Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Vintage Ads. It is an ad for a 1939 episode from the March Of Time series. Before the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941, and less than a generation after World War I, many Americans were not interested in another war, and the subjects for this film seem to suggest that position.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
E.L. Cord made possible some of the grandest, most innovative vehicles to ever grace the American roads, or any other roads for that matter. He took over a dying car company based in Auburn, Indiana; bought Duesenberg motors; and developed a new car, bearing his own name, with revolutionary front-wheel drive technology. As a result, the Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg line of automobiles became legendary for their design, performance and luxury. Modern Mechanix posted this article from a 1930 issue of Modern Mechanics that gives some contemporary insight into his success. If you are ever in Auburn, Indiana, I highly recommend a visit to the Auburn, Cord & Duesenberg Museum, housed in the old A-C-D headquarters and showroom. It is an exciting collection, even for someone who is not that interested in cars.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
1936 ad posted on Modern Mechanix. These guys had today's energy drinks beat by over half a century.
Schlitz, with Sunshine Vitamin D *, gives you the sunny source of health you need the whole year around. Beer is good for you— but Schlitz, with Sunshine Vitamin D, is extra good for you. It has all the old-time Schlitz Flavor and Bouquet brewed to mellow ripe perfection under Precise Enzyme Control, with new health benefits . . . and at no increase in price.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Golden Age Comic Book Stories has once again posted another great series of pulp science fiction and fantasy novel covers from the late 1930's into the 1950's. All of these covers are from the Startling Stories series. I really must take time to track down and read some of these things just to see if they live up to the covers.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Modern Mechanix posted this 1932 issue of Science and Mechanics, which features this story of a submersible used by boys in Nebraska, complete with rudder, submerging planes, periscope and air vent.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Red Hot Lindy Hop is doing double duty tomorrow. In addition to the regular lesson and session at the Rumba Room downtown, they will also be appearing at the opening reception for the Germantown Performing Arts Center exhibition of Facing the Music: Portraits of the Jazz Age. The reception runs from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and the exhibition runs through February 12.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
International recording artist and award-winning composer Kathy Kosins presents an afternoon of song celebrating the music of the legendary Betty Boop. Big band Jazz Orchestra of the Delta under the direction of Jack Cooper joins Kosins in new arrangements from the life and times of this American icon.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
January 17 marks the anniversary of at least two significant introductions in American history. According to The People History, on that date jazz was introduced to Carnegie Hall, and America met the Beetle.
1938 U.S.A. Carnegie Hall
17th January, 1938 : The first jazz concert is performed at Carnegie Hall. Benny Goodman and his orchestra performed at this iconic New York City venue and the event included guests like Count Basie and other popular names of the day. It gave the genre credibility as a legitimate musical preference.
1949 U.S.A. Volkswagen Beetle
17th January, 1949 : The first Volkswagen Beetle ( The Peoples Car ) in the U.S. arrived from Germany, designed by Ferdinand Porsche at the request of Adolf Hitler.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
The Hemmings blog came across another homemade streamliner. This vehicle was produced by San Diego boat builder D.H. Griffin sometime in the 1930's. The car below was actually his second conveyance. According to Hemmings, the three-wheeler
used an oak frame, but had a sedan body that seated four. Passengers could enter through one of two side doors or through a single front door. According to Cunningham, the sedan weighed 975 pounds, reached a top speed of 60 MPH, and returned 50 MPG.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Margaret Whiting, a singer who made her name in the 1940s-50s, passed away Monday, January 10, 2011 at the age of 86. Prior to producing records under her own name, she sang with Freddie Slack, Billy Butterfield and Paul Weston. NPR posted this memorial to her from Fresh Air.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine posted a 1940 issue of Speed Comics featuring "Mars Mason of the Interplanetary Mail Service." I kid you not. This comic book hero was a space travelling postal carrier. Just think what postage rates would be for that home delivery!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Dieselpunk is a great source for images of design from the Art Deco/Streamline era, but this poster for a 1935 Auto Show in Prague, Czechoslovakia is over the top. I have no doubt that the Czech auto manufacturer Tatra, known for its aerodynamically designed vehicles, had a big presence at that show.
Considering the blanket of snow Memphis and the Mid-South received last night, the lyrics of this morning's Sunrise Serenade might serve as appropriate driving instructions. Just direct your feet "On The Sunny Side Of The Street" by the Benny Goodman Sextet with Peggy Lee on vocals. Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
It appears that January 5 is another one of those dates that history likes to revisit. The People History posted the following series of historical events that occurred on this date.
5th January, 1933: Work is started on The Golden Gate Bridge across the San Francisco Bay
5th January, 1940: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) listened to a demo of FM radio on this day. In 1941, FM transmitting took place for the first time.
5th January, 1943: Elizabeth Taylor started her first acting role while signed on with MGM when she was 11 years old. On this day (January 5th), her first appearance was in Lassie Come Home. However, her first ever film debut was with Universal Studios when she was only 10 years old (There’s One Born Every Minute).
5th January, 1949: President Harry S. Truman gave his “fair deal speech”. He expressed his thoughts on how every American should expect a “fair deal” from the U.S. government. His talk was in response to the New Deal policies that were set in place by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
Golden Age Comic Book Stories posted a series of black and white science fiction artwork by Basil Wolverton. The panels from the Meteor Morgan comic book have a nice, crisp Art Deco sci-fi style.
This morning's Sunrise Serenade was certainly appropriate for the first Monday of the new year: "Coffee In The Morning (Kissess In The Night)" by the Boswell Sisters. Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.