Archive for September, 2008

Favorite Movies: Ghost World (2001)

Posted in movies on September 30, 2008 by All Conference Vintage


“I can’t relate to 99% of humanity”

Bonnie Erikson- The Woman Behind Miss Piggy

Posted in american heroes, fuzzy childhood memories, made in usa on September 26, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

This month’s issue of Smithsonian Magazine has a short but fascinating article about Bonnie Erikson, the creator of Statler (pictured) and Waldorf, Miss Piggy, The Philly Phanatic, and others.

Highlight:
Who inspired the character of Miss Piggy?
My mother used to live in North Dakota where Peggy Lee sang on the local radio station before she became a famous jazz singer. When I first created Miss Piggy I called her Miss Piggy Lee—as both a joke and an homage. Peggy Lee was a very independent woman, and Piggy certainly is the same. But as Piggy’s fame began to grow, nobody wanted to upset Peggy Lee, especially because we admired her work. So, the Muppet’s name was shortened to Miss Piggy.

Afghanistan!

Posted in dames, lost arts, made in usa on September 22, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

Cover for sheet music, 1920.

the new bicycle suits have arrived!

Posted in history, how much art can you take?, manliness on September 19, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

Stock advertising copy, 1897.
The lack of self-aggrandizement and charming turn of phrase in this advertising copy engenders a sudden and overwhelming need in me to purchase plaid knickerbockers and polka dot socks. This would be the required uniform for my bicycle gang, The Southeasterly Dandies Glee Club and Cycling Concern.

Use POLARINE

Posted in badassery, cars, history on September 19, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

Advertising to Victory

Posted in badassery, history, how much art can you take? on September 19, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

Spot illustration, “Government War Advertising- Report of the Department of Advertising- Committee on Public Information- 1918”

Gossamer cloaks

Posted in history, how much art can you take?, manliness on September 19, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

again from the Hawley scrapbook in Duke University’s collection of advertising ephemera. Slogan says, “Caution! Day Bros. and Co’s Gossamer Cloaks and Circulars are Waterproof.”