Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Happy Thanksgiving! Vintage Everyday posted this color film of the 1940 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, featuring the first appearance of Superman in the parade. We here at the SSS wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels.
I'll be taking my usual post-Thanksgiving break, but I'll be back in December.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
The National World War II Museum is completing the restoration of PT-305, a Higgins built Patrol Torpedo Boat, and one of the final touches is a new coat of paint. Contrary to movie portrayals, however, most naval vessels during WWII were not painted flat gray. Instead, ships carried a variety of camouflage colors and patterns to help conceal their size, speed and course. For PT-305, the pattern was "Measure 32 modified."
“Measure 32 modified” was an experimental pattern intended specifically for making torpedo attacks. The “Thayer blue” on the forward part of the hull made the vessel more difficult to see from a distance at night when approaching a target head-on during the initial stages of a torpedo attack. The color transitions to a “deck blue” on the aft part of the boat to aid in the retreat from a torpedo attack.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
Friday, November 18, 2016
This Friday before Thanksgiving, we once again invite the great Tex Avery to tell the story of a simple Pilgrim looking for that first Thanksgiving Day meal, and throw in a pack of World War II era jokes to boot. From the Internet Archive, the 1945 animated short, Jerky Turkey.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Vintage Everyday posted a set of photos featuring what it called the "Top 10 Most Beautiful Cars of the 1930s." I cannot disagree with most of their choices, including the 1935 Delahaye above. I've seen one of these cars up close, and it is a rolling work of art. I am a little surprised, however, that the Cord 810/812 did not make the list.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
WEVL (home of the SSS) is in the middle of its Fall Pledge Drive, and tonight's SSS Pledge Drive Special is "It's A Memphis Swing!" I'll be playing music by musicians from Memphis or with a Memphis connection, both from the Swing Era and a few contemporary artists; as well as bands who played in Memphis 75 years ago, in 1941. In addition to Jimmie Lunceford and Kay Starr, I'll have a spotlight on the Swift Jewel Cowboys (above) and their unique Western-Swing style. Tune in and make your pledge of support for WEVL! The above photo of the SJC's shows them at the Mid-South Fair in 1938. In the background, note the Zippin' Pippin roller coaster on the left, and the old Shelby County Building on the right.
This morning's Sunrise Serenade was an unconscious preview of tonight's SSS Fall Pledge Drive Special: It's A Memphis Swing. Here is "Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own" by Kay Starr and Tennessee Ernie Ford. Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Monday, November 14, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Nothing conjures up memories of the 1940's more than a crew of all girl space rangers wearing two-piece space bathing suits patrolling space and fighting space convicts, space aliens and space bats (yes, bats!) with space swords. I posted another issue of Gale Allen about five years ago, and it seemed like a good time for another. This edition, posted on Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine, is from 1942.