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Oct 19

Wilson Brothers sportswear — when your outdoor team sport is smoking. 

1946 (The Surgeon General has determined that these outfits are hazardous to your health and are linked to lung cancer and wearing pleated polyester pants.)

Wilson Brothers sportswear — when your outdoor team sport is smoking.

1946 (The Surgeon General has determined that these outfits are hazardous to your health and are linked to lung cancer and wearing pleated polyester pants.)

Oct 18

One vintage person, one antique person (1889 - 1974).

One vintage person, one antique person (1889 - 1974).

Popular Mechanics:  A typewriter that types in Comic Sans.

It’s an an upcycled Brother “Charger 11”, or should I say downcycled.

Popular Mechanics: A typewriter that types in Comic Sans.

It’s an an upcycled Brother “Charger 11”, or should I say downcycled.

Metal lunchbox with glass-wall Thermos bottle inside, promoting the 1969-1973 TV show UFO.

IMDB gives the show’s premise as:In the year 1980 the Earth is threatened by an alien race who kidnap and kill humans and use them for body parts. A highly secret military organization is set up in the hope of defending the Earth from this alien threat. This organization is named SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organization) and operates from a secret location beneath a film studio. They also operate a fleet of submarines and have a base on the moon as well as an early warning satellite that detects inbound UFOs. UFOs can be destroyed in space by Interceptors which are launched from Moonbase. If one gets through it can be attacked in the Earth’s atmosphere by a high altitude aircraft launched from one of the submarines. If a UFO also avoids this and manages to land it can be tracked and destroyed by a number of Mobiles (armored vehicles) which are deployed throughout the world. 

Metal lunchboxes fell out of favor for school kids due to the fragility of the inside of the Thermos and how kids would whack each other with the metal boxes. Smaller reproductions of lunchboxes as storage devices have become popular in the last two decades. The last one I owned, and used daily in the 2nd grade, was for 1973 cartoon version of The Addams Family. The last one I dealt with on a regular basis, however, was in the mid-2000’s — an Incredible Hulk lunchbox from the 1970s that the owner of the Greek restaurant at the local fair would tote money to and from the three gyros stands’ registers with.

Metal lunchbox with glass-wall Thermos bottle inside, promoting the 1969-1973 TV show UFO.

IMDB gives the show’s premise as:
In the year 1980 the Earth is threatened by an alien race who kidnap and kill humans and use them for body parts. A highly secret military organization is set up in the hope of defending the Earth from this alien threat. This organization is named SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organization) and operates from a secret location beneath a film studio. They also operate a fleet of submarines and have a base on the moon as well as an early warning satellite that detects inbound UFOs. UFOs can be destroyed in space by Interceptors which are launched from Moonbase. If one gets through it can be attacked in the Earth’s atmosphere by a high altitude aircraft launched from one of the submarines. If a UFO also avoids this and manages to land it can be tracked and destroyed by a number of Mobiles (armored vehicles) which are deployed throughout the world.

Metal lunchboxes fell out of favor for school kids due to the fragility of the inside of the Thermos and how kids would whack each other with the metal boxes. Smaller reproductions of lunchboxes as storage devices have become popular in the last two decades. The last one I owned, and used daily in the 2nd grade, was for 1973 cartoon version of The Addams Family. The last one I dealt with on a regular basis, however, was in the mid-2000’s — an Incredible Hulk lunchbox from the 1970s that the owner of the Greek restaurant at the local fair would tote money to and from the three gyros stands’ registers with.

Oct 17

zpopfunf:

Found this gem at a flea market.

The truth is that everyone’s favorite chick magnet from Milwaukee is actually a dyslexic Jewish guy from New York with a master’s degree from Yale who got married during the show’s fourth season, and was always seen near his motorcycle in the first season or two because the network wouldn’t let him wear a leather jacket otherwise (“safety equipment” for a cyclist) for fear of him looking like a gang member.

zpopfunf:

Found this gem at a flea market.

The truth is that everyone’s favorite chick magnet from Milwaukee is actually a dyslexic Jewish guy from New York with a master’s degree from Yale who got married during the show’s fourth season, and was always seen near his motorcycle in the first season or two because the network wouldn’t let him wear a leather jacket otherwise (“safety equipment” for a cyclist) for fear of him looking like a gang member.

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Apparently Magnetix are not banned everywhere…

Apparently Magnetix are not banned everywhere…

Oct 16

Especially when you live in a gated community with a HOA.  1945

Especially when you live in a gated community with a HOA. 1945

Rainier beer in returnable 12 ounce bottles. A Northwest classic.

Rainier beer in returnable 12 ounce bottles. A Northwest classic.

Oct 15

gained 36 followers since this time yesterday

though only 6 of them can prove that they’re human beings (have a blog title, have a unique avatar, have posted their own items, etcetera).