I’ve been cleaning out some old boxes, and I came across an old program from a 1963 Michigan State Fair event. State fairs used to be quite the thing back then, but I don’t think I’ve been to one since the 60’s.
Anyway, there on the front of my program were autographs I received from two hockey stars on the Detroit Red Wings team: Terry Sawchuk and Alex Delvecchio.
Alex played as a center and a wing for the team, and you can see he was a fairly good-looking player.
Terry, on the other hand was the goalie…
… and this was before there were hockey masks. So here’s a photo in which all of his various injuries were portrayed at one time.
The man ended up looking like Frankenstein’s monster with more than 400 stitches on his face. However, he won four Vezina trophies, four Stanley Cups and had a reputation for being tough as nails.
More City stuff. First, Radio City Music Hall.
I found better renditions of some of this artwork, so I’ve replaced the poorer photocopies with clearer images. Here is a drawing by Hugh Ferriss. “His rendering of the Hoover Dam is dramatic and abstract, in its depiction of the unusual geometry. If an alien race were to build in large, bold, opaque volumes, Ferriss would be able to capture the essence of those strange beings and their works.”
Who remembers Woolworth’s?
Another Ferriss rendering, this time of the Chicago Tribune Tower.
Another another Ferriss piece: The Chanin Building by Sloan&Robertson (1929) is a straightforward skyscraper modeled after the 1922 zoning laws.
OK, there’s one more blog coming about City Reference. Bye!
I found this large promotional pamphlet the other day. It’s 10″ x 14″ and folds open into a 20×28 poster.
Into the Wayback Machine! Here’s another wonderful Earl Christy portrait on the cover.
Holy Christmas! Does this psychologist understand the Entertainment Business at all?!? The reason that “every conceivable obstacle is portrayed and solved, simply and successfully”is because a writer concocted that obstacle and that solution. It’s not how real life works!
This month’s lovely photo – Lillian Gish.
Lessons in writing (specifically, songwriting)!
Another painful lesson in writing:
Bad Ad Dept.
Canoe-bial?! Oh no you dint!
“Odorono”?! Someone stayed up all night thinkin’ up THAT name.
Rusty spots?! What is she – the Tin Man’s wife? Also, I have a sneaking suspicion that someone dotted the “before” picture with a pencil. What say you?
Is it just my filthy mind, or is this toothpaste ad advocating masturbation?
And this is my favorite. “Getting fat will make you unattractive. Get lung cancer instead!”
New Hollywood Faces! (It’s elementary – he’ll never last.)
Check it out. See the resemblance?!
To close, here’s an insider joke. Seems they’ve been making fun of studio execs for 86 years!
More City reference… the stuff that inspired Cape Suzette. (I would live in any one of these sets!)
The coolest corridor EVER.
Terry Gilliam once used it as a background in one of his wacky animations.
I found a better photo of this movie set than the photocopy, so I’m using it instead.
Cityscape from JUST IMAGINE (1930). Photo instead of poor photocopy.