Sunday, May 30, 2010

SS - Jack Dempsey's Broadway Restaurant

Jack Dempsey was a heavyweight boxing champion from 1919 to 1926. Jack Dempsey's Broadway Restaurant was open from 1935 to 1974. It was located on Broadway between 49th and 50th streets in New York City.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

PFF - Gorillas

The gorilla Bulu was born in 1946 in West Africa and came to Florida's Monkey Jungle in 1950 when he was four years old. He died at the age of 33 in 1979.

There was an article in my local newspaper today about the recent death of a Como Zoo (St. Paul, Minnesota) gorilla named Gordy. Gordy died suddenly of heart disease at the age of 23. According to that article, there are more than 360 gorillas living in 52 North American zoos. Wild gorillas can live into their 30s, while those in captivity can live past 50.

Western lowland gorillas are the kind kept in zoos. These gorillas have become endangered in the wild. It is estimated that their numbers have decreased by more than 50 percent in the last decade.

This post was inspired by the gorilla story I saw on the news this week. This video shows the reunion in the wild between a young gorilla and the man who raised him.

Hug Your Cat Day

I added this when I learned that today is "Hug Your Cat Day." Actually, there seems to be little agreement on the date. When I looked it up, there were many dates listed between early May and early June. Personally, I'd much rather hug a cat than a gorilla!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

VTT - Umbrella Girls & Salt

The postcard above was used in 1916. There are many postcards featuring girls with umbrellas, but the most famous "umbrella girl" is the one created as an advertising character for Morton Salt. The Morton Umbrella Girl first appeared on their table salt packaging in 1914. Over the years, the Umbrella Girl has been updated periodically in 1921, 1933, 1941, 1956, and 1968. The History of the Umbrella Girl on the Morton Salt website shows all six variations. The 1968 girl is still in use.

You can see the last three umbrella girls in the ads and on the shakers below. The first ad appeared on the back cover of a 1952 American Family magazine. This ad has the famous Morton slogan: "When it Rains it Pours." The rainy day imagery and slogan arose from the fact that the salt had an additive to keep it from clumping in damp weather. The Morton slogan is a twist on the old English proverbIt never rains but it pours.”

1952 Morton Salt ad

The second ad is from a 1965 Better Homes and Gardens magazine. This ad shows a variety of packaging, including the individual miniature salt shakers.

1965 Morton Salt ad

A couple of my miniature shakers were bought in grocery stores: the second Sterling shaker circa mid-1960s, the light blue shaker circa late-1970s. The others were purchased in an antique store. The Morton shaker with the yellow top looks like the one in the 1965 ad. These shakers contain .4 ounces salt and are about 1.4 inches high.

The Sterling Salt is from the International Salt Company of Pennsylvania. The running boy character is named Salty. The first Salty has the slogan "Free Run'n" on the pants leg, and the back of the shaker says "Try the 'Salty Salt' for easy pouring in any weather."

More vintage Morton ads and commercials are shown on the Morton website (here).

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

SS - Bernstein's Fish Grotto, San Francisco

Bernstein's Fish Grotto was a San Francisco restaurant specializing in seafood. It was in business from 1912 to 1981 and was a popular tourist attraction. Its claim to fame was its unique entrance, a reproduction of the bow of Columbus's ship Nina. The bow of ship actually protruded out on the sidewalk.

The nautical theme was continued in the interior of the restaurant in seven dining rooms: the Fisherman's Cave, the Pilot Room, the Sun Deck, the Main Salon, the Cabin Nooks, the Upper Deck, and the Porthole Counter. The menu at Bernstein's Fish Grotto included cioppino, a fish stew popular in San Francisco's Italian community.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

PFF - Mountains Near Red Lodge, Mountain

The picture on this postcard is © 1946 by Flash's Studio, Kay Egenes. Flash's Studio was named after Forrest Flashman. The studio was bought by Kathrine Psenda in 1933. It is currently operated by Thomas Egnes, son of Kathrine Psenda Egenes, and his wife.

The postcard shows "The Land of the Shining Mountains" 27 miles from Red Lodge on Highway 12 in early spring, just after the Beartooth highway was opened for travel. Many of the snowfields remained throughout the summer.

It takes weeks to clear the highway. The stretch over the top of the Beartooth Mountains south of Red Lodge is the highest in Montana and Wyoming. The highway is usually open for Memorial Day, but sometimes it is not open until some time in June.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

VTT - Vintage Pens and Pencils

This postcard by the artist Dwig is an obvious hint by the sender that the receiver should write. The sender apparently had a good sense of humor (or was too angry to write anything). The postcard was mailed in 1911 with the correspondence side completely blank, not even a signature.

