Category Archives: Ephemera


Category Archives: Ephemera

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. 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 […]
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1967 Fillmore West postcard featuring the rock group Cream

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 […]
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Vintage Advertising: Gulf Oil Triptych Brochure

Memorial Day weekend kicks of summer travel. Millions of people will gas up and hit the road. Here’s a vintage advertising brochure for Gulf Oil. I love the illustration of the granny driving what looks to be an old Model T. For more on vintage Gulf Oil Collectibles click here.
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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 appeared on the December 9, 1967 episode of Cleveland television show Upbeat on WEWS-TV. Here he performs “Respect” from that appearance. Tragically, Redding […]
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Operation Sail 1976 Poster by Dong Kingman

I have very fond memories of attending the Tall Ships Parade in New York in 1976. The event was called Operation Sail 1976 and was held during the United States Bicentennial. This poster marks the occasion. It was designed by the late Dong Kingman. Kingman was a Chinese-American watercolor artist whose work is now shown […]
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1950 New York to Florida Ocean Highway Road Map

Summer has unofficially begun. Memorial Day weekend kicked off the season off and I’m sure many of you had the chance to take a quick getaway. But if you didn’t, perhaps road trip plans are in store once summer really heats up. If you’re planning on making the trip from New York to Florida, then […]
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The Who Maximum R&B Live at Leeds New Musical Express Cover

Here’s a classic design featuring Pete Townsend with his Rickenbacker guitar and The Who logo. The original 1964 design was used to promote The Who’s weekly performances at the Marquee Club in London. The band played there on Thursday nights for seven weeks. Posters were black and white with the tag line “Maximum R&B”. The […]
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Donovan: From Sunshine Superman to Mellow Yellow

Certain artists convey a particular season for me. When I hear the music of 1960s Scottish singer-songerwriter Donovan, I think of spring. I suppose it’s the “flowery” messages, arrangements and clothing! Enjoy these two classic Donovan tunes from 1966 and ’67.
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Sheet Music: I’d Love to Be in Ireland the Day They Set Ireland Free

Here’s a vintage tribute to Ireland’s independence! The Irish fought the British from 1916 to 1921. This sheet music was published in 1921, the last year of war. Eddie Cantor was one of the song’s co-writers. Cantor wasn’t Irish, but the song conjured up the feelings many Irish immigrants had as a war was being […]
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Art Deco ‘Driving Down to Mexico’ Travel Brochure

I love vintage travel brochures and here’s another great one I found recently. It’s title ‘Driving Down to Mexico’ and was printed in Mexico. There’s no date on it, but I guess it would be from the 1920s or 30s. Note the art deco look on the cover. The fold out brochure highlights sites to […]
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