Archive for December, 2009

short shorts, Detroit (1956)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on December 28, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

Insert your own wolf whistle, fellas.

from the Life Magazine archives on Google.

on ebay: Season’s Greetings from the Chicago Blackhawks (1948)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 28, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

This eBay auction offers a vintage Chicago Blackhawks Christmas card, dating back to 1948- possibly signed in pure Palmer method handwriting by Robert “Red” Hamill.  Very cool!

on ebay: Olivetti Valentine typewriter (1969)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 26, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

This beauty is available now on eBay for a mere $675.

Ettore Sottsass designed the Valentine typewriter (with Perry A. King) for Olivetti in 1969 to be an “anti-machine machine,” for use “anyplace but an office.”   Good luck finding a ribbon for it.   This was more of a fashion accessory than a hard working office tool.  You can definitely picture Joan Halloway rocking one of these babies.

Olivetti is one of the last typewriter manufacturers still in business.

The Skipper as Santa Claus says Merry Christmas and smoke ’em if you got ’em

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 25, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

Nothing says Merry Christmas like a velvet sack full of cartons of cigarettes.   Everyone knows that Santa smokes a pipe, Chesterfield.

Alan Hale went on to play the Skipper in Gilligan’s Island, duh.  Who knew he had so much versatility?

from coolnessistimeless.blogspot.com

Michael Jordan at Castles and Coasters, Phoenix (1984)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 23, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

Michael Jordan enjoying Castles and Coasters in Phoenix.  This place is still around- my guess is MJ had no problem passing the “you must be this height to ride this” bar.   You can probably ride this same cart, since there’s no way in Hell they have bought new ones since then.   I’ll have to check it out.

L’Amour Metal Nightclub (1986)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 19, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

Fuck yeah, let’s go see Overkill!

the ABA’s Memphis Tams (1972)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 16, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

The Memphis Tams was the offbeat team name of the shortlived but colorful Memphis ABA affiliate.  Tam appears to be short for “Tam O’Shanter”- the national cap of Scotland.  But how did they get that most unlikely of all nicknames? Continue reading

Lyn the Skin from Talk of the Town (1988)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 15, 2009 by All Conference Vintage


 

 

In the wake of the Geraldo skinhead riot , there was a wave of me-tooism which rippled across the talk-show-o-sphere back in the day.  Continue reading

Sammy Davis Jr. for Alka-Seltzer (1978)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 14, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

Poor Candy Man!  He must have had a difficult time securing celebrity endorsements in 1978- a few years before a career revitalizing appearance in the Shakespearean tragedy uh “Cannonball Run” but sheesh!  This is a stretch.  The copy and idea is all wrong!  Where’s the candy?  And wasn’t Sammy Jewish?

Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr.“>

Top Five Funny Antiquated Ethnic Group Names

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on December 11, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

1. Tartars
2. Ubangis
3. Dongs
4. Vandals
5. Walloons