Original Chicago Street Sign – W McLean AV

McLean Ave Street Sign Chicago

Black and yellow street signs were once an iconic symbol of Chicago. These signs marked every street corner in the Windy City.
This was before the 1970s, when the switch was made to the traditional green with white lettering.

This W McLean AV sign marked a street in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago.

Today, it’s a trendy, hip section of town, but for a long time it was a neighborhood occupied by Polish working class.

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Incredible Hulk 1970s Blanket

Detail of 1970s Hulk blank

Detail of 1970s Hulk blanket

This blanket once belonged to my brother. He was a huge fan of the Hulk.

The green superhero debuted in 1962.
Stan Lee (one of his creators) said the Hulk was a combo of Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Vintage Hulk blanket

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1977 Star Wars ‘Escape from Death Star’ board game

With the new Star Wars movie set to open this month, here’s a quick post of a vintage Star Wars game. It was released in 1977 by the company, Kenner.

Star Wars Board Game

The object of this game is to be the first player to reach the Rebel Base after escaping from the Trash Compactor of the Death Star.

Sounds easy right? It should be! This game is recommended for 7 and up.

Here’s a link for complete instructions.

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Lesley Gore performs six tunes on the TAMI Show

Lesley Gore's Golden Hits

One of my fave girl singers from the early 1960s was Lesley Gore.
The voice behind It’s My Party and You Don’t Own Me died on February 16th at the age of 68.
So in her honor, here’s a fun and swinging performance she gave in 1964 on the T.A.M.I. Show.


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1950s – 60s Felt Ski Dolls

I’ve always loved these ski dolls growing up.
My mom had them and would always bring them out with the Christmas decorations.
They’re now in my possession and I display them all winter long.

Felt Ski Dolls

These dolls were made in Japan and are from the 1950s/60s.
They’re made of felt and the limbs can bend.
They stand about 7″

I don’t have any to sell, but check out this website for vintage ski items

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Donny Osmond asks – What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

The Donny & Marie Show was one of the hit variety shows in the 1970s.

In this clip, Donny Osmond asks the proverbial New Year’s question “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve.”


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In 1932 there were TV viewing times in Department Stores

Here’s an interesting ad I found in a 1932 newspaper.
The ad is Gimbel’s department store announcing viewing times for new television sets on display.

1932 TV Ad

Now keep in mind. TVs were a novelty.
Very few people had the money to purchase them.
AND there were hardly any TV shows to watch.

Even still, having TVs in the showroom were a way for department stores to lure buyers in and hopefully purchase something else — like maybe a new radio!

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1967 Fillmore West postcard featuring the rock group Cream

Cream Fillmore Postcard

San Francisco was the place to be in 1967 – the ‘summer of love.’
And the place to see concerts was Bill Graham’s Fillmore West.

On August 22, the English rock trio Cream owned the stage.
For three dollars you could see this supergroup with Eric Clapton on guitar, Jack Bruce on bass and Ginger Baker on drums.

Cream’s five night stay at the Fillmore was so successful that Bill Graham gave each member a gold watch and extended residency to September 3.

This postcard was printed before the run and was designed by artist Bonnie MacLean.

Detail from Fillmore West Card

Detail from Fillmore West Card

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Non-sports novelty bubble gum trading cards

Baby movie gum wrapperE.T. trading cards

Batman gum wrapper trading cards

A set of trading cards and a stick of gum.
That’s what you got when you purchased collectible cards, whether they be baseball or non-baseball trading cards.

Now baseball cards have been around for at least a hundred years, but novelty bubble gum cards hit the market after World War Two.
Name a trend or pop culture icon and most likely there’s a trading card about it.

I recently came across a wide range of sealed, novelty trading cards.

Below are two packages released during the Garbage Pail Kids craze.
They were spoofing the Cabbage Patch Kids that were huge in the 1980s.
They’re actually stickers, but the goal was the same — collect all the cards/stickers.

Cabbage Patch gum wrapper

Along the same line is this set called Rad Dudes.
They were spoofing skateboarders, surfers and other X-game type athletes.

Rad Dudes gum wrapper

And here’s a set for two musical icons: The Beatles and Michael Jackson.
The Beatles wrapper dates to 1964, while the Jackson set was released during his boom ‘Thriller’ years.

Beatles Gum Wrapper Trading CardsMichael Jackson gum wrapper

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The Beatles 1964 movie trailers to A Hard Day’s Night

A Hard Day's Night soundtrack

Fifty years ago this week, The Beatles released their first full length feature film: A Hard Day’s Night.

This week’s My Vintage Video feature two theatrical trailers used to promote the film.

The second trailer includes a scene of the fab four in baby carriages; it was never shown in US theaters.


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