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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Feeling unpopular? The answer is always “Harmonica!” #found #advertising #music #harmonica #1930s #urbanarcheology


Feeling unpopular? The answer is always “Harmonica!” #advertising #music #harmonica #1930s #urbanarcheology

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Well if it looks like a hoax and is spelled almost like “hoax”....there has to be a quack somewhere. This is definitely going to be an exhibit in my live presentation. #found #medicine #quackery #humor #ephemera #urbanarcheology


Well if it looks like a hoax and is spelled almost like “hoax”....there has to be a quack somewhere. This is definitely going to be an exhibit in my live presentation. #medicine #quackery #humor #ephemera #urbanarcheology

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Warm baby’s bottle on a hot engine in 1937? The idea was by strapping a tin can one size larger that the bottle you could capture the heat of the engine in an area where electric service and convenience items like bottle warmers didn’t yet exist. Ingenious? Yes! Unsanitary? Probably. #found #popularscience #foundpaper #invention #1930s #UrbanArcheology


Warm baby’s bottle on a hot engine in 1937? The idea was by strapping a tin can one size larger that the bottle you could capture the heat of the engine in an area where electric service and convenience items like bottle warmers didn’t yet exist. Ingenious? Yes! Unsanitary? Probably. #popularscience #foundpaper #invention #1930s #UrbanArcheology

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Sorry Abe! It’s all about George today. In preparation for Washington’s Birthday (feb 22) and Presidents’ Day, which I call the great holiday compromise, I thought this matchbook seemed appropriate. The GW Inn in Roslyn, Long Island has long been a stately manor with a single claim to fame, “GW stopped here to eat breakfast.” This place has changed hands several times keeping the name until 2012 when it became Hendricks Tavern. It is documented that George enjoyed a breakfast of Hoecakes - not a misspelling, and not as salacious as it sounds. A “hoe” was a griddle for frying and the batter was flour and yeast and water. Is that what he ate that morning on Long Island? #found #matchbook #history #longisland #roslyn #nostalgia #roadfood #breakfast #urbanarcheology


Sorry Abe! It’s all about George today. In preparation for Washington’s Birthday (feb 22) and Presidents’ Day, which I call the great holiday compromise, I thought this matchbook seemed appropriate. The GW Inn in Roslyn, Long Island has long been a stately manor with a single claim to fame, “GW stopped here to eat breakfast.” This place has changed hands several times keeping the name until 2012 when it became Hendricks Tavern. It is documented that George enjoyed a breakfast of Hoecakes - not a misspelling, and not as salacious as it sounds. A “hoe” was a griddle for frying and the batter was flour and yeast and water. Is that what he ate that morning on Long Island? #matchbook #history #longisland #roslyn #nostalgia #roadfood #breakfast #urbanarcheology

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Mickey Mantle's Holiday Inn

#yankees #holidayinn #roadtrip #nostalgia #mickeymantle #urbanarcheology
Mickey Mantle was still a yankee when he partnered to have his name attached to this Holiday Inn. Some of his endorsements were not successful, but this one was and now items from this hotel - post cards, ashtrays, menus and matchbooks are very collectible.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Friday, February 9, 2018

Once upon a time.....

#found #nosmoking #flying #smoking #matchbook #collectibles #urbanarcheology
Once upon a time..... I saw these a though how odd it was that you probably couldn't smoke in the bathroom then, but the cabin? Sure! no problem. I know I'm likely wrong about that, I'm sure there were ashtrays (as well as ass-trays) in the bathrooms on board, but I couldn't resist.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Matchbook 411: Captain Starn's Atlantic City NJ

#matchbook #atlanticcity #tourism #nostalgia #urbanarcheology
Clarence Starn built this tourist paradise just off the boardwalk in Atlantic City in 1940. I was lucky enough to buy a matchbook collection and this was in it. Captan Starns lasted 40 years and was demolished, but a Facebook page lives on dedicated to its memory.

Monday, February 5, 2018

I love this illustration

#newyorkermagazine #futurology #illustrator #williamcotton #Newyork #transportation #1940s
I love this illustration by William cotton from a 1940 New Yorker magazine. Not sure if these pictures are of 1960 from the eyes of a futurist in 1940 or maybe he was just fantasizing what a view of 1960’s transportation might look like as the New York World’s Fair was taking place. Personally, I love the inference to a commuter looking to get to White Plains, NY - that’s my home town.

The one thing he certainly got right was the rise of the "bubble car." Sure aerodynamic designs are not new but it seems to me that if I want a utilitarian vehicle that I can place a snow thrower in the back of - I am going to have to buy a pick-up truck. Everything else on the road is curved at the back like a bubble.

Friday, February 2, 2018

A good friend let me clear out an old family desk...

#NYU #pinback #collectable #1950s #newyork #urbanarcheology
A good friend let me clear out an old family desk. Among the many treasures was this pin-back from 1950. The NYU school of commerce has gone through many name changes opened in 1900. The owner of this pin was a captain of industry and it is interesting to wonder where it has been and what it has seen.