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Great Iconography! Schoolhouse Rock!

There are many people today, upon hearing someone speak of the Boston Tea Party, immediately visualize a giant, animated cup filled with tea, setting on a saucer, floating around the Boston Harbor! Schoolhouse Rock!, the brainchild of jazz musician and Miles Davis sideman, Bob Dorough, offered up three minute blocks of educational animation with some […]

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ICONIC COLLECTIBLES! Vintage TV-Themed Lunch Boxes

Launched in the early 1950’s, TV-themed lunch boxes trickled slowly into school lunchrooms for a few years. Early boxes featured Tom Corbett – Space Cadet, Howdy Doody, Disney, Roy Rogers, and Hopalong Cassidy. By the 1960’s, however, going to school carrying your lunch AND your favorite TV show in the same hand was exceptionally cool. […]

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Greatest (Creepy) Iconography: Vintage Studio Logos

It has been often documented by children of the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. The total fear of seeing the closing studio logos on television after their favorite shows would deliver a queasy dread.  Many have retold of their screams at the sight of the nightmarish Screen Gems logo, even tales of running from the room […]

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GREAT GRAPHICS: ICONIC OPENING, ABC’s Wide World of Sports

The iconic opening to ABC’s Wide World of Sports. Ironically, the famous skier from March of 1970, Vinko Bogataj, was completely unaware that he had become an American icon and labeled the “agony of defeat” man. When ABC tracked him down to attend the 20th Anniversary of “Wide World of Sports,” ten years later, he […]

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Great TV Iconography, Dennis The Menace, 1966

In the 1950’s and 1960’s, much ado was made about the correlation between the ratings a politician attained on TV and there chances of winning the election, which is the background for this Dennis the Menace advertisement placed in trade papers about the arrival and success of this show in the national syndication market. However, […]

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