Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Year

Well, it's a new year...already! I definitely hope to maintain this site, and not go so long between posts. I do enjoy learning about the past. I really like sharing the knowledge I gain! So I hope you will drop in from time to time and check out what I am posting!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Marathon Motor Works

Marathon Motor Works was an early automobile manufacturer based in Tennessee, grown out of an earlier company called Southern Engine and Boiler Works founded in 1889, which made industrial engines and boilers in Jackson, Tennessee. The firm had metal-working and power plant experience which could easily be transferred into the new and expanding automobile industry. From 1907 to 1914, the company manufactured the Marathon automobile.

If you watch American Pickers, you may have noticed that their location in Nashville is the building of Marathon Motor Works. I think this is really a perfect place for them to be, considering the history the building has.




Sunday, July 14, 2013

1960s Pontiac Bonneville Ads









The Pontiac Bonneville was first introduced in 1957, as a limited production performance convertible. The Bonneville and the Grand Ville are some of the largest Pontiacs ever built (in station wagon styles, they reached just over nineteen feet) and were some of the heaviest cars produced at that time (2.5 tons, or 5,000 pounds). In 1958, some Bonnevilles could be gotten for $500, but you could also get one for $100.

The name of the car, as you may have guessed, was taken from the Bonneville Salt Flats (named after Army Officer Benjamin Bonneville) in Utah, where a lot of early auto races took place. The last Bonneville was produced on May 27, 2005.

I really like the ads for the Bonneville. They portray a laid-back lifestyle. I can just see people driving around in them in the '60s, with a woman's scarf blowing in the wind.














Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Circle Skirts

Circle skirts reached their height of popularity in the 1950s, and their classic silhouette is an iconic image of fashion from that era. The skirt is named for its construction from a circular piece of fabric, with a cutout in the center for the waist. Photographs from the 1950s feature women sitting, viewed from above, with the full circle of their skirt spread out around them to show off the design. Poodle skirts are one of the best known styles of the skirt, made from wool felt and decorated with appliqu├ęs, embroidery, and other embellishments.

The rise in popularity of the circle skirt coincided with the rise in popularity of rock and roll music. The skirts were very popular among teenagers, and the uniform of a typical teenage girl attending a sock hop dance was a sweater, a poodle skirt, bobby socks, and saddle shoes. Dances of that era were energetic, and the fullness of the circle skirt would be shown to its best advantage, twirling around the dancer as she moved. Teenagers typically wore petticoats under their circle skirts to show off the decorative designs.

I just love these skirts because of their look and how they nip in at the waist, creating a wonderful womanly figure!













Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Jeanne Cooper





Born Wilma Jeanne Cooper in Kern County, California, she was one of the longest-serving serial television actors in American media. Jeanne was best known for her role as Katherine Chancellor on The Young and the Restless. Jeanne Cooper had a face lift on national television while playing the role of Katherine. I have enjoyed seeing Jeanne portray Katherine over these last few years and it will be strange not having her on the show.

Jeanne Cooper received ten Daytime Emmy nominations, nine for Outstanding Lead Actress and one for Outstanding Supporting Actress, and two Primetime Emmy nominations. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmys in 2004. For her contributions to television, Cooper received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She won the 2008 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Jeanne Cooper became ill from an infection shortly after promotion for the 40th anniversary of The Young and the Restless . She passed away on May 8, 2013, at the age of 84.

Ray Harryhausen



 
 
I don't really think Ray Harryhausen needs to be described. Everyone knows that he was a special effects creator, writer and producer. Just a few months ago, I watched She on DVD and Ray was talking about how much he loved that movie, just his love of the musical score, and how he hoped the younger generation would find an appreciation for it. Ray was born in Los Angeles. At thirteen, he had seen King Kong and this was the movie that ultimately inspired him to chose the career he obviously loved. Numerous movies and a couple books have paid homage to Ray Harryhausen. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is in the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Although he passed away on May 7, 2013, his legacy will live on forever in the eyes of movie lovers the world over.
 
 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Marx Brothers


I came across this work of art while browsing for pictures of the Marx Brothers. It was done by Dick Bobnick , and I really like it. I think he did a wonderful job!