This post on Golden Age Comic Book Stories gives a hint why parents in the 1940-50's may have worried about the effects comic books had on kids. The stories from these six issues of Crime Does Not Pay may have a moral consistent with their title, but the images are more graphic than I would have thought for kids in the 1940's.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Life Magazine, as noted by Boing Boing, a soap carver living in New York began creating mannequins for upscale clothing stores. One of his models, "Cynthia," took on a life of her own. To promote his work, he began escorting her around town to all the hot nightclubs and parties. She eventually ended up with a radio show, a movie part, and an invitation to the wedding of Wallace Simpson and the former King of England, Edward VIII.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Retronaut, safety posters like this one were produced at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1947 to remind employees of radiation safety practices a/k/a "health physics," i.e. - how to keep you and yours from glowing in the dark.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The Tiger Rag happens tomorrow night at the Madison Dance Studio inside Minglewood Hall at 1555 Madison Avenue, and it continues every Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. You can also sign up for progressive dance classes every Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. More info here.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Modern Mechanix, included this little item about a television receiver that used an AC radio as a speaker. According to the article, the TV plugged into the radio set "in the same manner that you would connect a record player." Funny story. I bought an old, 1940's era floor radio in the Summer of 2010, and it had a button labelled "Phono/Tele" for just such a purpose. Here is the funny part. The connection for that 1940's era phonograph or television is the same RCA/phono connector used today on many modern audio/TV systems. Result: I can listen to my downloaded swing music using my MP3 player, a cheap connector cable, and this old radio. No modifications necessary. Priceless.
The Swing Shift Shuffle blog is back to normal operations! Our new personnel (Benjamin and Colleen) are still in training, which may require reductions in output occasionally, but we are back to production today. This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Night And Day" by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club Quintet of France. Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The Tiger Rag moved to the Madison Dance Studio inside Minglewood Hall at 1555 Madison Avenue, and it continues every Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. You can also sign up for progressive dance classes every Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. More info here.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Special Announcement" I mentioned back on February 21? Well, here it is. I am proud to announce that two new workers have joined the Swing Shift Shuffle. Please join me in welcoming Benjamin (right) and Colleen (left) Taylor to the crew here at the SSS. I am sure they will make a significant contribution to our efforts here. I also need to convey my appreciation for and to Mary Alice Taylor, who obviously played a significant role in the recruitment of these new additions, and who works tirelessly behind the scenes here at the SSS to insure that I can try to bring you posts of at least some interest. B & C will obviously require substantial training, so production at the SSS will be curtailed somewhat for the next few weeks. Playlists and other occasional posts will appear, but daily postings will cease until later this month.