Tag: Fashion

To (Well-Tailored) Arms! (Botany 500 Ad, 1960)

To (Well-Tailored) Arms! (Botany 500 Ad, 1960)

Retrotisements
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...
Vintage VHS Commercial Bonanza, Part 6 (feat. Sergio Valente and Frank Perdue)

Vintage VHS Commercial Bonanza, Part 6 (feat. Sergio Valente and Frank Perdue)

Retrotisements
It's been more than two months since I shared the last batch of vintage 1982 commercials, so I'd say we're overdue. The following are all the ads shown during the fifth break of WABC-TV Channel 7′s airing of Von Ryan’s Express on June 19, 1982. In this double-size break we've got Mel from Alice hawking bug spray, processed cheese-type food, the one and only Frank Perdue, and more! Two of the ads in this section -- Kal Kan and Midas -- were repeated from earlier in the broadcast and have already been posted, so I'm not putting them here again. Part 5 of our VHS treasure trove is here. Astute viewers should recognize our bug-challenged gardener friend as Vic Tayback, aka Mel from the old Alice TV show. (No-Pest) Other than the jaunty, period jingle the thing that stands
Thanks to Chubbettes, Your Fat Daughter Has a Reason to Live!

Thanks to Chubbettes, Your Fat Daughter Has a Reason to Live!

Retrotisements
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.
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
Retrotisement — Jordache jeans (with arcade game bonus!)

Retrotisement — Jordache jeans (with arcade game bonus!)

Advertising, Retrotisements
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)
What the hell am I going to do with 20 pairs of leg warmers?

What the hell am I going to do with 20 pairs of leg warmers?

Rants
So I'm watching Saturday Night Fever last night with Mrs. Suit, and a thought occurred to me - what goes through a person's mind when they reach the point where popular fashion dictates that what they've been wearing for the last 6 months to two years is now hideously out of style and they have to ditch it? I know there were a ton of kids in the '70s who had those giant platform shoes like Bobby C (the one who fell off the bridge at the end). What did they say when they not only realized that those shoes were no longer cool, but that they spent the last few years looking like morons for wearing them? Is there any remorse in a situation like this, or do they just shrug their shoulders and move on? Or do they eagerly embrace the next garish fashion trend to emerge, like an alcoholic ...