Monday, February 28, 2011
Vintage Ads. In this piece, movie star Ginger Rogers is touting the advantages of her new 1939 DeSoto, including the "Sofa-Wide" seats. I suppose there would be more room with no seat belts.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
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Saturday, February 19, 2011
If you get popular enough, you have to have a highlights reel. A reporter interviews Max Fleischer, who brings Betty to life, and they proceed to revisit her past adventures. Give the writers a break once in a while. From the Internet Archive, here is Betty Boop's Rise To Fame.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Paleofuture posted this illustration from the December 4, 1932 edition of The San Antonio Light, which describes the technological amenities that would be available in 50 years (1982).
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
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Monday, February 14, 2011
Perhaps they were not as dashing as Errol Flynn and Olivia de Haviland, nor as sassy as Bogie and Bacall, but for overall fun, my favorite screen couple was William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles. MovieFanFare provides a great insight into this long-lived screen romance. Happy Valentine's Day!
Nick and Nora Charles were the ultimate screen couple, husband and wife detectives, always in step and never missing an opportunity to outwit one another as they solved each crime, which they did just in time for the movie's ending. Myrna Loy (bio; videography) was a fantastic Nora, the ideal wife and considering she made 14 movies with William Powell, she made it look like they were really married... really!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Here is a "Screen Song" production from Famous Studios in 1948. A bunch of squirrels are making apple cider (the strong kind). In a lighthearted industrial accident, they spill the cider into the river, causing inebriation among the wildlife drinking at its banks, and the sing-a-long "Little Brown Jug" follows. From the Internet Archive, here is Little Brown Jug.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Red Hot Lindy Hop for letting me know about Norma Miller at the University of Memphis, a daylong program on February 24, 2011, featuring legendary swing dancer Norma "Queen of Swing" Miller. The day includes a panel discussion about swing dance, a screening of documentary films about dance in the swing era, a lindy hop dance lesson and live music - all free! Follow the links for more information!Many thanks to the
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Modern Mechanix from the November 1937 issue of Popular Science about an expedition from the American Museum of Natural History in New York that traveled to the Grand Canyon seeking just such a lost world.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
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Friday, February 4, 2011
Boing Boing posted this 1933 film of the last thylacine, also called Tasmanian tiger or Tasmanian wolf, known to exist.
This animal is actually a marsupial, not directly related to wolves (or big cats). Any similarity you see is purely convergent evolution at work—different species adapting to similar environmental niches. Not surprisingly, like the wild dogs they resemble, thylacines were hunted with abandon in the 19th and 20th centuries, because of the threat they posed to domesticated herd animals. The last confirmed* wild thylacine was killed in 1930. The last captive one died six years after that. That's him, a male sometimes referred to as "Benjamin" in this video, shot in 1933.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
The Hemmings blog posted this very interesting article about the early efforts of diesel engine manufacturer Clessie Cummins to convince the automotive industry of the efficiency of diesel engines. He had a very simple formula. Take one 1934 Auburn, one of the more upscale cars available at the time, put in his own special diesel engine, and drive it across the country.
In June 1935, he debuted the result of that effort: a 1934 Auburn powered by an experimental Cummins Model A six-cylinder diesel. Where all of Cummins’s previous diesels used cast-iron engine assemblies, the Model A had an aluminum block and head, “making it more comparable in weight to a gasoline engine,” according to Cummins company literature. A Time article announcing the Cummins-powered Auburn noted that the Model A, which developed 85 horsepower from 377 cubic inches, weighed 80 pounds more than the Lycoming straight-eight that originally powered the Auburn (870 pounds total). Combined with a three-speed manual transmission and a two-speed rear axle, the 4,000-pound car was able to pull down 40.1 MPG on the first leg of a NY-to-LA transcontinental trip that Clessie planned to display the economy of the Model A engine. The trip, which lasted from June 17 to July 4, covered 3,774 miles and consumed just $7.63 worth of fuel; assuming the same fuel cost quoted in the Time article (and assuming my math is correct), that translates to an average of 44.5 MPG over the entire trip.One of the interesting points in this article was the fact that, prior to 1932, the trucking industry did not use diesel engines. It was the reliability and endurance of a Cummins powered race car at the 1931 Indy 500 that convinced Kenworth to offer a diesel engine the following year as an option. The rest is history.