Monthly Archives: November 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

A Pinup for every occasion.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – 1920’s – 1960’s

 

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition started in 1924 (tying it for the second-oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States with America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit. The oldest being Philly’s Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Parade starting in 1920). The Macy’s parade however has taken the prize as the biggest and most elaborate. It has been televised on NBC since 1952.

The balloon subjects have changed dramatically over the years as the popular culture shifted, starting with Felix the Cat in 1927, Mickey Mouse in 1934, Mighty Mouse in’51, Bullwinkle in ’61. No new characters were added from 1940 – 47 as rubber was at a premium for the war effort. Surprisingly Hello Kitty made an appearance in 1976 and Kermit the Frog in 1977 (didn’t know Hello Kitty was that old). The 2000’s saw such stars as Sponge Bob Squarepants, Pikachu, Garfield and the M & M’s. This years new character is one of the Angry Birds (jeez!).

I know I haven’t watched it in years but it still draws a TV audience and well over a million people line the streets of New York watch it sail down Broadway.

 

 

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Crowd Watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

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USA. NYC. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. 1988.

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Everybody Looks Good on a Bike – Except Buddy Miles

It’s a fact. Nothing more to say. Apologies to the great Buddy Miles.

Marlon Brando from The Wild Ones

Marlon Brando from “The Wild One”

Elvis from "Roustabout"

Elvis from “Roustabout”

James Dean

James Dean

Jack Nicholson from "Rebel Rousers"

Jack Nicholson from “Rebel Rousers”

Paul Newman

Paul Newman

Marianne Faithfull from "Girl on a Motorcycle"

Marianne Faithfull from “Girl on a Motorcycle”

Steve McQueen  from "The Great Escape"

Steve McQueen from “The Great Escape”

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Jane Russel

Jane Russel

Johnny Depp from "Cry Baby" w/ Amy Locaine and Polly Bergen

Johnny Depp from “Cry Baby” w/ Amy Locaine and Polly Bergen

Elvis

Elvis

Ann Margaret

Ann Margaret

Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley

Brando

Brando

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

Dennis Hopper & Peter Fonda from "Easy Rider"

Dennis Hopper & Peter Fonda from “Easy Rider”

Francoise Hardy

Francoise Hardy

Clark Gable

Clark Gable

Patti Waggin - Burlesque star

Patti Waggin – Burlesque star

Buddy Miles

Buddy Miles

Bad Christian LP’s – Suggestive Titles and WTF

What were they thinkin? Maybe it’s my 4th grade sense of humor but some of these seem a tad … suggestive/sexual/rapey. Some are just odd, all are wonderful. I mean “The Afternoon Tea-Baggers”, “Adventures of Uncle Cousin” or the fabulously titled “Don’t Miss the Great Snatch” by Elder Marshall Taylor. Apparently the Lord does move in mysterious ways.

Joy, Joy, Joy  by The Afternoon T-Baggers

Joy, Joy,  by The Afternoon Tea-Baggers

The Gospelaires Trio - Sounds of His Coming

The Gospelaires Trio – Sounds of His Coming

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Adventures of Uncle Cousin – Bill Salisbury

Don't Miss the Great Snatch -

Don’t Miss the Great Snatch – Elder Marshall Taylor

Butch Yelton

Butch Yelton & Upbound – Swing That Gospel Axe

He Touched Me  - Greg Kendrick

He Touched Me – Greg Kendrick

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The Daugherty Sisters – Singing Gospel Favorites

Let Me Touch Him -

Let Me Touch Him – The Ministers Quartet

If I Were a Woman - Ira North

If I Were a Woman – Ira North

Lord Touch Me - Orvel & Orvella

Lord Touch Me – Orvel & Orvella

The Carpenters Tool - Wendy Bagwell & the Sunliters

The Carpenters Tool – Wendy Bagwell & the Sunliters

Do You Want to Touch Me - Johnny Carroll

Do You Want to Touch Me – Johnny Carroll

Something Happened to Daddy

Something Happened to Daddy – David & Rhonda Bean

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We Are Being Invaded by Demons – Mahulda Ezra & Pastor Deke Gozinia

The Lords Coming Again - The Amazon Twins

The Lords Coming Again – The Amason Twins

The Feelings That We Feel - The Galileans

The Feelings That We Feel – The Galileans

Don't Pity Me

Don’t Pity Me – Chris Miskelly & Betty Baker

I've Tasted and I Know The Lord is Good -

I’ve Tasted and I Know The Lord is Good – The Rathbuns

Gods Choosen Puppet

Gods Choosen Puppet – Ann Kathaleen Beaty

 

The Spider Pool – (Warning: Boobs)

The iconic Spider Pool mural is the largest remnant of screenplay writer and director John W. “Jack” McDermott’s (1892-1946) estate – the house itself was torn down in 1962 but the mural remains. The handmade tile mural and signature sculpted pool would become a popular backdrop for tons of cheesecake and nude photography from the 30’s to the 60’s. Jack would hold parties as well as camera club events (silent star Harold Lloyd being a popular face at the pool) making his property a go-to place for the hollywood crowd.

The house itself was a collection of film sets and construction pieces that Jack had appropriated from the studio back lots. As a writer for Famous Players-Lasky and Universal, he was used to seeing exquisitely-built movie sets discarded after only hours of use and decided to build his home from these discarded sets and pieces. The earliest mention of The House was in 1923 when McDermott purchased “six Algerian rooms used in Norma Talmadge’s recently completed picture, ‘The Song of Love’” and reassembled on his property. Other set pieces included palace girders from The Thief of Baghdad, tombstones from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, roofing from The Phantom of the Opera, a plaster goddess from Nazimova’s Salome, and a table from Robin Hood. It also featured pricey tile imported from places such as Italy and France due to McDermott, posing as a tile dealer, contacting tile companies for samples. In this manner, he was able to acquire thousands of dollars worth of free tile.

The house was partially destroyed by fire in 1947, demolished piecemeal by Darrell Gregory in response to the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety’s demands, and eventually razed in 1962. Only the spider mural, parts of the pool, the remnants of a structure that predates McDermott’s estate constructed no later than 1900, and other scattered remnants remain.

A young Tura Satana

A young Tura Satana

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Bettie Blue

Bettie Blue

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Dixie Evans

Dixie Evans

Mary Miles

Mary Miles

Dianne Weber

Dianne Weber

Marge and Chris (?)

Marge and Chris (?)

Peggy Winters

Peggy Winters

Melody Ward

Melody Ward

Tura Satana

Tura Satana

Tura Satana

Tura Satana

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Dixie Evans

Dixie Evans

Mr. Jack McDermott

Mr. Jack McDermott

The House

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All that's left of the Spider Pool

All that’s left of the Spider Pool

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