Archive for the manliness Category

good salary, fine car, nice home, bank account

Posted in ephemera, manliness, vanishing America on August 13, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

from Popular Mechanics, 1910

"We Came in Peace for all Mankind" (1969)

Posted in american heroes, badassery, history, made in usa, manliness, technology on July 20, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

Benjamin Franklin on MILFs (1745)

Posted in american heroes, dames, history, manliness, philosophy on June 6, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

Advice on the Choice of a Mistress
by Benjamin Franklin

Philadelphia, June 25, 1745

My dear Friend:

I know of no medicine fit to diminish the violent natural inclinations you mention; and if I did, I think I should not communicate it to you. Marriage is the proper remedy. It is the most natural state of man, and therefore the state in which you are most likely to find solid happiness. Your reasons against entering into it at present, appear to me not well founded. The circumstantial advantages you have in View by postponing it, are not only uncertain, but they are small in comparison with that of the thing itself, the being married and settled. It is the man and woman united that make the complete human being. Separate, she wants his force of body and strength of reason; he, her fitness, sensibility, and acute discernment. Together they are more likely to succeed in the world. A single man has not nearly the Value he would have in the state of union. He is an incomplete animal. He resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors. If you get a prudent healthy wife, your industry in your profession, with her good economy, will be a fortune sufficient.

But if you will not take this counsel and persist in thinking a commerce with the sex inevitable, then I repeat my former advice, that in all your amours you should prefer old women to young ones. You call this a paradox, and demand my reasons. They are these:

Because as they have more knowledge of the world and their minds are better stored with observations, their conversation is more improving and more lastingly agreeable.

Because when women cease to be handsome they study to be good. To maintain their influence over men, they supply the diminution of beauty by an augmentation of utility. They learn to do a thousand services small and great, and are the most tender and useful of all friends when you are sick. Thus they continue amiable. And hence there is hardly such a thing to be found as an old woman who is not a good woman.

Because there is no hazard of children, which irregularly produc’d may be attended with much inconvenience.

Because through more experience they are more prudent and discreet in conducting an intrigue to prevent suspicion. The commerce with them is therefore safer with regard to your reputation. And with regard to theirs, if the affair should happen to be known, considerate people might be rather inclin’d to excuse an old woman, who would kindly take care of a young man, form his manners by her good counsels, and prevent his ruining his health and fortune among mercenary prostitutes.

Because in every animal that walks upright, the deficiency of the Fluids that fill the Muscles appears first in the highest Part: The Face first grows lank and wrinkled; then the neck; then the breast and arms; the lower parts continuing to the last as plump as ever; so that covering all above with a basket, and regarding only what is below the girdle, it is impossible of two women to know an old from a young one. And as in the dark all cats are gray, the pleasure of corporal enjoyment with an old woman is at least equal, and frequently superior, every knack being by practice capable of improvement.

Because the sin is less. The debauching a virgin may be her ruin, and make her for life unhappy.

Because the compunction is less. The having made a young girl miserable may give you frequent bitter reflection; none of which can attend the making an old woman happy.
8thly and lastly. They are so grateful!!

Thus much for my paradox. But still I advise you to marry directly; being sincerely

Your affectionate friend,

B. Franklin

Paneling made easy! (1963)

Posted in ephemera, lost arts, manliness on April 23, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

Spot illustration from Popular Mechanics, 1963. I love the woodgrain look to this woodcut (?) spot illustration.

The Naked Rationer (1941)

Posted in badassery, history, i'm as mad as hell and i'm not going to take this anymore, manliness, photography, punk rock on March 12, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

from Life archives again- sorry, I’m obsessed!
“Young Dutchman walking down city street, naked save for a fedora and shoes as he dares punishment by the SS while protesting clothes rationing by the occupying Germans.”
The epitome of style- a true gentleman wears garters and a fedora whilst fighting the SS!

i don’t trust people who don’t like Iron Maiden

Posted in badassery, i am endlessly fascinating, manliness, philosophy, showmanship, youth culture on January 30, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

and “The Trooper” with Dickinson singing.

It’s Friday!

at the state fair (1950)

Posted in dames, manliness, showmanship, vanishing America on January 23, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

Mr. Rogers testifies before the Senate Subcommitte on Communications (1969)

Posted in american heroes, fuzzy childhood memories, manliness, philosophy on December 16, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

This is Mr. Rogers’ testimony before the US Senate in 1969 as Lord Voldemort- I mean, Richard Nixon, sought to drastically cut funding for public television.
This has been posted elsewhere before, I believe on Boingboing, but I found it again on Good and yet again it put a lump squarely in my throat. Mr. Rogers is such a True American Hero that his profile should be on American currency. In an age of cynicism and practiced ironic emotional distance, we as a culture desperately need more men like Fred Rogers. Long after Machiavel’ian archvillians such as Nixon are long forgotten, surely the legacy of real men like Fred Rogers will live on.

“Looks like you just earned the 20 million dollars”

Charlie Spinks- the unluckiest of riders

Posted in badassery, ephemera, manliness on December 9, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

Cool tobacco card, found on the NY Public Library’s digital archive.
Well, Spinks was Australian and I usually stick to American history stuff, but this image is simply too badass to pass up. A cursory Google search turns up this fascinating article about dirt track motorcycle racing at a blog called Vintagent. Great images and stories there- I have added it to my bookmarks!

women- there’s work to be done!

Posted in dames, history, made in usa, manliness on December 3, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

(click on image for delightfully detailed embiggenment)

poster by Vernon Grant, the creator of Kellogg’s Snap, Crackle and Pop. Look him up. Oh, hell, here you go, lazy! The Museum of York County

ps. he gets the “manliness” tag for smoking a pipe, not for suggesting that dames get off their duffs and start fixing Jeeps and/or wearing waitress uniforms.

Grabbed from the American Legion’s poster collection.