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I Love Board Games



Yes, I mean it. I’d go for a good board game over any computer game any day and I have a large collection of old and new board games at my week end place. And what’s more, computer games are banned there. There’s nothing better on a rainy day than to make a pot of Assam, light a fire in the fireplace and settle down for a good board game. Call me old fashioned, but playing a board game is a something people do together, most computer games you play alone.

Only one thing beats a good board game and that’s a dice game. Particularly medieval or Viking dice game and Cameron in particular – Ted ;-)

Image found at Beveldrive

Filed under: Graphic design, Pastime, Vintage Science, Vintage toys Tagged: Boardgames, Grand Prix Saxtorp

Every Man To His Own



As a collector of just about everything from old cook books to vintage travelling trunks, suitcases and ephemera I can respect a man who collects what ever it is as long as he does it with passion. Yes, old spark plugs too – Ted

Filed under: People, Retro, Vintage Tagged: Collections, Spark plugs

1934 Husqvarna "120" 1000cc



Model 120, Husqvarna’s top-of-the-range machine during the early/mid-1930s. It is essentially the same as the successor Model 130, the most obvious differences being the right-hand side front brake and gear change lever, which were switched to the left on the 130.

In Context:
The first machine produced by Husqvarna that could be described as a motorcycle was the 1910 model 65. The two cylinder engine was supplied by La-Moto-Rêve and used until 1919. This machine also sported a frame designed exclusively for a motorcycle, as against the modified cycles frames previously used.

Larger capacity motorcycles were introduced (the model 65 had a 350-cc unit, the 70 had a 405-cc example) but it was the 1916 models 145 and 145A that established Husqvarna as a serious motorcycle manufacturer. The 496-cc V-twin proved to be very popular and was also used by the army. In addition, the machine proved competitive in reliability trials and endurance races.

In 1922 a new twin-cylinder 994-cc engine was introduced, the new engine was intended for sidecar use. However a larger 990-cc side valve engine which was used in the model 120 (and proved to be a more popular unit) was manufactured up to 1934.

Competition success continued for Husqvarna in endurance (the International Six Day Trial) and also in road races such as the motorcycle Grand Prix and the TT in the IOM. One of their 500-cc machines finished in third place in the first ever Swedish Grand Prix in 1930, held at the Saxtorp track near Landskrona. However, they went on to win this same event in 1932.

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Filed under: Article, Motorcycles, Retro technology Tagged: 1934 Husqvarna, 1934 Husqvarna "120" 1000cc

This Week’s Retro DIY Project – Skagway Scow


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So-called "skagway scowls" are fun provoking snow coaster made with runners. The illustrated to the left is of especially simple construction. The bottom may be a hard-pressed composition board 1/8” thick are a piece of galvanized iron. The two hardwood side levers enable the scow to be steered or breaked to a standstill.

Plans Published in Popular Science in February 1940

Plans HERE

Filed under: DIY project, Retro DIY projects, The forties Tagged: Homemade toys, Skagway Scow, Woodworking

This Week’s Retro Recipe – Heavenly Peach Pie

Breakfast At Aunt Mabel’s

A Tiresome Task

Pre-War Classics Of The Road – Part 33


1929 Delage D8 Grand Sport Torpedo


One of the most consistently elegant marques was Delage, established in 1905 by Louis Delage, a one-eyed engineer from Cognac. Perhaps the finest Delage of all was the D8, designed by Maurice Gaultier and announced at the 1929 Paris Salon. This 1929 Grand Sport Torpedo is bodied by Henri Chapron, and its straight-eight engine has a swept volume of 4050cc. This was the largest version of the D8, with a wheelbase of 11ft 11in in road trim.

1929 Essex Super Six Speedabout


Introduced in 1918 as a lower-priced running mate to the Hudson line, the Essex was one of the first American makes to announce a cheap closed model, the two-door ‘coach’ of 1920. From 1924, Essex cars were powered by a lively six-cylinder engine, and the model helped to push the Hudson-Essex group into third place in the US market by 1929, in which year this Super Six Speedabout was just one of the 300,962 cars built in their Detroit factory.


1929 Fiat Coupe d’Orsay


Introduced in 1928, the 3.7-litre Fiat 525 was the first car from the Torinese colossus to be fitted with hydraulic brakes. Could this elegant Coupe d’Orsay be the very car presented personally to the Pope in 1929 by Giovanni Agnelli, head of Fiat?


1929 LeaFrancis Hyper


Another supercharged sports car of the late 1920s was the 1929 LeaFrancis Hyper, which had a 11/2-litre Meadows engine with a Cozette blower. This particular car is a replica of that in which Kaye Don won the 1928 Ulster Tourist Trophy race at 64.06mph, receiving both the Daily Mail Trophy and The Motor’s prize for the 11/2-litre class. Top speed of the Hyper was around 90mph, and the car represented too good a value for money at only £495. Small wonder that Lea-Francis were forced into receivership in November 1930.

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80 Years Of Advertising Artwork – 1940-1960


New Year’s Day 1940 was one of the bleakest in England’s history. In 1938 Prime Minister Chamberlain’s efforts to preserve ‘peace with honour’, which split the country politically, had at least gained Britain time to be better prepared for the inevitable showdown with Hitler. In 1939 Nazi Germany and Mussolini’s Italy controlled most of Europe; and Hitler, on his way to grabbing the rest of it, marched into Poland-which was one goose step too far.

1940_1960_ill_001_thumbStill relatively unarmed, England, joined by France, declared war on Germany, and with a stiff upper lip London prepared to resist the beating Hitler promised to give it from the air. Before the sirens began to wail, Churchill was in command, and through the fears and perils following the fall of France and the evacuation at Dunkirk he led England through its ‘finest hour’, the Battle of Britain, to victory and the German surrender on May 8, 1945.

1940_1960_ill_002_thumb43The course of war had changed radically in 1941 when Hitler invaded Russia and Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. America’s supporting role as ‘the arsenal of democracy’ immediately changed; her answer was no longer just ‘production’ (page 157) but war. In 1944, as President Roosevelt’s unprecedented third term drew to a close, F. D. R. announced he would run for a fourth. But two months after conferring with Churchill and Stalin at Yalta on ways to end the war, he died on April 12, 1945, and was succeeded by Harry S Truman. In August, when Japan refused to surrender, A-bombs were dropped on civilians on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and a stunned and horrified world prayed that nothing like it would ever happen again. The basic power of the universe had been harnessed, and the Age of the Atom had begun.

The war had occupied half the decade, and in July 1945, Churchill’s Conservatives were defeated by Clement Arlee’s Labour Party, which began implementing its ‘welfare state’ promises by nationalizing the Bank of England, the railways, the coal, steel, and gas industries, and the airlines, which now advertised regular passenger service across oceans as well as continents. Free medical care soon followed, as did government patronage of the arts. Meanwhile a tired, impoverished country tidied up its wartom streets and tended to its bomb-damaged monuments. America’s funds for rebuilding a strong democratic Europe helped, and when the pound was devalued, Britain’s exports perked up.

1940_1960_ill_003_thumb1In America it became a Trumanism to say that the New Deal, had become a Fair Deal, especially for the ten million war veterans who, returning to civilian life, were aided by government services, loans and subsidized education. Wives and sweethearts had wartime savings to spend and tired of being a uniformed WAC, WAVE, WREN, or ‘Rosie the Riveter’, took happily to the Christian Dior inspired New Look , a last love affair with elegance before fashion got the ‘sack’.

1940_1960_ill_004_thumb70Pin-ups of Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, and the Petty Girl were left behind as servicemen came home to the real thing. Marriage and babies added to the general postwar boom, and the bobby-soxer baby-sitter became a permanent institution. The latest teenage croon king was Frank Sinatra, rivaled only by Bing Crosby, whose singing of Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’ had already snowballed him to fame.

1940_1960_ill_005_thumb7It was in 1943 that Broadway woke to ‘Oh, What a Beautiful Morning’ as Oklahoma!, a new kind of musical comedy, opened at the St. James. Out had gone the high-kicking chorus line and in had danced Agnes de Mille. Ballet sequences, like the songs, had become an integral part of the play. After the death of Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers teamed with Oscar Hammerstein, and the two continued to collaborate on a string of rousing successes, including South Pacific with Enzio Pinza and Mary Martin, The King and I, and, in 1959, The Sound of Music. Meanwhile, in 1956, Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Loewe had set Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion to music and made 1940_1960_ill_006_thumb49history with Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews in My Fair Lady and again in the 1964 film version with Audrey Hepburn in the role of Eliza.

The population explosion saw the masses spreading outward from the cities. Rows and rows of bungalow-type ranch houses were built for young families, and retirement communities for the old. As developers felled trees, a new kind of forest sprouted on rooftops, the antennae of TVs. With the popularity of television, a wincing movie industry saw the dosing of hundreds of movie houses, but producers; by making full use of new processes, the new wide screen, colour, and box-office stars like Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Gary Cooper, Katharine Hepburn, Bob Hope, Danny Kaye, and Marilyn Monroe, who became the sex-symbol legend of the fifties, kept it alive if not always kicking. The industry also made money by producing for television as well as renting out old films.

