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This Week’s Girliemag Article – Strip-Ling Secretary



Sandy Lyden, a stripper by profession, has become the prize pet of London’s bored businessmen, because of a racy routine in which img_003she shows how a Girl Friday could keep an office buzzing all week long!

London where many mini-clubs offer strip acts both day and night, Sandy is one of the daytime disrobers, and she devised this bit as an appetizer to go with businessman’s lunch.

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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  is 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: Article, Glamour, Models & starlets, Nudes, Pinups, The sixties Tagged: 1968, Frolic Magazine, Girliemags, Glamour models, Sandy Lyden

Retro rambling’s Visitors Service – Part 20 – How To Play With Shadows



In case your TV should suddenly simply call it a day and decide to hibernate and you’re left sitting staring at a dull grey soundless screen, here’s a little something to keep you occupied while you wait for the repair man to arrive. If you combine it with yesterday’s 30 shots it should turn out to be quite an entertaining evening after all – Ted

Image found at TurnOfTheCentury

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Filed under: Entertainment, Pastime, Television, Visitor services Tagged: Playing with shadows, Retro rambling’s Visitors Service, Shadows

The Waterman 100 Years Pen


Waterman 100 years pen, 1942. Guaranteed for a Century, the streamline model was launched x-mas 1939. Colours: forest green, burgundy, navy and black – Designed by John Vassos

It will not surprise regular visitors to hear that I count fountain pens among my many collections. What might surprise you is that my burgundy Waterman 100 years pen from 1944 is still working perfectly. It has only another 30 years to keep its promise – Ted 

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Filed under: Design, Facts, The forties, The thirties Tagged: 100 years pens, Fountain pens, Waterman

Greta Garbo By Arthur William Brown

Vintage Auto Tourism

London Anno 1959 – Part 14



THE ST JAMES’S PARK BRIDGE. This is the new bridge over the St James’s Park lake about which there was much controversy when it was proposed to replace the old chain bridge erected in 1857, An anonymous testator had left a sum of £20,000 to be spent on erecting a new bridge and, under the terms of his will, the money could not be used for the much-needed repairs to the old bridge. Preparatory work began on the new structure in December, 1956, and it was opened to the public on 5th October, 1957 – after twenty guardsmen from nearby Wellington Barracks had tested its stability in various ways, including crossing it at the double. From both the old and the new bridges a delightful view of the elegant government buildings across the Horse Guards Parade may be obtained. The present lay-out of St James’s Park, which has been a royal park since the 17th century, is due to John Nash.

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

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Round The World By Steam – 1920 – Koninklijke Hollandsche Lloyd


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1920_Königlicher Hollandischer Lloyd_03Founded in 1899 to carry cattle and cargo between Amsterdam and South America. The cattle trade ceased in 1903 when the British Government prohibited the import of live cattle due to the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Argentina and in 1906 the company started emigration voyages from Amsterdam to Buenos Aires with calls at Boulogne, Plymouth, Coruna, Lisbon, Las Palmas, Pernambuco, Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Santos and Montevideo. Between 1917 and 1919 the company also made a few calls at New York. Passenger services ceased after 1935, but the company continued to run a cargo service to South America and is now incorporated in the NEDLLOYD group.

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Ship on the poster

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built by Alexander Stephen & Sons Glasgow,
Yard No 436

Port of Registry: Amsterdam
Propulsion: Steam – triple expansion – 14 knots
Launched: Tuesday, 26/04/1910
Built: 1910
Ship Type: Passenger Cargo Vessel
Tonnage: 7958 grt
Length: 440 feet
Breadth: 55 feet
Owner History:
Koninklijke Hollandsche Lloyd Amsterdam
Status: Scrapped – 1936
Remarks: Maiden voyage 21st July 1910
Amsterdam to South America
Requisitioned by the US Government in March 1918 returning to Dutch service in 1919
Laid up February 1935

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Can I Have …….

The 1983 Bamby


The Bamby first appeared in Hull (UK) in 1983 and was designed and built by Alan Evans. Being a keen Bubble car enthusiast Evans’s created the Bamby after being made redundant from a building firm in 1982. The vehicle was a single seater with a fibreglass body that had a single gull-wing type door.  It was powered by an air cooled, single cylinder  50cc Yamaha engine. Production ceased in 1985


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Filed under: Automobiles, Transportation, Traveling Tagged: Alan Evans, Bamby, British cars, Bubble car, Micro cars, mini cars

This Week’s Softdrink – Campa Cola



999_campa cola_01Campa Cola is a soft drink brand in India. It was a market leader in most regions of India for a period spanning several years until the advent of the foreign players Pepsi and Coca-Cola after the liberalisation policy of the P. V. Narasimha Rao Government in 1991.

Campa Cola was a drink created by the Pure Drinks Group in the 1970s. The Pure Drinks Group pioneered the India soft drink industry when it introduced Coca-Cola into India in 1949, and were the sole manufacturers and distributors of Coca-Cola till the 1970s when Coke was asked to leave. The Pure Drinks Group and Campa Beverages Pvt. Ltd. virtually dominated the entire Indian soft drink industry for about 15 years, and then started Campa Cola during the absence of foreign competition.

