They say Bad News comes in 3s.
If that’s so, then this is #2…
Hot on the heels of our announcement of the impending closing of the Good Stuff to Go website (see our article dated October 1, 2012), a second, highly regarded website devoted to collecting vintage 1960s and ’70s GIjOE action figures has just vanished into the “ether of the internet.” It’s time to say goodbye —to Oldjoes.com.
For over a decade, Old Joes was a refreshing, easily navigated website that fans could count on to contain superb closeup photographs of some of the rarest and most popular vintage GIjOEs, vehicles and equipment.
Sadly now though, in just the time it takes to click a mouse—POOF! It’s all gone. And for some reason, the website’s enigmatic creator, David Kish, has decided to leave very little evidence of his highly regarded handiwork behind.
For years, Google and other search engines have been unable to “spider” the popular site’s content due to Kish’s insertion of a string of “spider-blocking” code in the site’s HTML. As a result of his unusual decision, even the powerful Internet archival website, WayBackMachine, has failed to store a record of Oldjoe’s lengthy existence on the world-wide web. Unfortunately, future generations of Joeheads will never be able to peruse, study or enjoy its superb content. Indeed, a great loss for us all.
We asked Kish why he chose to remove the website and why he decided to “cover its tracks” so permanently. Unfortunately, as of today, he has not replied to our requests for an interview. If he ever does, we’ll update this article with his thoughts at that time.
As could be expected, fan reaction to the news of Old Joe’s demise has been predictably (and decidedly) glum. Fortunately, renowned GIjOE authority and expert, Joezeta, wrote in to The Joe Report and was able to offer us the following helpful insight…
“I know he (Kish) has sold off all of his collection. I guess the site was the last thing to go. It was nice to look at for sure.”
Definitely. Oh well… Bottom line: After a lengthy online search, the only remaining traces we could find of the Old Joe’s website were a few random photos that had been copied to other websites over the years (such as the Tank Commander set, above). It appears that OldJoes.com will now live on only in our memories. Adieu, Mon Ami!