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Maintaining Some Dignity

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Monty Python’s Flying Circus: Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, and Terry Jones. New York, April 25, 1975.

"Before we knew it, Avedon somehow got us to take our clothes off. We did manage to say ‘we’re going to keep our hats, socks, and shoes on’. We had to maintain some dignity."

~ Terry Gilliam

Photo by by Richard Avedon found on ghastlydelights


Filed under: British, Humour, People, Photography Tagged: Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Richard Avadon, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

Danuta Siedzikowna (1928-1946) – Called ‘Inka’.

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Danuta  served as a medic in the Polish Home Army and underground army during Second World War. In 1945 (after the Soviets took Białystok from the German Nazis) she was arrested by the NKWD (law enforcement agency of the Soviet Union) for collaboration with the anticommunist underground.

She was liberated from a prison transport convoy by a patrol of ex-Home Army partisans commanded by Stanisław Wołonciej “Konus”, a subordinate of Zygmunt Szendzielarz, “Łupaszko”. In 1946 she was arrested again – tortured and beaten but refused to give up any information about her contacts in the anti-communist underground and their meeting points.

Based on the false evidence She was charged with taking an active, violent part in an attack on functionaries of the Communist UB (Polish secret police) and the Milicja Obywatelska near village Podjazy as part of the Łupaszko unit (despite the fact that she was only a medic) and sentenced to death. She was executed on 28 of September 1946 along with Feliks Selmanowicz ‘Zakonczyk’. They both refused blindfolds. When the prosecutor gave the order for the execution squad to fire, both prisoners simultaneously shouted (in Polish) ‘Long Live Poland!’.

In her last secret message she asked fellow prisoners to inform her Grandmother that she ‘acted as she should have’.

She was 17 years of age. 

As a Polish national hero she was awarded with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

Text and image found on Fuck Yeah, History Crushes


Filed under: Article, People Tagged: 1946, Danuta Siedzikowna, Inka, Polish National Heros

Saturday Quiz: Guess That Ass

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Let’s see how well you have studied classic celebrity backsides visitors.
The question is simple; Who’s famous ass is this?

And this ass is so famous that you’ll get no clues ;-)

Last week’s ass belonged as most of you guessed to Audrey Hepburn


Filed under: People, Photography Tagged: Guess That Ass, Saturday Quiz

This Week’s Girliemag Article – A Saturday Kind Of Girl

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A digital recreation of an article published in Blaze Magazine Vol 2 – No 1

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Read the whole article and see all the 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  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 ;-)


Filed under: Article, Models & starlets, Nudes, The fifties Tagged: Blaze Magazine

The Sunday Comic – The Favourite Book

The Forgotten Ones – Isabel Sarli

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Hilda Isabel Korindo Sarli (Spanish pronunciation: [isaˈβel ˈsarli]; born 9 July 1935), nicknamed Coca, is a retiredArgentine actress and glamour model, known for her campy sexploitation films. Sarli is a considered a cultural iconand the quintessential sex symbol in her home country.

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Career

She was discovered by filmmaker Armando Bó after she became Miss Argentina in 1955. She became the star of his films, starting with El Trueno entre las hojas in 1956. The film has since become a cult classic as the first Argentine feature-length with full frontal nudity in it. She went on to become an international Latin American star, filming in Brazil,Uruguay, Paraguay, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela and films like Fuego (1969) and Fiebre (1970) reached the American and European markets.

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Bó later insisted in casting her in naturalistic melodramas. After his death in 1981, Sarli retired from the cinema industry altogether but came back in the mid-90s for Jorge Polaco‘s picaresque film, La Dama Regresa (1996). The film was inspired largely on her life and public image, serving as an homage of sorts. In 2009 she teamed once more with Polaco in Arroz con leche for a bit part.

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Text from Wikipedia


Filed under: Article, Models & starlets, Nudes, The seventies, The sixties Tagged: Argentinian actresses, Argentinian glamour models, Isabel Sarli

SHIT!!!…..

