Monday, December 22, 2008

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Ned!

From Cinema Arts, September 1937. Eyebrows by Sharpie of Hollywood.

Monday, March 03, 2008

A Trip to the Attic 003

Random pulls from the archives.

From Chrysler Owners Magazine 9/52:

Is it naive or outsider art? I call it fan art. From The Morgan Horse 3/52:

Webcor! From US News and World Report 12/5/58:

Scary text, cool illo, from US News and World Report 12/5/58:

Living too near Vanadium Corp testing facility perhaps? From US News and World Report 12/5/58:

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Hello Sweet Heart!

The legendary Johnson-Smith Catalog. I found a hard-cover edition (from 1947) at an antique mall last weekend.

Some random page scans. Sorry about the paper browning, but that's what it looks like. Page 156 has an ad for the Flutophone, the first musical instrument I ever played. I scoff at the poor, pathetic Tonette players. "Wait in the wings", I say, "until the first-string Flutophones have had their solos"!

The Magic Nose Flute! Reference: "Lather" by Jefferson Airplane, Crown of Creation lp, 1968.

Somewhat politically incorrect page ahead; turning eggs into a big "snake" is strictly verboten for many religious groups!

Monday, February 25, 2008

A Trip to the Attic 002

All images from the March 12, 1945 issue of Time Magazine. I wasn't even going to bother going through this one, but there's some pretty cool stuff in there.

Are re-caps a forgotten part of the "green" economy?

Purple Mountains.

Boris Artzybasheff! One of my favorite illustrators.

Bohn Aluminum always had great space-age advertisements:

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Postcards, Connecticut

View of Mill River from East Rock.

West Rock, New Haven.

Castle Craig, Hubbard Park, Meriden.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A Trip to the Attic 001

This week's trip to the attic yields the following magazine cover scans:

A Boston garden catalog from 1947 -

Contract Bridge Made Easy -

A Century of Progress, Chicago World's Fair, 1933. Kiwanis Magazine -

The American Girl, August 1935 -

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Focus on MicroComputers, 1979

Here are some scans from Popular Electronics Magazine, November 1979. Not a mouse in sight.

That's the front cover, above. Here's the inside cover, an Apple ad:

The Casio Melody 80. I want one!

Ever notice how every computer ad from the '70s - '90s is pretty much a nuclear family huddled around a table, with one of them pointing at something on the monitor?

This Compucolor looks pretty sweet for 1979...

Good old Heathkit. The All-In-One H89 model. Probably the last computer to come out of Benton Harbor, Michigan.

Some PCs from Ohio Scientific:

The Exidy Sorcerer. They just don't name 'em like that anymore...

Some random images from the issue.

That's all for now. Maybe I'll find some pics from the '80s next time!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Marble's Instruments #4

Picked this one up last October. Nice low action and funky tone from the no-name pickup (maybe a DeArmond?). The next is set with a dry-wall screw...