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Evalyn Walsh McLean – American Mining Heiress And Socialite



Evalyn Walsh McLean (August 1, 1886 – April 26, 1947) was an American mining heiress and socialite who was famous for being the last private owner of the 45-carat (9.0 g) Hope Diamond (which was bought in 1911 for $180,000 from Pierre Cartier) [1] as well as another famous diamond, the 94-carat (18.8 g) Star of the East. She also was the author, with Boyden Sparkes, of a memoir, Father Struck It Rich.

a12048_EvalynWalshMcLeanShe was the only daughter of Thomas Walsh, an Irish immigrant miner and prospector turned multimillionaire, and his wife, Carrie Bell Reed, a former schoolteacher.

In 1908, she married Edward Beale McLean, the heir to The Washington Post and The Cincinnati Enquirer publishing fortune. They had four children: Vinson Walsh McLean, Edward Beale McLean Jr, John Roll McLean II, and Evalyn Washington McLean. Edward McLean eventually died in a mental institution.

Her highly promoted trip to the Russian SFSR is mentioned in the Cole Porter song, Anything Goes in the lines "When Mrs Ned McLean (God bless her) / Can get Russian reds to "yes" her, /Then I suppose / Anything goes."

Evalyn McLean was also a friend and confidante to Alice Roosevelt Longworth and Florence Harding, the wife of Warren G. Harding, the 29th President of the United States.

The site of the McLean home, Friendship — a sprawling country mansion built for her father-in-law by John Russell Popeand which was located on Tenleytown Road, N.W. — is now a condominium complex known as McLean Gardens. (The a12048_EvalynWalshMcLean2original house was demolished in the 1940s though some of the property’s garden features remain intact, as does theGeorgian-style ballroom.) A later residence, also known as Friendship, is located at the corner of R Street, N.W. and Wisconsin Avenue, and remains a private home. Her childhood home, a grandiose Second Empire-style mansion at 2020 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., is now the Indonesian embassy.

McLean was a victim of Gaston Means, a former BOI agent, murder suspect, and grifter, who claimed he had set a deal to free the Lindbergh baby for a ransom of overUS$100,000, which Evalyn McLean advanced him. Means disappeared with the money, only to resurface months later in California, and ask McLean for additional funds. Suspicious of Means’ activities, she helped lead police to him; he was also wanted for other various crimes and civil actions. This ultimately led to his conviction and imprisonment on larceny charges.

The Hope Diamond was associated with a curse, and her first son was killed in a car accident. Her husband Ned ran off with another woman and eventually died in a sanitarium. Their family newspaper, the Washington Post, went bankrupt and eventually her daughter died of an overdose, and one of her grandsons died in the Vietnam war. Evalyn never believed the curse had anything to do with her misfortunes.

Evalyn Walsh McLean died at 60 of pneumonia, and was buried in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington D.C., in the Walsh family tomb.

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Several accounts, based on remarks written by the gem’s first known owner, French gem merchant Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, suggest that the gemstone originated in India, in the Kollur mine in the Guntur district Pradesh (which at the time was part of the Golconda kingdom), in the seventeenth century. It is unclear who had initially owned the gemstone, where it had been found, by a12048_hope diamondwhom, and in what condition. But the first historical records suggest that a French merchant-traveler named Jean-Baptiste Tavernier obtained the stone in the mid-1600s, possibly by purchase or by theft. Tavernier brought to Paris a large uncut stone which was the first known precursor to the Hope Diamond. This large stone became known as the Tavernier Blue diamond. It was a crudely cut triangular shaped stone of 115 carats (23.0 g). Another estimate is that it weighed 112.23 carats (22.446 g) before it was cut. Tavernier’s book, the Six Voyages(French: Les Six Voyages de J. B. Tavernier), contains sketches of several large diamonds that he sold to Louis XIV in possibly 1668 or 1669; while the blue diamond is shown among these, Tavernier mentions the mines at "Gani" Kollur as a source of colored diamonds, but made no direct mention of the stone. Historian Richard Kurin builds a highly speculative case for 1653 as the year of acquisition, but the most that can be said with certainty is that Tavernier obtained the blue diamond during one of his five voyages to India between the years 1640 and 1667. One report suggests he a12048_hope diamond2took 25 diamonds to Paris, including the large rock which became the Hope, and sold all of them to King Louis XIV.Another report suggested that in 1669, Tavernier sold this large blue diamond along with approximately one thousand other diamonds to King Louis XIV of France for 220,000 livres, the equivalent of 147 kilograms of pure gold. In a newly published historical novel, The French Blue, gemologist and historian Richard W. Wise proposed that the patent of nobility granted Tavernier by Louis XIV was a part of the payment for the Tavernier Blue. According to the theory, during that period Colbert, the King’s Finance Minister, regularly sold offices and noble titles for cash, and an outright patent of nobility, according to Wise, was worth approximately 500,000 livres making a total of 720,000 livres, a price about half Tavernier’s estimate of the gem’s true value. There has been some controversy regarding the actual weight of the stone; Morel believed that the 112316 carats stated in Tavernier’s invoice would be in old French carats, thus 115.28 metric carats.

