Thursday, June 19, 2008

1990 ticket from Smithfield Little Theatre

As the stub is still attached, I'm not sure if this ticket was used.

The Smithfield Little Theatre is still going. Back when this ticket was sold, its home was the Cotton Gin Theatre. Since then, a new theatre has been built.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

this Bicentennial Minute is brought to you by

Another ad from the July 4, 1976 Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Though the above image can be clicked for a closer look, I rather liked the logo (and vaguely remember it from phone books gone by):

And here's a clickable & somewhat less blurry look at the Virginia Independent Telephone Association members as of 1976:

Actually, from what I can tell these nearly 32 years later, close to half of these independent phone companies still exist on the membership roll.

But the "IT" in VITA has since switched to "TI" as in the Virginia Telecommunications Industry Association (VTIA). And joining the locals are big dogs like Cox, Comcast, Sprint and Verizon.

Such changes notwithstanding, the existence of these small independents is of interest . . .

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Little's Supermarket ad 1994

Having posted about the closing of Little's Supermarket last year and such, I thought I'd put up this item I found clipped from the March 2, 1994 Smithfield Times:

Click on the image for a closer look.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Spirit of 17.76

Back when my mom saved sections of the July 4, 1976 Richmond Times-Dispatch, I doubt she foresaw that I'd be paying more attention to the ads. Click the images for a closer look.

An ad for sight n' sound's bicentennial sale (please note the $17.76 pricing on the speakers and portable cassette recorder):

Here's a Murphy's Mart ad:

And an ad for Moore's Building Materials: