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Is This Blue Bell Potato Chips Bag the Coolest Thing Ever?

Is This Blue Bell Potato Chips Bag the Coolest Thing Ever?

Ephemera
If I didn't know any better I'd swear that this vintage Blue Bell Potato Chips bag was designed rather recently, and by someone with a real love for retro styling. In fact, this may just be the most perfect example of mid-century packaging graphic design I've ever seen. Let's take a look and then review why this is so great, shall we? The Blue Bell logo is strong, and I love how it incorporates the clapper into the product description. (Not sure what "smoky flavored" is supposed to mean, however.) To further the bell motif, there are musical notes for "fresh" and "crisp," which is just great. So very mid-century. The yellow portion of the bag design appears to be somewhat Googie-influenced, even if subtly so. Although I had no knowledge of the "10 cents" graphic when I des...
Say Goodbye to US Airways, Finally

Say Goodbye to US Airways, Finally

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Now that the threat of a U.S. government lawsuit has been taken care of -- via a nice out-of-court settlement -- US Airways is finally free to complete its merger with American Airlines. When I published my post of the best logos for the top 10 U.S. airlines in August, I fully expected the merger to be completed imminently. But such are the wheels of justice I guess. But with the recent announcement that the government's case has been settled, the days of the US Airways brand are officially numbered. When the new airline rolls out in early 2014, it will carry the American Airlines brand only. Before that happens, let's take a moment to remember what is still the 5th-largest carrier in the United States as of this writing. As mentioned in the logo post, the ancestor company of US ...
The Best and Worst NBA Logos (Pacific Division)

The Best and Worst NBA Logos (Pacific Division)

Sports
I’ve gone through my logo rankings for the NFL and MLB, so now it’s time for the NBA! If you want to see which logos I picked as the best for those leagues, I’ve provided this handy reference page. Otherwise, let’s do some roundball logo reviews. I’m going to take this at an easier pace than I did with football and baseball, so this will be running throughout the NBA's regular season. In the last edition I covered the Northwest Division, so up next are the five teams of the Western Conference’s Pacific Division — the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, and Sacramento Kings.  As always, most of these are sourced from Chris Creamer’s outstanding logo website. Golden State Warriors Best Warriors fans might be surprised to find this logo
The Saul Bass AT&T Logo Design, 1969

The Saul Bass AT&T Logo Design, 1969

History
AT&T was one of the largest companies of the 20th century and put considerable effort into documenting its own history and accomplishments. In recent years, the films created as part of that effort have been released through the AT&T Archives, and we at The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit will be taking a look at them, with a particular focus on the mid-century styles that you've come to expect here. To kick off our series digging through the archives, let's look at the introduction of the Bell System logo of 1969. If you're anything like me, you tend to vacation in places that trade on nostalgia -- ones that tend to have "Cape" or "Towne" in their names. Inevitably, there will be a store in the town, usually themed as a hardware store, that sells enameled metal advertis...
1968 Fleer Major League Baseball Team Logo Tallboy Cloth Patches (American League)

1968 Fleer Major League Baseball Team Logo Tallboy Cloth Patches (American League)

Sports
From 1967 through 1975, the Fleer company issued a series of attractive cloth patches featuring the names, logos, and emblems of most Major League Baseball franchises. What I have for you today is the 1968 cloth patch set, specifically the ten American League teams from that season. Each patch set was comprised of three smaller patches -- one with the primary team logo, a smaller secondary logo hat patch, and a team name shoulder patch. The entire set measures 2.5" by 4.2", which is why they're known as "tallboys" by collectors.
Logo Evolution: Top 10 U.S. Airlines

Logo Evolution: Top 10 U.S. Airlines

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I had so much fun putting together my logo evolution post on fast food burger chains, I decided to do it again. So for this little logo gallery, I took a look at the U.S. airline industry, and put together a countdown of the top 10 domestic carriers. These rankings are based on 2012 passenger totals, obtained here. Those who have been keeping up with the news already know that at least one of these airlines is going away fairly soon, so perhaps I'll update this in 2014. If anyone spots bad information or can provide me with better logos, use the contact form up top and let me know. #1. Delta Air Lines (est. 1924) (via gtwreck98) Delta has has an unusually high number of logos since their founding as the Delta Air Service in 1928. Making things even more confusing is that in any giv...
Great Photo of a Vintage 1960s Burger King Sign in the Wild

Great Photo of a Vintage 1960s Burger King Sign in the Wild

Photography
I stumbled across this interesting black and white photo on eBay. It depicts what is otherwise a pretty ordinary street scene in North Charleston, South Carolina in the 1960s. But look closer, and you'll see what caught my eye: Yes sir, that is indeed a vintage Burger King sign on the right. Now if you recall from my fast food burger chain logo gallery, the king on top of the burger BK logo was in use from roughly 1957 through 1969. Given the look of some of the cars in the picture, however, I'm going to peg this from the mid-to-late '60s period. If only this were a color photo, that would be oh so sweet. But still, it's pretty cool.
Auction Finds: Vintage Cragstan RCA-NBC Mobile Color TV Truck

Auction Finds: Vintage Cragstan RCA-NBC Mobile Color TV Truck

Auction Finds, Games & Toys
I would so love to own one of these vintage tin beauties -- it's a battery-powered RCA-NBC Mobile Color TV Truck from Cragstan. I've included multiple shots here because there's a lot of great detail here. Based on the NBC logo used, I'd date this at around the late 1950s. Here's a few pics with the original box. Love the vintage '50s color scheme. Great detail on the cameraman, and of course there's the classic RCA "His Master's Voice" logo on the side. On the right side we have the original peacock logo, circa late '50s. I wonder what's going on behind the blinds? For more auction finds, click here.
Here’s Joe Namath Wearing a 1964 New York Jets Helmet

Here’s Joe Namath Wearing a 1964 New York Jets Helmet

Football Friday, Sports
As originally seen on UniWatch, here's a very cool photo of Joe Namath in a New York Jets uniform. It's notable for a few reasons, which I'll get into shortly. What makes this interesting is that Broadway Joe is wearing a helmet with an altered version the mostly white Jets logo that was used for the 1964 season only, but didn't play his first game for New York until 1965. By that time the team had adopted a helmet logo that was essentially the same but with the colors reversed. Here's a replica of that version: And here's the '64 version as well: So based on the Namath pic, it looks like the helmet he wore for that shoot is a prototype of some sort. Perhaps the team had already decided to move in a new direction for '65? Makes sense, considering what a landmark signin...