Carpetime Floor Covering Company – Phoenix, Arizona

Carpetime Floor Covering Company was opened by Walt Selinger sometime in 1959 at 1240 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix, Arizona. Distinctive Home Furnishings 1240 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, Arizona The store specialized in a large amount of flooring/carpeting/rugs and advertised heavily in newspapers. The advertising worked and the store became a big success.…

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Hunt’s Recipe Matchbooks, Vol. 6

I guess we can say that I am/this is back from a ridiculous hiatus! It’s the 6th batch of recipes featured on matchcovers from 1960 & 1963 advertising Hunt’s Tomato Sauce. (Volume 1 – Volume 2 – Volume 3 – Volume 4 – Volume 5). Spaghetti and Meat Balls (1960) 1 lb. ground beef 1…

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Kodak Movie News – Winter 1961-1962

Kodak Movie News was a semi-annual pamphlet advertising the latest and great Kodak products. This particular issue from Winter, 1961 and features insights on how to shoot your Christmas films and what to buy for Christmas.

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Waving Hands Make Magic: The Music, Restaurants and Unique Career of Bud Averill

Sometimes I come across a piece of ephemera from my collection that sends me down countless wormholes and side stories that I seem to lose all track of time and place. Such is the case with Bud Averill’s Airport. The restaurant was the second Bud Averill restaurant at the same location. The first establishment, known…

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Idaho Skunks Are Not To Be Sniffed At: The Roadside Signs of Fearless Farris’ Stinker Stations

“Fearless” Farris Lind had an eye for adventure. Born in 1915 outside of Twin Falls, Idaho, he graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1934. Shortly thereafter he worked as an attendant at a local gas station and then became manage of a small theater. Not too long after, Lind received a “Spanish Prisoner Letter”…

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Sand Dollar Restaurant – St. Petersburg, Florida

Located at 2401 34th St., South in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Sand Dollar Restaurant featured dining, dancing, a rotating Merry-Go-Round lounge and a dining room in a garden setting called The Garden Room that seated 250 people. The Sand Dollar opened on April 2, 1962. Restaurateur John Dahlberg envisioned a  restaurant that would emphasize moderately-priced…

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Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg, Webster, Massachusetts

Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg (aka Lake Chaubunagungamaug) is a lake near Webster, Massachusetts. The meaning of Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg is attributed to the Nipmuc tribe. “Fishing Place at the Boundaries—Neutral Meeting Grounds” is the most common translation However local legend had it a different way: According to this article in a 2014 New York Times article: There is more…

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Missile Strategy Computer at the Alabama Space & Rocket Center – Huntsville, Alabama

I am easing back in to posting back on here. Some deep research posts are on their way. Until then, here’s an amazing circa early 70s postcard of the Missile Strategy Computer at the Alabama Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville

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