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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

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The Life & Times Of Aunt Mabel – Part 20



These lovely old Swede immigrant ladies turned up on Aunt Mabel’s doorstep one day asking nicely if they could come in and talk a little and sing about Jesus. The foulness of her answer sent one of them into permanent coma and the other to a permanent bed post in a home for the mentally bewildered and baffled.

I can sympathize with her feelings having lived less than 200 meters from the Assembly Hall of one of the larges congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Norway. Their annoying eagerness in bringing salvation to the neighbourhood was if nothing else impressive  – Ted

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The Very Last Edition Of The Beetle

London At A Glance 1944

Old Spice Aftershave Lotion (1960s) – Classic TV Commercial

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Liquid Fuel Stoves and the Caravan Camper



If you’ve never made dinner on a hike you’ve missed out on one of life’s great pleasures.

Originally posted on Paleotool's Weblog:

A look at the origins and evolution of our favorite stove…

This post was going to be a few words about the Primus stoves we all love and some images I’ve collected from around the web.  As usual, I found myself rambling all over the topic without a clear direction. 

Primus advertisement 1899. Image found on the Classic Camp Stove Forum.

Outdoor cooking has become something of a lost art for those of us raised in the industrial world, but not too long ago, what we think of as camp cooking was just plain cooking.   Several major advances made in the 19th and early 20th centuries resonate in our lives without a second thought from most of us.  Most of our great-grandparents cooked with solid fuel (mostly wood, peat, manure, or charcoal) and their grandparents may have been fortunate enough to cook indoors in bad weather.

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Another Vintage Easy Chair Round Trip Anno 1885 – 1910

Conserving the Midland Railway poster, Blackpool



My absolute favourite museum in the world and I’ve been there more times than I can remember. I studied calligraphy and hand lettering in York for one year and I was at the National Railway Museum at least once a week, usually more often – Ted

Originally posted on National Railway Museum blog:

This guest blog was written by Richard Hawkes ACR, Paper Conservator, Artworks Conservation, Harrogate

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Midland Railway, Blackpool poster, after conservation

Posters produced to advertise railway companies and their destinations were not expected to last longer than their brief period of display. The papers on which they were printed contained low quality wood pulp and the inks were bulked out with cheap extenders. They were pasted to billboards and walls and often torn down or covered with next season’s designs. Although they were mass produced, the fact that examples from the nineteenth century had survived at all is remarkable.

Once such example was almost lost when, after nearly being thrown out due to its poor condition, it was donated to a local charity shop who contacted the National Railway Museum.

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The Forgotten Ones – Julia Marlowe


forgotten onesJulia Marlowe, Broadway poster, 1899

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Julia Marlowe (August 17, 1865 – November 12, 1950) was an English-born American actress known for her interpretations of William Shakespeare.

Life and career

Marlowe was born as Sarah Frances Frost near Keswick, Cumberland, England, to John Frost and Sarah (Strong) Hodgson. When she was four her family emigrated to the United States. Her father, who was an avid fan of local sports, "fled to America in 1870 under the erroneous impression that he had destroyed a neighbor’s eye by flicking a whip at him during a race." He changed his name to Brough and after first settling in Kansas he moved his family east to Portsmouth, Ohio and then Cincinnati.

Early career

Marlowe obtained the nickname of "Fanny" and in her early teens began her career in the chorus of a juvenile opera company. While touring with the company for nearly a year performing Gilbert and Sullivan‘s H.M.S. Pinafore (1879), under the direction of Colonel Robert E. J. Miles (manager of the Cincinnati Opera House) she was given the part of Sir Joseph Porter. She later played in W. S. Gilbert‘s Pygmalion and Galatea.

Her training and initial success was due primarily to Miles’s sister-in-law Ada Dow. Still in Cincinnati, Fanny played her first Shakespearean roles as Balthazar in Romeo and Juliet and as Maria in Twelfth Night she was billed as Fanny Brough. Soon after Ada Dow took Fanny to New York where for several years she received voice training by Parsons Price. Finished with the voice training she changed her name to Julia Marlowe. As an unknown, twenty-year old Marlowe was, at first, unable to get a Shakesperean role, but she was determined. Colonel Miles, the new manager of the New York Bijou Opera House, gave her the opportunity to play for two weeks on tour in New England, starting in New London, Connecticut. This gave Marlowe the repertoire she needed. On 20 October 1887, her mother hired the Bijou for a matinee of Ingomar, the Barbarian (Maria Lovell’s adaptation of Friedrich Halm‘s Der Sohn der Wildnis), in which Marlowe received acclaim which served as a stepping stone to Broadway.

