Category Archives: Blast from the Past

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I have some old technical pens that I have been wanting to use, but due to neglect, some of them are fairly crusty and in need of some tender loving care. Back when Koh-I-Noor and Rotring Rapidographs were my illustrative … Continue reading

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Two Nominees and Her Name Was Lisa

Old ads for long gone movie theaters in Philadelphia circa 1980

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Getting Out of Dodge for a Day

My son and I wanted to take in the latest Spider-Man movie, but we decided a change in venue was in order. We decided to take a short commuter train trip to the township of Narberth in Montgomery County to … Continue reading

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Eric’s Mark I

Eric’s Mark I was one of many movie theaters that was in Center City Philadelphia that are now sadly gone. This is back when images from actual celluloid film was projected on the screen. That meant that the viewer had … Continue reading

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Because it was on…

Back when I attended The Philadelphia College of Art, the city of Philadelphia was not wired for cable television while the surrounding suburbs had enjoyed the benefits of basic cable and perhaps a pay station like HBO or PRISM for … Continue reading

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The Maltese Falcon starring Edward G Robinson?

Insomnia drives me to discovery. When I can’t sleep, I usually reach for an iPod Touch that I have loaded up with old time radio programs. The device has a small speaker that I keep low and close to my … Continue reading

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Montgomery Ward Catalog 1963

Every collage artist’s dream – best Christmas gift ever!

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Christmas Tree Ornament Hangers

We put our tree up on Saturday, and while rooting through ornament boxes, I came across this vintage ornament hanger box. It was produced by Criterion Bell & Specialty Company established in 1937 in Brooklyn, NY. The graphics are marvelous!

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Be Kind – Please Rewind

Sometimes I have a great notion, and a lot of times I have merely middling notions. It was while pursuing one of these middling notions that I came across a treasure trove!

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Angry Red Planet

Watching trash on a tube TV in the studio a while back. I think this is around the time that television broadcasts went digital and I was obsessed with the station ThisTV.

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The Light at the Edge of the World

I’m falling out of love with streaming. I’ve grown weary of a number of television streaming options and have pruned them from my monthly expenses. The free, ad supported streaming platforms occasionally offer a pleasant surprise, but the barrage of … Continue reading

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SEND MY SELECTIONS ON…

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WFIL 56

Before Philadelphia’s American Broadcast Company affiliate was WPVI it was WFIL, and it had a sister radio station on the AM dial that played a heavy rotation of top forty hits and a whole lot of commercials.

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Read this students, QUIETLY!

My¬†Weekly Reader from the Spring of 1972. I found this in a crumbling folder of ancient homework and handouts from grade school circa 1972. Teachers would hand these out and make the students read them QUIETLY so they could cadge … Continue reading

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OH BOY!

A cartoon I did back when I was around 7 or 8 years old. It was probably drawn while I was splayed out on the floor in front of the television watching Wee Willie Webber. I found it in a … Continue reading

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