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The Soft Drink Project – Triple XXX History

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Triple XXX History


a12051_xxx_091895 saw the start of The Galveston Brewing Company at 34th and Post Office Street in Galveston, Texas. It was started by Anheuser-Busch along with some local investors.

The brewery had an estimated 10,000 barrels of its beer beverage. It was only sold locally under the name "Hi Grade." Its keg beer was packaged in steel banded barrels of oak which were marked with "XXX".


When a storm hit Galveston Island, business was temporarily halted. The accompanying sea surge swept over the island, and 6,000 lives were lost.

In the wake of the disaster, The Galveston Brewing Company was one of the surviving commercial establishments. Galveston would rebuild and resume brewing Hi Grade beer for the locals. When 1903 hit, the City of Galveston a12051_xxx_08constructed an elevated seawall along its beach front. The wall was built to protect the island from flooding in future hurricanes. The Galveston Brewing Company added another brand during the wall’s construction. It was called "Seawall Bond." It was created to commemorate the "invincible" new Galveston Seawall. Shortly thereafter the brewery started an ice plant which had a daily output of 100 tons of "pure crystal ice." By 1913 they constructed a bottling plant which adjoined the brewery with a capacity of 30,000 bottles a day.

Between 1900 and 1908, soft drink syrups started to be sold by The Galveston Brewing Company under the name "XXX." At the time, the company’s resident chemist developed a wide array of flavours, such as: root beer, ginger ale, strawberry, lemon-sour, lemon, orange, chocolate, cream soda, sarsaparilla, cream, grape, and apple-juice. The brand’s United States Patent Office registration statement noted that the trademark had been continuously used since at least as early as April, 1908.


In 1916, the State of Texas acted to prohibit alcohol in advance of the looming enactment of the 18th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This forced the closure of many breweries in the state including The Galveston Brewing Company. The owners of Galveston Brewing Company decided to re-organize the company thus changing the name from Galveston Brewing Company to Southern Beverage Company. It would then change over its equipment to producing "XXX" soft drinks. The soft drinks were primarily ginger ale and root beer.

a12051_xxx_11In 1918, the owners of Southern Beverage Company acquired an additional trademark for its "XXX" brand of soft drinks. Reflecting on the exuberance of the day, it seems that if "XXX" was good, then "Triple XXX" had to be, as the brand’s new slogan proclaimed, "The Aristocrat of Them All"! The company would then expand its horizons. They set their sights on targeting new territories. Thus, ten "outside" salesmen were hired. Throughout the next decade Southern Beverage Company experienced huge growth of the brand’s sales volume and areas of distribution.


In 1923, licensed distributors of Southern Beverage Company included over 150 Triple XXX bottlers and approximately 100 Triple XXX "Thirst Stations." The locations included Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.

