Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015
Dull Tool Dim Bulb posts a lot of old, handmade folk art, and this World War II stamp corsage caught my eye. It is made of nine, 10 cent postal "savings" stamps, which were redeemable for War Bonds issued by the U.S. Treasury.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
The National World War II Museum posted this item on the "Knit Your Bit" campaign. Knitting was a popular home front activity during the war that provided both useful goods to the troops, and a "calming distraction" for civilians that could also help the war effort. It was also easy for kids to learn, allowing them to contribute as well. The most needed items knitted? Socks.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Monday, September 21, 2015
As Four Color Shadows noted, the heroes of this 1941 comic - the Strange Twins - have a complicated backstory. One of the identical twins was kidnapped at birth, and raised by a pirate. The other brother was eventually sent to prison for his brother's crimes. After his release from prison, that brother becomes a police inspector, and goes searching for his twin. He finds him, reforms him, and they fight crime together, apparently using their identical features to thwart criminals.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
There is a little cross marketing in this 1944 animated short. Olive Oyl is entranced by Superman, so Bluto disguised himself as the Man of Steel to win her affections. At one point, the cartoon even uses the music from the Superman cartoons. Being a Popeye cartoon, however, we all know how it turns out for Bluto. From the Internet Archive, here is She Sick Sailors.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Today, Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning British monarch in history, surpassing her great, great grandmother, Queen Victoria. In honor of that occasion, I remembered this post from 2012, that cited a Hemmings blog item that included this World War II British newsreel about then Princess Elizabeth's service in the Army as a driver and mechanic.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Friday, September 4, 2015
Since school has started up again, this encore from 2012 seemed appropriate. This Noveltoon from Paramount Pictures in 1950 features a young owl on his first day at school outwitting a wolf. From the Internet Archive, here is Teacher's Pest.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Last week, the last Australian survivor of the "great escape" from a German POW camp during World War II died. The 1963 film The Great Escape, which featured a rich cast of stars (Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, etc.), immortalized the event. This week, the BBC did a story on William Ash, an American pilot who flew for the RAF, took part in the Great Escape, and who served as the model for Steve McQueen's character in the film.