Archive for January, 2012

Going Through the Slides on Staten Island [1966]

Going Through the Slides - ca. 1966

Family friends are seen here going through photographic slides in 1966, on a card table my in-laws’ living room on Staten Island NY.  I love her pearls, her smile, and the look on his face.  Classic black & white Sixties.

We still own/use that Samsonite folding table, 46 years later.  I probably have the slides they are looking through.  The photo was taken with this Yashica 44 camera, probably by my father-in-law. Some Wall Of Retro visitors will recognize this to be the same home as this post!

Twin Lens Reflex Camera

Yashica 44 Baby Rollei TLR

A few years ago I found this squirreled away in a cabinet, along with a treasure trove of family slides taken by my in-laws. After researching the camera on the internet I found out that the film it used was obsolete but still available from a couple of sources. I just got some color film for it in the mail, and have started taking pictures with it this week. It’s quite an experience to us this camera.

Here’s my write-up at Rusty Camera.

2/4/2012 – Here’s my write-up on the first roll of film through the camera! –

Nick Mayo caught a 1960 Chevy Impala sitting in the weeds when running errands one day. This wide-angle shot captures almost everything that made the `60 unique. This one is even more unique, because it’s a highest end model of the year but was built as a four-door sedan rather than the “Sport Sedan” four-door hardtop with a flat roof.

Around back this car would have six bullet tail lights and beautiful fins. Nice catch Nick!

Nick Exposed

I had the pleasure of running across this beautiful Chevy Impala earlier today as I was out running errands and shooting around town. I cant help but to fall in love with rusty old vehicles like this. In fact I probably find more interest in this decayed beat up Impala than I would in a fully restored garage queen (and trust me you don’t typically hear that from a car guy like myself). But theres just so much character to a car like this, you know its had its good ol’ days! The rust adds a distinguished unashamed ambiance to this once so popular vehicle. Sure its rough around the edges but it still stands with tall with confidence ready to take on a new challenge to add to the many adventures it holds in its past. They say “If only cars could talk… the stories they would tell”, well…

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When Yuban Wasn’t in A Can


My mother-law states these carafes came filled with Yuban coffee; the cap is stamped with a price of $1.15.  I estimate them to be vintage 1970-71.  Yet another artifact that was extracted deep from the back of a laundry room shelf!  I actually think they look kind of cool.

And I still buy Yuban in a can.

I just love the taste when made in Perky, my trusty GE Percolator.  Smooth without any bitterness, at least when perked instead of auto-dripped.  I’m not surprised that Yuban released their coffee in these special containers.  They seem to be pretty progressive; the containers of Yuban I buy now are made partially from recycled materials.  30% of their product comes from certified sensitive-farming techniques which don’t harm the rain forest.  100% of their product is made from Arabica beans.


Flash Bulbs Baby!


Capturing those special moments in the past was a bit tougher back in the Sixties.

There were no smartphones with LED flashes to light the subject (or illuminate the subject’s eyes in a weird glow). Getting those great shots of Aunt Edna and Uncle Ted’s Fiftieth at the Lodge meant coming armed with equipment to light up the wood paneling inside the hall.

It also meant having plenty of flash bulbs.

These single-use wonders would pop off like an atomic bomb and be done.  The light was brilliant, and then it was gone.  The hot little bulbs had to be extracted with a cloth due the residual heat. Hey, getting the right shot was hard work back in the day!

I’m old enough to have used them as a kid, especially the Flash Cubes below:

imageThe world has changed, and the bulbs to feed the flashes are getting tougher to find. But for now they are solid artifacts that – to the smartphone generation – may need to be explained.

Edna and Ted would definitely approve 🙂

Grilling Sixties Style

Couple outside with their grill: Cocoa Beach, Florida

Couple outside with their grill: Cocoa Beach, Florida - 1970

Today in Seattle it’s 28 degrees and frozen.  Makes me think of a big juicy steak on the patio!

