Sporting Brands

New Wilson Tennis Collection Echoes Classic 50s Tennis Designs

CHICAGO – The era of excessively droopy or excessively tight sportswear may be reaching its conclusion,

Keds Updates Branding, Color after DSW Purchase

NEW YORK – The sneaker brand Keds announced what they called a “brand refresh” this week. The

Puma, Brother To Adidas, Celebrates History in Anniversary Year

HERZOGENAURACH, Germany–The athletic shoe company Puma will turn 75 in 2023 and will celebrate its milestones

It’s All Downhill. Celebrating Regional Ski Shop & Vintage Ski Brands

As the ski craze hit America in the 1960s and 1970s, almost every city in the


Chrysler Design Director at Lime Rock Signals Possible Future for Brand

LAKEVILLE, CONN. – Chrysler will be the honored car brand at this year’s Lime Rock racetrack and the Lime Rock

China Promotes New MG Model In Europe

Candy & Snack Brands

Candy & Snack Brands

Briefly: Planters Continues to Expand Nut Line

Pepsi Logo Redesign Goes Back to All Caps

Petition Asks for Rescue of Traditional Life Savers Sweet Story Book

Bazooka Gum Gang Chews On 75 Year Anniversary

Hostess Brands Logo Has New Look, Same Heart

RC Tries Dollar Berry Brand Extension

Mars Seeks Entries for U.S. Chocolate History Research, Interpretation


Homer Formby Brand Needs Restoration After Minwax Shellacking

Minwax and parent Sherwin Williams have shuttered the beloved Homer Formby furniture refinishing brand. With the closing, a whole approach

Belcrest, New Jersey Maker of China, and the Nescafe Mug

This week, John Kelly of The Washington Post reminisced about the clear Nescafe globe mug, famous from 1970s commercials. Kelly

Chemex Coffee Maker Celebrates 80 Years, James Bond to Doris Day

CHICOPEE, Mass. – The Chemex drip coffee maker, that perfect symbol of 20th century product design, celebrates its 80th anniversary

What Happened to the Mongol, America’s Most Popular Pencil?

“Buy only the best pencils. The others are a snare, a delusion and utterly useless.” -Eberhard Faber II The book

A&P Centennial Stores Live On

The year 1959 was the 100th anniversary of A&P, the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company. Eisenhower was president. America

Bab-o, New York Legacy of Babbitt’s Best Soap

QUINCY, Ill. – One of the best known, but forgotten, kitchen cleaners of the 20th century is Bab-O. Today, the

Decoupage Lessons from the Grooviest Paste, Mod Podge

ATLANTA – One of the happier trademarks in the U.S. is Mod Podge, the decoupage coating. Georgia entrepreneuse and interior

The History of Artex, America’s (and Ron and Nancy’s) TV Tray

BROOKLYN – In the 1950s, when television watching began, people left the dining room, but still wanted to eat “properly”

Department Stores

Department Stores

Rodbell rejoins Hudson’s Bay

Department Stores

Briefly: Belk Expands Outlet Network

Department Stores

Neiman Marcus Group Announces Job Cuts, Two Promotions

Department Stores

Hudson’s Bay Company Still Offers Downtown Toronto Displays

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Department Stores

Bloomingdale’s Begins 150 Year Celebration Promotions Across Nation

Department Stores

Store Visit: JCPenney Tuned Up for Shopping

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Department Stores

U.S. Retail Shortages and Commie Command Economy Consumerism

Health, Beauty

Brutish Old Deodorants of the Bottom Row Still Find Customers

Many powerful brands lose their shelf space, and end up shuttered or at least diminished. But there is one category

Sucrets: Since 1932, Tins Hold Answer to Sore Throats, Mystery Items

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Of the many cold and sore throat remedies, there is one brand,

Consumers Rarely See Red Crosses at Johnson & Johnson

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – There are perhaps no American brands that are more trusted than

Mr. Bubble Brand Renovation Cleans Up

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minnesota – Care and attention to the important identity elements of a historic

Q-Tips Begin Centennial History Promotion

The humble Q-Tip, that cotton swab on a stick, celebrates 100 years in 2023. In

Colgate’s ‘By Mennen’ Brand Still Resonates

For generations, the Mennen brand, now part of Colgate-Palmolive, was synonymous with mens’ and babies’

Prid Salve

Prid Drawing Salve, An Old School Apothecary Remedy

There is a class of basic home remedies, still around, that one could have found

Dining & Restaurants

Gloucester and Jacksonville Chipotle Prototypes Include Support for Local Produce

No Longer a Big Boy, Shoney’s Restaurant Chain Is Growing Again at 75

A Timeline of Top Southern Fried Chicken Brands on Popeyes 50 Year Anniversary

Briefly: Cracker Barrel Goes Hollywood; Piola Pizza Miami; Chi-Chi’s; Chicken Salad Chick

