Sunday, August 31, 2014

I ♥ Hartland

I went to an estate sale a week ago Friday in Lemay.  It was later in the morning, so I figured the good stuff would already be gone.  For some reason, they had people entering through the basement around back and the first thing I saw inside was a box of a bunch of loose plastic horses.  There were also a couple figures in riding stance.

At first I thought they were the cheaper figures you would find at vacation tourist stops, such as these I picked up a while ago. But I recongnized one of the figures immediately.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Future Shock

These slides were among a bunch of banking-related slides I picked up at an estate sale quite a while back. They date from about 1970 and feature some state of the art (for the time) computer equipment.  Others showed how they envisioned the year 2000.

The age they were living in:

The age they dreamed would someday be:

Apparently, N times Apple times Pear equals 3.  And if you don't get the right answer, they remove all the air from your vacuum chamber.

***Update: I came across another related set from this same collection which you can view here.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

What was on Television August 16th through 27th, 1980

Welcome to this week's trip back into TV's  hairy-chested past.  This week it's 1980 and we visit TV's Incredible Hunks.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Memories of Mendel

A little over a year ago, I came across what I consider one of my best finds -- a cache of pictures and original recordings featuring Shirley White, an unknown Big Band singer who performed with The Phil Levant Orchestra in nightclubs throughout the midwest in the late 1940's.  Through this blog, I was happy to be able to return them to Shirley's family where they belonged.

Last month at another estate sale, I came across yet another cache of original records by another Big Band era unknown -- The Mendel Riley Orchestra.

While digging through stacks and stacks (and stacks!) of mainstream record albums from the 1960's, I recognized an original recording disc mixed among them.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

What was on TV August 12th through 18th, 1978

Time for this week's TV Guide.  Technically, last week's, but you know me by now.

We can see from the cover shot that David Hartman has a liking for the St. Louis Cardinals and #2 pencils

That poor Pirate.  They couldn't come up with a cute nickname for him too?  Let's remedy that.  From here out, he shall be known as "Scuttlebutt".

Not to be confused with...

 TV is still driving viewers to closets, flea markets and garage sales but now it is for that buried treasure that they can parlay into filthy lucre.  Much like I do.

Hey, Sha-na-na.  Dip-dip-dip-dip-dip-Don't, okay?

 I believe that's another Cheryl Tieg Virginia Slim ad.

 And Marc Siem from Winona, Minn. lays the burn on "Black Sheep Squadron." Take that Robert Conrad!!

 I'm not bald! I'm Buddy Lembeck!

 Man...Carter and the first 14 presidents get the shaft. How are you going to see them when they are covered in mashed potatoes and gravy?

 There are so many questions about the Space-Age "Miniature" Amplifier. Who wants a walnut finish on that thing? Why are so many of the words in quotation marks? Why is the word stereo in quotes and has an asterisk? Why is there no asterisk to reference in the ad? Why do I think this thing isn't even close to pumping out stereo sound. This is a very comic book style ad for TV Guide.

I know where I was at 2:40 on Sunday, August 13th. And those are odd start times. When did networks start padding the movies out with commercials to land on the :00 and :30 start times?

 "Mom, Dad, what's film? And why did it have to be developed?"

 The fact that Miles uses 2x3's and skips nailing every other joist shouldn't concern you.

 Smooth away wrinkles in minutes? I think the Secret Wrinkle is really just spackle.

 I'm disappointed the story never mentioned Timex watches. Remember, "it takes a licking and keeps on ticking".

 "Tell me, Cecily - Do I look like Will Ferrell and Peter Cushing had a baby?"
I think we all know where Harry Purvis stands on "Love Boat" and "Carter Country".

That's all for this week.  Stay tuned.
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