Saturday, July 20, 2019

Saturday's postcard: "You are going to get the dog"

This postcard, which was postmarked in March 1911, features a view of Lake Carnegie at Highland Park in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.1 The mention on the front of "Aspinwall in distance" refers to Aspinwall borough, which had a population of about 2,600 in 1910 and has one slightly higher than that today. Aspinwall's motto is "The Town That Pride Built."

The postcard was mailed to Mr. Emerson Lanning of Vandergrift, Pennsylvania. This is the second of his postcards featured on Papergreat; the other was five summers ago. The cursive note on the card states:
Emerson — You are going to get the dog, as soon as Geo. gets a chance. He will drop you a card the day before he comes. Baby takes a toothbrush and cleans Jack's teeth everyday. We are all well. Hoping the same to you all.
Cousin Mathilda
So, if I'm following this correctly, is Jack the dog?

1. "Name of Pittsburgh" has its own Wikipedia page. The page notes:
"The name of the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has a complicated history. Pittsburgh is one of the few U.S. cities or towns to be spelled with an h at the end of a burg suffix. ... The city's name is commonly misspelled as Pittsburg because innumerable cities and towns in America make use of the German -burg suffix, while very few make use of the Scottish -burgh suffix. This problem is compounded by the fact that from 1891 to 1911, the spelling of the city's name was federally recognized as Pittsburg."

Friday, July 19, 2019

Moon landing clippings, Part 5

It's an Apollo 11 anniversary extravaganza! Here's a bundle of headlines, short stories and excerpts from the July 21, 1969, edition of The Pittsburgh Press. This was the day after the moon landing.

Gimbels was in business from 1887 to 1987

WATCHING THE MOONWALK INTO THE WEEK HOURS, the Carl Mock family of 3251 Pinehurst Ave., Dormont, typified area families who stayed up long past their bedtimes last night to watch Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin takes man's first steps on the moon. All eyes but two were glued on the TV set as Paul, 4, found sister Nancy, 18, a perfect pillow and fell asleep. Wide awake throughout the epic walk, however, were Wayne, 8, on floor, and, left to right, Mr. and Mrs. Mock, Greg, 13, and Don, 16. Paul was joined in dreamland by Elaine, 6, already in bed. The 2 hour and 11 minute walk ended at 1:10 a.m.

"maybe they're on some other planet"

Thomas O. Paine (1921-1992)

John Dewey (1859-1952)

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Moon landing clippings, Part 4

Making money off the moon mission! This advertisement is from the July 19, 1969, edition of the Cumberland Evening Times of Cumberland, Maryland.

Here's the full text for posterity and for SEO thrills...

* SALE *

We'll Gladly Give, When Our American Boys Walk On The Moon — Our Biggest, Most Scientific Achievement To Mankind ...
That Is: $200 Additional Off Each Of Our Already Sale Priced Lucky 'Win You Over' 7 SPECIALS As Are Now Being Advertised In The Automotive Columns of This Paper. We Sincerely Wish Our 3 Astronauts The Most Heavenly Success 'Outside' Of Our Earth!
Three Cheers!
Cor. Va. Ave. & 5th St. Ind. Blvd. 722-2222
The Oldest Name In The Used Cars In Town

* * *

Wait. Why is the word Outside in quotes? Was this auto dealer in the loop on Kubrick's movie-studio mooning landing hoax? I'm joking, of course. We landed on the moon in 1969. We walked on the moon in 1969. Here's an excellent and entertaining S.G. Collins YouTube video that puts the conspiracy theorists in their place.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Moon landing clippings, Part 3

On July 19, 1969 — the eve of the Apollo 11 moon landing — the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published a fun story on the bottom of A1 about festivities in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. A Monday parade was scheduled to conclude at the township park and, according to the article, "at that time an 'astronaut' (from a helicopter hovering overhead) will land in the 'Sea of Tranquillity' (the park)."

The story also makes mention of another Pennsylvania municipality with a nomenclature relation to the moon mission: Apollo borough. According to the Wikipedia page about Apollo: "At the time of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Apollo, Pennsylvania, was the only place in the world named Apollo. Coincidentally, it is in Armstrong County, and the name of the first astronaut to walk on the moon was Neil Armstrong. On the day of the moon landing, members of the Apollo fire department dressed as astronauts and drove to nearby Moon Township, where they planted a flag and returned with some 'Moon Soil.'"1

Finally, separate Associated Press coverage of the Moon Township festivities ends with this kicker about another celestial Pennsylvania municipality: "Meanwhile, residents of nearby Mars, Pa., are awaiting future space flights."2

Here's the full Post-Gazette article...

