December 20th, 2014


That's SOME PIG.

Barnum & Bailey "The Greatest Show on Earth"

This poster isn't all that, but the text IS.  See below for a close-up.

barnum-and-bailey-poster-1900Take a closer look at these amazing pigs!
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Troupe of very remarkable trained pigs, performing numerous difficult, clever & wonderful tricks/ Animals showing almost human intelligence & reason while in the performance of many curious & unusual feats.

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Weekend Event - Local Ads - Jersey Shore

When I think of classic ads from my area, the first thing to come to mind is a ridiculously catchy radio jingle for a furniture store that's been playing since the early 90s. I'm not sure if it's old enough to count as vintage, though, and the only audio I can find of it online is from an ad that's less than a year old, so I'll just provide a link for anyone who wants to get that earworm in their head all day.

Instead, here is a page from a 1908 Steel Pier program. There are a ridiculous number of cool old ads from Atlantic City out there, but by the time I found a really great one, this event would probably be over. I chose this one because of that super-cool font on the Kodak ad which looks like it could have been printed decades later than it actually was. I don't have access to a scanner right now, so you'll have to excuse the photograph...


also, "curried lobster"? Blech...
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Hello Calgary!

OK, here's an ad from where I have called home for the past 20 years. I guess when you've lived in a place that long, it becomes home. Why I never moved back to Edmonton is kind of a mystery, but I feel like a tourist when I visit now. My husband has lived here all his life and once shared with me one of his favourite childhood memories. Watch the video and then I'll tell you the rest of the story...

I accidentally crushed my husband's feelings when I discovered that "Hello Calgary" was not unique - although it was one of the first "Hello" spots used around the world in the 80s from the US to Toowomba. If you want to learn more about the Hello campaign, it was featured earlier on an episode of This American Life :-)