Archive for badassery

on eBay: French Free Forces Medal of Liberated France (1944)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 13, 2010 by All Conference Vintage

up now for $45 from seller Elite Militaria, shipping from Australia, ending on April 17th.

Kleenex (aka LiLiPUT) “Nice” (Switzerland, 1978)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 31, 2010 by All Conference Vintage

Kleenex was one of the first all-female punk bands, coming straight out of Switzerland in 1978.   They had to change their name from Kleenex to LiLiPUT when the Kimberley Clark Corporation threatened to sue them in 1979.   I was first introduced to this band by the A Lines, who cover this song on their outstanding “You Can Touch” LP.   I love this kind of disaffected foreign art school girl punk rock to the max!  Surprisingly, this band’s debut ep only goes for $10 or so on eBay.  The clothes these Swiss misses are wearing would not look out of place in an American Apparel ad today.

* edit:  I guess Kill Rock Stars released something by LiLiPUT this year.  Whatevs.  I guess in not the archeologist I fancy myself to be.

cover of the first edition of Mark Twain’s “The Innocents Abroad” (1869)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 12, 2010 by All Conference Vintage

Oldsmobile Pirate hits 54.38 mph in speed trials (1903)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 17, 2010 by All Conference Vintage

It takes nattily attired insane gentleman to navigate a vehicle like this.  Ransom Olds’ Pirate race car was a stripped down version of the best selling car of the time, the Olds Curved Dash Runabout.  Those bullet shaped noses are oil tanks. This thing just looks like a blast to drive.

“I can see my own death”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 29, 2010 by All Conference Vintage

Name this movie in the comments and list your favorite parts.  annnnd go!

grabbed from

Poochinski (1990)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 6, 2010 by All Conference Vintage

According to the internet, this is not a joke or a parody.  This clip is from a show about rejected TV pilots.  Poochinski “starred” Peter Boyle as a cop who is reincarnated as a talking bulldog puppet or whatever?  I desperately want to make this a real weekly television show.  I know that puppet is gathering dust in the same warehouse where the Ark is stored at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

stop smoking poster (1977)

Posted in badassery, how much art can you take? with tags , , on July 17, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

“Concerned with the harmful effects of smoking, the World Health Organization and the Union Internationale Contre le Cancer (UICC) created this poster of a skeletal hand holding a cigarette. As an independent non-governmental organization founded in 1933, UICC objectives are to advance scientific and medical knowledge in research, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer, and to promote all other aspects of the campaign against cancer throughout the world. The skeletal image in this poster, a symbol of death, is a common feature in a variety of public health campaigns against alcohol use, venereal disease, and drug abuse. The image is designed to create an association between the behavior and its ultimate consequences. In this case, the textual message contrasts with the negative connotation of the image by recommending, “Stop smoking, improve your health.” “
grabbed from United States National Library of Medicine


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.

Custer Battlefield Hiway (1920s?)

Posted in ephemera, history, how much art can you take?, vanishing America with tags , , , , , , on March 16, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

Undated travel decal from the Emergence of Advertising collection.
scoured from Google:

“The CBH route originated in Des Moines, passed through Ames to the west, then north and west through Sioux City, and across into Montana, ending at the Glacier National Park in western Montana. “

Image of an astounding map of the route, grabbed from an ebay auction. Feel free to buy it for me! Check out’s ebay store for tons of incredible images. (uncompensated gushing endorsement- but I would graciously accept this map!) Tell them Bulldog Vintage sent ya.

I would love to convice the family to travel this route on our next vacation. Too bad it’s not the Thirties or I would hitchhike it. I’d love to make a Twenties country music song about this route, an imagined pre-cursor to “Route 66”. Anyone play fiddle and or washboard out there? I’ll sing.

Mercedes Benz 0319 Panorama

Posted in badassery, cars, i am endlessly fascinating with tags , on March 11, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

This one is called an “Executive Coach” – LOVE that color scheme!

Gott in himmel! Is this not the most beautiful thing you’ve seen in your entire life? That rollback canvas sunroof is breaking my heart! Give me a classic car with some real character over a brand new luxury car with iPod jack and holo-DVD player any fucking day of the week. I imagine this ducky little erfahrener Reisender happily belching his way across some sunny Alpine pass with the Von Trapp family piled in the back. It seems as though these were never sold in the US, which is surprising given the popularity of the VW Microbus. Add a Mercedes Benz o319 panarama bus to my “Must Buy When I Become An Eccentric Internet Millionaire” list.

There’s a fine example for sale here. There’s a brochure for sale on Ebay but it’s in Spanish and $50 (from whence i stole the image above)