30 November 2009
The 1960s interior of The Far Hills Inn (which stood on Route 202-206 in Somerville, NJ) and the The Lido Diner (still standing on Route 22 in Springfield, NJ).
This 1905 stag humor postcard (sent in 1907) reads: "Be good and if you can't be good be careful." Addressed to Mr. John Davis on Conshohocken, PA (and currently with me in 2009).
29 November 2009
More black platters: I am especially fond of Father Jim Miller's pipe organ LP, which was (like the rest of this lot) purchased during some recent visits to flea markets in Pennsylvania.
Amid the flea market insanity, my buddy Steve spied a fantastic find for my house: a 4 foot tall 1958 Evergleam aluminum Christmas tree in fantastic shape. Lady Luck (also know as Sue) offered me a sweet deal of 35 bucks for it. I didn't need too much convincing...After a ride through the village of Macungie and a long drive home under a gorgeous sky (complete with shooting star) it was time to tuck in for the night while looking forward to assembling my Evergleam tree in the morning. Here it sits in my living room, garnished with some era-appropriate vintage ornaments, which were a thoughtful surprise gift from Steve to start me off on my Ever-Gleaming journey.Wind Gap, Macungie & Gilbertsville, PA and Basking Ridge, NJ. 28 November 2009.
Another find at Mom and Dad's house: Polaroid taken with a camera given to me as a gift in 1981. Location: my bedroom in our Willowbrook Rd. apartment in Staten Island. Subject: my bratty neighbor and sometime friend Gregory, whose general disposition was perfectly documented in the above image.
28 November 2009
Though she's had a major makeover since these racially-insensitive ads of the 1940s, Aunt Jemima was ALWAYS the one in the know and in control of breakfast: From griddle to gridiron and beyond. Full resolution images of each of these ads are available HERE: http://www.flickr.com/photos/christianmontone/sets/72157622012135293/
A 1970 ad from the Amway Corporation... kind of a rarity as I always assumed they found sellers and customers through word-of-mouth-recruitment. (Word of advice about these folks: Listen politely and nod your head... Just don't drink their Kool Aid.)