Archive for ephemera

1963 Chicago Bears media guide

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

(via eBay and out of my price range)

hey hey, it’s been a while since I’ve posted here, but I’m getting back into the swing of things.

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Save your Tang points for a t-shirt! (1987)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 5, 2010 by All Conference Vintage

This ad was featured in seemingly every comic book in 1987.   I’ve never seen that Wham!-inspired “T is for Tang” t-shirt at any thrift store or anywhere else in the world, but I will not rest until it is mine.  

The raison d’etre for the other “Big Orange Big Shot” Tang stuff is more than a little mystifying.  The only plausible explanation is that a lonely middle aged gal  in the Tang promo department got taken by a particularly crafty bullshit artist promotional products salesman.  What else could explain the existence on this material plane of a Tang-themed novelty phone (please God, let that be a phone)?  Sure, astonauts drank Tang and the name itself has a certain elementary school yard je ne sais quoi, but nothing attracts the unwanted attention of a bully like orange shades and headbands.  The copyrighter seems to run out of steam when describing the orange suspenders and shies away from calling them Atomic Wedgie magnets, instead shrugging, “They’re orange, they’re adjustable, and they’re a lot cooler than a belt” .

I’m tempted to write to the TANG! brand PO box in Kankakee just to see what happens.  There’s no way they actually gave these away to anyone- but if that $10  ($67000 in today’s dollar adjusted for inflation) phone exists, please write to your humble author with your asking price.

PS. Tang is also sold under the Senior Citizen-targeted branch name Metamucil.

image grabbed from Negative Pleasure

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!


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.

Dr. William H. Cosby for Texas Instruments computers (1983)

Posted in ephemera, fuzzy childhood memories, technology with tags , , , , on May 5, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

Grabbed from Sports Illustrated or something. I love the serious Cos.