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Mr. Zip: The 1960s Post Office Icon

Sep 01, 2017 |  Retro Staff No Comments

  Zip codes, or Zoning Improvement Plan codes was a concept that evolved out of the delivery codes first put into practice in 1943. These were 2-digit codes following city names in mailing addresses to indicate postal zones within the cities meant to speed up delivery. Mail volume in the U.S. had increased from 28

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DIY Decorating Project: Creating a Fun, Functional Laundry Room

Jul 05, 2017 |  Retro Staff No Comments

We recently received photos from a customer named Cindy showing us her completed laundry room renovation and the signs she purchased from us to decorate the finished room. This is the note Cindy sent along with the photos: “LOVE LOVE LOVE your stuff.  Following this email will be a few photos from my laundry room

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Coca-Cola Original Collectibles: Coupons, Bags & More

Jul 30, 2012 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Some rare treats for the Coca-Cola fan and collector… Take a look at these vintage originals – coupons, boxes, programs and more – all from the ’50s and ’60s, when a bottle of Coke was just a dime. Back then, it was common for brands to sponsor high school and college sports programs by producing

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Filed under: Retro Memories Tagged with: Coca-Cola, retro advertising, Soda Pop

Bacon – The Retro Food that’s So Today

May 16, 2012 |  Retro Staff 1  Comment

Bacon. Few can resist it’s unique taste and smell. Even in tough economic times, Americans still consume more than 700 million pounds annually. It’s a once unhealthy luxury that has become a staple in many households and eateries. It’s reported that some 70% of bacon consumed is at the breakfast table, and breakfast is the

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Filed under: Retro Food and Recipes Tagged with: fads, food, retro advertising

The Esso Oil Drop Man

May 07, 2009 |  Retro Staff 15 Comments

The Esso Oil Drop Man is an advertising character that was first seen in campaigns by Esso’s Danish company during World War II.  He was created to explain the reason behind shortages in petroleum products during the war.  Soon after his debut, other European affiliates began to use this cute character in their advertising campaigns.

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Earth Shoes (1970s)

Apr 15, 2008 |  Retro Staff 22 Comments

Does anyone remember Earth Shoes? Somehow these things came up in a conversation the other night. These were the ugliest shoes ever made, and I owned a pair. Introduced in the 1970s, and unlike other shoes, the front of the soles were thick and the heels were thin. “Negative heel technology”, as they were called.

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Filed under: Remember When Tagged with: 1970s fashion, retro advertising