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Ted’s Favourites 25 – Koko Taylor

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Koko Taylor sometimes spelled KoKo Taylor (September 28, 1928 – June 3, 2009) was an American Chicago blues musician, popularly known as the "Queen of the Blues." She was known primarily for her rough, powerful vocals and traditional blues stylings. Born Cora Walton in Shelby County, Tennessee, Taylor was the daughter of a sharecropper. She [...]

Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

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The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is a 2+2 coupe and convertible marketed from 1955 to 1974 by Volkswagen – combining the chassis and mechanicals of the Type 1 (Beetle), styling by Luigi Segre of the Italian carrozzeria Ghia, and hand-built bodywork by German coach-builder Karmann. The Karmann Ghia was internally designated the Type 14. Volkswagen later [...]

József Pécsi – Hungarian Photographer

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József Pécsi was born to a well-to-do Budapest middle-class family. In 1903, he began his photography career as an amateur. In addition to this, he painted portraits, often made drawings and played the bassoon and piano beautifully. In 1906, he took an examination in business studies and between 1909 and 1911, he studied at the [...]

Margate

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Margate is a seaside town in the district of Thanet in East Kent, England. It lies 38.1 miles (61.3 km) east-northeast of Maidstone, on the coast along the North Foreland, and contains the areas of Cliftonville, Garlinge, Palm Bay and Westbrook. Margate was recorded as "Meregate" in 1264 and as "Margate" in 1299, but the [...]

Strip-Tease In Tents

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Well up in the seventies Norway was a lot more puritan than it’s neighbouring countries something Swedes took advantage of. Large tents where pornographic literature and magazines were sold and strip-tease were performed grew up right across the border and Norwegian came in their thousands – Ted Image found at “Pavilion of Curiosity” run by [...]

Who needs Seat Belts

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Who needs seat belts when a little rubber ball can do the trick – Ted Image found at “Perras motornostalgi” Filed under: Automobiles Tagged: Seat belts

The Women’s Petition Against Coffee

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Most folks who resolved to cut down on coffee this year are driven by the simple desire for self-improvement. But for coffee drinkers in 17th-century Turkey, there was a much more concrete motivating force: a big guy with a sword. Sultan Murad IV, a ruler of the Ottoman Empire, would not have been a fan [...]

Meet Potato Pete

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Here’s a useful reminder that posters during the WWII weren’t separate objects but were seen by people at the time as part of a whole range of other kinds of graphic design surrounding them – and the rest of it can easily be forgotten when we’re telling the story of the posters. Take Potato Pete, [...]

Gerald Brom – American Artist And Illustrator

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Gerald Brom (born March 9, 1965 in Albany, Georgia) is an American gothic fantasy artist and illustrator, known for his work in role-playing games, novels, and comics. Early life Brom was born March 9, 1965, in Albany, Georgia. As the son of a U.S. Army pilot he spent much of his early years on the [...]

Building Il Tempo Gigante

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Il Tempo Gigante is a full-scale replica of the racing car featured in the Pinchcliffe Grand Prix movie by Ivo Caprino. The car measures 6.70 metres from cranking handle to exhaust pipe, and has a beam of 2.48 metres. Visit http://www.caprino.no/pages/en/iltempo.asp for more information about the movie and car. A remote controlled version of Il [...]

On This Day In 1964

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Beatlemania arrives in the US The four members of the British hit band, the Beatles, have arrived in New York at the start of their first tour of the United States. The young men, with their now infamous mop-head hairstyles, stepped onto the tarmac at Kennedy Airport just after 1300 local time. There were more [...]

Ode To Mountain Dew

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According to Wikipedia, two Tennessee beverage bottlers named Barney and Ally Hartman invented the formula for Mountain Dew in 1940 as I’ve already told you in my “Soft Drink Project”.  This particular soft drink seems to be more addictive than most if we shall believe the guy running “The Sandy Tongue”. Below is his tribute [...]

Retro DIY Project – “Wagon Seat” Serving Tray

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The multiple usefulness of the “wagon seat” type of tray, with one side open for convenient serving was discovered long ago, and such trays have been popular ever since. One of these trays give a real helping hand when serving guests in the living room or out on the lawn. Plans and descriptionsin jpg and [...]

London cafeterias 50′s – 60′s

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A charming British short tries to understand the London coffee bar craze, which started in 1952, when an espresso machine was set up in London Soho. Before Starbucks and Caffe Nero and all that cafeterias looking all the same, young Londoners of late 50′s and early 60′s met in places like these. Not swingin’ yet. [...]

Heinkel Tourist 103 Scooters

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The Heinkel Tourist is a motor scooter made by Heinkel Flugzeugwerke from 1953 to 1965. More than 100,000 were manufactured and sold. The Tourist was sold as an upscale scooter. It was more expensive than a Vespa or a Lambretta, and was generally heavier, more comfortable, and more stable. It was available with a speedometer, [...]

Alexander Grinberg – Russian Photographer

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Alexander D. Grinberg (1885-1979) is one of the most respected Russian photographers of the twentieth century. Born at the end of the nineteenth century, and having lived ninety-four years, he experienced the Russian revolution, the Civil War, two world wars, stalinist repression along with numerous fluctuations in soviet political and cultural history. Even as a [...]

Electric Cabs In New York City – 1896

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The Electric Vehicle Co. introduced electric cabs to New York City in 1896, and by 1899 the city had more than 60 of them. The cars were intended to fix the significant waste problem from horse-drawn carriages. Cab companies didn’t believe there was a market for personal cars because it would require knowledge of electricity, [...]

Do You Know Andy

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Are there really people out there who prefer to be taught religion by a sleazy bloke putting words into the mouth of a  crazy eyed dummy called Andy while his hand is three feet up Andy’s ass. I guess uncle Les and aunt Nancy would be in the know. Hmmm… it’s in situations like this [...]

On This Day in 1950

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McCarthy launches anti-red crusade United States Senator Joe McCarthy has accused more than 200 staff in the State Department of being members of the Communist Party. He made the startling allegation in a public speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, saying the State Department was infested with communists and brandished a sheet of paper which purportedly [...]

Grapico Grape Soda – A Southern Tradition

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Grapico is a caffeine free, artificially flavored carbonated soft drink with a purple color and a grape taste that is sold in the Southeastern United States. When introduced in 1914, the product quickly became a success, which in part was due to implying that Grapico contained real grape juice even though it did not. In [...]