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Vintage TV Art Vintage TV Art (VTVA) presents authentic, historic, one-of-a-kind television-advertising art created by Robert M. Thompson from 1959-1984.

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Barnaby JonesBuddy Ebsen had a dilemma on his hands. After playing Jed Clampett for nearly 10 years, typecasting was a r...
03/04/2022

Barnaby Jones

Buddy Ebsen had a dilemma on his hands. After playing Jed Clampett for nearly 10 years, typecasting was a real danger. But within two years he upgraded his image significantly as Barnaby Jones, the milk-drinking private eye on another hit show for the next four years.

Along with his daughter, played by Lee Meriwether, Barnaby Jones came out of retirement to solve the murder of his son. In a later twist, they are joined by his much-younger cousin played by Mark Shera. This is perhaps the only family affair in the private eye business.

This Vintage TV Art memory was created in 1973 when the show debuted.

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The Odd CoupleWhat do you do when a hit stage play written by Neil Simon becomes a hit movie? Easy- you produce 114 epis...
03/02/2022

The Odd Couple

What do you do when a hit stage play written by Neil Simon becomes a hit movie? Easy- you produce 114 episodes of a hit TV show over the next five years.

Tony Randall and Jack Klugman reprised the roles of Felix and Oscar respectively, Garry Marshall produced and the Neil Hefti music stayed in. The show was enormously successful, nominated three times for the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Vintage TV Art’s Robert M. Thompson cooked this one up in 1974, prior to the show’s last season in 1975.

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“I Love Lucy” was a phenomenon- A female-centric show featuring a mixed-race marriage running from 1947 until 1957. The ...
02/28/2022

“I Love Lucy” was a phenomenon- A female-centric show featuring a mixed-race marriage running from 1947 until 1957. The couple’s on-screen chemistry was the key to its success, but all was not well at home. After Lucy's divorce from Desi Arnaz in 1960, Desilu Studios ran aground. Every show was cancelled, except for “The Untouchables.” While Desi was still president of Desilu, he offered Ball a new sitcom in 1962.

“The Lucy Show” was intended to last only one season, and Lucy agreed as long as it aired the same night as “I Love Lucy” included co-star and friend Vivian Vance.

Lucy bought out Desi and Lucy took the reigns at Desilu in 1963, the first woman to head a major studio. Far from a one-season tryout, the show endured 6 seasons and was in the top 10 in ratings for every season. Desilu was purchased 4 years later by neighbor Paramount Studios for $17 million dollars, a credit to Lucy’s incredible talent both on- and off-screen.

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Television isn’t always known as a “brainy” medium, but there are exceptions, like the long-running series “Ironside.” F...
02/26/2022

Television isn’t always known as a “brainy” medium, but there are exceptions, like the long-running series “Ironside.” For eight seasons Raymond Burr starred as “Chief” Ironside, a former police detective paralyzed from the waist down by a sniper’s bullet. Forced to retire due to his confinement to a wheelchair, he wins appointment as a “special department consultant” with the San Francisco police department.

The show was known for its clever plot twists and dramatic plot points. Parody is often a sign of lasting appeal, and this show received the roast treatment on shows from “Get Smart” (“Leadside”) to “American Dad’” (“Wheels and Legman”) as well as- of course- Mad Magazine (“Ironride”).

This striking pen-and-ink illustration was created by Vintage TV Art’s Robert M. Thompson in the show’s second season, 1968.

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BrandedAfter starring as Lucas McCain, the Winchester-toting “Rifleman” for 5 years, Chuck Conners co-starred again with...
02/23/2022

Branded

After starring as Lucas McCain, the Winchester-toting “Rifleman” for 5 years, Chuck Conners co-starred again with a weapon, this time his broken saber in the post-Civil War era drama “Branded.”

Conners plays U.S. Army Captain Jason McCord, who is dramatically “cashiered” from his position due an unjust determination of cowardice. After his army saber is broken in two over the knee of his commanding officer, he sharpens the half with the handle and keeps it with him as he seeks to clear his name.

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The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour Glen Campbell was awarded a prime-time slot following the smash success of his hosting t...
02/22/2022

The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour

Glen Campbell was awarded a prime-time slot following the smash success of his hosting the 1968 summer replacement show for “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.”

