Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I have not had time recently to keep up with the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) schedule as much as in the past. Fortunately, The Hollywood Revue posted a summary of the entire TCM schedule for the month of September with highlights for each day. Among other classics, it appears TCM will be showing Laurel and Hardy movies on Saturday mornings.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
This cartoon is a little more nursery rhyme than usual for me, but it is cute, and there are some subtly clever gags. Three little kittens lost their mittens, so their mother sent them to bed without their supper, milk. Dreaming of milk, they take a Jules Verne-like ride to the Milky Way, where the dairy gags start to flow. From the Internet Archive, here is the 1940 MGM animated short, The Milky Way.
Friday, August 26, 2011
The top card in this installment from my series of antique Memphis postcards is one of my favorites because I see that view almost every day, although rarely in moonlight. Confederate Park still looks very much the same, as does the Post Office, although it now serves as the University of Memphis School of Law. I can see the same bridge still carrying traffic over the Mississippi River as I type, but Mud Island, the spit of land just off shore in the center right of the card, sure had a lot more trees than it does now. As for the bottom card, this is not really a scene from Memphis proper, but from the rural area surrounding the City at the time. Once again, bear in mind that these cards reflect the social and economic status of their time.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
This post on the Hemmings blog just goes to illustrate the collectible car theory of relativity. An automobile may be rare and expensive now, but who knew back then, when it was just a used car, good only for utilitarian transportation, parts or in this case NASCAR? Nevertheless, I am still surprised that anyone treated a Tucker as anything other than rare, since the company made less than 50 in its entire one-production-run existence. With safety glass, seat belts, and an air-cooled, rear mounted engine, it was ahead of its time in the late 1940's. It was also quite a capable performer, so the use of a Tucker for racing is logical, but with only 40-something other cars in existence, parts could become a problem after a few encounters on the track.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Careless Talk" posters on How To Be A Retronaut warned the public against unguarded gossip, from which Axis spies could gather intelligence.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Down By The Riverside" by Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra, featuring Sister Rosetta Tharpe on vocals. Click on the song title for a sample clip courtesy of emusic. Click here for the emusic album page.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Orpheum Theatre brings back one of its much-loved "usual suspects" for the Summer Movies series this Friday night: Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid and Claude Rains. Show starts at 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
I figured it was time for another trip into the surreal world of animation from the early 1930's. The Van Beuren Studios had a pair of human cartoon characters called Tom and Jerry before MGM launched its famous cat and mouse team of the same name. In this short, Tom and Jerry take advantage of the fact that they exist in a cartoon world by drawing a few things into reality, and then generating a few songs. From the Internet Archive, here is the 1932 short, Pencil Mania.
Friday, August 19, 2011
This installment from my series of antique Memphis postcards features the Pink Palace Museum and the Downtown River Front. The Pink Palace is still serving as one of Memphis' best museums, and while the river front has changed somewhat, several of the buildings visible in this card still stand tall, including the Lincoln American Tower and the Sterrick Building.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
People have modified cars as long as there have been cars to modify, and when the boys got back from World War II, one of the most popular vehicles for modification was their wartime companion, the Jeep. These examples from the April 1947 edition of Mechanix Illustrated, posted on Modern Mechanix, demonstrates some good, old-fashioned American ingenuity. I particularly like the first Jeep "woody" station wagon.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine, the Newsboy Legion was a group of boys who sold newspapers in a City slum. The interesting part to me is that the newsboys were the main characters, while a costumed crime fighter played a only supporting role. "The Guardian" was actually a police officer who took the boys under his wing, and later became a masked crime fighter to avoid all those legal technicalities that hinder official law enforcement.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
I learned something while posting this scan from my antique Memphis postcard set. The lake at Overton Park is still there, although the pavillion is gone, so I knew about that. I was not familiar with the Sunken Garden or the Speedway, so I found the following explanation from Memphis' own Vance Lauderdale. He is not actually referring to my postcard set when he mentions the souvenier folder, but to one with a photograph of the same area.
First of all, the Speedway was a one-mile section of North Parkway, running west from present-day University. It was so named because early in the 1900s it was set aside on weekends for amateur horse racing, and it quickly became the place to be, and to be seen. The name survives today in the Speedway Terrace neighborhood around North Parkway. For some reason, over the years people started confusing the Speedway section of North Parkway with all sections of North Parkway, and then they even started giving that name to East Parkway. That's just crazy talk. And that's the problem with your souvenir folder, R.H. Although it says "Speedway," it actually shows East Parkway, and the sunken garden shown in the picture is still there, tucked into the median at the intersection of East Parkway and Madison. But the garden has changed considerably over the years. For some reason, the city doesn't plant flowers anymore in the sunken part. Instead, beginning in the 1960s and continuing ever since, they have planted an ever-changing rainbow of flowers on the slope just to the north, spelling out a giant "M."
This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Let That Be A Lesson To You" from the 1937 movie, Hollywood Hotel, featuring Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, with Johnny "Scat" Davis, Dick Powell and Rosemary Lane all contributing vocals. Enjoy this video from Daily Motion.
Let That be a lesson 2 U by NilbogLAND
Let That be a lesson 2 U by NilbogLAND
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Dieselpunk. This poster for the 1934 MacRobertson London to Melbourne air race is not only elegant, but accurately depicts the shapes of the aircraft competing.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "The Guy With The Slide Trombone (Hungarian Rhapsody)" by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra. Click on the song title for a sample clip courtesy of emusic. Click here for the emusic album page.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine posted a story featuring "Robotman" from 1943. The hero is a robot with the human mind of a man killed by gangsters. He disguises his mechanical nature with a "plastic flesh" mask that turns him (for all appearances) into an "average man."
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Here is a Famous Studios production from 1947 featuring a nice swing/jive vibe. A wolf dresses up as "Little Boy Blue," and blows his horn to catch some jitterbugging lambs, who are saved by their hip uncle, the "black sheep" of the family. The color is faded a bit, since Little Boy Blue's threads are a bit on the green side, but it is still a fun short. From the Internet Archive, here is Much Ado About Mutton.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
When aircraft fly through high elevations, they leave trails of condensed moisture known as "contrails." We have all seen them streaming out of the back of an airliner in the traditional straight line. Imagine what the sky would look like if the airplane flew in circles, and then add hundreds of aircraft to the sky. The result would look like the air over Britain during World War II. How To Be A Retronaut posted a series of photos showing the dizzying patterns formed by contrails as Allied and German fighters fought over the UK.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
Memphis Knights Big Band will be performing TONIGHT at the Great Hall & Conference Center in Germantown. Admission is FREE, and there will be a cash bar and refreshments from Coletta's, as well as a Lindy Hop exhibition.