Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Your Mother Let You Out Wearing That?

I mean really...this is just bad.
This is the front cover, fairly reasonable, even if the hat's a bit cheesy.

Here's another Mathis album--they are both dated 1972. I am not sure which came first...guess I could google that :). This one is much more sartorially reasonable, although still representative of the era.

Why, he is almost handsome here!
It appears that the upper one is first, then the lower one. Just wondering.

Monday, November 14, 2011

1987 Plymouth Sundance

I swore after 1975-76 driver's education that I would never drive a Chrysler product because the Fury that we had was broken all the time. It was a challenge to get ones hours in sometimes due to the frequency of the car's mechanical problems. My family drove VWs and Saabs and Ford four wheel drives for winter.
My first car after the family hand me down was a 1982 Ford Escort. It wasn't a bad little car, pretty reliable and fun to drive. I found it squirrelly in the winter--the back end felt like it wanted to come around when driving on snow packed roads. So when it came time for a new car, I was willing to look at other cars.
I saw the ads for the Dodge Shadow on TV and thought it was a cool looking car and so went to the local dealer. I was so ignorant of the ways of Chrysler that I stopped at the Plymouth dealership not knowing the difference. There I test drove a 1987 Sundance, with two doors and the turbo. It was great, felt more stable than the Ford. I took it, thank you very much. Price: $6500 after trade. Since then I have owned two more Chrysler products. It handled well, the turbo made it plenty peppy, the transmission was strong, it was pretty reliable. I did blow the turbo after my long cross country drive to move to Kansas City but it was under warranty and Bud Brown Chrysler (RIP) fixed me right up.
A good car that I wish I could have managed to keep.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

8 Tracks

A local thrift store had a good supply of 8 Track tapes the other day. This is just a sample of what was available. Other artists available were Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Ted Nugent, Kansas, and the sound track "Nadia's Theme."

The irony of the CDs in the background is not lost on me.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Record Club

I don't know if record clubs still exist--I just can't imagine in this day and age that they have survived. They were still operating in the early 1990s, I do remember. It wasn't too bad a deal as long as you dealt with the picking of the selection. Otherwise you ended up with stuff you didn't want and paid too much for it to boot. It is fun to look at the featured artists here--who we still remember and who is lost in the groove-yard of time.

I am not sure when this is from--since cassettes and 8 tracks are offered I would guess late 1970s or early 1980s.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Station Wagon

I have to say that when I see a wagon like this one today I start thinking of it as a collectors item...

The Name Is Nissan

Just love the old cars in this ad, which is trying to convince the consumer that the name of the company is the only thing that is changing.

Question: Is there a "classic car hobby" in Japan?

Monday, July 25, 2011

International Scout

I never heard anything bad about the International product--you just didn't see very many of them. I like this cartoon drawing of the Scout on its tippy-toes on top of the mountain.

Chinese Rail Road

As recently as 1980, the Chinese were rocking this locomotive in their system. Now, they are rocking the bullet trains. Although not without grief--corruption and graft marred the building process and three folks just got canned for not taking care of an electric train that had been laying dead on the tracks due to being struck by lightening, and was run into by another train, resulting in loss of life.

Photo is from National Geographic.

Monday, July 11, 2011

And Now For Something A Little More Practical

Oh you need room for a couple people and groceries? Datsun had you covered there too with these wagons. They certainly are not as pretty as a 280-Z . Wagons were still pretty common in 1980. Although it seems they've been around forever, the minivan was still just a germ of an idea that Lee Iaccoca had stashed away in the back of his head in 1980...

Luxury In the Fast Lane

280-Zs are just pretty cars! Every so often you will see one out and about but they've gotten kind of rare out on the streets. Let's face it, we love the roadster--two seater car, completely impractical, designed to look (and if you are lucky, be) fast, a little macho, a little edgy. From the Mercedes 190SL through the early T Birds; Corvettes, BMW 3 series, Mazda Miatas, MGs and the rest--even Dodge Vipers--the tradition is carried on much to the pleasure of those of us who enjoy a fine ride .

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Film Development By Mail

Getting one's film developed when you lived in a very rural area was not a simple thing. Few towns had stores big enough to have one hour developing and many did not even have the connections to send film out. So you sent it yourself, from home to Kodak or another developer. You would send your 126 cassette, or 35 mm film and it would return to you all developed, your photos and negatives in tidy envelopes and sleeves. It was an exciting day to go to the post office and find your prints waiting for you!

It might be worth exploring sometime how some things today have fallen into our hands to do--in the age of digital, we make our own prints, either at home or at a place like Kinko's. Some other things we have passed on to others to do. What sort of quality and time use implications are in that?

Ad is from a National Geographic mid 1960s.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Ready When You Are

One airplane ad deserves another, right? Can you see any airline today talking about the qualifications of the flight crew? I believe this is another 1980s ad, although the wide collars look more like 1970s garb.

Ironically, both Delta and United are struggling to survive and have merged with other airlines--Delta with Northwest and United first with Continental and then US Airways.

