Port Bolivar: Catch Cabin Fever, Retro Style

There’s no place quite like Port Bolivar. It’s more than just Crystal Beach (as awesome as that is, of course) because it is truly a community and a lifestyle that extends past the sand and sea. Sure, the sea isn’t exactly “crystal” in color, but it doesn’t matter. This puckish peninsula has some of the most…

Galveston: Vintage Pier Pressure

A history of beauty, romance, tragedy, gambling, shady business, big business and storms of biblical proportions, it’s easy to give in to pier pressure with Galveston, Texas…and that’s precisely why I’ve made this poster for my series. See below for more commentary and details. Click the images and thumbnails to view larger shots and close ups….

Commissioned Creative Pt 2

The challenge came as the idea of a unique, personal gift to someone who you’d think “has it all.”  No pressure, right?  We were glad to get the opportunity to work on this project. As stated in Part 1 of this post, a friend and previous partner of Walter Umphrey’s wanted to create something rare…

Commissioned Creative Pt 1

Dr. Seuss meets toxic tort and personal injury law? Sure, you’ll find that in my portfolio now. How many people can say that? See below for my last two projects with Americom Marketing: a promotional, commemorative poster for A Whimsical Christmas (a community dance production for the holidays) and a commissioned gift poster for Walter…

Jollyville, Texas: City of Cheer Since 1866

Is it a city or a pseudo town? Or is it an area that’s just too darn hip to give in to such labels? A glorified neighborhood in north Austin near Round Rock and Cedar Park, this little locale is a happy dose of Texas. See below for more commentary and click the thumbnails to…

Vintage Fort Worth – Where the Steaks are High…

The best of Dallas is WEST of Dallas. That’s what the locals say, and that’s what I’ve come to experience in the friendly and famous town of Fort Worth. It’s not the typical “small” town, but it is often overlooked in the shadow of Big D. This and the history of this place, however, make…

Vintage Marshall: Wonderland of Lights, Love + Leviticus

Up in the East Texas town of Marshall, you’ll find a beautiful scene of the simple life. Among the trees, you’ll find two small colleges surrounded by trees and a forest separated by more trees with a cinematic view of Caddo Lake, which is flanked, of course, by trees. The rich history of Texas, the…

Freeport – Where Freedom Comes in Waves

Further on up the road – er, coast – you’ll find a jewel of a worker town full of seafood, Texas history and grit. Freeport, Texas is south of Lake Jackson and surfs alongside the Gulf of Mexico. And it is a vital addition to the Vintage Poster Series. See more commentary and click the images to…

Be True to Your School – Vintage Posters

School pride is one thing, but it is really something special when your school is darn good at a few things. When you have a few milestones, maybe a championship or two, and a couple of influential people emerge from a graduating class, well you and your classmates may stick together a little long than most…

Muleshoe – The Sole of Texas Since 1913

Muleshoe may be the silliest name for a town in the Lone Star State. It conjures up a smile just by saying it out loud, and it has long been one of the bright, folksy spots for the novelty that is Texas. So naturally, I had to include it in my vintage poster series of…

Vintage Flower Mound – the Bouquet of North Texas

The DFW metro is an expansive, expensive estate. Just north of the world famous international airport and nestled betwixt Dallas and Denton, this fresh, pungent town is a refreshing rose among the thorns (traffic).  (*Scroll below for more commentary and click the images to view larger)    This vintage washed Flower Mound poster shows a mound of…well,…

Beaumont, Texas Fuel – # 100

Blow the trumpets, sound the alarms, call the neighbors, wake the kids, and cue up the cayenne pepper. Poster #100 is complete.  I am happy, proud, confused and exhausted to announce the 100th poster in my Heartfelt, yet Questionable Series of Vintage City Posters for the Forgotten Cities & Towns Across Texas.  And the poster to commemorate this…

Midland, Texas – Center of Attention

Midland, Texas is an old railroad town that has a lot of history and character that most of us will never know about – because anything and everything good about Midland is overshadowed by its two big exports: Football and Oil. (See below for more commentary and click the images to view larger) Midland is…

Corpus Christi- Salvation & Inebriation

Corpus Christi has ranked in some of the most notorious lists in Texas. Fattest City in America by Men’s Health Magazine, Top 10 Most Dangerous City by Texas Monthly, 8th Worst to Raise a Family, 11th Worst in Mid-Sized US Cities, Worst Drivers, and so on. But it doesn’t mean it’s not loveable…(Scroll below to…

Fall in Love with Marble Falls, Texas – Vintage Poster

Just a hop and a skip over from Round Rock and Austin, you’ll see a beautiful landscape fit for an Ansel Adams book…but with a few pesky road signs and city limit signs in the way. Marble Falls has a different air there, and so I had to make this poster to add to the series…well,…

Longview, Texas – A Peek at Perspective

Longview, Texas is a deep East Texas town with a big bravado, a big reputation and a big future. The name conjures up a funny line in a funny song that is sung in a funny manner. “I’m a LONG, Tall Texan…I ride a big white horse…” And so I just had to have a long,…

Tiny, Sweet Poteet

A little birdie told me.  That’s the phrase that comes to mind when I think of the little Central/South Texas town of Poteet. It’s a very small town that proudly boasts its Strawberry festival and quiet, easy lifestyle. But I like the history of it for an amusing assumption….See below for more commentary and see…

The Boerne Supremacy – Suburbia in Spurs

Head west of San Antonio into the land of milk and honey…and scorpions to, what my boss calls, “the most beautiful place in Texas.” Take the Sting out of San Antonio in the Bold and Beautiful Burbs of Boerne – the Boerne Supremacy.  See below for more commentary and click the image to view larger….

God’s Country – Eden, Texas

See snakes on a plain  – in Eden, Texas.  Eden is a glorious, country, easy town in Texas that bears a biblical name, setting the scene for sinful fun and holy delight. This poster fits just about every sort of pun and reference within a 13×19 frame I could manage.   See below for more commentary…

Knickerbocker, Knickerbocker #92 – Slinky Slacks of the South

Around San Angelo, Texas you’ll find a sleepy little town with a big, fancy name.  Knickerbocker, Texas  – See below for more commentary. Click the image to view larger. Knickerbocker was known for sheep ranching back in the day. As you can probably guess, that doesn’t produce the largest of city populations. But folks who…

Vintage City Poster – Kemah, Texas

Just a stone’s throw south of NASA, you’ll find yourself driving over a busy bridge and looking down upon the festive boardwalk of Kemah. This little corner of the bay is a weekend warrior’s play land for seafood, boating, roller coasters, carousel rides, shooting things for fluffy stuffed animals and the hot commodity of parking…