Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Flowers Noir, Original Photo Art Posters And Post Cards

It was a cold brutal winter here in Chicago and it had my digging through my archives and pining for spring. In going through my photo files I found some pictures I took a couple of springs back. I played around with some of them with gimp software and created what I call my spring line, "flowers noir".  The results are a series of photos that we’ve made available as post cards and posters from our Zazzle shop.

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New On eBay , a French Sexploitation Film, a Minor Porn Classic & Some Vintage Sheet Music

What I did with my winter “vacation”. Part 1
We haven’t been posting much the past month or so and it’s time  to catch up.

20th Century Retro is an online resale shop offering relics of the century past.

Right now this consists of my own remaining accumulation of stuff. I’m a one time pack rat gone digital and I’m having a final house purge. With the upper midwest locked in a mid winter frozen death grip of snow, snow, snow and my funds running low it’s  been a good time to organize a sale. The store which has been under development for a couple of months has been updated and augmented with a YouTube station and a set of borads on Pintrest.

 Now I’m going to take a couple of weeks to spread the word, and selling my stuff.

We have also put some new items up on eBay obscure sheet music from the 1940’s, a French sexploitation film, a minor porn classic and more.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sally Rand, Vintage Tease Fan & Bubble Dancing

Here we present the star attraction of the 1933-34 Chicago Century of Progress World’s Fair. In this clip we see here doing not her famous fan dance but the sensually art deco bubble dance...
Born Hattie Helen Gould Beck dancer Sally Rand began her career as a chorus dancer at the tender age of thirteen in Kansas City. While still a teenager Sally ran away with a carnival drifting west to Hollywood and the movies. By then Hattie had changed her name to Billy Beck and she found steady if not spectacular work. Including some time working in the stock company of the great director Cecil B. Deville who gave Hattie her more famous name.

Sally’s movie career ended with the advent of the talkies due to her lisp. She went back to dancing which was her first love anyway. A resourceful gal looking for a steady work she combined this love for dance with the average mans desire to behold the female form and began experimenting with various forms of tease dancing.

In 1932 while working at the Paramount Club in Chicago Sally developed her fan dance that would bring her fame and fortune.  She was to become the mistresses of appearing to be naked and her big splash came at Chicago’s Century of Progress World’s Fair held in 1933 -34. For her arrival at the gates of the fair she recreated Lady Godiva’s ride that along with her ensuing performance resulted with her being arrested four times in one day. At her trial the judge threw the charges out and in his decision said.

"There is no harm and certainly no injury to public morals when the human body is exposed, some people probably would want to put pants on a horse.
. . .
When I go to the fair, I go to see the exhibits and perhaps to enjoy a little beer.  As far as I'm concerned, all these charges are just a lot of old stuff to me.  Case dismissed for want of equity."

-- Superior Judge Joseph B. David - July 19, 1933

Even after the charges were dropped powerful forces sought to keep her from performing but her popularity was so great that they couldn’t stop her. When the fair reopened in 1934 she   presented the dance featured in this video the less risqué bubble dance. 

Sally did more road work for a few years before returning  to southern California.  There she briefly returned to the movies before moving to San Francisco. In 1939 she presented “Sally Rand's Nude Ranch” at the Golden Gate Exposition in San Francisco.  It featured women wearing cowboy hats, gun belts and boots, and little more.  Afterwards she took over The Great American Music Hall and started her own burlesque house and continued to perform for many years.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Chicago 2014

Please HELP ME!!!!!!!!!! I’m trapped in HELL and need to get out, and only you can help me. The hell I’m in is called WINTER 2014 in Chicago which used to mean “stinky swamp” in some dead native language but not just means frozen Hades. I need to get out!!!!
Not only am I trapped this nonstop wintery purgatory but I have been through a lot of personal loss the last six months that I don’t want to get into but it all adds up to I need a vacation. It’s been going on six years since I’ve had one.
The problem is I’m broke and deep in the hole.
So this morning I looked out the window and was seized by a moment of poetic inspiration and dashed off this poem. Then I dug up this video of my next door neighbor’s snowman for the backdrop.
Now I ask for your help. Watch this video, like it; share it with your friends.
Please if you do me that simple favor you could literally save my life
You could rescue me from hell!!!!!!
I make advertising revenue so your views help.

