Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Time for The Hollywood Revue's monthly preview of Turner Classic Movies programming. Ms. June Allyson is the Star of the Month, with her films featured every Wednesday. The annual 72 hour war movie marathon takes place over Memorial Day weekend, and birthday tributes will air for Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper and Katharine Hepburn.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
As noted by Paleofuture, some of the "big screen" televisions that manufacturers proposed to build after World War II were actually projection-based models, with images sizes of up to 15 x 20 inches.
Friday, April 25, 2014
In this encore from 2011, Little Audrey reads her comic book rather than memorizing Mother Goose, and the teacher sends her to the corner. When she nods off, a hip, young Mother Goose takes her on a jivin' tour of Mother Gooseland. From Paramount Pictures and the Internet Archive, here is the 1950 release Goofy, Goofy Gander.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Aluminum Overcast returns to the Mid-South this weekend at the Olive Branch, MS Airport from April 18-20. Tours and flights on this historic aircraft will be available. For more information, including flight schedule and prices, click here.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
As noted on Paleofuture, Facebook was not the first to think up the idea of a "Like" button. In the early 1930's, a research engineer and lecturer named Dr. Nevil Monroe Hopkins thought up this little radio set top device that would allow listeners to send a "yes" or "no" signal in response to whatever was being broadcast.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
From the National World War II Museum blog: On April 13, 1944, Paramount Pictures released The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress in theaters. Directed by Hollywood legend William Wyler while he was serving in the First Motion Picture Unit of the U.S. Army Air Forces, the film tells the story of the crew of our favorite home town B-17, The Memphis Belle. As the blog notes, the footage is actually from several different B-17's over the course of many missions, and Wyler and his crew were right there with them, apparently to the extent that Wyler lost much of his hearing due to anti-aircraft artillery. The movie was a big hit, is preserved in the National Film Registry, and is available for viewing and download here at the Internet Archive.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Donald Duck returns with his annual income tax message. Walt Disney made this animated short, featuring Donald Duck, for the U.S. Government, so it fell into the public domain. The cartoon's goal was to encourage people to save their money so they could pay their income taxes and support the war effort. From the Internet Archive, here is the 1943 animated short, The Spirit Of '43.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The National World War II Museum Blog posted a collection of yearbooks from U.S. high schools during World War II. These are some powerful images, with a mix of patriotism, humor, realism and sorrow. The collection includes yearbooks from all across the country, but I thought it would be interesting to look at the 1944 edition from McKinley H.S., in Honolulu, Hawaii. With the population of Hawaii coming from a wide diversity of ethnic backgrounds, I was not surprised to find a lot of Japanese-American students in the Black & Gold. There is a memorial to former students killed during the war, including Sgt. Joseph Takata, who posthumously received the distinguished service cross for extraordinary gallantry in Italy. He was apparently the first Japanese-American to be so decorated.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
In case you have not heard, WEVL 89.9 FM (radio home of the Swing Shift Shuffle) is in the middle of its Spring Pledge Drive. Our goal is $67,000 by 6:00 p.m. CDT on Saturday, April 12. Tonight, the SSS Pledge Drive Special will be "Fletcher Henderson & Friends," and we will examine the impact of this early Swing pioneer. Join us at 89.9 FM or online at wevl.org.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
This somewhat dizzying aerial photo of New York City, posted on 1940s, was taken in 1944. At first, I wondered if the lens was distorting the height of the buildings at the top of the photo. Now I am wondering if it is just the angle, and the fact that there were not as many tall buildings in NYC in 1944, which makes the tall ones look even taller.
Friday, April 4, 2014
In this 1933 Max Fleischer short, Betty is a doll (no, literally, a child's toy doll). On being delivered to the toy store, all of the other toys, a majority of which are toy soldiers, make Betty their queen. A grumpy gorilla is after her head (again, literally), however, and the troops must rescue her from the destructive beast. From the Internet Archive, here is Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
As the Hemmings blog points out, despite nearly 80 years of development, this 1935 Jam Handy film about the internal combustion engine is still both relevant and informative. The basic principles of the four stroke gasoline engine - "suck-squeeze-bang-blow," or (for you technical sorts) intake-compression-power-exhaust - remain the same now as they were in 1935.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
This comic, posted on Four Color Shadows, features a mysterious hero - Mr. Q - whose real identity is unknown even to the reader (until the last page anyway). The story is about vigilance against saboteurs on the home front during World War II.