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George Barris & Marilyn Monroe – The Summer Of 1962

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George Barris is probably best known for the pictures he took of Marilyn Monroe. They had a photo session the summer of 1962, few weeks before she died and planned to make a book together. These photos are from that session. Images found at “Every day I show” Related articles Marilyn Monroe Photos on Auction [...]

Art Deco Posters

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All posters found at “Dieselpunk” Filed under: Art, Illustration, Posters Tagged: Art Deco

And So What!

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Photo text: Man with fruit stuffed with shillings and a £10 note. Sometimes an explanation makes you only more confused. I can see that the photo shows a man with fruit stuffed full of shillings and and I see the £10 note. And I can see on the man’s face that this is something he [...]

Revenge

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Image posted on Facebook by my friend Elliot Feldman Filed under: Humour, Illustration Tagged: Buddhists, Reincarnation, Revenge, St Peter, Steve Jobs

The Beatles This Week

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April 2, 1968 – The band initiated Python Music Ltd, a new publishing company. April 3, 1967 – George was the only Beatle around to work on “With You Without You.” He added the vocals, the sitar and acoustic guitar. April 4, 1964 – The Beatles held all of the top five positions on the [...]

On This Day In 1954 – Oxford Wins 100th Boat Race

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Oxford has won the 100th Boat Race in rough conditions on the River Thames. The victorious Dark Blues beat Cambridge – also known as the Light Blues – by four-and-a-half lengths despite windy conditions and rough waters along the four-and-a-quarter mile (6.84km) course from Putney to Mortlake. The Dark Blues, who have won the race [...]

Hazel Lee (1912-1944) – Aviation Pioneer

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Experienced women pilots, like Lee, were eager to join the WASP, and responded to interview requests by Cochran. Members of the WASP reported to Avenger Field, in wind swept Sweetwater, Texas for an arduous 6-month training program. Lee was accepted into the 4th class, 43 W 4. Hazel Ying Lee was the first Chinese American [...]

Zündapp Bella

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After the Second World War Zündapp gradually shifted to producing smaller machines, notably the "Bella" motor scooter, which was, however, a relatively heavy machine for its type. In 1951 Zündapp released the last of its heavy motorcycle models, but also one of its most famous: the KS601 (the "green elephant") with a 598 cc two-cylinder [...]

Janis Joplin & Grace Slick – Legendary Voices

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Janis Lyn Joplin Was an American singer and songwriter from Port Arthur, Texas. As a youth Joplin was ridiculed by her fellow students due to her unconventional appearance and personal beliefs. She later sang about her experience at school through her song "Ego Rock." Early in her life, Joplin cultivated a rebellious and unconventional lifestyle, [...]

Vodpod Update – Time For Another Obscure Merseybeat band. Here Is Ian & The Zodiacs

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Ian & the Zodiacs had one of the longest histories of any band working in Liverpool, which makes their utter obscurity in that city even more of a puzzle, considering that they had a cool name and played R&B well enough to become stars in Germany. The band’s roots go back to the Zodiacs, a [...]

Now That That Buffalo’s Gone

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ca. 1874, [Buffalo Heads Outside Taxidermist’s Office, Kansas Pacific Railway], R. Benecke By 1874, when railroads were in competition for business, iconic images like this one were used for advertising. Here the promotion is that riders could shoot buffalo for sport from the train. The Kansas Pacific Railroad even had its own taxidermy department. Needless [...]

Germaine Krull – Photographer And Political Activist

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Germaine Krull (29 November 1897 – 31 July 1985), was a photographer, political activist, and hotel owner. Her nationality has been categorized as German, Polish, French, and Dutch, but she spent years in Brazil, Republic of the Congo, Thailand, and India. Described as "an especially outspoken example" of a group of early 20th-century female photographers [...]

Pooh, My Childhood’s Hero

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I think it was when they bought the copyrights for Winnie The Pooh that I really started to hate the Disney Company – Ted Filed under: British, Entertainment, Literature, Quotations Tagged: A A Milne, Christopher Robin, Pooh

Standard Ten

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In 1954 the Ten was introduced as a larger-engined (and less basic) version of the Standard Eight, though sharing a similar frame and transmission. Overdrive (from March 1957) or a temperamental semi-automatic were available as options. An estate version, the Companion was launched in 1955. It was among the first British estate-wagons to have rear-passenger [...]

Vernors Ginger Soda

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Vernors Ginger Soda is America’s oldest surviving soft drink. It was created in 1866 by James Vernor, a Detroit pharmacist. History Although Vernors is the oldest surviving ginger soda sold in the United States, there were a number of brands of ginger ale, ginger soda, and ginger beer sold in commerce prior to 1866. According [...]

1920s Typewriter Erotica

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Images found at “Retronaut” Filed under: Models & starlets, Nudes, Photography, Pin-ups Tagged: Erotica, Risque, Typewriters

Robert Auer – Croatian Painter

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Schooled at the academy in Vienna and Munich at the time when the art nouveau wave swept across Europe and greatly influenced the European cultural centres, Robert Auer is often tied to this particular artistic style. He gained popularity as a portraitist of the upper city class, having painted more than 150 portraits, and just [...]

The Sound Of Music

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Every time I hear of this movie or see images from it I think of a lady in her fifties that was interviewed by a major Norwegian paper back in the sixties. She had seen the movie more than 150 times. Back then I thought: “What a pillock”. My mind hasn’t changed through the years. [...]

Norwegians, Easter, Skiing And Snow

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Norwegians’ relations to skis and snow is at its most peculiar when Easter comes. Other Europeans celebrate spring on sidewalk cafés enjoying the sun while most Norwegians take to the mountains in search of the last vestige of snow so they can go skiing. In this context I’m very un-Norwegian, I hate snow and I [...]

On This Day In 1968 – Jim Clark Killed In Car Smash

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Motor racing world champion Jim Clark has been killed in a car crash during a Formula Two race at Hockenheim. Clark, 32, was at the wheel of his Lotus-Cosworth which left the track at 170mph (274km/h), somersaulted through the air and collided with a tree on a remote part of the German track. The twice [...]