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I have just started a blog featuring nothing but retro recipes. I realised I had the background material in books, booklets and cut-outs for more than 500 recipes so the only sensible thing seamed to be to give them their one home. A weekly retro recipe will of course continue to turn up here on Retro Rambling as well – Ted
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I got tired of good old Zsa Zsa and the E-type so I made some new headers and a new background. I like to do that from time to time, it makes the blog more fun to work with – Ted

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A Curious Fancy


A Curious Fancy” is run by a girl who describes herself like this: I am fat, fanciful and whimsical. Well, actually I’m just plain eccentric but it translates to whimsical in the virtual medium. Most of the time I like to pretend I live in a storybook. This is where my sartorial adventures are documented.

Her site caught my fancy because of the picture to the left which had a very nice turn of the last century feel to it so I removed the colour and gave it a slight sepia tint to emphasize this feeling and there she is, looking like she’s on a beach sometimes around 1900. And by the way, her blog is well worth a visit.

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In her own words: When I was little, I remember hearing on television that when very young Elizabeth Taylor went to bed, she would place a wooden clothespin on her nose to ensure that beautiful breath button looked perfect the next day. I heard this and tried it. I whimpered throughout the night and awoke with a honker that resembled Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’s. So sad. Too bad.

At the risk of stating the obvious, the text was found at “Cotton Candy Truant

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July 21, 1951: The Althoff Circus organized a publicity stunt by putting a baby elephant on the floating train at Alter Markt station. As the elephant started to bump around during the ride, she was pushed out the wagon and she fell into the river Wupper. The elephant, two journalists, and one passenger received minor injuries. After this jump, the elephant got the name of Tuffi, meaning ‘waterdive’ in italian. Both operator and circus director were fined after the incident. Text and Image from “Atompunk

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“Who is the sailor who appears on Player’s cigarette packets?”

Well, Player’s Cigarettes were one of two main employers in the area. Their ‘Navy Cut’ cigarettes were very popular choice, becoming the number one UK brand for a number of years. The term ‘Navy Cut’ refers to how RN sailors (19th and 20th century to 1953)  would wind twine around rolls of tobacco leaves allowing them to mature under compression, and then slice off the end shredding the tobacco.

The ‘Hero’ sailor used as a trade mark for the brand was modelled on Thomas Huntley Wood, a crewmember of HMS Edinburgh. The logos were developed for an advertising campaign in 1891 and trademarked in 1893.

Text and image found at “Adventures of the black gang

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Harry McCracken on Technologizer  |  Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Years ago, Google bought two cool products: Picasa and Blogger. It improved them, but kept the old names. Now Mashable’s Ben Parr is reporting that the Google+ rollout will involve redubbing these services as Google Photos and Google Blogs. Sounds logical to me–especially since the offering I think of as “Picasa” is actually “Picasa Web Albums.”

This doesn’t bother me much, I’m already using Google+ and like it a lot better than Facebook. Google+ has a direct link to Picasa so I’m in the clear whatever they call it. Besides, I’m on WordPress and not Blogger – Ted

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On Location with Rocket

The National Railway Museum is the largest railway museum in the world, attracting almost 1 million visitors per year to our sites at York and Shildon in the UK. Rub shoulders with railway legends, learn about over 300 years of history, and discover over 1,000,000 wonderful objects.

Whether you’re able to visit us in person or not, this blog will be giving you a fascinating glimpse into goings-on at the Museum, and the kind of exciting stuff that happens here – both ‘on the surface’ in the halls and yards where we exhibit our Collection, and behind the scenes where hundreds of thousands of railway-related objects are stored, catalogued, researched and cared for.

The blog is written by Anthony Coulls, our Senior Curator of Rail Vehicle Collections, Lorna Frost, our Assistant Curator of Image Collections, and occasionally myself, Web Producer Mark Green.

I’ve been to York many times and never go there without at least one visit to the National Railway Museum. Neither should you by the way – Ted

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Private James Hendrix of the 101st Airborne, playing his guitar at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, April, 1962.

Hendrix got into trouble with the law twice for riding in stolen cars. He was given a choice between spending two years in prison or joining the Army. Hendrix chose the latter and enlisted on May 31, 1961. After completing basic training, he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

His commanding officers and fellow soldiers considered him to be a subpar soldier: he slept while on duty, had little regard for regulations, required constant supervision, and showed no skill as a marksman. For these reasons, his commanding officers submitted a request that Hendrix be discharged from the military after he had served only one year.

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In 1910, on the first airplane flight across the English Channel to carry a passenger, American aviator John Moisant flew from Paris to London accompanied by both his mechanic and his cat, named either Mademoiselle Fifi or Paree, depending on which newspaper you believe. Later that year Moisant died in a crash near New Orleans.

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I suppose the cat survived, after all they got nine lives – Ted

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Shit, shit, shit!! I thought scouting was all about tying knots, reading animal tracks and keeping your back to the wall when the grown leaders were too close and now I realise that it was all about scoring with scouts of the opposite sex. Well, that’s one experience I missed out on, and I who have such a soft spot for women in uniform.


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If the amphibious vehicle look familiar, you’ve probably seen some on the battlefield in old World War II film footage. Still used today for river/lake tours in Wisconsin Dells, these “Ducks” are the very vehicles that were used in Europe, the Pacific, and again later in the Korean War. That’s right, they’re army surplus, and they’ve been hauling Wisconsin tourists since the ’50s.

