Why double-decked buses have thrived in England to this day but never met much success in America, is a mystery to the author. Double-deck buses are just so…cool and entertaining… Continue reading Where are the double-decker buses of yesteryear?
The company that made them has been out of business now for more than 2 decades, but within the film industry and some theatrical circles, the term “Klieg Light” is still familiar jargon. Klieg(l) lights were (are) the powerfully bright spotlights and floodlights used for film studio work and stage productions… Continue reading “Who knocked the 'L' out of Kliegl?”
In 1925 the Charles Williams Stores could put everything that plugged into an electrical outlet onto a single page of their annual catalog – one page out of 538. That’s all they needed. Continue reading Live Better Electrically
What to my wondering eyes should appear? It’s a baby sleigh! No tiny reindeer involved – these are to be pushed by an adult when taking the Dear Little One on an outing in the cold wintertime. This could be useful even a hundred years later — assuming you have the climate for it. Continue reading Where have “baby sleighs” gone?
Lace bloomers and diamond-pattern rayon hose, cloche hats and Art Deco-patterned dresses – this was the “It” girls’ and flappers’ wardrobe in the summer of 1928…. Continue reading Jazz Age Sex Appeal
Need the sound of a cow for your next silent movie? A fly? A dog? A horse? How about an interurban train whistle or a baby’s cry? All available in this 1920’s Whittle Music catalog… Continue reading The Sounds of Silents
Charles Williams stores, ca 1927: Item B on this page is a men’s 3-piece suite that is “real snappy and full of pep” and priced at under $16. I don’t think Men’s Wearhouse has suits like this. Continue reading The ‘Gay White Way “Jazz” Suit’
“Edison and Music” Diamond Disc catalog, 1920 – Thomas Edison invented recorded music in 1878 to instant acclaim. It's funny, selling a product whose end result is music with nothing but words. But Edison's writers gave it their best shot… Continue reading The Phonograph with a Soul: Many Words about Music
For our next trick, the Heaney Magic Company, 1924. Have no illusions – even Magicians consulted catalogs in the 20th century. Here the audience members’ three chosen cards are impaled at sword-point. Continue reading Catalog of Secrets
Rexall Drugs, 1928 / This catalog was produced to convince drugstore owners to stock these 14 caret gold fountain pens. Continue reading A Gold Pen – a “Dandy Seller”