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Old 03-18-13, 05:28 PM
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Being from New York....Gimbels,Sterns Department Store,Nedicks Hot Dogs.Hey,is Fuller Brush still alive somewhere?
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Old 03-18-13, 05:44 PM
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My dad worked for one of those two can companies in K.C. Mo. but I don't remember which one it was.
my grandfather and father both worked for American Can in KC.
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Old 03-18-13, 08:21 PM
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Mentioning all of the airlines that are now gone - reminds me that most of the ones I've flown are now gone as well!

Northwest Orient
Eastern
Pan Am
New York Air
Peoples Express
North Central
TWA
America West
Continental
Ozark
Midwest
Wright
Island (Lake Erie Islands in a Ford tri-motor)

Some were absorbed in mergers, some failed...
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Old 03-18-13, 08:23 PM
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Being from New York....Gimbels,Sterns Department Store,Nedicks Hot Dogs.Hey,is Fuller Brush still alive somewhere?
https://www.fuller.com
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Old 03-18-13, 08:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Cougrrcj View Post
Mentioning all of the airlines that are now gone - reminds me that most of the ones I've flown are now gone as well!

Northwest Orient
Eastern
Pan Am
New York Air
Peoples Express
North Central
TWA
America West
Continental
Ozark
Midwest
Wright
Island (Lake Erie Islands in a Ford tri-motor)

Some were absorbed in mergers, some failed...
I think Islands' Ford Tri-motor is barnstorming around the country. I saw it in Central Illinois.
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Old 03-18-13, 08:47 PM
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And I ate at A&W for lunch the other day. It's in with Long John Silvers, up the street from where I work. Your results may vary . https://www.awrestaurants.com/locations
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Old 03-18-13, 09:02 PM
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On a cycling note: Suntour. I sure broke a lot of their freewheels.

Post-ride: Doggie Diner (West Coast thing). Truly awful food that nobody missed when it went under.

Jelenk clothing (sort of exists as ASICS). I still have a couple of Jelenk athletic shirts from the early '70s. No wonder they went under, their clothes were too durable.
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Old 03-18-13, 09:51 PM
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Packard
Hudson
Kaiser
Frazer
Imperial?
DeSoto
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Old 03-19-13, 12:20 AM
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More airlines:

Aloha
Braniff
Capitol
Mohawk
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Old 03-19-13, 05:20 AM
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Bridgestone Bicycles
+1 I own four of them. I just rode my red 1985 T700 to work and back yesterday. I have to say this is one sweet riding bike!

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On a cycling note: Suntour.
Has Suntour heard about this?
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Old 03-19-13, 06:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Pobble.808 View Post
I guess that there are some similar branding shenanigans going on the bike world as well.

And speaking of local beers and NY, how about Piels, Knickerbocker, Rheingold, Ballantine, Schaefer? Any of these still out there?
Reminds me of the trademark shenanigans between the Czech Budojevicky Budvar and the US Budweiser (Anheuser-Busch). As if someone might confuse the products. One is beer, and the other is... well... Budweiser.

And I think a new company was formed to keep manufacturing spare parts for Saab cars.

Gone south:
Nokia computers (they used to make terminals and Intel-based computers)
Commodore computers
Sinclair computers
Atari computers
Palm devices
Salora stereo equipment (they were ahead of their time with the Orthoperspecta 3-speaker surround system)

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Old 03-19-13, 07:49 AM
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Reminds me of the trademark shenanigans between the Czech Budojevicky Budvar and the US Budweiser (Anheuser-Busch). As if someone might confuse the products. One is beer, and the other is... well... Budweiser.
Famous trademark dispute.

I went to the Czech Republic with my son's high school band a couple of years ago. Stopped right at the border for a snack. When in Czech, do as the Czechs do, so naturally I had a candy bar and a beer. The shocking thing is that Budvar tastes (at least to me) ... just like Budweiser. Whoa.

