It began with The Poky Little Puppy, Three Little Kittens, The Little Red Hen, and 9 other books in 1942.
Little Golden Books began as a collaboration between legendary publishing company Simon & Schuster and Western Printing based in Racine, Wisconsin. These little full-color books for young readers were published with one idea in mind: make high-quality illustrated children’s books affordable and thus, more accessible.
The concept worked; at the 50-year anniversary of Little Golden Books—25 years ago—the publisher reported that more than a billion and half Little Golden Books had been sold. A publishing achievement of astronomical proportions. Continue reading “Nostalgia Between the Pages: Little Golden Books”
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought we’d take you on a nostalgic little trip back to the 1960’s, when New Zealand cartoonist Kim Casali developed her famous comic strip, Love is… The cartoons originated from a series of love notes that she had drawn for her future husband, Roberto Casali. After first being published in booklets, they started appearing in strip form in a newspaper in 1970 under her pen name, “Kim.” These sweet little cartoons were simple: the words “Love is…” followed by different examples of the forms love can come in and accompanied by cute little drawings of a couple showing their affection (and nakedness, because it was the time of Woodstock and all) for one another. Continue reading “Love is…”
“Yes, I’d like some Opal Fruits and a Marathon. To drink? Hmmmm, let’s see… how about a Brad’s Drink, please…”
That’s what we would be saying to the movie theater concession stand folks if the owners of Starburst, Snickers, and Pepsi hadn’t decided to rebrand to create the household names we know today.
For this Throwback Thursday, we’ve dug up 9 companies/brands whose names originally fell flat, but that reached a far greater audience once they selected a new name. Seriously, did you ever think a business named Back Rub would amount to anything on the World Wide Web? The owners of that company apparently didn’t. That’s why they renamed it, and to their credit. It’s done pretty well since then. The company? A little internet startup called… [What, you think we’d give it away this early? Read on to find out!].
Continue reading “Nostalgic Names: 9 Rebranding Winners”
Did you know that this year is the iPhone’s 10th birthday?
Just let that sink in for a minute.
Ten. Years. Old.
To be perfectly honest, we picture 10 years ago to be sometime in the 90’s, which then begs the question, how on earth is it already 2017?!!
Steve Jobs announced the iPhone at the Macworld Convention in January of 2007, and by June of the same year, Apple released the iPhone to the public. Undoubtedly, the invention of the iPhone has changed our culture in more ways than one. Without it, we may never would have met Siri, been able to Facetime on the go, or have almost every emoji known to man available at our fingertips (Except for a duck. There are dragons and a unicorn and both bactrian AND dromedary camels, but still no duck. If someone knows why this is the case, please tell us. We’re dying to know.)
So for today’s Throwback Thursday, we decided to pick up our 11th Generation iPhones and Google our way back to 2007 to see what else was going on in the world of pop culture back then. It’s safe to say that 2007 was a year of music, money, and mayhem. Ahhh the nostalgia!
Continue reading “When Someone Says “10 Years Ago,” We Picture the 1990’s…”
On January 12, 1773 (yeah, we’re going way back for this Throwback Thursday), the first American museum opened in Charleston, South Carolina.
“Inspired in part by the creation of the British Museum,” the Charleston Museum was “established by the Charleston Library Society on the eve of the American Revolution.” And “when it first opened to the public in 1824, the Museum developed prominent collections, which Harvard scientist Louis Aggasiz declared in 1852 to be among the finest in America.” Today the museum houses “natural history, historical material culture and both documentary and photographic resources.” [From charlestonmuseum.org].
Okay, so we’re not here today to load you up with historical information about the Lowcountry (though here’s a fun fact: did you know Bill Murray is part of owner and the Director of Fun for Charleston’s baseball team, the Riverdogs? Which makes sense, because, well, this.)
Continue reading “Culture For the Win”