The largest distributor of the brand outside of Texas was called A. H. Rutherford & Sons of Renton, Washington. The Rutherfords designed a unique "twin barrel" for the Triple XXX root beer restaurants. The restaurants became popular along the west coast from southern California to Washington. Triple XXX restaurants were also operated in the Vancouver, British Columbia area.

a12051_xxx_07By 1927, Southern Beverage Company decided to restructure and re-organize. Triple XXX Company was formed as the parent company and Triple XXX Bottling Company was kept as the company’s local bottling plant. The parent company now known as Triple XXX Company kept expanding the brand well outside of the Galveston territory. By 1928, they added cola flavour to their line of soft drinks. Triple XXX cola was dispensed through barrels and put up in bottles as was Triple XXX Root Beer. Although cola was gaining popularity, root beer was still considered the favourite at that time.

The "Roaring Twenties" marked some of company’s best years. By 1928, it was reported that Triple XXX Company employed 40 salesmen who covered distribution of Triple XXX soft drinks in 35 states. Even Mississippi steamers were licensed to sell Triple XXX root beer.


A Seattle Triple XXX franchise in 1940

As the 1930s came along, many companies were hit hard and Triple XXX Company was one of them. Thus, it was re-organized under the original name of Galveston Beverage Company in 1932. The United States alcoholic beverage "prohibition amendment" was repealed the following year. Galveston Beverage Company would then merge with Magnolia Brewery in Houston. Shortly thereafter a new name was chosen for the company. The name chosen was Galveston-Houston Breweries, Incorporated. Thus the combined companies resumed brewing beer at both the Galveston and Houston breweries. "Southern Select" was a new brand of beer was brewed and sold at its Galveston brewery while "Magnolia" beer was brewed and sold at its Houston brewery. The brewery still however brewed Triple XXX root beer and other types of soft drink syrups and flavours for its licensed soft drink bottlers, soda fountains, and Triple XXX "Thirst Stations".

The years that followed in the "Dirty Thirties" were especially tough not only for the economy, but also on sugar rations due to the World War II years of 1941–1945. This most certainly contributed to the resulting thinned ranks of Triple XXX "Thirst Stations" and Triple XXX soft drink bottlers and distributors. As the breweries were continuing to age, an ownership change would soon take place.



By 1953, the owner of Galveston-Houston Breweries, Incorporated was ready to settle down and retire. He willfully agreed to sell the company to the accountant and his long-time friend. The new owner had plans for the Triple XXX brand and the brewery itself. The friend then incorporated another company. The company was called Stenzel Corporation with hopes of purchasing. The name company name was called Galveston-Houston Breweries, Inc..

A few years later Galveston-Houston Breweries, Inc. would sell off Galveston and Houston properties, equipment, and brand names to a larger company. The company who bought it was The Falstaff Brewing Corporation. The Falstaff Brewing Corporation would keep the Triple XXX brand while Southern Select and Magnolia production would be halted and discontinued all together.

a12051_xxx_06The soft drink portion of Triple XXX was all that was remaining of the Galveston-Houston Breweries, Inc. after the sale. Thus, the company’s name was changed yet again and this time it was changed Triple XXX Corporation and it became independent of its breweries roots as it did in the "Roaring Twenties."

Late 1950s

With the unexpected death of the new owner, the company was struggling to hang on. It didn’t help matters that in the late 1950s consumers were becoming enamored with fast food outlets. More and more Triple XXX "Thirst Stations" were disappearing. As well, licensed bottlers were also being lost through attrition.

The widow of the deceased owner created a new management team. The agreement and manager saw the move of the headquarters to the Wright Dr. Pepper Bottling Company in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. However, the corporation’s registered office remained in Houston. The new managers set about a vigorous program of calling on independent soft drink bottlers to obtain new franchisees for Triple XXX root beer.


When the 1960s came about, nobody saw the follow development occur. In 1960, United States Food and Drug Administration released a ruling that sassafras (oil of safrole) as a food and beverage ingredient was suspect as a carcinogen. Many items were no longer allowed to use it and that included root beer. Beverage companies were given a bit of time or a "grace period" to re-formulate their root beer products.


When the 1960s came about, nobody saw the follow development occur. In 1960, United States Food and Drug Administration released a ruling that sassafras (oil of safrole) as a food and beverage ingredient was suspect as a carcinogen. Many items were no longer allowed to use it and that included root beer. Beverage companies were given a bit of time or a "grace period" to re-formulate their root beer products.

