January 19, 2008

Small Shots With Jodie Foster

A 1971 commercial with little 8 or 9 years old Jodie Foster for "Small Shot Toys".


Chirp & Croak

Since I am avid animal lover, I thought I'd post an animal site for a change. The Sea World site provides animal sounds audio for you to hear with a data and fun facts (click on the animal's name on this to see the fun data). It's pretty neat.

Animal Sounds Library

January 18, 2008

Jim Flora -Artist

This great illustrator, Jim Flora, was born in January 25, 1914 in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Flora is known mostly for his jazz and classical album covers' illustrations that he drew in the 1940's for the Columbia Records, also for the RCA Victor records in the 1950's. The covers featured these very playful and unusual characters, who look like they were having so much fun partying around. Besides the album covers, he also illustrated 17 children books and magazine covers. He passed away in 1998. You can read his full bio in the University of Connecticut's site.

Jim Flora

University of Connecticut

Flickr - taylorkoa22's What Is It?

A guessing game with taylorkoa22. All you have to do, is to try to identify the object from the photographs.

What Is It?

January 17, 2008

The Stratoliner Experience

I've always found the Stratoliner fascinating. I would love to see one in person. It looks awesome, isn't it?

According to the Boeing's site Model 307 Stratoliner "was the world's first high-altitude commercial transport and the first four-engine airliner in scheduled domestic service". They started flying in 1938. It was also the Stratoliner that had Howard Huges interested at. He bought one and transformed it practically into a house. More details about him and his plane's modifications at the Boeing's site.

Boeing Model 307 Stratoliner

At the Ovi site you'll find great stuff about the Stratocruiser. A Boeing 377 Model. There are pictures, brochures,illustration, history and more. They also have good links to other sites too.

Boeing Model 377 Stratocruiser

January 16, 2008

The Magic Toy Box

From the UK, a store that has European and American vintage toys from the 60's to the 80's. I believe that most of the toys are more current though. But am not sure.

The Magic Toy Box Store

January 15, 2008

Flickr - Bonito Club's Mid Century Ship Interiors

The only time that I've been on a cruise ship, was a crappy one. Nothing like the "Love Boat". Not even close. The conditions were terrible. The rooms were small. The shower was between the toilet and the sink, all in the same space. There was a drainage in the floor for the water. You had a hose hooked up to the sink to take a shower. I kid you not! Not much room at all. It was hot and humid inside the ship. We had potatoes all week, in different forms each day.. baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, this and that potatoes.. . I could go on and on about that ship. The best part though, was watching the dolphins who were swimming around the ship, and passing through the Gibraltar Rocks..

In short, it was certainly, nothing like these "vintage ships" that you'll see here.

Mid Century Ships

January 14, 2008

Subway Map Oldies

This is quite a collection of vintage maps of NYC's subways. The maps are from 1880 to present. Some of the early maps are mostly survey maps.

It's amazing to see those really old ones. Evidently, they look nothing like today's maps. It wasn't till 1967, their design changed to look more contemporary.

New York City Subway Maps

Pan American - A Trip To The Past

This virtual Pan AM Museum is run by a collector, Kelly Cusack, who has many vintage stuff, such as brochures, children items, air sick bags, ashtrays, playing cards, advertisements, safety cards, matchbooks, and more. They all go the way to 1927, when the company was born. I flew with them myself, and fondly remember their flight bags.

There is also a Pan Am history section.

Pan Am Museum

January 13, 2008

Hanna Barbera Town - Blog

A Hanna Barbera cartoons blog by Geoff. The blog is not updated on a regular basis, but I saw a handful of interesting posts here that you might like as well. Geoff does have good link to other people's cartoon related blogs.

Hanna Barbera Town

Deja-Hier Bonux

Deja-Hier is a French site. I don't speak French, so I can't tell you much. But I've been told that there are vintage items here from the 50's to the '70s I believe.

This particular page is about Bonux, a laundry detergent. In 1957 Bonux started the practice of putting small toys in laundry detergent boxes. But they stopped doing so in 1989, when a new law required that the value of such item, must not exceed 5% of the value of the merchandise.

I added a YouTube link about Bonux. The video has more info in it, with pictures of the prizes. First it shows an old commercial, then the collector from the Deja Heir's site talks and shows the toys from the Bonux boxes. It's in French also.

Check the "musee"(museum) section for more cool vintage stuff.

Deja - Hier

Cadeau Bonux