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Friday, December 5, 2008

Nelson Doubleday Personal Success Program (1958)

Nelson Doubleday was the king of this type of illustrated booklet with inserts, as we've seen with the incredible Around the World Program for the American Geographical Society. We've got two more sets of these booklets to bring you, and we're starting with the Nelson Doubleday Personal Success Program. This first set is the covers -- check out the groovy backgrounds. This will be a fun series, as I'm also going to include the inserted practice materials. Enjoy the covers of the Nelson Doubleday Personal Success Program from 1958 below, or click through for the Flickr set.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Vintage Spanish Flash Cards (1959)

To break the stream of Christmas posts, here's a set of Spanish language flash cards from 1959. They probably belonged to my uncle or my father, but what I was so taken with were the simple, classic illustrations on each card. One side of each card has just the illustration, the other side the illustration with the Spanish term. Marjorie Lowry Pei served as the foreign language consultant for a former division of McGraw-Hill dubbed Gelles-Widmer, the company that produced these foreign language cards and a variety of other flash cards, including sets for arithmetic and the Presidents. Enjoy the slide show below of the 50+ flashcards, or click through for the Flickr set.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Rare Footage of Herb Crisler in the Olympic Mountains (1940s)

I've got some amazing footage to show you! My grandfather had this tape of footage of noted hiker and Disney filmmaker extraordinaire Herb Crisler that he had received from writer and biographer Ruby El Hult, who received it directly from Crisler himself. It was basically unlabeled except for a small note from Ruby stating what was NOT Herb Crisler on the tape (only two short scenes, which have been edited out). After I watched the approximately twenty minutes of footage, I knew this was something special. It's candid moments in the Olympic Mountains with Herb Crisler and assorted others. There's a ton of great moments here, from chasing grouse and filming bear to loading up one of his caches and birdwatching. This footage from the 1940's is a special slice of film we rarely get to see anymore, let alone see something that probably very few people have seen.


Rare Footage of Herb Crisler in the Olympic Mountains from David Marriott on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Complete Postcard Set of International Eastern Star Temple in Washington, D.C. (1940's)

My great grandfather Tedd Marriott was involved with the Masons, although I really don't know much about his involvement, nor was it something that my grandfather or father continued in our family. Regardless, at some point in the 1940's he visited the International Eastern Star Temple -- headquarters of the General Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star -- in Washington, D.C. and purchased this set of twelve personalized postcards. They are completely unused, and have sat in their envelope for approximately sixty years! Please enjoy these images of the postcards in the slide show below, or click through for the Flickr set.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Illustrations from McCall's Service Booklet "Parties All the Year" (1924)

This belonged to one of my great-grandmothers, though we are not sure exactly which, but this McCall's Service Booklet from 1924 titled "Parties All the Year" by Claudia M. Fitzgerald is filled with classic seasonal illustrations. The series included approximately twenty small booklets, each priced at ten cents, or twelve volumes for a dollar. Included here are the front and back cover (which includes an index), title page, and all the illustrations from this small booklet. Enjoy the slide show below, or click through for the Flickr set.

Vintage Rebus Escort Card (1860s)

This is apparently much older than I imagined as I found out when I went to the Wikipedia entry for rebus. They actually have a photo of one of these exact vintage rebus escort cards from the 1860's with woodcut images. Enjoy the scan of ours below, or click it for a full-sized view!

Vintage Escort Card - 1860's

May I see you home, my dear?

Indian Prayer from St. Francis Indian Mission, South Dakota (1950s)

Presented here is a beautiful prayer card from the St. Francis Indian Mission in St. Francis, South Dakota. I am not sure of the date of this item, but my guess would be 1950's, as this would have been when by grandparents were travelling in this area. This is a common prayer, quoted quite regularly across the internet. The simple design and colors are quite charming -- I would love to reproduce this somehow. Enjoy the images below, or click through for the Flickr set.

