Archive for vanishing America

the original Boy Scouts “Be Prepared” badge (1910?)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 7, 2010 by All Conference Vintage

I was never in the Boy Scouts, but I’m minorly obsessed with their vintage regalia.  I probably have 20 vintage Cub Scouts books and 200 badges.  This one went for over $200 on eBay.

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

Howard Zinn (1922-2010)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 28, 2010 by All Conference Vintage

“Even if you win the rat race, you’re still a rat.”

The Skipper as Santa Claus says Merry Christmas and smoke ’em if you got ’em

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 25, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

Nothing says Merry Christmas like a velvet sack full of cartons of cigarettes.   Everyone knows that Santa smokes a pipe, Chesterfield.

Alan Hale went on to play the Skipper in Gilligan’s Island, duh.  Who knew he had so much versatility?



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.