1. Fun fact: "Apollo, PA" is a palindrome.
2. Maybe folks can fly to Mars in the Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, UFO.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Moon landing clippings, Part 2

This little snippet from the Saturday, July 19, 1969, edition of The News-Herald of Franklin and Oil City, Pennsylvania, shows the local TV listings for late Saturday night into early early Sunday morning of July 20 ⁠— the day Apollo 11 landed on the moon.

The televised moon coverage was everywhere. In the "TV Scout" column elsewhere on this News-Herald page, Joan Crosby notes that "the television networks have recognized the momentous nature of the Flight of Apollo 11, and particularly of the moon landing phase, by preempting all programming for 31 hours. ... These hours will be filled out with special material including Orson Welles narrating a science fiction film, a review of the Lyndon Johnson years in the White House, a tour of the Smithsonian Institution's aeronautical sections and a visit to the world of 'Space Odyssey, 2001.'"

(The piece narrated by Welles was apparently a documentary titled How Science Fiction Viewed the Moon.)

In the TV listings, you can see reference to the round-the-clock Apollo 11 coverage at the start of the Sunday listings. Five channels are listed for "30 Hours of Continuous Apollo 11 Coverage."

There are a couple other curiosities to note, too. The movie offerings at 11:30 p.m. Saturday include Weirdo Theatre's presentation of The Undead, a 1957 film that has a 4.0 (out of 10) rating on IMDb and features Billy Barty and Dick Miller.

On the defunct blog Old School, which had just 15 posts between 2008 and 2013, DHessert wrote this in 2010:
"When I was young (no doubt you thrill to hear those words), My brother and I used to have an old black and white tv in our bedroom. In those days having an extra tv was quite a luxury, but little danger to your development, as there were so few interesting shows on that we rarely bothered to turn on the darn thing. Most of our time was spent riding our bikes around town, exploring the nearby river, or getting into trouble with our BB guns...but I wax nostalgic, to the point!

"Every Saturday night at 10:30 we would climb into bed and prepare to be scared by 'Weirdo Theater.' 'Weirdo Theater' was a show that reran all the old horror movies from the 30's, 40's and 50's. All of them were creepy to a kid, but the films that really grabbed me were the Frankenstein films. I loved the creation scenes in the lab with sparks flying everywhere, tubes of colored liquid bubbling, the hunchbacked Igor on the roof, and the crazed Dr. Frankenstein screaming 'It's alive!' For my money it didn't get any better.

"As I grew older I moved onto many other films, and in high school I read every Stephen King book I could get my hands on, but I still have a soft spot for the big guy with the flat head and bolts in his neck."

Another curious TV listing is Rocket Robin Hood, which came on at midnight Sunday. I had never heard of it. It was, according to Wikipedia, a Canadian animated series that aired from 1966 to 1969 and placed "the characters and conflicts of the classic Robin Hood legend in a futuristic, outer space setting."

The Merry Men lived on an asteroid and tried to fend off the sheriff of the National Outer-space Terrestrial Territories and the Warlord of Saturn. Clearly it was a great show for kids during the heyday of the Apollo program! (Although I'm not sure of the point of airing it at midnight.)

Monday, July 15, 2019

Moon landing clippings, Part 1

With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing happening Saturday, I thought it would be interesting to dive into and pull out some related clippings to publish here during the week.

Up first: The July 20, 1969, edition of The Palladium-Item and Sun-Telegram of Richmond, Indiana, had a person-on-the-street feature across the top of Page A1. There's not a specific question. The headline just states: "Safe Adventure On The Moon Is Fervent Wish of Watchers on Earth." There are head shots and quotes from seven local residents, five of whom are white men. Here are the other two:

Teresa Herald is likely in her early to mid 70s now. I would love to interview her and ask if she remembers being on the front page of the local newspaper during that momentous weekend, if she received any reactions (or backlash) to her remarks, and what she thinks about the state of the country, the planet and the U.S. space program today.

Meanwhile, we are still awaiting the first woman to walk on the moon. When will that happen, and who will that be?

Sunday, July 14, 2019

From the readers: Lazy days of summer edition

Ye olde mailbag has been pretty sparse lately, which I think is mostly a reflection on my lack of posting consistently.

With regard to a December 2016 post — Christmas postcard mailed to Mattoon, Wisconsin, in 1910 — I received some nice messages from a woman named Diane, correcting one of my guesses. Here are the notes from Diane:
I was looking for local postcards/photos of the Mattoon, Wisconsin, area and found you have a card sent to Ethel Pollock. She is my grandma's cousin, Ethel Arabelle Pollock. She never married and lived her entire life in the Mattoon area. Ethel was born December 18, 1890, and died January 16, 1954, and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery near Mattoon. Ethel is the daughter of Albert and Bertha (Knowles) Pollock. I live in the town of Hutchins (Mattoon address at one time) and the Pollocks came here right after the Civil War. I am not sure who Mrs. Patzel is, though. She may have lived in this area at one time.
Thank you for the information, Diane! I hope to send you this postcard if I can track it down in whatever shoebox it's currently residing within.