Triple XXX sought the help of an independent flavour laboratory in New Orleans. With the help of the laboratory, Triple XXX was able to retain its distinct flavour. But then came the problem of the foamy head characteristics of the root beer. To many it was irreplaceable. Sometime later, the chemist would search and find alternative ingredients that were close enough to produce the appearance of "draft style" root beer. And most important for fans of Triple XXX root beer, its distinctive creamy root beer taste was preserved.

In 1962, the management group of Triple XXX Corporation was reporting progress. The claim was that 27 soft drink bottlers and fountain syrup distributors were a part of the franchise. But the number of bottlers were down, though reasons were not known. By the late 1960s, concerned Dr.Pepper bottlers who were also longtime franchisees for Triple XXX root beer proposed to the owner of Triple XXX Corporation that new ownership and management was needed in order to preserve the brand.

In 1968, when today’s Gilman Boulevard was still Highway 10, the primary route from Seattle to eastern Washington over Snoqualmie Pass. In that year, Jay Noel built the present Triple XXX on that route for its first owners, Dick Gilbert and John Wirtz.


In 1969, the company’s headquarters were relocated to Orange, Texas after controlling shares of the Triple XXX Corporation were bought by the Dr Pepper Bottling Company of Orange, Texas. After the purchase of the company, the new owner wanted preserve the production and distribution of Triple XXX root beer and flavours for its bottlers and fountain supply distributors.

At the time Triple XXX was still highly regarded as old time root beer. Also during that time, the development in the market was limited in many ways. It was limited to serving its existing bottlers and distributors. The Dr Pepper Bottling Company of Orange, Texas sold their Dr Pepper business to Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Beaumont. But with the sale of Dr Pepper, Triple XXX was not included. Now with the owner wanting to retire, he decided to pass the legacy onto a new owner. By this time the Triple XXX franchise roster had shrunk to 5 bottlers and 2 fountain drink distributors.


In 1978 another company bought the Triple XXX Corporation. The Lydick Corporation, Houston, Texas bought all related "Triple XXX" assets. This purchase included namely the registered trademarks, formulas, and franchises from the Triple XXX Corporation in Orange. After the sale of the Triple XXX Corporation (Galveston, Houston, and Orange), the company surrendered its corporate charter and name. The Lydick Corporation changed its name to Triple XXX Corporation, Houston, Texas.

a12051_xxx_10With the new owners of the Triple XXX Corporation in place, it started an aggressive marketing campaign, franchising exclusive territorial distribution rights to the brand to a number of south western Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper/Seven-Up bottlers. Also updated was the packaging and advertising material. The new logo featured the Triple XXX root beer logo in red and yellow over a rich chocolate brown background, with red and yellow bands to highlight the top and bottom of the label. Using the sugary brand’s appeal of the past, the phrase "Tastes like root beer used to taste" was added to all packaging and promotional materials. The new logo design and slogan were unveiled at the 1979 National Soft Drink Association Exposition in Dallas.

Also during this time new promotional materials targeted at the consumer were developed. The three colour theme was carried out for merchandising items such as posters, banners, shelf talkers, bottle neck ringers, and table display cards. The company also produced television and radio spots that aired in select markets. Promotional activities varied from market to market, and included dispensing free samples in chain stores, special feature pricing for holidays and weekend promotion periods, as well as distributing price-off coupons in local stores and newspapers. The distributors of the brand started selling root beer from special events tents and trailers at local events in their markets.

After this hard marketing campaign, the results were promising. Present bottlers were retained and a new group of Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper bottlers were franchised. The number of franchises grew to 25 bottlers and syrup a12051_xxx_05distributors. Geographically, the brand’s packaged drink and fountain drink availability expanded into seven Central and Southwestern states.


In 1980, the soft drink industry changed dramatically. Faced with generation turnovers and potentially large investments to upgrade production equipment, longtime family-owned bottlers began merging or closing. Soft drink flavours were revised after these businesses combined. This development resulted in about 20 root beer brands competing for distribution through a declining number of soft drink bottling companies.

