Betty Boop turns mechanic in this 1939 animated short. Lots of car gags, some period and others timeless. I like the truck "truckin' on down." From the Internet Archive, here is Betty Boop in So Does An Automobile.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Although based on different technology, pulse time modulation, as discussed in this November 1946 Popular Science article posted on Modern Mechanix, provides a similar result to modern digital radio, at least as far as several distinct broadcasts associated with one station.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Stand By For Further Announcements (And For More Good News)" by Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra. Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Dieselpunk posted this image of a 1938 brochure cover for the London Transport advertising services. If you wanted to put your advertisement in front of London commuters, these were the folks to call. I thought it was interesting that the artist adopted a very 21st Century-style tag in the form of "Zero."
Saturday, July 23, 2011
This animated short is a George Pal "Puppetoon" in Technicolor from 1947. Mr. Pal's work apparently influenced Messrs. Rankin and Bass, who made all those great animated Christmas specials in the 1960's (Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer, etc.). In addition to the great animation, which seems pretty advanced for the late 1940's, the music has a very rich, almost feature film style of arrangement. From the Internet Archive, here is Tubby The Tuba.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Here are two more images from the continuing the series of antique Memphis postcards. The top image does not claim to be any specific place in Memphis, just a field of cotton in bloom. The theme of Memphis as the major cotton trading market appears on a few of the postcards. Please bear in mind that these cards were probably printed in the early to mid 1930's, and reflected the economic and social status quo of the time. The scene in the bottom image is easily recognizable, as several of the more prominent buildings remain.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
1930 print ad posted on Dieselpunk made me curious about the Evans Auto-Railer, and I found a late 1930's newsreel excerpt on YouTube about the vehicle. Although it apparently did not succeed as a bus, the concept is still very much alive in maintenance vehicles at rail yards.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Blues on the Bluff is this Saturday, July 23, 2011. This event is a major fundraiser for WEVL FM 89.9, home of the Swing Shift Shuffle. In addition to great music, food, people and views, there will be an even bigger silent auction than last year; with special packages from various WEVL programmers, including yours truly. Discount advance tickets available online. See you there!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Yes, this is a silly cartoon, but I remember enjoying it as a kid. Seeing it again, I enjoy it even more because I now get all the historical and musical cues of the time. From the Internet Archive, here is the 1942 animated short, Ding Dog Daddy.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Since summertime is vacation season, and postcards are part of a vacation, here are two more of the antique Memphis postcards. Other than the fact that the trees around the buildings on the Southwestern campus (renamed Rhodes College in 1984) are larger, the buildings and Lynx (Rhodes mascot) statues look much the same. The bottom image is from the Memphis Zoo, but I am not sure if this building still remains.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
This posting on Modern Mechanix, from the July 1937 issue of Popular Science, suprised me a little. While I am not surprised that someone had the idea to record air to ground radio transmissions to aid accident investigations in 1937, I do find it interesting that they would use wax cylinders. That technology seems out of date, even at that time.
RADIO communications between plane pilots and airport dispatchers are now permanently recorded on wax cylinders by an electrical machine recently installed by the U. S. Bureau of Air Commerce at a California landing field. Reports made by pilots and orders given by dispatchers, kept on file in record form, are thus available to examiners investigating the causes of any accident to a plane.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
It is time for the Man of Steel to save the day again. In this episode, which I have not seen before, Lois Lane gets caught while investigating some saboteurs, and Superman must save her and a munitions factory. For someone who gets caught snooping so easily, Ms. Lane displays some very agile moves while evading the bad guys. From the Internet Archive, here is the 1942 short, Destruction, Inc.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Below is another scan from the set of antique Memphis postcards I picked up last year. The Peabody Hotel is still around, as are the pillars at the Fairgrounds entrance; but the Shelby County Building burned a few years ago, and the Fairgrounds itself is now undergoing redevelopment.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Boing Boing posted an item about Vogue Picture Records, 78 rpm records with illustrations embedded in the vinyl. The company only lasted a few years in the late 1940s. I have seen similar records for children's songs during that time, but not popular tunes. The image below is a Picture Record of "Sugar Blues" by Clyde McCoy and His Orchestra. I saw a few other well known Swing Era artists on the Vogue Picture Record Collectors page (Shep Fields, Tommy Dorsey, etc.), as well as several performers who were unknown to me.
My unconscious is obviously feeling the heat, because this morning's Sunrise Serenade was the chilly "There's Frost On The Moon" by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra. Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Here is another entry from the 2011 Seattle Vintage Jazz Dance (SVJD) Swing/Jazz Dance Music Video Contest. It starts in an ordinary way, but just keep watching. I must confess that I would be best suited to the role of leader (i.e. the guy) in this video. Enjoy First And Last Dance.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
Yes, I said "Needlenoodle," and I'm not making it up. That was the villian's name in this 1946 Black Hood comic posted by Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine. Such a name could be a disadvantage in a brawl. "Look out Needlenoo- . . . . Oops! Too late." The Black Hood started as a masked vigilante character, but became more of a detective hero. Pappy has some interesting insights into the transformation.
A lot of comic book costumed heroes weren't selling after World War II, and the comic book industry was changing. The company known as MLJ Comics became Archie Comics, and replaced its original MLJ logo with the Archie Comics colophon on issue #17.* It could be that MLJ/Archie was trying to save the Black Hood comic by dropping the costume, and perhaps introducing villains that wouldn't be out of place in the Dick Tracy comic strip.