On This Day In 1962 – Mariner 2, Takes First-ever Scan Of Venus

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The unmanned US spacecraft, Mariner 2, has taken the first-ever scan from space of the planet Venus. The mission took the spacecraft closer to Venus than any had ever been. Radio contact was established at about 19:00 GMT, heard in the form of strange chord-like sounds at the Goldstone tracking station in California.

As the sounds were picked up at Goldstone for the first time, Dr William Pickering of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory said, "Listen to the music of the spheres."

Long-distance signal

The scan lasted a little over 40 minutes, seeking heat and microwave emissions breaking through the cloud cover around the planet. The continuing signal transmitted a wealth of information across 36 million miles (58 million km) of space. The readings will now be analysed to see if they indicate some form of life on Venus.

James Webb, Nasa administrator, called the 110-day flight an unqualified success. He said Mariner’s observation systems were working perfectly.

"More may be added to Man’s knowledge of the planet Venus than has been gained in all the thousands of years of recorded history," James Webb, Nasa administrator

Never before has a radio signal successfully been transmitted over such a distance.

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Setbacks

The success of the mission is all the more remarkable as it had to overcome continual setbacks. The most recent was this morning when the electronic commander on board failed twice to trigger the radiometers on board the spacecraft.

Finally at 13:41 GMT Mariner 2 verified the radio signal had been received and acted on. Other problems included the loss of the craft’s direction control nearly two weeks into the mission, possibly due to a collision with a small object.

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Then at the end of October, one solar panel failed, turning off scientific instruments for a week. The panel failed again at the beginning of last month, but by then Mariner 2 was close enough to the Sun for one panel to supply enough power.

There was further tension during the past week when the space capsule began overheating in temperatures which turned out to be far higher than allowed for by scientists. In the event, however, instruments continued to function despite the heat.

In Context

After the results of the Mariner 2 scan were analysed, the first picture emerged of the atmosphere on Venus. They revealed that the planet rotates in the opposite direction to the Earth – only one other planet in the Solar System, Uranus, does this – and has high surface temperatures.

They also showed an atmosphere dominated by carbon dioxide, continuous cloud cover and no detectable magnetic field.

Despite many attempts, no more data was received from Venus until the Soviet Venera 4 in 1967. More Venera probes and landers in the years that followed, as well as two Nasa probes known as Pioneer Venus, increased knowledge of the hostile conditions on the planet.

Then in 1989, Nasa launched the Magellan mission, the most ambitious and successful exploration of Venus to date.

Between 1990 and 1994 the spacecraft orbited Venus and successfully mapped the majority of its surface, before plunging into the atmosphere and disintegrating under the massive pressures.

A further mission to the planet was undertaken by the European Space Agency. Known as the Venus Express, it launched in November 2005 and began sending back its first pictures in April 2006.

Text from BBC’s OnThisDay


Filed under: Article, Aviation, Retro technology, The sixties Tagged: 1962, Mariner 2, NASA, Venus

Ocean Terminal, Southampton Docks

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Ocean Terminal, Southampton Docks – brochure issued by the British Transport Commission, Docks and Inland Waterways Board, c1950

A wonderful view of the now sadly lost Ocean Terminal that gave a real touch of trans-Atlantic glamour in the years when liners were the way to travel. The terminal opened on 31 July 1950 and allowed easy transit between liners and direct trains to London Waterloo – in almost airport like facilities. The Terminal was demolished in 1988.

Seen here is one of the ‘regulars’ – the Cunard liner "Queen Elizabeth".

Image and text found on Adventures of the Blackgang


Filed under: British, Facts, Illustration, Maritime history, The fifties Tagged: Ocean terminals, Southampton, The British Transport Commission

Trolley Sign, Sydney –“Regarding Other People’s Groceries”

Bunny Yeager – Self Portrait With Bettie Page

60 Vintage Cars Found ….

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…. After 50 Years Of Neglect On French Farm Are Worth At Least £12 Million

Even today, when the whole world has been mapped by GPS, there are still valuable hidden treasures left to discover. After calling in auctioneers, the grandchildren of entrepreneur Roger Baillon discovered that the collection of 60 vintage automobiles from the 1930s to the 1950s left to rust in sheds on the family’s farm in western France could be worth £12 million or more at auction.

