In a recent Boing Boing post, I learned about Ub Iwerks, who worked for Disney in the very early days, and designed Mickey Mouse, before he left in 1930 to form his own studio. Here is his 1934 version of Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Despite its name, illustration from comic books is only one small part of the art featured on Golden Age Comic Book Stories. This blog showcases graphic art and design of all types, often focusing on one particular artist. Works are drawn from book cover and interior illustrations of many genres including fairy tales, science fiction, history, fantasy, etc.; as well as comic strips, editorial cartoons, fine art, prints, and in this recent post, Film Noir Posters from 1941 to 1958.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Here is another recent post about swing dance, this time from the Make: blog. It seems a tech savy hep cat hacked a 1946 portable radio to accept an iPod, creating a portable, period accurate swing dance machine.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I once heard a folk song, apparently written by the late John Hartford, about a steam powered airplane. Little did I know that someone actualy built such a craft. The Make: blog recently posted this item about a working steam powered airplane from 1933.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Stephen Worth, Director of the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive, was a recent guestblogger on Boing Boing. As a result, there were several posts about animators from the golden age of cartoons. One featured artist was Carlo Vinci, whose work included the Mighty Mouse short below: Gypsy Life.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
In an effort to increase the educational benefit of the SSS blog, I thought it might be useful to broaden our voCABulary by a regular, methodical study of entries from Cab Calloway's Jive Dictionary. Today's Jive of the Day from Professor Calloway:
A hummer (n.) -- exceptionally good. Ex., "Man, that boy is a hummer."
Not to be confused with a large SUV based on the platform of a military transport vehicle.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Since the Detroit Auto Show is this week, this post seemed appropriate. This 1931 issue of Modern Mechanics (from the Modern Mechanix site) features a streamlined rear-engined car designed specifically for the American market. It reminds me of a cross between a Chrysler Airflow, a Volkswagen Beetle and a mid-1930's Czechoslovakian-made Tatra. Tatras actually had a vertical fin splitting the two rear windows.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Anyone who has ever been inside a courthouse has probably had a similar train of thought to that of Ms. Boop in today's short. From the Internet Archive, featuring Betty Boop singing "Sing, It's Good For You," here is Judge for a Day.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Here is another neat post from The Boat Lullabies. During World War II, some recreation centers for military personnel offered the opportunity for them to record a message or song on a phonograph disc and send it to a loved one. This post features photos of both sides of such a disc, sponsored by Pepsi-Cola, as well as an audio clip of the recording. The would be crooner on this record is somewhat worse for drink, and the recording quality has deteriorated over time, but the glimpse into history, both visually and aurally, is interesting.
Friday, January 1, 2010
Let me be the first to join (from left) Nora, Nick and Dorothy in a toast wishing you all the best for 2010!
Thanks to Film Noir Photos for a great posted collection of movie stills and posters, including this shot from The Thin Man (1934) starring Myrna Loy, William Powell and Maureen O'Sullivan.