Monday, April 30, 2007

Peace Special.

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My maternal grand-aunt was a Red Cross nurse stationed in Portsmouth, England, during the first world war. This newspaper, not surprisingly, was in the back of her scrapbook. Sorry the paper won't fit on a modernday scanner. I like how the paper is formatted to be folded in half vertically, with a solid 2 inches of blank paper in the middle.


Friday, April 20, 2007

Down in Jungle Town.

So, back in the late '40s, there was a record label outta Portland called Castle. Castle was the (presumably) exclusive label for the Castle Jazz Band.

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The Castle Jazz Band used to play out of the Castle Restaurant down in south Milwaukie, above the Clackamas river, which was recently demolished, I think.1

Found the above record label-piece in a rubbish bin, only loosely connected to the shattered remains of a 48.


1 Or so reports the always entertaining Schlockstar.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Color - Color Blazing, and Color Murky.

It turns out my mother's aunt, who went to college1 in, like, 1907 or something, when that was kinda not the thing ladies did, AND THEN never married, was a bit of the homebrew historian.2 Her typewriter-keyed manuscript weighs in at a hefty 250+ pages, including some loose newspaper & magazine clippings from the early-to-mid '60s.

On the back of a magazine article is this gem...

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The "currently fashionable two-piece swimsuit?" Apparently this mag was too frou-frou to just call it a bikini.

Still, love that swank '60s ad art.


1 Psychology.
2 And, evidently, a bit of the fanciful illustrator.