“Gentle on My Mind” was chosen for the show’s theme song, Campbell’s wildly successful hit song written by John Hartford and winner of four Grammy Awards. The “Goodtime Hour” focused on music, hosting many of the period’s top pop and country stars.

The show tied in the ratings with country blockbuster “Hee Haw,” but curiously survived the “Rural Purge” of 1971 while “Hee Haw” did not. However, ratings did drop and the show was cancelled in 1972, while “Hee Haw” continued to grow in syndication.

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In 1963 ABC hatched this plot, identical twin cousins with contrasting personalities living under the same roof. Patty D...
02/18/2022

In 1963 ABC hatched this plot, identical twin cousins with contrasting personalities living under the same roof.

Patty Duke was a rising star at 16. Producer Sidney Sheldon came up with the show idea after spending time with Patty, coming up with the concept because he noticed she had two distinct sides to her personality. Strangely enough, later in life she would be diagnosed manic-depressive.

The show was never officially connected to Disney’s 1961 film “The Parent Trap” starring Hayley Mills in similar roles, but the movie and the show themselves could have been twins.

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“The Midnight Special” began as a one-time musical TV event, encouraging young people to vote in 1972. it was popular en...
02/16/2022

“The Midnight Special” began as a one-time musical TV event, encouraging young people to vote in 1972. it was popular enough to debut as a weekly program in 1973. Popular radio DJ “Wolfman Jack” was the announcer and frequent host.

Capitalizing on the popularity of Rock and Roll in the 1970’s, the show actually had two strictly-business intentions: to keep viewership after Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show”, and to make up for lost revenue due to the banishment of to***co advertising on television. “Midnight Special” was unique at the time, musical guests performed live when lip-syncing to recorded music was the norm.

