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Grand-daddy’s Sauce – Part 20


All posts material: “Sauce” and “Gentleman’s Relish” by Ronnie Barker – Hodder & Stoughton in 1977

Sauce Of The Nile


An Arabian night, and a Turkish Delight,
And the Sphinx’s inscrutable Smile.
And the girl who’ll be back in a couple of sheiks –
That’s what’s known as the Sauce of the Nile.


When buying wives, sheik Ali kaht
Prefers them plump and whopping.
His constant motto: “buy in bulk –
It saves last-minute shopping.”


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Filed under: Humour, Illustration, Nudes, Tackieness, Vintage Tagged: Harems, The Nile

Popular Music History 1945 – 1980 – Part 11 – The Seventies


intro_ill_thumb1_thumbEven the most music interested among us can sometimes get lost in all the different labels music journalists and record companies choose to put on recordings.

The 11 thorough well written articles in “The Rock Primer” takes us through the most important of the different categories in popular music in the period 1945 – 1980.

The categories are:
Rock & Roll, Folk & Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Country, British Beat, California Sun, Dylan and after, Reggae, Punk and The Seventies.

The The Seventies article is HERE

This, the 11th part of the “Popular Music History 1945 – 1980” series, is the last one. A new sort of serial posts will probably start next Saturday – Ted ;-)

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“Baker In The Boudoir,” Playboy – December 1964



In Context
Carroll Baker (born May 28, 1931) is a former American actress who has enjoyed popularity as both a serious dramatic actress and, particularly in the 1960s, as a movie sex symbol. Despite being cast in a wide range of roles during her heyday, Baker’s beautiful features, blonde hair, and distinctive drawl made her particularly memorable in roles as a brash, flamboyant woman.

Image found at VintageBooty

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Filed under: Actresses, Image Gallery, Models & starlets, Nudes Tagged: American actresses, Carol Baker

A Moose In The Sunset

The Scintillating BSA Sunbeam

The Sunday Comic – The Other Side

This Week’s Girliemag Article – Germany’s Beautiful Frauleins



Not since the days of Silent Films have Americans been treated to the sight of so many lovely Rhine maidens. Along with the Volkswagons and Leicas many German films are being imported. The film industry is booming once more.

Read the whole article and see
the naughty pictures

Warning: Nudity do occur in this article. If you are under age or live in a country where watching images of nude women for some reason  are against the law  I take no responsibility if you click the link above. In other words you’re flying solo from here on – Ted ;-)

Filed under: Article, Glamour, Models & starlets, Nudes Tagged: Eva Van Baum, Glamour photography

Jockey Junior Briefs Keep Their Fit . . .

Barbara McNair "The Best Is Yet To Come" On Scopitone


Scopitone is a type of jukebox featuring a 16 mm film component. Scopitone films were a forerunner of music videos. The Italian Cinebox/Colorama and Color-Sonics were competing, lesser-known technologies of the time.

Based on Soundies technology developed during WWII, color 16 mm film clips with a magnetic soundtrack were designed to be shown in a specially designed jukebox.

433_scopiBetween 1940 and 1946, three-minute musical films called Soundies (produced in New York City, Chicago, and Hollywood) were displayed on a Panoram, the first coin-operated film jukebox or machine music. These were set up in nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and amusement centres.

The first Scopitones were made in France, by a company called Cameca on Blvd Saint Denis in Courbevoie, among them Serge Gainsbourg’s Le poinçonneur des Lilas (filmed in 1958 in the Porte des Lilas Métro station), Johnny Hallyday’s "Noir c’est noir" (a cover of Los Bravos’ "Black Is Black") and the "Hully Gully" showing a dance around a swimming pool.

Scopitones spread to West Germany, where the Kessler Sisters burst out of twin steamer trunks to sing "Quando Quando" on the dim screen that surmounted the jukebox. Scopitone went on to appear in bars in England, including a coffee bar in Swanage where "Telstar" was a favourite. By 1964, approximately 500 machines were installed in the US. By 1966, reportedly 800 machines were installed in bars and nightclubs in the United States, at a cost of $3500 apiece.

The biggest musical stars of the 1960s were never released on the Scopitone. Several well-known acts of the 1960s appear in Scopitone films, however, ranging from the earlier part of the decade The Exciters ("Tell Him") and Neil Sedaka ("Calendar Girl") to Procol Harum ("A Whiter Shade of Pale") later on. In one Scopitone recording, Dionne Warwick lay on a white shag rug with an offstage fan urging her to sing "Walk On By". Another had Nancy Sinatra and a troupe of go-go girls shimmy to "These Boots Are Made for Walkin’". Inspired by burlesque, blonde bombshell Joi Lansing performed "Web of Love" and "The Silencer", and Julie London sang "Daddy" against a backdrop of strippers. The artifice of such scenes led Susan Sontag to identify Scopitone films as "part of the canon of Camp" in her 1964 essay "Notes on ‘Camp’."

