Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010

Retro Music Monday ~ Simon and Garfunkel

December 26, 1965 found Simon and Garfunkel topping the charts with The Sounds of Silence.




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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, - not even a mouse:
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there....
~Clement Clarke Moore



This Santa is my favorite holiday "decoration" and one of my most treasured possessions . Handmade by my mother in 1991, his suit was made from her old bathrobe. It wouldn't be Christmas without him.


I wish everyone the merriest of Christmases.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Retro Music Monday ~ The Beatles

This week in 1964, began a 3 week run at the top of the charts for the Beatles with I Feel Fine
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I found this companion video, apparently filmed on the same day as the one above, a little sweet.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Library of Congress ~ Advertising in America

I've recently found a new favorite hangout...The Library of Congress (the online version that is). Have you been there? What a phenomenal amount of information...so easy to get lost!

As regular readers know, I have a fascination with vintage signage...so, it was no surprize that one of the first places I gravitated to was "advertising in America".

I found some wonderful photos of vintage/antique billboards and other signage. All photos are Courtesy of © 2000 Duke University Part of American Memory at the Library of Congress. Please click on the images for a closer look. 

These photos are all part of the R. C. Maxwell Company (1909 - 1929) collection. I love this one...


And this one is cool...all lit up...




I especially enjoy enlarging the photos that include people in them. I think it's really cool when you can see their faces and dress up close.

Notice in this one, the sign that directs you to get a ticket for the "bathing ground"...I'm guessing that would be the beach (haha)?  Also notice the lone woman in her bathing suit.


You can view the entirety of this collection as well as hundreds more here.



Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

Retro Music Monday ~ The Bangles

Beginning this week in 1986, The Bangles topped the charts for 4 weeks with Walk Like an Egyptian.



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Friday, December 10, 2010

Nashville Flea Market

As luck would have it, a recent trip to Nashville coincided with the monthly flea market at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. While the front entry area was filled with the proverbial tube socks, sunglasses and cologne...about half way to the back of the grounds we were transported into a vintage wonderland!

I of course was too excited and my hands too full to take many photos...but here are the few I did remember to snap...

There was quite a bit of mid century stuff to be had.



I've already listed a couple of my finds...



Sadly, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean wants to "demolish the fairgrounds and redevelop it as something more economically viable" ...boo. I for one hope he is not successful in his efforts. The grounds are a wonderful historic venue and it would be a real shame to lose it.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Retro Music Monday ~ Toni Basil

This week in 1982 Toni Basil held the number on spot on the charts with her hit Mickey.


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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Gift Guide No. 1

What not to give for Christmas...

                       

What to give...

For the Photography Buff





For the Nature Lover




Wednesday, December 1, 2010

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