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Elizabeth Sonrel – French Painter

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Elizabeth Sonrel was the daughter of the painter from Tours, Stephane Sonrel, from whom she received her early artistic guidance. To further her artistic studies she moved on to Paris where she became the pupil of the famous artist Jules Lefebvre at his Ecole des Beaux-Arts. The Tours museum owns her diploma work, Pax  et [...]

The Yellow Kid

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The Yellow Kid was the name of a lead comic strip character that ran from 1895 to 1898 in Joseph Pulitzer‘s New York World, and later William Randolph Hearst‘s New York Journal. Created and drawn by Richard F. Outcault in the comic strip Hogan’s Alley (and later under other names as well), it was one [...]

Olga Schoberová – Czech-American Actress

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Olga Schoberová or Olinka Bérová born March 15, 1943 in Prague, Czech Republic (then Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia), Czech-American actress, was often compared with Brigitte Bardot and Ursula Andress. She acted in 22 Czech, German, Italian and American movies. Olga was married to Brad Harris on 16 November 1967 and divorced in 1969 with [...]

Librarian Action Figure

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This post featuring the deluxe Nancy Pearl librarian action figure with the amazing push-button shushing action is particularly for my girlfriend who has recently finished her librarian studies. Not that she looks anything like Nancy Pearl nor dress like her nor is she the shushing kind. On the other hand it’s nice to know that [...]

Retro DIY Project – Hostess Tray

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Do-it-yourself woodwork project from Popular Mechanics, June 1939. Plans and description in JPG and PDF format here Tear yourself away from the computer and head for the workshop – Ted Filed under: DIY project, Retro, Retro DIY projects Tagged: Carpentry, Do-it-yourself projects, Hostess tray, woodwork project, Woodworking

Henry Miller Playing Ping-Pong With A Naked Lady

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“I keep the Ping-Pong table handy for people I don’t want to talk to. You know, it’s simple. I just play Ping-Pong with them.” “I started at the age of 10 on the dining room table. I take on players from all over the world. I play a steady, defensive Zen-like game. The importance of [...]

Less Lust By Less Protein

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  Stanley Green in Oxford Street 1977   I’ve seen a lot of strange nutrition advice in my days, but what on earth is wrong with lust. It should keep you both slim and in good shape. Besides, if you cut out all Stanley warns against here, what else is there. But everyone to their [...]

Bouffort Peardrop 1952

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In 1952 the French car pioneer Victor Bouffort designed a revolutionary, egg-shaped, plastic microcar. He made a tour through Germany to sell his design. There was a lot of interest, but nobody took out a license. He must have inspired some, because it didn’t take very long before Brütsch and Tourette came up with very [...]

On This Day In 1958 – My Fair Lady Dazzles London

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The Broadway musical My Fair Lady has opened for its first night in London, to a rapturous reception. The event, at the Drury Lane theatre, was star-studded: Ingrid Bergman, Dirk Bogarde, Terence Rattigan and John Strachey were among those who arrived at the theatre to be greeted with cheers and applause by a crowd of [...]

Jesus Christ’s Appearance On A Potato Chip

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Jesus Christ has made yet another appearance on a potato chip. At least that’s what Newport resident Carol Isaak believes. The night before Easter, Isaak, 67, decided to snack on some potato chips. "The second chip I pulled out of the bag, I said, ‘Oh my God, Vern, look at this" Isaak said. Isaak’s husband, [...]

Edy Williams – American Television And Film Actress

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Edwina Beth "Edy" Williams (born July 9, 1942) is an American television and film actress. Born in Utah and raised in Oregon and Southern California, Williams began her career as a model and beauty pageant contestant. After winning several local pageants, Williams was signed as a contract player by 20th Century Fox. Career Throughout the [...]

Escher VW-Porsche Kleinbahn Prototyp

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The 1954 Escher VW-Porsche Kleinbahn Prototyp in the Prototyp in Hamburg. These little trains were built from 1954 to 1971 and were used in parks and botanical gardens. It pulled 3 cars which had space for 90 passengers. Its not a accident that the design of the locomotive looks like a cross between the legendary [...]

On This Day In 1952 – Anne Frank Published In English

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The moving diary of Anne Frank, a Jewish victim of the Holocaust, is now available in British book shops entitled The Diary of a Young Girl. The book was first published in Dutch in 1947 under the title Het Achterhuis (The Secret House) by her father Otto Frank, who survived the concentration camps. It is [...]

Marie-France Pisier – French Actress

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Marie-France Pisier (10 May 1944 – 24 April 2011) was a French actress. She appeared in numerous films of the French New Wave and twice earned the national César Award for Best Supporting Actress. Life and career Pisier was born in Dalat, French Indochina, where her father was serving as colonial governor of French Indochina. [...]

Marcelle Lender – French Singer, Dancer And Entertainer

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Marcelle Lender (1862 – 27 September 1926) was a French singer, dancer and entertainer made famous in paintings by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Born Anne-Marie Marcelle Bastien, she began dancing at the age of sixteen and within a few years made a name for herself performing at the Théâtre des Variétés in Montmartre. Marcelle Lender appears [...]

Mr. George Hood And His Clothes Wringer

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Portrait of Mr. George Hood and His Clothes Wringer Invention, ca. 1860 Good old George looks pretty happy with himself there, although maybe not entirely dressed for the occasion if clothes wringing is the order of the day. By the way, I got a wringer like that among the rest of my useless utensils and [...]

On This Day In 1994 – Race Ace Senna Killed In Car Crash

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The Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna has been killed in a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola, near Bologna in Italy. He was just 34-years-old. His Williams FW16 Formula One car was travelling at a speed of 192 mph (309 km/h) when it ran wide at a curve and crashed into a [...]

Myrna Dell – Hollywood’s Reluctant Glamour Girl

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She did not want to be known as a Hollywood sex symbol.  A 1948 movie magazine article noted, "She is insisting on young character roles on the screen….her argument is —glamour girls are a dime a dozen.  Good character actresses go on forever and can even look forward to the first wrinkle." Yet, with such [...]

Isn’t Modern Medicine Marvellous

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Zsa Zsa Gabor Might Be A Mom Soon! Yeah, that Zsa Zsa. The 94-year-old one who’s been ill for forever and who’s convinced that she’s knockin’ on heaven’s door.  But hey, you know what would help with all those woes? A little bitty baby! You might be wondering how any of this is possible, and [...]

Rear Wheel Drive, Rear-Engined Citroën 22CV

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    Left since 1934, the name Citroën has been indissolubly linked to the concept of front wheel drive and yet in 1936 the company proposed a rear wheel drive, rear engined MPV. No prototypes have survived although there is some publicity material which shows a streamlined vehicle with a Kamm tail and with headlamps [...]