Monday, September 30, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Now that we have finally caught up to the present, after our lapse of missing winners of the 2012 contest, we can now present the winners of the 2013 Jazz Dance Film Fest contest. Coming in at number three is "The Jazz Dance Alphabet."
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
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Monday, September 23, 2013
1936 issue of Mechanics and Handicraft, noting that the so-called "streamlined" cars of the day were actually not that streamlined at all. He continues that there are a few experimental examples of the truly streamlined cars of the future. Posted on Modern Mechanix.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Betty Boop campaigns to have Grampy elected Mayor, and he wins a "landslide" victory by one vote. Before he can even sit in the mayor's chair, however, citizens begin complaining various things, and threatening to oust him if he does not fix them. Donning his thinking cap, Grampy invents solutions to all the town's problems, including a novel method of urban renewal. From the Internet Archive, here is the 1937 animated short, The Candid Candidate.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
In 1939, the British Pathe news agency produced this short film showing how fashion designers of the day thought clothing would evolve. Posted on Paleofuture, most of the examples feature women's styles, many of which would not look too out of place today. The one proposal for men's fashion, however, is a different story. Although the radio/telephone was a good bet, the bearded Sir Mordred meets Ming the Merciless meets Batman (utility belt) styling mashup is still a bit too advanced for us primative males.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Here is our last year-long overdue winner from the 2012 Jazz Dance Film Fest. This video was made in Ghent, Belgium. Be sure to catch the ending with at least a hundred Belgians chanting "Swing in Ghent!" It warms my heart. Coming in at number one, here is "Swing, Brother, Swing."
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
Lauren Bacall! I have a very difficult time keeping up with birthdays, although it is always my intention to recognize notable Swing Era anniversaries here. Fortunately, I paid attention when I heard that today, September 16, is Ms. Bacall's birthday. Here she is in her first film, To Have And Have Not, where she met future husband Humphrey Bogart. That is Hoagy Carmichael on the piano in the role of Cricket.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Awsum Bells, meets real Martians who heard his 1938 broadcast of War of the Worlds, and who want to enlist his help as their agent when they invade the earth. Bells is framed for a murder committed by a Martian, but the Spirit thinks there is more than meets the eye in this case. Posted by Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine. Although the original story is from 1947, this scan is from a 1970's reprint, and the final page has a statistical update based on data from the 1960's-70's.It is 1947. A reasonable facsimile of Orson Wells,
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
I'm trying to make up for lost time, and catch up with the Jazz Dance Film Fest winners from 2012 (which I completely missed) and 2013. So without further ado, here is the second place finisher from 2012: "Baby Can Dance."
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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Monday, September 9, 2013
Paleofuture notes, Huge Gernsback advocated for more widespread use of car radios as two-way communication devices as early as 1935. Radios were becoming more popular in cars, and he proposed making them all capable of two-way communication to provide a means of summoning emergency assistance.
Friday, September 6, 2013
Sorry about the absence yesterday. Work took me out of town all day, but all is well today. This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Well All Right" by the Andrews Sisters. Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Remember, back in 2011, when I posted about a Jazz Dance Music Video Contest? Apparently, neither did I, and thus I missed the posting of both the 2012 and 2013 Jazz Dance Film Fest entries and winners. Well, I can't let all that great blogging material go to waste, now can I? So with many apologies for the delay, we will start with third place finisher in the 2012 contest: The Dance Party.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
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