Thursday, January 11, 2018
As Boing Boing noted in this post, before robots did the work, machine parts used to be made by people. This 1936 film shows workers machining precision components. If you are a fan of industrial machinery, you should get a kick out of this film.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Boing Boing pointed me to this video about a British Monopoly game made during World War II. As proof of how supply shortages affected almost every aspect of daily life, this set had no dice, no metal trinkets, low quality cards, and even an apology from the manufacturer for such sacrifices due to the war effort. The video provides a nice little explanation of why such sacrifices were necessary, and how people adapted, as well as a story about how British intelligence used such games to help POWs escape.
Monday, January 8, 2018
In December, the Commercial Appeal reported that the Paris Adult Theater on Summer Avenue in Memphis had closed. Since the early 1970's, this building housed an establishment dedicated to what some call "adult" entertainment. Prior to that, it served as a night club, and at one time a bowling alley. When it opened in 1940, however, it was Memphis' newest movie neighborhood movie theater. Named after the owner's two daughters, Lucy and Ann, its grand opening featured Virginia City starring Errol Flynn and Miriam Hopkins, as well as a Buster Keaton comedy, a short musical number with Woody Herman and His Orchestra, and a Donald Duck cartoon.
Other than the previous owner's name still on the marquee, the exterior of the building has been largely untouched, and the LUCIANN on the front is still quite prominent. Oh, what a wonderful thing it would be for someone to bring it back to its original grandeur. I understand it is for sale.