Holiday Greetings from your helpful Richfield Dealer

25 12 2007

Christmas Carols in Song & Story
Illustrator unknown
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

Once again this Christmastide, it is the privilege of your helpful Richfield dealer to bring you holiday greetings in this booklet of best loved carols (from circa 1950s).

See more pages from Christmas Carols: In Song and Story

Related post:
Christmas Carols from your Richfield Dealer

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Whether you give ’em or get ’em this Christmas

25 12 2007

Weller Power Tools Advertisement
Popular Mechanics, Dec. 1960
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

There’s real excitement in Power Tools!

I hope you all get what you want this Christmas, and that your holiday is merry and bright!! This guy seems a bit too pleased about his power tool, I dare say. Love dad and son’s matching plaid robes, to be certain!! And no tree is complete without covering every inch of green with shiny silver tinsel, eh?

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Need a “Real Man’s” gift? Check out more Christmas magazine ads from Popular Science and Popular Mechanics…

For more vintage Christmas goodness, check out my ‘Tis the Season set (full of ads, cards and covers), or the Vintage Christmas: 1945-1970 flickr pool!





Christmas Carols from your Richfield Dealer

29 11 2007


Richfield Christmas Carols
Illustration by Neil Boyle
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

Richmond Christmas Carols (and Christmas in the Early West)

‘Tis the season for holiday ephemera, starting with this excellent little booklet of carols from Richfield Oil Corporation. The richly illustrated centerfold tells (questionable) legends of how Christmas was celebrated in the wilderness of the Early West.

The illustrations are by the Canadian-born illustrator Neil Boyle (1931-2006).

More illustrations from the book of carols…

See record cover illustrations by Neil Boyle on Leif Peng’s blog, Today’s Inspiration, and read Boyle’s bio at the Lee Youngman Art Gallery…

Enjoy even more jolly vintage Christmas ephemera (and kitsch), in the flickr pool Vintage Christmas: 1945-1970





YOU Are in Demand if You Can Draw!

14 11 2007


YOU Are in Demand if You Can Draw!
Modern Romances, Nov. 1949.
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

Make money with your brush and pen!

If you like to Draw, Sketch, or Paint, write for Talent Test. No Fee!

To read (and believe) these magazine advertisements, there is certainly no job more profitable than being an artist.

Tell it to my bank account, eh?

For more ephemera extolling the virtues of the artist’s life and work, see “So, you wanna be an artist?

See even more opportunities for rewarding employment in the Success By Mail flickr group…





Inside the Hottest Towns in the U.S.A.

5 11 2007


Inside the Hottest Towns in the U.S.A.
Inside Magazine, March 1958.
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

This itty bitty little magazine is sure to warm the heart (or elsewhere) of warm-blooded men everywhere (or at least it was intended to, back in the 50s). Men’s magazines sure have changed over the years. What is considered “Sensational” certainly has!

Check out some of the vintage advertisements for Stag movies, books, photos, viewers and other assorted attractions.

In case you are wondering, the “Hottest Towns” featured are: Miami (hot climate, hot times), Puerto Rico (seamen’s paradise), Los Angeles (stars, strippers, and sex), Havana (city of chips and chippies), New Orleans (the most wicked of them all), Baltimore (where statesmen stay), and New York (big city, big times).

The art director on this fine little publication is Jack Newman. Picture editor is Harold Asher. No illustrator names are mentioned. How scandalous! See more





Getting Your Answers at Electronic Speed!

3 11 2007


Getting Your Answers at Electronic Speed!
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

In honor of the 10th Annual Vintage Computer Festival, here in Mountain View, CA, here’s a vintage ad from 1949 for the IBM Electronic Calculator, AKA the IBM Card-Programmed Calculator (CPC).

This beast was the first digital computer in the space program and was instrumental in the development of the U.S. Army Redstone missile.

Read more about the IBM 604 Electronic Calculating Punch

For more exciting computer-related manufacturing of the past, see this list of International Business Machines products.

For more great electronics ads, see the I Love My Electric Appliance! flickr pool…





The Lennox Furnace Company

28 09 2007


Lennox Aire-Flo Heating
Illustrated by Dave Mink
Originally uploaded by Paula Wirth

I found a set of 1950s brochures and correspondence from the Lennox Furnace Company, “The World’s Largest Manufacturers and Engineers of Warm Air Heating Systems.” Great illustrations, but the folks seem just a tad too excited about their new heating, don’t ya think?

Nowadays, I think that level of excitement is restricted to people who can actually afford to buy a home in the Bay area.

I will be uploading many more illustrated brochures related to housing in the near future.

View all the Lennox Furnace Company Brochures