Movie found at Scopitones and text at wikipedia

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XXth Century Health & Pleasure Resorts Of Europe – Part 7


From the 33rd edition of “XXth Century Health And Pleasure Resorts Of Europe” published in 1933

bok_front_small_thumb1_thumbFROM THE TRAVELLERS

Time and money permitting, the traveller will "settle down” more readily in a hotel where the room allotted to him "suits him". Whether on pleasure or business bent, the Britisher at any rate appreciates a spacious, comfortable room or apartment. Most of all are these welcomed by the person who is cut off from home for any length of time or has no home at all. Nothing is therefore a greater error of judgment than the policy of considering any room good enough for the unknown" passer-through". If he likes place and room, he may become a resident guest.

What is a comfortable room? There are factors which are essential to comfort, others which merely add to comfort. In neither category need modern or luxurious furniture or an overflow of draperies and curtains be included, but SPACE for clothes and books, table-space for writing materials and toilet articles and at least one easy chair are required in order to make the guest feel at home. Unpacking is rendered easy. Reluctance to re-pack is indicated. We give below (with apologies to the many hotels which already provide these commodities) a list of:


Things which are ESSENTIAL TO COMFORT: (at any rate for residential stay)



BED-SITTING-ROOMS with "DIVAN". ELECTRIC FANS (obtainable for hire in rooms). ELECTRIC HEATERS (obtainable for hire when the central heating is Off). ROOM TELEPHONES. HIDDEN TOILET ARRANGEMENTS (in wall cupboard or otherwise) where dressing-rooms are not attached. LUGGAGE STANDS for every piece of luggage, or open shelves for smaller suit-cases. FOLDING TABLES for BREAKFAST TRAY. EARTHENWARE TEA POTS and HOT WATER JUGS WITH LIDS. WASHABLE BED MATS (Turkish towelling). BLANKETS WITH CHANGEABLE LINEN BORDER at head of bed. ALARM CLOCKS beside beds. DOUBLE (SOUND-PROOF) DOORS. WIRELESS SETS for hire. TYPEWRITING ROOM for use of guests (on payment). FLY SWATTERS in places where flies and mosquitoes are still permitted to exist. BRIDGE TABLES READY FOR PLAY and. cards to be obtained from porter. GOOD STYLE LETTER PAPER (this is one of the best advertisements a hotel can obtain at small cost). NEWSPAPERS (not on sticks). A COSY BAR, or in mountain hotels a "BARENSTUBE ", where LIGHT LUNCHEONS, AFTERNOON TEA and LEMONADE can be obtained AT A REASONABLE PRICE.

We consider that all notices in hotels should be in French and English .as well as in the language of the country, that all menus, wine and food lists should be at least in French, that directions in stations should be in three languages, and that in hotels which profess to cater for travellers, at least one person (and that person accessible at most times), should be able to converse in French and English. Where the staff is entirely devoid of linguistic attainments, it might be useful to have a few current expressions (such as "hot water", "call me at…", etc.) in four languages, including the language of the country, stuck up on the walls in each bedroom, so that the guest may be able to point to whatever he happens to require, if he cannot pronounce the words correctly.

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Victorian Inventions – Part 21


From “Victorian Inventions” by Leonard De Vries published by American Heritage Press in 1972

part1_034_illa Front and rear view of the electric chair to be used for Kemmler’s execution.
A: The electrode pressed to the head.

part1_034_illb Switch gear for the electric chair.

part1_034_illc First design for the electric chair.

part1_034_headingThe State of New York may justly congratulate itself on the fact that the barbaric punishment of death by hanging is to be abolished in favour of a more humane and scientific method of execution: as from 1st January 1889, criminals will be put to death by electrocution. The engraving gives an impression of what the ‘electric chair’ will probably look like. The poles of a dynamo are connected by a switching device to a metal electrode clamped round the condemned man’s head, and to the metal seat of the chair, sponges or wet cloths being applied at the points of contact to ensure a perfect electrical connection. Extensive experiments carried out with dogs have shewn that electrocution causes almost instantaneous death, eliminating the gruesome writhing movements of the hanged in the moments before death ensues. There is no doubt that for a civilised country which wishes to put an end to the barbaric horrors of the past the electric chair represents the best method of inflicting the death penalty.

Personally I thought civilised countries didn’t practice the death penalties, it’s not very civilised when you think about it, but then again, I live in a country that removed death penalties from it’s laws  in the mid 1880’s. They were I ought to mention brought back to handle the war criminals after WWII, but then removed from the laws again  – Ted

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A Good Thing They Were Not At The Beach



New readers of this blog may not be aware of the fact that there once was something called “The League Against Indecent Bathing” and that these girls would have been risking going to jail had they turned up at the beach dressed like this.

