Yes, it's nearly that time of year that all kids dread and all adults love -- Back to School! And so I'm back for a third time with a set of vintage advertisements that will either appeal to you or drive you mad. Either way, I hope you enjoy!
It took more than five decades, but Botany 500 is finally getting the props from me that they so richly deserve. Well, their advertising agency anyway. I speak of this 1960 ad, which seemed awfully familiar when I spotted it on an eBay auction yesterday. Faithful readers of mine will remember this as a modified version of a recruitment poster from the Quasi-War (1798-1800), as first seen in my gallery of wartime recruiting posters. That is some damn fine design and ad copy right there, and I think it deserves to be typed out for your enjoyment. TO ALL BRAVE, HEALTHY, ABLE BODIED, AND WELL DISPOSED YOUNG MEN who have any inclination to express their individuality, maintain freedom of thought and dress, resist the pressure to conform to mob rule, THE WILES AND BLANDISHMENTS...
And it's back to the Sears catalog I go, this time to bring you a host of vintage NFL merchandise from the past. Let's take a look! I don't know if I had this bedding set (from 1973) exactly, but I had one very much like it. I had matching curtains too. Man do I miss them. Dig that funky New York Jets wordmark! Both of these images are from the Fall 1975 catalog. My eye is immediately drawn to the old Los Angeles Rams and Houston Oilers logos. (more…)
Parents! Worried that your overweight daughter has not yet developed into the skinny object of male sexual lust that you want? Not to worry, because thanks to Chubbettes your porky lil' sweetheart can still find validation in the eyes of others! I think it goes without saying that the above passage is satire, but seriously, how fucked up is this? Oh, and I need to get my hands on a copy of "Pounds and Personality" like yesterday.
I hope you enjoyed the gallery of Sears catalog covers I posted recently, because we're really going to get into it now. I've been combing through some classic catalogs of yesteryear to bring you the most interesting images of how people looked and lived back in the day. So here's some galleries from the Spring/Summer 1958 Sears catalog, arranged by area of interest. Images may take a few seconds to load. To see the full collection -- including full-size pictures -- from 1958 and other years, check out my Sears Catalog Museum. (Sorry fellas, no bras or panties in this gallery.) Women's Fashion Children's Fashion Men's Fashion Electronics & Appliances Sports & Games Home Decor Everything Else Random Neat Images
First I want you to look at this 1980s ad for Jordache jeans... ... and then I want you to ask, in your best Nigel Tuffnel voice, "How much more '80s could this be?" The answer is none. None more '80s. Because this is so quintessentially '80s, what with the stonewashed jeans (with zippers on the legs!), big hair, billowy denim jackets, and row of Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man arcade games. It's as if the photographer didn't want to drive across town to pick up his kid brother from the arcade after the shoot, so he figured he'd kill two birds with one stone. Related articles For The Ladies: Sessy Pac-Man Dresses (geekologie.com) Retro Arcade Furniture - These Classic Arcade Game Tables are Sure to Bring You Back (GALLERY) (trendhunter.com)
One of the really cool things about the internet is that now everyone who can get there can get access to a treasure trove of historical documents and photographs that were previously the domain of hardened researchers or supergeeks. All you need is some time to spare and the desire to take a look at our country's not-so-distant past, and some great stuff is there for the asking. Case in point, the Library of Congress WPA poster gallery I highlighted a few years ago. This time we're going to look at something even cooler - highlights from a LoC collection of photographs from the 1930s and '40s... in color! While the subject matter isn't necessarily scintillating on all these, the opportunity to see life as it really looked back then is a rare treat indeed. Something about seeing a s
When it comes to gift-giving -- and that is the point of holidays, right? -- Father's Day has to rank somewhere between Groundhog's Day and Flag Day in terms of pure lameness. I would go so far as to say it's the lamest holiday, at least when you weigh the importance of the day's reason with the level of creativity employed by its celebrants. I'm not pushing for dads to get bouquets of roses or anything, but why do Father's Day gifts almost end up being so... utilitarian? Listen, I like wearing nice clothes as much as the next guy but can we save the boring dress shirts for another day please? Daddy was really hoping for the latest season of Ninja Warrior on DVD, but I guess this will do. (Van Heusen, 1943) This year. why not show dad how much he means to you by givin
I'm willing to accept that 'fashionable' is a relative term, one whose definition changes almost daily. So I can see how his ugly-ass belt -- as well as her entire outfit -- might have been considered pretty hip back in the day. But you will never convince me that this grotesque farce of a 'dance' was ever popular, let alone socially acceptable. This was published in 1967 -- the dawn of the Psychedelic Era in the United States, as well as the height of Motown's popularity. As this ad shows, never has the disconnect between advertising executives and the youth culture of America been thrown so sharply into focus. (Yes, I do know that the Skate was in fact a real dance. But man oh man, was it ever white bread. Guess that's what you look like when you spend most of your adolesc...