For Halloween, I thought this encore from 2010 featuring Casper the Friendly Ghost would be appropriate. From the Internet Archive, here is the 1948 animated short, There's Good Boos Tonight.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
After the "human interest" photos depicted in the last two postings on this topic, the Nazi propaganda filmstrip Der Atlantik Wall returns to more imposing military/industrial scenes. I find the two pictures below especially interesting because they depict U-boat pens, the sheltered submarine bunkers from which German Admiral Karl Doenitz launched his coordinated "wolfpack" attacks against Allied convoys carrying vital supplies to Britain and the Soviet Union. The first photo shows the aft deck of a U-boat is in the foreground, while the second shows the scale of the U-boat bases.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Just in time for Halloween, The Golden Age posted a series of 1931-1944 publicity stills from Universal Studios horror movies. All the big names are here: Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, et al.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
Hemmings blog posted two related items about the Brooks Stevens motorhomes. The first posting noted that a modified version of a Brooks Stevens was for sale at Hemmings, at a price of $150,000 (photo below). The second provided a history of the Brooks Stevens vehicles. Apparently, while driving one to the New York World's Fair in 1940, Stevens was pulled over in Manhattan for driving a commercial vehicle on Fifth Avenue. Stevens replied, "This, Officer, is not a truck. It is a housecar." He then made his way to the fairgrounds, where NBC interviewed him in a live broadcast.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Here is an encore from 2012 and Famous Studios featuring Little Lulu. In this 1947 cartoon, Lulu gets the shaft when a golfer who hired her to caddy fires her without payment. She and her frog, Qunicy, soon collect the compensation. From the Internet Archive, here is Cad And Caddy.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Continuing our tour of the German defenses along the North Atlantic coast of Europe, as depicted in the Nazi propaganda filmstrip, Der Atlantik Wall, we now see scenes of the life supposedly enjoyed by those working on the wall. These men appear to be members of Organization Todt, who were construction workers, but who also served as a military unit. In the first photo, an "Org. Todt" armband is clear on the central figure. The fact that their uniforms are not actually uniform suggests that they were not regular military. The second picture shows a scene of "barracks life," while the third may have been intended to demonstrate the good care workers received if they were injured on the job. I cannot think of another likely purpose for that photograph considering the context.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The National World War II Museum posted this interesting article on how the flowers of one plant family, the Malvaceae, helped win the war by providing everything from cotton for uniforms to balsa wood for aircraft.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
As originally noted in this 2012 posting, Gabby was the Lilliputian town crier in the 1939 animated feature film, Gulliver's Travels. Fleischer Studios made several shorts based on the character. In this cartoon, Gabby tries to help the local fire fighters, with unfortunate results. From the Internet Archive, here is Gabby in Fire Cheese.
This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra. Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
The Nazi propaganda filmstrip Der Atlantik Wall continues with its "human interest" pictures. I know the term "human interest" is a bit of a contradiction in the same sentence with "Nazi," but remember this is propaganda. The Organization Todt and the German government wanted to generate support for the people building the defenses of the Fatherland, etc. These two photos offer a top and bottom comparison. The tall officer in the first photo is (based on my information), Albert Speer, who became the German Minister of Armaments after his predecessor, Fritz Todt, died in a plane crash. By that time, the Organization Todt had essentially become the Ministry of Armaments. The second photo presumably shows your typical dedicated Organization Todt member, who served as both a soldier as well as construction worker.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
One of the most interesting books I have ever read was One Thousand and One Nights, a/k/a Arabian Nights. It is the overall story that contains many stories within stories, including those of "Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp," "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves," and the "Seven Voyages of Sinbad." To the best of my memory, this 1944 comic, posted on Four Color Shadows, is a fairly true telling of the Fourth Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Today's Sunrise Serenade was "A Sunbonnet Blue And A Little Straw Hat" by Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra with Billie Holiday on vocals. Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.
Monday, October 13, 2014
She will be at the Olive Branch Airport (address below), and will be available for flights this weekend. Go to libertyfoundation.org for more information about flight schedules and reserving a seat.
Olive Branch Airport (KOLV)
Metro Aviation Services FBO
8000 Terminal Drive
Olive Branch, MS 38654
Friday, October 10, 2014
Here is a Betty Boop cartoon I have neither posted nor seen before. Betty sings about wanting a fur coat, so naturally, Bosko and Bimbo try to impress her by going hunting. After several failed attempts, they get some pelts, but Betty feels sorry for the animals, gets mad at Bosko and Bimbo, and returns all the animals' coats, as can only happen in a cartoon. From the Internet Archive, here is A Hunting We Will Go.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
The Nazi propaganda filmstrip Der Atlantik Wall makes another thematic change, now with pictures of high ranking German officials. In the case of these two photos below, we have none other than (as far as we can tell) Fritz Todt, engineer, businessman, dedicated Nazi, and the founder of the Organization Todt, which not only built the Atlantic Wall, but also helped produce the filmstrip itself.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Although I know I have mentioned Dick Tracy before, I'm not sure I have ever posted any actual DT stories. Here is one, posted on Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine, from 1949 called "The Black Cat Mystery."