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These aren’t your run-of-the-mill 1930s vintage automobiles, either (if such a thing exists). One Talbot-Lago in the collection had previously been owned by Egyptian King Farouk and a Ferrari had been used in the filming of a movie with Jane Fonda. Along with the rare Maserati in this collection, Baillon had intended to build a museum with his collection. When things didn’t go as expected, however, he had to sell 50 cars, and the rest of the collection was forgotten.

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The collection will be put up for auction in Paris on February 6th, 2015. Any cars unfit for restoration will be sold for spare parts.

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Text and images found on BoredPanda


Filed under: Article, Automobiles, Vintage Tagged: Collectors, Hidden treasures, Roger Baillon

SS Stavangerfjord

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Year Remarks
1917 May 21: Launched
1918 Apr. 29: sailed from Birkenhead on her maiden voyage to New York
1918 Laid up in New York until she sailed for Kristiania (Oslo) on Sept. 11
1918 Oct. 5: departed Kristiania for her fist voyage on the Kristiania – Bergen – New York service
1918 Kristiania – Kristiansand – Stavanger – Bergen – New York  
1919 Kristiania – Kristiansand – Stavanger – Bergen – New York  
1920 Kristiania – Kristiansand – Stavanger – Bergen – New York  
1921 Kristiania – Kristiansand – Stavanger – Bergen – New York  
1922 Kristiania – Kristiansand – Stavanger – Bergen – New York  
1923 Kristiania – Kristiansand – Stavanger – Bergen – New York  
1924 Converted from coal to oil fuel and her accommodation altered to carry cabin and 3rd class passengers only
1924 Kristiania – Kristiansand – Stavanger – Bergen – Halifax – New York  
1925 Oslo – Stavanger – Bergen – Halifax – New York  
1930 Refitted to 147-cabin, 207-tourist and 820-3rd class and her tonnage increased to 13,156 tons
1937 Modernized, fitted with shorter funnels
1939 Dec. 9: commenced her last crossing from New York to Bergen and Oslo, where she was laid up
1940 Sept. 20: Requisitioned by Deutche Kriegsmarine – became a troop depot ship until August 1945
1945 August: became a troopship, used between Norway and New York
1946 Refitted to accommodate 122-1st, 222-cabin and 335-tourist class passengers
1946 May 31: departed on her first sailing on the Oslo – Bergen – New York service after the WW2
1953 Dec. 9: rudder carried away in rough weather mid-Atlantic, escorted to Bergen, first by the NAL cargo ship Lyngenfjord which had to give up, then by British tug Turmoil, she was able to maneuver by the use of her twin screws
1956 Refitted to carry 66-1st, 184-cabin and 402-tourist class passengers
and her tonnage increased to 14,015 tons
1963 Nov. 18: Last voyage in NAL service Oslo – Copenhagen – Stavanger – New York (dep 3rd Dec) – Bergen – Oslo
1964 Scrapped at Hong Kong by Patt, Manfield & Co. Ltd.
The information listed above is not the complete record of the ship. The information was collected from a multitude of sources, and new information
will be added as it emerges
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The Stavangerfjord was 12 977 tons gross, 9 814 under deck and 7 527 net.
Details:
Poop 21 feet long, Bridge and Forecastle on Shelter deck 464 feet long, two funnels, two masts, 2 steel decks & steel shelter deck sheathed in wood, 3rd deck in No. 1, 2 & 3 holds, cruiser stern, 10 cemented bulkheads, cellular double bottom 480 feet long, 1,580 tons, Deep Tank, aft 80 tons, Forward Peak Tank 179 tons, Aft Peak Tank 197 tons, flat keel. She was fitted with electric light & wireless.
Propulsion: quadruple expansion engines with 8 cylinders of 26 1/2, 37 1/2, 53 & 76 inches diameter each pair, stroke 54 inches, operating at 220 p.s.i.; 1 567 nominal horsepower, 8 single ended boilers, 32 corrugated furnaces, grate surface 630 sq. ft., heating surface 24 640 sq. ft., forced draught. Twin screws and a speed of 16 knots. The engine was built by the same company as the hull.
Master: Captain K.S. Irgens, appointed to the shipping line in 1913 and to the ship in 1918.
Call sign: MSJR. There was accommodation for 88-1st, 318-2nd and 820-3rd class passengers.