Indian Prayer from St. Francis Indian Mission - Front

Indian Prayer from St. Francis Indian Mission - Back

Vintage Letterhead

I've got tons of letters, stationary, and letterheads that I'd like to preserve, so I'm starting two sets:
  1. Stationary (Full Sheets) - Regardless of size, these scans will show a complete page of the items.
  2. Letterheads (Cropped) - These scans will show only the portions of the page that feature design or text.
Hopefully, this will serve everyone. To start out, I've added the Hopalong Cassidy stationary to the Stationary set, along with the full sheets of the two letterhead below. I'm not sure about the dates yet (the first is probably 1940's or 195's, the second is probably 1920's or 1930's) -- still getting information from my family on that. Enjoy, and look for much, much more in the future!

AFM 517 - Letterhead (Cropped)

Auto Tire and Rubber - Letterhead (Cropped)

Hopalong Cassidy Children's Stationary (1950s)

Here's a wonderful, unused page of children's stationary from the 1950's, scanned in high quality for your pleasure. Referencing the fictitious Bar-20 Ranch from the world of Hopalong Cassidy, it has some illustrations around the edge of cowboys, cowgirls, horses and guns -- perfect for a young girl or boy in the 1950's. Click through for the full-sized image!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving Image from Our Next Set (1924)

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Thanks for subscribing, and as a thank you to those of you reading this, here is a Thanksgiving image from our next set, the illustrations from the 1924 booklet, Parties All the Year, by Claudia Fitzgerald. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Recipe Sheets from Mary Cullen's Cottage (1950s)

I've come across stacks of these recipes sheets from "Mary Cullen's Cottage" over the past few weeks, sometimes four or five copies of each one. According to my research, there was no actual "Mary Cullen" -- the real author was International Newsmedia Marketing Association member Mary Elizabath Tobin:
Another early member was Mary Elizabeth Tobin of the Portland (Oregon) Journal, whose Mary Cullen's Cottage was one of the United States' outstanding newspaper promotions -- a complete little cottage household that served as an all-embracing homemaking guide for busy homemakers.
This wonderful batch of recipes must have been required reading for whoever owned these -- oh yeah, my grandmother! I'm sure she passed these around to friends at some point in time during the 1950's. Here they are in their usual slideshow, but we've also added them as a download in PDF format -- something new! As always, subscribe to the feed and click through for the Flickr set!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Program from "Guys and Dolls" Starring Pamela Britton (1950s)

I loved the film version of Guys and Dolls as a kid -- "I got the horse right here, his name is Paul Revere..."-- but I never have seen it on the stage. Apparently my grandparents did, because they came over from Port Townsend to see a production of it at the Greenlake Aqua Theatre, a magnificent outdoor stage at Seattle's Greenlake and saved this classic blue program. The production featured Pamela Britton as Ms. Adelaide, whose big claim to fame would come in the 1960's with My Favorite Martian. From the little bit of information I can gather, she worked in mainly West Coast theater circles throughout the 1950s while she raised her daugher, so that is as close as I can get to dating this program. Enjoy the slide show below, click through for full-sized images, and be sure to subscribe!

Billy Graham Crusade in Portland (1950)

My grandmother was a big fan of Billy Graham and his ministries, and during his 1950 Crusade in Portland she went to check him out in person. For one reason or another, this small piece of ephemera was saved, and brought back from the depths of history for you and presented here! As it's only three images, I'll do without the slide show, but as always, feel free to click through for the Flickr set.

Billy Graham in Portland (1950) - Front


Billy Graham in Portland (1950) - Inside


Billy Graham in Portland (1950) - Back

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Hilf Mit! - Nazi Teachers Association Magazine (1936)

hilf mit! - Nazi Youth Magazine - 1936According to OD43.com, a site specializing in scarce original historic Third Reich literature, anti-semitic Third Reich books, Third Reich documents and ephemera:
"Hilf Mit!" was the official monthly periodical from the Nazi teachers association with lots of Hitler Youth photos."

These turned up at a garage sale of all places, and they were too stunning to pass up. These three issues from 1936 have stunning images of nationalism, poetry and songs of nationalism (as shown in one included page) and plenty of propaganda. I have scanned the three covers as well as a music sheet, as I am a musician by trade. View the slideshow below, or click through for the Flickr set.

