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On This Day In 1961 – Soviets Win Space Race

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The Soviet Union has beaten the USA in the race to get the first man into space. At just after 0700BST, Major Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin was fired from the Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan, Soviet central Asia, in the space craft Vostok (East). Major Gagarin orbited the Earth for 108 minutes travelling at more than [...]

Upper 10 Lemon-Lime Soda

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Upper 10 is a caffeinated lemon-lime soft drink, similar to Sprite, 7 Up, Sierra Mist, and Bubble Up. It was bottled by RC Cola. The Upper 10 brand debuted in 1933 as a product of the Nehi Corporation (later Royal Crown Corporation). Upper 10 was one of RC Cola’s flagship brands throughout the company’s history. [...]

Mazda Carol aka Mazda P360

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The Mazda R360 was complemented by the more grown-up 2-door sedan Mazda P360 Carol in February 1962, the company’s first 4-passenger car. It was more substantial than the R360: although its total length of 2,980 mm (117.3 in) was the same, its 1,930 mm (76.0 in) wheelbase was considerably longer. The Carol weighed in at [...]

Andreas Feininger – German-American Photographer

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Andreas Bernhard Lyonel Feininger (27 December 1906 – 18 February 1999) was a German American photographer, and writer on photographic technique, noted for his dynamic black-and-white scenes of Manhattan and studies of the structure of natural objects. Biography Feininger was born in Paris, France, to an American family of German origin. His father, painter Lyonel [...]

On This Day In 1964 – Sidney Poitier Breaks New Ground With Oscar Win

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The acting profession’s top award has gone to a black actor for the first time. Sidney Poitier won the best actor Oscar for his role in Lilies of the Field. In the film, released last year, he played construction worker Homer Smith whom a group of nuns believe was sent to them by God to [...]

Umberto Brunelleschi – Italian Artist

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Umberto Brunelleschi (June 21, 1879 – February 16, 1949) was an Italian artist. He was born in Montemurlo, Italy, studied at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Florence and moved to Paris in 1900 with Ardengo Soffici where he soon established himself as a printer, book illustrator, set and costume designer. He worked for Le [...]

Gloria Guida – Italian Actress

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Gloria Guida (Italian pronunciation: [ˈɡlɔrja ˈɡwida]; born 19 November 1955) is an Italian actress and model. She is most famous for starring in the commedia erotica all’italiana. Biography Gloria Guida was born in Merano, Trentino-Alto Adige, to a family of Emilia Romagna origin. She moved with her family to Bologna as a child. She first [...]

Dames

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Dames is a 1934 Warner Bros. musical comedy film directed by Ray Enright with dance numbers created by Busby Berkeley. The film stars Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Joan Blondell, Guy Kibbee, ZaSu Pitts, and Hugh Herbert. Production numbers and songs include "When You Were a Smile on Your Mother’s Lips (and a Twinkle in Your [...]

Retro DIY Project – Circular Night Table

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Do-it-yourself project from Popular Mechanics, September 1939 With a reeded, column motif, this table is keeping with the modern trend in design, and if desired, it can be reduced in size to make a smoking stand, or enlarged to make a corner cabinet. Plans and description in JPG and PDF format here Filed under: DIY [...]

Henry Mayo Bateman – British Cartoonist

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Henry Mayo Bateman (15 February 1887 – 11 February 1970 Gozo)  was a British humorous artist and cartoonist. H. M. Bateman was noted for his "The Man Who…" series of cartoons, featuring comically exaggerated reactions to minor and usually upper-class social gaffes, such as "The Man Who Lit His Cigar Before the Loyal Toast", "The [...]

Queen Elizabeth II By Cecil Beaton

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Queen Elizabeth, Buckingham Palace Garden by Cecil Beaton, 1939 Beaton struck up an instant rapport with the Queen. His diary reveals that she was an active participant in the staging of her romantic portraits, suggesting suitable dresses and accessories. Here, Beaton combined a painterly eye with the elegant style of his Vogue fashion studies. Like [...]

Zoe Mozert–Pin-Up Artist

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Women have been using their assets to get what they want for centuries. Done correctly, a flash of leg here or a coy smile there can make a man bend over backwards for the object of his affection. Artists have been trying to capture the female form on canvas since the beginning of time and [...]

Monroe In Converse

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And it would have been fun if it was true. But unfortunately it is a PhotoShop job, and not a very good one either. Who ever did this used left shoes for both her feet and that makes her right foot looks strange. It even looks like it is the same shoe. But the idea [...]

New Cure For Drunks

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The cure works like magic. Consisting almost entirely of cocaine syrup and weak grapes. If any drunkard drinks copious amounts of this cocaine syrup they will almost instantly lose their need and want for alcohol and will gain a new want for life and fun – and cocaine – Ted Filed under: Advertising, Retro technology, [...]

Titanic Falling Into A Time Hole?

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They say that sea vessels continue to hear SOS signals from the Titanic to this day. Radio signals come periodically, once every few years. Also, some “survivors” are reported to have been found decades after the Titanic tragedy. Thus, as legend has it, a middle-aged woman dressed in an early 20th-century fashion style was taken [...]

Titanic Life Vest

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Chicago physician Dr. Frank Blackmarr, a Carpathia passenger, helped with the Titanic survivors suffering from hypothermia, exposure, and shock. He collected this Titanic life vest during the voyage as a souvenir, and later donated it to the Chicago Historical Society. In 1982, the CHS donated it to the Smithsonian’s National Watercraft Collection. Image courtesy of [...]

On This Day In 1964 – ‘Great Train Robbers’ Get 300 Years

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Some of the longest sentences in British criminal history have been imposed on men involved in the so-called "Great Train Robbery". Sentences totalling 307 years were passed on 12 men who stole £2.6m in used bank notes after holding up the night mail train travelling from Glasgow to London last August. The judge at Buckinghamshire [...]

Danielle Darrieux – French Actress & Singer

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Danielle Yvonne Marie Antoinette Darrieux (French pronunciation: [da.niɛl i.vɔn ma.ʁi ɑ̃.twa.nɛt daʁ.jø]) (born 1 May 1917) is a French actress and singer, who has appeared in more than 110 films since 1931. She is one of France’s great movie stars and her eight-decade career is among the longest in film history. Biography She was born [...]

The Beatles This Week

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April 16, 1964 – “A Hard Day’s Night” was recorded in three hours at Abbey Road. April 17, 1964 – The press announced that the movie The Beatles were working on was officially given the name “A Hard Day’s Night.” April 19, 1967 – The Beatles and Co., a legal business partnership, was formed to [...]

Yvonne Romain – British Actress

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Yvonne Romain (born Yvonne Warren, 17 February 1938, London) is a British film and television actress of the late 1950s and 1960s. Early career This raven-haired former photographic model was a graduate of the Italia Conti Academy and from the age of twelve appeared in children’s shows and repertory. She started appearing in British films [...]