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On This Day In 1969 – Devlin Is Youngest-Ever Woman MP

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A 21-year-old woman, Bernadette Devlin, has become Britain’s youngest ever female MP and the third youngest MP ever. Standing as an independent Unity candidate, Miss Devlin wrested the seat of Mid-Ulster in Northern Ireland from the Ulster Unionists. In a straight fight she defeated Anna Forrest, the widow of the late MP George Forrest, by [...]

The Velocette Viceroy

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In 1960, Velocette introduced the Viceroy, a very unusual 250 cc opposed twin two-stroke scooter. Unique to the Viceroy was the front mounted twin-cylinder engine, and the fuel tank mounted under the front legshield. The engine itself was extremely compact, and connected to the rear-mounted clutch and transmission by a drive shaft from the engine-mounted [...]

The BMW 700

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The BMW 700 was a small rear-engined car produced by BMW in various models from August 1959 to November 1965. It was the first BMW automobile with a monocoque structure. The 700 was a sales success at a time when BMW was close to financial ruin. The 700 was also successful in its class in [...]

The Collins Kids

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The Collins Kids are an American rockabilly duo featuring siblings Lawrencine "Lorrie" Collins (born May 7, 1942) and her younger brother Lawrence "Larry" Collins (born October 4, 1944). Their hits in the 1950s as youngsters, such as "Hop, Skip and Jump", "Beetle Bug Bop" and "Hoy Hoy", were geared towards children, but their infectious singing [...]

The Dürkopp Diana Scooter

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At the 1953 IFMA fair held in Frankfurt the new Dürkopp Diana scooter was presented. This new product was hoped to be a big seller for Dürkopp. Customer interest was enormous, benefited by the Dürkopp name. Dürkopp had chosen a name with a good sound: “Diana” – meaning the goddess of hunting. The name stood [...]

Lynne O’Neill, The Original Garter Girl

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Lynne O’Neill – The Twirling, Twittering, Teaser of Terpsichore. The long stemmed American Beauty, Lynne O’Neill, entertained customers nightly at the Heat Wave in Greenwich Village. This darling of the runway is a young attractive danseuse who has studied dancing since her childhood and has as her background the St. Louis Municipal Opera where she [...]

Dressed For A Night On The Tiles

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I would have thought dressing a bit more formal was required to get in to most country clubs, but who am I to judge, we don’t have country clubs in Norway – Ted Image found at “The 1955 Hudson” Filed under: Advertising, Tackieness Tagged: Country clubs, Panties, Undrewear

Early American Airways Promotional Film From 1933

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Early American Airways promotional film with twin engine Curtiss Condor airplanes showing plane interiors and passengers, airport facilities, pilots and cockpit, map with destinations at that time, chart showing passenger growth from 1928 to 1933. Movie and text found at “The Travel Film Archive” om YouTube Filed under: Retro technology, The thirties, Transportation, Traveling Tagged: [...]

On This Day In 1956 – Prince Rainier Marries Grace Kelly

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Prince Rainier III of Monaco has married the American film actress Grace Kelly. The religious ceremony follows yesterday’s civil ceremony held in the throne room in the Palace of Monaco. The celebration of the Nuptial Mass was held in the Cathedral of Monaco. Miss Kelly looked every bit the film star in her ivory gown [...]

Ting, Jamaican Grapefruit Soda

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Ting is a carbonated beverage popular in the Caribbean. It is flavoured with Jamaican grapefruit juice (from concentrate), and is both tart and sweet. Ting comes in a green glass bottle, or more rarely in a green and yellow can. Like Orangina, the beverage contains a small amount of sediment consisting of grapefruit juice pulp. [...]

Goggomobil Transporter aka Goggomobil TL

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The Goggomobil Transporter, or Goggomobil TL, was introduced at the 1956 IFMA show. The Transporter was built largely at the request of the German Federal Postal Service, which procured more than 2,000 Transporters between October 1957 and November 1965.   The Transporter had sliding front doors. It was available as an enclosed van with double [...]

Fernand Fonssagrives–French Photographer

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Fernand Fonssagrives (June 8, 1910 – April 23, 2003) born near Paris, France he was a photographer known for his ‘beauty photography’ in the early 1940s, and as the first husband of the model Lisa Fonssagrives. He died in 2003 at Little Rock, Arkansas. Fonssagrives was married in 1935 to his first wife Lisa, whom [...]

Fernand Toussaint – Belgian Painter

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Fernand Toussaint was born into a cultivated upper-middle class family in Brussels in 1873. His artistic talent was discovered during his childhood and was encouraged by his family to further develop his skills. At the age of 15, Toussaint began his artistic education at the Art Academy of Brussels under the tutorship of the renowned [...]

Roses In The Rain

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You can hide ‘neath your covers And study your pain Make crosses from your lovers Throw roses in the rain Waste your summer praying in vain For a saviour to rise from these streets Well now I’m no hero That’s understood All the redemption I can offer girl Is beneath this dirty hood With a [...]

Elsa Martinelli – Italian Actress

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Elsa Martinelli (born 30 January 1935) is an Italian actress and former fashion model. Born Elisa Tia in Grosseto, Tuscany, she moved to Rome with her family and in 1953 was discovered by Roberto Capucci who introduced her to the world of fashion. She became a model and began playing small roles in films. She [...]

Henry Clive – Illustrator And Pin-Up Artist

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Born Henry O’Hara, Australia. Childhood spent on a sheep ranch outside Melbourne. He left, making his way as a magician. Came to Hollywood and acted in silent films. Early 1920′s, began painting Ziegfeld Girls, then big stars (Gloria Swanson, Polga Negri) for promo campaigns (e.g. free lunch boxes for moviegoers). Was art director for Charlie [...]

Retro DIY Project – Dressing Table

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Do-it-yourself project from Popular Mechanics, October 1937. Plans and description in JPG and PDF here Filed under: DIY project, Retro Tagged: Carpentry, Do-it-yourself projects, Dressing table, woodwork project, Woodworking

Stacking A Deck With Queens

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There’s a lot of exciting allure in the cards for glamour fans when luscious Sabine Demois antes up her charms! Recreated from an article in the men’s magazine Ace, Vol 5 No 4 "Wheel ‘em and deal ‘em" is the phrase they use to get the poker game off the ground in Las Vegas. "Ante [...]

Novel Camping Trailer Opens Into Comfortable Quarters

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A novel camping trailer has been produced in London which is hailed with delight by lovers of the outdoors because of the comfort it provides. The trailer, compact when closed, is attached to the rear of the automobile by a device which makes it ride easily with a minimum of side sway. But when camp [...]

Beer Promotion Film “As We Like It” from 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 [...]