Motorola TV advertisement, 1952.
On this date (June 7, 1937) Jean Harlow passed away. In the 1930’s there were no antibiotics, kidney dialysis or transplants. She was just 26 years old…
A fascinating and unusual log book from around 1926.Published by CKLC in Red Deer, Alberta, it listed all Canadian stations as well as major US ones and includes a studio photo. Of interest is the existence of many 30 to 100 watt stations in that era, a product of hobbyist and civic broadcast clubs.
The popular assumption of 1950s TV is that it was an endless black-and-white array of Lucy-esque antics, Uncle Miltie dressed in drag and dancing cigarette boxes. And while, granted, all of these things were in existence, to categorize the entire decade’s programming on such a limited—if entertaining—set of examples is to greatly skew our understanding of that 10 year period, and television’s role in introducing and exploring weighty, even controversial topics… [more]
“You bet I’m goin’ to be a soldier, too, like my Uncle David, when I grow up.”
Cartoon by John T. McCutcheon, ca. 1900. Before it was called Memorial Day, it was known as Decoration Day.
KNOW YOUR HISTORY: Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May, 1, 1865 in Charleston, SC to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. They dug up the bodies and worked for 2 weeks to give them a proper burial as gratitude for fighting for their freedom. They then held a parade of 10,000 people led by 2,800 Black children where they marched, sang and celebrated.
Thanks to Abstrakt Goldsmith for this nugget of history that most of us never learned in school.
Via The Blue Street Journal
A German Shepherd balances a set of cups and saucers on his head, 1954 (Scanned by WeirdVintage from Getty Images’ Decades of the 20th Century: 1950s by Nick Yapp)
We’re just going to knock out the unnecessary floors designed by F.D.R., published by PM Magazine on May 18, 1942, Dr. Seuss Collection, MSS 230
When people constantly tell me “old movies are boring.”
"Old movies aren’t funny because they don’t swear."
"There aren’t any cute guys."
"Are you trying to be a hipster or something?"
"its in black and white"
"There’s bad acting"
"the story is pointless"
lets not forget about Cary Grant
"the special effects look fake"
"They aren’t relevant anymore"