A couple of years back I posted a series of post on this ridiculous league and here they are if you would like to get to know them better or take another look:

The League Against Indecent Bathing – Part 1
The League Against Indecent Bathing – Part 2
The League Against Indecent Bathing – Part 3
The League Against Indecent Bathing – Part 4
The League Against Indecent Bathing – Part 5
The League Against Indecent Bathing – Part 6
The League Against Indecent Bathing – Part 7

Filed under: Facts, Humour, Tackieness, The twenties, Vintage Tagged: The league against indecent bathing

Coca-Cola Truck and Car Paint Schemes


Coca-Cola did not become one of the worlds most recognized brands by accident. From day one, the company spent a great deal of time and money developing its identity. Every year, or as it thought necessary, the company would put out standardization bulletins covering how everything with the Coca-Cola name should look.

The Coca-Cola logo & look needed to be the same on everything worldwide, including stationary, checks, uniforms and, of course, trucks. Trucks were and still are an important way for Coca-Cola to advertise.

Here are some pages from 1948 and 1957, depicting just how Coca-Cola trucks and cars should be painted.


Text and images from RetroPlanet

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Filed under: Advertising, Design, Ephemera, Soft drinks and sodas, The fifties, The forties Tagged: Coca Cola, Lorries, Trucks

Moxie’s – Comic Strip Background – Intro


Since You’re going to be stuck with The Sunday Comic for a long time (it’s a project I have been working on for donkeys years) I thought it only right to supply you with a little background stuff and a chance to get to know the different characters a little better. So here’s a new series that will take care of that – Ted

Back in the times Moxie’s was a right fashionable Oslo West End café run by the current owner Laura’s grand-aunt Constance Aulalie "Moxie" Simensbraathen Sigvatson the only cold alcohol free beverage for sale in the establishment was Moxie which had given Aulalie Constance her nickname. She had in fact in her youth been over in the States and there fallen in love with this very refreshing beverage. The result was that when she later started her café she became the only one in Norway to import Moxie.


The current owner Laura Margrethe Simensbraaten in peaceful
conversation with the house-ghost Theodora Olava Gregoriussen

Her somewhat exuberant and quite persistently marketing of Moxie eventually gave her the nickname “Moxie” and as she was a woman with a good sense of humour, she thought she might as well call the café Moxie’s. Laura had planned to importing Moxie and keep on making it the café’s on cold alcohol free beverage, but the arrival of the house-ghost Theodora Olava Gregoriusson and the  strange suppliers that came in the wake of this arrival put a stop to it.


Two of the new suppliers Bogdan Balakow from the Bulgarian soda mafia
and Petronelle Augenie Kopperud from The Brown Bean.

In Context:
Back in Aulalie Constance "Moxie" Simensbraathen Sigvatson’s days Moxie was a very popular drink in the United States, but Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other sodas with more sugar has gradually taken over most of the market. But it is still in production and still popular in New England and Pennsylvania and was elected Maine’s official beverage May 10, 2005 .

Moxie has also risen in popularity in the southern parts of Maine and Connecticut in recent times as it is an ingredient in several famous drinks. Including "Welfare Mom", which consists of equal parts Diet Moxie and Allan’s Coffee flavoured Brandy, "Country Girl", one part bourbon and two parts Moxie, "Mad Mailman", equal parts Moxie and Jägermeister and "The Vijay” comprising of equal parts Moxie and blended American Whiskey.

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Moxie’s – Comic Strip Background – Part 1

This Week’s Softdrink – Bludwine & Budwine


458_bludwine_02Bludwine originated in Watkinsville, GA around 1906. It was a fruit and grain based beverage intended as a temperance drink or alternative to alcohol. Early sales were phenomenal and the inventor decided to move to the metropolis of Athens, GA and promote his new beverage across the South.

Dozens 458_bludwine_04of bottlers were bottling Bludwine by 1910, almost all in the distinctive hourglass-shaped bottle designed by the inventor and patented in 1918 and again in 1921. By the 1920′s Bludwine was bottled as far west as Pasadena, CA and North to Canada.

458_bludwine_01Federal food regulators required elimination of the name Bludwine in the early ’20′s and the beverage became  Budwine. Budwine was bottled over a wide area for many years but eventually declined until recent years when the only bottler was Athens, GA. The company closed around 1995.



Text from Soda Brands Pics & Info on Anglefire

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If Only



From where I live I cross three small streams with the local train on my way into town. Not even once have I seen something remotely like this while gazing out of the window. Had I done so only once in while I might have liked winters a little bit – Ted

Image found at Lovely Derrière


On the other hand, I’ve never seen anything remotely like this when I’ve reached town either and that too would have made my views on winter somewhat milder –Ted

Image found at aquariuslounge

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Rockwell On Gossip

Ted On Jelly



Back in the fifties, early sixties jelly was my favourite desert, we didn’t have it that often so when we did I hardly ate any dinner to make room for the jelly and custard.

