Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
The Hollywood Revue once again provides a preview of the Turner Classic Movies schedule for February. As it does every year, February starts TCM's "31 Days of Oscar," featuring academy award winners and nominees. This year's theme is "Around the World in 31 Days," with movies grouped together by location.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
This morning's Sunrise Serenade was inspired by the pair of feral cats we feed. They are a male and female that are very loyal to each other, so I named them Minnie the Moocher and Smokey Joe. Here is another episode in the continuing saga of Minnie and Joe by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra: "Kickin' The Gong Around." Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Modern Mechanix posted this article from the October 1946 issue of Popular Science, which explained how artists would "scale up" advertising images for painting on the sides of buildings in the days before digital billboards or even the large scale, pre-printed sheets hung on billboards today.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Today'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.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Retronaut posted several pictures of the Paris landmark when it served as an advertisement for Citroen motorcars. Apparently, the company rented the tower from 1925 to 1934, so for nearly nine years, the City of Light earned that name (at least in part) thanks to Citroen.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Modern Mechanix posted this article from the January 1942 issue of Mechanix Illustrated about one of Northrop Aircraft Company's prototypes.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Boing Boing, but forgot about it until Retronaut posted about it as well. Syd Hoff did hundreds of cartoons for The New Yorker, and also illustrated childrens' books. In the mid-1930s, however, while his work was published in The New Yorker, he was also publishing as "A. Redfield" in The Daily Worker, a communist party newsletter. Talk about playing both sides of the fence. He did a series of cartoons called The Ruling Clawss with all of the wit of his New Yorker stuff, but coming from the other end of the political spectrum.I originally saw a post about this topic on
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Modern Mechanix posted this article from the January 1942 issue of Mechanix Illustrated about Ace, a 5 1/2 year old Alsation shepherd that was trained to rescue distressed swimmers.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
One sometimes wonders why, at least in the classic Superman cartoons, that the Man of Steel ever cared so much for Lois Lane. After all, she was always trying to steal stories from Clark Kent, and then she would get herself into dangerous situations from which only Superman could save her. Case in point, Supes has to save Lois and an entire island city from a volcano. From the Internet Archive, here is the 1942 animated short, Volcano.
Friday, January 13, 2012
examples posted by Retronaut, were positively dripping with sophisticated streamlined design. Where is the future these ads promised us?
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Four Color Shadows posted a scan of a Superman-Tim comic book from 1947, and linked to an article on Dial B For Blog which describes the origins of the "Tim" series of comics. This is a concept I can appreciate. It appears that my boyhood adventures with the Man of Steel were apparently erased from my memory, no doubt by some evil fiend bent on the destruction of truth, justice and the American way. As Dial B explained,
Way back in 1942, a company called Tim Publications, Inc. used to print small, 6" x 9" booklets in black with a single color. These booklets were issued monthly, and the stores that sold them created “clubs” for younger kids.
The club you belonged to depended on how old you were. Older children had the “Tim in Space” club and the "Gene Autry-Tim" club, while younger kids had the "Superman-Tim" club, and its companion comic book: Superman-Tim comics.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I found this post and video on The Jalopy Journal, which features articles about vintage hot rods and associated culture. It is color footage of a drive around Hollywood in 1948. Aside from the great shots of the old cars, we pass several theaters and movie studios, as well as the famous Hollywood Hotel. My personal favorite, however, is the straight-outta-classic-cartoon stop light at 1:12, complete with the mechanical "stop" and "go" banners. Enjoy.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
The Jalopy Journal advises us that many of them were the work of Georges Hamel, a/k/a Geo. Ham, and posts several neat examples.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Four Color Shadows caught my eye. Apparently, Cindy was a comics character in the late 1940s. In this issue, she is hit by a boy riding a bicycle as she walked out of a music store with her new Tommy Dorsey record. The record is broken, which upsets Cindy far more than the slight physical injury. When the story of her broken record makes the paper, Tommy Dorsey himself sends her a copy of every record he ever made. TD appears in the last two panels on this page.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Let That Be A Lesson To You" by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, featuring various vocalists, from the 1937 film Hollywood Hotel. Enjoy the video below from Daily Motion.
Let That be a lesson 2 U by NilbogLAND
Let That be a lesson 2 U by NilbogLAND
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Iconic American folksinger/songwriter Woody Guthrie had ambitious and noble New Year's resolutions for the year 1942. Boing Boing recently posted the list, and it seemed a timely item to repost. They are all good, but I think I like 18, 19 and 20 best: Stay glad, keep hoping maching running, and dream good.