Dec 26, 2012

BASKETBALL JONES... Cheech and Chong

It's that time of the year when the seminal Cheech and Chong Christmas track Santa Claus And His Old Lady is in full rotation and our thoughts turn to another slice of classic old school humor.
The 1973 song and 1975 animated short film Basketball Jones by Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong hits the mark on so many levels, lets hope everyone "gets it" and enjoys it as much as we have for nearly 40 years. The fact that the film was produced at a time (pre MTV) when there were no traditional outlets for these types of music videos along with the "who's who" involved with both music and animation makes the Basketball Jones legacy all the more special. Some of the names who contributed will both surprise and impress. Enjoy!

Cheech Marin - Falseto Vocal as Tryone Shoelaces
Tommy Chong - Keyboards on original demo
George Harrison - Guitar
Klaus Vorman - Bass
Jim Keltner - Percussion
Carol King - Electric Piano
Nicky Hopkins - Piano
Tom Scott - Saxophone
Billy Preston - Organ
Darlene Love - Vocal
Michele Philips - Vocal
Ronnie Spector - Vocal
Lou Adler - Producer
Paul Gruwell - Animation

Dec 25, 2012


VintageWorkwear, Parnelli Jones and Andy Granatelli wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dec 2, 2012

Early 1900's CARHARTT Union Made Clothing Fabric Sample Mailer

Turn of the century Hamilton Carhartt Manufacturing Co. illustrated Union Made Work Clothing brochure with fabric samples. 
Cloth swatches include denim, heart print indigo dyed wabash, yarn dyed black cotton twill and a long time favorite pin-check referred to here as "highest grade and favorites in the south". The swatch of blue twill with grey and white twisted yarn warp or fill seen in the upper left corner is especially interesting. The taupe or olive colored twill seen in the lower right corner was used for New York state work uniforms. A similar color is found on vintage NYC workers uniform garments manufactured by Sweet-Orr. 
In addition to the various fabrics, the illustration of the rail worker holding the oil can (seen in the middle of the fabric swatches) and THE TROLLY CAR-HEART BRAND Union Made Pants and Overalls box logo are also seen in various Carhartt Railroad Time Books dating from 1900 to 1907 and help to date this mailer to the early 1900's.
All photos courtesy of pakagr