So your simple act of kindness and sharing could have a huge impact if enough people watch.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Orleans, Mardi Gras, Mystic Krewe of Comus, The Pickwick Club New Vintage Post Cards

New items added to our Zazzle MindsiMedia store 1/20/2014

  As Mardi Gras approaches at MindsiMedia we continue to explore this New Orleans signature event. You see I’m based in Chicago’s western suburbs and this time of year it’s all about snow, wind and cold. So I’m thinking of warmer climes and funky good times. And that to me spells the Crescent City.
So adding to our previous post about Mardi Gras 1941 is this update. We have added four new post card designs to our inventory add the MindsiMedia shop on Zazzle. They are three photos and an illustration from around Canal St. in New Orleans during Mardi Gras ranging in date from 1867 to 1908.
New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade 1900
A look at Mardi Gras in New Orleans from 1900 is in this public domain photo. The statue in the upper left area of the photo is of Henry Clay and has been moved to its present location in Lafayette Park.

The Mystic Krewe of Comus On Parade 1867
The New Orleans Mardi Gras parade by Mystic Krewe of Comus from 1867 is the subject of the public domain illustration. Comus are one of New Orleans oldest Krewes the organizations that organize the balls and run the parades. Comus were the first Krewe to parade with torches and floats. The theme of their parade that year was “The Triumph of Epicurus” with each member of the parade dressed to represent an item of food or drink. They presented an entire menu on parade all done without carts or floats because of post wartime restrictions.

New Orleans at Night, 1903
Here's another in our historic looks at old New Orleans. This public domain photo shows an unnamed "hotel" newly illuminated in 1903. 

The Pickwick Club New Orleans On Canal Street   
Here is a historic photo of one of New Orleans oldest and more notorious private clubs, The Pickwick. What makes this card special is that it taken at the clubs original location. The club staffs many of the old line Mardi Gras Krewes and has a history of exclusion. In 1936 the owner of the building a Jewish pawnbroker known as Money-Bags Fertel refused to renew the lease because the club didn't allow Jews. To read more about the Pickwick and other off the beaten path New Orleans spots check out this blog post. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/new-orleans-beyond-bourbon-street-48566775/

If you’re interested in the early of Mardi Gras in New Orleans I have a copy of “Mardi Gras ....As It Was” by Robert Tallant for sale at 20th Century Retro. 

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Andy Warhol, David Lynch, So. Cal. Mansions New Vintage Finds On 20th Century Retro

New On 20th Century Retro MindsiMedia Zazzle 1/19/2014

We have added a number of new new post cards and unique items of wall decor items to our Shopify store 20th Century Retro. Everything  from David Lynch’s baby to a Taj Mahal in southern California, below are some examples.

The Taj, Casa de las Joyas in La Jolla Ca. B&W Postcard
Taj Mahal in southern California is what this 1920’s mansion is known as. The House of Jewels sits on a hill just north of San Diego in La Jolla California. It was designed by a British military intelligence officer turned architect Herbert Palmer. This is a “Photo Post Card” and is in excellent condition. For more information click on the photo.


Andy Warhol's “Two Elvis” Framed Reproduction
Here we have another item from our Elvis files. It's a fusion of two of the late 20th centuries biggest cultural icons Elvis Presley and Andy Warhol. For sale is a 1983 reprint of Andy Warhol's 1963 “Two Elvis” authorized by the Warhol foundation. It is housed in a unique hand painted frame that would have fit right into Elvis’s jungle room at  Graceland.

Eraserhead Baby Photo In Antique Frame
Here’s a nice bit of movie memorbilia from Eraserhead. Director David Lynch’s cult classic debut film. This 8X10 glossy photo is in a gilded metal frame. 

20th Century Retro offers free shipping for the lower 48 states of the US by regular mail. For all others there will be an additional surcharge depending on destination.  Contact us for a quote.There is a discount on shipping more than one item.  

We also like to encourage local customers and while I don’t have a store I do offer a generous discount to those living or willing to pick up in Forest Park Il. If either of those are you please contact me to make payment and delivery details.  

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America In Outer Space, First Moon Landing & Shuttle Flight

New on ChiTownView 1/19/2014

As the weather around Chicago is pretty miserable in January at ChiTownView we turn our electronic eye on subjects out of town. Or in this case we will take our viewers out off this planet into out space. Today we present a pair of videos from the files of N.A.S.A. from the golden age of the US space program.

The Eagle Has Landed: The Flight of Apollo 11 (1969)
This film tells the story of the historic first landing of men on the Moon in July, 1969. It depicts the principal highlight events of the mission from launching through post-recovery activities of Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, and Michael Collins. Through television, motion picture and still photography, the film provides an "eye-witness" perspective of the Apollo 11 mission.

Space Shuttle: A Remarkable Flying Machine (1981)
This film documents the first historic flight of a space shuttle, the U.S. spacecraft Columbia, which launched on April 12, 1981. The footage highlights liftoff, the onboard activities of astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen, as well as the landing in Rogers Dry Lake bed in California.

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