Vintage Archives

May 8, 2007

— Strange Sisters —


Archive of Lesbian paperback artwork from the 50's and 60's. Pretty cool stuff, note the typo in image showing. Link

May 17, 2007

Vintage Coca Cola ads


A nice collection of vintage Coca Cola ads.

to more images

June 2, 2007

The Sgt. Mike T WWll Plane Nose Art Collection


Link to pictures

June 5, 2007

Outstanding Collection of Hostess Uniforms


Shown here: Continental Airlines / USA Uniform 1970 - 1973

Link to

June 6, 2007

Excellent collection of pinup art


Shown here by Vargas but the site includes illustrations by:

Hajime Sorayama Pinup
Olivia De Berardinis
Joe Linsner Dawn
Alberto Vargas
Eternal Temptation
Jennifer Janesko
Marcus Gray
Hajime Sorayama Sexy Robot
Hajime Sorayama Ginoid
Hajime Sorayama Myth
Carlos Cartagena
Melanie Klegerman
Hentai Toybox
Hentai Soft
Kevin Townson
Pearl Frush
Steven Stahlberg
Armando Huerta

Link to pictures

June 7, 2007

Smoke Camels, become a better shot


“YES, SIR, in any bunch of expert shots — Camels are the favorite cigarette,” says Ransford Triggs, one of the foremost marksmen in America. “Marksmen know that it takes steady nerves to make high scores. And the fact that Camels don’t frazzle my nerves goes over big with me. I smoke plenty of Camels every day, too.”
Link to Modern Mechanix

The Lost Arcade Games of the Soviet Union


Link to Wired with more pictures

June 11, 2007

"Papa says it won't hurt us"

iver-johnson-safe-revolver-.jpg Note: According to this wikipedia entry on Iver Johnson, President William McKinley and Senator Robert F. Kennedy were killed by Iver Johnson revolvers.

This vintage ad ran in Harper’s Weekly (1904). Found at LiveJournal.

June 18, 2007

Fashion ads from Ebony Magazine, 1970 - '76


Link to more pictures

June 28, 2007

80MBS of storage for under $12K? ComputerWorlds top 10 retro ads


My favorite:

What the heck is electronic mail?

That's the question posed in this Honeywell ad, which explains: "Simply put, it means high-speed information transportation.

"One of the most advanced methods is terminals talking to one another.

"Your mailbox is the terminal on your desk. Punch a key and today's correspondence and messages are displayed instantly."

Link to ComputerWorld list

July 2, 2007

Underground newspaper covers — Nice collection


Shown here:

Cover of "Berkeley Barb", an underground newspaper, featuring a photographic collage of politically charged images, mostly relating to the Civil Rights movement. Central image is of an African American male, smoking and saying in a speech bubble, "I have a nightmare...", inverting the line from Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech.

Link to Wisconsin Historical Society

July 6, 2007

Jibjab do it again with a presidential mash-up of The Star Spangled Banner

The headline says it all...

Watch the video, thanks Miss Cellania 

July 11, 2007

The greatest arcade games of the '80s (Photos)


Pac-Man? Space Invaders? Frogger? The video games of the 1980s were played in arcades, pizza parlors and bars--and all you needed was a quarter to join in the fun.

From the time Space Invaders appeared in 1978, until game consoles took over in the mid-1990s, arcades were the center of the video gaming world. The classics that were produced in the "golden age of arcade games" are still very much alive today. You can play versions of them for free on many Internet sites or find a version that was produced for a new game console such as Microsoft's Xbox 360 or Nintendo's Wii.

Link to more images   Thanks Jeff J


July 15, 2007

Lost found art


Shown here: 8 vintage Art Deco styled microphones circa 1920's-1950's

Link to more collections 

July 31, 2007

Ear tubes for phone — at last!


Found at Modern Mechanix 

August 13, 2007

Women In Film — morphing faces through the history of film


Link via 

August 14, 2007

Public Domain Movies — Nosferatu


This is a very cool resource… 

August 15, 2007

The Godfather — Illustrated using the entire movie script


Los Angeles Pop Art involves an art form commonly known as Micrography. This art form has been around for centuries and has primarily been used by artists of Israeli decent; it is the style of creating an image strictly using the words that tell the story of that specific image. 

