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Ian House
Posted on: May 24 2010, 02:17 AM


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Compare the Dove commercial above, side by side, with the Captain Henry's Showboat video!
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Ian House
Posted on: May 24 2010, 02:09 AM


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Hey folks!

Take a look at this YouTube video of a current Dove commercial ... To me, the girl in it looks a LOT like Annette -especially in the last few scenes at the end when she's dressed and: "I'm ready". Tell me if you agree!:

Dove commercial



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Ian House
Posted on: May 17 2010, 07:59 AM


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Has anybody else seen this incredible YouTube video that is going viral ...?

The Ross Sisters

The singing routine at the beginning is entertaining enough ... but, wait until you see the rest!

It is their one and only film appearance.

To date, there have been close to three and a half million views of this single upload alone (of which there are several others) ... Since, by myself, I am responsible for about a million of these views, this video has been seen by two and a half million other people. OR, maybe there are just three of us watching it over and over again ... ?
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Ian House
Posted on: May 17 2010, 07:31 AM


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Percy Medicine, SO fresh that it's still warm in the bottle ... ?

That's for me!
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Ian House
Posted on: May 17 2010, 07:16 AM


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QUOTE (dismuke @ May 16 2010, 11:15 PM) *
Flapper Girl and Ian - very good to hear from both of you and to know that you are still out there.



Dismuke, I'll never wander too far out of reach; this is my home.

It's just that I've spent the past year doing my best to help salvage the railroad which turned out to be a complete and futile waste of my valuable time ( ? ). Our tea party candidate lost his primary bid to represent Indiana in the Senate and a year's worth of volunteer work went down the drain in the half-blink of an eye. I know that you can't win them all but this guy didn't even make the slightest noticeable dent against the machine. Right now, I feel more like Eddie Willers in the desert being mocked by covered wagons and jackrabbits while still refusing to surrender to their insanity. Stranded but not broken.

I love that quotation; that seems like advice that I could use right now. Instead of submitting to the blanket of darkness before us, punch through it with double the brightness: Crank up the Jazz Age decibels, enlarge the typeface on the Federalist Papers and celebrate those who contribute tangible value, wealth and prosperity to our society, past and present ... and bring shame to the moochers.

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I am currently restructuring and consolidating all of my online business entities under one single brand, American Yesteryear. It will not only serve as my livelihood going forward -but, it will represent my MISSION statement as well. Nobody's going to erase our past heritage and culture without a fight from me. Live free or die.

Second nature to a Texan, God Bless your souls.
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Ian House
Posted on: May 17 2010, 02:22 AM


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Hello all!

Just like Miss Flapper, I have also been away from the board for far too long ... I would also like to thank the Texas Record Collectors for another pair of fine broadcasts. It's always a thrill to "get together" again in a celebration of the music that we all cherish so dearly.
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Last year, I sort of lost a little of my passion to pursue my normal idle hobbies in favor of other priorities. Let's just say that I spent the year trying to locate the path to Galt's Gulch, with, seemingly, fruitless results. Alas, it doesn't exist in real life. In fact, in a bit of irony, one of the most promising trails leads right back here, to Diskmuke, a place that preserves some of the BEST of our traditional American culture from the past. Elsewhere, the America we knew is rapidly fading away and is becoming almost unrecognizable to me.
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I am just LOVING the broadcasts!

Carry me away, o' decent melody, back to that great age once again : - )

(The makers of Pronto-Lax are proud to be presenting another Meta-Musical, from our elegant broadcast studios in downtown Ft. Worth)


You guys are cracking me up!



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Ian House
Posted on: Jan 1 2010, 03:30 PM


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Dismuke, Eddie, Matt ...

Thanks for another wonderful New Year's broadcast from high atop the Deco adorned broadcast studios overlooking historic Fort Worth, Texas ...

Lot's of great fun and fine music, as usual.

Happy New Year to all!
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Posted on: Jan 1 2010, 12:36 AM


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Happy New Year, Miss Annette ... wherever you are!
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Posted on: Jan 1 2010, 12:34 AM


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I'm all set!

Looking forward to it ...
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Ian House
Posted on: Nov 15 2009, 12:22 AM


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Hello, dear Miss Flapper :-)

I have been well ... mostly attending to my pressing business activities. And, with all that is going on in our country, all of my casual hobbies have been on the backburner for the duration ...

I do hope you are well, my friend ... ?

