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Jazz Age slang

Typewriter A few years ago, I started a database of Jazz Age slang terms. The intention was to help our artists stay a little more true to the spirit of their favorite eras. I also made a note of recording when the terms were first reported, so you wouldn't mix your decades too much.

As I poured through old documents, I found an excellent distraction in Sarah Churchwell's "Careless People." Inside her overview of Jazz Age culture, I…

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Added by Tome Wilson on January 9, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Natalie Portman to star in 1930s horror movie based on Spiritualism

Natalie Portman and Lily Rose Depp, the daughter of actor Johnny Depp, will play spiritualist sisters in “Planetarium,” a 1930s-set drama to be directed by French helmer Rebecca Zlotowski (“Grand Central”).

Although plot details are kept under wraps, Zlotowski told Variety that the film follows the journey of sisters who are believed to possess the supernatural ability to connect with ghosts. They cross paths with a visionary French producer while performing…

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Added by Tome Wilson on May 16, 2015 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

The art of David Uhl

David Uhl was born in Toledo, Ohio on September 20, 1961.

Early on David began creating amazing drawings and, by high school's end, had decided to pursue a career in art. He applied for, and won, the only full-ride scholarship to the Colorado Institute of Art offered to a high school senior in the U.S He was dissatisfied with the design programs the school offered, yet he excelled at the life drawing and illustration classes. Leaving school after one year, he focused his…

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Added by Tome Wilson on December 11, 2014 at 10:57am — 3 Comments

The Art of Ludwig Hohlwein

Let me present a Steam/Diesel era artist whose influence on advertising industry was (and remains) tremendous. A genius who stood at the side of Evil.

Ludwig Hohlwein. Hercules Bier. 1925



Ludwig Hohlwein was born on July 26, 1874 in Wiesbaden, Germany and enjoyed a privileged childhood in a prominent family.* While studying architecture at the Technical…

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Added by lord_k on October 2, 2014 at 1:09pm — 9 Comments

H.G. Wells' Things to Come Trailer

Do any of you wonder what a movie trailer would be like if you used footage from the 1936 science fiction film Things to Come, combined with a contemporary Pacific Rim style soundtrack? So did I.

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Hope you enjoy.

Scott…

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Added by Scott on June 7, 2014 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

An Introduction to Art Deco Wall Masks (Part 2)

In the first part of this two part article I provided some information in respect of the immediate background to the vogue for Art Deco wall masks. Here I want…

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Added by Michael (Mike ) Owen Gaughan on March 5, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Close-up on An Art Deco Classic: The Master Incolor Cocktail Shaker

This is the first in a series of short illustrated articles on Art Deco items.

The idea is to focus upon a classic piece of design that generally doesn't feature in the usual coffee table books and doesn't cost $1000s. This week, a classic cocktail shaker.

The Master Incolor Cocktail Shaker was manufactured in England circa 1935 and is a classic of Art Deco streamlined design with several unique features. These features are not the sole reason for writing this…

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Added by Michael (Mike ) Owen Gaughan on March 3, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

An Introduction to Art Deco Wall Masks (Part 1)

Introduction and Background

Although having its origins prior to The Great War what is today known as Art Deco has come to symbolize an era of glamour epitomized by The Roaring Twenties and 1930s Hollywood. Partly an antidote to the war and a reaction to all that led up to it as well as to the era of economic slumps, depression, social strife and political unrest which followed, Art Deco remains one of the most easily recognized styles of…

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Added by Michael (Mike ) Owen Gaughan on February 27, 2014 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Paris for Dieselpunks

If there is a place in Paris anyone who calls himself a Dieselpunk can't ignore while visiting La Ville Lumière - sorry Tome, you've missed it the last time you saw Paris, to quote Mister Hammerstein! - it's the Musée des Années 30 (Museum of the Thirties). The Museum isn't actually located in Paris, but in Boulogne-Billancourt which is, however, immediatly next to Paris and very easy to reach by metro. Boulogne-Billancourt, it…

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Added by Stefan on February 5, 2014 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Happy New Year 1934

Excerpt from Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI by Bryan Burrough


The year was over, the new federal "War on Crime" almost six months old.

In retrospect, as eventful as it was, 1933 served only as a prelude, a kind of extended training session, for the FBI and the nation. Despite the efforts of Attorney General Homer Cummings to make crime a national issue, to this point it remained a regional phenomenon; while…

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Added by Tome Wilson on December 31, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Two-Fisted Tuesday - The Barbara James Matter

Welcome to Two-Fisted Tuesdays, where we throw on our trench coats, don our fedoras, and walk down the mean streets of classic crime fiction.


Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was a crime drama that ran for over 12 years during the golden age of radio. The main character, Johnny Dollar, was a smart, tough, wisecracking insurance detective who tossed silver-dollar tips to waiters and bellhops. While always a friend of…

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Added by Tome Wilson on December 10, 2013 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Two-Fisted Tuesday - Johnny Dollar in The London Matter

Welcome to Two-Fisted Tuesdays, where we throw on our trench coats, don our fedoras, and walk down the mean streets of classic crime fiction.


Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar by Douglas Klauba Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was a crime drama that ran for over 12 years during the golden age of radio. The main character, Johnny Dollar, was a smart, tough, wisecracking insurance detective who tossed silver-dollar tips to waiters and bellhops. While always a friend of…

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Added by Tome Wilson on October 15, 2013 at 1:08pm — 1 Comment

I Can't See My Bass Player!

Jazz is a language. The live performance of jazz engages an audience in a conversation that is both interactive and communicative. The audience benefit in a live concert is enhanced by the spontaneity and body language of the group.

In the jazz ensemble it is impossible for musicians to communicate vocally. It would ruin the moment for the leader to shout, "CODA!" over the music.(although it is acceptable for Count Basie to say, "One more time" at the end of a…

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Added by John L. Sands on September 17, 2013 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Two-Fisted Tuesday - Boston Blackie's Rendezvous

Welcome to Two-Fisted Tuesdays, where we throw on our trench coats, don our fedoras, and walk down the mean streets of classic crime fiction.


Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar by Douglas Klauba Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was a crime drama that ran for over 12 years during the golden age of radio. The main character, Johnny Dollar, was a smart, tough, wisecracking insurance detective who tossed silver-dollar tips to waiters and bellhops. While always a friend of…

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Added by Tome Wilson on September 3, 2013 at 10:32am — No Comments

Two-Fisted Tuesday - Booked on Suspicion

Welcome to Two-Fisted Tuesdays, where we throw on our trench coats, don our fedoras, and walk down the mean streets of classic crime fiction.


Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar by Douglas Klauba Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was a crime drama that ran for over 12 years during the golden age of radio. The main character, Johnny Dollar, was a smart, tough, wisecracking insurance detective who tossed silver-dollar tips to waiters and bellhops. While always a friend of…

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Added by Tome Wilson on August 20, 2013 at 9:27am — No Comments

Two-Fisted Tuesday - Who'd Like To Rock The Old Doll To Sleep

Welcome to Two-Fisted Tuesdays, where we throw on our trench coats, don our fedoras, and walk down the mean streets of classic crime fiction.


Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar by Douglas Klauba Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was a crime drama that ran for over 12 years during the golden age of radio. The main character, Johnny Dollar, was a smart, tough, wisecracking insurance detective who tossed silver-dollar tips to waiters and bellhops. While always a friend of…

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Added by Tome Wilson on July 23, 2013 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Two-Fisted Tuesday - The Little Man Who Wasn't There

Welcome to Two-Fisted Tuesdays, where we throw on our trench coats, don our fedoras, and walk down the mean streets of classic crime fiction.


Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar by Douglas Klauba Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was a crime drama that ran for over 12 years during the golden age of radio. The main character, Johnny Dollar, was a smart, tough, wisecracking insurance detective who tossed silver-dollar tips to waiters and bellhops. While always a friend of…

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Added by Tome Wilson on July 9, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Two-Fisted Tuesday - After Midnight with Boston Blackie

Welcome to Two-Fisted Tuesdays, where we throw on our trench coats, don our fedoras, and walk down the mean streets of classic crime fiction.


Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar by Douglas Klauba Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was a crime drama that ran for over 12 years during the golden age of radio. The main character, Johnny Dollar, was a smart, tough, wisecracking insurance detective who tossed silver-dollar tips to waiters and bellhops. While always a friend of…

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Added by Tome Wilson on June 18, 2013 at 9:47am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #188: Happy Threewheeler

Three-wheel vehicles powered by small and noisy engines... dieselpunk?  Of course!

In the mass culture, the image of a 'Dieselpunk tricar' is based on the Morgan Aero - fast, sporty, elegant. But what about a trike truck? Here's the story of a once famous make, told by Paul Markham on his much-recommended…

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Added by lord_k on June 14, 2013 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Lord K's Garage #186: The Airomobile

In 1937, the Airomobile was a one-of-a-kind experimental model built by engineers from Franklin Auto and Lewis American Airways.*

1937 Airmobile Experimental - Dolphin Tail view

It was intended to be a low-priced, mass produced car. The design was the result of Paul M. Lewis, who wanted a simple inexpensive ( target price of $300) and safe automobile in 1934. The…

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Added by lord_k on May 31, 2013 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

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