The strange thing is that I haven’t eaten it since and what’s more, I have no interest in doing so either. None what so ever.

When shopping at my local grocer’s I see that they still sell it, both the pack where you  make it yourself and finished jelly and every time I notice I wonder: “Who on earth buy that stuff”.

And this is not because I no longer eat much desert, because I do. I got a sweet tooth the size of a battleship. But jelly, no thanks.

Has anyone else of you out there noticed that some of your childhood favourites really doesn’t blow up your skirt anymore – Ted

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Found in Mom’s Basement

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Round Britain By Railway Posters – Guernsey



Guernsey (/ˈgɜ:nzi/, /ˈɡɜrnzi/ gurn-zee), officially the Bailiwick of Guernsey (French: Bailliage de Guernesey, IPA: [bajaʒ də ɡɛʁnəzɛ]), is a British Crown dependency in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy. As a bailiwick, 467_guernsey_02Guernsey embraces not only all ten parishes on the Island of Guernsey, but also the islands of Alderney and Sark – each with its own parliament – and the smaller islands of Herm, Jethou and Lihou. Although its defence is the responsibility of the United Kingdom, the Bailiwick is not part of the United Kingdom but rather a possession of the British Crown. It lies within the Common Travel Area of the British Isles and is not a member of the European Union, but has a special relationship with it, being treated as part of the European Community for the purposes of free trade in goods. Together, the Bailiwick of Guernsey and Bailiwick of Jersey form the geographical grouping known as the Channel Islands.

History of Guernsey
467_guernsey_03Around 6000 B.C., rising sea created the English Channel and separated the Norman promontories that became the bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey from continental Europe. Neolithic farmers then settled on its coast and built the dolmens and menhirsfound in the islands today.

During their migration to Brittany, Britons occupied the Lenur islands (the former name of the Channel Islands) including Sarniaor Lisia (Guernsey) and Angia (Jersey). It was formerly thought that the island’s original name was Sarnia, but recent research indicates that this might have been the Latin name for Sark.[citation needed] (Sarnia nonetheless remains the island’s traditional designation.) Travelling from the Kingdom of Gwent, Saint Sampson, later the abbot of Dol in Brittany, is credited with the introduction of Christianity to Guernsey.

467_guernsey_05In 933 the islands, formerly under the control of William I, then Duchy of Brittany were annexed by the Duchy of Normandy. The island of Guernsey and the other Channel Islands represent the last remnants of the medieval Duchy of Normandy.

During the Middle Ages, the island was haven for Pirates that would use the "Lamping Technique" to ground ships close to her waters . This intensified during the Hundred Years War, when, starting in 1339, the island was occupied by the Capetians on several occasions.

In 1372, the island was invaded by Aragonese mercenaries under the command of Owain Lawgoch (remembered as Yvon de Galles), who was in the pay of the French king. Lawgoch and his dark-haired mercenaries were later absorbed into Guernsey legend as an invasion by fairies from across the sea.

467_guernsey_05In the mid-16th century, the island was influenced by Calvinist reformers from Normandy. During the Marian persecutions, three women, the Guernsey Martyrs, wereburned at the stake for their Protestant beliefs.

During the English Civil War, Guernsey sided with the Parliamentarians. The allegiance was not total, however; there were a few Royalist uprisings in the southwest of the island, while Castle Cornet was occupied by the Governor, Sir Peter Osborne, and Royalist troops. Castle Cornet was the last Royalist outpost anywhere in the British Isles to surrender

Wars against France and Spain during the 17th and 18th centuries gave Guernsey shipowners and sea captains the opportunity to exploit the island’s proximity to mainland Europe by applying for Letters of Marque and turning their merchantmen intoprivateers.

467_guernsey_06By the beginning of the 18th century, Guernsey’s residents were starting to settle in North America. The 19th century saw a dramatic increase in prosperity of the island, due to its success in the global maritime trade, and the rise of the stone industry.

During World War I, approximately 3,000 island men served in the British Expeditionary Force. Of these, about 1,000 served in theRoyal Guernsey Light Infantry regiment formed from the Royal Guernsey Militia in 1916.

For most of World War II, the Bailiwick was occupied by German troops. Before the occupation, many Guernsey children had been evacuated to England to live with relatives or strangers during the war. Some children were never reunited with their families. The occupying German forces deported some of the Bailiwick’s residents to camps in the southwest of Germany, notably to the Lager Lindele (Lindele Camp) near Biberach an der Riß. Guernsey was very heavily fortified during World War II out of all proportion to the island’s strategic value. German defences and alterations remain visible.

Text from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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