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Larry's Article – December 2009 Archive (8)

This Day in Dieselpunk History

My local paper has a section on "Today in History" and there were two events today (Dec 28) that others might find interesting.

1927 The musical "Show Boat" opened at Ziegfield Theater in New York City.

1932 Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City.

Added by Larry on December 27, 2009 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

1930s Advertisement

The site I found this at simply stated that it was from the 1930s though I suspect it's older from the appearance of the model. I think the ad speaks for itself. I've included the image as a link because I was unable to embed it.
Unusual Ad Link

Added by Larry on December 26, 2009 at 7:08pm — 1 Comment

Swing Kids

A friend of mine at work gave me the movie, "Swing Kids" last week. If you have the best synopsis I've read is at imdb which reads:

The story of a close-knit group of young kids in Nazi Germany who listen to banned swing music from the US. Soon dancing and fun leads to more difficult choices as the Nazi's begin tightening the grip on Germany. Each member of the group is forced to face some tough choices about right, wrong, and survival.

I very much enjoyed it. The music… Continue

Added by Larry on December 26, 2009 at 3:11pm — 2 Comments

Betty Boop Christmas

As this Christmas day comes to a close I just wanted to this time to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

Added by Larry on December 25, 2009 at 5:42pm — 1 Comment


I saw this posted on Brass Goggles and thought others here would find it interesting.

According to the source:

Leather flying helmet with 10A/12401 headphones, an oxygen mask and a 10A/12570 microphone. At the outbreak of WWII (1939-1945), flying helmets had changed little since WWI (1914-1918), except that the fittings for goggles and oxygen masks were provided. The flow of oxygen to the detachable mask was controlled by a manually… Continue

Added by Larry on December 24, 2009 at 12:51pm — 2 Comments

Dorothy Day

“We pointed out again and again that the issue is not just one of wages and hours, but of ownership and of the dignity of man. It is not State ownership toward which we are working, although we believe that some industries should be run by the government for the common good, it is a more widespread ownership through cooperative ownership.”
~ Dorothy Day, 1939

Added by Larry on December 21, 2009 at 8:36pm — No Comments

Retro-Futurism: A Family Tradition

Looking back I realize that my love for retro-future was sparked early on my my mother who has long passed away. As a senior in high school she was the art director for her school yearbook. Since it was 1958 the excitement was over the start of the space race. So she created several drawings, which I thought I would share here. I apologize for the quality of the scans since these are taken from her yearbook so most of these have writings on the images.…


Added by Larry on December 10, 2009 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Texas Fair Park

After dropping my wife off at work this morning on the way home (I'm taking a little time off) I finally got a glimpse of the new train stop outside the grounds of the Texas State Fair Grounds in Dallas. I couldn't help but notice the Art Deco style that they used. It blends nicely in the Art Deco of the fair grounds.

Added by Larry on December 9, 2009 at 10:51am — 1 Comment

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