Archive for July, 2013

Keith Mansfield – Exclusive Blend [1969]

If this groovy instrumental doesn’t make your foot move involuntarily, then check your shoe for cement.

Keith Mansfield is a British composer/arranger who had knack for summing up a mood in the short time required by the broadcasting projects he scored. His songs are a time capsule of the 1960s and 70s and, in my opinion, full of quality and nuance that is sometimes overshadowed by goofiness of the era. His song Funky Fanfare has even been used as recently as 2010 for the theme song for Pit Boss.

This is the good stuff!

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Vintage COLOR Seattle Seafair Coverage [1952]

It’s a really big deal around here, and it has been for a long time! Check out this 25-minute film recently posted by Seattle’s KIRO TV, showing the annual Seafair festival in full swing back in 1952. This is the good stuff, and such a gem being in color too!

Empire State Building – Summer 1969

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Published in LIFE magazine during that magical time, in an equally magical New York City. The old world blended and clashed with the new that Summer, with colors and styles which spoke more about individuality than they did about being part of the big picture.

Or the Big Apple.

The photo above was taken by Vernon Merritt III, a veteran photographer by the time he captured New York that summer. Merritt was fearless in his job; he covered the Civil Rights Movement in the early 60s, and also got wounded – and temporarily paralyzed – while on assignment during the Vietnam War.  He stayed with LIFE magazine as a photographer until it closed up shop in 1972 (it launched again later in the decade).  Merritt died in 2000.

In this picture I love his juxtaposition of old and new: Empire State Building – by that time several decades old – and a construction crane representing the dawn of a new high rise. It’s a beautiful and simple image.

Click HERE for more photos from Vernon Merritt.

Lando Calrissian BK Collector Glass [1980]

Found this at Goodwill today for three bucks.

Is this Burger King collectible even worth three dollars? No idea. But I like Star Wars memorabilia, especially stuff from the original movie series.

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