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This Week’s Softdrink – Stewart’s




Opening of the First Stewart’s Root Beer Stand In 1924, Frank Stewart set out to develop the world’s best-tasting root beer which he intended to sell in order to supplement his income as a schoolteacher. With the secret recipes in hand, 493_stewarts_03he soon opened his first Stewart’s Drive-In where he served ice-cold Stewart’s Root Beer in tall, frosty mugs. The creamy taste of Stewart’s Root Beer was an instant success and has been enjoyed by consumers for over 75 years


Stewart’s Produced in Bottles for the First Time For the first 66 years, Stewart’s Root Beer was only available at Stewart’s root beer stands and later, at Stewart’s Drive-Ins. In 1990, Cable Car Beverage Corporation acquired the bottling rights for Stewart’s and began selling Stewart’s Root Beer in 12 oz. amber glass bottles.



Stewart’s Line Extensions In 1992, Stewart’s Cream Soda and Ginger Beer were introduced. Stewart’s Cream Soda is an old-fashioned tasting cream soda that pours with a golden color and a foamy head. Stewart’s Ginger Beer is made for true ginger beer lovers. Stewart’s Ginger Beer contains no alcohol.


Orange N’ Cream In 1995, Stewart’s Country Orange N’ Cream was introduced. This "creamsicle" in a bottle helped define Stewart’s as the leader in flavor innovation for the super premium, gourmet soda category.


Two "Summer Classics" Added In 1997, Stewart’s added two new summer classic flavors to go along with Orange N’Cream. Key Lime and Cherries N’Cream were instant hits with Stewart’s fans and have become top sellers. Try either one over a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a fantastic float! in November of 1997, Stewart’s Beverages Inc. formerly known as Cable Car Beverage Corporation was added to Triarc’s family of beverages.



Introduction of Stewart’s Grape In the fall of 1998, Stewart’s Classic Grape Soda entered the market. Stewart’s Grape is made with a secret ingredient that gives it a grape flavor unlike any other soft drink. Drink one, close your eyes and go back to a simpler time.


Original Peach Soda In 1999, Stewart’s did it again. We introduced the first super-premium gourmet peach soda. Before you drink one, make sure you take a deep breath and inhale the luscious peach aroma. Then tip back an ice-cold bottle and enjoy. It tastes so good, you can almost taste the peach fuzz.

Text from drinkstewarts.com

Help Needed
I need your help visitors, both in suggesting sodas and soft drinks from around the world and in giving your opinion on the ones presented if you know the product. And you can start with giving your opinion on the ones posted already or reading what other visitors have written  – Ted

List of Soft drinks and sodas posted already
Visitors soft drinks and sodas suggestions and comments

Filed under: Food & drinks, Soft drinks and sodas Tagged: Americab sodas, American sof drinks, Stewart's

Great American Cars Of The Forties – Chrysler Town & Country 1941-42/1946-48


Chrysler’s elegant Town & Country appeared at the end of the prewar era, then briefly returned in the early postwar years with a somewhat different emphasis. While none of these cars were particularly exciting or even all that unique, they did have classloads of it. Massive, opulent, impeccably finished, they remain perhaps the most desirable "woodies" ever.


Wood-body station wagons were nothing new in the early Forties, but Chrysler was the first producer to see them as something more than just humble commercial vehicles. Chrysler had never marketed a wagon under its own name. In the late Thirties, Chrysler Division general manager David A. Wallace decided it should. But instead of the clumsy, rattling boxes then being ladled on various chassis (including Chevy, Ford, and Plymouth), he wanted a tight, streamlined wagon that looked more like a sedan. Failing to find a traditional coachbuilder who understood this concept, Wallace turned to his own engineers, who gave him exactly what he asked for.


