The Christian Schmidt Brewing Company was an American brewery located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the brewer of Schmidt's Beer. Founded in 1860, it was the largest brewer in the history of Philadelphia, producing nearly 4,000,000 barrels a year in the late 1970s. When it closed in 1987, it marked the first time in over 300 years that there was no brewery operating in Philadelphia.
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CW was a highly competitive force throughout BMX's heyday and was definitely one of the more innovative manufacturers with a long line of unique frames and features that kept them out front. CW stood for Custom Works, although because the founder also owned Coast Wheels bike shop, a lot of people thought it stood for Coast Wheels, but it never did.
Tags: bmxpert, cw-racing, aba, bmx-action, retro
Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole. One of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas, it's known for its rugged, remote terrain of glaciers and frozen tundra sheltering polar bears, Svalbard reindeer and Arctic foxes. The Northern Lights are visible during winter, and summer brings the “midnight sun”—sunlight 24 hours a day. This tourist style design is a tongue in cheek vision of what happens when polar bear poachers get what's coming to them along with the text "Visit High Arctic Svalbard" in Norwegian, so whether you're into wildlife violently rising up or just souvenirs from far away lands, this one is for you!
Tags: arctic, if-you-see-a-bear, play-dead, souvenir, north-pole
"Why would a banana grab another banana? Those are the kinds of questions I don't want to answer." - Michael Bluth Mr. Bananagrabber is a cartoon character used to promote the Bluths' banana stand. He is an anthropomorphic banana who rides a Segway and steals and eats other bananas. When he speaks, his "S" sounds whistle.
Tags: lisp, cruising, ok-hand-sign, ok-meme, ok
The Gong Show was an amateur talent contest game show broadcast on daytime TV from June 14, 1976, through July 21, 1978, and in first-run syndication from 1976 to 1980 and 1988 to 1989. The show was created and originally produced by Chuck Barris, who also served as host from 1977 to 1980 in syndication. Amateurs competed in a talent contest judged by a trio of celebrities. If the act is so bad that the judges can’t bear to watch any more of it, they have the power to stop the act by pounding a large gong hanging on the wall behind them. Barris kept the acts flowing, the jokes flying and the raucous party atmosphere floating.
Tags: chuck-barris, 70s, retro, gong, iron-on
Some mashups are made in heaven, including this one. Oooh yeah!
Tags: 1989, humor, wrestling, country, meme
The overall crime rate in Detroit is 145% higher than the national average, so the odds of getting shot in the face on any given day are pretty high. For every 100,000 people, there are 17.29 daily crimes that occur in Detroit and you have a 1 in 16 chance of becoming a victim of a crime. In short, if you're going to spend any amount of time in Detroit, you best stay strapped or get clapped. If this one looks familiar, it's because you probably saw Mac rockin' it on Always Sunny.
Tags: philadelphia, its-always-sunny-in-philadelphia, drunk, beer, always-sunny
Red Horse Beer is an extra-strong malt liquor from the Philippines with a very high-alcohol content. It's best described as a deeply hued lager with distinctive sweetish taste balanced by a smooth bitterness followed by a strong alcohol kick.
Tags: drunk, pasig, philippines, vintage, drinker
Nearly a decade before The Great Meme War, master trolls were honing their craft and quietly ushering in the age of shitlords. While most would continue to happily exist as novices, there were those who rose above, reaching levels of meme culture mastery previously not thought possible. These select few would go on to be known as... Troll Wizards.
Tags: meme-magic, magic, wizard, gifts-for-nerds, reddit
With hopes of breaking the Big Two’s lock, Plymouth hired Dan Gurney’s All American Racers in Santa Ana, Calif., to build a Trans-Am ‘Cuda. It was more than competitive, winning it’s fair share of races. For 1970, Plymouth decided to honor those achievements on the track with a dealer-only street car option called the AAR, which stands for All-American Racers. The result was the 1970 Plymouth AAR ‘Cuda, Plymouth’s factory built race car. Has there ever been a more in-your-face vehicle built in North America? Three carburetors, fiberglass hood and spoiler, side exit exhaust and eye popping graphics made the Plymouth AAR ‘Cuda impossible to ignore.
Tags: cuda, barracuda, plymouth, 1970s, 70s
Sometimes a design is so bad that its good and that is exactly what makes this 'Why Waltz When You Can Rock & Roll' design so damn good. Well, that and Corey Feldman rocked it in 1987's Lost Boys as Edgar Frog. From the off the wall message and bad typesetting to the strangely boxed & circled ampersand and the oddly proportioned M-16, this one has it all!
Tags: 2a, edgar-frog, corey-feldman, gun-nut, 1980s
Circus was a monthly magazine devoted to rock music. It was published from 1969 to 2006. In its heyday the magazine had a full-time editorial staff that included some of the biggest names in rock journalism and quickly rivaled many larger publications in sales. In 1974, a sister publication was launched, titled Circus Raves, but by 1977 that venture had been merged into Circus Magazine, thus making Circus Magazine a biweekly.
