Tag: electronics

This 1953 Zenith Radio Ad Is Beautiful

This 1953 Zenith Radio Ad Is Beautiful

Retrotisements
I don't think I need to say anything else about this stunning ad specimen for the Zenith Super De Luxe clock radio, from a 1953 issue of Look magazine. Let's take a close look at that main picture, shall we? Just click to embiggen:   Yup, that's the coolest thing I've seen all day. And I love the color choices, like French Green and Scotch Grey. Here's a current photo of one of these De Luxe bakelite beauties on sale on eBay (clock works, radio doesn't) for $40.
Sears Catalog Highlights: Spring/Summer 1958

Sears Catalog Highlights: Spring/Summer 1958

Capsules, Ephemera, Featured Posts
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
Be tech-savvy: A handy glossary of CB lingo

Be tech-savvy: A handy glossary of CB lingo

Ephemera
CB radios may not be as popular as they were in the 1970s, but you better believe they'll be handy once the inevitable apocalypse comes and renders cell phones and GPS units inoperable. So as a public service, here's a handy dandy glossary of CB (Citizens' Band) radio lingo, straight out of the July 1976 issue of Popular Mechanics. That's a big 10-4, good buddy! Related articles The Ten-Codes (post140.wordpress.com) What does CB stand for in CB radio communications between truckers (wiki.answers.com)
Whatever happened to… Crazy Eddie and Bugle Boy?

Whatever happened to… Crazy Eddie and Bugle Boy?

History
Who: Crazy Eddie When: 1971 - 1989 What: Crazy Eddie, one of the most famous brands in the New York Tri-State area, started in 1971 with one location in Brooklyn.  It was run by Eddie Antar, whose high-pressure sales techniques and accounting creativity turned that one store into a regional chain covering four states and 43 locations, and with more than $300 million in sales.  The chain specialized in discount electronics, but later expanded into music sales.  But more than their prices or goods Crazy Eddie was known for their advertising, which featured a hyper pitchman named Jerry Carroll.  Carroll's frenetic, absurdly comic delivery was so effective many people assumed he was Crazy Eddie. What happened: Turns out the secret to Antar's success was simple - he was a total crook
Retrotisement – 1967 Magnavox TV

Retrotisement – 1967 Magnavox TV

Advertising, Retrotisements
You can have your fancy-pants plasma HDTVs -- for my money ($339.50 to be precise) there is nothing better than this Magnavox beauty. It's everything a TV should be - large, wooden, and... well, large and wooden. And classy? Mister (or miss), this friggin' set oozes class. It comes with its own flower arrangement and tambour doors. I have no idea what tambour doors are, but I want them. Perfect for kicking back on a Saturday afternoon and watching that local yacht team. Oh yeah, there's also a small one available for all you Neanderthal football fans. You get a tray.
I heart LOAD”*”,8

I heart LOAD”*”,8

Games & Toys
You kids don't know how good you have it now, what with your PlayStations and your Xboxes. Back in my day, you had type stuff to play games! I speak of course about the ol' Commodore 64, one of the funnest computers ever. Oh sure, it did other things like home finances and such, but it basically became one of the early gaming systems. Well it seems the magic is back baby! A little outfit called Commodore Gaming is set to revive the classic moniker in conjunction with a new high-end gaming system. Granted, it seems this new company has no relation to the one that brought us such timeless gaming masterpieces as Maniac Mansion, Skate or Die!, and the Epyx Games series. But for one brief second, this news transported me back to the glory days of BASIC, floppy disks, and pirated ga...
Retrotisement – NFL Deluxe Electronic Football

Retrotisement – NFL Deluxe Electronic Football

Advertising, Retrotisements
Hot on the heels of the wildly popular Mattel Football handheld game, Tudor Games released NFL DELUXE Electronic Football in 1980. Toy companies are certainly no stranger to hyperbole, but I think even by their standards this ad strains the limits of credibility. I have to hand it to any kid who could play this and envision themselves in the Super Bowl. Speaking of which - people, Super Bowl is two words, not one. No one ever writes about the Rosebowl or the Meineke Car Carebowl. Sorry, that's just a major pet peeve of mine. Anyway, I am curious about one thing - if this is the DELUXE version of NFL Electronic Football, what does the regular version look like? A circuit board with the NFL logo on it? Well thanks to Google, now I know. It looks like this. Oh yes, a huge improvement. ...