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Filed under: Maritime history, Norwegian, Retro technology, Transportation, Traveling Tagged: Den Noeske Amerikalinje, SS Stavangerfjord

Every Home Should Have One ;-)

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Let the King of Rock’n’Roll bring the spirit of Christmas to your humble home ;-) Yours for the affordable price of $119,94. Tackiness does not come cheap these days – Ted


Filed under: Tackieness Tagged: Christmas, Elvis Presley

Yeah, That Should Do It

Well, I’m Doing My Part At Least

A Little More Bettie For You

Bill Presing – Illustrator & Animator

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Bill Presing’s work has been recognized by a number of a award committees and institutions. The “LUGZ” commercial spot he illustrated was nominated for an ANNIE award, and his work on the animated opening for “The Rosie O’Donnell Show “won him a prestigious Daytime Emmy award. Bill is the co-creator of “Rex Steele : Nazi Smasher”, a comic book for which he received a nomination for the 2000 IGNATZ award for outstanding artist. Bill Presing is currently a storyboard artist at Pixar Animation Studio.

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Filed under: Art, Illustration, Pinups Tagged: Animators, Bill Presing, Illustrators

The Forgotten Ones – Lucretia Love

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Lucretia Love
is an Italian film actress. She is often credited under the name Lucrezia Love and has appeared in thirty-six films. Her first professional film work was the 1965 Italian romantic comedy, appropriately titled Love Italian Style.

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Lucretia’s first work in the horror genre was the 1966 low-budget Michael Reeves film She Beast, in which she played the niece of another character named Groper. In 1967 she played a character named Janet in Colt in the Hand of the Devil, but this was a western and really had nothing to do with the Devil at all.

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In 1968, Lucretia played Mike Shevlove in the Ruggero Deodato sci-fi/superhero film Phenomenal and the Treasure of Tutankamen. The movie featured characters attempting to plunder an Egyptian tomb, which is actually a common theme in many Universal Pictures films of the 1940s, in particular, the Mummy films.

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In 1971, Lucretia appeared in another film with the word "Devil" in the title, Osvaldo Civirani’s The Devil Has Seven Faces, which was actually a drama. 1974 saw another "Devil" themed film, this one though actually is a horror movie; Enter the Devil by Mario Gariazzo, which in Italy was titled L’ossessa. Lucretia received third billing in the film playing a character named Luisa.

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Lucretia’s final film work was the 1980 horror/comedy Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype written and directed by Charles B. Griffith and starring Oliver Reed. Lucretia played the role of Debra Kate.

Text from Headhunter’s Horror House Wiki


Filed under: Actresses, Article, Models & starlets, Nudes Tagged: Italian actresses, Lucretia Love

The Life & Times Of Aunt Mabel – Part 27

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Here’s a selfie of aunt Mabel just before she plugged in her Christmas tree lights in 1968. Not one to think much about her own safety (or others) when plastered she had the bright idea of doing this in the middle of a  large dish wash. Due to her soaking wet hands she got a massive electric shock that threw her straight on her back where she remained unconscious till most of the Christmas was over.

This made her swear never to celebrate Christmas again and this she has kept to this day. As Christmas draw near she goes  to Cuba where she finds herself a cheap bar and an eager young native lover to keeps her in booze and bodily naughtiness. She usually returns in time to celebrate the new year with young Johnny’s family where she embarrasses every one with tacky tales about her mischiefs among the communists. 


Filed under: Humour, Tackieness Tagged: Aunt Mabel, Christmas, Cuba, Tacky tales