In early 1891, Marlowe came down with a severe case of typhoid fever while on tour in Philadelphia. The owner of the Philadelphia Times newspaper and his wife took Julia in and oversaw her return to health. At one point her face became so swollen that doctors considered lancing her face to release the toxins, but the good judgment of one doctor prevailed and a different treatment was arrived at which would fight the toxins and save her face for her acting career. Had this measure not been taken, she would never have been performing on Broadway by 1895 and would never have established herself as the leading American actress of Shakespeare in her day alongside actor E. H. Sothern.

She made her Broadway debut in 1895 and went on to appear in more than seventy Broadway productions. With the money from her first Broadway success, she bought the townhouse known as River Mansion at 337 Riverside Drive. Her first husband was Broadway actor Robert Taber. Their marriage lasted from 1894–1900 and produced no children. Taber and Marlowe were married in 1894. According to many who knew her, Marlowe sacrificed her own self-interests many times in order to promote Taber’s career. Despite this, however, professional jealousy ended their marriage in 1900. In a letter dated April 2nd, 1895 from Taber he writes "I herewith return your play. Mrs. Taber is grateful for your kindness in submitting it and notwithstanding its interest – She finds it unsuited for her present use. Very truly yours, Robert Taber". Taber was touring in England at the time of their divorce. In 1904, Marlowe starred as Mary Tudor in Kester‘s adaptation of When Knighthood Was in Flower. This was an enormous success, and made Marlowe financially independent. Other hits for Marlowe followed including Charlotte Oliver in the adaptation by Kester and Middleton of George Washington Cable‘s The Cavalier, and Ingomar, both in 1903. Of her performance in the latter, The New York Sunwrote, "There is not a woman player in America or in England that is – attractively considered – fit to unlace her shoe".

Sothern and later years

In 1904, she began an extremely successful partnership with actor E. H. Sothern, beginning with their appearances in the title roles in Romeo and Juliet, Beatrice and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, and the leads in Hamlet. They toured all over the U.S. in these plays, adding The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night to their repertoire in 1905. Unhappy with their compensation from their manager, Charles Frohman, they continued under the management of the Shubert Brothers, from then on receiving a percentage of the profits. In 1906, together with Sothern, she played the title character in Percy MacKaye‘s Jeanne d’Arc, Salome in Sudermann‘s John the Baptist and Rautendelein in The Sunken Bell, receiving favorable reviews. By this time, Marlowe and Sothern were known as the premier Shakespearean actors in their day.

In 1906 Julia wrote a letter to her friend Elisabeth Greer during her 1905-1906 season in which she was performing The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew, and Twelfth Night with co-star and future husband, E. H. Sothern. It is believed Mrs. Greer lived in Minneapolis. She offers her friend seats to the performances the coming weekend and promises to come to her on Friday for lunch. The letter reads: St. Paul, Minn. 10 April. 1906 My dear Mrs. Greer: I will go to you for luncheon on Friday, and you are very kind to say I may choose my own time and I do so. I hope 12:30 seems reasonable to you. That will be my breakfast. Will you consult with the other members of your family and decide whether you would like a box for Friday or Saturday evening. With all affectionate greeting to you and cordial remembrances for all your house. I am, Faithfully Julia Marlowe

After another season in New York and then on tour, Sothern, Marlowe and their company crossed the Atlantic to play in London. They were unable to attract audiences in England, however, and returned to America after a season. Back in the U.S., they presented Shakespeare at affordable prices at the Academy of Music in New York, allowing audiences who had not previously been able to afford their productions to see them. Marlowe and Sothern dissolved their company and formed separate companies for a time. She played in J. B. Fagan‘s Gloria, in Romeo and Juliet and in As You Like It. in 1908, she played Yvette inMary Johnston‘s verse play The Goddess of Reason.

At the end of 1909, Sothern and Marlowe reunited in Antony and Cleopatra. In 1910, they toured in Macbeth, receiving enthusiastic notices and bringing the production to New York where it was a hit. They then continued to tour their Shakespearean repertoire, also playing special performances of the plays for children at schools. Marlowe and Sothern married in 1911. Marlowe and Sothern made eleven phonograph recordings for the Victor company in 1920 and 1921. These recordings are presumably the only recorded evidence of Marlowe’s voice today. After more touring with Sothern in Shakespeare, the two brought their production of The Merchant of Venice to New York in 1921. Soon afterwards, Marlowe’s health was failing, and she retired in 1924. After Sothern’s death in 1933, Marlowe became somewhat of a recluse. White haired and still beautiful she’d occasionally visit close friends like ailing playwright Edward Sheldon. In 1923, she received an honorary doctorate fromGeorge Washington University, and another in 1943 from Columbia University.

Julia Marlowe died in 1950 in New York City at the age of 85. She had no children.

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NYCO fruit Salt – A Norwegian Classic



DSCN3158NYCO is an antacid remedy for acid reflux. The fruit salt containing sodium hydrogen carbonate (sodium bicarbonate), tartaric acid, malic acid and some sweeteners. Tartaric acid and malic acid are weak toprotic acids reacts with sodium hydrogen carbonate in water.

And as you can see from the picture to the left a product still in use at my place ;-)


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