Ciels et Sourires de France (June 1934)

Ciels et Sourires de France (Skies and Smiles of France) June 1934This is a vintage photo booklet produced by Fluxine Laboratories. The best information available came from one book collector site in France:

Monthly magazines dedicated to medical, specially edited by Fluxin Laboratories in Villefranche (Rhone), under the artistic direction of GL Arlaud, soft cover, many illustrations, engravings of French landscapes and advertising of pharmaceuticals.

This particular volume of "Ciels et Sourires de France" from June of 1934 feautures photos from the beautiful medieval city of PĂ©rouges, France. Also included are the wonderful advertising pages for what appears to be hemorrhoid creams and other ointments and medicines. Enjoy the slideshow below, or click through for the Flickr set. And be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Advertisements from Time Magazine (December 1981)

My folks saved lots of magazines corresponding to important events -- as I suspect many people did regarding the recent election -- and the birth of my sister in 1981 was one such event. These wonderful advertisements come from the TIME magazine from December 27, 1981 -- The Year in Pictures issue. Not much creativity in the company that created these two ads, was there?

Barclay Advertisement - Time (Dec 28, 1981)Barclay Advertisement - Time (Dec 28, 1981)
Lots of cigarette and booze ads here, but also some wonderful ones from Hilton, Bell Systems, Chrysler (with Ricardo Montalban), Azar Nuts and Snap-E-Tom. Enjoy the slideshow below, or click through for the Flickr set.

Vintage Matchbook Covers (1930s)

Vintage Matchbook - Club Victor (Seattle, WA)I've been tackling the arduous task of sorting through boxes of things saved from my grandparent's house, and something that keeps coming up are these amazingly well-preserved matchbook covers. The colors are still vibrant after sixty-plus years. At least a few date from the 1930's for sure, as there are notes and dates written inside most of them. Of particular note is the horribly racist Coon Chicken Inn matchbook -- I found some other stuff related to this, and I'll try to post (please note: we have NO intention of being offensive by posting this, merely pointing out the sadly racist additudes in our history -- also note is was OUTSIDE the Seattle city limits...) The other locations included are: Clover Club in Portland, Oregon; Club Victor and Oasis Night Club from Seattle, Washington; and the Hotel Sir Francis Drake in San Francisco. As always, enjoy the slideshow below, or click through for the Flickr set.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Vintage Postcards of "The Famous Town of Tokyo" (Date Unknown)

I found these postcards for a couple bucks apiece in an antique shop recently. They have such an amazing look to them, and yet it is very hard for me to gleam the date from the images. With the exception of the text "The Famous Town of Tokyo", everything is written using Japanese characters. Can you read? Can you tell us what the captions are? Let us know! Enjoy the slide show below, or visit the Flick set!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Peter Pan Records -- Illustrated Record Sleeves (1950s)

Peter Pan Records was one of the biggest makers of children's records in 1950s, and as it turns out, we've got a bunch of 'em! I've got a couple of posts worth of images related to children's records, so stay tuned for more. These records all belong to my uncle, who loaned them to me for archiving purposes. Our first set includes all the record sleeves still in good condition, with both sides scanned for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy the slideshow below, or click through for full-sized images.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Recordio Discs - Homemade Records (1940s)

In the 1930's and 1940's, many people jumped on the bandwagon of purchasing home recording machines that, in the days before magnetic tape for home use, recorded onto a blank record. Machines were made by a variety of companies, but the Wilcox-Gay Recordio machines were by far the most popular, and can still be found on eBay from time to time. My grandparents used their machine quite a bit when my dad and uncle were born, and thankfully these discs weren't tossed! Dig the cool logos! Enjoy the images in the slideshow below or the discs themselves and the folder that holds them, or click through for the Flickr set. Can you tell which are 7" and which are 10"?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Schwinn Bicycle and Accessories Catalog (1980)

Sometimes you come across things that you can't exactly figure out who in the world would buy them, and then you realize that the person to buy them is you! This Schwinn Bicycle and Accessories Catalog from 1980 was one such item I picked up a few weeks ago for less than five bucks. Sixty-five (65) images in all -- enjoy the slideshow below, or click through for the Flickr set.

Monday, November 10, 2008

N.C. Wyeth Illustration - Snake and Hawk (1923)

A family friend got me into the artwork of N.C. Wyeth when I was a teenager and I've been hooked ever since, collecting many volumes of Scribner's Classics illustrated by N.C. Wyeth. On a recent trip I found this single sheet from The Ladies Home Journal from March of 1923. Enjoy this beautiful image!

