Agostino “Bimbo” Giuntoli opened The 365 Club in 1931 when the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution was in full swing. Though known for the silver buckets, showgirls, multi-course dinners, and crooners, Bimbo’s also operated as one of the many speakeasies during the Prohibition years. Family owned and operated to this day, Bimbo’s is a true San Francisco institution, where one might even still be able to catch a glance at the naked lady dancing in the fishbowl behind the bar.
The Heritage Preservation Society together with one of San Francisco’s most classic clubs, Bimbo’s 365, present the Mr. Bimbo Prohibition Cup & Saucer. We celebrate and honor the man, the myth, who started it all and created the Copa Cabana of the West Coast and ultimately the best show in town.
The Mr. Bimbo Prohibition Cup and Saucer is culled from vintage Bimbo’s advertisements from the 30′s and 40′s and is limited to 140 sets.
Featured at the Alden Projects booth at the NADA Fair New York this past weekend was this gem; a 1964 exhibition poster of Ed Ruscha’s exhibition at Ferus Gallery, featuring an iconic photograph by Dennis Hopper. Probably our favorite thing we saw all weekend…
This is the vintage exhibition poster commemorating Ed Ruscha’s second one-person exhibition that opened at Ferus on October 20th, 1964 and where Ruscha originally exhibited his paintings of gasoline stations for the first time. This printing constitutes the original reception context for his friend, Dennis Hopper’s now infamous 1961 photograph taken through a windshield at the intersection of Santa Monica and Melrose: it captures a pit stop to which Ruscha would return again: a Standard Station and its doubled signs. A billboard over the gasoline station reads: “Smart Women Cook with Gas in Balanced Power Homes,” slyly eliding Ruscha’s own interest in signs, wordplay, gasoline stations, and small fires evident in his then-recent works. The photographic image is juxtaposed not with the quotidian details of the exhibition’s place and time, but simply with the loud signal of an early Op-like typeface, honking the artist’s name in green ink: “RUSCHA”.
Although Dennis Hopper’s photographs were incorporated into several Ferus Gallery exhibition poster contexts, this one—whose vantage and subject dovetails so closely with the young Ruscha’s own aims—was both a familiar and uncanny choice. “The Double Standard photograph of mine,” Hopper recalled, “which I took in 1961 was Ed’s announcement for his 1964 show (at Ferus) of paintings of Standard gas stations, one of which I bought, I think, for $780.” That the double boomerang of Hopper and Ruscha’s photographic readymades depicting urban scrawl — gasoline stations, billboards/signs, wordplay, font-play, and more — finds cross-pollination in this particular and original ephemeral context is a combustible elixir of Los Angeles car, cool, fame, and flame. This perplexing publication is the authentic 1964 issue, printed in its vintage strike. Very good condition. With no pinholes or time staining. Not to be confused with the different printed context of Ace Gallery’s re-issue of Hopper’s negatives as over-sized, boutique art photographs in 2006.
If you were to be looking for a shoe for your Spring adventures and ventures, may be say that this perfectly butter Nike Blazer High Vintage with, as Hypebeast says, an “unassuming light ‘Sail’ grey tumbled leather base upper juxtaposed against bold hits of either purple or green that envelope the Swoosh,” is the right shoe for you. And us. And me. And we.
We just picked up a few items of Levi’s Vintage Collection over the past few weeks, and they are fast becoming our very favorite things in our closet. On top there, we highly recommend the 1950s Crew Sweat. (via)
We are very much looking forward to Sierra Designs bringing back the US made, 60/40 parka this Fall. We are looking forward to it so much so that we actually got excited at seeing vintage Sierra Designs photos on Secret Forts. For Bay Area kids, who have grown up around the whole outdoor vibe, these sort of jackets have always been solid piece to own for a lifetime, and we like that we are getting back to the US made releases.
These Chinese posters really awesome. They range from the 1930′s to the 1950′s. Some nice designs advertise for Aspirin and hand washing. Our favorite is how to handle the your 4 most common pests, step by step. via Lost at E Minor.
These are just a few of the ads that we saw on Creative Review, but to be honest, it is just nice reminder that Levi’s has made some great ads over the past 25-30 years. And yes, the 1980s were 30 years ago in some respects. Odd, ain’t it?
Hey, we are in the age of Vintage Americana, where, even though we are a few years into it, an Ivy League look or heather grey crewneck sweatshirt is all the rage. And leave it to the Japanese to have this sport vintage book ready, the Nike Vintage Book. Nike in the 1970s and ’80s was the ultimate on-point sportswear brand, right when Jordan-mania took off and the dunk and a certain collegiate look was in full effect. This is a gem, buy it here.