Book publishers also feared the leisure-time competition of television, but name novelists like James A Michener, Frank Yerby, Ernest Hemingway, Daphne DuMaurier kept selling, as did Lloyd C. Douglas, Thomas Wolfe, William Faulkner, and Thomas Costain. Paperbacks were also highly profitable.

In keeping with the times, advertising changed from the punchy, patriotic war ad to lightness and delicacy, as typified in the work of Salvador Dali, Raoul Duty, and Rene Gruau. Distinguished avant garde work was being done by George Giusti for Fortune and Holiday; by Paul Rand, Joseph Binder, Ashley Havinden, and F. H. K Henrion. Popular magazine-type illustration was well represented in the designs of artists like Jon Whitcomb, Whitney Darrow, Peter Hawley, Tom Hall, Jack Welch, and Norman Rockwell; and humour, never long absent in advertising, in the drawings of Fougasse, Raymond Tooby, Ronald Searle, Peter Amo, Richard Taylor, Robert Day, William Steig, and James Thurber. Photographers much in the fore included Cecil Beaton, Horst, Irving Penn, Francesco Scavullo, Yousuf Karsh,john Rawlings, and Leslie Gill-all represented in the following pages.

The fifties, the decade of The Affluent Society’, in which author John Kenneth Galbraith called attention to the problems of abundance, saw war-hero Dwight 1940_1960_ill_008_thumb11Eisenhower, the advocate of ‘fiscal responsibility’, President of the United States for all but two years of it.

In England Churchill and the Conservatives came back in power they ear of the ‘Festival of Britain’, which celebrated the hundredth anniversary of the Great Exhibition of 1851. A year later the sadness at the death of King George VI was replaced by the joy of a new coronation and a young Queen Elizabeth II. In 1956 another royal affair found Grace Kelly, recently opposite James Stewart in Hitchcock’s Rear Window and with Cary Grant on the Riviera filming To Catch a Thief, returning to Monaco to become Princess Grace. The fifties was also the time of TV quiz shows like ‘What’s My line?’ and for little boys to be coon-capped Crocketts or Boones.

1940_1960_ill_007_thumb10Then suddenly, as parents might be listening to Julie Andrews singing ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’ or a smooth Harry Belafonte or Perry Como, a new kind of sound arose from across the Tennessee hills, Elvis Presley with his electric guitar, singing ‘Don’t Be Cruel’. The rock’n’roll heat wave coincided with the ‘beat’ movement fanning east out of San Francisco. Sultry, leather-jacketed youths living in pads and on pot hung around the streets, identifying with characters such as The Wild One in Marlon Brando’s film and the moody and intense Rebel Without a Cause in James Dean’s; with Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’, John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger, and jack Kerouac’s On the Road. These were the first rumblings of the cultural earthquake that shook the sixties.

Filed under: Advertising, Advertisments, Design, Illustration, The fifties, The forties Tagged: 1940s ads, 1950s ads




I just love “Woman’s Suffrage would double the irresponsible votes” because it would mean that all votes given before that also were irresponsible. Because I take it for granted that  the people behind the campaign  though women would vote irresponsibly – Ted

Filed under: Campaigns Tagged: irresponsiblity, voting, Women’s Suffrage

This Week’s Favourite Female Singer – Savannah Churchill


I was rightly corrected by “loveless” for having used a picture of Savannah Churchill instead of Lucille Hegamin on my Lucille Hegamin post so I thought it only right to present Savannah Churchill for you as she too is one of my favourites – Ted

684_savannah churchill_02Savannah Churchill (August 21, 1920, Colfax, Louisiana – April 19, 1974, Brooklyn, New York) was a successful American singer of pop, jazz, and blues music in the 1940s and 1950s.


Born Savannah Valentine to Creole parents, she was raised in Brooklyn, and started singing in 1941 to support her family after her husband David Churchill was killed in a car accident. Her first recordings, including the risqué "Fat Meat Is Good Meat", were issued on Beacon Records in 1942. These were followed the next year by recordings on Capitol with the Benny Carter Orchestra, including her first hit "Hurry, Hurry".

684_savannah churchill_01In 1945 she signed with Irving Berman‘s Manor Records, and that year "Daddy Daddy" reached # 3 on the R&B chart. Two years later she had her only R&B # 1 with "I Want To Be Loved (But Only By You)", which topped the charts for eight weeks. The record was billed as being with vocal group The Sentimentalists, who soon renamed themselves The Four Tunes. Subsequent recordings with The Four Tunes, including "Time Out For Tears" (# 10 R&B, # 24 pop) and "I Want To Cry", both in 1948, were also successful.

