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Origins of the Morton Salt Umbrella Girl

What is the Morton Salt Girl’s name? How old is she? The Morton Salt Girl has never had a name. She is between the ages of seven and nine. How many Morton Salt Girls have there been since 1914? There have been six official Morton Salt Girls. The Umbrella Girl first appeared on the Morton […]
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NYNEX Telephone Company Sign

I purchased this two-sided sign at the local flea market a couple years ago. It advertises the NYNEX telephone company, which formed in 1984. NYNEX got its name after a merger between New York Telephone Company and New England Telephone and Telegraph Company. At the time, these two telephone companies were among the oldest in […]
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The Beatles & LBJ 1964 Political Buttons

Beatlemania was at its height in 1964. It was also a Presidential election year — Lyndon B. Johnson vs. Barry Goldwater. As many 14-year-old Beatle fans were too young to vote in the real election, they cast their vote for one of fab four. Ringo supporters were the most organized and successful. There was a […]
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NBC-TV Peacock Logo

The colorful NBC Peacock is one of the most recognizable corporate logos in the world since it was first introduced in 1956. The National Broadcasting Company created the peacock as a way to promote their color television programs. It was first designed by John J. Graham who was the Director of Design for the network. […]
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1964 Presidential Election Handbook

Now that this year’s Presidential Election is in full swing, let’s peak inside an election handbook from 1964! The handbook begins with a look at the National Conventions. The Republicans met in July at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. The Democrats met a month later in Atlantic City. Leading up the the GOP convention, […]
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1965 Boston Yellow Pages Phone Book Directory

I love vintage ads, historical ephemera and items pertaining to a place and time. Well, this 1965 Boston Yellow Pages has it all. I bought it at the local flea market and it’s a lot of fun to go through. I wasn’t born in 1965, so by the time I was older and moved to […]
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Painted Ponies: American Carousel Art

I remember my mom purchasing this book many years ago. It’s a wonderful book of carousel art made in the U.S. There are hundreds of photos, historic information and profiles of artists, styles and manufacturers. For example, Fredrick Savage, an English engineer and machinist, developed a steam engine that powered carousels and got them moving […]
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Brief History of the Girl Scout Uniform from the 1945 Handbook

A brief lesson on the Girl Scout Uniform as written in “The Girl Scout Handbook”: The little group of girls in Savannah, Georgia, that in 1912 formed the first Girl Scout troop in the United States, made its uniforms of a dark blue durable material. The ties were light blue, and it was a proud […]
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The SilverHawks Action Figures Toothbrush

SilverHawks was a short-lived animated television series beginning in the Fall of 1986; 65 episodes were produced. The story is set in the 26th-century in a galaxy called Limbo. Limbo is under attack by the alien Mon*Star (who rides a giant “space-squid”). Five Earthlings transform into part-metal and part-human superheroes. The SilverHawks travel to the […]
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Creator of TV Game Shows “Password” and “The Price is Right” Dies

Bob Stewart, the TV game show producer, died on May 4th at the age of 91. He was the creator of such legendary programs as “To Tell the Truth” and “The $10,000 Pyramid.” We honor him with My Vintage Video clips from two other shows he created: “Password” and “The Price is Right.”
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