LA Pop Art

August 18, 2007

Russian soldiers response to "The Sound of Music"


That's what was going on behind The Iron Curtain?

Link via MissC

August 29, 2007

Hilly Kristal, founder of CBGB, RIP


Hilly Kristal, who founded CBGB, the Bowery bar that became the cradle of punk and art-rock in New York in the 1970s and served as the inspiration for musician-friendly rock dives throughout the world, died in Manhattan on Tuesday. He was 75.

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September 4, 2007

CRANKbait! Lures of Distinction

What is this about?

It's about finding an answer to that age-old question, the one that we have all asked ourselves:

What would happen if you shipped 20 unassembled old-timey wooden fishing lure kits off to be finished by a bunch of artists? It turns out that the answer is CRANKbait! Lures of Distinction.



Shown here by Hugh Macdonald, see them all here.

Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing fame painted one too.

Clever marketing ploy for Bob Dylan's 'New Ultimate Collection' release



Make your own Bob Dylan “Subterranean Homesick Blues” signs.

Link via Neatorama 

"The Way Of All Flesh" — Fabulous found collection of photos documenting a woman over 50 years of her life


Link to collection 

Legendary 'Village Music' going out of business


The store which was frequented by Ry Cooder, Elvis Costello, Dave Edmunds, BB King and John Hiatt, to name a few, is going out of business at the end of the month due to the decline of vinyl sales. 

Clip form article:

Goddard was celebrated last month at the 142 Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley with an afternoon and evening of music that continued into the small hours across the street at the Sweetwater. Eating barbecue at folding tables in a bank parking lot that night were Bonnie Raitt, Sammy Hagar, Maria Muldaur and Narada Michael Walden, pretty much the four horsemen of Mill Valley music. New Orleans rock 'n' roll star Frankie Ford ("Sea Cruise") had to be kept out of sight for a day and a half in Mill Valley so he could surprise Goddard at the event.

Village Music's end will also be marked on Sunday at the Great American Music Hall - only a handful of tickets remain - where Goddard will be serenaded by a mix of performers that mirrors his fairly narrowly proscribed but passionate tastes in music: rockabilly by the Collins Kids, blues from Jimmy McCracklin and Sugar Pie DeSanto, soul music by Bettye LaVette and Swamp Dogg, among others.

If that isn't enough, world-renowned turntablist DJ Shadow will be spinning sides every day this month at Village Music, using only records from the store's bins. Goddard himself is thinking about closing down with a midnight Saturday-to-midnight-Sunday finale at the end of the month.

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September 7, 2007

Monty Python fans — Monty Python Day (or The Knights of Nee Festival)

If I was as cool as Miss Cellania (or was able to find the time as she can) I'd do a round-up  of links to accompany this post…



Hundreds of fans from across the world are set to descend on Doune Castle this weekend for the third Monty Python Day.

The 14th Century keep was made famous as Castle Anthrax in the 1973 classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Tickets have been restricted to 500 for the event near Stirling, which sees fans taking to the castle's battlements to enact scenes from the famous film.

Aficionados will also have the chance to take part in the coconut conga or the Python Idle talent contest.

The first Monty Python Day was held at Doune Castle, six miles north-west of Stirling, in 2004 to mark the 30th anniversary of film.

Source (BBC)

UPDATE: From the fabulous Miss Cellania herself, the round-up I would have posted. 

Thank you Miss C

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September 10, 2007

French Prints Show the Year 2000 (1910)

Airship On The Long Course


Car Shoes

Link to more illustrations 

September 17, 2007

Kids just have it too easy these days…

Thanks Arbroath!

November 30, 2007

Outrageously politically incorrect adverts from the time equality forgot


Link to more samples 

January 3, 2008

iKlimt : The life and work of Gustav Klimt


Very nice website

April 16, 2008

Al Jaffee's fold-ins for Mad magazine, from the 1960s to the present, in interactive form


Link to NYT interactive 

May 19, 2008

Collection of European Poster Art from the 30's—60's


Too bad there aren't links to larger sizes of the posters. 