The consolidation trend accelerated through the 1980s and into the 1990s. The Triple XXX company recognized during the mid-1980s that there were not enough independent bottlers available to package the brand’s root beer and ship it off directly to stores. By 1985, canning and bottling was halted, although fountain drink distribution continued through soda fountains and restaurants.


Throughout the past decade, the number of independently owned soft drink bottlers declined through mergers and acquisitions. The decline was so bad that nearly all distribution territories in the United States were served by only three major brand soft drink bottlers, Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola and Dr Pepper/7-Up. Also, each cola company’s parent franchise company developed or distributed their own root beer and the franchisees were only allowed to distribute that brand in their territories. That left the remaining independent root beer brands searching for viable alternate routes to market, quite a challenge.


"Triple XXX" is featured in the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute in Waco, Texas as a historic Texas soft drink brand. The brand’s limited availability continues to generate frequent consumer inquiries and requests. Triple XXX root beer in 12 ounce glass bottles is sold online through its website, which has a link to its distributors. Only two Triple XXX root beer restaurants still exist, in West Lafayette, Indiana and Issaquah, Washington. The formula for the root beer and the trademark are currently owned by the Triple XXX Root Beer Corp., West Lafayette, IN.

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 West Lafayette, Indiana restaurant, one of two remaining

The West Lafayette, Indiana Triple XXX store was opened in 1929 by Bert Wright and continues to operate as one of the only two Triple XXX restaurants in existence today. It also holds the distinction of being the first and oldest drive-in restaurant in Indiana. In its long history, the restaurant has had many owners, including Tom Comingore, Norm Karner, and even an investor group including Russell Tarter. Jack Ehresman, a longtime diner, was working as a dishwasher when he started asking the then-owner if he could purchase it, and eventually became the owner, along with his wife, Ruth Ehresman. Currently, it is owned by Greg and Carrie Ehresman, who took ownership of the establishment from Greg’s parents, Jack and Ruth.

There have been structural changes over the years as well. A second story was added in 1986–1987 along with a new roof, and seating has been increased to meet demand. However, The Ehresmans are quick to point out that the atmosphere remains the same, citing an iconic 35 year old Coca-Cola sign proudly displayed in the diner.

The restaurant was featured on the Food Network program Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives during an episode which aired on August 4, 2007. More recently, the restaurant was featured in a May 2009 Businessweek article showcasing America’s longest-running restaurants.

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Let’s Indulge In A Little 1930s Glamour

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And the lovely ladies are: Carol Hughes, Dorothy Short, Eleanor Holm, Jean Harlow, Joan Blondell, Laurie Lane, Lilian Bond, Lupe Velez, Mary Carlisle, Olivia De Havilland, Patricia Ellis, Paulette Goddard, Raquel Torres and Sally Blane.

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Women’s Ideal Body Types Throughout History


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but that eye can see things very differently depending on where (and when) it is. Buzzfeed’s video staff explored this idea by creating a video with live models showing us how the concept of an ideal woman’s body type has changed throughout history.

We all probably have some idea of how women from all of the different historical periods in the video dressed, but the idea that there were different ideal body types may not have occurred to many of us. The uniform white bathing suits that all of the models in the video are wearing help accentuate the differences between their bodies, doing away with other potential historical elements that we might have focused on otherwise like clothing or jewelry.

It all just goes to show that there’s no one right way to interpret feminine beauty. Which historical period do you think “got it right?”

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Mitsuoka Micro Car 2003


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Mitsuoka Motors
(光岡自動車?) is a small Japanese automobile company. It is noted for building cars with conventional styling, some of which imitate British vehicles of the 1950s and 1960s. It is primarily a coachbuilder, taking production cars, like the Nissan March, and replacing the bodywork with its own custom designs. It has also produced a sports car, the Orochi. Mitsuoka Motors is also the principal distributor of retro-classic TD2000 roadster in Japan. Mitsuoka is the youngest Japanese auto manufacturer, and bases its current cars on Nissans and Infinitis. Also, it built just one ute version of the Viewt, which is in the U.K. It also makes its cars look like different cars (i.e., the Galue is meant to look like an older Rolls-Royce).