Keeping America beautiful with "NEW miracle Plastic": There were a couple of Facebook comments about this one:

  • Tom Beiter writes: "100% of crying Native Americans approve."
  • Wendyvee of the awesome Roadside Wonders writes: "One set of my grandparents had a vinyl (or pleather) bag that hung from something on the passenger side of the car. Pretty sure that it was an ad specialty from the dealer (or maybe insurance company)."

Lamenting what we'll never know about Phyllis J. Stalnaker Harris: Most of the feedback on this post was noted in the previous "From the readers." Here are a couple that have come in since then:

  • Babz writes: "Oh for goodness sake. The entire point of the meme is the obvious fact that she was much more than the label law enforcement or society put on her. Sheesh."
  • Daveguy1 writes: "It's funny: the San Diego police of that time may have done her a strange favor — by labelling her that way, they elicit our sympathy for her, and [she] seems a heroic free spirit. I think she has a really soulful look in her eyes. I wish I could've known her."

When the USA made cool things like chicken drink coasters: Matt from 4 Color Cowboy (an ephemera blog) writes: "These are fantastic. They could probably reprint them, slap 'em on Etsy, and they would sell."

10 years ago today: A Papergreat precursor: Joan writes: "I remember that Vincent Price report! (And the fond days of sorting the books. Let's sort more books!)"

Mystery RPPC: Long-ago toddler with fuzzy toy: Joan writes: "That is a Right Fine Friend." [Advertisement: Want to send (stuffed animal) Friends and smiles around the world? Support Pengins for Everyone via its website or Facebook page.]

Farewell to a book: Tom from the great blog Garage Sale Finds writes: "Looks like a cool book and love that cover, not to mention Golden Age comic artist Alex Schomburg inside! I'm in the planning stages of building a Little Free Library. My daughter can't decide how she wants it to look. I plan on stocking it with all the vintage kids books I can't seem to stop bringing home from garage sales."

Coupons from the E.H. Koester Bakery Co.: Regarding this 2011 post, Helga writes: "My grandmother lived on the 700 block of W. Lexington until 1980! As a child, we would go down to Koester for the day old bread and raisin rolls I think. The scents of baking bread was one of my childhood memories with her. I am always in search of a pic of her house. 717 W. Lexington."

Sci-fi book cover: "Black in Time"

  • Title: Black in Time
  • Author: John Jakes (1932-present)
  • Cover artist: Steele Savage (1898-1970)
  • Publisher: Paperback Library (a division of Coronet Communications)
  • Publication date: September 1970 (first printing)
  • Cover price: 60 cents
  • Pages: 171
  • Format: Paperback
  • Cover blurb: "A black militant, a white supremacist, and a time-travel device tangle in a fight to rewrite history and eternity!"
  • Back cover blurb: "RIGHT ON! Into the time machine plunges Jomo, the black militant leader of BURN. "Revolution then" is his motto; he's going to rearrange history so the blacks get a fair shake — or, preferably, world dominance.

    "But in another area of time, rabble-rousing white supremacist Billy Roy Whisk is also at work — fixing history so the slaves are never freed.

    "Worlds spin in and out of existence. And through the paradoxes of time, one black man is pursuing Jomo and Whisk, trying to stop them before their experiments wipe out the world — forever."
  • Book advertised on last page: My Life with Jacqueline Kennedy, by Mary Barelli Gallagher
  • First sentence: "On the stage, the actors playing the eunuch and Phaedria's brother had been rehearsing the same scene for half an hour."
  • Last sentence: "Jomo moved."
  • Random sentence from middle: "Langorously, Diana started walking through the high meadow grass."
  • Goodreads rating: 2.73 stars (out of 5.0)
  • Amazon rating: 3.2 stars (out of 5.0)
  • What people have written about the book:
    • "It's the American future — meaning 1977 in this case — and we have time travel as an educational resource. Unfortunately though, one of those black militants has gone back in time to change the past so as to get rid of all white people and make Earth a black planet — just like one of those evil liberals behind the new Star Wars movies would probably appreciate; and worse, some right wing televangelist nutjob has also gone back in time hoping to change history and make it a white Christian planet; and thus does chaos ensue. ... Aside from having been written by a white dude, Black in Time is a blaxploitation novel, more or less, at least by virtue of Jomo, our time travelling black power activist loosely based on Huey Newton and pals." (Lawrence Burton, on Pamphlets of Destiny)
    • "If you happen to own John Jakes: A Critical Companion, you might be surprised to find that it contains zero mentions of Black in Time. It says Jakes 'has made American history come to life' yet it doesn't mention his one book in which Harriet Beecher Stowe attacks a time-traveling racist with a red-hot poker." (Grady Hendrix, on
    • "It's pedantic, offensive, painful, and not enough time machine wankery. Its really really bad. No, really." (Scott Nieradka, on Goodreads)
    • "So yeah, I’m going to look for more of John Jakes’s science fiction works. This one was really engrossing and just a ripping good yarn with a decent, albeit sort of obvious, moral. Hate doesn’t solve problems, guys. It only makes them worse, no matter which side of the fight you’re on. Don’t even hate the haters." (Thomas, on Schlock Value)
    • "Given that the book focuses on race relations, and has a main character who’s a white supremacist, one should expect some offensive language. Aside from the liberal use of the N-word, Jakes has the white supremacist (Billy Roy Whisk, which is an excellent name for such a character) talk about trying to kill 'Martin Luther [C--n]' before he has a chance to start his movement. And to be fair, Jakes doesn't come across as someone who endorses such language; he's giving all that to the characters we're supposed to despise. I'm just giving potential readers full warning." (on Shelf Indulgence)
    • "In the end, Black in Time is just trashy enough to kill mainstream appeal but not trashy enough to garner a weirdo cult following, leaving it in pulp novel limbo." (Matt Sears, on Goodreads)
    • "One advantage of this book is that it has a hilarious cover: leaving it on your coffee table will guarantee a hit conversational piece." (Caraculiambro, on Amazon)