June 17, 2008

The Top 10 Historical Hoaxers

This is a list of the most successful hoaxers from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

1: Horace De Vere Cole

Horace De Vere Cole was a man devoted to, one might almost say obsessed by, practical jokes. His most memorable prank was probably giving carefully selected free theatre tickets to bald men so that when their gleaming pates were seen from the Upper Circle a rather rude word could clearly be seen. Whether impersonating foreign dignitaries to the consternation of senior naval officals or shocking Edwardian society by performing astoundingly vulgar tricks with a cow's udder in public thoroughfares his was a life devoted to, and ultimately squandered on, the pursuit of japery. Click here for more

2: Henry de la Poer Beresford

The wildly unpredictable third marquess of Waterford was never conclusively linked with the mystery of Spring-Heeled Jack, the demonic apparition who terrorised the women of South London in the 1830s, but 'the Mad Marquis' certainly had the athleticism and the temperament to be at the root of Battersea's own Urban Legend. Click here for more

3: Charles Dawson

Although he could conceivably been the hapless victim of the Piltdown man hoax, it's perhaps kinder to think of Charles Dawson as the perpetrator of that celebrated piece of archaeological fakery. Hailed at the time as ‘by far the most important ever made in England, and of equal, if not of greater consequence than any other discovery yet made, either at home or abroad’, the Piltdown Man skull later proved to be the combination of two quite disparate hominids. From its 'discovery' in 1912 to the exposure of the fraud in the 1950s, Eoanthropus dawsoni was considered as the 'missing link' between ape and man. Click here for more

4: Elizabeth Parsons

Perhaps the most successful fake haunting in history is the Cock Lane Ghost.. The site of the haunting, in Cock Lane in the City of London, attracted many curious observers. The Duke of York and Samuel Johnson were just two dignitaries who were drawn to witness the celebrated phenomena. They were, of course, entirely fraudulent – the work of an eleven-year-old girl called Elizabeth Parsons who convinced witnesses by means of assorted scratchings, feats of ventriloquism and bumps in the night that the house was inhabited by the shade of girl murdered by a former lodger. Her father ended up standing trial for the imposture, and was sentenced to the pillory, but remained comparatively untouched by a sympathetic London mob. Click here for more

5: Mary Willcocks

On Good Friday 1817, a young woman wearing a black turban and speaking an unknown language was found wandering in Almondsbury, north-east of Bristol. Convincing the locals that she was the exotic Princess Caraboo, she was the centre of much excitement, involving dancing, swimming, and the cooking of chicken curries. It was only in the June of that year that the princess was exposed as Mary Willcocks, a former nursemaid from Witheridge. She continued to trade on the Princess Caraboo name even after exposure, finally dying in a houseful of cats at the turn of the last Century. Click here for more

6: Frances Griffiths

Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright were the teenage cousins behind the still-famous Cottingley Fairies photographs. Although the pictures did not initially fool the family members to which the girls showed them, in 1920 they came to the attention of celebrated author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who had become obsessed with the supernatural after the loss of his son in the Great War. He made a cause célèbre of the photos, which made it almost impossible for the girls to admit their deception. They maintained the veracity of the images for over sixty-five years, only confessing that the 'fairies' were in fact paper cut-outs in 1983. Click here for more

7: Theodore Hook

Theodore Hook anticipated and eclipsed the modern 'unrequited takeaway pizza prank' by orchestrating in 1809 a day-long series of deliveries and official visits to the home of one Mrs.Tottenham, who had previously slighted the mercurial writer. Click here for more

8: Elizabeth Crofts

In 1554, during the reign of Queen Mary I, a crowd of as many as 17,000 was attracted to Aldersgate steet in London to hear the anti-Catholic pronouncements uttered apparently by an invisible spirit who became known as 'The Bird in the Wall'. After several days, the wall from which the voice appeared to emanate was torn down to reveal a serving maid, Elizabeth Crofts, who had apparently been persuaded by one or more Protestant nobles to perpetrate the fraud. Despite the harsh penalties for treason and religious non-conformism prevalent at that time, Crofts seemed to suffer little punishment for her actions and was never heard of again after the incident. Click here for more