Briefly: Guinness Set to Open Taproom in Chicago

Briefs: IHOP Canada, Whataburger Academy Apparel, Schlotsky’s Expansion

Detroit in History and Commerce by Rogers & Thorpe 1891

New Italian Owner for Manitowoc Ice, Garland Stove and Frymaster

Gas, Oil, Energy

Gas, Oil & Energy

Electric Charger Network Expands Shell Retail Brand Footprint

Gas, Oil & Energy

Mobil 1 Supports Roadside Route 66 Preservation

Gas, Oil & Energy

Briefly: NACCO Rocks New Look for Corporate, Coal, Mining & Mitigation Units

Gas, Oil & Energy

BP Finally Brings Back Amoco

Gas, Oil & Energy

Texaco Still A Strong Brand

Gas, Oil & Energy

Gulf Stops Keep Going in America

Gas, Oil & Energy

Top Insecticide and Fungicide Brands

Retail Brands


Xmas Retail Needs More Advent and a “12 Days” Approach


Localized Retail Signage Makes the Brand Difference in Suburbs


Wayfair’s Normie Christmas is the New Edgy


Hip Pocket and the Regional Levi’s Jean Store


People: New Ace Hardware Board; Foot Locker’s WSS


True Value Stores Set to Celebrate 75 Years of Main Street Hardware


Shovel Worthy Hardware: Home Depot, Lowe’s Can Do a Better Job at Sustainability

Soap & Cleaning


New Owners of Joy See Themselves Moving from Sink to Dishwasher


She’s No Longer Soaking in It: Palmolive Liquid Loses the Madge Manicure Hand


Updating the Century Old Ajax: Q&A With Richard Palmer, Little Big Brands


Ajax Leverages Venerable Brand for New EU Product


Bab-o, New York Legacy of Babbitt’s Best Soap


Bon Ami Redesign Gives Chick Some Details


Bar Keeper’s Friend, Historic Cleaner Since 1882


P&G’s Chipso Detergent, Swept Up in Tide


Parsons the Classic American Ammonia


On the Shelves: From Ivory to Cigarette Machines to Krispy Kreme Candles

Grocery Shelf Brands


Smucker Buys Hostess and Brands Like Twinkies, HoHos


Hey McCormick: Candy Does Not Need To Be in Every Food


Design Rule: The Package Front Sells; the Side Tells.


Tillamook Sponsors Themed Cream Area at Portland Airport


Louis Sherry, Caterer and Hotelier to New York’s Gilded Age


Wesson Oil Packaging Gets Fresh Look That Evokes Saul Bass Design


Newman’s Own Redesigns and Simplifies Logo

Airline Brands


Hawaiian Airlines Upgrades Approach to Branding; Debuts Teague Design for New 787s


Vintage Pan Am Ads Online; Historic Gala Weekend in November Unveils Worldport Diorama


Seaplane Service Begins Again in Tailwind Manhattan-Boston Route


Southwest Celebrates 50 Years with 50 Stars, 13 Stripes

Eastern airlines new livery

Eastern Airlines Flies Again


Eerily Prescient United Ad from 1989 That Gives Recovery Route Map


Lockheed Martin and the Last StarLifter, The Hanoi Taxi

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD – The House of Angostura, maker of Angostura Bitters, will celebrate its 200 year anniversary this year, in 2024. The brand dates from 1824, when it was created in Venezuela as a medicinal tincture by Dr. Johann Seigert, surgeon general in Simon Bolivar’s army. In theMORE HERE

Not too long ago, beers from Britain were in almost every single U.S. grocery store. Bass Ale was a staple of almost every supermarket in the 1990s. But go into a store today, and they are nowhere to be found. The craft brewing and IPA movement completely pushed these beersMORE HERE

For fans of the first Home Alone, brands that appear in the movie are part of the nostalgia. Each year, as we see the movie, we are transported back to the Reagan era. In spite of the three decades, however, the brands are fairly consistent. The brands help define theMORE HERE

TORONTO – Hudson’s Bay today announced the appointment of retail veteran Liz Rodbell as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective December 1, 2023. Rodbell previously served as President of Hudson’s Bay from 2013 – 2017, being appointed to the top position for her strategic oversight and impact on the overallMORE HERE

While the Christmas season continues past Christmas Day into the New Year, the season pretty much ends for retailers on Christmas Eve. Immediately after Christmas, New Year’s Eve items like champagne and drinks arrive, along with sports-themed party food. In department stores, New Years outfits and champagne glasses move toMORE HERE

BOSTON – A new Christmas identity for Wayfair‘s flagship catalog has taken a quite normal turn. In this day, that is a bold step. The look is so bold it even features a sterling silver coffee pot atop a breakfast table. The flagship carrier for the season and brand isMORE HERE

In the early 1970s, Levi’s were the brand that everyone wanted, far above competitors like Lee and Wrangler. As Levi’s were the original brand of jeans, any store that carried the line had guaranteed sales and cachet. At that time, the so called “designer” jean brands like Sasson, Calvin KleinMORE HERE