Tags: rocker, flying-v, 1970s, circus, magazine
Oltimer Beer was brewed by the Star Peerless Brewery in Belleville, Illinois starting in 1854. It was distributed throughout the Midwest and beyond and was known as a premium beer with a loyal following.
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Dynamite Magazine from Scholastic is another great reminder of childhood in the 1970s, an age before the home video and video game revolutions. The magazine, published out of Englewood, N.J. was a monthly publication that was filled with interviews with the hottest stars of the day and included fun features that could help pass the hours on a rainy Saturday. In magazine terms, Dynamite had a really good run, managing to stay relevant for almost two decades from it's first issue in 1974 to it's last in 1992.
Tags: vintage, pride, pop-culture, 1980, magazine
From 1951 to 1969 the building now known as The Viper Room served as a cabaret, call The Melody Room, run by brothers Pete and Billy Snyder. For 18 years, the Melody Room was known almost as well for its diverse lineup of performers as it was the eclectic mix of Hollywood celebrities and mobsters who made the place their hang out.
Is mixin' gas and kickin' ass your thing? Do you regularly kick the tires and light the fires? If so, this vintage '80s dirt bike design reflects the free wheelin' lifestyle that grows mullets and makes men out of boys, so stop trying to hide it and ride on, brother!
Tags: mx, 11, free-wheelin, motocross, send-it
The '80s were a great time for over the top custom four-wheel drive vehicles and while there were plenty of shops in the greater SoCal area to get your ride tricked out, there were none greater than El Centro's Ultimate Off Road. While other guys were just adding lift kits and chrome bits, UOR was building rigs that actually performed off road as well as they looked, so if you were rolling in a UOR build, you were doing so with confidence as they were as bulletproof as they come.
Tags: vintage, 1970s, custom-van, 70s-van, 1970s-van
Milk Drinkers Are Better Lovers, or so the Midland United Dairy Industry Association thought back in 1972 when they launched this campaign to promote the consumption of milk.
Tags: farmville, dairy-industry, midwest, lovers, 1972
The Bionic Woman was an American sci-fi action-adventure television series starring Lindsay Wagner that ran from 1976 to 1978. The Bionic Woman series features Jaime Sommers, who takes on special high-risk government missions using her superhuman bionic powers. Jaime first appears in a two-part episode of The Six Million Dollar Man in 1975 titled "The Bionic Woman." It's after a skydiving accident that Jaime is rebuilt similar to her Six Million Dollar Man boyfriend, Steve Austin, in exchange for going to work as an operative of the Office of Scientific Intelligence (OSI) where he works as a secret agent.
Tags: gynoid, bionic, bionic-man, fembot, six-million-dollar-man
"I know a dark secluded place, a place where no one knows your face. A glass of wine, a fast embrace... it's called Hernando's Hideaway." In the 1954 musical The Pajama Game, Hernando's Hideaway is a raunchy dive bar in East Dubuque, Illinois, perched on a high cliff overlooking the highway between Dubuque and Galena. The movie was based on the stage play of the same name which, in turn, was based on the book (7 1/2 Cents, by Richard Bissell); it is only in the original book that there is information about where the story takes place.
Tags: dive-bar, dancer, illinois, broadway, dance
One thing New York City has never been short on is NYC t-shirts for tourists and locals alike to snap up from street vendors and shops allover the city. After John Lennon moved to New York City in 1971, he too grabbed his share of designs including this one most famously seen during a 1974 photo shoot, just six years before he was tragically murdered upon returning home to his New York apartment.
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Reaper Defense Specialists was a midsize gun shop in Juneau, Alaska that specialized in firearms with a focus on self defense. From shotguns and rifles for home defense to a wide array of handguns, Reaper had everyone one would need to ensure the safety of themselves and their family. In addition to the shop, they had an on-site range and training facility were customers could not only learn how to safely use their guns, but learn advanced hand to hand combat techniques for those times when they may not have their firearm in reach.
Tags: juneau, alaska, second-amendment, reaper, molon-labe
A message that started in 1969 and lasted well into the mid-seventies as the Vietnam War came to a close...
Tags: vietnam, war, 1970s, 1972, liberal
Orko is a character from Masters of the Universe, though he was not originally developed for the 80s toy line, but was instead created by to provide comic relief in the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon series. Owing to the popularity of the series and the character, an Orko action figure was later released. Interestingly, the character was named Gorpo in the early original series drafts, and that name was still used in the Brazilian Portuguese dub of the original series, but he was renamed Orko for animation purposes as artists often flipped the character cells to reuse previously created sequences, so putting a "G" on Orko's shirt would have complicated the process.
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Released by the Los Angeles-based label, ALA Records, this record was marketed as an instructional item, complete with a detailed and 8-page "instructional" manual insert, complete with explicit photos. The curious front cover artwork with it's cheesy Burt Reynolds look-alike really sealed the deal, yet the album is truly excellent - light, continuous jazz and bossa rhythms, definitely setting the mood for a night on your swanky velvet couch with your lover. While attributed to Robert Wotherspoon, there are no other musicians credited on this uniquely '70s piece of work.
