‘Beginning in 1956, Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians entertained the US on New Year’s Eve with a combination of music and the live ‘ball drop’ at Midnight. Guy continued this tradition until his death in 1976. His band still played on at CBS Television on New Years for an additional 2 years. (Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin Eve began in 1972 on ABC and still broadcasts annually.)
‘This broadcast began right after the 15-minute news and ran for an hour. Guy plays the music and newsman Robert Trout announces the beginning of the New Year . . . Harsh lighting, a cheap office clock and a World War II searchlight scans the crowd below.’
More Ball history here.
(Psst: Buy more Clairol)
‘For The New York Times Magazine’s annual ‘Year in Ideas’ issue . . . Paula Scher illustrated a chart of selected 2009 patents’
Chart compiled by Alexandra Horowitz and Ammon Shea. Click image for larger version/jump.
‘The choice of a ‘chamfered’ industrial style works well with the marquee-esque bulb lighting. It also has historical ties with large-scale lettering . . .’
The 2010 numbers are ready to go in Times Square! Details in this typographic article by Nick Sherman.
Here’s some historical Times Square signage from the Artkraft Strauss Archive: