30 November 2009

Help Wanted - Male!

A comical 1940's Colgate Toothpaste ad. Click to enlarge.

She Only Loves My Dog!

A comical 1940s Colgate Toothpaste ad. Click to enlarge.

But Don't Bring Lulu!

A comical 1940s Colgate Toothpaste ad. Click to enlarge.

Sis Says She Just Went Out!

A comical 1940s Colgate Toothpaste Ad. Click to enlarge.

Black Daylite

Big, Beautiful and Black-Daylite: 1950s General Electric TV.

1960s: Far Hills Inn & The Lido

The 1960s interior of The Far Hills Inn (which stood on Route 202-206 in Somerville, NJ) and the The Lido Diner (still standing on Route 22 in Springfield, NJ).

Humor & Advice From 1905

This 1905 stag humor postcard (sent in 1907) reads: "Be good and if you can't be good be careful." Addressed to Mr. John Davis on Conshohocken, PA (and currently with me in 2009).

29 November 2009

Recent Acquisitions: New Old Vinyl

More black platters: I am especially fond of Father Jim Miller's pipe organ LP, which was (like the rest of this lot) purchased during some recent visits to flea markets in Pennsylvania.

To Wind Gap, Zern's & Back

Amid the flea market insanity, my buddy Steve spied a fantastic find for my house: a 4 foot tall 1958 Evergleam aluminum Christmas tree in fantastic shape. Lady Luck (also know as Sue) offered me a sweet deal of 35 bucks for it. I didn't need too much convincing...After a ride through the village of Macungie and a long drive home under a gorgeous sky (complete with shooting star) it was time to tuck in for the night while looking forward to assembling my Evergleam tree in the morning. Here it sits in my living room, garnished with some era-appropriate vintage ornaments, which were a thoughtful surprise gift from Steve to start me off on my Ever-Gleaming journey.Wind Gap, Macungie & Gilbertsville, PA and Basking Ridge, NJ. 28 November 2009.

@ Work: Double Page B&W

A black and white sketchbook spread: November 2009.

1981 Polaroid: A Bratty Blur

Another find at Mom and Dad's house: Polaroid taken with a camera given to me as a gift in 1981. Location: my bedroom in our Willowbrook Rd. apartment in Staten Island. Subject: my bratty neighbor and sometime friend Gregory, whose general disposition was perfectly documented in the above image.

28 November 2009

11 Happifyin' Moments With Aunt Jemima

Though she's had a major makeover since these racially-insensitive ads of the 1940s, Aunt Jemima was ALWAYS the one in the know and in control of breakfast: From griddle to gridiron and beyond. Full resolution images of each of these ads are available HERE: http://www.flickr.com/photos/christianmontone/sets/72157622012135293/

Brainwashed: Without Phosphates

A 1970 ad from the Amway Corporation... kind of a rarity as I always assumed they found sellers and customers through word-of-mouth-recruitment. (Word of advice about these folks: Listen politely and nod your head... Just don't drink their Kool Aid.)

Bonnie's Blue, Bonnie's Gay

Campy fun from a 1940s advert for "female trouble" relief.

A New Rocket

A late 1940s illustration which promised a new era in automotive rocketry.