Friday, December 18, 2015

Mystery Missiles Over Chicago ?

Five years ago on 3/16/11 I'm sitting on Lake street in Oak Park just west of downtown Chicago looking straight west. All of a sudden I see something going straight up off the ground into the sky and leaving a whomping big trail. Luckily I had my video camera and took this footage and I still don't know what it is. The area it was "taking off" from is not anywhere near either O'Hare and Midway the big airports. There's no military base in the area. That we know about. The only thing in that general area might be the DuPage county airport but I can't imagine what would be going straight up from there and leaving this kind of trail. 



I took a cell phone video and posted it on ChiTownView and it didn't garner much interest and I soon forgot about it. Until the last Sunday in November when I had my second “X Files” experience. I was at the Jewel store on Lake St. in River Forest Il. when I saw this vertical trail coming straight up from where Chicago's downtown would be some ten miles east. It went up and then arced west so it passed over my head at a fairly altitude. Aonce again all l I had was my cell phone camera so the detail is scant. What I saw looked to be an orange colored missile.


So are these contrails, UFOs, some kind of mystery missile or elaborate drone based hoax?

What do you think?

Thursday, December 17, 2015

From the late 1970's to the early 90's I took thousands of instant photos. I've been converting these Polaroid images I took into digital bits and now it's time to sell off these one of a kind photos. Each one is signed and numbered as they are being sold. 

If any of these interest you let me know.

This vintage Polaroid photo was taken at Waldhiem Cemetery in Forest Park Il. some 35 years ago. It's some cemetery gafitti commited by some stoner who was into Pink Floyd's “The Wall”.
$9.99




$7.99

This vintage Polaroid photo is entitled "Flying Bobs" and was taken at one of those traveling carnivals in 1984.
$5.99

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Vintage Polaroid SX-70 Photos, 20th Century Retro Sale

From the late 1970's to the early 90's I took thousands of instant photos. I've been converting these Polaroid images I took into digital bits and now it's time to sell off these one of a kind photos. Each one is signed and numbered as they are being sold. 

If any of these interest you let me know.
This vintage Polaroid photo of a female mannequin is from a window display & hand painted with Sharpies. $7.99
Here's another vintage Polaroid photo from the 1980's. Bob strums a silver sparkle electric guitar with Jesus looming in the background. It measures 4" X 4". $6.99
With the original Polaroid SX-70 film it took awhile for the colors to set so you could mannipulate the picture. This is (I belive) a picture of 1980's Oak Park power pop band Ha! Or Aha. $7.99


For a list of photos currently on eBay click here.Free shipping for the continental US. All others contact me for a quote.

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Chicago Cubs Win The 1st National League Pennant T Shirt & Postcard

Today's new additions to our stock of items for sale at the MindsiMedia Zazzle store commemorate the winners of the first National League pennant. A team that became the Chicago Cubs. We have a T Shirt and postcard with this design that would make a great gift for your Cub fan.


A lot has changed since 1877 when baseballs National League took to the diamond. There wasn't a World Series the American League wouldn't exist for more than a quarter century. Chicago's entry to this new baseball association wasn't even called the Cubs they were the White Stockings and they wouldn't play in Wrigley for more than thirty years. The game of baseball was different as well. The pitcher was 45 feet away from home plate, which had four sides instead of five. The overhand pitch wasn't allowed so all balls were delivered underhanded. There was no mound with the pitcher operating from a 4'X6' box and a batter had to get nine balls to get a base.

There were other differences but I digress let's move on to the season that was for these White Stockings (or any pro baseball team) one of the best ever. Many people think the Chicago Cubs are headed towards the Worlds Series next year. What better way to celebrate the 140th anniversary of Chicago's National League team? Because the White Stocking won the first ever pennant amassing a record of 52-14.

After clinching the pennant on September 23rd by defeating the Hartford Dark Blues 7-6 the Tribune summed up the season this way. "they won everything if they won, and lost nothing to speak of if they lost. But they won and now, despite every combination, every abuse, every unfairness, they have played themselves fairly to the front, and so cleanly that nothing can throw off the grip they have on the flag."

Here is the team 11 man team pictured in this card.
Position Players: White, Deacon C. .343 McVey, Cal 1b .347 Barnes, Ross 2b .429 Peters, John SS .351 Anson, Cap 3b .356 Addy, Bob OF .306 Glenn, John OF .282 Hines, Paul OF .304 Bielaski, Oscar OF .209 Andrus, Fred OF .306
Pitchers: Spalding, Al 47-12 ERA 1.75 McVey, Cal 5-2 ERA 1.52
White, Barnes and Peters also made relief appearances.


Mr. Spalding was also the manager he went on to open a sporting goods store in Chicago and the famous athletic equipment and sports publication company. Cap Anson went on to collect 3,031 hits and a .333 batting average during his career. He became a player manager in 1879 and led his team to five more pennants in the 1880's. Later he entered politics when in 1905 he was elected Chicago's City Clerk. 


For more Cub history ChiTownView has a couple of videos about where the pre Wrigley era Cubs played ball. 



Photo is from the Library Of Congress.  

