Library of Congress Prints & Photographs collection reveals the family of Mr. Timothy Levy Crouch enjoying Thanksgiving dinner in 1940, complete with a twenty pound turkey and a kids' table.
It is also time for the SSS annual post-Thanksgiving holiday shutdown. Posts will be limited to the radio show playlist and any timely event announcements. Normal posting will resume on December 9. For those of you venturing out on Black Friday, please be careful, courteous and patient with your fellow shoppers.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
The Majestic Grille launches is holiday tradition of "Supper And A Movie" with Miracle on 34th Street this Sunday, December 1. The other films in the series will be The Thin Man on December 8, Holiday Inn on December 15, and It's A Wonderful Life on December 22.
Friday, November 22, 2013
One advantage of never going out much is that I've managed to ignore the Christmas decorations going up on November 1. As a result, I can start my holiday season at Thanksgiving. We are continuing our tradition of inviting the great Tex Avery to tell the classic 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 21, 2013
The Duchess," built for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII and Ms. Wallis Simpson), is up for auction today. As reported by Hemmings, General Motors executive Alfred P. Sloan, Jr., a friend of the couple, had legendary GM designer Harley Earl and his team design this one-off car for the couple's trip to New York City in 1941. This car represents the end of the custom coachbuilding era, when standard chassis were mated with bodies tailored to the owner's specifications. It also inspired later Rolls Royce designs, and is expected to bring between $500,000 and $800,000.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
WEVL, an independent, nonprofit, noncommercial, listener-supported, volunteer radio station here in Memphis. WEVL is in the middle of its Fall Pledge Drive, which is our most important fundraiser of the year. There are lots of special programs during Pledge Drive, and tonight's SSS is no exception. "South of the Border" will showcase Swing Era music about, influenced or inspired by Latin America, or performed by Latin American artists. Featured in tonight's show will be Oscar Aleman, Xavier Cugat, and the Brazillian Bombshell herself, Carmen Miranda. Yes, this is a photo of Carmen, without her trademark fruitty hat attire.As you know, the SSS airs exclusively on
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Film Noir Photos posted this very appropriate picture of Lana Turner, Deanna Durbin and Marlene Dietrich welcoming the one millionth visitor to the Hollywood Canteen in 1944.
Friday, November 8, 2013
This encore from 2010 features a Famous Studios' "Noveltoon" released by Paramount, in which Herman the city mouse helps his country cousins rid themselves of a troublesome feline. From the Internet Archive, here is the 1947 animated short, Naughty But Mice.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Ask Vance. In 1949, Lowenstein's, which along with Goldsmith's, constituted the main home-grown department store industry in Memphis; opened "Lowenstein's East" at the corner of Poplar Avenue and Highland Street. Now considered the edge of Midtown Memphis, the building, with its giant display gallery over the main entrance, houses a SpinStreet Records and a PetCo. I remember when it was Lowenstein's, and Christmas decorations would appear in that gallery during the holidays. As for Goldsmith's, it was eventually purchased by Macy's, which has several stores in the Memphis area.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
1940 Buick phaeton would be a collectible in its own right, but this is not just any classic car. It was in front of this very automobile that Humphrey Bogart (Rick) told Ingrid Bergman (Ilsa), "We'll always have Paris." As posted on the Hemmings blog, this former Warner Bros. prop will be up for auction on November 25. The burns on the upholstery are "period correct," as they came from Bogie's ever present cigarette.