Flying the Friendly Skies

This ad is half for an airline and half for a destination. It definitely makes me interested in going, but I am so aware that getting there will not be half the fun. The skies are decidedly less friendly now then in the mid 1980s time of this ad, and even then air travel was changing already in the less regulated business climate of the time.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

First Name

Kansas City's outdoor soccer team was given an...awkward name. It was lengthened to Wizards which was OK really.

Now, it's the bit lame Sporting as in "Sporting Kansas City."

Vote: As bad as "Wiz" or worse or better?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Camping with Dodge

1960s vintage Dodge truck ad invites folks to camp using Dodge trucks. Looks like fun!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Cigarette Ads

It's not until you pick up an old magazine that you realize what hasn't been for several years--print ads for cigarettes. I am not sure if it was legislative fiat that removed print ads from magazines or a decision by publishers, but they have been gone for a long time.

This is not just an ad--but a contest--remember all the flap over merchandise affiliated with cigs--Joe Camel et. al.? A contest is unthinkable today.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Le Cat Black

Mid 1980s vintage print ad--National Geographic. To any Ford people--ever see one of these at one of your shows?

Monday, May 30, 2011

Datsun: Demonstrating Ruggedness

Datsun worked some 1970s color and fonts into this illustration of their vehicles working it in rally races in tough conditions to appeal to 1970 readers of Outdoor Life magazine. Remember in 1970, gas was a pittance and the emphasis was on horsepower and performance. Only VW had really been able to penetrate the US market with its smaller cars--Japanese cars had not made as strong an impact at that time.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Technology Gone: The Typewriter

Again, at a thrift store. The only thing better for finding nostalgia items is an estate sale. Came across this strange instrument...

Not only is this a typewriter, it is a manual typewriter. This size is meant to be a portable--you could call it the first word processor. Touching the keys would cause some mechanical bits to move and make one of these arms, topped with a picture of the letter to hit the ribbon, thus transferring ink to the paper you had rolled it.

Unfortunately the cellphone doesn't quite have the resolution to show the little sculptures of "i/I" and "e/E" and "f/F" and the rest on these key arms.

Does any one use a typewriter any more? For awhile we needed them to fill out forms, but now with autofill, even that use is gone. However, if you were stuck in the jungle, this little machine might be pretty useful. It needs neither cord nor battery. Type to your heart's content, until your fingers tire, your ribbon is worn or you are out of White Out

Changes in Recording Music

Since Edison's invention of the phonograph, humanity has been trying to improve the quality and lifelikeness of the recording of voices and musical instruments. I was in a thrift store the other day and noticed this record:

On the back was a bit of a lesson on the spectrum of sound frequencies, as well as the demo's song list.
There's no date on the demonstrator, but I would think late 1950s/early 1960s. By the mid sixties, stereo 331/3 records--LPs, short for Long Playing--were the norm.

This cover story in Popular Science in 1985 heralded the next significant move in sound recording and reproduction--the digital age. This was the Compact Disc and digitally recorded music's time of introduction and it was a significant move. Other technologies had come along side the LP--8 track tapes and cassette tapes--with some improvement in sound and the introduction of portability but no significant change in the way recorded music was made.

Now, the CD is said to be endangered, with sales down every year. The digital revolution continues with downloads storing music in bytes and bits.

And so it goes.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Wordy Plymouth Ad

Ads back in the day seem like they were wordier--although that may have depended on the audience. It probably made a difference that this was in a National Geographic. NG readers would probably read it!

Monday, May 23, 2011

In The May 21, 1957 Kansas City Star

The major story was the Ruskin Heights tornado. There was still room for this advertisement for this chromed land yacht!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Checker Cars

Checker is probably most known for its iconic taxi cabs. I rode these while I lived in New York, both the larger version that had seats in the floor you could unfold and sit on, giving a capacity of six or more, and the smaller version. This ad, a column ad from a National Geographic shows that Checker tried to sell cars to the general public. I am not sure how successful they were as I can not recall seeing a Checker that wasn't a taxi.

Wagoneer: Faithful 4WD

Mid sixties ad for the Jeep Wagoneer--a vehicle that eventually became the cutting edge of the SUV revolution. I am not sure of the actual vintage of this ad--it would be early to mid 1960s as it was still Kaiser Jeep. The magazine is a National Geographic.

Interesting to note that Jeep is rendered in semi quotes--'Jeep'--I wonder why.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Yeah, I Need This Like Another Hole In My Head!

The problem is all us old Baby Boomers are starting to love on our old stuff. That even includes old advertisements. I love looking at older magazines and seeing the print ads. A friend and I were ooohing over a 1960s vintage outdoors magazine--with car ads, cigarette ads (remember those?) and all sorts of niftiness. So for someplace to put these little attacks of nostalgia, I've started--another BLOG. I thought about going FB on this, and I might later, but we'll start with the blog.

No nostalgia this post as I am at a public computer, without access to my photos. Just wait though!

Oh and videos from You Tube! Just wait until I post that Plymouth ad with Celine Dion. Wait, I have time, I'll see if I can find it!

(I found it, but stupid IE crashed when I tried to embed it.)