Vintage TV Art illustrator Robert M. Thompson created this tribute at the height of the show’s success, and was seen in newspapers in April 1976 . See more here:
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reading time: 3 minutes A YOUNG WHIPPERSNAPPER'S HARD WORK AND LOVE OF FAMILY PAYS OFF WITH A MAGICAL CHRISTMAS -- well, not quite. .. a comedic remembrance of 60's naughty and nice. Two questions tugged at the very soul of this eight-year-old boy leading up to Christmas in 1967: One, what would Santa bring me that magnificent morning (duhhh). Two, would God answer my kinky prayer and let me see my teacher's b***s? Concluding divine intervention would most prudently be invoked in a more dire circumstance, I'd settle for a Sting-Ray bike. The Lost in Space Robot and Hot Wheels wouldn't cut the mustard this year. And my folks knew I was dead serious when I demanded my letter to the North Pole be sent registered mail. I was no dummy. With a signature of receipt from the wrinkled and Parkinson's-trembling hand of old lady Claus, I'd guilt-shame the crimson fat man into forcing overtime on some non-union elf and lock it up. Just one minor detail could keep me from my Schwinn. Where did I stand on that nerve-racking list of naughty and nice? Sure, I helped mom with chores all year. And when dad worked on the station wagon, I was the bitch that ran for tools and soda. Understand the spirit of child labor laws had not yet reached our neighborhood. But even scarier? What if that poisonous rumor I heard from the sixth graders at school was true? That there was no Saint Nick and parents bought presents! Now, for the first time in my life, I had to face the possibility that Santa might be nothing more than a sweat-soaked, ex-con with Jack Daniels breath and insulin resistance. And was it any coincidence he got his jollies asking kids like me to sit on his lap at the mall? I think not. Especially when our mall was more than 300 yards from a school. Yes, if my parents were really Santa, I'd need to factor in some of the dirty tricks and hissy fits I pulled off over the past year, too. A few stood out. My mom's sister and her husband lived up the street but they separated so Aunt Katy moved in with us. I dug this set-up because she was always buying me hockey sticks and jerseys. So I saved up my lunch money and got Uncle Bill a magazine subscription. It was under "his" name but I had it mailed to "our" address. But the plan backfired. Needless to say, it came as less than marriage-saving, spiritual restoration to Aunt Katy when the first copy of "HOT BABES ON DEATH ROW" arrived. The swimsuit edition with a centerfold, too (I still have it). Strike one. The Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer incident from just a year ago didn't help my odds, either. It's the night of my favorite holiday show and I can almost taste it because they already played the Santa on a Norelco electric razor commercial. In less than a minute I'd get my get my fix of The Misfit Toys and Rudolph's love Clarice. By the way, few know that Clarice had her name legally changed after the release of Silence of the Lambs with Hannibal Lecter in 1991. Sadly, she died of a gunshot wound during doe season the following year. But I digress. I'd see Hermey, too! That lovable elf who wanted to be a dentist. Not a good career move in Christmastown. He was bullied by the other elves but got the last laugh. When production ended in 1964, he successfully sued NBC-TV for fostering a hostile work environment. Now I could hear the heartwarming voice of Burl Ives begin to fill our den when the unthinkable happened: Mom changed the channel! She made me watch some pity-drama about rotting kids on the other side of the planet and the humble gifts they wanted for Christmas. When it was over, she asked, "Now wouldn't you like to give one of your presents to those poor souls?" In retrospect, I can assure you the response she wanted was not "Are you f**king crazy!? Those dumb-as*es should be asking Santa for discount legal representation to get out of that sh*t hole. Cutting me off from Yukon Cornelius isn't going to change that you middle-aged reincarnation of Joan Crawford!" Strrrrrrriike two. That same year my sister Lois turned 16 and was allowed to date so she invited her boyfriend Tobey to our house for Christmas Eve dinner. We've all seen this movie. She paraded this dork around my disinterested and eggnog-drunken relatives like a bull calf at a livestock auction. Mom liked him though. At least enough that he got a candy-packed, crimson and green stocking with sparkles hung on the mantle that was bigger than mine! Once the puppy lovers kicked the snow off their boots and came to the fireplace, Tobey pulled the stocking down and shoved it in his winter coat pocket. Next came the predictable fake smile and giving my mom the obligatory hug of ingenuine thanks. On cue, I graciously took his coat, put it on the spare room couch with the others then upgraded the stocking's contents. Not with a lump of coal like some Ebenezer Scrooge starter kit, but with a couple Trojan condoms I spent a quarter on in the john of an Esso gas station. The beauty of this gag, I wagered, was that he'd be permanently confused and never ask a soul about it. Were my parents extending their blessing to him and my sister rolling in the hay? Or were they sending the message his loin swimmers were unworthy of our family gene pool? Never had much luck gambling. Tobey told his dad -- who confronted my dad. And like Yuletide magic, I was grounded, stripped of my allowance and seated uncomfortably at the very bottom of that proverbial hill shi*t rolls down. Strrrrrriike three! The batter's out. Back to 1967 and drumroll please. It was now close to 8 pm so I watched the last few minutes of a Batman episode and was shuffled off to bed. Did I actually sleep? You know, with sugarplums dancing in my head? Hell no. But I must have dozed off because the next thing I heard was my sister squealing and yelling "Oh God!" She and Tobey had broken up in the summer so it wasn't that -- you pervert. Lois was opening presents. Santa had come! I sprang out of bed like Bill Gates and Prince Andrew caught on tape at Jeffrey Epstein's house. My eyes quickly scanned the room. Nothing under the tree. Nothing by the fireplace. I even checked the garage. Nothing. Alas, my eyes accepted what my heart could not: I didn't get it. I started to cry. Dad called me over to sit on his lap in the big chair. "Son, you're old enough now to know there is no Santa Claus," he began. "Understood father," I conceded. "You were a good boy this year. You got good report cards and helped your mother and me around the house." Thinking to myself "THEN WTF!" I eked out the courage to ask why I got stiffed. Dad gently wiped a tear from my eye then put my tiny hand in his giant, warm paw and whispered, "Because you're adopted and we don't give a rat's a*s!" Just kidding. I got it. Plum Crazy Purple, too! *** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Senior on fixed-income writes to make people laugh -- and pay rent. If you can help me, please share this work with your friends and send a "dollar" to.. PayPal.Me/@brian89521959 Venmo: @Brian-Turney-10 God Bless and the Merriest of Christmas to you all!
I just discovered your page and, Wow!, These Showtime magazine covers are amazing! Were these distributed nationwide? I've never seen them before. Thanks for sharing!
Rod Serling was an incredible storyteller, which he put on full display with his original television series, The Twilight Zone. Here is a short video of the recent, horrific events in the capitol, as told through Rod Serling’s warnings some 60 years ago:
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