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The Beatles This Week

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March 7, 1963 – The band performed as part of the Mersey Beat Showcase at the Elizabethan Ballroom in Nottingham.  They appeared with Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Big Three and Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas. March 2, 1964 – Shooting began for the movie “A Hard Day’s Night.”  Also, the single “Twist and [...]

Beer Promotion Film: As We Like It (1952)

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This film is about beer. About how beer has helped to build America and Western civilization in general. About how beer is brewed to exacting standards of sanitation and quality. About how beer has great "food value." About how heavy taxes are levied on beer, building highways and schools to benefit us all. And about [...]

Retro Recipes – Fresh Fruit Drinks

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The breakfast glass of orange juice has now become a national health habit, while other meals and social events have their own citrus fruit beverages. Freshly extracted orange and lemon juices furnish fruit acids needed for flavour in many drinks, together with essential vitamins and minerals of dietetic importance. Lots of nice healthy recipes here [...]

Al Moore – Illustrator And Pin-Up Artist

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Al Moore was a busy illustrator from the 1940s to the late 50s, generating advertising, fashion, story art, and pin-ups. Covers for Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s and interior work for these and Woman’s Home Companion, American Magazine, Woman’s Day, McCall’s, Cosmopolitan. Ads for Hertz, Whitman’s Chocolates, Ford, Camay, Nash, US Rubber, Coke, Old Gold, [...]

Rock ‘n’ Roll; The Sound Of Sex

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Rock and roll (often written as rock & roll or rock ‘n’ roll) is a genre of popular music that originated and evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s, primarily from a combination of African American blues, country, jazz, and gospel music. Though elements of rock and roll can be [...]

Return of the King

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It’s taken 21 years and nearly ended marriages, but King Edward II once a 128-ton pile of scrap is now a work of art. He might have been arguably the worst King in English history but, finally, Edward II has something to be proud of. The much-mocked monarch, who heaped favours on his boyfriends, lost [...]

Art Deco Clock

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  Art deco machine age 1930s original vintage cobalt blue mirrored glass and chromium cased electric clock by the Telechron Clock Company. Found at “A Tad Too Much Tan For Taupe”   Filed under: Design, Retro technology Tagged: Art Deco, Clocks

Retro DIY Project – Wooden Umbrella Stand

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Neat modern lines and simplicity of construction are features of this compact umbrella stand. I holds four umbrellas but may easily be enlarged or made smaller. A 7 inch pie plate is used to collect whatever water drips from the umbrellas. Description and plans in jpg and pdf format here DIY project from Popular Science [...]

On This Day In 1961 – ‘Ukulele King’ George Formby Dies

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One of Britain’s most popular entertainers, George Formby, has died after suffering a heart attack. Lancashire-born Formby, 56, was one of the UK’s best-paid stars during his heyday in the 1930s and 1940s. His nationwide fame was unusual in the era before ownership of television sets was widespread. For six successive years during the 1940s [...]

Vodpod Update; Peter & Gordon

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Peter and Gordon were a British Invasion-era duo formed by Peter Asher and Gordon Waller (d.17 July 2009), who achieved fame in 1964 with A World Without Love, and had several subsequent hits in that era. Peter Asher and his sister, actress Jane Asher were child actors. They played brother and sister in a 1955 [...]

Palestine From Shepp’s Photographs Of The World

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Shepp’s photographs of the world: A book consisting of panoramic views of cities–street scenes–public buildings–With instantaneous photographs, showing the everyday life of the people. Also, direct copies of all the original famous paintings and  statuary. Carefully arranged and appropriately explained by James W. Shepp and Daniel B. Shepp. Here are one of the Shepps’ photographs [...]

Lev Tchistovsky 1902-1969 – Russian Painter

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Lev Tchistovsky was born in 1902 in Pskov, Russia. He died in Cenevieres, France in 1969. Laureate in 1924 of the Fine Arts Academy of Leningrad with Savinsky and Eberling as professors, he left the Soviet Union in 1925. He studied two years at the R .Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome where he met [...]

Vytaka – Russian Scooters

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Vytaka were a Russian scooter manufacturer who were active between 1956 and 1979. The company’s name was derived from both the region where it was located and a breed of horse native to it. VP150 The VP150 was an unlicensed copy of the Vespa 150, first built in 1956. It was constructed of thicker steel [...]

Trailer School Teaches Driving And Housekeeping

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From Popular Science Monthly, August 1939 – Found at “blog.modernmechanix.com” Filed under: Holidays, The thirties, Transportation, Traveling Tagged: Camping, Pulling trailers, Trailer schools

Mission Orange Soda

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    The company that created Mission soft drinks went through several name and location changes over the years. Initially, California Crushed Fruit in Los Angeles produced the first soft drinks. Their Mission Orange soft drink was so successful that in 1933 they formed The Mission Dry Corporation and started bottling Mission Orange soda in [...]

On This Day In 1950 – Gas Turbine Car Gets Road Test

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Car manufacturers Rover have unveiled the first car powered with a gas turbine engine. JET1, a two-seater model powered by the same kind of engine used in a jet, will have its first public test drive at the Silverstone racing circuit in Northamptonshire tomorrow. The model being tested is still only experimental. But the company [...]

Beth Rogan – British Actress And Glamorous Starlet

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British actress Beth Rogan (1931) was a glamorous starlet for the Rank studio of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. She was better known for her looks and her jet set marriages than for her few film roles. Her most entertaining film was Mysterious Island (1961) in which she played a shipwrecked aristocrat among giant [...]

The Champion 400

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Champion Automobilwerke GmbH was a German producer of small cars, initially manufacturing in Paderborn. The cars were produced and sold by a succession of businesses between 1952 and 1958. At the outset the cars were impressively simple and inexpensive, but as they became slightly less simple they also lost much of their price advantage. As [...]

The Best Laid Plans Of Mice And Men

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I’ve seen a crazy if not downright stupid plan or two in my life, but this one easily beat them all both when it comes to lack of respect for ancient history and human lives – Ted Article from Modern Mechanix fount at “blog.modernmechanix.com” Filed under: Architecture, Entertainment, Retro technology, The thirties, Vintage Science Tagged: [...]

Nina Mae McKinney – African-American Actress

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Nina Mae McKinney (June 13, 1912 – May 3, 1967) was an American actress who worked internationally in theatre, film and television after getting her start on Broadway and in Hollywood. Dubbed "The Black Garbo" in Europe, she was one of the first African-American film stars in the United States and was one of the [...]