Site Crash
Feb05

Site Crash

Hello folks, As of mid January, I had a fairly significant site crash that left Jetpackjason.com offline for a while. About four weeks, actually. It stinks, because there goes any link juice I might have had, in SEO terms. Google’s probably already forgotten I exist. Still, nothing to do in circumstances like this but to pick up the pieces and move on. As you can see, I have managed to hobble together a somewhat handicapped...

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Vintage Christmas Balls – A Vintage Catalog Extravaganza!
Dec04

Vintage Christmas Balls – A Vintage Catalog Extravaganza!

The quintessential Christmas ornament is without any doubt, the Christmas ball. You could easily decorate a Christmas tree with nothing but balls, and it would be perfectly acceptable. Be they glass, the traditional choice, paper, plastic or foam, a Christmas tree isn’t a Christmas tree without some balls. This is a tribute to vintage Christmas balls of catalogs past. As ususal, I’ve combed through the archives at...

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Fashion Square Mall Sears Ads
Nov13

Fashion Square Mall Sears Ads

Fashion Square Mall Sears is closing. This is Sears on East Colonial Drive. Today was the last day. Soon, it’ll be demolished to make way for something new. I’ll always have a soft spot for Sears and Roebuck. My mom took me there often when I was a kid. My Sears was at the Cutler Ridge Mall, back in the 1980s. This Orlando Sears very much reminds me of that one from my youth. Same basic floor plan, although this one was...

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Vintage Airbrushed Video Game Art
Nov06

Vintage Airbrushed Video Game Art

Sometimes it’s hard to believe there was a time when the Adobe Creative Suite didn’t exist. Prior to the late 1980s, if you were creating an advertisement or illustration for a magazine, cover art for a video game cartridge, a movie poster or a book cover, you did it the way it’s been done since the dawn of the retail age:  ink, paint, X-Acto knives and airbrushing. This article deals with the airbrush, in...

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“The Flying Saucer” (1950) Review

Greetings popcorn nerds, Jetpack Jason here. This is a first installment of a series of Golden Age Sci-Fi Cinema Reviews. Today, I’m reviewing “The Flying Saucer”, released in 1950 and produced by Colonial Productions. For the time being, I’m going to be focusing on the venerable alien come to Earth genre. These films typically take place on Earth during the 1950s, usually feature a flying saucer, alien or robot, and a huge helping of...

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