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The Life & Times Of Aunt Mabel – Part 32



During the divorce negotiations after Aunt Mabel’s ninth marriage fell apart her lawyer advised her to dress properly. “And remember, wear a hat” was his final words on the matter.

Aunt Mabel who had so much downright unlawful and immoral behaviour she could reveal about her opponent in the presiding  
that she chose a headwear that signalled quite clearly that it all would end up for everyone to see if she didn’t get exactly what she wanted.

Needless to say the poor man left the negotiations penniless.

As he gathered up his paper to put them in his briefcase her lawyer couldn’t help smiling as he whispered “Nice choice of headwear madam.” “I thought it just the thing” Aunt Mabel answered giving him her most innocent smile.

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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?

Tip: A colleague of Bettie Page both at Bunny Yeager’s and Irving Klaw’s studio”

NOTE: don’t leave an answer in a comment on the post.
Send it by mail to tidiousted@gmail.com

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The Old Kings Road Voted Norway’s Most Beautiful Road



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Norway's Most Beautiful Road The Kings Road

Most Beautiful Road 1: Filefjell Kongeveien (Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik/ Norwegian Public Roads Adminsitration)

The old Filefjell Kongeveien (English: The Kings Road) is connecting Eastern and Western Norway and has been in use since the late 1100s. Now, it is voted the most beautiful road together with the Skjarvelandet landslide project on the Havøysund road in Northern Norway.

Every second year, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration awards “The Beautiful Roads Award” which is the Norwegian Director of Roads’ prestigious honorary prize for “roads with good aesthetic qualities adapted to their surroundings.”

The prize has been awarded fifteen times since 1988.

The Kings Road

The Kings Road, crossing the mountainous area of Filefjell, is the historical main route linking Western and Eastern Norway. It is named after King Sverre (1184–1202 AD) who traveled this route with his army. The road got official status as a main road in 1791.

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The Sunday Comic – An Unexpected Benefit

The Forgotten Ones – Carmen Russo


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Carmela Carolina Fernanda "Carmen" Russo
is an Italian dancer, actress, television personality and singer.

a12054_carmen russo_02Russo started her career as a model in the mid-1970s participating in several beauty contests in Italy. She first came to the public’s attention for her roles in the commedia erotica all’italiana, (sex comedy) genre, such as Mia moglie torna a scuola,Giovani, belle… probabilmente ricche and Paulo Roberto Cotechiño, centravanti di sfondamento.

She subsequently established herself as a television star in the 1980s with the variety shows Drive In, Risatissima andGrand Hotel. In 2003 and 2006 she also participated in the Italian and Spanish version of the reality show Celebrity Survivor. She won in the Spanish version Supervivientes. During her career she released also three unsuccessful studio albums, Stars on Donna, Le canzoni di "Drive in…" and Una notte italiana and she was also chosen many times as a model for Playmen magazine during the 1980s.


1974 – 1975: Beauty contests and night shows

a12054_carmen russo_04In 1974, at the age of thirteen years old, Russo won her first important beauty contests "Miss Liguria". The previous year Russo also won the title of "Miss Emilia" held in Pavullo nel Frignano, but it was a qualification that had no value for the national contest. By winning the victory of "Miss Liguria" Russo had the opportunity to participate in the election of "Miss Italia" but she was disqualified because was too young.

1975 – 1979: Rome, film appearances and TV

Russo with Mention decided in 1975 to move in Rome, home of the major Italian film studios. The couple arrived in Rome and placed immediately in a tiny apartment very close to Cinecittà. With the tenacity and ambition that have always characterized Russo, every morning she did long queues to submit auditions for a part in a movie. Russo was immediately hired for a little part in the comedy movie Di che segno sei? with Adriano Celentano and Alberto Sordi. With this film Russo leaves for a while the stage of night clubs of the province.