Billed as "Sex-Sational", she performed to much acclaim, and appeared in the movies Miracle in Harlem (1948) and Souls of Sin (1949). She toured widely with backing vocal group The Striders, including a visit to Hawaii in 1954. From 1949 she recorded with Regal, RCA Victor and Decca Records, recording the original version of "Shake A Hand", later a big hit forFaye Adams, and also recording with the Ray Charles Singers. In 1956 she was one of the first artists signed to the Argolabel, set up as a subsidiary to Chess Records.

Tragedy struck later in 1956 to end her career. She was singing on stage in a club, when a drunken man fell on top of her from a balcony above, causing severe debilitating injuries from which she would never fully recover. Although she did some recording in 1960, her health declined greatly until her death in 1974, at the age of 53.684_savannah churchill_04

These recordings are from a cd produced in Salerno, Italy in 2001. It is made by ripping old 78 rpm records so the quality is not absolutely top, but it gives you an idea of what a magnificent singer Savannah Churchill was – Ted

684_savannah churchill_04 Title:
When You Come Back To Me
Savannah Churchill
 & The Striders
Queen Of R&B 
684_savannah churchill_04 Title:
Changeable You
Savannah Churchill & The Striders
Queen Of R&B
684_savannah churchill_04 Title:
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
Savannah Churchill & The King Odom Four

Queen Of R&B
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Grand-daddy’s Sauce – Part 33

The lure Of The Mad Men – Part 12



Doesn’t it strike you too as more than a bit stupid, to get up in the morning, take a shower, shave, get dressed, put on your ridiculous tie and then go back to bed just so that your wife can give you breakfast. And even more stupid that the reason she is willing to do this is because that ridiculous brand new man-talking, power-packed patterned tie is a something usually worn just by men.

And shouldn’t the mad man who drew the illustration have gone for a more powerful looking man, the sod in the bed up there looks like his cerebral capacity has got their hands full just to keep his lungs and heart going. Quite honestly, it looks like his wife brings him breakfast just because making it him self seams beyond the reach of his mental ability and I hardly think that’s what the text man meant when he wrote “it’s a man’s world” – Ted

Filed under: Advertising, Advertisments, Illustration Tagged: Mad Men, Ties, Van Heusen

Aunt Mabel At Work



And it went well for a while until they realised she wasn’t a little mentally challenged, she just never turned up at work sober. Besides alle the parts were similar in shape so she just didn’t care in which order she glued them on Ted

Filed under: Humour, People, Photography Tagged: Aunt Mabel, Working

The Sunday Comic – A Simple Insurance

This Week’s Girliemag Article – Bombshell In Black Lace


Beautiful, bountiful Jean is wild about lace. She spends more time looking for her lingerie than she does for the dresses she presents to the appreciative gaze of the men in her life. Read the whole article and see
the naughty pictures HERE

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 ;-)

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Filed under: Glamour, Models & starlets, Nudes, The sixties Tagged: 1964, Glamour photography, Showboat magazine

Maria Grazia Cucinotta–Italian Actress, Producer & Screenwriter


687_maria_grazia_cucinotta_01Maria Grazia Cucinotta (born 27 July 1968) is an Italian actress who has featured in many films and television series since 1990. She has also worked as a producer, screenwriter and model.

Cucinotta was born in Messina, Province of Messina, Sicily, Italy. She is well known in Italy as a movie and television actress, but internationally she is best known for her roles in Il Postino and as the Bond girl, the Cigar Girl, in the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough.

She guest starred in The Sopranos episode "Isabella". She also appeared on The Simpsons episode "The Italian Bob" voicing Sideshow Bob‘s wife, Francesca.

She won the America Award of the Italy-USA Foundation in 2010.


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

bok_front_small_thumb[1]_thumbHolland is a constitutional monarchy in which the Crown has retained very considerable powers. The Crown appoints its ministers who must be responsible to the Lower House. The Legislature is the States-General, consisting of an Upper and a Lower House. The Lower House of 100 members is elected by universal suffrage of both sexes on the principle of proportional representation. The Upper House of 50 members is elected by the Provincial Estates (or large local Government bodies) for 6 years, one half of its members retiring every 3 years. A Council of State of 14 members appointed by the Sovereign from among notable personages exists in an advisory capacity.

HEAD OF STATE: Queen Wilhelmina.
Arear: 32.673 km2.
Capital towns: Amsterdam is the administrative and commercial Capital. The Legislature the Court and the Diplomatic Corps are, however, at The Hague.
Currency: Guilders (florins) and cents. I guilder = 100 cts.
At time of going to press, £ I = 8 ½ guilders
Language: Dutch.
Population: 7 to 8 million.
Density: 236.6 per km2,
Weights and Measures: Decimal system throughout.

