Seattle 1978

Seattle 1978

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

1950s Thanksgiving

American Thanksgiving in 1950s Life Magazine ads

The Turkey!
"It's frozen holiday turkey . . . with a tender, new farm-freshness . . . because it's vacuum-sealed in CRYOVAC. Traditional turkey tastes better than ever in new, scientific vacuum package"

November 25, 1957 Life Magazine

"Westinghouse Roaster-Oven cooks everything . . . plugs in anywhere! COOKS HOLIDAY-SIZE TURKEY, HAM OR ROAST, FULL FAMILY MEALS, PERFECT PIES!" "Westinghouse . . .the gift with something extra!" "You can be sure . . .  if it's Westinghouse"

November 18, 1957 Life Magazine

 "BUTTERBALL Swift's Premium Turkey"

Life Magazine November 9, 1959


Life Magazine November 9, 1959
 "For more than a century of Thanksgivings, Swift has been sharing this thoughtful, pleasant day with American families . . .bringing to their tables the (?) that a bountiful land provides. (May your Butterball bird this year be plumper (?) than ever!) Swift's Premium . . . the two most trusted words in meat. Our 105th year."

Life Magazine November 23, 1959

"Exciting new Cranberry Surprise . . . this is the place for BEST FOODS"
1 envelope Knox Unflavored Gelatine
2 tbsp. sugar . . . 1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup very hot water
1/2 cup Best Foods Real Mayonnaise
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. grated lemon rind
1 (1-lb.) can Ocean Spray Whole Cranberry Sauce
1 orange or apple, peeled and diced, or one 8 1/2 can pineapple tidbits
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Mix gelatine with sugar and salt. Add hot water. Stir until dissolved. Add Real Mayonnaise, lemon juice and lemon juice and lemon rind. Blend with rotary beater. Pour into refrigerator tray and quick-chill in freezing unit 10-15 min., or until firm about 1 inch from edge but soft in center. Beat until fluffy. Fold in cranberry sauce, fruit and walnuts. Pour into molds and chill until firm. Unmold on lettuce. Top with Real Mayonnaise. 6 servings.

November 17, 1958 Life Magazine

 "Lighten the Fun! For Thanksgiving . . .add Schlitz!" "The beer that made Milwaukee famous"

November 12, 1956 Life Magazine

"Serve the modern the LIGHT refreshment" "Pepsi-Cola refreshes without filling"

November 19, 1956 Life Magazine

"America Pauses to be Thankful!" "Coca Cola: THE PAUSE THAT REFRESHES"

Life Magazine November 23, 1959

"Lady . . . Be A Genius in 2 delightful ways . . . in just 6 minutes. Your family and guest will rave about these 2 Wonder BROWN 'N SERVE Perfect Baking Delights"

November 19, 1956 Life Magazine

Family Photos!
"Thanksgiving pictures are easier to take indoors than out. Sylvania outsells all other brands of flashbulbs combined!"

November 18, 1957 Life Magazine

"They disagree on nearly everything including today's game - The agree (1) that their favorite liquor tastes better in a highball - (2) that highballs are better for them - (3) that the best highballs are mixed with Canada Dry."

November 12, 1956 Life Magazine

Pumpkin Pie!
"even beginners can't miss! Libby's Pumpkin assures velvety-rich, custard-like filling every time."

November 12, 1956 Life Magazine

"Your first taste will tell you it's real whipped cream" "Reddi wip Perfect Partner for Pumpkin Pie. "

Life Magazine November 16, 1959

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
"When you care enough to send the very best Hallmark Cards"

Life Magazine November 16, 1959

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Halloween Color Slides - Late 1950s

I'm still enjoying going through a large lot of slides I acquired last spring. I don't know the family but it would be fun to learn their names if anyone recognizes them. I believe they lived in the Puyallup area. They took wonderful photos!
Here are some Halloween and fall color slides from the late 1950s.

Not Halloween/Fall but just because clowns are creepy, I wanted to share these slides as well!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Marching Band Late 1950s

I acquired a large lot of mid century slides last spring that I've enjoyed occasionally browsing through. The family appears to be from the Puyallup area and were avid fishermen. They took lots of beautiful color slides of vacations, parades, holidays and family gatherings.

