Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Monday, February 26, 2018
Sarah Sundin posted this article about shoe rationing during World War II. The military needed both leather and rubber, so folks on the home front had to make things last, and that included the kids. No exceptions in shoe rationing was made for children. In 1943, everyone was limited to three pairs a year, which was reduced to two pairs in 1944, and you needed a stamp from your ration book to buy them.
Friday, February 23, 2018
With the 2018 Winter Olympics about to conclude, I thought we would stick with that theme. No real story here, just a bunch of animals having fun with winter sports, followed by a sing along with "Jingle Bells." From the Internet Archive, here is Snow Foolin'.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
In the 1930's, the Works Progress Administration created the Pack Horse Library Initiative to provide reading materials to people living in poor, remote areas of Kentucky. Posted on History Daily, this article and series of photographs explains the challenges these women, who were paid by the WPA, faced while delivering their literature.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
FilmStruck posted this review of the 1941 film, Ball of Fire, starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck. This movie, along with its musical remake, A Song Is Born (1948), is one of my favorites, and this review has some interesting historical insight into this classic, screwball comedy. For example, when one of the gangsters holding the eccentric professors prisoner starts using items in the room for target practice, he says "I saw me a picture last week," and proceeds to wet the sight of his gun, as leading man Gary Cooper did in his previous film, Sergeant York (1941).
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Here is a nice lobby card, posted on Vintage Ads, for the 1934 film, It Happened One Night. A fun movie, it is the story of a runaway heiress being accompanied by a (unknown to her) reporter after the story of her running away. There are some great scenes relating to intercity bus travel, complete with stops at tourist courts.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Happy Valentine's Day from Ms. Toby Wing, whom I found in an old Film Noir Photos post. In honor of the holiday, I'll be doing a Valentine/Malentine Special on the Swing Shift Shuffle tonight. While most of the songs will be romantic, each set will feature a "Malentine," for those who are less enamored of February 14. Hope you tune in.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018
This post on the Hemmings blog discusses the importance of accessories; specifically - period correct clothing to go with your vintage car. The post has several references to resources for those interested in vintage clothing, regardless of whether that interest relates to automobiles or not. One interesting point to me was that the desire for a "complete package" can run both ways. While many folks may become interested in vintage clothing as an accessory to their vintage car, there are some, like the couple pictured here, who acquired their vintage car as an accessory to their vintage clothes.
Friday, February 9, 2018
With the 2018 Winter Olympics now in progress, this 1945 Walt Disney animated short seemed appropriate. It reminds me of the old question: "Did you ever go to a fight and have a hockey game break out?" Posted on YouTube, here is Hockey Homicide.
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Although the ad for this 1939 Nash, posted on Vintage Ads, makes only a slight mention of it, one of the neatest features of the pictured sedan was the bed. Introduced in 1936, the rear seat back hinged up, and in doing so opened up the trunk to the passenger compartment. Two adults could sleep with their legs and feet in the trunk, and their heads and shoulders on the rear seat cushions. I saw photos of one for sale a few years ago, and it was a cool-looking car, inside and out.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
The Internet Archive is a massive and growing resource, and I have long since given up on the idea of exploring it all. Thus, I am always happy to find when someone else posts about an IA collection with which I was not yet familiar. Unfortunately, I have managed to completely forget where I found out about the IA's Pulp Magazine Archive, but to that now forgotten blog poster, please accept my thanks. This collection has full color scans of pulp magazines starting in the early 20th century, proceeding through the height of the pulp era in the 1930's to 1950's, and even up to the (relatively) more recent, glossy (but still pulp-like in content) magazines of the 1980's and 1990's. The cover art, especially on some of the science fiction titles, is especially cool.