N.C. Wyeth - Snake and Hawk - Cropped

Friday, October 17, 2008

Variety of Non-Postage Stamps (1950s)

I picked these up recently at my favorite antique shop in Port Orchard, Washington -- Olde Central Antique Mall -- for a couple of bucks. They were just too fun to pass up. I particularly liked the Alcoa food labels, but the 1958 Publishers Clearing House stamps are pretty nice, too. Enjoy -- or click through for full-sized scans.

Magentic Recording Tape Boxes (1960s)

Here are some wonderful scans I made from some old magnetic sounds recording tape boxes from the 1960s. I've got about 20 reels of tape in one particular storage box, and they all are either Audio-Digest Scotch tape boxes or the more colorful Silvertone. I tried to find the two cleanest boxes for each one, so here they are -- and as always, click through for full-sized images.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Batman Musical Story 45s and Jackets from Synthetic Plastics (1966)

BT 96 - Batman Record - Front CoverA long time ago, I stumbled on a Robin 45 RPM sleeve and record in a store that I had never seen or heard of before, and I tucked it away for the future. A few years later, I saw another one of these Robin 45s, but it had the wrong 45 inside -- the Batman counterpart. Well, to make a long story short, I basically forgot about them, found them recently when I moved, and started looking for the rest of the collection.  Thanks to eBay, I found the whole set and was able to procure them for a modest fee. Little did I know that these ten songs had later been released on LP and was completely downloadable online -- if you'd like to listen to these songs, find the full download link at Way Out Stuff. They are classic, but definitely kid-centric.

And so, here are the full images of the jackets, front sides first and then the back (blank with no information). I've also added the 45s themselves. Be sure to use the full-screen option for these hi-resolution scans, and click-through for full-sized images (jackets and records).



Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hotel Greeters Guide and Denver Daily Doings (1958)

On a recent trip to the Kitsap Peninsula, I picked up this little pamphlet from the late 1950s. The Hotel Greeters Guide and Denver Daily Doings is basically a tourist guide to Colorado with a specific focus on Denver -- everything from sights and amusements to transportation. My favorite images, however, are the wonderful advertisements scattered throughout -- watch for the vintage Coors Beer image towards the end. Watch the slideshow below (and be sure to use the full-screen option in the lower-right corner) or click through for full-sized images.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Gertrude Elliott Color Illustrations from "The Golden Songbook" (1945)

"The Golden Songbook" is a classic songbook for children, and it was just that for my mother. Filled with sixty songs -- from "A-Hunting We Will Go" to "Yankee Doodle" -- and dozens of wonderful illustrations by Gertrude Elliott, this book is a minor treasure. Here's the official description:

Sixty of the best-loved songs of childhood are here, all illustrated in Gertrude Elliott's charming manner. The arrangements are suited to young voices amd simply harmonized for piano accompaniment. A dozen songs may be used for singing games, and the directions for these have been included. Katherine Tyler Wessells has also arrange "The Little Golden Book of Singing Games". Among the books Miss Elliott has illustrated are "The Golden Dictionary," "The Golden Book of Poetry," and a number of Little Golden Books.

And so, from The Golden Library, here are the complete set of color illustrations by Gertrude Elliott from "The Golden Songbook" for your viewing pleasure -- and click through for the full-sized scans if you so desire! And -- though I hate to ask -- if you are getting something out of the stuff here, please throw a few bucks in my donation box -- thank you!

New Postcard Added to "Homes of the Stars" Set

I had a great weekend of hunting on the Kitsap Penninsula, and one of the many items I found was another postcard to add to my "Homes of the Stars" collection -- a great one of Bob Hope and his home. I've added it to the Flickr set and also updated the main post -- while I was at it, I put in the slideshow. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Washington State Tourism Brochures (1950s)

Here's something a little different -- a batch of old tourism brochures from a school project my mother did in high school. We found them in an old scrapbook that she had done the project in, and my grandmother had saved it for posterity, and now we can bring them to you! Enjoy the slideshow below, or click through for full sized images.

