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11467_top2I’m TidiousTed and I run this blog. I post about things that interests me, mainly retro and vintage oriented stuff, things that makes me laugh or whatever tickles my fancy at the moment. Enjoy your stay and it would be nice if you rated a post or two or maybe a page while you’re here and maybe hit that “Like” thingie from time to time. And, oh yeah, a comment or two would be very welcome as well.

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Jayne Mansfield……

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…… flaunting her assets at the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square, London, September 1959

There Was A Time…..

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….. when Formula 1 racing was just men and cars.

Trabant P 70 1954 – 59

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Images found on oldcarmanulproject

The Piako

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The ‚Piako‘ was built by Stephens, of Glasgow, in 1876-7 for the New Zealand Shipping Company and was one of the last three of 1,000 ton sister ships built for that firm. Launched in December 1876, she sailed on her first voyage under Captain Fox on February 5th, 1877 leaving the Thames for Lyttelton, New Zealand.

Painting by Jack Spurling (British, 1871-1933) – Found on Adventure of the Blackgang – Text from Wikimedia Commons

An Interesting Duo

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Gil Elvgren (March 15, 1914 – February 29, 1980), born Gillette Elvgren in Saint Paul, Minnesota, was an American painter of pin-up girls, advertising and illustration. Elvgren was one of the most important pin-up and glamour artists of the twentieth century. Today he is best known for his pin-up paintings for Brown & Bigelow. Elvgren studied at the American Academy of Art.

‘New Town’ is an entry in a Central Office of Information-sponsored animated series featuring the everyman character Charley, and promotes an escape from grimy, smoggy towns and arduous commutes to work. With the highly distinctive animation style of husband-and-wife team Halas and Batchelor, this short aims to explain the rationale behind the planning of the new towns, with their enticing offer of green open spaces and a type of housing to suit everyone.

Building skywards – Manhattan-style – is quickly ruled out for us Brits; "Don’t be silly, I’d never get me pram up there" pipes up a member of the unseen chorus of unhappy city-dwellers. But considering the urban sprawl now devouring the south-east of England, perhaps skyscrapers were the way to go after all. (Simon McCallum)

Charley Junior’s Schooldays was the seventh in a series of eight public information films designed to convey key facts about the Labour government’s social reforms in the immediate postwar period. Here, animation company Halas & Batchelor‘s trademark fusion of clarity of expression and humour is the vehicle for some quite dense information about the proposed radical reforms to the British schools system. The changes were first conceived in the Education Act 1944, devised by Conservative education minister Rab Butler.

Both movies found on BritishFilmInstitute’s Youtube pages

Monroe As Bara

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Marilyn Monroe as Theda Bara (f. 1885, d. 1955) in the role
as Cleopatra in the movie Cleopatra from 1917

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