Posts from the ‘Food and Drink’ Category
While now it may look like the backup kitchen at a big city church built in the 1930s, this Ideal Modern Kitchen from The Lily Wallace New American Cook Book would have been the bee’s knees in its day. Check out the mural; do you have a mural along the ceiling in your kitchen? How about the big hanging lights which are designed to take 200-watt bulbs that sweat blistering heat from 10 feet up? Rounded corners on the cabinets? I want those now.
Truthfully I’d cook here; a perfect upgrade – aside from the electrical system – would be stainless steel appliances. And I’d keep the mural 🙂
I have to admit that the 1961 version of a night out at the beach doesn’t look too bad!
Looks like they have a crock of beans, and roaring driftwood log, and plenty of hot dogs to make it through the evening. These and other classic 60s images or recipes can be found in the Betty Crocker Outdoor Cook Book:
It includes things like The Basics of Barbecuing, what kind of equipment to use, and recipes on all sorts of things to roast – from meat to vegetables. And frankly, the artwork is awesome:
Our copy was found at a roadside antique barn for a few bucks. I also see that eBay has copies for super cheap too.
Straight from the City of Seattle file cabinets comes this gem of vintage holiday goodness!
The bare tree in the background says it all: It’s Christmas in the Public Sector. Look at the executives in suits, men in working linemen attire and “the office girl” in her stylish skirt and blouse; they’re just having a good time over coffee and cookies. No doubt there’s ashtrays on those tables, filled with stubbed-out Pall Malls.
Hard to believe this picture is sixty years old! For more vintage public awesomeness, check out their photostream on Flickr.
When I was at the grocery store the other day, I saw two Pacific Northwest legends in the cooler near each other; Rainier and Olympia beers began life in my neck of the woods, and have been brewed for well over 100 years. Olympia was brewed originally in Washington’s state capital. The Rainier brewery’s owner even started a baseball team – the Seattle Rainiers – to advertise his product. While both brands depict legendary northwest mountains, they are now owned by Pabst and have been moved out of state.
The flavors of these beers won’t win awards, but their stature in PNW popular culture has allowed them to be the enduring kings of the cookouts.
Seattle is a place now where craft beers and international brands are readily available, especially from Mexico. Granted, many of them are good. But at one time this area was a mid-sized blue collar region where local beer labels carried hometown pride and became famous namesakes. Every region has at least one – Lone Star in Texas, Primo in Hawaii, Coors in Colorado, and even Red Stripe in Jamaica.
But in the early 1980s, no Seattle high school party was complete until the Big Red R arrived – either in keg or rack form – and righteously extracted from the trunk of a jacked-up Camaro.
The stunning Mrs. BelRedRoad shares tales of her father’s drinking “Oly” when she was growing up. They were both cheap, had generally good flavor, and depicted local mountains of notoriety. Both brands were also well known for their TV commercials (shown below). Rainier made fun of itself, professing the existence of “Wild Rainiers” and motorcycles that said “RayyyyNeeer….Beeeerrr” as it was running through the gears. They even had talking frogs long before Budweiser. Olympia – banking on the fact that no one knew what an Artesian Well was – claimed the water came from secretive Artesians that also played jokes on people.
The old Olympia Brewery closed in 2003.
The former Rainier Brewery in Seattle – now the Tully’s Coffee roasting plant and art studios – stood with its iconic giant lit red R viewable from Interstate 5. The famous R is now housed at the Museum of History and Industry.
So sing a round of Oly Oly Oh, or crack open a Wild Rainier. They may no longer be from Washington, but they still make a hometown proud!
Old tourism films are really a step into an alternate universe.
They portray the world that the marketers wanted you to believe as truth, and while the real thing was probably fairly close – let’s face it – marketing has a tendency to stretch the facts. Such is the case, I’m sure, with this promotional film done in 1970 for Miami Beach, Florida: Color Me Fun – “One place where colors and people best come together.” Film work includes ample use of hand-held cameras, unique camera angles, and plenty of ornate pseudo-classic fixtures backed by fuzzy wallpaper inlaid with gold. In short, the Tourist Development Authority of Miami Beach wanted you to imagine being part of a Chick-filled, Chivas-fueled weekend with Tiger Tom.
Today, the city’s official Visitor Page is much more subdued and – honestly – not quite as interesting.
One Island Has It All!
Color Me Fun is narrated by three young models with different viewpoints – in voices that are obviously dubbed. In common late 60s form, each of them is known only by their “color” instead of by their name (which is provided in the ending credits):
“I’m Red. I love.”
Model Julia Hayes is the passionate one who finds enjoyment in the surroundings and nightlife.
“I’m Yellow. I groove.”
Model Diane Squires is the everyday traveler on a budget. While the others indulge their appetites on fancy fare, Yellow chews on pizza and sandwiches.
Model Joan Murphy is the one who lives high and travels far. She calls the mansions in town “cottages,” speaks with an unidentifiable accent, and uses words like “Divertisment” in place of “Entertainment.”
The Color Girls navigate us through the streets and buildings of Miami Beach, sharing food, entertainment, sports, recreation; this shining beacon of marketing flash is touched by the Florida sun and punctuated by an upbeat groovy soundtrack which includes Keith Mansfield’s Funky Fanfare, an instrumental that is also used as the theme song for Animal Planet’s Pit Boss. Manfield’s Gold Medal was also used. The dialogue is peppered with Sixtyisms that describe things as “where it’s at,” “groovy,” “far out,” and “now.”
Gotta admit that it beats “ginormous” or “epic.”
Blue starts the show, pulling up to the attended parking at a swanky restaurant, and promptly visiting the kitchen to show wear all the magic is done. “Most people – whereEVER they live – are content with…Hamburger, she proclaims with smug physical punctuation. “But,” Blue continues, “when they come to Miami Beach everything changes.” Yellow orders a corned beef sandwich, happy with the notion that she orders and it arrives.
“Imagine what kind of service I’d get if I knew someone!”
Meanwhile Red is at the oldest restaurant in Miami Beach eating Stone Crab – “Cold…or in Hot. Melted. Butter,” she proclaims with a half smile.
“It may not be elegant, but it’s out of sight.”
I’ve collected some screen shots from the film and posted them in this blog. Each one tells a story stuck in time.
“We’ll shoot into the sun and have the family run past us to the shore. That technique is so new and now that people will think that Miami Beach is the grooviest place on earth! Right?”
Have no idea what they just put on the table, but I suspect that won’t matter if enough Chianti is consumed.
Where colors and people blur into a cool-hued homage to Vegas…
Yellow: “Groovy place…groovy people too.”
Cruising Highway 1A northbound.
Looking north along the Atlantic Ocean. Scenery has changed a bit in last 40+ years.
Blue: “Next year’s fashions come here first.”
Red cheers on the ponies. “Go Number Two!”
Blue: “You know I’ve been everywhere. The In Islands, the Out Islands. Anywhere that counts.”
Yellow: “If I can catch fish here, anyone can!”
What visit to Southern Florida would be complete without a rocket? This one was put into space with less computer processing power than my Smart Phone…
Red: “Miami Beach is Today, and so is the State of Florida.”
Below is a Youtube excerpt from the 13-minute film, which is also available in full HERE. It may not have been a real depiction of Miami Beach, but it sure was real entertaining. Enjoy!