Steelcase Inc. advertisment from a 1963 issue of Forbes Magazine

Steelcase Inc. advertisement from a 1963 issue of Forbes Magazine (Image: Flickr)

Back when smoking was allowed (and encouraged) in the workplace, Steelcase Inc. released this promotional Zippo lighter to advertise it’s modern office furniture.  I love the original Zippo box and the artwork on the lighter is phenomenal!  I found this on Ebay.

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Vintage Ventriloquists

March 29, 2009

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I found this great Vintage Ventriloquism group on Flickr.   Below are some of my favorites.

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My favorite ventriloquist of all time is Jerry Etherson from Episode 98 of “The Twilight Zone” titled “The Dummy” (1962).

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"The Dummy" - One of my favorite "Twilight Zone" episodes.

Playboy – April 1961

March 29, 2009

I’m obsessed with this cover!

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Mr. Mario Bellini (Image: http://www.vitra.com)

I’ve been on a huge Olivetti kick lately.  I found this amazing Logos 55 calculator which was designed by Mr. Mario Bellini in the late 1960’s for Olivetti on Ebay.  I love the wedge shape and the use of blue and orange color pops behind the keys.  This is space age design at it’s best.

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Ad from LIFE magazine - 1967 (Image: www.georgelois.com)

"The Nauga is ugly, but his vinyl hide is beautiful" - Ad from LIFE magazine - 1967 (Image: http://www.georgelois.com)

These amazing Naugahyde stuffed toys were made in the 1960’s & 1970’s to promote the hottest new trend in upholstery.  These fun little monsters have a cult following and have become very collectible.

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Image: Ebay

The Nauga on Johnny Carson! (Image: Flickr)

The Nauga on Johnny Carson! (Image: Flickr)

Naugahyde had a great ad campaign!

Naugahyde had a great ad campaign!

Naugahyde also promoted easy clean-up!

Naugahyde also promoted easy clean-up!

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Image: freedesign.jp

Wonderful Woody Wagons

March 24, 2009

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Ad for the 1939 Ford V-8 Woody Wagon

Image: Corbis

Image: Corbis

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1948 Chevrolet Woody Wagon (Image: www.automotivehistoryonline.com)

1948 Chevrolet Woody Wagon (Image: http://www.automotivehistoryonline.com)

How many surfers can you fit in this Buick 8 door wagon?  (Image: www.rthimage.com)

How many surfers can you fit in this Buick 8 door wagon? (Image: http://www.rthimage.com)

1949 Dosoto Wagon (Image: Ebay)

1949 Dosoto Wagon (Image: Ebay)

1939 Ford (Image:www.lowerysautorestoration.com)

1939 Ford (Image:www.lowerysautorestoration.com)

1948 Plymouth Woody (Image: www.stationwagon.com)

1948 Plymouth Woody (Image: http://www.stationwagon.com)

1940 Packard Custom Wagon (Image: Corbis)

1940 Packard Custom Wagon (Image: Corbis)

1942 Ford Super DeLuxe wagon and other woodys (Image: Corbis)

1942 Ford Super DeLuxe wagon and other woodys (Image: Corbis)

I found this great board game on Ebay.

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I found this amazing 1950’s Spanish Sci-Fi Novel group on Flickr.  I love these illustrations!  My favorites are below.

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The fine folks over at Eames Collector.com have put together this amazing 1 minute video of the various knots of Mr. Charles Eames’ bow ties.  The film ends with a rare view of the original design sketch of the Charles Eames bow tie as designed by Mrs. Ray Eames.  All of Mr. Eames’ bow ties were hand made in New York City.  We make a similar shaped bow tie at David Hart & Co. with pointed ends.


This futuristic car lamp from the 1950’s is awesome.  I found it on Ebay.

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