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I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

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Everyone delights to spend their summer’s holiday Down beside the side of the silvery sea I’m no exception to the rule In fact, if I’d my way I’d reside by the side of the silvery sea. But when you’re just the common or garden Smith or Jones or Brown At bus’ness up in town You’ve [...]

Henry Patrick Raleigh – American Illustrator

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The illustrator Henry Raleigh started and ended life in poverty and despair. But in between, he spent decades painting high society pictures and living the opulent life of one of the best paid illustrators in the country. Born into a broken and destitute family, Raleigh began working at age 9 to support his mother and [...]

Life In Bed With Mansfield

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Quite honestly visitors, it isn’t often I envy a dog. But it does happen – Ted Images found at “A Slip Of A Girl” Filed under: Actresses, Models & starlets, People, PhotoShop Tagged: Jayne Mansfield, Life magazine

Ella Kate Ewing – The Missouri Giantess

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Ella Kate Ewing (March 9, 1872 – January 10, 1913) was a Missouri woman considered the worlds tallest female of her era. She would use her great height to earn a living as a sideshow attraction, popularly known as "The Missouri Giantess." Early life and growth Ella Ewing was born in La Grange, Missouri, the [...]

Piaggio Ape Calessino

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Evocative of Italy in the 50′s, and featured in Fellini’s Dolce Vita, the Piaggio Ape is a legendary four-seater leisure vehicle originally designed by aeronautical engineer Corradino d’Ascanio. In 2007 999 reissues were reproduced, and Piaggio now has released 100 copies with electric motors. Originally produced (in 1948) to transport goods with a single cylinder [...]

Seeing London Part 1

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Tour of London and environs in the 1920′s by Burton Holmes. London, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall, Houses of Parliament, Thames River, street urchins, St Stephens tower, Big Ben, Cleopatra’s Needle, Sphinx, Somerset House, St Pauls Cathedral, Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, horse guard, parade, we want 5000 sign, war offices, Downing Street. Footage from this film is available [...]

June Knight – American Broadway And Film Actress

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June Knight (January 22, 1913 – June 16, 1987) was an American Broadway and film actress. Aged 19, she appeared in the last Ziegfeld Follies show, Hot-Cha! (1932). She would be featured in four other Broadway shows, Take A Chance (1932), Jubilee (1935) (where she introduced the Cole Porter classic "Begin the Beguine"), The Would-Be [...]

1959 Opperman Unicar Model T

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Opperman, a tractor manufacturer in England saw the success of the Bond Minicar and decided to build a new Microcar for the British market. The first model from Opperman was the Model "T" Unicar. It looked like a larger sedan in miniature and was the cheapest car shown at the 1956 London Motor Show.There was [...]

Holiday Cine Film Butlins Bognor Regis 1961

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To regular visitors to this blog my slight obsession with the British seaside holidays in the last century is no secret, so here’s a amateur movie from Buntlins Bognor Regis from 1961. It used to be a standard joke that other people’s home movies and colour slides were BORING BORING BORING. Here’s a film that [...]

Sun Crest Flavoured Carbonated Soft Drink

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Sun Crest is a brand of flavoured carbonated soft drink manufactured by The Dad’s Root Beer Company, LLC. of Jasper, Indiana and owned by Hedinger Brands, LLC, except for 6 countries in Asia owned by The Monarch Beverage Company, Inc. of Atlanta. Sun Crest Orange is currently available in fountain service and glass bottles in [...]

Penny Edwards – American Actress

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Vivacious blue-eyed blonde Penny Edwards was born in New York City in 1928 and displayed signs of musical talent as a youth. She began studying dance by age six and, as a teen, appeared on Broadway in "The Ziegfeld Follies of 1943". After a couple of other musicals and a stint with the St. Louis [...]

Thee Midniters

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Thee Midniters were an American group, amongst the first Chicano rock bands to have a major hit in the United States. Also they were and one of the best known acts to come out of East Los Angeles in the 1960s, with a cover of "Land of a Thousand Dances", and the instrumental track, "Whittier [...]

Harold Frederick Kells – Photographer

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An amateur photograph, Harold Frederick Kells (1904-1986) gained international prominence in the mid-1930s for his composite figure studies and pictorial landscapes. In the late nineteen twenties he became interested in photography and in 1931 his print Design was exhibited at the Toronto Salon of Photography. Kells was awarded prizes at salons in England, the United [...]

Muriel Ostriche – The Face Of Moxie

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Muriel Ostriche (24 May 1896, New York City – 3 May 1989, St Petersburg, Florida) was an American silent film actress. She was also the face of Moxie. With her brown curls and gamine beauty, brunette Muriel Ostriche (born Oestrich) made her screen debut with Biograph in 1910 but became a star with the New [...]

On This Day In 1957 – Arthur Miller Found Guilty Of Contempt

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US playwright Arthur Miller has been convicted of contempt of Congress. The conviction relates to an investigation last year by the House of Representatives’ Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) into a Communist conspiracy to misuse American passports. During the investigation 41-year-old Mr Miller, who is married to Hollywood movie star Marilyn Monroe, refused to reveal the [...]

The Mighty Sandwina – Strong Woman

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The mighty Sandwina was born as Kate Brumbach in 1884 in Vienna, Austria to Bavarian parents. Her parents were circus strength performers of rather hearty proportions in their own right. Her father Philippe was said to possess a barrel chest of 56 inches and her mother Johanna had muscle laden biceps measuring over 15 inches. [...]

Trains vs. Planes

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I’ve always loved riding on trains and have done so all over Europe, Africa and Asia. I prefer a nice ride in a decent train over going by air any time. By train your mind arrive with the rest of you, when going by air you leave your mind behind somewhere and it doesn’t re-join [...]

Home Decoration By Annette Johnson

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Annette Johnson was one of Harrison Marks‘ favourites. He first gave readers a glimpse of her on the fly page and page 32 of Kamera No.54 (mid ’63). She was then seen again in No’s 55 and 56 before taking the cover and colour centre spread of No.58. Then she decorated the pages of Solo [...]

Edward Johnston’s Typeface For The London Underground Railway – Designed 1916

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Johnston (or Johnston Sans) is a humanist sans-serif typeface designed by and named after Edward Johnston. It is well known for its use by Transport for London. Johnston’s former student Eric Gill also worked on the development of the typeface, which was later to influence his own Gill Sans typeface, produced 1928–32. Features Features of [...]

Farting Alarm Clock

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“Things you never knew existed” is a site featuring exactly that. And what’s more, most of the things are things you could live happy the rest of your life never knowing existed. A good example is this alarm clock that wakes you up in the morning with a loud fart. There is no way I’m [...]