In addition to their primary purpose in drumming up business for their company, airline travel posters of course wanted to get you in the mood to visit places all over the world. And without the benefit of a TV commercial, travel posters had to work overtime to help you paint a picture of exotic locales in your mind. Here are 20 such vintage travel posters that did their job exceptionally well, most dating from the 1950s and '60s. And if I may be allowed a shameless plug -- which I am -- I should tell you that some of these images are available as beautiful custom apparel and other products on my Zazzle shop. Why not go there now? Just click on The Hangar for all airline-related goods.
As part of a larger story in its August 17, 1942 issue on strife within between Detroit's car makers and their labor union member workers, Life magazine captured some excellent photographs of Motor City manufacturers in the midst of wartime production. The pictures, taken by staff photographer William Vandivert, captured a rare moment in modern American history -- when the nation's vast commercial manufacturing muscle was flexed to produce machinery (planes and bombers) for World War II. Seen here are images from Ford, Chrysler, and Chevrolet plants in Detroit, Michigan. Click on any photo for a larger version. (more…)
This is a news service wire photo of Randolph Street looking west in Detroit, Michigan. It's dated July 9, 1927. I would love to travel back in time and ride one of those trolley cars. Related articles Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 7 - Early 20th Century Cars Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 1 - Photochrom Prints, 1890s-1900s Vintage Photo Wednesday: Labor Day Parades and Celebrations of the Past Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 9 - Republican National Conventions Detroit resurgent? VentureBeat is coming to the Motor City in September
Labor Day -- and the unofficial end of summer -- is nearly upon us. It's important, in this age of cushy office jobs and whatnot, that the day is meant to celebrate, well, labor. That said, I like old photographs of parades and celebrations, so let's look at some vintage Labor Day celebrations!
Here's a neat find from Flickr. Walk into the light... I had never even heard of Shotgun before stumbling on this cover for 1978's Good, Bad & Funky (their second LP). Here's what Allmusic has to say about the group: A Detroit funk group whose enthusiasm didn't pay off in hit singles. Trumpeter Richard Sebastian, saxophonist Greg Ingram, keyboardist/lead guitarist Billy Talbert, guitarist Ernest Latimore, bassist Larry Austin, drummer/vocalist Tyrone Steels, and percussionist Leslie Carter made entertaining songs in the best Ohio Players/Slave/Cameo mode but never could land the elusive hit. They also toured with Rick James while recording for ABC, MCA, and Montage in the late '70s and early '80s. Good, Bad & Funky was released on ABC Records (AA-1060), with phot...