Monthly Archives: April 2014

Humor: Rock Island terrorizes its passengers

“To increase the ‘gee-whiz’ factor of the Jet Rocket (inaugurated between Chicago and Peoria in 1956) the train was delivered with a closed-circuit TV camera installed in the nose. The camera fed a television set in the lounge area. The idea … Continue reading

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Andy Warhol and Campbell’s new cream of chicken soup, 1949

Is everyone interested in the few years before and after they were born, or is this an ego problem particular to me? Around my birthday every year I like to focus on how the world was then (maybe because I’m a rail fan, … Continue reading

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Men’s swimwear for summer 2014?

Try to find what seems “off” about this picture and the two below. Ah, you’ve got it. The men are naked, and the women are in swimsuits. I don’t know where they were taken or when or even if they’re … Continue reading

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Nude swimming in Texas

All this talk of nudity brings to mind my only personal nude swimming experience, at Hippie Hollow when I was a student at UT Austin. Hippie Hollow was wild and crazy then, much grass smoked, much beer consumed. Always state-owned, … Continue reading

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To see all posts for the current month, you may need to click on “older posts,” after the last visible post. To see prior months’ posts, click on the month, under archives, and then also remember to click on “older posts” when you … Continue reading

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A man and his cat

I love the way the cat gives him a few good swats. Take that, you nuisance. The picture above and the two below are reblogged from the beautiful All Smiles.  

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“It breaks your heart”–former Baseball Commissioner Giamatti; also Vine Street, Cincinnati, after Cincinnati Reds World Series win, 1940

“It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops … Continue reading

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Another man with cat, and Argentine soccer star Messi’s golden left foot

In the ‘5os and ‘6os, long before hippies, people went barefoot in Southern California–in supermarkets, drugstores, fast food places. Not everyone, but people who wanted to. And not just kids or young people: middle-aged and old people, too. There wasn’t … Continue reading

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Pintoricchio’s Lucrezia Borgia

“Bernardino di Betto, called Pintoricchio or Pinturicchio… (1454–1513) was an Italian painter of the Renaissance. He acquired his nickname, Pintoricchio (‘little painter’), because of his small stature, and he used it to sign some of his works.” From a Wikipedia page about the … Continue reading

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