The Christmas Angel Meets Unsilent Night

Todays Christmas Post Is about a film music project that was posted on ChiTownView last year. “The Christmas Angel” brings together two holiday season works of art separated by 104 years. Make sure you check out our other Christmas posts.

The Movie: The Christmas Angel
Originally titled Détresse et Charité (Distress and Charity), this short made in 1904 is from French film making pioneer Georges Méliès. It tells the tale of a poor family in crisis, a young girl who is sent out by her father to beg for money when the family faces eviction. There were two versions made for French and American audiences, each with differing endings. In the American version (shown here) the little girl is saved by passing automobiles who shower her family in gifts, a distinctly more Hollywood-style happy ending than the version shown to the French in which the girl dies and is carried off to heaven by a “Christmas Angel”.
Director: Georges Méliès
Producer: Georges Méliès
Production Company: Star Film
Creative Commons license: Public Domain

The Music: Unsilent Night

The soundtrack is a version of "Unsilent Night which is an original composition by Phil Kline. It is written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December. From there it takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer. Each participant gets one of four tracks of music in the form of a cassette, CD, or Mp3. Together all four tracks comprise Unsilent Night. The fact that the participants play different "parts" simultaneously helps create the special sound of the piece. Participants carry boomboxes, or anything that amplifies music, and simultaneously start playing the music. They then walk a carefully chosen route through their city’s streets, creating a unique mobile sound sculpture which is different from every listener's perspective. This recording of Unsilent Night Event is from San Francisco CA, December 20, 2008. and can found on freesound.org It was created by RTB45 and was found on freesound.org. 

For information on cities and dates for this years performances of “Unsilent Night” check out their website. http://www.unsilentnight.com/

This work is licensed under the Attribution License.


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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Twisting Santa & Christmas With Satan, Christmas Once A Day

Welcome for our third daily dose of holiday cheer the first is this ChiTownView video from Christmas 2013. “I went to go get my haircut over at Franks on Grand in Elmwood Park. Walking up the street I knew it really was Christmas because there was the mechanical Santa out in front of the joint dancing, handing out greetings and singing a little song to the passerbys. After the haircut I stopped for a beef at Johnny's and went off to do a little Christmas shopping.”



And todays musical contribution comes from 1980's punk jazz artist James White with his classic “Christmas With Satan”. Yesterdays post about 60's classic film “Santa Vs.The Devil” reminded me about this tune and I dug up this copy on YouTube this morning. The photo / video montage features a number of clips from “...Vs The Devil”.


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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

1950's/ 60's Sword & Sandal, Peplum, Film Lobby Cards, Lot Of 18 Different

Before Sergio Leone gave us the spaghetti western bringing America the Italian western. There was the genre of Peplum the sword and sandal films of the late 1950's and early 60's. Like the westerns these movies aped the offerings of Hollywood. That was of course the golden age of tinsel towns historic epics like Spartacus, 10 Commandments, Samson & Dehlia or any of the others of that era.

I recently came across a collection of Peplum movie lobby cards and have placed the lot of 18 on CragsList /Chicago. Below are the backgrounds on the cards and the films there promote. Price is $30.00 for more information click on any of the lobby card titles to see the CraigsList, Chicago ad.
Genghis Khan was a 1965 spectacular that featured; James Mason, Eli Wallach, Telly Savalas and the recently departed Omar Sharif as Genghis. Here we are offering four 15" X 11" lobby cards from this film. They in real nice shape with a few tears and dinks along the edges.


Four 15" X 11" lobby cards from The Giant Of Marathon. The 1959 film starred Steve Reeves who had a nice little career going in the late 50's and early 60's playing in these sword and sandal epics. Then turned down the James Bond role in "Dr. No" and the man with no name in "Fistful Of Dollars". After making 14 films from 1957-1963 he made one after '63.

The cards are numbered and #'s 1,3 & 4 are in nice shape with a few tears and dinks along the edges. Number 6 has a couple of rips examine the photo.

Queen Of Sheba was a 1953 "sword & sandal" epic from Italian director Pietro Francisco. Here we are offering a 15" X 11" lobby card from this film. It's in real nice shape with a few tears and dinks along the edges.
Tarzan & The Valley Of Gold sees this iconic jungle warrior taking on tanks and helicopters with hand grenades. We are offering a pair of 15" X 11" lobby cards from this film. They in real nice shape with a few tears and dinks along the edges.
The Long Ships is a 1964 British-Yugoslavian Technirama spectacular that featured the trio of Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier and Russ Tamblyn. We are offering a pair of 15" X 11" lobby cards from this film. One is real nice with a few tears and dinks along the edges. The other is the same with the addition of some staining in the upper left area.
Captain Sinbad is a 1963 German Film that stars Guy Williams best known as Disney's Zorro and Dr. Robinson in "Lost In Space". Despite that kind of resume the lobby cards list no stars names but under each picture is a question about the scene depicted. We are offering a trio of 15" X 11" lobby cards from this film. They are in real nice shape with a few tears and dinks along the edges.
The 10 Commandments was a 1957 spectacular that featured; Charlton Heston, Yul Bynner, Edward G. Robinson, Vincent Price and many others. Here we are offering two 15" X 11" lobby cards from this film, numbers 5 & 7. They in real nice shape with a few tears and dinks along the edges.