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This Week’s Girliemag Article – Casbah Dreams


img_000So there I was on my way home from the airport. I’d been away for three days at a conference. My mind was now wondering what sort of reception my wife would give me. Yeah, I know, usually it was all love and kisses, something I really looked forward to. But then usually I come home with a small gift for my wife, you know the small surprise they are always waiting for. But this time she was going to get a big surprise for this one was five feet eight inches tall, dark and built like a dream who went by the name of Malena Montero.

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 ;-)

Filed under: Article, Glamour, Models & starlets, Nudes, Pinups, The sixties Tagged: 1962, Eve Magazine, Girliemags, Glamour models, Malena Montero

Charles Dana Gibson – The Social Ladder

Hot Damn, That Woman…..

London Anno 1959 – Part 10



THE ADMIRALTY ARCH – The Admiralty Arch was erected in 1910 as part of the national memorial to Queen Victoria. It stands at the Whitehall end of the Mall, at the other end of which is the Victoria Memorial seen in the next picture. Both the Arch and the Memorial were designed by Sir Aston Webb. Over the Arch is the Admiralty library and it is joined by a bridge to the rest of the Admiralty buildings in Whitehall. On the right of the picture is Sir Thomas Brock’s bronze statue of Captain Cook, round the pedestal of which are the words: ‘Circumnavigator of the globe, explorer of the Pacific Ocean, he laid the foundations of the British Empire in Australia and New Zealand, charted the shores of Newfoundland, and opened the ocean gates of Canada, both east and west’.

From “Country Life Picture Book of London” with photos by G F Allen

By the way, this is my post No 4000 on RetroRambling

Filed under: British, Facts, Holidays, The fifties, Traveling Tagged: 1959, London, The Admiralty Arch

Round The World By Steam – Scandinavian American Line


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The Scandinavian America Line (Skandinavien-Amerika-Linien) was founded in 1898, when the DFDS (Det Forenede Dampskibs-Selskap – the United Steamship Company of Copenhagen) took over the steamship company Thingvalla Line. The passenger and freight service between Scandinavia and New York City was operated under the name Scandinavian America Line until 1935.

1914_Scandinavian American Line_12One of the ships in the Scandinavian American Line was the SS United States. This ship was constructed in 1903 by A. Stephen and Sons in Glasgow. She was 10,095 tons and 500.8 feet long. Her captain was Captain Wulff. The United States made her maiden voyage on March 30, 1903; she sailed from Copenhagen to Christiana (present-day Oslo), Christiansand then on to New York by June 3, 1903. The United States left from Copenhagen on her last voyage on October 25, 1934. She was damaged by a fire on September 2, 1935 at Copenhagen and was scrapped that same year in Leghorn.

In 1935 the ship Fredrik VIII sailed the Scandinavian America Line’s final voyage from New York to Copenhagen. The ship was scrapped in 1936. After that time, cargo and passenger service continued under the 1914_Scandinavian American Line_01DFDS name.


Ship on the poster

The Frederik VIII was built by Vulcan Stettiner Maschinenbau A.G., Stettin (no. 332) in 1913 for the (DFDS) Scandinavian American Line. At the delivery she was the largest Scandinavian ship. Her tonnage was 11,850 tons gross, 7,630 dead weight. She had a length of 159.55m x beam 18,99m (523.5ft x 62.3ft). She had 2 decks and awning deck, two funnels, two masts, twin screw and a speed of 17 knots. There was accommodation for 121 first class, 259 second class and 881 third class passengers. She had a crew of 245.

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Filed under: Article, Ephemera, Holidays, Maritime history, Posters, Transportation, Traveling Tagged: Scandinavian American Line, Steam ship posters

Vintage Luggage Labels

True colours



Even more interesting to me, who is still a graphic designer ;.)

Originally posted on Erotixx:


As a former graphics designer,  I find this very interesting. 

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The Batchelors Foods’‘Soup-Opera’ ads from the 1950s



“Stay-at-home husbands are many wives’ problem – but it was the other way around at our house. A stick-in-the-mudwife, me, always avoiding outings because of housework.” The combination of the ‘gay young Lawsons’ and Batchelors tinned Peas helped her to be a better housewife.  Batchelors Food ad from 1953.

After WW2 a study showed that the average British housewife worked 75 hours a week with a quarter of that spent in the kitchen. It wasn’t until the 1960s that washing machines and refrigerators started to become common in British homes. Housewives were desperate for any sort of labour-saving devices and speedier, simpler ways of cooking meals.

In 1951 at the Festival of Britain huge queues of people were attracted to the Home of the Future’ exhibition which featured modern fitted kitchens and newfangled electrical appliances galore. Housework drudgery was a fact of life to most women in the post-war servant-less house.

The Batchelors Peas adverts in the 1950s put across the idea that their canned food, although quick to prepare for the modern housewife, were actually the height of sophisticated dining. A simple tin of peas meant minimal cooking which of course meant that there was more time for the housewife to look glamorous for her husband when he returned from work.