The result debuted for 1941 as a smooth fastback-style four-door with double "clamshell" tail doors, hinged at the sides to expose an enormous cargo bay and a handsome interior with six- or nine-passenger seating. Paul Hafer of the Boyertown Body Works in Pennsylvania suggested the expressive Town & Country name. As part of the low-line Windsor series, the new wagon rode a 121.5-inch-wheelbase chassis, with a 112-horsepower, 241.5-cubic-inch L-head six and standard Fluid Drive and "Vacumatic" transmission. Because the firm’s regular body supplier, Briggs Manufacturing Company, had no experience with wood construction, Chrysler had to learn to build the T&C, and Wallace earmarked an area of the Jefferson Avenue plant for its assembly. There, a small trained workforce built the body, welded steel roof to steel cowl, and mated wood to metal with angle irons and steel butt plates. Briggs did supply the T &C’ scowl, floorpan, roof, and front sheetmetal. Everything else was Chrysler’s.


With all the hand labor involved, T &C production was only 997 units for 1941. All but 200 were nine-seaters. The only changes for ’42 were hidden running boards and a frontal redo, both shared with the rest of the line. Output stood at 999 when America’s entry into World War II shut down all civilian car production in February 1942.


Though the T &C was the strongest wagon yet produced, Chrysler planners decided that looks and not utility was its main attraction. As the firm was already planning all-steel wagons even before the war ended, Wallace decided to ditch the T &C wagon once production resumed. In its place would be a distinct woody series with convertible, four-door sedan, formal-roof brougham sedan, two-seat roadster, and hardtop coupe. The last would have been an industry first had the firm not backed off after building just seven prototypes, essentially convertibles with welded-on coupe roofs.


Ultimately, only the convertible and sedan appeared for 1946. Like other Chryslers, these new T&Cs were mainly restyled’ 425, and continued without major change through early 1949. The former used the New Yorker’s 127.5- inch-wheelbase chassis and 323.5-cid, 135-bhp straight eight. It saw 8380 copies. There were also 100 eightcylinder sedans built, the rarest production T&C. All other four-doors were Windsor-based, with the 114-bhp, 250.6-cid six as introduced for 1942. A total of 3950 were completed.


For 1949, the T&C sedan vanished and the convertible returned with Chrysler’s first new postwar styling, a four-inch-longer wheelbase, and mostly carryover mechanicals. Just 1000 were built. The T&C’s last hurrah was 1950, when the sole entry was a woodtrimmed New Yorker-based version of the belated Newport hardtop. Production stopped at 700. After this, the name was applied only to wagons.


Lately, the T &C idea has been revived for the compact, front-drive LeBaron convertible. Nice car, but plastic wood and robot welders just don’t compare with real planking and hand craftsmanship. Just ask anyone who’s ever owned the genuine article.

Filed under: Article, Automobiles, The forties, Transportation, Traveling Tagged: American cars, Chrysler Town & Country 1941-42, Chrysler Town & Country 1946-48

Travel In Your Home

A digital recreation of an article published in Mechanics And Handicraft in September 1936 – Found at modernmechanix.com


The French inventor, Loubet, who holds a record number of patents on practical sporting and traveling equipment, has recently demonstrated the latest of his constructions for the benefit of people who like to travel and take their homes with them.

Built along airplane construction principles, on the chassis of a light auto truck, the frame is very light, containing thousands of small pieces of wood glued and nailed together, then covered with panelling, canvas and paint. The home is streamlined and houses four persons easily with all accommodations. The car is 24 feet long and weighs about 3,500 lbs. At the top of the page is a general view of the car home; on its top is a canoe (full size), which is easily removed for use.

The photo at the left of the page was taken from the kitchen; in the center, where the men are sitting, are two sofas which are converted into beds at night; at the lower left is a double bed. Auxiliary equipment for sporting, fishing, etc., is suspended from the ceiling.

The picture in the center shows a close-up of the kitchen and lavatory, located in the rear.

Filed under: Article, The thirties, Transportation, Traveling Tagged: Homes on wheels, Old campers, Retro campers, Rolling homes

Round Britain By Railway Posters – Newquay



Newquay (Cornish: Tewynblustri) is a town, civil parish, seaside resort and fishing port in Cornwall, England. It is situated on the North Atlantic coast of Cornwall approximately 20 miles (32 km) west of Bodmin and 12 miles (19 km)870_newquay_03 north of Truro.

The town is bounded to the west by the River Gannel and its associated salt marsh, and to the east by the Porth Valley. Newquay has been expanding inland (south) since it was founded.

