Archive for November, 2008

reliable formula for what i find funny

Posted in how much art can you take?, i am endlessly fascinating on November 21, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

Forgotten high brow upper crust frivolity of limited modern appeal mashed up with a moronic sub literate yet hilarious Internet meme always leaves me in stitches. Effete 19th century Victorian advertising ephemera mixed with lolcatz FTW.

Dealers in Clothing (1855)

Posted in gentlemen on November 21, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

Welcome to Bulldog Vintage- a reliquary of vintage clothing ephemera, irreplaceable treasures, and outright junk.

University of Chicago footballer Burt Gale

Posted in badassery, chicago, history, made in usa, manliness on November 21, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

from the Chicago Daily News archives section of the Library of Congress’s American Memory collection

Above: University of Chicago footballer Burt Gale as photographed in 1903 and 1906. That 1906 sweater is as badass as badass comes; any football sweater from that era should be- the previous year 17 men and 1 woman died playing the brutal pre-leather helmet game.

Gale played in the first Game of the Century against Michigan. The Maroons defeated the Wolverines and this is the gloating ditty Chicago fans sang as they tore down the goal posts:

We have reached the day of turkey and wine,
And we have been winners every time
Here stands undimmed one happy day,
For all our foes have passed away.

O varsity! dear varsity!
We are champions now it’s plain to see,
We have won our games, and now can brag;
And give all praise to Mr. Stagg.
We are the wearers of the “C,”
And just as happy as can be…

Screaming for Elvis

Posted in American music, dames, photography, youth culture on November 21, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

screaming for Elvis Presley, August issue of Life Magazine, 1956

Johnette Napolitano vs Janet Napolitano

Posted in arizona, holy shit we're totally fucked, playlist on November 20, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

All of this talk of Janet Napolitano reminded me of Johnette Napolitano, the singer from Concrete Blonde. Great singer and great voice from a shitty shitty era of popular music.

By the way, Janet Napolitano is a terrible choice for Secretary of Homeland Security. During her tenure here in Arizona as Governor, she has militarized the US- Mexico border, criminally neglected to investigate thousands of deaths of human beings including children in the Sonoran Desert(aka aliens or undocumented workers), and has made a mockery of the Constitution, human rights, and fiscal responsibility by not arresting Sheriff Joke Arpaio. Not a great start for the cabinet of

I get mad!

Posted in fuzzy childhood memories, i'm as mad as hell and i'm not going to take this anymore on November 20, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

i get mad! i get mad! i get mad! it ain’t bad to get mad!

Network (1976)

Posted in badassery, i'm as mad as hell and i'm not going to take this anymore, movies on November 20, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

First you’ve got to get mad! You’ve got to say, “I’m a human being goddamnit my life has value!”


Posted in Uncategorized on November 20, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

Hugh Mangum Photographs (c. 1890-1922)

Posted in history, made in usa, photography on November 14, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

“Hugh Mangum, an itinerant photographer from a prominent Durham, North Carolina, family, traveled a rail circuit through North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Along this route he took portraits of a remarkable variety of people, rendering a rich and diverse pictorial history of the region at the turn of the 20th century. At the beginning of his photographic career in the early 1890s, Mangum maintained a darkroom in a tobacco pack house on the Mangum farm at West Point on the Eno River in Durham. Over the years, he moved to Virginia and partnered with colleagues to operate photography studios in Roanoke, Pulaski, and East Radford, Virginia.”
– from Duke University’s Digital Collections’ “Hugh Mangum Photographs (c. 1890-1920)”
This absolutely astonishing collection has brought my workday to a screeching halt. This remarkable compendium is a fine example of the power of the internet used to its greatest potential. Here delicate and damaged photographs are liberated from musty archives and available for amateur perusal and wonder. I am stunned by how joyful and fun these photos are. Mangum seems to have a unique ability to capture the life in the eyes of his subjects missing in so many photographs of his age. It is a pleasure to see average late Victorian Americans in their earnest splendor. True, novelty-sized feathered hats abound on some of the female subjects and this epoch was the late Golden Age of Ludicrous Mustaches however the timeless humanity of his subjects shine through on every image.
I want to share every single image from this archive with you! Samples submitted for your pleasure: (details and enlargements are mine):

Tampax goes to war! (1944)

Posted in dames, history on November 13, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

I hope this campaign was more successful that their “Tampax defeats the Red Menace” campaign of 1954.