Here is a mostly musical "Harman-Ising" cartoon from 1931. If you ever wondered what Mickey Mouse would look like as a fox, now you know. From the Internet Archive, here is Lady, Play Your Mandolin.
Friday, April 29, 2016
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Surprisingly, despite being named after a cigarette lighter, this 1944 hero's abilities apparently have nothing to do with fire. Instead, "Zippo" refers to his speed, accomplished by the mechanically powered wheels on the feet of his costume. Posted on Four Color Shadows.
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Mod Betty from Retro Roadmap posted this item about the preserved Art Deco men's room in the lower level of the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville. The original rest rooms were reconfigured and remodeled in the 1930's, and the Hermitage has preserved the style of that era.
Friday, April 15, 2016
Thursday, April 14, 2016
While "Spacehawk," posted on Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine, certainly has the whole "Space" vibe goin' on; he bears absolutely no resemblance to any "Hawk" I have ever seen. I do note, however, that this story continues the classic science fiction comic book tradition of the male hero being completely covered in protective clothing, including a mask; while the leading lady is in a low cut, strapless mini-dress that would have been illegal in many public places in 1940. No complaints, mind you, just noting the fact for the record.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Production here at the factory has been very busy of late, to the point of causing my posting to become a bit irregular the past week or so. Regardless, I would not fail to let you know about tonight's SSS Pledge Drive Special - "It's A Memphis Swing." In honor of WEVL's 40th Anniversary, I'll be playing music from the Swing Era about Memphis, by Memphis artists, or by artists who played in Memphis during the time. Jimmie Lunceford, Kay Starr and Clyde McCoy will feature prominently. Tune in tonight at 6:00 p.m. (CDT) on 89.9 FM in Memphis, or anywhere at wevl.org, enjoy the show, and help support the home of the SSS - Memphis' only independent, listener-supported volunteer radio station.
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
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Friday, April 8, 2016
In this Hugh Harman-Rudolph Ising animated short from 1931, Bosko goes into the woods to cut some firewood, but ends doing a little "Harman-Ising" with nature after the flora and fauna convince him to spare the trees. From the Internet Archive, here is The Trees Knees.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
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Back in July, I posted an item from the BBC about a 1936 German sailing ship that is still in service with the U.S. Coast Guard. Continuing that theme, the BBC has posted another "U.S. Government using old-European technology" article. This instance, however, is on the other end of the technological spectrum from a sailing ship. NASA still maintains and files three Canberras, a design that was commissioned and designed at the end of World War II, and first flew in 1950.
Nasa’s Canberras are a part of the agency’s Airborne Science Program (ASP), explains Charles Mallini, who is the program manager for Nasa’s Canberra fleet. “The ASP is responsible for providing aircraft systems that further science and advance the use of satellite data,” he says.
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That Canberras are still flying is a tribute to the aircraft’s design, which is all the more impressive given that the Canberra is from the very first generation of jet aircraft – a time when aircraft designers were struggling to deal with the enormous issues that came from travelling at such high speeds. And it’s even more exceptional because the Canberras are doing a job that was undreamed of when the aircraft first entered service.