“Last week, back from abroad, Geoff awarded me nylons after my latest Batchelors meal. He thinks I’m the wonderful one.” Ad from 1950.


“I doubted my darling”. A housewife asks her husband’s pretty secretary how she holds down a job and does the housework too. Batchelors canned food is of course the answer.


“Prodigal Daughter” .A housewife cooks a meal involving Batchelors baked beans for her daughter Wendy’s boyfriend. Now a wedding is on the cards. Ad from 1953.


“My husbands Iron Curtain” – Housewife becomes her old ‘gay self’ again when she starts cooking with Batchelors. Her husband, now well-fed and full of praisers is ‘silent no longer’.


“The Valentino Touch” – A very creepy Spanish houseguest pretends to like a housewives cooking when she serves up some tinned Cream of Tomato soup. Ad from 1952.


“Home to that good meal they need!” – Jim looked out of sorts when he came in last Friday. ‘Sandwich lunch’ I thought to myself and fled to the kitchen. Ad from 1951.

Text and images from flashbak

Filed under: Advertising, British, Food & drinks, Humour, The fifties Tagged: Batchelour Foods, Early fifties, Food ads

This Week’s Softdrink – Pacola



a1001_pacola_04Pakola is one of the oldest carbonated soft drinks to have been introduced in Pakistan. It dates way back to the year 1950 by one Muhammad Ali. As a matter of fact, the name Pakola is from the words Pakistan Cola. As of today, Pakola is produced by Gul Brothers Co and Mehran Bottlers, both of Pakistan. It is green in colour with a number of variants available.

The drink is so popular that it is also exported abroad to Europe and other regions. Pakola is majorly popular due to its unique ice cream like very strong taste. As a brands name, Pakola is officially owned by the Teli family.


Text from fizzizist

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: Facts, Food & drinks, Soft drinks and sodas Tagged: Pacola, Pakistani sodas, Pakistani softdrinks

Great American Cars Of The Forties – 1949 Buick Roadmaster Riviera


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A closed coupe without the usual fixed centre roof pillar wasn’t exactly a new idea in 1949, and Buick wasn’t alone in fielding one that season. Even so, the first Riviera helped pioneer post-war America’s favourite body style, and that’s 1949_buick roadmaster rivierea_ill07why it’s long been judged a great car of the Forties.

The Roadmaster Riviera shares honours with the Cadillac Series 62 Coupe deVille and Oldsmobile’s Futuramic 98 Holiday as the first modern’ ‘hardtop-convertible." But contrary to popular belief, the concept did not, strictly speaking, originate at General Motors or in the years just after World War II. Dodge Brothers offered a true pillar-less coupe during World War I. Introduced in 1916, it was an all-steel three-passenger model with removable doorposts that located twin drop-down plate-glass windows on each side. Though this. novel feature was aimed mainly at easier entry I exit, it also made for a car that combined the superior sturdiness and weather protection of closed coachwork with the sort of "outdoors" feel found in open styles. This led a number of accessory makers to the idea of detachable "hard" tops, which became all the rage in the Twenties.

Most were made of steel and covered in glossy patent leather. Many were actually stronger than even the stoutest sedan roofs of the day.

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The Thirties saw increasing buyer preference for closed models with rollup windows. This prompted development of all-steel’ ‘Turret Top" construction, which made lift-off roofs unnecessary and hastened the demise of the 1949_buick roadmaster rivierea_ill04traditional roadster and touring car body types. Soon, engineers began finding ways to make roof pillars less obtrusive, and stylists began thinking about eliminating them altogether, especially the middle or "B" posts.

While some envisioned radical plastic "bubbletops," most designers harked back to the notion of a fixed-roof pillar-less coupe with an unbroken side window area that would simulate the look of a convertible with its top up and windows down.

One of them was Buick chief stylist Ned Nickles. Sometime around 1945, he devised a 3/8-scale hardtop model and showed it to division head Harlow Curtice and Buick manufacturing manager Edward T. Ragsdale. Both liked it. Ragsdale, who ultimately worked out the design’s production engineering, noted that his wife had favoured convertibles for their sporty looks, but never put the tops down to avoid mussing her hair. Curtice’s clout won corporate approval for the new body style, initially as a Buick exclusive. That, of course, was later changed.

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Buick chose the Riviera name to set the new hardtop apart from its other models. Billed as combining "the racy look of a convertible with the suave and solid comfort of a fine sedan:’ it debuted in the top-line Roadmaster series for 1949 at $3203, making it that year’s second costliest offering (after the woody wagon).

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Filed under: Advertising, Automobiles, Retro technology, The forties, Transportation, Traveling Tagged: 1949.American cars, Buick Roadmaster Riviera

François Martin-Kavel (1861–1931)


François Martin-Kavel (Paris 1861 – 1931) French School. Painter of figures, nudes, landscapes, still lives and flowers. He was a regular exhibitor at the Salon des Artistes Français, of which he was a Member and was awarded a medal for his work in 1881.

