© Frank H. Jump
Happy Earth Day!
Vincenzo (my partner in life and love) has the tendency to uncover interesting ephemera while doing demolition on the apartments he renovates. Here are two bits dating back to the early 1960’s- Rubin’s Delicatessen with the GRamercy-3 telephone exchange (Gramercy Park got its name from a corruption of the Dutch “krom mesje” or crooked little knife) and the Schaefer Beer Can, which brings back fond memories of the 1969 World Series and my father watching television. I remember watching the men landing on the Moon and wondering how they had already gotten there to set up cameras.
My first Earth Day – which was THE FIRST EARTH DAY – was in April 1970. I had done a report in fifth grade about the Food of the Future: Soy. I predicted that soy burgers would one day become popular with the American public. I also predicted that the United States would be slow to convert to metric – which was supposed to occur that year. If only my prescience could have extended to future Lotto Numbers…
Read more about Campbell’s Soup’s attempt to be green.
“For here am I floating ’round my tin-can
Far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do”
David Bowie – Space Oddity