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.”

Hawley scrap book

Posted in how much art can you take?, made in usa on September 18, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

ripped from the astounding time waster collection “Emergence of Advertising in America 1850-1920, Duke University

It’s You Against Him!

Posted in history, holy shit we're totally fucked on September 18, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

from the American Legion’s collection of (propaganda) posters

Click to enlarge so you can read how you can help us defeat the Hun!

Side note: recent studies have shown that scrap drives, tire drives, fat drives, etc. existed almost exclusively to improve morale and to give Americans the feeling that they were doing their part in the war. Rubber was gathered despite the fact that there still is no efficient way to recycle it. A perhaps apocryphal story tells of piles upon piles of aluminum gathered for the war effort just sitting in a warehouse. Only steel and fats really helped the war effort directly.

The directive of Herr Bush after 9/11 (i know, these attacks were not related to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan) was for scared shitless folks to merely go about their daily lives and try to mentally will the economy to stay strong by consuming:

” I ask your continued participation and confidence in the American economy. Terrorists attacked a symbol of American prosperity. They did not touch its source. America is successful because of the hard work, and creativity, and enterprise of our people. These were the true strengths of our economy before September 11th, and they are our strengths today. (Applause)”

So, now that the economy is tanking, where is our morale distraction now? Rock Band 2? Football season? Internet porn? (all fine products, btw, but not government or American Legion sponsored)

PS. Ironic that Texaco sponsored this message. Pretty sure Texaco did pretty darn well for themselves during WWII.

Valley Girl (1983) movie trailer

Posted in fuzzy childhood memories, los angeles, playlist, youth culture on September 17, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

Fuck off, like, totally