In 2001, the census recorded a permanent population of 19,562.


Prehistoric period

There are some pre-historic burial mounds and an embankment on the area now known as The Barrowfields, 400 m (1,300 ft) from Trevelgue. There were once up to fifteen barrows, but now only a few remain. Excavations here have 870_newquay_04revealed charred cooking pots and a coarse pottery burial urn containing remains of a Bronze Age chieftain, who was buried here up to 3,500 years ago.

In 1987, evidence of a Bronze Age village was found at Trethellan Farm, a site that overlooks the River Gannel.

The first signs of settlement in the Newquay region consist of a late Iron Age hill fort/industrial centre which exploited the nearby abundant resources (including deposits of iron) and the superior natural defences provided by Trevelgue Head. It is claimed that occupation of the site was continuous from the 3rd century BC to the 5th or 6th century AD (a Dark Ages house was later built on the head).

Medieval period

The curve of the headland around what is now Newquay Harbour provided natural protection from bad weather and a small fishing village grew up in the area. When the village was first occupied is unknown but it is not mentioned in 870_newquay_05the Domesday Book although a local house (now a bar known as "Treninnick Tavern") is included. By the 15th century, the village was called "Towan Blystra"—-"Towan" means sand hill/dune in Cornish, "Blystra" meaning blown-—but the anchorage was exposed to winds from the north east and in 1439 the local burgesses applied to Edmund Lacey, Bishop of Exeter for leave and funds to build a "New quay" from which the town derives its current name.

Modern period

870_newquay_08The first national British census of 1801 recorded around 1,300 inhabitants in the settlement (enumerated as a village underSt Columb Minor parish). The construction of the current harbour started in 1832. Newquay parish was created in 1882.

A mansion called the Tower was built for the Molesworth family in 1835: it included a castellated tower and a private chapel as they were devout Roman Catholics. The Tower later became the golf club house. After the arrival of passenger trains in 1876, the former fishing village started to grow. Several major hotels were built around the turn of the 19th century, including the Victoria in East Street, the Atlantic and the Headland. The three churches were also built soon after 1901. The arms of the urban district council of Newquay were Or on a saltire Az. four herrings respectant Arg.

Growth of the town eastwards soon reached the area around the railway station: Station 870_newquay_10Road became Cliff Road around 1930, and the houses beyond, along Narrowcliff, were also converted into hotels. Narrowcliff was first known as Narrowcliff Promenade, and then Narrowcliff Road. On some pre-war maps it is spelt Narrowcliffe.

At the time of the First World War the last house at the edge of the town was a little further along present-day Narrowcliff, and in more recent times this building became the Garth Hotel. Post-war development saw new houses and streets built in the Chester Road area, accompanied by ribbon development along the country lane which led to St 870_newquay_09Columb Minor, some 2 miles (3 km) away. This thoroughfare was modernised and named Henver Road, also some time in the 1930s. Development continued in this direction until the Second World War, by which time much of Henver Road had houses on both sides, with considerably infilling also taking place between there and the sea.

It was not until the early 1950s that the last houses were built along Henver Road itself: after that, there was a virtually continuous building line on both sides of the main road from the other side of St Columb Minor right into the town centre. The Doublestiles estate to the north of Henver Road was also built in the early 1950s, as the name of Coronation Way indicates, and further development continued beyond, becoming the Lewarne Estate and extending the built up area to the edges of Porth.

Text from Wikipedia

Filed under: Advertising, Ephemera, Holidays, Illustration, Transportation, Traveling Tagged: British Railways, Newquay

The Life & Times Of Aunt Mabel – Part 7



When Aunt Mable gave her crapper a solid headbutt during a three day vodka binge, making it crack in several places she didn’t have the heart to throw it away, but found new use for it as a double flower pot on her lawn. “I nicked the flowers in the park down the street” she whispered to young Johnny on one of he’s family’s rare visits, adding “That way I got the it all for free.” Then she gave his musclar butt a nice squeeze and giggled low “Wanna see the new crapper?”

