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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Artificial Christmas Trees! A Vintage Catalog Extravaganza!
Dec12

Artificial Christmas Trees! A Vintage Catalog Extravaganza!

  In this entry to the Christmas Catalog Extravaganza series, I give you Artificial Christmas Trees! I really thought this was a rather recent invention, but a little research proved me entirely wrong. Check out Wikipedia for the full history. In terms of these catalogs though, 1942 is one of the first advertised versions I found, proudly exaulting the low cost and the lack of falling needles. But first, a little about me....

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Christmas Hard Candy! A Vintage Catalog Extravaganza!
Dec04

Christmas Hard Candy! A Vintage Catalog Extravaganza!

Hard candy. Boiled sweets. Teeth Crackers. Call them whatever you like, these colorful, iron hard confections remind us of Christmas at Granny’s house. Whether they be fruit or mint flavored, drops or ribbons, tinned or jarred, we kept going back for more! And if mom or dad told us we’d had enough, granddad had a private stash by his recliner that he’d share on the sly. This is a tribute to that time honored holiday...

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Christmas Fruitcake! – A Vintage Catalog Extravaganza!
Nov29

Christmas Fruitcake! – A Vintage Catalog Extravaganza!

Tis the season for a new batch of classic department store Christmas catalog time travel! And today, I bring you that classic Christmas cliche, in all of it’s kitschy glory: The Christmas Fruitcake. These images are culled primarily from Sears Catalogs, from 1937 to 1988. The catalog fruitcake is a perennial favorite, though I don’t recall if I’ve ever once tried a slice. Given that it’s reputation precedes it...

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Delta Dreamflight Press Kit – Disney Themepark Park Ride
Nov28

Delta Dreamflight Press Kit – Disney Themepark Park Ride

Delta Dreamflight was a ride at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Opened in 1989, it replaced one of my favorite rides as a kid, If You Had Wings, which was sponsored by Eastern Airlines. When Eastern dropped their sponsorship, Delta stepped in and became the official airline of Walt Disney World. This media package was released during the opening festivities and contains promotional materials, Delta collateral and a photo....

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Japanese Noodle Vending Machine Wallpaper

I’m a real sucker for Japanese vending machines. In general, I love the multitude of designs, colors and contents available. More than the modern machines though, I love the vintage designs that can still be found here and there, scattered around Japan. I’ve spent hours watching the videos on http://jihanki.michikusa.jp/. Uotani Yusuke’s website introduced me to the wondrous world of of the Fuji Electric noodle...

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