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Dismuke played a Raymond Scott record on the broadcast! You know how I just thrill to his eccentric musical whimsies. The piece is called "Huckleberry Duck". BTW, to Dismuke: Yes, that tune was used on several occasions by Carl Stalling for use in the Warner cartoons ... Unfortunately, most of the cartoons are not available on YouTube (including my favorite use of the tune in a cartoon called "Meatless Flyday" from 1944)

However, you can hear a brief passage of it during the opening title and credit sequence from "Canned Feud"

And, to refresh your memory, here is the original RS version of "Huckleberry Duck"
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Ian House
Posted on: Nov 14 2009, 11:25 PM


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Hey Don!

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The Swing session seems to be winding down. I know that this isn't a LIVE broadcast ... so, by the sheer power of persuasive positive thinking, I am going to hope for a recording by either Louis Jordan or Jimmie Lunceford, two of my favorite Swing era bands. I hope I didn't miss one already played ... ?

I'm willing it to happen; this will work!
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Ian House
Posted on: Nov 14 2009, 10:01 PM


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Me too, Flap!

I am enjoying the stream ... I came in during the special Swing program so I still have that mysterious peanut beverage to look forward to :-) It sounds, um, delightful.

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I dare you to try saying "BOB POPE" three times fast!

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Ian House
Posted on: Feb 15 2009, 04:53 AM


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I'm having difficulty finding a photo of the actual pre-war package that the dealer was selling ... but here is a graphic with the box design on it (circa 1910)



And, here is a better view of the branding graphics used on it:


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Ian House
Posted on: Feb 15 2009, 04:28 AM


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QUOTE (victrolajazz @ Feb 14 2009, 11:04 PM) *
Gosh, Ian, wish I'd known--I would have gladly given $200 for the truck alone!

Eddie the Collector



HaHa!

I wish you were there with me, Eddie :-) It would have been the PERFECT scenario ...

I found a photo of the truck online ... but the package illustrated here is younger than the one I was fighting for (this one looks to be post-1918)








BTW, Eddie ... in regard to your post above: Is there a model version of EVERY vehicle ever produced? ... or, do they only make models for a select few "signature" cars ...?
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Ian House
Posted on: Feb 15 2009, 03:17 AM


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QUOTE (tdyer @ Feb 14 2009, 09:09 AM) *
I have a unopened box of cracker jack the side has printing on it 26JUL05353101904, Collector Series Prize Inside. Any idea of it's worth?



Hi Tdyer,

Welcome to the board!

Can you give us a better description of your Cracker Jack package ...? From what you've provided, it sounds a little like a relatively recent commemorative or "limited edition" package. Does it have a UPC symbol on it. Who is the manufacturer? (Frito-Lays? Bordens?) If so, it is, indeed a modern package and, as such, the value is likely to be negligible. (I do NOT know this for certain -just a guess. I do not, knowingly, collect any packaging post 1969 and, therefore, I am not certain about the collectible value of such a piece.)

The Cracker Jack package evolved through a series of distinctive milestones in its history which makes the "ballpark" dating of a particular specimen a little easier. Look for the elements on the package and compare it to this chronology:

1899: first wax-sealed box
1902: manufactured by Rueckheim Bros. & Eckstein
1912: prizes were introduced
1918: red, white and blue design - Sailor Jack & Bingo (the dog) were added to the graphics.
1922: manufactured by The Cracker Jack Company
1960: the familiar photographic collage of popcorn and peanuts were introduced.
1964: manufactured by Bordens
1997: manufactured by Frito-Lay

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I am a serious collector of vintage packaging ... and, I know that the value of any specimen is what I am willing to pay for it. In other words, I don't think that there is any one "official" value of an item. I think it may be the same thing for 78 collectors.

When collecting Cracker Jack boxes, the biggest challenge is to find an authentic piece that is not soiled by oil stains. Generally, the value of a vintage package goes WAY up when the original product content is still intact (whatever it may be: ink in a bottle, pencils in a carton, soda in a bottle, powder in a tin, etc) ... but full CJ boxes of an historic vintage almost ALWAYS have oil stains on the box. For me, this takes away from the value of the package (a rare instance of such an occurrence) ...

In my entire "collecting life", I have only seen one pre-WWI specimen of a CJ box (without product content) in pristine condition. The dealer was selling it, combined with a specially designed tin truck which was originally used for promotional purposes, for $500.00. I had no interest in the tin truck and offered her $300.00 for the CJ package by itself. Unfortunately, she would not separate the two and I, eventually, gave up on the deal. This has been my BIGGEST regret ever since! I have never seen the same quality specimen again. If I could re-live that moment, I would have paid the $500.00 for that Cracker Jack box ... so, for me, that would be the value of that one particular piece. That was about 15 years ago -so the price might even be a little steeper. But, to somebody else, who may have an antique shop full of CJ boxes from 1910, well, the value may be a little more affordable ...