In 1977 she was hired by Federico Fellini for the film La città delle donne with Marcello Mastroianni. In the movie she shows her breasts but was not credited. She then appeared in the crime movie Genova a mano armata as the cashier at the bar, and also made an appearance in Die linkshändige Frau (The Left-Handed Woman). The movie was a hit, especially in Germany and was entered into the 1978 Cannes Film Festival.

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Although Russo began her career as an actress, she continued to work as a showgirl in nightclubs and in 1978 Russo host with Ettore Andenna in the TV show "La bustarella" aired on Antenna 3 Lombardia. In the same year she also participated in "Portobello" with Enzo Tortora aired in Raiuno. Later Russo appeared in many others film and debuted in the theater supporting Walter Chiari in "Hai mai provato con l’acqua calda?".With this play, Russo won the Premio De Curtis. Due to the expansion of her career, she decided to settle permanently in Rome where there was also the home of the agency "Gymnasium".

1980 – 1983: Major roles, Playmen and music

a12054_carmen russo_05During the summer of 1979 Russo appeared for the first time in the Italian magazine for men Playmen, at the age of nineteen. After she appeared again in the magazine in late 1980, in 1981 and two times in 1982 and 1984. She became also one of the highest paid nude models in Italy.

In 1980 she participated in the making of two films: Patrick vive ancora with Gianni Dei and La settimana bianca. During the making of La settimana bianca in the summer of 1980 she met Gianfranco D’Angelo, who helped Russo to enter the world of television. In this year Russo also shot Le porno killers, her first role as a protagonist. In the film Russo played a bisexual killer. In the movie she was credited as Carmen Bizet. 1981 is the year of the artistic breakthrough for Russo. She left Mention and ended the job as show girl in nightclubs. Russo’s next films were starring roles in the sex comedies La maestra di sci and Mia moglie torna a scuola.

a12054_carmen russo_07At the end of 1981 Russo signed with Fontana Records for the release of a single -only. Her first single, "Notte senza luna" was promoted on the Italian radios. On December 1981 Russo performs the B-side of the song "Stiamo insieme stasera" during the Italian TV show Blitz aired on Raiuno. The performance was shot on the Italian destroyer Ardito (D 550). Russo also performs "Stuntman", an unreleased song.

The biennium 1982-1983 for Russo was very successful. During this year she starred in four films. Russo begins with Quella peste di Pierina with Marina Marfoglia andOreste Lionello. A few months after turning Buona come il pane. Is subsequently was chosen by Pierfrancesco Pingitore for the movie Il tifoso, l’arbitro e il calciatorewith Pippo Franco, Alvaro Vitali, Marisa Merlini and Daniela Poggi and then for Giovani, belle… probabilmente ricche with Gianfranco D’Angelo, Nadia Cassini andEdwige Fenech. In early 1983, Russo also released her first full-length studio album Stars on Donna, released as Carmen. The album contains cover version of songs by Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder.

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Alexander Rothaug – Austrian Painter & Illustrator


Alexander Rothaug (* 13 March 1870 in Vienna ; † 5 March 1946 ibid; Complete name: Alexander Theodor Rothaug) was an Austrian painter and illustrator.

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Rothaug Alexander was born in 1870 as the son of Theodor Rothaug and Karoline Rothaug (born bird). The maternal ancestors were also painters and sculptors. With the older brother Leopold Rothaug Alexander received his first painting lessons from his father Theodore.

In 1884 he began an apprenticeship as a sculptor at Johann Schindler (1822-1893), however, changed in 1885 at the Vienna Academy of Arts to assist in August Eisenmenger , Christian Griepenkerl and Franz Rumpler to study painting. Important influence as a teacher was also the Orient painter Leopold Carl Müller , in which Alexander Rothaug studied until his death in 1892.

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In 1892 he moved to Munich, where he as an illustrator for the humorous magazine Fliegende Blätter worked. In 1896 he married Ottilie Lauterkorn. He undertook study trips to Dalmatia , Italy and complaints . In May 1910 he became a member of the Association of Visual Artists Vienna. 1911 appears in the magazine Art Review,an extensive article about Alexander Rothaug.  In 1912 he holds at the invitation of the Archduke Ludwig Salvator on Mallorca on. Rothaug published on this stay the publication "Sketches from Miramar".