***UPDATED SHORTLY AFTER POSTING - Stadium Identified***
Seven of the slides appear to be a football halftime show featuring a marching band at Rogers Field in Pullman. It took a couple people helping me out to confirm this was WSU which was my guess because of the color of the uniforms, what appears to be a W formation and another slide I came across of a young man wearing a WSU t-shirt. Cougars played in Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane and on campus at Rogers' Field in Pullman. The "then" photo here of Joe Albi Stadium shows a double deck of stands about the same era as these slides. The "then" photo here of Rogers' Field shows a similar tree line and angled wall between the stands.


"MAD" (representing the colors of University of Oregon?)


"MYSTERY" - Yep, it's a mystery . . .

This looks like a rose to me which of course makes me think of the Rose Bowl. WSU had a great season in 1958 but did not play in the 1959 Rosebowl.

Washington State University t-shirt.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Howard Johnson's

Howard Johnson's . . . I like seeing my Grandpa's name - this chain doesn't have anything to do with him but it's still fun.
Classic Americana Summer - road tripping and delight upon seeing the "Host of the Highway" /  "Landmark for Hungry Americans". Or just piling the kids in the station wagon and heading to the local Orange Roof for ice cream, "The Wonderful World of 28 Flavors".  I saw a post on Go Retro about the last remaining free-standing HoJo restaurant and wanted to share these retro ads.

May 9, 1955 Life Magazine

May 30, 1955 Life Magazine

June 13, 1955 Life Magazine

June 27, 1955 Life Magazine

July 18, 1955 Life Magazine

August 8, 1955 Life Magazine

July 2, 1956 Life Magazine

May 26, 1958 Life Magazine

June 29, 1959 Life Magazine

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Birthday, America!!

My friend Tina gave me a stack of vintage postcards! Some of them portray a few events in U. S. history depicted in paintings hung at our nation's capitol.

"LANDING OF COLUMBUS ON SAN SALVADOR, OCT. 12, 1492" "Painting by Venderlyn, in the Rotunda of the Capitol Washington"

"DE SOTO'S DISCOVERY OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, MAY, 1541" "Painting by W. H. Powell, in the Rotunda of the Capitol, Washington"

"EMBARKATION OF THE PILGRIMS, FROM DELFT HAVEN, JULY 22, 1620" "Painting by Weir, in the Rotunda of the capitol, Washington."

"DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, U.S. CAPITOL." "Painting by John Trumbull, in the Rotunda of the Capitol, Washington. John Hancock, President of the Congress, is seated at the table, and in front of him stand the Committee of Five - Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert L. Livingston."

"SURRENDER OF CORNWALLIS, U.S. CAPITOL." "Painting by John Trumbull, in the Rotunda of the Capitol, Washington. The picture represents the officers of the British Army, passing the American and French guards and entering between the two lines of victors."

"RESIGNATION OF GEN. WASHINGTON, ANNAPOLIS, DEC. 23, 1783" "Painting by John Trumbull, in the rotunda of the Capitol, Washington. Washington's surrendered commission as Commander-in-Chief is preserved in the State Department."

"WESTWARD HO!" "Painting by Emanuel Leutze, in the Capitol, Washington. Pictures an immigrant train in the Rocky Mountains. Below is Bierstad's Golden Gate, Harbor of San Francisco."

"PROCLAMATION OF EMANCIPATION, U.S. CAPITOL." "Above the first landing, house corridor, East Entrance, hangs Frank B. Carpenter's picture of the First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before the Cabinet, Sept. 22, 1862. The portraits, beginning at the left, are: Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War; Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury; Abraham Lincoln, President; Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy; William H. Seward, (seated). Secretary of State; Caleb B. Smith, Secretary of the Interior; Montgomery Blair, Postmaster-General; Edward Bates, Attorney-General. The picture was presented to the United States by Mrs. Mary Elisabeth Thompson in 1878. Alex H. Stephens, ex-Vice-President of the Confederacy, and then a Member of the House, was one of the orators of its reception."