Filed under: Humour, People, Photography, Tackieness Tagged: flower pots, gardening, gardens, The Life & Times Of Aunt Mabel, Toilets

How Wonderfully Tasteless



Who wouldn’t want a couple of armless Elvis Presley half torsos to lighten up the living room. Particularly a couple as terribly tastelessly designed as these. Two slightly recognizable Elvis Presleys with an equally tasteless lamp shade on top would be the pride of any half blind Presley fan’s living room – 44 presidents and only two kings – Ted

Image found at beatnikdaddio

Filed under: Lifestyle, Portraits, Rock'n'roll, Tackieness Tagged: Elvis Presley, Elvis Presley lamps, Tastelessness

As We’re Talking About Tastelessness


Notice how both parents are grabbing their daughter’s hands tightly to prevent the poor tyke from running home, getting out of that ridiculous outfit and throw it into the incinerator in the back garden. Some people should never, ever get their hands on a sewing machine.

Where I come from this would border to child abuse. The idiotic parents have a free will (unfortunately, in this case), the poor child have to wear what she is told. Where’s the special victim unit is all I say – Ted

Image found at beatnikdaddio

Filed under: People, Photography, Tackieness Tagged: Child abuse, Tastelessness

this Week’s Retro Recipe – Bunnies In Clover


A recipe from an ad for Kraft Cheese Company published in 1940875_bunniesRecipe HERE

Filed under: Food & drinks, Recipes, Retro, Retro advertising Tagged: apples, Bunnies In clover, Cheddar, cheese, Sausages, toast

This Week’s DIY Project – American Flat Bow


876_bowBows are among the oldest weapons in the world, yet an amazing thing was only recently discovered about them. Through mathematical analysis, laboratory investigation, high-speed photography, and painstaking field tests, it was found that the famous English long bow, after which practically all target bows are patterned, does not have the most efficient shape. Its beautifully rounded limbs are a delight to the eye, but the best cross section for a bow is something much simpler—just a plain rectangle. This discovery led to the development of the modern American flat bow, one easily made variety of which is described here.

When the white man provided the American Indian with a cheap trade musket in place of his native bow and arrow, he saved himself a good deal of grief, for had the red man developed his weapon along a logical path he might have arrived at an approximation of the bow we now know as the "semi-Indian," "flat," or "American" bow. With such a bow he could have shot with accuracy at a hundred yards (about the extreme accurate range of the long rifle), and could have delivered arrows faster than any frontier scout could load his rifle.

Drawings and plans in pdf format –> pdf_thumb

Filed under: Article, DIY project, Plans & drawings, Toys Tagged: American Flat Bow, Do it yourself, Hobby projects, Woodwork projects

On This Day In 1960: Ceylon Chooses World’s First Woman PM


876_bandara_00Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike, widow of Ceylon’s assassinated prime minister Solomon Bandaranaike, has become the world’s first woman prime minister. Her Sri Lanka Freedom Party won a resounding victory in the general election taking 75 out of 150 seats.Mrs Bandaranaike only entered politics after her husband was shot by an extremist Buddhist on 26 September 1959.

She has become known as the "weeping widow" for frequently bursting into tears during the election campaign and vowing to continue her late husband’s socialist policies. This week’s election was called after Dudley Senanayake’s United National Party failed to produce a working majority after winning elections in March.

Aristocratic by birth

Mrs Bandaranaike was born into the Ceylon aristocracy and her husband was a landowner. She was educated by Roman Catholic nuns at St Bridget’s school in the capital, Colombo, and is a practising Buddhist. She married in 1940 aged 24 876_bandara_01and has three children – and until her husband’s death seemed content in her role as mother and retiring wife. Her SLFP aims to represent the "little man" although its policies during the campaign were not clear.

Mr Bandaranaike attributed her success to the "people’s love and respect" for her late husband and urged her supporters to practise "simple living, decorum and dignity".

Her husband came to power in 1955, eight years after independence, and declared himself a Buddhist which appealed to nationalists. But his government was wracked by infighting among Sinhalese and Tamils and lacked direction. Mrs Bandaranaike inherits a country in a state of flux and her party’s proposed programme of nationalisation may bring her into conflict with foreign interests in commodities like tea, rubber and oil.

