Wednesday, February 24, 2010


A few years ago at a flea market I ran across a box of someone’s old home movies from the 1960's and 70's. Even tho the box was filled with dust and dead bugs the lure of flickering images from the past was too great for me not to pass up.

Below is a sample of what I found in the box. Instead of uploading them to YouTube or Vimeo I realized that flickr was a much better fit for these quick short clips from the past. Be sure to turn your sound on as I left in the soothing sounds of the projector. You can view all of the clips by visiting my Found Film set here.

These are some of my favorites -

Time to cook the cocktail weenies!

The lights are much brighter there you can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go Downtown. Things'll be great when you're Downtown, no finer place for sure. Downtown everything's waiting for you.

I love seeing vintage Supermarkets! This one is from Costa Mesa in 1971.

Aaay, Happy Days is on the tube!

This one I edited and zoomed in on a bunch of packaging. Since I collect old packaging it's really fun to see it being used or in the background. Watch for the Cheerios box being used as a gift box, it's classic.


Monday, February 01, 2010


Forget the modern safe and secure car child seats. Back in the day, kids were just strapped down in the front seat if they were strapped down at all. I scanned a bunch of mag ads last year and just ran across this fun 1963 ad for Irwin Auto Safety Harness. This ad has a lot going for it.

You might want to click on the ad for a closer look.

Nice to know that the Irwin Auto Safety Harness was designed by parachute engineers. That’s great if you accidently drive off a cliff!

Just look how carefree mom is. Her child can easily jump around and play in the front seat while the car is blazing down the freeway. Look, this kid is having the time of his life with his trusty six-shooter. He’s probably taking aim at the police car behind them.


Hey kid, didn’t your mom tell you never to stick a gun in your mouth?

The ad says, it has an Exclusive Scientific Design. Well, I don’t know about that, but I like the swell Hanna-Barbera box. Nice that Irwin offered a choice of character - Yogi or Huckleberry. I wonder which one I would’ve picked if I was a kid during the 1960's? Hmm... team Huckleberry all the way!