Monday, March 31, 2014
As noted by The Hollywood Revue, there are all sorts of things going on in April on TCM. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, TCM will turn programming over viewer requests for a week. John Wayne is the star of the month, and birthday celebrations for Alec Guiness and Doris Day will feature 24 hour marathons of their films.
Friday, March 28, 2014
This encore from 2011 features Gabby, who was the Lilliputian town crier in the 1939 animated movie, Gulliver's Travels, and who went on to star in some shorts. In this cartoon, Gabby helps the king with spring cleaning, with less than optimal results. From the Internet Archive, here is the 1941 cartoon, Swing Cleaning.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
This post on Boing Boing features a series of photos depicting the women who worked at the "Atomic City" in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, during World War II. Although their work was vital to the development of the atomic bomb, many had no actual idea of their specific role (see Calutron Girls). This post seemed an appropriate follow up to last week's film of the Nagasaki bombing.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
This morning's Sunrise Serenade featured a combination of the artists from the past two days: "My Honey's Lovin' Arms" by Bing Crosby and the Mills Brothers. Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
As this advertisement posted on Vintage Ads reveals, in 1949, farm implement manufacturer International Harvester was making refrigerators. You could plow your field with an IH tractor, pick the crop with an IH picker, haul it to the house in an IH truck, and store it in an IH fridge.
Friday, March 21, 2014
This encore from 2011 seemed appropriate for a sunny Spring day. In what is essentially an ad for Borden's milk, a happy group of gnomes/elves make milk by distilling sunlight, which annoys another group of gnomes/elves who live in the dark of the forest and like being sad. The sad elves (all dressed appropriately in "blue") attack the glad elves, only to be conquered by the happy effects of milk. From the Internet Archive, here is the 1935 cartoon, The Sunshine Makers.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Boing Boing pointed me to this YouTube video with silent, but annotated footage of the preparation, loading, delivery and deployment of "Fat Man," the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Today's Sunrise Serenade was "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" by the Mills Brothers. Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Friday, March 14, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Remember the days when a television anywhere other than a living room or den was a big deal? In 1948, having a television anywhere was a big deal. This post on Paleofuture tells the story of a promotional stunt that put a television in Chicago taxicab.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
This encore from 2011 features an early (around 1940) Woody Woodpecker short, in which Woody scoffs at the other birds who fly south for the winter, and then finds himself in a fight to stave off starvation with a hungry cat. From Universal Studios and the Internet Archive, here is Pantry Panic.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
I wonder if the Beatles knew they were signing about the decline of the Swing Era in "Tax Man?" Like most folks, I just assumed the birth of Rock & Roll led to the demise of Swing. While there is no doubt it was a contributing factor, I found an article on TaxProf Blog (how I got there I do not remember) indicating that taxes also helped kill Swing. It seems that a 1944 cabaret tax imposed a 30% excise on all establishments that served food or drink and allowed dancing. Clubs that provided music to which no one danced were exempt. Ever wonder why jazz went from Swing, which is dance music, to Bebop, which is not? Blame (at least in part) Uncle Sam.