Category Archives: People/Places


Category Archives: People/Places

Original Chicago Street Sign – W McLean AV

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 […]
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Lesley Gore performs six tunes on the TAMI Show

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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Newsreel: The 1964 World’s Fair opens in New York

Fifty years ago this month, the 1964 World’s Fair opened in Flushing Meadows, New York. By the time the fair closed a year later, more than 50 million people attended the fair. And although that was less than the projected 70 million mentioned in this newsreel, for those who did attend, everlasting memories were made.
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Amateur home movies taken of the Kennedy assassination 1963

We are quickly approaching the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination. The most famous film taken that tragic day was a 26.6 second home movie by Abraham Zapruder, but there are other amateur films and photos. According to author Vincent Bugliosi at least 32 photographers were in Dealey Plaza at or around the time of the […]
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Vintage Slides from 1950s Japan and 1964 NY World’s Fair

This summer I came across a family collection of vintage slides. Someone in the family went to Japan in the 1950s and the New York World’s Fair in 1964. Most of the shots were of iconic images like the Unisphere at the World’s Fair. I thought the shots from Japan were most interesting. They were […]
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My Vintage Video: March on Washington Newsreel

Fifty years ago this month, tens of thousands of men, women and children gathered on the Washington Mall to take part in history. They gathered to hear speeches, listen to great music and proclaim their rights for jobs and freedom. The highlights of theMarch on Washington are documented in this newsreel.
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My Vintage Video: Jackie Robinson Mini Biography

It certainly wasn’t the best week in baseball, especially for A-Rod So let’s end the week to a brighter time in the game’s history; the legendary and successful career of Jackie Robinson. Enjoy this week’s My Vintage Video.
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John Lennon Visits the set of Happy Days

Here’s a photo making the ’rounds on the internet. It was posted by May Pang, John Lennon’s former girlfriend, on her Facebook page. Apparently, in 1974 Lennon took his son Julian on a tour of Paramount Studios and one of the stops included a visit with the cast of Happy Days. The visit took place […]
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Esther Williams: The Million Dollar Mermaid

This week’s My Vintage Video is a tribute to the swimmer/actress Esther Williams. The Million Dollar Mermaid died yesterday at the age of 91.
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My Vintage Video: Jason & the Argonauts Stop-Motion Skeleton Fight Scene

There are so many great scenes from the 1963 film Jason and the Argonauts. The adventure flick was known for its use of stop-motion animation created by Ray Harryhausen. Harryhausen died this week at the age of 92. Here’s one famous scene Harryhausen made for the 1963 film.
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