March 20, 2019

Boxing and How to Train, 1904

The origins of the Speed Bag as we know it today are shrouded in mystery. Certain historical artifacts depict ancient boxers of Greece and Rome hitting a bag like object probably filled with some material or water. These were almost certainly animal skins or some other material, for the modern rubber air bladders of today came after the vulcanization of rubber in the 1840s. Judging by these historical depictions it is fair to say that man has been creating different size punching bags and used various methods of hanging them, for as long as he could make a fist.

The speed bag (also called “striking bag” and “speed ball”) as has been seen in various styles and shapes, hung from various types of hangers, wood or metal, and with various types of swivels. Our own research has found several links to this past and colorful history.

On particularly interesting book, entitled BOXING AND HOW TO TRAIN written by Sam C. Austin, sporting editor of the Police Gazette was published by Richard K. Fox in 1904. It features a whole section on BAG PUNCHING, using the speed bag. Here, some images from the book:

(via Speed Bag Central)

50 Charming Photos of Young Rita Moreno in the 1950s

Born 1931 as Rosa Dolores Alverío Marcano in Humacao, Puerto Rican actress, dancer and singer Rita Moreno began her first dancing lessons soon after arriving in New York with a Spanish dancer known as "Paco Cansino", who was a paternal uncle of film star Rita Hayworth.

When Moreno was 11 years old, she lent her voice to Spanish language versions of American films. She had her first Broadway role—as "Angelina" in Skydrift—by the time she was 13, which caught the attention of Hollywood talent scouts.

Moreno has spanned her career over 70 years; among her notable acting work are supporting roles in the musical films The King and I and West Side Story, as well as a 1971–77 stint on the children's television series The Electric Company, and a supporting role on the 1997–2003 TV drama Oz.

Moreno is one of the few artists to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards: an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony. She is also one of 23 people who have achieved what is called the Triple Crown of Acting, with individual competitive Academy, Emmy and Tony awards for acting. She has won numerous other awards, including various lifetime achievement awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor.

Take a look at these charming photos to see the glamorous beauty of young Rita Moreno in the 1950s.

March 19, 2019

30 Elegant Found Snaps Show What Women of the US Wore in the 1930s

What did American women wear in the 1930s? Just check out these found snaps from Chet K. to see.

Five teen girls on a Ford Automobile, Oregon, 1931

Four women in swimsuits, Rockaway Beach, Oregon, 1930

Girls basketball team in Scotts Mills, Oregon, 1936

Mature woman in a flower print house dress, rolled stockings, posing in a dirt yard next to her house, Sandusky, Ohio, 1936

Mature woman on a playground swing. Picture from a family trip about 1933 to Chicago, Ohio, Pennsylvania

23 Vintage Banana Ads We Love

Banana is a fruit many of us enjoy on a daily basis, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, or just a snack. It has great versatility and such a complimentary flavor, that it’s used in a plethora of different cuisines and dishes, from curry to ice cream.

This is the all-time favorite fruit that everyone in the family loves it. Anywhere you go, you can see the banana available at the grocery store, this is a fruit that is commonly available all over the world.

This fruit is the powerhouse of nutrients, it is a heavyweight when it comes to nutrition. It is loaded with essential vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, folate, niacin, riboflavin and vitamin B6. These all contribute to the proper functioning of the body and keeping healthy.

The high content of potassium in bananas makes it a super fruit. This mineral is known for its numerous health benefits and it helps in regulating heartbeat, blood pressure and keeps the brain alert.

Here, below is a collection of 22 banana ads from the past that we love.

Mugshot of Frank Byron Jr., Arrest by the Great Lester, 1924

The criminal? A 4-foot-tall, 20-pound ventriloquist dummy.

The crime? “Laugh getter.”

There’s a lot of weird things going on in this image, from the unsettling stare of the dummy’s unblinking eyes to the impossible date of arrest (February 31st). The document claims to be from the Detroit Police Department’s “Bureau of Identification” and is dated with the year 1924.

According to Vent Haven Museum curator Lisa Sweasy, the fake police report above is actually a promotional card created by Harry Lester, a.k.a. “The Great Lester,” a turn-of-the-century vaudeville performer and master ventriloquist who was the highest-paid such artist of his time.

“It’s one of those things where people were trying to distinguish themselves from one another as entertainers,” Sweasy told MLive. “This [card] was a cute little novelty; Lester had a great sense of humor and was great at marketing himself.”

Sweasy said the card probably wasn’t promoting a specific event, but it does name-drop a Detroit institution where Lester likely performed: the Temple Theater, an early 20th century vaudeville hall near Campus Martius that closed in 1928.

Harry Lester, a.k.a. “The Great Lester” with Frank Byron Jr. on his knee.

Harry Lester and his homemade ventriloquist dummy, Frank Byron Jr., were a popular addition to any vaudeville bill. Their fame never reached the heights of their protégés, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, but that may be more a testament to the influence of film and television for a later generation than a sign of Lester and Frank’s appeal. Bergen was first inspired by Lester, was taught by him, and acknowledged him as the greatest ventriloquist of all time.

At the height of his fame, Harry Lester was making $1,500 per week (today’s equivalent of earning $31,000 weekly). Vaudeville performances were wildly popular, and ventriloquist dummies like Frank Byron, Jr. were not interpreted as eerie or ghastly in pop culture like they are today. At that time, an advertisement such as this would have been taken as funny or clever – not creepy.

March 18, 2019

Beautiful Behind-the-Scenes Photos of Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall and Marilyn Monroe Together in "How to Marry a Millionaire" (1953)

How to Marry a Millionaire is a 1953 American romantic comedy film directed by Jean Negulesco and written and produced by Nunnally Johnson. The screenplay was based on the plays The Greeks Had a Word for It by Zoë Akins and Loco by Dale Eunson and Katherine Albert.

The film stars Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, and Lauren Bacall as three gold diggers, along with William Powell, David Wayne, Rory Calhoun, and Cameron Mitchell. Although Grable received top billing in the screen credits, Monroe's name was listed first in all advertising, including the trailer.

Made by 20th Century Fox, How to Marry a Millionaire was the first film ever to be filmed in the new CinemaScope wide-screen process, although it was the second CinemaScope film released by Fox after the biblical epic film The Robe (also 1953).

How to Marry a Millionaire was also the first 1950s color and CinemaScope film ever to be shown on prime-time network television, though panned-and-scanned, when it was presented as the first film on NBC Saturday Night at the Movies on September 23, 1961.

These gorgeous photos captured portraits of classic beauties Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall and Marilyn Monroe together while filming How to Marry a Millionaire in 1953.

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