Hi my name is Mike Beyer operating online since 2007 as MindsiMedia. One of the slogans Iv'd used over the years is "third eye for the human race". Which means there's not some little niche I fit into. I'm interested in movies, politics, history, music. You can say I'm a cultural historian of the 20th century. To fully explore my world beyond this blog visit the web portal at. http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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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
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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
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 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
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/
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.
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
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.
Presented by ChiTownView and produced by MindsiMedia.
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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.
January is the time of year in Chicago where most of the
time is spent below the freezing temperture . So my thoughts wander to warmer climes and hotter topics. Last
January I made a brief post about alternative origins of the Chicago Fire that
proved quite popular. This January fate & Stumbleer have provided me with
another fire story to share with you.
The other day I came across the Chicagology site where they
had what they claim is the largest collection of pre-fire photos. Showing what
the city looked like before a good portion of it burned to the ground in October
of 1871. I found it a fascinating collection and thought it would be cool if
the collection were mapped out so if you were downtown you could find out what
where you are looked like before the fire. There didn’t seem to be one around
so I thought why not make one.
I’m getting to be kind of a map guy this is my third Chicago
map last year I did Frank Lloyd Wright and Chicago Crime maps. Most of the
links are to pre-fire photos but I’ve also added some post fire photos as well
as links to pre-fire videos we’ve posted.
It's January here in Chicago with the temperatures hovering around zero,
streets covered with snow, and the sun
playing hide and seek for days on end. So at ChiTownView I am are turning our lens from the frozen streets of Chicago to warmer climes. Like the upcoming festival of good times known as Mardi Gras for which the city of New Orleans is famous for. I’ve just
finished watching the 3rd season and am working my way through the
fourth and final season of the wonderful HBO series Treme. Which is set in the
Crescent City. We shall be exploring that fine show in an upcoming post
about the golden age of television (we’re in it). Today we are going into the
time capsule and going back to New Orleans in 1941 for a some vintage Mardi
Gras. We have two films that feature the parades, floats, crowds,
and faces from carnival week. The best part is they are in gorgeous color. The year is noteworthy because it was the first time women were allowed to march. The Parade of Venus is in the first clip Towards the end of the second clip there are a few minutes where the cameraman goes into the crowd and gets some closeups of the costumed people including some delightful children.
Laissez les bon temps roulez !!
Since there is no
sound on this film and I don't want to get in copyright trouble by adding music
I have found a site that has a great collection of classic New Orleans music.
Put that on in the background and enjoy.
I recently took a trip down memory lane when I came across some old concert stubs from the late 1970’s and early 80’s as well as a hand written list of the concerts I’d seen. Ah the memories Ramones, Dictators, Elvis Costello, The B52's, Dead Kennedy's and many more. Among them was the stub below from a Devo concert 111/1/1978 during their first nationwide tour. B'ginnings was a club in Schaumberg a far northwestern suburb of Chicago. Partially owned by one of the members of the band Chicago it was not your average punk mecca. Yet they hosted groups like; The Jam, Ian Dury, The Stranglers, Lou Reed and on a cold wintery night without much of an audience The Police.
When I started doing some research on the show I’d been to I
came across a site that listed all the Devo
shows and was somewhat surprised to find out they had been playing around
Ohio since the early 70’s. Then I did some more poking around and discovered
that Jerry Casale one of the founding members of Devo was a student at Kent
State. He was also a member of the SDS (Students For A Democratic Society). On
May 4 ,1970 he participated in the demonstration where four protesters were
gunned down in cold blood by the National Guard. The incident had a profound
effect on Casale that turned his life inside out.
"That solidified brute power winning out over
truth. They got away with murder. When you live through that and see the
newspapers are a complete and utter lie, you realize that's the real world. I
wouldn't have been into a Devo aesthetic if that hadn't happened to
me." He then shed any trace of counterculture style he may have
associated with peace and love. "I cut my hair, got rid of my flared
pants and velour shirts, and went to this pimp store in Cleveland, where I
bought straight-legged pants, high, black shoes, and a long leather jacket,
like you'd see the Black Panthers wearing."
Devo as a band surfaces three years later mainly as a
studio/basement band more interested in recording and films. In their first
four years they only do a couple of dozen concerts all in and around Ohio. This
includes one concert where they played after a showing of John Water’s classic
film Pink Flamingos and a Halloween gig where they opened for Sun Ra.
“Jerry Casale describes the event in his liner notes for
DEVO LIVE-The Mongoloid Years: "Full fledged aliens without a clue. DEVO
is hired as a practical joke to open for Sun Ra at WHK FM's annual Halloween
bash. The used-to-be famous, now infamous, radio personality, Murray The K
displays a thinly veiled contempt as he introduces us to the invitation only
crowd. Dressed as witches, gangsters, and hunchbacks, and high on nitrous oxide
(provided by the station), hash and liquor, they are eagerly awaiting a slick
cover band who can deliver precise, immaculate, renditions of Bad Company hits.
Instead, they are subjected to DEVO.”
Here’s a couple of early clips one is an early live video
and the other features some of their basement recordings.
Jerry Casale was at the same time also belonged to a R&B
bar band called 15 60 75 or the numbers band. A group that is still gigging
there’s no video of them from this period but there was a live lp that features
Jerry on bass. Here’s an audio only clip from that era.
In 1977 Devo made their first foray outside of Ohio playing
gigs in New York and on the west coast. In the second half of 1977 they would
do more shows than the first four years. And from there the band continued to
tour and grow and on October 15 1978 mainstream America got it’s first look at
Devo when they appeared on Saturday Night Live. Two weeks after that on Nov. 1
they were at B’inings in Schaumburg which is where this story began. Here's a few more vintage Devo clips.
Forty nine years ago yesterday the Velvet Underground made their first tv appearance. I recently came across a silent clip of this moment. I added it to my Velvet Underground page on the MikesDiggs Music blog at MindsiMedia.info. On it we have posted a number of 1960's films of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground. In previous posts here we have showcased some of these videos but we have recently added a new batch of clips including this one.
12/31/1965 CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite
"The Making of an Underground Film about Piero
Heliczer's film Venus In Furs, with the Velvet Underground performing Heroin,
Heliczer joining in on saxophone. This is, I think, the only circulating excerpt from The Velvet Underground's
first TV appearance. The 31 seconds here are taken from the 1996 BBC
documentary 'Dancing in the Streets'. Shorter versions of the same clip have
been more recently used in the John Cale documentary from 1998, and the 'Seven
Ages of Rock' documentary. No sound because the original soundtrack isn't
included on any of the circulating versions."
To see more early Velvet Underground film clips as well as a trailer for the "Venus In Furs" movie click here for our Velvet's page. Part of the Mikes Diggs Music section on our MindsiMedia.info web portal.