Let’s face it: Nothing beats the good life of family and food. For centuries mankind has scorched their dinner over fire; and the 1960s upped the ante by adding space-age charm to the grilling process.  Check out these awesome shots from the decade where meat mattered.  Big time.

Barbequing on a pier boat: Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida

Barbequing on a pier boat: Weeki Wachee Spring, FL - 1961

Family camping and picnicking at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Family camping and picnicking at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park - 1966

Governor and Mrs. Collins enjoying barbecue at mansion: Tallahassee, Florida

Governor and Mrs. Collins enjoying barbecue: Tallahassee, Florida, 1960

Long Ago

Photo Credit: TTumlin (Creative Commons)

Photo Credit: BrownWindsor (Creative Commons)

Party Recipe Ideas (3), 1962

Scanned by alsis35 (Creative Commons)

YMCA Barbecue

YMCA Barbecue - 1965

YMCA Barbecue

YMCA Barbecue - 1965

Arbaugh's Restaurant, Washington, D.C.

Arbaugh's Restaurant, D.C. - 1968 / Photo Credit NaslRogues

1947 ... spam pineapple and bbq sauce!

Scan Credit: X-Ray Delta One

And check out these meaty gems, courtesy of Charm And Poise!

Turning Large Cuts of Meat

Festive Hamburger

My Back is Killing Me, Son.  These Hot Dogs Are Done.  Period.

Zeiss Ikon Colora F Rangefinder Camera [1963]

Zeiss Ikon Colora F Rangefinder - 1963

Bought this 35mm camera off eBay recently.  I bought it because I loved the Zeiss fold-out camera I borrowed from a friend last year.  The Colora F is from 1963, and part of a long line of rangefinders from Zeiss Ikon.  Simple operation, 50mm lens, and solid construction.  Aperture can be set from f2.8 to f22.  It has four shutter speeds: B, 30, 60, and 125.  Should work well with film speeds up to 400 here in the overcast Seattle weather.  The flash hot shoe flips up to expose a spot to insert a flash bulb (can people even buy those anymore?).

Really looking forward to running a roll through it!

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn set a standard in style and poise that many strive for – and only few duplicate. Her portraits are timeless, worthy of any and all accolades poured upon them.

Absolute Class.

Future Sugar Fiend

Kitchen Aid Ad

One of each please 🙂

It starts off innocently with an Easy Bake oven.

You learn how to cook with a lightbulb, only to realize that the portions just aren’t big enough.  Soon, you move to cooking snacks with Mom on the big stove.  Next you start looking at the mixes and sneaking in a baking session or two as a latch-key kid before Mom and Dad get home.

You buy your first cake mix at 13.

Eventually you discover that you know more about cooking than the Home-Ec teacher, and are now able to whip out perfect cakes, pies, cookies and such with ease.  You’re up until all hours of the night, perfecting the mixes with your own ingredients.  The angel food cakes need more bounce, and the muffins simply don’t have that certain secret nuance.

You spend your Fridays at restaurants, taking pictures of dessert.  Your Saturdays are devoted to recreating them in your special way.

Face it: You probably started like Little Shelly Sugar in this ad, with a love for sweets and kitchen fortified by your Mom’s hard-core appliances.  Chances are you have a few of them still, gracefully draped in brown or avocado green.  Your friends may chuckle at the colors, until they taste your desserts.

It’s okay, because we need you to make our lives sweeter 🙂

Kitchen Aid Ad

Bon Appetit Magazine - January 1978

Station Wagons!

1959 Chevy Wagon Postcard

Love these litho promo postcards. The one above is a 1959 Chevrolet Nomad, while the one below is a 1960.

1960 Chevy Wagon Postcard

The Nomad was top of the line, an Impala wagon with even more trim and extras than any other.  Chrome trim around the windows is the giveaway.  In fact, the Nomad was more expensive than the Impala convertible!

There aren’t many left today.

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