Monday, February 6, 2012
H - Street Newsletter.
Welcome to I Check The Mail Only When Certain It Has Arrived week. I've got a bunch of things scanned in that were mailed to me from five different skateboard companies a long time ago now.
Back before Crailtap and 411 if you wanted to find out about your favorite company and/or skateboarder, you had to write something on a piece of paper and mail it to said company. Usually there was an address in an ad that also promised stickers if you sent a buck. Depending on the company, either the owner, the secretary, a team rider or a minimum wage hired helper would stuff a newsletter or catalog in an envelope with a couple of stickers and mail it back to you. The response time was somewhat variable and contingent upon how successful a particular brand was versus how much they liked to party in their spare time. Of course being fourteen or fifteen, you had no real awareness of this sort of thing and just wanted some stickers in the mail with maybe a quick note from your favorite pro.
This here would be the H - Street team letter from 1990. All the typing errors, and possibly the spelling mistakes, are a result of a now nearly extinct machine called a typewriter. You've got updates on the team, some hype about the products and the rundown on the staff.
In a completely unrelated note, I went skateboarding again this weekend at the local outdoor park. (Thank you, global warming.) I noticed that I need some new shoes and I'd like to get something with a cupsole. I'm slightly intrigued by the waffle/cup combo from Vans if the new sole material wasn't attached to what appears to be the flimsiest upper ever. Does anybody have suggestions for good kicks currently on the market with a cupsole?