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Edward Graham joins the Chicago Black Hawks (1930)

Posted in vanishing America with tags , , , on February 24, 2010 by All Conference Vintage

“Three-quarter length portrait of Chicago Black Hawks ice hockey player Edward “Teddy” Graham standing on an ice rink in a sports arena in Chicago, Illinois, holding a hockey stick.  Secured from the Tulsa Oilers in a trade for Ralph Taylor.”

1930 was just the fourth year of the Black Hawks’ long and fabled history and their first in the brand new Chicago Stadium (1800 W. Madison)- the roars of which live on in echo at the new United Center across the street. 

That 1930s Blackhawks sweater is a real charmer!  Those “barber pole” stripes are really attractive and you can’t beat that old school ‘Hawks logo.   But how hideous are those gloves!  They look like gnarled hotdogs grafted on to oven mitts!  They must have been difficult to drop in the event of an on-ice donnybrook since they go up to the elbow.

I can’t imagine how brutal hockey was in 1930- the era before goalie masks, helmets,  or much real padding.

from the Library of Congress’s American Memory pages

new cars for 1975

Posted in cars, ephemera, vanishing America on September 17, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

Click for embiggenment. Grandma mobiles or pimp rides- you decide!
grabbed from an Amoco ad- lead free gas for 1975!

"I want to be a secretary" (Coronet, 1941)

Posted in dames, ephemera, history, vanishing America on September 15, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

The good folks at offer this gem of social guidance instruction made in the veritable golden age of masturbation fantasies. One niggling complaint: some of these aspiring career ladies need much sterner discipline. Errors and inefficient typing speeds must be firmly corrected with a vigorous paddling.

You can turn my mimeograph crank anytime, babydoll.

Pent up dames as far as the leering eye can see.

must…not…stare at those gams.

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

The Most Amazing Book You’ll Ever Read

Posted in movies, vanishing America, youth culture on July 29, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

I’d be better off dead, than to be without you

from Holy Shit, it’s a Fucking Rainbow

The ABC of Sex Education for Trainable Persons (1975)

Posted in history, vanishing America on July 24, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

Watch The ABC of Sex Education for Trainable Persons (Planned Parenthood, 1975) in Educational View More Free Videos Online at

Holy shit, I’ve heard some of the audio clips from this documentary on the Howard Stern back in the day. This is fascinatingly straight forward and free of a lot of PC euphemism about being differently abled and abstinence and all of that feelgood BS.

Thanks Boing-Boing and AV Geeks!


Posted in badassery, ephemera, history, lost arts, vanishing America with tags , , , , on July 16, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

from the pages of Popular Mechanics, 1910.

Remember the Dead

Posted in ephemera, history, vanishing America on June 30, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

Inspired by an old country song that talked about flowers of stone on one’s grave, I searched around for funeral arts stuff. I found this creepy old pamphlet cover advertising the wares of the Goodwin Marble and Granit Works company from the late 19th century.
Click to embiggen to see the granite roses.
It seems that Accidental Mysteries is also mementoing the mori today. I guess the end of the fiscal year brings out the melancholy in us all. pfff.

those were different times- Boy Scouts in blackface (1950something)

Posted in history, made in usa, vanishing America, youth culture on June 11, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

I wonder what the Minstrelry badge looked like?

1952 Chevrolet Station Wagon

Posted in cars, fuzzy childhood memories, made in usa, vanishing America on June 7, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

grabbed from the NY Times