Vintage Menus: Part II (1955)

It's time for more menus from restaurants of 1955! If you missed our first post, you can check it out here. In our second of three installments, we'll be featuring six fine dining establishments from across the country.

Hund's was located on the corner of Grand River and Bagley in Detroit, Michigan. The New York Restaurant was located, oddly enough, in Catskill, New York. The Down Under Cafe and Restaurant was located in the RCA Building at Rockefeller Center in New York City, though I can find little mention of it anywhere online. Kewpee's Colonial Drive-In was located at 802 Villa Street in Elgin, Illinois. This seems to be part of the famous Kewpee Hamburger chain, but I'm not sure after looking at the Wikipedia entry. Mayflower Coffee Shops were a nation-wide chain. I have no information regarding where this was collected, but I should be getting more information from my family about this. Hot Shoppe Restaurants was a chain located mainly in Washington, D.C., but also in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and strangely, Salt Lake City, Utah. This was collected from one of the locations in Washington, D.C.

Enjoy the slideshow of the images, or click through for full-sized images.

Update: Vintage Menus

Lots of news about our vintage menus! I've also gained a bit more information about the trip and exactly when they were collected, and I've also updated the previous post to reflect this new information.  All the menus I will be posting were collected in the summer of 1955, roughly the end of June into early July. I'm also going to try something new -- rather than have such lengthy posts of images, I'm going to try out the slideshow option.  Let me know which post format you prefer. I've also gotten a few requests for these images which I'll be posting in the round-up post when the menus are all posted. Stay tuned for more!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Vintage Menus: Part I (1955)

My mother and her family took a family trip during the summer of 1950, and at some point along the line, it was decided to save the menus from this trip. Rescued from a haul to the dump, these wonderful menus from restaurants and other eating establishments across the country are a unique view into the style and design of the 1950s. In our first segment, we will feature The 4-B's Cafe, The Domeliner of Portland, Carder's, Childs, and the Sheraton Cafe Cadillac.

The 4-B's Cafe, "Original Home of the Guaranteed Steak," was a staple of downtown Helena, Montana for over 30 years. Helena as She Was has a wonderful set of photos on their site.


The Domeliner of Portland was the name of the Union Pacific Railroad train that went from Seattle, Washington to Chicago, Illinois. Here we have the dining menu and the beverage service menu.


Carder's appears to have been a restaurant in Chicago, Illinois, though I can find no information about it. The menu is dated "Thursday, June 16, 1955".


Childs appears to have been a steak house in Boston, Massachusetts, though I can also find no information about it. I especially love the cover with the filet mignon -- looks better than Denny's, that's for sure!


The Sheraton Cafe Cadillac was located in the Book-Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, Michigan. This was undoubtedly acquired on the family trip to pick up their new Cadillac car.

I hope you enjoy these! Stay tuned for more! As always, click through for full-sized versions.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

AGS Around the World Program: Series Overview (1950s)

Welcome to the series overview for the American Geographical Society's Around the World Program, a wonderful set of books published in the 1950s discussing various countries across the globe. How I acquired this set is discussed in my first post, but as I've now added all ten volumes in my possesion, it's now time to give all these posts a hub for the many links associated with these illustrations. From now on, this will be the starting point for the Around the World Program books, and should I acquire more, I'll add them here as well.

Summary: Book Covers
Summary: Title Pages

Illustrations: Belgian Congo (1958)
Illustrations: Burma (1959)
Illustrations: France (1956)
Illustrations: Iran (1958)
Illustrations: Malaya (1958)
Illustrations: Pakistan (1958)
Illustrations: Russia (1958)
Illustrations: Scandinavian Countries (1958)
Illustrations: Surinam (1958)
Illustrations: Virgin Islands (1958)

Batman LP Cover Illustrations (1966)

Like most kids, I group up on the staples of Batman and Superman from the DC Comics world. Once the TV show got popular, lots of bands recorded versions of Batman songs, and the "Dan and Dale" album from 1966 is one of the more memorable, especially in light of the fact that it was a studio album including member of Sun Ra and Al Cooper's bands. The original cover featured these five great illustrations -- I have no idea who did them -- but I thought they belonged here.