Among the chief places visited by tourists are the following:

ALKMAAR (picturesque)
AMSTERDAM (administrative and commercial Capital; famous picture gallery)
DELFT (famous Delft Ware)
HAARLEM (tulip fields in April and May)
LEYDEN (ancient and picturesque; famous University; tulip fields near to)MIDDELBURG (picturesque)
ROTTERDAM (important -commercial port)
SCHEVENINGEN (fashionable sea-bathing)
THE HAGUE (the Diplomatic Capital)
UTRECHT (Ecclesiastical centre; Cathedrals and Carillon; famous University)

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Hanomag 2/10 PS (The Komissbrot)



The Hanomag 2/10 PS was an economy car manufactured by Hanomag from 1924 to 1928. It was one of the first cars with envelope styling. It was affectionately referred to as the "Kommissbrot" or "Loaf of Rye Bread" due to its small squarish shape.

With a fuel consumption of 4.0 litres per 100 kilometres (71 mpg), the 2/10 PS was the world’s most fuel efficient mass-production car between the two World Wars. This was because it was the only mass-produced car of that time with a low-friction one-cylinder-engine and its light weight.


The 2/10 PS (two taxable / ten brake horsepower) had a single-cylinder half litre engine at the rear. The rear axle was chain-driven, with no differential.

The fenders, or wings, of the 2/10 PS were integrated into the bodywork of the car, allowing the passenger space to be wider than it would have been with the traditional separate fenders and running board. The compact drivetrain allowed the floor to be lower, making it possible to enter the car from the ground without a running board. The rounded appearance of the 2/10 PS, due to the envelope styling, earned it the nickname Kommissbrot after the inexpensive, flat-sided bread used by the military.

Hanomag car, Wolfgangsee, Austria, 1932

The 2/10 PS faced competition from the Opel Laubfrosch and the Dixi DA1 variant of the Austin 7 and was replaced in 1928 by the more conventional 3/16 PS model.

Text from Wikipedia 

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On This Day In 1971: Row Rocks Rolling Stone Wedding


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The Rolling Stones singer, Mick Jagger, has married his fiancée Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias at the town hall in the French Mediterranean town of St Tropez.The civil ceremony was held up for almost an hour-and-a-half, after bitter arguments between Mr Jagger’s spokesman and the police over the number of reporters and photographers in the wedding chamber.

A pool of four photographers had been invited to the town hall, but as the time of the ceremony approached about 100 cameramen and other journalists packed the chamber.

At first, Mr Jagger refused to come to the town hall – the message which was delivered by his spokesman said he did not wish to get married in a "goldfish bowl". But the police insisted the media had the right to stay – and they, in turn, threatened to cancel the wedding unless the couple put in an appearance.

Mick Jagger and his Nicaraguan-born wife-to-be eventually arrived at 1700. Police and journalists exchanged blows in the frenzy.

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Hippies turned up on foot and bicycles, mingling with members of the international jet set, who arrived in Rolls Royces for the wedding.After the brief civil service, the couple left for the St Anne chapel for a religious ceremony.

Students gave the wedding party a noisy reception at the chapel. During the simple service, Father Lucien Baud recalled the groom had been born on St Anne’s day, which is why he had chosen to be married in her chapel.

Bach’s wedding march was played as the couple exchanged rings. A medley of themes from the film Love Story was also played at the request of the bride.

The couple left by a side door in an attempt to dodge the journalists who had followed them to the chapel.

The reception in the Café des Arts was attended by 200 guests – 70 of whom had been flown from London on a chartered Comet paid for by the groom.The party went on into the early hours of the morning when the newly-weds left on the yacht Romeang, with a six-man crew for a 10-day honeymoon around Corsica and Sardinia.

In Context
Mick Jagger met Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias at a party after a Rolling Stones’ concert where she apparently impressed him with her French. She had left Nicaragua to study political science in Paris.

When they married, she was already pregnant with their daughter, Jade. Eight years later they divorced. The ageing rocker is now grandfather to Jade’s children, Assisi and Amba.

He married the Texan model Jerry Hall in November 1990 in Bali after a 20-year courtship. They had four children – but after nine years of marriage, the relationship was annulled at the High Court in London on the grounds it was not valid under either English or Indonesian law.

Since her marriage ended, Bianca has become a campaigner for human rights, as well as on environmental issues. She moved to London when George Bush was elected president of the United States and has become an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq.

Text from BBC’s OnThisDay

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