9: Archibald Belaney

Hastings-born Archibald Belaney had a lifelong interest in American tribes of the Old West and it was no surprise when he emigrated to Canada in 1906 to live as a trapper. It was rather surprising though that, after achieving success as an author under the name Grey Owl he gave his biography to Canadian Who's Who as: ‘Born encampment, State of Sonora, Mexico, son of George, a native of Scotland, and Kathrine (Cochise) Belaney; a half-breed Apache Indian … adopted as blood-brother by Ojibway tribe, 1920 … speaks Ojibway but has forgotten Apache.’ On 10 December 1937, on his second British lecture tour, Grey Owl, the modern Hiawatha, gave a command performance at Buckingham Palace attended by Queen Mary, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and the two princesses. It wasn't until after his death that his true identity was exposed, with Archie having deceived readers across the English-speaking world. Click here for more

10: Mary Toft

Mary Toft, born in 1703, and described as illiterate, was of small stature, with a healthy, strong constitution, and a sullen temper. Despite her humble origins she was able to fool several eminent London physicians including King George I's doctor, Sir Richard Manningham, into believing that she had given birth to a large litter of rabbits. Only when threatened with dissection by a group of Royal physicians was she persuaded to recant her story. Toft's case echoed that of Agnes Bowker from Market Harborough, Leicestershire, who was said to have given birth to a cat. Unlike Toft, Bowker never confessed to a hoax, and although deceit was suspected by the then bishop of London, she may, indeed, have been the cat's mother. Click here for more

Taken from The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

July 1, 2008

Solved: the mystery of why Stradivarius violins are best


From The Independant:

They are said to produce unparalleled sound quality. Until now, however, no one has been able to explain why 300-year-old Stradivarius violins have never been matched in terms of musical expressiveness and projection.

A study has found that the secret may be explained by the consistent density of the two wooden panels used to make its body, rather than anything to do with the instrument's overall contours, varnish, angle of the neck, fingerboard or strings.

Scientists compared five antique violins made by the Cremonese masters Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri Del Gesu with seven modern-day instruments by placing them in a medical scanner that could accurately gauge the density of the two wooden plates that make up the top and the back of the body.

They found that, overall, the density of the two groups of violins was the same, but what differed significantly was that the two plates of the older instruments had a more uniform density compared to the more inconsistent densities of the modern plates.

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July 10, 2008

Women of the future will make the moon a cleaner place to live.


1968 Lestoil moon helmet ad

August 14, 2008

"More doctors smoke Camels than any other kind of cigarette". Really.

August 21, 2008

2 in 1 Post — Flickr's new 'embed slideshow' and Maraid's Matchbox labels

Link to Flickr's new slideshow instructions.

September 18, 2008

Vintage Mr. Magoo Stag Beer Commercials

October 5, 2008

Vintage : Woody Allen Interviews Billy Graham

Oddly enough, Bill Graham keeps reminding me of Bill Clinton in this clip…

October 6, 2008

David Bowie - Jean Genie - 1976 Rehearsal

October 10, 2008

Irish Classic — The Horslips — Dearg Doom

October 24, 2008

Classic clip — Orson Welles voice-over for frozen peas

"crumb crisp coated" and "what is it you want in the depths of your ignorance"!

November 4, 2008

The Museum of Anti-Alcohol Posters — Gallery of anti-alcohol posters from soviet propaganda era




Link to collection

December 12, 2008

30 Ways to Die of Electrocution

Here are 30 illustrations from the book Elektroschutz in 132 Bildern. These diagrams outline causes of electrical accident. Thanks bre pettis.





December 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Scrabble.

It is 60 years ago tomorrow that Scrabble was registered as a trade mark by Alfred Mosher Butts, an architect from New York state, and his businessman friend James Brunot.

Scrabble AD by PES:

to The Independent's article on the inventor and origins of Scrabble


January 15, 2009

Hitchcock's "The Birds" — Posters and graphics


As far as I can tell, this is the original poster. 





















From IMBd:

Media from The Birds (1963)


January 16, 2009

The Pelican Project — Book covers from 1930 – 1980

Things Magazine have a great collection of Pelican Books' covers spanning the last century. Amazing stuff. These samples are from the 1960's.






February 5, 2009

The Incredimazing Ellips Ease


My friend Brady found this beauty while cleaning out his studio. It's simply amazing! The different typefaces are cool, it must have looked very mod in its day.


The 'Engineering Appliance Company' is alas, no longer in business. The San Francisco street address in now condos and a google search returned no results.


Got it?