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The Pepsi-Cola Logo


Article from LogoBlog.org
Pepsi-Cola is one of the most famous soft drinks consumed worldwide. Manufactured and marketed by PepsiCo, it was first developed and produced in the early 1890’s by Caleb Bradham, a pharmacist in New Bern, North Carolina labelled as “Brad’s drink”. In 1898, Bradham renamed his drink into “Pepsi-Cola”.

On June 16, 1903, the title Pepsi-Cola was trademarked and had since remained unchanged. But one aspect of Pepsi-Cola that witnessed many transformations over the years is the Pepsi logo. The Pepsi logo is one of the most famous and recognized logo design in the world.

In 1898, Bradham used a scribbled logo script as the first Pepsi logo to brand the product. When his business got established and people started enjoying his drink, Bradham decided to modify the Pepsi logo into a more customized version of the previous logo script. Thus, in 1905, a modified script logo was introduced, followed by a second change in Pepsi logo in 1906 with the inclusion of the slogan, “The Original Pure Food Drink”, in it.

During the 1933’s sugar crisis, Loft, Inc. bought Pepsi-Cola. As part of their marketing strategy, Pepsi-Cola doubled the quantity of its drink from six-ounce package size to twelve-ounces for 10 cents. Thus, the slogan “Refreshing & Healthful” was added to the Pepsi logo, which was printed on the bottle. When the price for the twelve-ounce bottle dropped to 5 cents, Pepsi-Cola reverted back to the old logo design.

In 1940, Walter Mack, the CEO of Pepsi-Cola, adopted the idea of 12-oz. embossed bottle with “Pepsi-Cola” baked into the glass. He further developed the idea of introducing the new bottle design with crown, labelled with the Pepsi logo. In 1941, the Pepsi bottle crown colours were changed to red, white and blue, along with the Pepsi logo, to commemorate the war efforts of the country.

By 1943, the Pepsi logo adopted a “bottle cap” look that included the slogan, “Bigger Drink, Better Taste”. Later, in 1962, the Pepsi logo was replaced with two bulls-eye marks encircling “Pepsi”, and then again in 1973, into a boxed Pepsi logo with minor typeface changes.

In 1991, Pepsi commemorated the evolution of its scripted Pepsi logo by featuring a logo design with an italic capital typeface. Later at the company’s 100 years celebration in 1998, Pepsi-Cola unveiled a new logo that symbolized the brand’s innovation and global recognition. The new Pepsi logo consists of a three-dimensional globe against an ice blue background, with the inclusion of the previously designed Pepsi typeface. It has been the official Pepsi logo of PepsiCo, till date.

Over the past century, the Pepsi logo has been evolved into remarkable designs with significant modifications. All in all, Pepsi logo is an exemplary piece of creativity and innovation. No doubt, it is one of the most recognized logos, ever.

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Must be the dream job for at legs and ass man. Just think about, strutting about all day, measuring ladies bottoms and legs. He’s even standing below the subjects he’s studying getting the main attraction almost at eye level. Lucky bastard.


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“The Cabaret of Nothingness – Intoxication Room”. Vintage photographic postcard, c.1920, uncirculated, photograph by Eugène Atget, published by A. Plantier, Paris, France.

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Article from Popular Science July1937 found at modernmechanix.com

Known as a “pipe perambulator,” a curious vehicle devised by a Los Angeles, Calif., draftsman turns the city’s new thirty-six-inch water-supply pipes into miniature subways for inspection men before the aqueducts are placed in service. Storage batteries and an electric motor propel the three-wheeled vehicle along the interior of a metal conduit while the operator looks for defects. A circular steel brush at the front of the machine, charged with electricity, throws off sparks wherever the inner wall of the pipe lacks a proper protective coating of enamel. The spot may be marked for later attention, or a painter towed on a diminutive trailer may remedy the trouble at once.

When the pipe opening shrinks to twenty-inch diameter, at valves spaced along the water system, the “perambulator” may be partially collapsed and pushed through the aperture ahead of the operator. A powerful searchlight illuminates the interior of the pipe for a considerable distance ahead, and a steering wheel enables the operator to guide the vehicle along the bottom of the pipe. In case one of the three pneumatic tires is punctured, the steering wheel can be used as a spare.

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Oh yes, you thought it was some bust dimension scope as well, just admit it. And as you started reading you got just as disappointed as the rest of us when you realised it was just some stupid cream stuff. But it proves what the mad men has known all along. Tits sell! Tits sell anything!


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You’ve seen it before, and you’ll see it again, and now you see it here. Brigitte Bardot’s bewitching bottom. It’s all over the web.
It’s much nicer to remember her like this than thinking about the raving fascist and racist she has turned into in her old age. How can something once so beautiful on the outside turn into something so ugly on the inside. It’s a strange world. But man what a bottom she had back then.

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Will you look at the way that poor sod is dressed. It should be punishable with heavy fines or prison to force a monkey suit like that on a small boy. I’m sure the King felt sorry for the lad. Let’s hope the poor sod managed to keep that autograph from his mother, he surely deserved it.

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Long before I discovered Mayfair and Men Only there was FIB Aktuellt, a very welcome Swedish import. It was not a girlie mag as such, but it had enough pictures of beautiful nude Swedish girls to make them last for ages.
Besides it was less embarrassing to buy an news magazine than a real girlie mag, so thank you FIB Aktuellt for hours upon hours of enjoyment until I reached an age where I gave a damn what people thought when I bought my girlie magazines.
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