Everybody gets worried when a long-running website makes a "special announcement" so let me say this right up front. KoHoSo.us is not going away or changing its format. However, as this post’s title infers, it is indeed time for a change of pace.
This simple postcard has been one of my favorites ever since I first saw it about six years ago. There’s something about these nighttime photos of businesses with nobody around that, for whatever odd reason, give me feelings of great comfort. I can almost smell the fabric softener in the night air.
This is also one of my top five favorite ads I have ever seen since I began seriously collecting them in 2011. To me, that is as perfect of a 1950’s female face illustration as I’ve ever seen.
Upon finding this photograph, I realized it was a good time to once again post my reminder about all the retro/vintage/Americana material on this website.
So simple yet so effective.
It is not only the ravages of time, vandalism, lack of money, and overzealous planning commissions that endanger North America’s remaining neon signs.
I am not certain when this version of the sign and showroom were built but they were here when I first moved to southern California in 1983. Sadly, it seems it was only during the past year that the sign was removed and the building turned into a standard box.
The photograph above was the first post ever made by "klappersacks" on Tumblr. As something he found on the Library of Congress website, it is the source of his best-known online name.
Over the past several days, I have tried many times to not only make a decision regarding my existence as an online curator of retro/vintage/Americana material but to also explain that decision.