My writing thingies are from the 1950s. The first set by Shaeffer has a fountain pen and mechanical pencil. This was a gift to me the year I was first required to have a fountain pen for school. It fills with a plunger. The green pen below that is an Esterbrook with a lever in the side used for filling. I got this a little later, but I think it wasn't new when I got it.

The last three things were found in a "free" box at a garage sale last weekend. The blue fountain pen is a Sheaffer Snorkel. I had never heard of a Snorkel, so I got a big surprise when I unscrewed the end and a snorkel appeared out the tip. (You can see what it looks like in the video). The last two things are Scripto mechanical pencils. The bright green one with the spiral pattern was a common type. The two-tone green one is a more deluxe model and is very 1950s in color. It is like the ballpoint (and pencil?) I gave my father for Father's Day about 1957.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

SS - Daily Soup, NYC

The Daily Soup Company seems to be out of business, although several locations still appear in internet directories. The domain "expired on 04/18/2010 and is pending renewal or deletion." The trademark shown on this postcard was filed September 30,1996, registered September 30, 1997, and canceled July 4, 2008.

If you are a soup lover and like to make your own soup, you would probably like The Daily Soup Cookbook.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

PFF - Wisconsin Rosemaling Exhibit

This postcard shows the Wisconsin State Rosemaling Exhibit at the Syttende Mai Folk Festival in Stoughton, Wisconsin. Rosemaling is a form of decorative flower painting that originated in Norway. Stoughton is the "Home of Rosemaling in America." Per Lysne, an early 20th century Norwegian immigrant wagon painter in Stoughton, revived the craft of rosemaling in America when his other business slowed during the depression.

Syttende Mai (May 17) is Norwegian Constitution Day, a Norwegian national holiday. The constitution of Norway was signed on May 17, 1814. It is the oldest European constitution still in force. Stoughton, Wisconsin is the location of one of the largest Syttende Mai celebrations in the United States. The dates of the 2010 Stoughton Syttende Mai Festival are May 14- May 16.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

VTT - Ice Cream

This postcard has an illustration by Racely Helps titled "The Ice-Cream Man." It was published by The Medici Society of London. The Medici Society reproduced many illustrations on postcards of animals by children's book illustrators. This particular postcard is from the early 1960s. The back still lists the publisher as "Art Publishers by Appointment to the late King George V," although King George V died in 1936. I have another postcard from the 1980s with the same picture but a different back.

This apple thingie is a vintage pewter ice cream mold. It was purchased at an antique show from Dad's Follies. Pewter ice cream molds were made in a wide variety of shapes and were used both commercially and in homes.

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

SS - Barney's Market Club, Chicago

Barney's Market Club was a Chicago restaurant known for its steaks and prime ribs. It was founded by Barney Kessel in 1919 and lasted for more than 70 years. Barney greeted all his customers with the phrase "Yes sir, Senator." This greeting was said to result from Barney's poor memory for names of his customers, which included many politicians.

The back of this postcard has information reprinted from a 1947 newspaper article about how Barney's had been rated seventh in the country in a "Where to Eat" guide published by the Darnell Corporation. The top 50 eating places included twelve in Chicago.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

PFF - Kewpie on a Mailbox

This kewpie postcard was published by Gartner & Bender and was postmarked 1921. This kewpie isn't as sweet and chubby as the kewpies by the artist Rose O'Neill, but it does have an interesting expression on its face. It looks like it is really enjoying reading the letter.

I was most interested in the mailbox image and the references to letter writing. There are a lot of old postcards that have a correspondence theme and/or mention letter writing in the message on the back. Sometimes I wonder whether anyone actually wrote the promised letters. Postcards were like the early twentieth century version of email.

This kewpie joins me with wishes that you
Have fun today with all the blogs on view.
Today email is quicker and better,
So most of us never get a letter.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

VTT - Bad Dogs

The dogs on both the postcard and plaque seem to be puppies of the same breed, or similar looking mutts. Puppies are known for chewing things and getting in trouble. When I was young, our family dog not only chewed a dishrag, but swallowed it!

The postcard was mailed in 1914. "I should worry" was a popular saying on postcards of that time--I have no idea why. The suggestion that the receiver should write was a popular theme on postcards.

The burnt wood pyrographic plaque is by Flemish Art and is 9-1/2" in diameter. It is embellished with metallic gold paint on the border, muzzle, and words. "XMAS '07" is burned on the back. (That is 1907, not 2007!)

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

SS - The Bank Cafe of San Pedro, California

The Bank Cafe of San Pedro, California claimed to be the most unique cafe in the world. It was once the Bank of San Pedro. Here it is dressed up as a cafe with 1930s modern cafe furniture.

This looks like a creative idea for recycling or dual use of a building--maybe triple use when you consider the model railroad display. Oddly, the description doesn't even mention food.

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