Uncle Sam’s Coin Register Bank

Well another tax year has come to a close.
And wondering what to do with your tax refund?
Perhaps put it in the bank or specifically in a vintage coin register bank.

Uncle Sam's Coin Register Bank

Banks like this were made throughout the 20th century. For fifty years they were made in the US by the Durable Toy and Novelty Company.
But after a buyout in 1958 by the Western Stamping Company, production moved to Japan.

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My Vintage Video: The Jive Talking Roosevelt Franklin from Sesame Street

Roosevelt Franklin

It’s my pleasure to introduce Roosevelt Franklin, the totally hip, skatting purple muppet from Sesame Street.
What’s he gonna do when he turns two?
He’ll tell you in this vintage video!


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Dr Zaius Hand Puppet from the Planet of the Apes

Zaius Puppet from Planet of the Apes

Dr. Zaius, the orange orangutan from the Planet of the Apes, was the Minister of Science and Chief Defender of the Faith in ape society.
Skeptical of humans, Zaius aim is to protect ape civilization from humankind.

But the funny thing is that this hand puppet was made for little boys.
So ultimately a human controlled Zaius’ thoughts and actions.

In this case, this hand puppet was at the mercy of my brother.
He was a great fan of the Ape movies and 1974 TV show.

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Star Wars characters lead an anti-smoking campaign

Star Wars Anti-smoking

Fifty years ago the Surgeon General issued a warning that smoking is hazardous to one’s health. In the years following, there have been numerous anti-smoking campaigns.

One public service announcement I clearly remember is this one featuring C-3P0 and R2-D2.


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Flappers & designs in Sept 1922 issue of Vogue magazine

Vogue Magazine Sept 1922

Fashion from the 1920s has made a comeback thanks in large part to the success of Downton Abbey.
I wonder if dress designers for the TV series have researched styles from the era by dipping into old Vogue magazines.

Here’s a great issue of the premier fashion mag from September 1922.

The cover illustration was made by artist Helen Dryden. She illustrated many covers for Vogue throughout the 1920s and 30s.

The designs inside too are fantastic. Pages and pages of flapper fashion.

Detail from Vogue 1922 Detail from Vogue 1922

Detail from Vogue 1922 Detail from Vogue 1922


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U2 performs New Year’s Day on British TV in 1983

U2 New Year's Day French single

U2‘s first really big hit was their song New Year’s Day.
It was released on January 1, 1983.

Here’s a 1983 performance the Irish band gave on the UK program Top of the Pops.


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“Christmas with the Superheroes” Comic Book

Christmas with the Superheroes

In the 1970s DC comics collected and reprinted several superhero stories and gathered them into limited collector’s editions.

This issue titled “Christmas with the Superheroes was published in 1976.
It includes reprint stories from Superman’s Christmas Adventure #1; Batman #219; House of Mystery #191; Sensation Comics #14; and Adventure Comics #82.

Wishing all MVG fans a Super Christmas!

Wonder Woman Christmas

Sandman and Santa

Superman and Christmas

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Christmas stencils make a window wonderland

Christmas Window Stencils

Christmas Window Stencils

These window stencils certainly bring back a vintage Christmas memory.
Do you recall using them or seeing this commercial?


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Otis Redding performs on TV the night before his death in a plane crash

The music headlines in December 1967 shocked fans of soul when Stax star Otis Redding died in a plane crash.

The front page of this British weekly says it all.

Otis Redding on the cover of Melody Maker 1967

Otis Redding appeared on the December 9, 1967 episode of Cleveland television show Upbeat on WEWS-TV.

Here he performs “Respect” from that appearance.

Tragically, Redding died in a plane crash the following day .

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Swift’s brand of Oz peanut butter jar

Swift's OZ Crunchy Peanut Butter Jar

In the years and decades since the Wizard of Oz was released in 1939, thousands of products have come out with images of our fave Oz characters.

Pictured above is a vintage peanut butter jar depicting the Tin Man.
It was released by Swift & Company. They had own line of smooth and crunchy butter named after the film.

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