aunt hattie's restaurant florida
I found this menu for Aunt Hattie’s Chicken in the Woodpile on eBay a few years ago. It’s especially neato because it’s autographed by Edward “Uncle Ed” Boore, husband of Aunt Hattie and founder of the restaurant. Aunt Hattie’s was opened in 1939 by Ed and Hattie Boore who had previously run a fruit stand. It closed in 1985. The full history of the restaurant is recounted by Scott Taylor Hartzell in this excellent St. Petersburg Times article.
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Pumperniks MiamiPumperniks was a Saturday afternoon staple for my family when I was growing up in Miami. It’s the first place I ever ate Matzo ball soup and a brisket sandwich. The experience of eating this food for the first time was enough to make me consider converting to Judaism. Read more

Playtime in Miami
I found some beautiful old sheet music when I was in Saint Augustine last weekend. I found it at Wolf’s Head Books, one of the finest antique and used book stores in Florida. The song is called, “It’s Playtime in Miami” and was written in 1940 by composer Clark Ringwalt as a fund raising measure for the South Florida Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida.
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“The Official Silicon Valley Guy Handbook”
, written in 1983 by Patty Bell, Doug Myrland and Bob Glazar. As with most of my unusual finds, I found this in the bottom of a bin at an estate sale. This is one of the earliest tomes chronicling the rise of the code monkey. It’s a tongue in cheek instruction manual for living as and understanding the computer programmer in the early days of the computer age. It’s also one of the earliest examples of using computer hardware as a euphemism for reproductive organs that I’ve found. Overall, this book seems antiquated, since the terminology and in-jokes are mostly obsolete now. But it’s a fun read if you’re nostalgic for the early days, before 3 out of 10 high-school students knew at least some HTML.

More photos and illustrations from the book, after the break. Click images to enlarge.

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eames chair pinup
Original art by Jason Snyder
Here’s my latest pinup. Major mid-century modern influence here, with the Eames Chair (Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman). I painted this entirely in Photoshop.
If you’d like to purchase a print of my Eames Chair Pinup in various sizes check the Buy Jason’s Art page.

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Here is another Christmas catalog mashup, aided by, Wishbookweb.com. This time, I’m exploring the wonders of my own childhood. The Sears Wishbook arrived in September every year, and I can distinctly recall spending hours flipping through the toy section, craving. These images are some of the things I wanted most in the mid 1980s. Speaking of… see that robot on the top of the page? That’s the Omnibot 2000. I don’t think you have any comprehension of how much I wanted him. Instead, what I got was an inflatable plastic robot that had a motorized remote control base. Lame.

See more photos after the break. And click the photos for the full catalog pages.

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Oh friends! Here is a photo mashup I made just for you! Okay, that’s a lie. I did this entirely for me. It’s about one of my favorite subjects. Sausage and Cheese. As I was perusing one of my favorite sites, Wishbookweb.com, wondering if it’s too late to order that Millennium Falcon in the 1981 Montgomery Ward catalog for only $30.87, I made a discovery. It turns out that as far back as 1947, they were selling those lovely sausage and cheese variety boxes in Christmas catalogs. How intriguing! I needed to know more. So without further preamble, let’s hop in the Tardis and go on a gastronomic voyage of discovery!

Oh, and click the photos for a larger view, in most cases the full catalog page.
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This is another papercraft set from Mistletoegreetings.com which is going bye bye. These are miniature Christmas Tree Light boxes from old five and dime stores like Woolworth’s, McCrory’s and Kresge’s. I like vintage packaging, especially stuff from the holidays. I copied the packaging pretty closely from the original designs, so these are authentic, albeit in miniature. Add them to Christmas dioramas and dollhouses, print and fold a bunch of them and fill a bowl as a table centerpiece, string them up like popcorn for a garland, tie them to a bow, etc. I just design them. You get to choose the usage.

Orlando Grocery 1970sOh, hello Richard Deacon, character actor of such classics as “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”. I had no idea you were a television chef. Was this before or after you were in “The Happy Hooker Goes to Hollywood”? Answer: It was before.

I found a stack of “Orlando Sentinel” Food sectionals from the early 1970s, loaded with adds for local restaurants, grocery stores, appliance stores, etc. I have tons of these, so this is the first in a series. Click the images to make bigger.

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More for the now defunct Mistletoegreetings site. These are tiny boxes with vintage style Christmas wrapping paper. Cut them out, put them together following the instructions, and let your creativity run wild. Use them as decorative accents on packages. Decorate a Christmas Doll house scene. Put candy in them and use them as stocking stuffers. Lot’s of possibilities. Each of the selections below will print out on 8.5 by 11 paper. Click on the image to make larger.