Friday, December 27, 2013
Here is a fun little encore from 2010 on which to end the year. When a mobster's henchman poses as Superman to commit a series of crimes, fireworks are sure to follow. Featuring a very close cartoon facsimile of Edward G. Robinson, from the Internet Archive, here is Showdown.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
child above sleeps basking in the glow of a Christmas tree in 1940 (from the Library of Congress). Posts will be somewhat intermittent for the next week or so, but be sure to catch part 2 of the Swing Shift Shuffle Christmas and New Year's Special.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Hemmings blog did a nice post on the origin and impact of the Chrysler Airflow. This car was one of the first, mass-produced automobiles to consider the effect of aerodynamics on performance. Introduced in 1934, its design was a little to far advanced for the car consumer at the time, and within a few years, its radical shape had morphed back into something more traditional. Personally, I think the two door coupes, which rarely seem to be pictured anywhere, look much better than the four door sedans.
Friday, December 20, 2013
On this last Friday before Christmas, I thought we would revisit another favorite Christmas cartoon of mine. Although some of the imagery in this film seems a bit dark for a holiday cartoon, the message is always relevant. This short was released in 1939, when Europe was either on the brink of or already at war, the U.S. was not interested in reliving the horrors of World War I, and the Japanese had not yet attacked Pearl Harbor. From the Internet Archive, here is Peace On Earth.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Gizmodo noted, he was justifiably considered the man who made the 20th century beautiful. From trains, planes and automobiles to graphic design and space exploration, Loewy was a designer to tried his hand, quite successfully, at designing everything. The above Art Deco steam locomotive is his design, as was the Coke bottle.
Since Christmas falls on a Wednesday this year, I decided to do a double Christmas Special. Tonight will be all Christmas music, and on Christmas day, we will continue the Yuletide spirit with more Christmas music, as well as seasonal and some New Years Eve tunes. I hope you can join us for one or both.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Monday, December 16, 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013
It's time for the holiday cartoons again! In this 1936 Fleischer Studio short, a group of orphans receive broken, cast off toys for Christmas, but Grampy comes to the rescue, ingeniously making new, better toys out of items around the orphanage. Grampy was a Maker! From the Internet Archive, here is Christmas Comes But Once A Year.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Acmeclassics.com. Its programming consists of old movies, movie serials, newsreels, cartoons, and TV shows, many of which are public domain. As far as I have observed, the programs are broadcast without commercial interruption. The commercials and public service announcements appear in between the shows. The variety has been impressive. I have seen Betty Boop, Noveltoon and Private Snafu cartoons, Pathe newsreels, early 1930's movies, classic TV shows like The Cisco Kid, Bonanza and The Andy Griffith Show, as well as some British TV shows from the 1960s. Movie serials are a regular part of the programming as well. I have been thoroughly enjoying it. The schedule is best found at the website, since the programs can begin at any time during the hour (e.g. 9:13 start time). My only note of caution is that, on Uverse at least, the online guide is one hour ahead of the programming. If you push "INFO" while on the Uverse channel guide, you will probably get information on the show that will air one hour from now.While I was off on the annual SSS holiday shutdown, I discovered a new TV channel in the Memphis area. Well, at least it is new to me, and I think I would have noticed it before. Broadcast on digital channel 23.2 in Memphis; channel 34.1 in Senatobia, MS; channel 15 on Comcast Cable, and channel 34 on Uverse, it is called
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Boing Boing for posting this item about a reproduction of a 1947 "Zippomobile." According to the post, Joe Griffin of right here in Memphis, Tennessee, recreated this "productmobile" (e.g. Oscar Meyer Wienermobile or Hershey's Kissmobile) without any plans of the originals, using only photos and a 1947 Chrysler New Yorker Saratoga.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
The Hollywood Revue's monthly preview of programming on Turner Classic Movies. Fred Astaire is the Star of the Month, and of course, there will be plenty of holiday films.