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Facing a rising epidemic of drug abuse in the 1960s, the U.S. Navy responded by not only opening treatment and rehabilitation centers, the Bureau of Naval Personnel (NavPers) produced a variety of informational pamphlets to combat the terrible toll drug use and addiction were having on service members including the illustrated 1967 gem, Let’s Talk about Goofballs and Pep Pills (Including Tranquilizers and LSD).
Tags: psychedelic, trippy, say-no-to-drugs, 420, navy
First brewed in 1932, Singapore Tiger was an immediate hit throughout Asia, but would grow to worldwide acclaim.
Tags: palm-tree, tiger, island, 1932, asia
The Detroit Express was a soccer team based in suburban Detroit that played in the now defunct North American Soccer League (NASL) from 1978 to 1980. Its home field was the Pontiac Silverdome The Express were co-owned by Roger Faulkner and by famed English soccer pundit Jimmy Hill who was also the managing director and chairman of the English club Coventry City. The team was coached by Ken Furphy. If this one looks familiar, that's probably because Mac sported one in an episode of IASIP.
Tags: paddys-pub, vintage, always-sunny, philadelphia, mls
Bubblegum Crisis was a cyberpunk animation series which launched in 1987. The series followed the adventures of the Knight Sabers, an all-female group of mercenaries who don powered exoskeletons and tackle numerous challenges, most frequently battling rogue robots. The success of the series spawned several sequel series.
Tags: gits, 80s-movies, hentai, japanimation, vintage
In 1989, Lisa Frank's bright, whimsical designs were everywhere and hugely popular. In 1999, Jar Jar Binks absurd and annoying character was also everywhere hugely disliked by just about everyone, so this seemed like a prefect mash up that you never knew you needed.
Tags: mash-up, jarjarbinks, whimsical, star-wars, rainbow
It’s the logo Southern Californians can’t escape - a cartoon caricatures of three guys named Mark, Dan, and Wayne and the words “Western Truck Exchange,” placed on thousands of truck mudflaps in a city so dry that mudflaps are essentially unnecessary. Founded in 1922, the company's 'so bad it's good' logo was put into use back in 1982 and has been on the road ever since.
Tags: 1982, la, truck-driver, vintage, truck-stop
The No Name Restaurant was founded by Nick Contos in 1917 as a seafood stand meant to serve the fisherman who worked along Boston’s Fish Pier. He never named the restaurant, and while the space evolved and grew over the years, a proper name was never bestowed upon the business, hence how it became simply known as the 'No Name' for more than a century before suddenly closing up shop in 2019.
Tags: emo, ocean, retro, sailing, schooner
In the early 1980s, entertainment restaurants blossomed after the Chuck E. Cheese chain defined the genre. Their immediate success inspired a gaggle of imitators, all with kid-friendly mixes of pizza, video games, and animatronic characters who sang and danced as parents ate pizza and kids ran around like maniacs. Major Magic's All Star Pizza Revue was one such imitator which opened in 1983 in the Toledo, Ohio suburb of Sylvania and while most other chains in this space died off by the mid '90s, Major Magic marched along all the way until 2010 before finally retiring from service.
Tags: showbiz, toledo, major-mike, pizza, 1983
Kenny Rogers Roasters is a chain of chicken restaurants founded in 1991 by country musician Kenny Rogers and former KFC CEO, John Y. Brown, Jr. While the restaurants were relatively short lived in America, they continue to flourish in Asian countries. This design is based on one of the original '91 logos (yes, there were several) and is coupled with the fictional "It's the wood that makes it good" tagline made famous by the '96 Seinfeld episode, aptly titled 'The Chicken Roaster' in which a Kenny Rogers Roasters sets up shop across the street from Jerry and Kramer's apartment building. Unfortunately, their unusually large chicken sign causes problems for everybody as it's warm glow fills their apartments with 'red death.'
Tags: western, barbeque, grilling, chicken, roasters
When the Tri-Lambs left Adams College to attend the 1987 United Fraternity National Convention in Fort Lauderdale, they learned that their reservations at the upscale Royal Flamingo Hotel had been given to the Alpha Betas and that the property doesn't want to be associated with nerds. After looking around with no luck, the displaced Tri-Lambs find a place willing to take them in by the name of Hotel Coral Essex. Sure, it's located in a shady part of town and getting robbed and/or stabbed is a possibility at any time, but hey, it's still on the beach. Thanks to the hospitality of the Hotel Coral Essex, the nerds were not only able to attend the conference, but were able to through one of the biggest bashes in Fort Lauderdale history.
Tags: lambda, florida, funny, adams-college, lambda-lambda-lambda
Super Robot Wars (スーパーロボット大戦 Sūpā Robotto Taisen) is a series of tactical role-playing video games. Starting out as a spin-off of the Compati Hero Series, the main feature of the franchise is having a story that crosses over several popular mecha anime, manga and video games, allowing characters and mecha from different titles to team up or battle one another. The first game in the franchise was released on April 20, 1991. Later spawning numerous games that were released on various consoles and handhelds.
Tags: japanese, gundam, battle, manga, 1991