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However, if the package was from 1975, I don't think I'd pay 15 bucks for it ...
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Ian House
Posted on: Jan 31 2009, 06:53 PM


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Hey Don,


This "Jazz-rithmetic" game seems like fun!


Let's see:

+ I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket
+ Bringing Home The Bacon
+ Coffee In The Morning
+ Jelly Jelly
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= Cooking Breakfast For The One I Love
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Posted on: Dec 8 2008, 09:45 PM


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A little off-topic ... but the other day I was thinking about another INCREDIBLE endurance story, Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney has been in show business since the age of 16 months (1921) and he has film credits for every year since 1926 (with the exception of 1945 when he was fighting in WW2)

He is STILL going strong with 4 film projects to be released in 2009. That's a show business career that has lasted for 87 years so far!!

I'm not the biggest fan of his ... but a big HATS OFF to an AMAZING career!!



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Ian House
Posted on: Dec 8 2008, 09:33 PM


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QUOTE (victrolajazz @ Dec 8 2008, 04:13 PM) *
--he's one of those persons who simply never ages--



He was also born in one of my new favorite cities, Tulsa, OK ... maybe that also has something to do with his pleasant nature :-)
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Posted on: Dec 8 2008, 07:55 PM


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I'm not sure if it's the longest running program (with the SAME host) in the USA ... but Paul Harvey has been doing his "News and Comment" program from Chicago since 1951 and he is STILL going strong! At the age of 90, Paul Harvey is the "oldest syndicated radio personality in America" ...

Before his current program, Harvey was on the radio in the Chicago area with various news shows. He has been working in radio since 1933, 75 years ago!

His program may be the longest running American program on the radio hosted by the same person ...?

Paul Harvey's bio



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Ian House
Posted on: Nov 6 2008, 01:37 AM


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QUOTE (gregoryagogo @ Nov 5 2008, 07:10 PM) *
Great fun... maybe next time it'll be a female president!



Yes, I'll second that!
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Posted on: Oct 10 2008, 04:13 PM


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Great photo Don!

I just want to mix up a bathtub full of sepia colored paint, take a bath in it, and JUMP right into that photo ... and NEVER come back :-)
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Posted on: Oct 4 2008, 11:06 PM


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QUOTE(matto @ Oct 4 2008, 04:54 PM) *
Ian, A guy with ODAY - OK .............. pig lain for dough !



Yup, I thought it sounded like she was singing something like "oday" ... but I didn't know what it meant. Thanks for the help Matt!
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Posted on: Oct 4 2008, 10:01 PM


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QUOTE(matto @ Oct 4 2008, 12:02 PM) *
A good friend of mine stjn00 , from Sweden, has just posted these four clips from a great Lillian Roth


Story Conference part two




Matt,

Thank you yet again for giving us more Lillian! Delightful! There can NEVER be enough of her IMHO ... And, thanks to your friend, stjn00, for posting these great videos to YouTube.

Lillian Roth is such a joy to watch in these vintage films; she just oozes with charm and talent :-)

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Can somebody help me decipher some of the lyrics in Part Two? (linked in my quote) ... during Lillian's singing of the Alimony Sal song. At the 1:08 mark, what are the words after "But someday, I know I'll corral a guy with ??? ..." This phrase is repeated THREE times: another time by Lillian at 1:50 and again by the chorus girls at 3:10 ... I can't understand the phrase in any of these instances ...
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Posted on: Oct 4 2008, 03:13 PM


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It seems to me that fashions evolved and changed through the Victorian, Edwardian and Jazz Age periods but the standards of elegance were still maintained. Today, any responsible fashion sense in our society has almost collapsed completely. People have no embarrassment in wearing printed pop culture t-shirts to the opera for example. And, I predict that within about 10-20 years, news anchormen on cable TV will discard the traditional business fashion sense as well ... and they will start wearing logo t-shirts while on the air ...


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QUOTE(matto @ Sep 30 2008, 09:47 PM) *
Doris Eaton will have a small part in the rare 1929 musical appearing on TCM Wednesday Morning at 6:00 am eastern time.



Thanks Matt!

That's VERY early for somebody who doesn't yet own a DVR ... but, who knows?

To refer to Aaron's original comment from a year ago: It's even MORE incredible that this lady is still with us more than a year after his post was written.

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How are you keeping by the way? It's been a long time since we've shared a message together ... I hope all of our Texan friends are doing well.


PS. It's SO nice to see that lovely photograph of Mary Eaton again. Whatta peach!

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