In context:

Sirimavo Bandaranaike made Sinhalese the language of government – which angered the minority Tamils – and brought schools under state secular control. She lost the 1965 election after her unpopular alliance with Trotskyites but returned to power in 1970.

Ceylon was made a republic in 1972 and renamed Sri Lanka.

876_bandara_02Unemployment, inflation, food shortages and ethnic tensions continued to escalate and even the nationalisation of tea and rubber in 1975 did not help the economy.The SLFP lost the 1977 election and in 1980 Mrs Bandaranaike was found guilty of misuse of power and forced out of parliament.

Her daughter, Chandrika Kumaratunge, was elected president in 1994 and appointed her mother prime minister, by now a largely ceremonial position.

After 40 years in office she resigned on 10 August 2000. Exactly two months later she died, aged 84, of a heart attack.

Text from BBC’s OnThisDay

Filed under: Article, People Tagged: 1960, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, World's First Woman PM

This Week’s Favourite Female Singer – Beth Hart


8778_beth hart_01

8778_beth hart_02Beth Hart (born January 24, 1972) is an American singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, California. She rose to fame with the release of her 1999 single "LA Song (Out of This Town)" from her second album Screamin’ for My Supper. The single was a number one hit in New Zealand, as well as reaching top 5 on the US Adult Contemporary and number 7 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 Chart. The song also aired during Episode 17 of the 10th and final season of Beverly Hills, 90210. Beth also delivered music to the end-scene of the last episode of "Californication" season 6, with "My California", Subsequent albums namely "Seesaw" and "Live In Amsterdam" by Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa, achieved number 1 status on the 8778_beth hart_03Billboard Blues Album Chart. Beth’s last release "Bang Bang Boom Boom" rose to number 3 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart, as well as the album "Don’t Explain" by Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa. The album "Seesaw" rose to number 8 on the Billboard Top Independent Album Chart. Beth Hart has had two number 1 singles in Denmark "As Good As It Gets" and "Learning To Live", as well a platinum selling album "Leave The Light On". Beth’s first album with Joe Bonamassa, "Don’t Explain", went gold in The Netherlands. Beth in 2014 was nominated for a Grammy award with the album "Seesaw" and she was also nominated for a Blues Music Award in the category Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist.

Early career

While playing the Los Angeles clubs, she enlisted bassist Tal Herzberg and guitarist Jimmy Khoury. In 1993, Hart appeared on Ed McMahon‘s Star Search several times, ultimately winning the Female Vocalist competition for that season.

Beth Hart and the Ocean of Souls was recorded in 1993. It includes "Am I the One" and a pop-rock cover of the Beatles’ "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".

Hart released her album Immortal with her band Beth Hart Band in 1996.

Screamin’ for My Supper: Career breakthrough

Her next album, Screamin’ for My Supper (Atlantic, 1999), featured "LA Song (Out of This Town)", a #1 hit in New Zealand and a top 5 Adult Contemporary chart hit. At the same time, Hart was singing the lead role in Love, Janis, an off-Broadway musical based on Joplin’s letters home to her mother.

Leave the Light On, live album and 37 Days

Hart’s Leave the Light On was released in 2003. Hart followed this up with her live album Live at Paradiso in 2005. Her fourth solo studio album 37 Days was released in Europe in July 2007.

"Learning to Live" was used as the theme song to Losing It With Jillian on NBC.

Text from Wikipedia

Filed under: Article, Blues, Music, Rock, Videos Tagged: Beth Hart, Femal rock artists, Female singers

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Queen’s Park Hotel In Trinidad

No One Master Multi-Tasking Like A Woman

Johnny Winter: Blues musician who inspired John Lennon, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards dies aged 70


Blues musician Johnny Winter died the day before yesterday (16 July) in his Zurich hotel room at the age of 70.

884_johnny_04His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of their loved one and one of the world’s finest guitarists," it read. "An official statement with more details shall be issued at the appropriate time."

He had been on an extensive tour that included Europe. He did his final performance on Saturday (12 July) at the Lovely Days Festival in Wiesen, Austria.

Born 23 February 1944, Winter went onto inspire musicians such as John Lennon, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger – all of whom wrote songs in celebration of him. He also helped revive the careers of the legendary Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker through his collaborations.