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Filed under: Art, Paintings Tagged: François Martin-Kavel, French painters

Round Britain By Railway Posters – Royal Leamington Spa



Royal Leamington Spa, commonly known as Leamington Spa or Leamington Listeni/ˈlɛmɪŋtən/ or Leam /ˈlɛm/colloquially, is a spa town in central Warwickshire, England. Formerly known as Leamington Priors, its expansion began following a10460_lemington_07the popularisation of the medicinal qualities of its water by Dr Kerr in 1784, and by Dr Lambe around 1797. During the 19th century, the town experienced one of the most rapid expansions in England. It is named after the River Leam which flows through the town.

The town comprises six electoral wards; Brunswick, Milverton, Manor, Crown, Clarendon and Willes. The total population for those wards in 2011 was 49,491.


Formerly known as Leamington Priors, Leamington began to develop as a town at the start of the 19th century. It was first mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Lamintone. For 400 years, the settlement was under the control ofKenilworth Priory, from which the older suffix derived. Its name came from Anglo-Saxon Leman-tūn or Lemen-tūn = "farm on the River Leam". The spa waters had been known in Roman times and their rediscovery in 1784 by William Abbotts and Benjamin Satchwell, led to their commercialisation.


Early development of the old town centre was on the southern bank of the River Leam. Later builders began concentrating the town’s expansion on the land north of the river, resulting in the Georgian centre of New Town with the a10460_lemington_01Leam flowing between the two. In 1767 Parliament passed an Act, proposed by Edward Willes, a local landowner, for dividing and enclosing the open and common land on the south and west of the River Leam. Following a survey of the area by John Tomlinson in 1768, the land was estimated to be 990 acres (4.0 km2) and was subsequently divided, and new public roads were laid out. After the division on the south of the river most of the land east of the village was owned by the Willes family and to the west by Matthew Wise. To the north of the river most of the land was owned by the Willes family, the Earl of Warwick, and Bertie Greatheed.The main landholders of the village and adjacent land were the Earl of Aylesford, and a number of smaller landowners. In the following decades some of the land was sold.[6] By 1901, the population of Leamington had grown from a few hundred to nearly 27,000.


In 1814, the Royal Pump Rooms and Baths were opened close to the River Leam.This grand structure attracted many visitors, expecting cures by bathing in pools of salty spa water. It also included the world’s first gravity fed piped hot water system in modern times, which was designed and installed by the engineer William Murdoch. Leamington became a popularspa resort attracting the wealthy and famous, and construction began of numerous Georgian townhouses to accommodate visitors, and a town hall was built in 1830.

a10460_lemington_05With the spread of the town’s popularity, and the granting with a ‘Royal’ prefix in 1838 by Queen Victoria, ‘Leamington Priors’ was renamed ‘Royal Leamington Spa’. Queen Victoria had visited the town as a Princess in 1830 and as Queen in 1858. A statue of Queen Victoria was almost destroyed by a German bomb during World War II, and was moved one inch on its plinth by the blast. The statue was not returned to its original position, and the incident is recorded on a plaque on its plinth.


The function of the Royal Pump Rooms changed several times over the following years. While retaining its assembly rooms and medical facilities, around 1863 it was extended to include a Turkish bath and swimming pool, in 1875 the Royal Pump Room Gardens were opened to the public, and in 1890 a further swimming pool was added. The economy of Leamington decreased towards the a10460_lemington_08end of the 19th century following the decline in popularity of spa towns, and it became a popular place of residence for retired people and for members of the middle-class who relocated from Coventry and Birmingham, and wealthy residents led to the development of Leamington as a popular place for shopping. In 1997, the owners of the building, the district council, closed the facility for redevelopment, reopening it in 1999 as a culture centre. It now contains Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum, a library, a tourist information centre, refurbished assembly rooms and a cafe. Spa water can still be sampled outside the building.

Leamington is closely associated with the founding of lawn tennis. The first tennis club in the world was formed in 1872 by Major Henry Gem and Augurio Pereira who had started playing tennis in the garden of Pereira. It was located just behind the former Manor House Hotel and the modern rules of lawn tennis were drawn up in 1874 in Leamington Tennis Club.

During the Second World War, Leamington was home to the Free Czechoslovak Army; a memorial in the Jephson Gardens commemorates the bravery of Czechoslovak parachutists from Warwickshire.

Text from Wikipedia 

Filed under: British, Ephemera, Holidays, Traveling Tagged: British Railways, Royal Leamington Spa

The Life & Times Of Aunt Mabel – Part 15


Had Young Johnny’s mother known what sort of selfies her sister, aunt Mabel, was sending Johnny late at night she would never have bought her that I-phone for Christmas. The text that followed the selfies were even more naughty – Ted

Filed under: Humour, Tackieness Tagged: Aunt Mabel, Selfies, Terrible relatives

Coca-Cola Ads From Nazi Germany

The World’s Oldest Recipe

Cheesecake Cartoons by Dean Yeagle