grail Playset Toys of the 1980s (on Popdose)

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Surely the internet doesn't need another list of cool toys from the '80s does it? Well too bad, because you've got one now. For this post I looked at the big mamma-jamma playset toys that most of us who were kids in the 1980s could only dream of owning. Sure, I had some cool sets like the COBRA Terror Drome, but nothing like the stuff on this top 5 list. Some may take issue with my inclusion of two She-Ra sets at number five, but I simply didn't want to have blinders on and make this a list of toys for boys only. Because I'm all sensitive and progressive like that. I have to admit though, the TV ads for those She-Ra toys bear a striking resemblance to soap ads from the same period. Witness this spot for the Crystal Falls playset: Anyone who knows anything about '80s toys will...
And Through the Wire — A Single-Topic Tumblr

And Through the Wire — A Single-Topic Tumblr

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I've been collecting wire photo images from the internet for several months, and I've been struggling with just how to best share my favorites with all of you out there. I thought about creating a new section in the Ephemera section of this site, and I may still do that, but not now. I also thought about putting them on my Flickr feed, and I'll still do that for some -- but that's more of a personal storehouse than anything else. What I've settled on for now is a brand new, single-topic Tumblr feed. It's called And Through the Wire, and yes that's a reference to the Peter Gabriel song. It's a separate endeavor from my regular Tumblr feed, which is more of a free-for-all thing. This feed will be wire photos and only wire photos, and it'll cover just about any subject area you can thi...
Welcome to Cardboard America on GFS!

Welcome to Cardboard America on GFS!

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Quite a few years ago, I discovered that there was someone out there on the internet who loves old postcards even more than I do. No, not James Lileks, although he clearly does too. I'm talking about my 'net buddy Jordan L. Smith of The Pie Shops. His collection of postcards and vintage ephemera dwarfs mine by a rather large order of magnitude. I've been looking for a way to team with Jordan for some time now, and we actually have a rather exciting project in the works right now. But until that's ready -- and even after it is -- he has graciously agreed to allow his fantastic Cardboard America Tumblr feed to be syndicated on this site. So every once in a while you'll see some of the best vintage postcards the internet has to offer showcased not only on Cardboard America but on this ...
Site Updates O’Plenty! (Sears Catalogs, AFL Covers)

Site Updates O’Plenty! (Sears Catalogs, AFL Covers)

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These are exciting times at The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, my friends. In addition to a great new project in the works (hint: it involves old postcards), the updates to the main site have been coming fast and furious. I uploaded a bunch of new scans to my classic Sears catalog area, for the 1958 Spring/Summer edition. And if you love vintage saddles shoes and children's wear, then you will love these scans. New stuff starts on this page. Elsewhere, I've added a bunch of new game programs in my American Football League cover gallery, as well as added some higher-res versions of existing ones. There are too many for me to list here, but I can share a few of the cooler ones with you here. This is from the very first matchup between the New York Jets and New York Giants. It...
Say “Hi” to the New Gray Flannel Suit Logo!

Say “Hi” to the New Gray Flannel Suit Logo!

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I've been at this blogging thing for awhile. I started my first blog in August 2005, and officially opened The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit in February 2007. And in all that time, I've struggled to come up with a consistent visual identity. What I've settled on for the past few years is appropriating vintage advertising art that I felt matched what I wanted my online persona to be. Lately, though, I've been feeling the need to stop aping stuff that other companies had used, and come up with something original for myself. A tiny part of that was guilt I suppose, but mostly I wanted a real logo and brand that I could use across all my internet ventures. So I spent some time getting up to speed in Adobe Illustrator, and here you go: Pretty nifty, yes? Really astute fans of old ad...
Over One Million Served!

Over One Million Served!

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Today is a momentous day in Gray Flannel History, for this humble site logged passed the 1,000,000-visitor mark and rolled the odometer over! It's been a big 12 months for this site, what with the Facebook page taking off and my Zazzle shop opening. I'd like to take yet another opportunity to thank everyone who has turned this little venture -- which launched almost 6 years ago after I closed my first site -- into the fun diversion it is! I've got more fun time wasting web stuff planned for 2013, so stay tuned. And tell a friend!
The Best of the Man in the Gray Flannel Suit — 2012

The Best of the Man in the Gray Flannel Suit — 2012

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So, 2012. It sure was twelve months, wasn't it? But before the year slips away into 2013, let's take a moment to reflect on just some of the awesome content I've published in Aught 12, as ranked by the number of visits (which I'm aware don't always equate to quality, but that's another topic). For reference, here's last year's review. And as always, I offer a laurel and hearty handshake to everyone who has stopped by this year -- either on the blog, the Facebook page, or any of the ever-growing venues where I waste my time and yours. This site racked up about half a million visits in 2012, which I'm fairly certain is an all-time high. It's probably all downhill from here. Oh and I'd be remiss if I didn't point out the lovely selection of Featured Posts you see to the right. It ma...