Thursday, March 31, 2011

It's the Final Four!

Submitted by Andrew Medway.

One of my favorite aspects of vintage collectibles is the aspect of getting to play amateur detective. I particularly love learning about the people who may not be household names but have lived interesting and productive lives. On the eve of the Final Four a basketball story seemed appropriate.

In the 1947 yearbook for Texas Wesleyan College (now Texas Wesleyan University) we found this entry for Clifton McNeely, basketball all-American and the nation's leading scorer that year. McNeely, born in 1919, was no youngster having already served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. After the 1947 season McNeely was drafted by the Pittsburgh Ironmen with the first overall selection of 1947 Basketball Association of America, the forerunner of the NBA. In a decision that if made today would shock the world, McNeely chose not to play professional basketball opting instead to stay in Texas and coach high school basketball. In thirteen years as the head coach at Pampa High School in Pampa, Texas, McNeely won four state championships. McNeely posted a 320-43 record, winning back-to-back titles in 1953-54 and 1958-59. From 1952-55, the Pampa High School Harvesters won an impressive 72 straight games. The gym at Pampa was named the McNeely Fieldhouse in his honor and he was later inducted into the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame, the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame and the Texas Wesleyan University Hall of Fame. And what happened to his fiance Peg? They were married on June 14, 1947. They had three children and their son Phil went on to become a successful basketball coach in his own right, winning three Class 5A high school state championships at Duncanville.

In January 2011 McNeely (who passed away in 2003) was honored at a reunion of 20 of his former players at halftime of a Pampa High basketball game. "I think you have to talk about the man he was first of all," said Jim Bond, who played for McNeely's first two state championship teams. "In basketball as in life he was a great role model for all of us."

Here's to Clifton McNeely, athlete, educator and role model. Thanks for letting us have a peek at your inspiring life.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Citrus Crate Art. More Than Just a Pretty Picture!

This was cutting edge advertising in its time. The Los Angeles Times just recently ran a very interesting article about this testament to a bygone era.

Here are a few originals available for purchase from our very own collection of fruit crate labels.

Redlands Dahlia Sunkist | 1940's | re.collection art store
La Patera (The Pond) Lemons | 1930's | re.collection art store
Victoria Brand March Seedless Grapefruit | 1930's | re.collection art store

Check out our Etsy store, too!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Women, Wine & Art Walk.

We had a great time at the Women, Wine & Art Walk event on Thursday night in Scottsdale. Artist, Lori Landis was our host. She began the evening by sharing her story about her art and her creative process. She is a truly inspiring person. Her paintings are vibrant with color, texture and brushstrokes that draw you in. You can visit Lori at her working studio/gallery every Thursday "Art Walk Night".

Zen World VII | 39in x 39in | Acrylic on Unstretched Canvas
Within the Garden | 24in x 24in | Collage
Sacred Mandala | 24in x 30in | Acrylic
Ana Cordova, Lori Landis & Dina Petruzzi

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

In memory of Elizabeth Taylor…

©Don Macpherson 1986 | Leading Ladies
Original Hollywood Test Print | re.collection art archives
©Paramount Pictures 1953 | Elephant Walk | re.collection art store

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Luck 'O the Irish to You!


On this St. Patrick's Day, the suave and debonair actor Pierce Brosnan is our honorary Irishman for the day. Remember the TV series from the 80's…Remington Steele? That pretty much launched his career in the United States. After that he was onto the big screen. He was the fifth actor to play the lead role in the James Bond film series. He starred in four of those movies and also has in so many others, including The Thomas Crown Affair. We have these original movie posters for sale in our "Attic". BTW, did you know that he holds both Irish and American citizenship? So, Mr. Brosnan, we tip our hat to you. Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

The World is Not Enough | 1999
The Thomas Crown Affair | 1999

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Let the good times roll!

It's Mardi Gras! Also known as Fat Tuesday. Its name represents the last night of eating rich and fattening foods before fasting begins of the Lenten season.

Since New Orleans is the city most associated with this celebration, we thought we'd share one of our vintage artworks.

New Orleans Roof Tops
Our giclée print comes from an original vintage postcard circa 1930's.

We can't end today's post without sharing a few very festive pics!
Photos from the official Mardi Gras New Orleans website

Monday, March 7, 2011

It's Spring Training Time!

Ian Kennedy | AZ Diamondbacks | ©Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

The newest stadium built for MLB spring training is the $100 million Salt River Fields at Talking Stick spring training complex on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Scottsdale, Arizona. The complex is home to the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies, and contains a 11,000-seat stadium, separate clubhouses for each team, and 12 full-size practice fields (six for each team.) Both teams previously conducted spring training in Tucson, Arizona, bringing a total of 15 teams to the Cactus League in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

According to the Arizona Republic, the Cactus League generates more than $300 million a year in economic impact to the greater Phoenix metropolitan area economy. The new Salt River Fields at Talking Stick complex is the latest of eight new stadiums built in the Valley of the Sun over the past 20 years. The Arizona Republic newspaper reports that more than $500 million has been spent on “building eight new stadiums and renovating two others for the 15 teams in the Valley.”

The 15 teams that make up the Cactus League: Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers.

We pulled these gems from our collection of baseball collectibles and memorabilia.

Joe Morgan | Cincinnati Reds | 1979
Dusty Baker | Dodgers | 1980
Don Sutton | Dodgers | 1981

Ron Washington | Cleveland Indians | 1989
Don Mattingly | Yankees | 1992

Eric Karros | Dodgers | 1992
Joe Girardi | Cubs | 1992
Manny Ramirez | 1992
Mike Scioscia | Dodgers | 1992
Orel Hershiser | Dodgers | 1992
Ozzie Guillen | White Sox | 1992

With this amazing weather that we're having here in Arizona, and games running until March 29th, it just might be a good time to play some hooky!