TBT: Customized T-Shirts in the 70’s

Author: robertinseattle

Digging through some old boxes of photos and memoribilia and came across a few things from back in the 70’s.

Back in the late 60’s and early 70’s, I’d made my first big bucks by building several successful t-shirt businesses. I eventually sold my businesses and properties in Toronto and bought a camper van to travel across North America and down to Mexico and back for over a year, eventually living in Paris where I did a lot of painting and writing before settling back in Toronto in ’75.

I ended up building a new business with t-shirts as customization became even more personal because of technology. My friend, Thach, and I launched FaceLift, to bring personalized t-shirts (and other products) into the mainstream. Xerox had brought out the 6500 color copier a year or two earlier and we had come across a company that developed a plastisol-coated paper that could run through these color copiers and produce full-color iron-on transfers that could then be pressed on to t-shirts, tote bags and all sorts of personal goodies. So we launched a shop inside the Hudson’s Bay Center Mall at Yonge and Bloor to generate retail business. Then we also pursued a wholesale business where we would provide these customized products to all the photo processing shops that were as popular as coffee stands are today. Anyone remember those? PhotoHut, PhotoLab and more. (Of course, those businesses are long gone with the advent of digital photography and photo processing inside of almost every major drug store chain these days.)

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Worst Driver. Ever!

Author: robertinseattle

OMG! This woman should never be allowed on the road along with millions of others like her! From a Canadian show Canada’s Worst Driver.

Life and Friendship

Author: robertinseattle

Just posted this on Facebook and sharing here with everyone else too. Especially the graphic that didn’t show up clearly on FB!

OK – a very late TBT story to post up tonight.

For some reason, a lot of old memories have been popping up lately. Probably another round of changes still surfacing from that severe concussion I got back in 2010 and the side effects that came after a full round of hyperbaric oxygen therapy a couple of years ago. (That’s my story and I’m sticking with it!)

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Sh*t You Just Can’t Make Up!

Author: robertinseattle

You can’t make this sh*t up! This woman – Tamah Jada Clark – was actually arrested after trying to break her Baby Daddy out of prison back in September 2010. She was stopped with a loaded AK-47 rifle and a .45-caliber pistol on her way to the prison where her husband Jason Clark was sentenced to 30 years. This genius just filed this masterpiece on 4/20 of all dates in objection to the judge who dismissed her Civil Rights Violation lawsuit following her arrest.

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Gratitude

Author: robertinseattle

It’s all about gratitude, isn’t it? I still enjoy this commercial that’s been running for a while about a young girl finally heading off for college. It’s from a nonprofit called The Foundation For A Better Life, founded and funded by billionaire philanthropist Philip Anschutz.

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Lucy and Ethel at the Chocolate Factory

Author: robertinseattle

Absolutely the one classic scene I’ve never forgotten from all the years of I Love Lucy: The Chocolate Factory production line. But of course, someone had to make a parody of it sooner or later…

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A Close Encounter from 50 Years Ago

Author: robertinseattle

Last Friday, August 8th was the fiftieth anniversary of one of the first mass shootings that I can recall from Canada or the States. Long before Columbine or any of the other shootings that followed, Edward Thomas Boutilier was a mentally-disturbed 18-year old who rode his bike around the South end of Halifax on that summer afternoon in 1964 and shot three young boys, killing two of them. After giving himself up days later, Boutilier was later diagnosed as mentally ill and institutionalized instead of being tried in a court of law. He subsequently killed himself 10 years later. There’s a link in the first paragraph to the article that spurred me to write this post for New Canadian Media.

This story is still as fresh in my mind today as it was when it happened. Or I should say two days after it happened, as you’ll soon understand after you read my post.

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Worst Comcast Disconnect Call Ever

Author: robertinseattle

Inspiration

Author: robertinseattle

I absolutely love the One Day on Earth series. Here are the first four available:

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The Memories that Old Pictures Capture

Author: robertinseattle

Today I started trying to organize the many photographs I have scattered around my house again. After a few moves – and a major housefire back in 2002 – these pictures often represent the only physical memories of my family’s lives. For some strange reason, most of our pictures were left miraculously unharmed after losing almost everything else we owned back then. I decided a good first step to organizing them was to start getting them all gathered together in one place; so I emptied some shelf space in a bookcase to start pulling them all together at last.

So I was going through one small plastic box and I came across these two Polaroid SX-70 pictures of a very special Pontiac Trans Am Firebird. But first, here’s a picture of what that classic street car looked like, complete with the original Firebird emblem on the hood and the side panels:

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