Leica is to cameras as Rolex is to watches: on balance, just about the most pricey, collectible camera line in the world. Expensive when new, still expensive decades later. Continue reading Liking Leica
Games, if you look at them closely enough, are often anything BUT fun and games. Wargames, for instance, have existed in a professional sense essentially since war itself. Continue reading Making Fun of War
When you sell as many things as Sears used to, you end up with pages like this: Vibrators, Medical Batteries, and Butcher Supplies. Yuck. Continue reading Three great things that don’t go great together
Do you think just maybe the “Toy Story” movie folks may have found a little inspiration here, huh? There’s some nightmare fodder in that pair. Continue reading Toy Stories
Look at that monstrous factory. It’s a classic example of successful American industry – thousands of men in buildings hundreds of feet long churning out tens of thousands of prize-winning farming machines yearly. Continue reading Reaping what you sow
Buick Automobiles for 1966 We’re talking back in the days when men were men, cars were cars, and women were models. In 1966, size was important. The catalog was oversized (10″ x 13″) because the cars were oversized, and how else would you convey the impact? Look at the dashboard on the Buick Riviera. I … Continue reading When giant cars ruled the earth
I wish I could show you the cover of this 2010 Crutchfield catalog in person. Because it’s lenticular – 3D, like one of those funny old souvenir postcards. Continue reading 3DTV – Fad? Or Fad?
A long, long time ago, when you wanted to make a phone call you couldn’t dial the telephone number yourself. Actually, you haven’t really “dialed” a number in ages either Continue reading Hello, Central? Give me Mr. Stromberg or Mr. Carlson!
National Cloak and Suit, Fall/Winter 1913-1914 Once upon a time – say, over 100 years ago, groups like PETA didn’t exist and fashionable women wore furs. These two ladies look like influencers from a “Downton Abbey” episode – svelte and chic. The artist who drew them and the printer who printed these color pages did … Continue reading Going a Bit Too Fur…
Some things never change. Grass grows. Grass must be cut. Continue reading Yard Work