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1989 Photobooth Postcard

Posted by Remo Giuffre on

1989 Photobooth Postcard

Here's a bit of REMO History from 1989 ... (and it will be in the exam, so pay close attention.) Your reward for reading at the end.

Many, many of our customers from the Darlinghurst REMO days had their photos taken in our old black and white photobooth. Kids had their growing up documented. Lovers had their love celebrated. And then there was a memorable year when good friend Russell Cheek, then of the Castanet Club, took on the role of REMO Santa, thereby enabling him to don red acrylic garb and get up close and personal in a sweaty photobooth with hundreds of our Christmas shoppers.

The photobooth also played a starring role in our 1989 Christmas card. That card, entitled “The Human Face of Retailing,” was enclosed within a 16-page catalogue that we sent out to around 4,500 mailing list customers. (I can still recall the marathon in-store fold fest.) The card in question spelt out the word “REMO” and involved lots of REMO people holding or using their favourite products. Two push pins, one red and one green, in place of the silver ones at the top of the card gave the requisite nod to the festive season. Pretty.

BUT ... the card represented much more than just that. For those who took the time to think about it, the image also communicated a collaborative spirit and a deep sense of fun. With less than a second between each vertical frame moving down each of the six strips, just think about what was involved in this exercise. Joyful mayhem.

In these photos (left to right): Geoffrey Gifford, Remo, Robyn Backen, Cheryle Lanthois, Janet Pankoff & David Glover

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This story ... an many others in Remo's book from 2014: General Thinker ... signed copy at 25% OFF for this week only using the promo code GEN25. Order HERE.

The Photobooth Postcard chapter from General Thinker

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Asso di Bastone Design

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Asso di Bastone Design

Asso di Bastone is Italian for Ace of Clubs. It also implies a kaleidoscope of other things according to Enzo our Neapolitan born one-time studio helper and product photographer.

Namely: creativity, fertility, originality, conception, virility; the masculine, positive power of origination; the primal energy and vigour of the Element of Fire; the faculty of intuition; the natural fertility of nature; the beginning of something new; the launching of fresh enterprises; the foundation of future success and abundance; artistic inspiration; inventiveness & innovation.

(Our translation: Big Swinging Dick on Campus.)

Carry it with confidence.

Asso di Bastone design range HERE

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REMO History

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REMO History

From the Vault:

Remo setting the page order for the REMO Catalogue on the living room floor in 1992.

MacKenzies in the background. Tamarama beyond.

25 years later ... and not quite as flexible.

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General Thinker & TED Book Club

Posted by Melanie Giuffre on

General Thinker & TED Book Club

In late 2014 Remo published a book about his life as an entrepreneur and brand builder. This visual memoir of interwoven stories examines the experiences – both great successes and brilliant failures – that have guided and shaped him along the way. It’s a book about work. It’s a book about love. It’s about him, but also about all of us.

In early 2015 the book was selected for the TED Book Club and sent to all of its members. That was a great honour.

General Thinker & TED Book Club

People love the book. Read some high profile testimonials HERE.

Maybe you already have a copy. If not, order the book between now and next Monday 8 August to receive it signed. Order General Thinker HERE.

 

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Camp REMO

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Camp REMO

Blast from the past. Here's our annual photo from 1993. Camp REMO ... complete with giant fibreglass twiggy letters and foam marshmellows.

Recognise yourself or others in there? Please tag on Facebook HERE.

Camp REMO Tote Bags

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