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Old 03-19-13, 08:14 AM
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Philadelphia famous names of my youth:
Ortlieb's, Ballantine, Kaier, Reading, Sunshine and Schmidt's Beer; Wanamakers, Lit Brothers and Snellenberg Department Stores; Connie Mack (Shibe Park) Stadium; Hot Shoppes Drive-in Restaurant. Probably every local name in banking is gone including PSFS (Philadelphia Savings Fund Society) where I saved money with a weekly dime or so while in grade school, Girard and many others gobbled up by the big boys.
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Old 03-19-13, 08:35 AM
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I still think the fact that Ortlieb"s Beer is no longer available, especially in Philly, is a crime. I was taught that Ortliebs and Scrapple made Philadelphia run, those and a real Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich. My dad was stationed at the Navy Yard during WWII on heavy cruiser doing Atlantic anti-submarine patrol and escort duty.
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Old 03-19-13, 08:38 AM
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I still think the fact that Ortlieb"s Beer is no longer available, especially in Philly, is a crime. I was taught that Ortliebs and Scrapple made Philadelphia run, those and a real Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich. My dad was stationed at the Navy Yard during WWII on heavy cruiser doing Atlantic anti-submarine patrol and escort duty.
I used to ride my bike to Kaplan's bakery which was right across the street from the Big O's brewery and get a couple loaves of Jewish Rye and ride the six miles home. Can't get a decent slice of bread or edible deli food in Iowa. A Cheese steak? These farm boys haven't a clue.
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Heck, this being the 50+ forum and all, think of all of the beers that are no longer available - national or regional brands - not local craft beers or microbrews. That'd be a looooong list!
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Old 03-19-13, 09:40 AM
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Heck, this being the 50+ forum and all, think of all of the beers that are no longer available - national or regional brands - not local craft beers or microbrews. That'd be a looooong list!
Fortunately the lost names have been more than compensated for by the emergence of an incredible array of excellent microbreweries. Even some of the regional breweries on the verge of becoming national, if not national already, are producing extraordinarily good specialty beers.

My local favorite is Harpoon IPA for general consumption. My special preference is Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA when I'd like a beer with more, ah, substance.
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Originally Posted by Cougrrcj View Post
Mentioning all of the airlines that are now gone - reminds me that most of the ones I've flown are now gone as well!

Northwest Orient
Eastern
Pan Am
New York Air
Peoples Express
North Central
TWA
America West
Continental
Ozark
Midwest
Wright
Island (Lake Erie Islands in a Ford tri-motor)

Some were absorbed in mergers, some failed...

After a while, I started buying my own name tags to put on luggage because every time I put an airline tag on, that brand disappeared within a few years. The exception was American, when I hit freebie frequent flier status. Oops, bankrupt and merging with USAir...
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Old 03-19-13, 11:38 AM
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I qualify my list with the caveat that I do not count the companies that no longer exist as an entity but their name or a product line name is used by someone else. Too many European and American bicycle companies' names are in use now but are not the same level at all. I know several European makers are available in the EU as the original maker/name but not here in the states or like a few BD "brands" are under one name here by licensing agreements. They just are not the same to me, not just bicycles save a very few items or companies.

Others may well feel differently, rightly so, JMVHO.

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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
Fortunately the lost names have been more than compensated for by the emergence of an incredible array of excellent microbreweries. Even some of the regional breweries on the verge of becoming national, if not national already, are producing extraordinarily good specialty beers.

My local favorite is Harpoon IPA for general consumption. My special preference is Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA when I'd like a beer with more, ah, substance.
The problem with that is I have absolutely no idea what they're like. For example, I was out in the Phoenix area last month, and stopped at a place called the Brew Haus in Cave Creek for lunch. There must have been over 50 beers on tap, but only a few that I'd ever seen or heard of - soooo, which do I choose? I had two tall Dortmunders, but whose I couldn't tell you.
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Malliard Freewheels, the French company. were thrown 'under the Bus' when Sram
bought out Fichtel-Sachs Group.

then moved the German Production Machinery to Taiwan..
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Hires Root Beer. Was my favorite, disappeared about 1980.

As for deceased computer companies, they are legion: MITS, IMSAI, Cromemco, Godbout/Compupro, Pro-Log, SSM, Intertec, Processor Technology, CompuColor, MicroAce/Timex-Sinclair, Digital Research Computers (not to mention Digital Research (Software)), Ohio Scientific, SWTPC, Heathkit, TRS, Commodore, Atari, PineApple/PineCom, MOS Technology, Alpha Micro, CCS... The list goes on...
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I miss Heathkit. My dad had an SB-200 HF amplifier that worked really well. When dad passed, my brother got the amplifier. At least it's still in the family.
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The companies I worked for, Wisconsin Bell, Northwestern Bell, US West, Qwest Communications. And of course AT&T.
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