Archive for October, 2008

Halloween- A Good Time to Read! (1940)

Posted in history, wpa on October 31, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

“October’s Bright Blue Weather: A good time to read!”- published 1940
WPA poster from Library of Congress’s “American Memory” collection, Albert M. Bender, artist.

Halloween Roller Skating Carnival (1936)

Posted in history, New York, wpa on October 31, 2008 by All Conference Vintage


“Halloween Roller Skating Carnival- Bring Your Skates- Prizes will be awarded for costumes”

WPA poster from Library of Congress “American Memory” collection, Martin Weitzman, artist

Children’s Halloween costumes, Anaheim (1948)

Posted in photography on October 31, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

Ya just don’t see children in blackface much anymore. (click on image to embiggen)

UCLA digital library, Changing Times: Los Angeles in Photographs, 1920-1990

Halloween Slick Chick beauty contest (1947)

Posted in dames, los angeles, photography on October 31, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

“Four contestants of the Halloween Slick Chick beauty contest in Anaheim, Calif., 1947”

“Stage and crowd at Halloween Slick Chick beauty contest in Anaheim, Calif., 1947”

Los Angeles Daily News, November 1, 1947- from the UCLA collection again

190 The Bowery- the most incredible house I’ve ever seen

Posted in badassery, history, New York, photography on October 30, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

It’s hard to believe places like this still exist in New York. New York Magazine snoops around photographer Jay Maisel’s ultimate real estate steal. Maisel purchased a 6 story- 35,000 square foot former Germania Bank in 1966 for $102,000, now valued from $35 – $70 million.

The photos are absolutely amazing and the story of turning an unwanted and decrepit old building into a desirable and impossibly cool stronghold appeals to my core desire to save the remarkable from death in this tear-down consumer culture and making something unique from something unwanted.

Eddie Cantor with dames (1954)

Posted in dames, photography on October 28, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

Comedian Eddie Cantor (born Israel Iskowitz (!!!) ) began his career as a blackface vaudeville performer and radio performer in the nacent days of that medium. He went by the colorful (heh) nicknames “Banjo Eyes” and “the Apostle of Pep” later in his career and was a big deal for 40 years- though he is now largely forgotten. Canton was a multimillionaire due to his radio stardom, but was ruined by the Great Depression. He wrote a few lighthearted books about his demise to scratch and claw his way out of the gutter and remade his fortune in some awful movies- The movie version of his life, The Eddie Cantor Story, is unwatchable garbage- and another new medium, television. Cantor career was almost ruined in the rampantly anti-Communist late 30s when he was a founding member of the HANL- the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League. (link goes to FBI FOIA documents about the HANL)

FYI, I like the gal with the neckerchief in the center.

Elvis Presley and Ann-Margaret in "Viva Las Vegas"

Posted in movies, photography on October 27, 2008 by All Conference Vintage