Saturday, November 28

Tuesday, November 7

A major election in the US results in a win for a third party??? The Fusion party candidate Fiorello La Guardia is elected mayor of New York City. He ran as the anti-corruption candidate and it turns out he wasn't lying. His adventures were celebrated by millions of people, but some histories are more private, published only for the immediate participants. Until the internet, of course. Then we all get to enjoy them. One for the tankies. Now I know why they hold those big parades when it's so cold. If you lived in Moscow you wouldn't mind. In some places winters are cold, in some places they're just dry. It's a good time to start a journey of 12,500 miles. They didn't call him Mahātmā for nothing. time to make a change

Monday, November 6

If you could only reach inside your mind, rummage around, find out what's going on in there. Self-help has been around a long time, and even now back issues of Science of Mind are available from 1933. Because, you know, science never goes out of date. Or something. The young lady may look as though she's doing some heavy thinking in this photo, and that's an excellent idea when your job consists of being beautiful. As long as your expression leaves the door wide open to interpretation, well. I do wonder what's going on in there- I imagine it's harder than it looks. Sherlock is on the move here, let's hope his crew doesn't scare all the ducks away. Watson was on hand to record the event, it seems. Manga was strange in '33. Artists weren't concerned much about copyright it seems- ...

Sunday, November 5

Everybody is glad- maybe because the election is over? They were still in their first year with Franklin, and while he confused investors with his reversal on government gold purchasing, regular folks liked what he was doing. It was "do something, anything" versus "keep things the same". But Tex died suddenly while on tour. It was something in the water, which was the joke she made. Notorious pistol-packin' mama, the prototype for Mae West. That's the way the girls are from Texas.How delighted she looks to be watching hamburger cook via invisible rays! Once again, Pynchon climbs aboard with his Pig Bodine discovering microwave cookery while in the Navy, having stashed some purloined burger near his ships radar antenna and coming back to find it nicely done. The novel "V" is chock ...

Saturday, November 4

Other worlds. There was a story that today "Otto Fischer of Germany became the first person to be launched in a manned rocket". Of course it never happened, but it would be easy to believe it. There is another world in which a German IS the first man in space, launched in a specially built V2 rocket near the end of WWII. His journey forms the geometric shape that is the title of the novel "Gravity's Rainbow". It's a good read, but it's not from 1933- and it also never happened.There was plenty available to feed the imagination about other worlds in 1933. Astounding Stories was a "pulp" that I guess was trying to steal some of Amazing Stories' thunder. Just the fact that there were so many pulps filled with atrocious stories tells me how strong the pull of other worlds could be. I ...

Friday, November 3

Seems like happy times around the old burn barrel! Strikers at the Hormel plant refuse to back down. The Chicago Fair closes after a pretty damn good run. This is the first I've seen any attendance figures- to give you a rough idea, the major vertical divisions each represent 50,000 people. Other than the first and last weeks there were never less than 50,000 people a day at the fair, with a maximum of 365,000 attending on September 3rd. I bet ol' Walt was there taking notes! A lot of streets were still brick in 1933, often with a tar overlay, but it looks like these in Davenport were macadam. Half a dozen actual workers, and if you count the kids, twice as many "supervisors". It's good clean entertainment. Garrett Price, like George Herriman and his Krazy Kat, wasn't so much a p...

Thursday, November 2

A great idea- have a party for the departed. Everybody is invited, saints and sinners alike. The dead don't care. In America they are in the midst of building a gigantic structure to contain the relics which have been scattered all over the place. There are the major artifacts of legend, such as the Constitution and the Articles, the address that Lincoln made in Gettysburg- but there are literally tons of boring records that the archivists think we may want to hang on to. It's a full-time job. Things are preserved in England just for the fun of it. They did a nice job on the hay wagon, don't you think? I know the French wouldn't be so careful about preserving this tradition. No, the French have a clean, modern station in Cherbourg. It would be a shame if somethin' were to happen...

Wednesday, November 1

Respect for those of the Northlands, who won't let a little snow rain on their parade. Manistee has a new bridge to dedicate and, considering their location on the downwind side of Lake Michigan, the snow seen here probably went unnoticed. Some of the ladies are in heels, and everyone is having a ball. Here's a cancelled stamp from one of those exploding mail rockets. Lucky thing that no one was trying to fly in one of those- yet. They've noticed some political involvement among the student body on campus, but don't worry- the 90 percent considered dead weight in the middle will smooth out any oscillations. Marx may be amused. That 90 percent in Michigan seems to like beans and lentils best. It must be a good way to keep warm in winter! find your favorite food here.

Tuesday, October 31

For a brief shining moment at the Chicago World's Fair in 1933 the sound of a 100 piece marimba orchestra filled the air. Ruth Springborn was there, playing her custom resonator marimba with the green mother-of-pearl frame and a brass plaque with her name on it. Everyone in the orchestra was required to purchase one of these instruments- it must have been an impressive sight, even at the circus of color that was the fair. But the sound! Aviatrix Amy Johnson and her aviator husband Jim Mollison cracked up (as they used to say) while landing on a foggy night in New Jersey, after a long flight from Europe. They got a lot of sympathy from their many fans, but the New Yorker yawned and said that the flying season was over. Young John Banfield is just starting what was to be a long and ha...

Monday, October 30

Little acorns get planted. The two Falange founders on the right won't see the end of the decade, but some variation of the political party will survive for half a century. Fascism seems more and more like a convenient package for ambition as 1933 progresses. Those who promote it don't actually have to have any political beliefs at all. No wonder it's gotten so hard to define. Fire broke out in a cotton mill at a prison in upstate New York. The enthusiasm to fight it seems low. The defense is hiding behind legal precedent in a case of stolen affection. It was a losing tactic in an era when bank robbers and kidnappers were widely seen as folk heroes. The jurors awarded the wronged woman $75,000 in damages. Actress Windsor would soon bring the gentleman in this triangle into court...

Sunday, October 29

The Spirit of the Republic of Turkey takes the steps two at a time today in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Republic. Meanwhile German diesels are rumbling above a major American manufacturing city. It was noted that the Nazi emblem was prominently on display. Aren't nations cool? There's a river that flows North in Western Pennsylvania, sort of contrary to the normal pattern. Add to that the irony of a mouse seeking employment in a pet store. I'm sure that went well. Portogruaro. Home of the world's largest bulldozer. deeze'l getcha going, here.