Archive for how much art can you take?

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.

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Joan Crawford’s hand drawn custom sweatshirt (1930s)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 19, 2010 by All Conference Vintage

grabbed from an ambitious project collapsing

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.

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985) exterior shots

Posted in fuzzy childhood memories, how much art can you take?, movies with tags , , , on August 22, 2009 by All Conference Vintage


Establishing exterior shot of Pee Wee Herman’s house


Establishing shot of the mall from which Pee Wee’s bike is stolen.


Mario’s Magic Shop, next door to the Bookworm’s Bookshop.


Chuck’s Bike-o-Rama! I miss Woolworth’s.


109 AM where Pee Wee goes on the air to get the word out about his bike.

The night of the meeting. Every light in the house is on.
Outside of the Buxton residence. Staid appearance contrasts sharply with the fun loving and uh ecclectic appearance of Pee Wee’s yard. I’m sure the HOA loved him.

Noir-ish alley where Pee Wee is confronted by muggers. Rain and elongated shadows mock standard Noir images.

Madam Ruby’s. Pee Wee’s eyeline is used throughout the film to tell the story in a very traditional way, somewhat recalling early slapstick comedies.
Hitchhiking to the Alamo. Fence establishes bucolic scene. I love how Pee Wee adds creativity and flair to everything he does. Bindle appears out of nowhere.
The memorable and real dinosaur gas station.
Andy!
“There are thousands and thousands of uses for corn, all of which I will tell you about right now!”
San Antonio bus station.
Rodeo riders’ RV park.
Phone booth deep in the heart of Texas.
Outside the Apache Bar. Fun fact: the biker babe was played by Cassandra Peterson, aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.
Warner Brothers studios.
Pet shop fire.

The world premiere of Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.

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

Roky Erickson "The Creature with the Atom Brain" 1980

Posted in American music, lost souls, philosophy, playlist, religion, showmanship with tags , , , , on May 21, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

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 Zazzle.com’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.