1933 Alexander Rothaug published under the title "statics and dynamics of the human body" in the form of a loose-leaf collection of 10 sheets a systematization of the human body in terms of a theory of proportion . He has also written a 38-page treatise entitled "The knowledge in painting" with the tripartite Appendix "thoughts about the art and the artist."

His honorary dedicated grave is located on the Grinzinger Cemetery (Group 15, number 1, number 2) in Vienna.

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Bus Stop- Movie Trailer (1956)

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Movie trailer for the 1956 film Bus Stop starring Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, and Arthur O’Connell. It tells the story of a naive cowboy who falls in love with a singer named Chérie. He decides to take her against her will to get married and live with him on his ranch in Montana. Bus Stop was based on two plays by William Inge, People in the Wind and Bus Stop. The movie was released on August 31, 1956.

Filed under: Hollywood, Movies Tagged: Bus stop, Marilyn Monroe, Movie Trailers



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The always almighty struggle with ebooks vs printed. I love the printed versions but read mostly from my kindle but as it says at the bottom,  doesn’t matter so long as you enjoy and keep on reading.


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The Standard Superior

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In the first half of 1932, Wilhelm Gutbrod, the President of the Standard Fahrzeugfabrik, came into contact with German engineer Josef Ganz. Ganz had been working on a small car design since the early 1920s and had so far built two prototypes, one for Ardie in 1930 and one for Adler in 1931, called the Maikäfer (May Beetle). After a demonstration with the Maikäfer by Ganz, Gutbrod was most interested to build a small car according to this design. The Standard Fahrzeugfabrik then purchased a license from Ganz to develop and build a small car according to his design. The prototype of this new model, which was to be called Standard Superior, was finished in 1932. It featured a tubular chassis, a mid-mounted engine, and independent wheel suspension with swing-axles at the rear.

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The first production model of the Standard Superior was introduced at the IAMA (Internationale Automobil- und Motorradausstellung) in Berlin in February 1933. It had a transverse 396cc, two-cylinder, two-stroke engine mounted in front of the rear axle. Because of some criticism to the body design, not in the least by Josef Ganz in Motor-Kritik, it was followed in April 1933 by a slightly altered model.

In November 1933 the Standard Fahrzeugfabrik introduced yet another new and improved model for 1934, which was slightly longer with one additional window on each side and had a small seat for children or as luggage space in the back. This car was advertised as the German "Volkswagen" (a term that means, literally, "people’s car" in German.

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The Volkswagen Beetle connection

With the Ardie-Ganz, Adler Maikäfer and Standard Superior cars, as well as his progressive writings and promotion of the concept of a Volkswagen (people’s car) in Motor-Kritik magazine since the 1920s, Josef Ganz is claimed by some to have had input into the Volkswagen Beetle. These cars had some of features of the later Volkswagen Beetle, such as the tubular chassis, rear-mounted engine and independent wheel suspension with swing axles. While the Volkswagen Beetle was produced in its millions after World War Two, the name of Josef Ganz was largely forgotten. In 2004, Dutch journalist Paul Schilperoord started researching the life and work of Josef Ganz, and in 2011 he published The Extraordinary Life of Josef Ganz: The Jewish Engineer Behind Hitler’s Volkswagen.

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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?

Tip: She won the Miss Sweden contest in 1951”

NOTE: don’t leave an answer in a comment on the post.
Send it by mail to tidiousted@gmail.com

Last week’s ass belonged to Jackie Miller, which no one of you guessed.

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The Life & Times Of Aunt Mabel – Part 33


You might not know this but every year a competition called Miss X-Ray is held in connection with the International Radiologist Convention which for some strange reason is always held in a small town on the Yorkshire coast called Bridlington.

Back in the sixties Aunt Mabel won that competition. You can see her in the middle of the picture above. her abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other objectionable substances had yet to make their mark on her inside.

During the festivity later the same day a radiologist from Huston did his best to seduce young Mabel, but the only thing he got out of that was a rather ugly cut in the forehead from Mabel’s rather heavy first prize and a night in the local intensive unit.

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