Thanks Brady

February 6, 2009

7 hilarious vintage ads—They're happy because they eat lard

oldad1.jpg oldad2.jpg oldad3.jpg oldad4.jpg oldad5.jpg oldad6.jpg oldad7.jpg Thanks to Helen P

February 9, 2009

Bottles and Tins — Found Flickr Collection











Link to katwood on Flickr

February 13, 2009

Classic Polish Film Posters

Huge collection and variety here, amazing. I only grabbed a few as examples.
Click on images for larger versions.


Author :
Ewa Frysztak
Poster :

Author : Maciej Hibner
Poster : "IDIOTA", 1959

Author : Anna Huskowska
Poster : "MARIA CANDELARIA", 1959

Author : Wladyslaw Janiszewski
Poster : "LOTNA", 1959

Author : Waldemar Swierzy

Author :
Andrzej Onegin - Dabrowski
Poster :

Author :
Andrzej Krajewski
Poster :

Author :
Anna Huskowska
Poster :

Author :
Maciej Hibner
Poster :

Author :
Wojciech Fangor
Poster :

Link to Polish Film Posters homepage.

February 17, 2009

Betty Boop Guitar


I came across this guitar yesterday at Real Guitars in San Francisco. It's great this small shop is surviving, I've been going there for over twenty years. Link to Real Guitars unfortunate website (the place is better in person).

February 18, 2009

Vintage Posters and Ads — Found Flickr Set





Lots more at mpt.1607's Poster and Advertisements Flickr set.

February 24, 2009

New Orleans Mardi Gras — 1941 in color

March 10, 2009

Harry Potter books redesigned in the classic Penguin style.





Seee the rest of the collection.

March 12, 2009

Found Art — The Linocuts of 'arcticcobalt'







Link to more of arcticcobalt's work on Flickr.

April 2, 2009

1970's Moog/Schaefer Beer TV spot

"When you're having more than one". Now that's copy writing for you.

April 14, 2009

Vintage Boston Brewery Posters Color Proofs

Found at Boston Public Library's FlickrStream.
The rest of The Brewery Posters are here.

All images link to higher resolution versions.



I really like the old school registration marks and color bars.






April 16, 2009

Thursday Music — Tom Waits - Heart Attack and Vine

Facebook Manners And You — Circa 1950… Funny Clip.

April 19, 2009

Billy Connolly : Banana Feet — Rare 1975 Documentary

I'm very happy that WeegieBurd posted this documentary on youtube. It's a brilliant slice of the 1970's in Ireland, both North and South. 


Billy Connolly was, in the 1970s, a sort of Scottish Lenny Bruce, who, with devastating humour, sliced through the hypocrisies he perceived.

This 1976 documentary follows the singer-comic during his 1975 Irish tour. Made in a cinema verité fashion, the performer appears to be completely unaware of the presence of the camera in his off-stage and backstage moments.

Links pop a new window:

Big Banana Feet Part 1

Big Banana Feet Part 2 

Big Banana Feet Part 3 

Big Banana Feet Part 4 

Big Banana Feet Part 5 

Big Banana Feet Part 6

Big Banana Feet Part 7 

Big Banana Feet Part 8 

April 22, 2009

New York City Subway's "Jewel In The Crown" — The Defunct City Hall Station

The New York City Subway system officially opened on October 27, 1904 at the City Hall Station. It was the final stop on the downtown Lexington Avenue IRT local #6 train. It is situated under City Hall Park.

It was closed because as the subway became more popular, extra cars had to added but the tight radius of the platform meant there were large gaps between the train and the platform.







Skylight Detail

The skylights are made put of cut amethyst glass. The chandeliers (as seen in top picture) and lights originally featured glass luminaires, but vibrations from the subway and its equipment destroyed them.




Beautiful natural light

The New York City Transit Museum, once or twice a year, runs a special excursion train called "The Jewel In The Crown: Old City Hall Station". These trips are only available to museum members. The special train stops at the Old City Hall Station.

Source and more pictures.


Additional pictures:

City Hall Subway Station - 04 February 2007 — Flickr set

April 26, 2009

"My Father was Grotesk" — Sweet Vintage Type Ad



April 30, 2009

Nice collection of Chrysler related emblems






See the rest of the collection.

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