Ernest Borel Cocktail Watch

December 18, 2008

My newest watch obsession is this Ernest Borel Cocktail watch which was manufactured in the 1960’s.  The watch features two semi-transparent disks that when wound, rotate in opposite directions to create a dizzying kaleidoscope effect.  I also love the lugs, red hands, and the see-through case. 

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The back shows the exposed movement

The back shows the exposed movement

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Bill Ward’s Telephone Girls

December 18, 2008

I love these conte crayon drawings by pin-up artist Bill Ward from the late 1950’s – early 1960’s. These are from his popular telephone girls collection.

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Mr. Raymond Loewy

Mr. Raymond Loewy

I found these amazing concept design sketches by industrial designer Raymond Loewy. Mr Loewy is know for his iconic designs such as the Coca-Cola bottle, the GG1 Locomotive, the Studebaker Avanti, and the Lucky Stripe cigarette package (which hasn’t changed since 1942!) I love the loose hand and perspective of these beautiful sketches.

"Preliminary Studies for Studebaker Avanti Automobile." March 22, 1961. American Treasures of the Library of Congress.

"Preliminary Studies for Studebaker Avanti Automobile." March 22, 1961. American Treasures of the Library of Congress.

S1 drawing signed and dated 1937

S1 drawing signed and dated 1937

"Preliminary Studies for Studebaker Avanti Automobile." March 22, 1961. American Treasures of the Library of Congress.

"Preliminary Studies for Studebaker Avanti Automobile." March 22, 1961. American Treasures of the Library of Congress.

"Preliminary Studies for Studebaker Avanti Automobile." March 22, 1961. American Treasures of the Library of Congress.

"Preliminary Studies for Studebaker Avanti Automobile." March 22, 1961. American Treasures of the Library of Congress.

Avanti - 1961

Avanti - 1961

Avanti - 1961

Avanti - 1961

Avanti 1961

Avanti 1961

Avanti - 1961

Avanti - 1961

Avanti - 1961

Avanti - 1961

Loewy's GG1

Loewy's T1 Locamotive

Swell Toys of the Space Age

December 17, 2008

The kids growing up in the 1950’s and 1960’s must have had a BLAST playing with these toys! Not only are the toys incredible; I love the packaging as well!  I found these on EBay.

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Friction powered Mobile Jet

Space Television toy - Awesome for documenting all those new planets and moons

Space Television toy - Awesome for documenting all those new planets and moons

Alien UFO

Alien UFO

Space Tank

Space Tank

Mr. Machine - Ideal 1960

Mr. Machine - Ideal 1960

Buck Rogers jigsaw puzzle

Buck Rogers jigsaw puzzle

Rolling Astronaut toy; I love the branding with NASA on this guy.

Rolling Astronaut toy; I love the branding with NASA on this guy.

Awesome Space Gun!

Awesome Space Gun!

Space Ranger - Real flying toy!

Space Ranger - Real flying toy!

Family Portraits of the Past

December 13, 2008

I found these amazing 1950’s family portraits on Google Images and Flickr. I don’t know anything about these families, but I love the family dynamic of the 1950’s and I think it’s incredible that they were able to get all the members of the family together in one place for photographs. I thought these were a lot of fun.

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Here’s a picture of my Dad and his sisters with my Grandmother from the late 1950’s:

My Dad is in the center

My Dad is in the center

I’m already planning my winter vacation for next year. I will definitely be staying at the Jested Teletower in the Czech Republic. Aside from great skiing, the Jested Tower is an incredible 1960’s futuristic building. The Jested Tower was designed and built between 1963-1968 by architect Karl Hubacek. The tower is in the shape of a hyperboloid, and resembles a “futuristic” space ship. I love that the tower is a hotel that also serves as a television transmitter. The interior hasn’t changed that much.

The Jested Teletower's outside view.  I love the hyperboloid shape

The Jested Teletower's outside view. I love the hyperboloid shape

The original bar

The original bar - Great bar stools!

The bar as it looks today

The bar as it looks today

The original restaurant

The original restaurant - I'm obsessed with the chairs!

The restaurant today

The restaurant today - The hanging lights are great! I'm glad they're still hanging today!

Another view of the original restaurant

Another view of the original restaurant

Another view of the current restaurant

Another view of the current restaurant

The current hallway has hanging chairs

The current hallway has hanging chairs

Another view of the hallway - I love the Louise Nevelson-"esque" sculptures

Another view of the hallway - I love the Louise Nevelson-"esque" sculptures

One of the original hotel room interiors

One of the original hotel room interiors

Another view of one of the original hotel rooms - The old television set receives it's signal from the tower!

Another view of one of the original hotel rooms - The old television set received it's signal directly from the tower!

Here's how the rooms look today.  Even more space age!  I can't wait to wear a tuxedo the whole time I'm here!

Here's how the rooms look today. Even more space age! I can't wait to wear a tuxedo the whole time I'm here!

The view from the top of the mountain gives you the feeling of flying

The view from the top of the mountain makes you feel as though you're flying

Transmitters in the tower are still used today for televison broadcasting

Transmitters in the tower are still used today for televison broadcasting

More technology for broadcasting inside the tower

More technology for broadcasting inside the tower

JJ Abrams Wears David Hart

December 13, 2008

Not only has JJ Abrams produced shows like LOST, Alias, and Fringe, he’s also the director of the new Star Trek movie. I am also very flattered that he wore my Robot Tie to the 18th Annual Beat the Odds Awards on December 4th. Thanks JJ! You look great!

JJ Abrams in David Hart & Co.

JJ Abrams in David Hart & Co. (Image: Getty)

Space Age Sexism

December 10, 2008

Just to make it clear, The Invisible Agent does not condone sexism in any way, shape, or form; but these old ads from the 1950’s are too good to pass up.  Check them out for a look at advertising history.

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Sexist Santa knows just what she wants for the Holidays

Sexist Santa knows just what she wants for the Holidays

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I found this “Popular Electronics” magazine from December 1958 on Paleo-Future (One of my favorite blogs). I love the cover and the merging of popular culture with Science Fiction. How great it must have been to find this magazine in the mailbox back in 1958.

"Popular Electronics" from December 1958

"Popular Electronics" from December 1958

Speaking of Holiday robots…Here is the perfect gift I’d love to receive. All of these robots are hand crafted  by the artist “Guy Robot“.  He uses found objects, appliances, and electronics to create these one of a kind sculptures:

"Gyro"

"Gyro"

"Cosmo"

"Cosmo"

"Ironman"

"Ironman"

"Euclid"

"Euclid"

Old Shoe Polish Tins

December 10, 2008

I love old shoe polish tins. The fonts and graphics are great. Here are some great ones that I found:

Lincoln

Lincoln

Paratroop

Paratroop

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This one's made with "RADIUM"...doesn's sound too safe!

This one's made with "RADIUM"...doesn't sound too safe!

Vintage Kiwi (This is the brand I use)

Vintage Kiwi (This is the brand I use)