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Posted in Uncategorized on August 21, 2014 by Mike Rankin

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Vinyl From the Edge of Oblivion, Part 4

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17, 2013 by Mike Rankin
Jackie Gleason & Salvador Dali

Jackie Gleason & Salvador Dali

The Gleason-Dali Handshake

The Gleason-Dali Handshake

Peter and the Wolf

Peter and the Wolf

Nina Simone

Nina Simone

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Rockwell King & Dave Elliott

Rockwell King & Dave Elliott

Jonah Jones

Jonah Jones

vinyl4-flute

Fun at Home

Fun at Home

Seasme Street Fever

Seasme Street Fever

Disco Grover

Disco Grover

Fever!

Fever!

Lawrence Welk

Lawrence Welk

Yellow Magic

Yellow Magic

Yellow Magic

Yellow Magic

Jo Harnell

Jo Harnell

Twin Pianos & Percussion

Twin Pianos & Percussion

vinyl4-mamaspapas

Mamas & Papas

Mamas & Papas

Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin

The Drum Suite

The Drum Suite

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Pousette Dart Band

Pousette Dart Band

Old Cape Cod Postcards

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 28, 2012 by Mike Rankin

Got these at a Flea Market in Kingston this month. Pretty cheap at 3 for a buck. The first four are from the Tichnor Brothers. If you like them, check out the huge set of Tichnor post cards in the Boston Public Library’s Flickr collection. I don’t know who produced the last one, but I included the back side too just because I thought it was pretty cool that you could send the card just about anywhere in North America for 1 cent. Click the images for larger views.

Tichnor Brothers post card from Cape Cod

Tichnor Brothers post card from Cape Cod

Tichnor Brothers post card from Cape Cod

Tichnor Brothers post card from Cape Cod

Old Cape Cod Post Card Having a Wonderful Time on Cape Cod

Old Cape Cod Post Card Having a Wonderful Time on Cape Cod back side

The Apollo Exerciser

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 7, 2012 by Mike Rankin

Now that we have curbside pickup of recyclables, I don’t make it to the Take It or Leave It room at the town recycling center any more. On the upside, the house is less cluttered with worthless old junk. On the downside, well, I like worthless old junk.

Anyway, on a recent trek to the RC, I picked up a box containing some Space Age exercise equipment, the Apollo Exerciser. I picked it up because I’m a sucker for 70s stuff, space stuff, and cheesy stuff. So, there was no way in hell I could resist cheesy 70s space stuff.

The exerciser came in a kit that consisted of an 8-inch metal cylinder housing some springs that you attached ropes and pulleys to.

According to the instruction booklet, the metal cylinder (dramatically referred to only as “The Apollo”), was “a superbly engineered exercise instrument that had over two and one half years of research before its completion.”

It was also trumpeted as “the most efficient piece of equipment to carry out the total isokinetic principle of exercise in the world today!”

So efficient, in fact, you could get a great workout while wearing your white leather dress shoes. While tied to a door.

And the Apollo worked just as well for the ladies too. Keep running, sweetie. Eventually that door frame will give way.

And of course, the kids could get in on the fun too. It sure is fun, right kids? Kids?

It makes me think that in the late 60s early 70s, every American company would slap a red, white, and blue rocket on any product to help sales. I’m surprised they didn’t tie the family dog to the thing so it could walk itself.

Anyway, I’ve already tossed the Apollo itself, but the brochure was pretty hilarious, so here it is in full for your enjoyment (PDF).

ApolloExerciser

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Posted in Uncategorized on July 12, 2012 by Mike Rankin

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Kid Stuff: Fall 2011

Posted in Uncategorized on November 23, 2011 by Mike Rankin

Libby's Halloween Loot

Ethan's LSU jello

LSU Jello closeup. Grape + Lemon. Yum.

Libby's Sistine Chapel project

Sistine Chapel

Sistine Chapel open

Ethan at the Geography Fair

A Well-Earned Victory

Libby Sewing

Chicago Pics: Architectural Adornments

Posted in Uncategorized on September 18, 2011 by Mike Rankin