- Features: Written by Gene Gable on February 8, 2013
Since I announced my retirement from Scanning Around With Gene last week, the kind and thoughtful comments from readers have overwhelmed me and I want to thank everyone who chimed in online and those who sent me personal emails. Sometimes over the years I wondered if anyone was actually reading my efforts and it’s tremendously gratifying to discover that at least some of the topics made an impression.
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on February 1, 2013
Next week marks the tenth anniversary of my column here at CreativePro, and I’ve decided to make that edition my last installment of Scanning Around With Gene. I think I’ll miss the weekly routine, and I know I’ll miss the thoughtful comments people have been so kind to post over the years. But whether it’s thanks to good therapy, or just the effects of aging, I’ve become less compulsive about collecting old magazines, brochures, pamphlets and other ephemera.
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on January 25, 2013
As someone who’s owned and operated a couple of different printing presses in my time, I can attest to the fact that there is something about them that sucks you in and compels you. Any complex machine is a work of art in its own way, but a well-made printing press is a marvel of engineering and manufacturing. Most of the presses I’ve been around were American-made and nothing to sneeze at, but for the real printing experience you really have to operate a German-made machine.
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on January 18, 2013
I was recently looking through some old boxes of memorabilia from my dad and came across a bunch of company newsletters from when he worked for a chain of Southern California super markets called Market Basket. He was fairly typical of the post-war generation in that he went to work for the company in his 20s and stayed for over 25 years, working his way up from a checkout clerk to a vice president, holding many different jobs along the way. Thanks for indulging me today as I explore these newsletters and a little bit about my dad.
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on January 11, 2013
I recently came across a terrific book on eBay called The Art of the Market: Two Centuries of American Business as Seen Through Its Stock Certificates by Bob Tamarkin and Les Krantz. It’s a well-designed, well-printed beautiful coffee-table style book that does a great job reviewing the history of stock certificates, and presents many samples of these quickly disappearing remnants of publically traded companies.
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on December 28, 2012
I generally consider 12 images to be the minimum necessary to constitute a weekly “theme” here at Scanning Around With Gene, though I will admit to applying the word “theme” pretty loosely a couple of times over the years. But mostly I hold certain images until I gather enough to do the topic justice – in many cases I actually end up with quite a few more images than I can (or should) run.
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on December 20, 2012
I was waiting in line at the checkout counter of the local supermarket the other day and couldn’t help but notice the latest issue of Men’s Health magazine with a picture of some buff guy and a headline promising I could look like him in just a few short weeks. And, judging from the other headlines, I’d say that sex and body image are important topics to the male buyers of that particular magazine.
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on December 14, 2012
My nephew Luc has been having trouble figuring out exactly what he wants to do for a career, and recently signed up for a program to study being a diesel mechanic. This got me to thinking about all those ads I’d seen in men’s magazines from the Forties and Fifties, promoting various careers all promising big money and personal fulfillment. I sincerely hope the diesel thing works out for Luc – he’s a good kid who deserves a rewarding line of work.
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on December 7, 2012
From 1871 to 1918, the humor magazine Puck was a popular title that used cartoons and witty editorial to comment on current events. Here’s a look at the magazine’s famous Christmas covers from the Library of Congress collection.
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on November 30, 2012
Hollywood has always had a penchant for over-the-top marketing. And nowhere is that more in evidence than for the horror and exploitation genres. Here’s a look at some advertising slicks from the height of Hollywood hype.