Wednesday, June 29, 2011

THE WEDNESDAY SPECTACULAR

Ok folks....time for some honesty.......I am getting a but stressed for time these days.......
So to keep myself from getting any more prematurely gray hair, I am changing Wonderful Wednesdays.
Now wait...before you freak out.......it is only a small change....
I am gonna share 3 things.
Three, instead of five.
Think of it this way......it is less reading for you!!!!
So...after much adieu....I give you the streamlined #WW!!


**Fun game......after I finished writing this post, I realized how many times I say spectacular....
take a drink each time I say it!


1.) OK! So, as you may know, I am planning a big trip to the big apple. I love me some Times Square.....so I wanted to mention this guy:


Douglas Leigh. he is the ad executive that introduced the spectacular billboards of times square.
For example, this billboard, which was up on Broadway between 43 and 44th Sts. until the 1980s, actually SMOKED!!!



CRAZY HUH?
Mr. Leigh started his business in 1933, with an option on a location at Fordham Road and Crotona Avenue in the Bronx. He persuaded the St. Moritz Hotel to put up a billboard on the site. His pay was $50 a month and a room at the hotel for a year. This gave him only enough to eat at the Automat, he says, but it also provided a Central Park South address for his stationery.
Later in 1933, he came up with the idea for a steaming coffee cup, 15 feet wide, at the southeast corner of 47th Street and Seventh Avenue, and he sold it to A&P to advertise its coffee brands.
Although he had started work in the middle of the Great Depression, Mr. Leigh's soft-spoken sales ability helped him carve out a very comfortable niche. Within a few years he had thrown switches in Times Square on a blinking penguin for Kool cigarettes, a clown tossing quoits in the shape of the Ballantine ale logo, and an animated cartoon for Old Gold cigarettes.


Here are some more of his SPECTACULAR billboards:

In the 40's this was REALLy high tech. A real spectacle!!
WOW. I JUST LOVE IT!!!

The worlds biggest pen! (and most spectacular - you drunk yet??)

This is my FAVE!! 

The neon was cutting edge!!


OOOOOH!


This one is a block-long, 90-foot sign featured fifty-foot high plaster casts or heroically-proportioned nudes (male and female) draped in golden neon togas. The statues were originally posted on either side of a real waterfall (27' high, 132' across)





Read more about the Smoking Billboard — Imprint-The Online Community for Graphic Designers 


2.) This....is WOW!!!!!!! That is all I can say. Thanks to the WONDERFULNESS of the gals at DESIGN CRISIS for this one!!! DEFINITELY SPECTACULAR!! 

Cuban photographer Abelardo Morell creates these images ON WALLS using a  process called camera obscura.  Morell blacks out the windows of rooms then cuts a small hole in the fabric he’s used to shut out all the light.  That pinhole is used to expose the window’s view onto the opposing wall.  He then takes a picture of the projection using a large format camera.  The film often takes up to 10 hours to expose.
BUT LOOK AT THE RESULTS!!!!!!!!! 




Say it with me.....SPECTACULAR!!!!

3.) LASTLY, you know how I think the folks at Pixarare genuises? The Pixar movies are the best of the best at storytelling. I LOVE "the look" in their movies and....well.....check out this trailer for a new Pixar movie.......


ONE LAST TIME.....SPEC-TAC-U-LAR!!!!

 They you go!
I hope you enjoyed this wednesday's post!!!!
What do you think of the shorter version?? Easier to get through???
TOO SHORT???
Please let me know what 'cha think!!





3 comments:

  1. LOVE the 40s fotos!!! Can't say enuf about them!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Spectacular (now I'm Totally wasted and it's not even noon here!) Love the billboards - 'specially the smoking one! So cool! Love me some pixar - and those images on the wall - super cool - but upsidedown - would drive me bonkers (more than I already am!).

    A.I.N.B.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Diana - Glad you liked those billboards....I was FASCINATED!!!
    Penny - Glad I can help get you plastered before noon! Bonkers is the new normal!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete