Tag: Florida

Brochure Beauties #3: Caribbean Gardens in Naples, Florida

Brochure Beauties #3: Caribbean Gardens in Naples, Florida

Ephemera
Here's another 1950s gem of a travel/tourism brochure. This is for Caribbean Gardens in Naples, Florida, a nature preserve/zoo created by the late Dr. Henry Nehrling in the 1910s, and it was originally known as  H. Nehrling's Tropical Garden and Arboretum. As the brochure explains, Nehrling's gardens had become neglected following his death in 1929, but were revived in 1954 by Julius Fleischmann. In the late '60s the Gardens began the transformation into a zoo, and the facility is now known as Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. You can still get there by following the Tamiami Trail, aka Route 41.   Want to see more Brochure Beauties? Of course you do!
Film at 11: A Gallery of Vintage TV News Program Ads

Film at 11: A Gallery of Vintage TV News Program Ads

Ephemera, TV & Radio
Sometimes I know that a post I'm putting together is destined to get 20 views if I'm lucky. But I have to follow my muse wherever she may lead me, and today she leads me to TV newsrooms across the country. I can't say exactly why, but I find these old advertisements for network TV news programs to be just so... quaint? Charming? I don't quite know how to put it. I just love how much these ads convey what it must have been like to watch the news back in the day -- not slick in the least. Just a bunch of square white men (and sometimes white women) reading the day's events. And now the news of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s...  
20 Beautiful Vintage Airline Travel Posters

20 Beautiful Vintage Airline Travel Posters

Ephemera, Featured Posts
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.
Time Capsule: Broadway Joe’s Restaurant, 1969

Time Capsule: Broadway Joe’s Restaurant, 1969

Capsules, Football Friday
This week's edition of Football Friday heads south to the city where the New York Jets and Joe Namath enjoyed their greatest triumph. That is of course where they won Super Bowl III, so naturally the next step was to open a Namath-themed restaurant. Behold -- Broadway Joe's, circa 1969! I'll take a shake and a football hero, please. (All photos by Lynn Pelham of Life magazine.) Related articles Football Friday: What Steve Sabol Meant to Me (grayflannelsuit.net) Almost Ads - Tupperware, 1969 (grayflannelsuit.net)
Kitchen Kabaret, the show that has the whole town cooking!

Kitchen Kabaret, the show that has the whole town cooking!

History
I used to visit my grandfather in Florida every summer when I was a kid. One of the first years I went was not long after Disney's EPCOT Center opened in October 1982. I remember being fairly disappointed with EPCOT, which seemed like a bunch of boring stuff only adults would be interested in. At the top of my "lame" list had to be Spaceship Earth (aka the Giant Metal Golf Ball). I didn't give a rat's ass about patting myself on the back for humanity's achievements, I just thought escalators were more exciting to ride. Elsewhere, I remember there being way too much talking and way too many boring films to make it a very good theme park experience. I did think Figment was pretty neat, and brought home a stuffed toy in his horned, purple image. One thing that resonated with me immediat
Album Cover of the Week: For Twisters Only

Album Cover of the Week: For Twisters Only

Album Cover of the Week, Music
If there has ever been artists to get a ton of mileage out of one song, it's Chubby Checker and "The Twist." Yeah I know he had other hits in the '60s, but Checker hasn't been able to milk "Pony Time" for everything from song sequels to ads for Oreo cookies and the Social Security Administration. Today's featured album cover comes from Checker's commercial prime. It's a 1961 covers album entitled For Twisters Only, and it was clearly meant to capitalize on his biggest song, which had hit #1 in 1960. Surprisingly this LP (Parkway Records, P 7002) did not contain "The Twist" at all, but rather a host of hits from the '50s such as "Hound Dog," "Rock Around the Clock," and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On." Graphically this is primitive but appealing. There's the obvious choice of a ...
The 10 Deadliest Atlantic Hurricanes in History

The 10 Deadliest Atlantic Hurricanes in History

Featured Posts, Listcruft
Today marks the beginning of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season (which runs until November 30). Throughout the summer we'll be looking at some of the worst hurricanes in history, in terms of death tolls and damage amounts. Up first is a review of the ten deadliest hurricanes ever spawned in the Atlantic Ocean. One interesting fact that stands out to me is that unlike the list of the ten deadliest tornadoes, only three of these tropical cyclones occurred after 1950. This is a direct result of improved weather forecasting technology, which can typically allow for days of advanced notice rather than hours. So as a comparison, the infamous Hurricane Katrina, while still dealing a devastating blow to the U.S. Gulf coast, isn't even in the top 20 in terms of casualties -- although the nearly ...