Tuesday, January 29, 2013

An Andrews Winter Vacation

Mary, Dana, and children

Dana Andrews is one of my favorite actors.  His voice is amazing!  Not only was he great on film, but he was amazing on the radio.  As you all know, I'm addicted to Old Time Radio, and he stars in I Was a Communist for the F.B.I., a fantastic show with definite insight into the times.  He also starred in the noir classic Laura, which one of my favorite films.  

Dana, Mary, and daughter Katharine

These photographs are from a 1947 winter vacation he took with his family.  It looks very fun.  On a side note, I love the winter posters on the walls in the above picture.  I wish advertisement today even half that beautiful today.

Family Roughhousing

Dana, his wife Mary, sons David and Stephen, and daughter Katharine, look like they are having a wonderful time.  I wish I could have that much fun in this cold weather.  I guess I'd rather burrow under the covers and wait until spring.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Buster Keaton at home

Buster enjoying a good book
I love pictures of stars reading.  Not the beach reads you often see stars reading today, but actual literature.  And how cool is the fireplace in Buster's home?  You don't often think of a comedian as an intellectual, so I find this photo particularly interesting.

Buster and his dog
And who could resist these two?  Definitely another case of a dog and his owner looking alike.  Kindred spirits.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Feeling the Winter Wind

Model with fur scarf 1945

Absolutely freezing here in Minnesota.  I'm sure that's not surprising considering Minnesota's reputation, but it's been quite reasonable this year, so this shock of winter wind is quite surprising.  It's near impossible for me to stand up outside.  Thank goodness my furnace is up to the task so far, knock on wood.  I hope everyone is keeping warm in their own homes at this chilly time of year.

Model with fur sleeves 1945

Monday, January 14, 2013

Yummy Atlas Flour


Doesn't this girl look pleased as punch to be advertising Atlas Flour?  Must be tasty if it gets such a reaction.  

Another happy camper

This girl doesn't seem any more pleased to be eating Atlas Flour.  Who thought up this advertising campaign? Let's show people how delicious the food is by featuring sad children.  While they are cute, I'm not so sure about Atlas Flour's edibility.  

Atlas Flour Fire

Atlas Flour was destroyed by fire on December 11, 1926.  The damage was valued at $100,00.  Twelve fire trucks and several fire boats were required to quell the blaze.  While the building and the main elevator were destroyed, $235,000 worth of oats were saved.

Atlas Flour Fire

Monday, January 7, 2013

Artifact of the Day - New Year's Cake Decoration

It took a bit of deciphering, but as far as I can tell the biscuit reads:

"A Resolution
I hereby promise that whenever the opportunity presents itself, I will use the [...?...] passenger service offered by the Northern Pacific Railway and partake of the high class dining car service rendered on its Trains"

I wasn't able to figure out the words on the most cracked section.  If anyone else can, please let me know.  I thought this was a very cool bit of history.  Who would have thought a cookie would have made it 101 years?  How cool is that?  I bet it was beautiful, and delicious, when it was new.  I can't imagine it would be very tasty now.

From the Minnesota Historical Society:  Decoration from a cake with box. Box is off-white and reads "1912 / New Year's Greeting / Northern Pacific Railway / Dining Car Department" in gold lettering. Inside box is a shield-shaped decorative biscuit from a cake. At top is circular "NORTHERN / PACIFIC" logo, with "1912 / A Resolution" written in gold frosting. Below a list of resolutions is written in pinkish-white frosting. Biscuit is broken into four pieces.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Dick and Marge

WWII flying ace Richard Bong, his wife Marge and his P-38 "Lightning", also named Marge, in Minnesota during a publicity tour in June, 1944

How cool is this plane?  Dick Bong, in addition to having a wicked cool name, is apparently the leading American flying ace.  He shot down at least 40 Japanese planes during World War II.  An amazing feat if there ever was one.  

Dick and Marge

Richard "Dick" Ira Bong (September 24, 1920 - August 6, 1945) was born in nearby (to me, anyway) Poplar, Wisconsin to Swedish immigrant farmers.  He had 8 sisters and brothers, and was interested in aircraft at an early age.  Richard entered service in 1941.  One of his instructors was even one of my idols, Barry Goldwater.  

Richard Bong

After his record 40 kills and Congressional Medal of Honor, he was told to retire at the ripe old age of 24.  Unfortunately, he passed away August 6, 1945 when a P-80 he was testing malfunctioned.  He was not able to deploy properly and died the same day the first bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

Talented, Handsome and Patriotic

Marge carried on.  She moved to California, became a model, then magazine publisher.  She remarried and had two children.  Later in life she returned to Wisconsin and became a leader in field of WWII remembrance.  She cut the ribbon at the Bong World War II Heritage Center in 2002, was a popular national speaker, and wrote a book on her life with Bong,  I would love to read her book, but it's crazy expensive.  Marge would pass away at age 79 from a six year battle with cancer in 2003.  

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Nuggets of Note - December 31, 2012

Mary Pickford and Her Flower

The Daily Mirror features Flowers Names After Stars

Cecil B DeMille's Christmas Card

Some great Christmas related posts:

The 1914 Christmas Truce on Today I Found Out
Origin of NORAD Tracking Santa on Mental Floss
Very cool story about the First Christmas Recording.  It's so cool to hear a family celebrating Christmas over 100 years ago
Cecile B. DeMille's Christmas Card on Confessions of a Bookplate Junkie

Dorothy Gish of MY HERO and AN UNSEEN ENEMY

Immortal Ephemera features Movie Ads from Christmas 1912

Los Angeles Morgue Files features: Norma Talmadge, Florence Lawrence

Fleischmann's Mixer's Manual

Leave it to Letterology to come up with some great Mixology for New Year's  

Part 2 on Aldo Ray is delightful on Movie Morlocks

A gorgeous 1840s Astronomy book on BiblioOdyssey

Some cool homes on Daytonian in Manhattan include: the 1926 Scientific American Building, Wm. Barnard House

I wish I had received even one of these Best Movie Books of 2012 on San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Marilyn Monroe FBI Document

And of course there is the recently released FBI Files about Marilyn Monroe

Deja View has some cool initial sketches of Amelia and Abigail Gabble from the Aristocats


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