Johnny Winter and Janis Joplin

Winter began his recording career at the age of just 15 with his band Johnny And The Jammers, when he released “School Day Blues”. His big break came in December 1968 when Mike Bloomfield invited him to sing and play a song at a Bloomfield and Al Kooper concert in New York. Representatives from Columbia Records attended the gig and signed him in what was then the biggest advances in the history of the recording industry – $600,000.

James Cotton – Johnny Winter – Muddy Waters

In addition to his own performing career, he is known for his work with Muddy Waters – his childhood hero. Winter created three lucrative albums for the musician; Hard Again (1977), I’m Ready (1978) and King Bee (1981). The partnership culminated in him wining three Grammy Awards. He was named 63rd best guitarist ever by Rolling Stone magazine.

Text from The Indipendent

Filed under: Article, Blues, Music, Rock Tagged: Blues guitarists, Johnny Winter

Shaken Not Stirred



I can just as well admit it at once, I’m a James bond buff. I got all Fleming’s books both in worn paperbacks from my younger days and nice bookshelf hard cores, and I’ve read them all several times. And like with most real Bond buffs, there is only one James Bond for me; Sean Connery. Apart from Daniel Craig the rest of them are a bunch of sissies. My absolute favourite Bond Movie is Thunderball and my heart soars when I read here that that movie is still the top grossing of all Bond movies. The reason it is my favourite is that it is the Bond movie that has a story line closest to the the original book – Ted

In context
The Walter PPK was not James Bond’s weapon of choice as it says on the illustration. He was forced to start using that because M found Bond’s weapon of choice, a Beretta 32 cal. with a skeleton grip lacking in stopping power.

Watching the movies is not enough, read the books ;-)

Image found at my Swedish friend Rincewind’s blog Erotixx

Filed under: Actors, Movies, People Tagged: Ian Fleming, James Bond, Sean Connery

The forgotten Ones – Thordis Brandt


forgotten ones

883_thordis_01Thordis Brandt (born 1943) is a German-born American actress.

Personal life

Thordis Brandt was born in Germany of Norwegian and German parents. She moved to Canada as a young girl and was raised there. After completing a university degree in nursing, she moved to Santa Monica, California. As she pursued acting and dancing as careers, she continued to practice her nursing in private duty. One of her jobs in private duty was serving actress Patricia Neal. Ms. Neal recommended Thordis to other actors and actresses and Thordis became known as the "actor’s nurse". After retiring from acting, she continued nursing in Beverly Hills.



A bit player for most of her career, she appeared in such TV shows as "The Girl From UNCLE", "The Green Hornet", "Mannix" and a brief appearance in the 1967 episode of "The Fugitive", The One That Got Away. She also appeared in films such as "Funny Girl" and "In Like Flint." She has gained minor cult status as the victim of a serial killer in the Made-For-TV movie "Dragnet 1966."


Text from Wikipedia

Filed under: Actresses, Facts, Models & starlets Tagged: Funny Girl, German-born American actresses, In Like Flint, Thordis Brandt

The Lure Of The Mad Men – Part 22



Here we got an ad that goes right to the point visitors. If you didn’t catch the “action zone” badge it’s time to go bed or maybe to an optician. Unfortunately the ad leave it up to our sordid imaginations to guess exactly what the “action zone” really is. Is he wearing a pair of pants that let him get his pecker out in a flash, or is it a pair of pants extra well suited for a little pocket tennis. Or is it simply a pair of pants that leaves room for a solid woody. Who knows?

And while our sordid minds still ponder what the “action zone” might be we catch “Now With Extra Large Snack Sack!” and our imagination gets even more sordid fuel. Well, what ever it is, the man’s lady friend seems to be rather satisfied with both his “Action Zone” and his “Snack Sack” unlike her poodle.

PS! I’m fully aware of the fact that we again might have to do with a photoshoped ad, but do I care. It gave me a big healthy laugh that ended in a rather naughty snicker. And what more can you ask.

If any of you visitors out there has more information on these strange pair of pants, please share – Ted ;-)

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A Slight Digression

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