Words in this post
that are new to Papergreat

  • rabble-rousing
  • eunuch
  • langorously
  • televangelist
  • nutjob
  • blaxploitation
  • wankery

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Lost Corners: Review of Wendell Berry book from 12 years ago

This summer and fall, I'm planning to read some of the works of Wendell Berry, who is described by the makers of the 2016 documentary Look & See as a "writer, poet, teacher, farmer, and outspoken citizen of an endangered world."

In deciding which of Berry's works to start with, I stumbled across a Goodreads review of his 1977 book The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture. It was written by "David" in October 2007, twelve years ago. Twelve years seems like an eternity ago, doesn't it? George W. Bush was president, Mike Trout and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were in high school, and Robert Downey Jr. had a nice supporting role in Zodiac but was probably wondering what the next chapter of his career might offer.

I believe David's review ⁠— a very fine piece of writing in itself ⁠— is worth highlighting and saving elsewhere for posterity. So here it is:
"Recommended for: anyone who has felt emptiness in shopping malls

"maybe you'll find this at a garage sale in a beat up box for twenty-five cents. you'll pull it from the box. rub two dimes and five pennies together. you'll read it and research rain barrels. you'll sell that book to some used bookstore. you might. and a thin bookstore employee will set it on a shelf where some manicured hand might find it and bring it back to her loft. maybe she'll turn the pages and sigh at her consumption. maybe. or maybe she wont. maybe she'll walk more. and ride her bicycle to the local market. slowly. in gradual steps. she will find herself in her landscape. here is the revolution she might think as shuts her door for the last time. gone to a place. a plot of land that she cares for and which in turn cares for her. the nurturing of her landscape becomes almost spiritual in her recognition of the land and its affect on her.

"or maybe she is just standing in a shopping mall and feeling the emptiness. with the people walking by. talking into cell phones. bags on their arms. maybe she will stop there in the center of the mall feeling the emptiness.

"or maybe she will be driving city streets. just all green lights and fluorescent gas station lights and the radio playing some seventies song. and she will feel the emptiness. maybe she will pull into a grocery store parking lot at dusk and listen to the grackles as they call and shout on architect planned trees. in the calling of those birds the emptiness might turn into something else. a step. a decision. to bridge the gap of the estrangement of herself from her landscape. maybe her heart moves an inch closer to the right place."

Monday, July 8, 2019

Family memories: The huge Dixie Cup near Easton

Source: Wikipedia

This blog is about paper, so paper cups count, right?

When I was a kid and we were traveling to Dad's parents' place, I knew we were almost there when we drove past the huge water tower disguised as a Dixie Cup. It sat atop the Dixie Cup Corporation factory in Wilson, Pennsylvania, near Easton. They stopped making cups there around 1983, but the giant cup itself remains.

In May, published an article with the headline "The Dixie Cup plant is about to get cleaned up, plus what will happen to its rooftop icon." It details the potential $100 million redevelopment of the factory into 300-plus apartment units, plus commercial space. And what about the Dixie Cup on top? "Plans include refurbishing, repainting and re-illuminating the big rooftop water tank patterned after a Dixie Cup," the article states.

When I ran this news past Dad, who is now living in Florida, he had this to say:
"That the structure still remains since I was 6 years old in the 1950s is amazing. Think of all the people that worked there, raised families in the area and have passed on. When you take a drink or pour cream in your coffee, it happens because Americans in Easton PA devoted their lives to make Dixie Cups so that America could trust putting their lips on things that went into their mouth. Ironically, there are many Dixie Cups in our landfills. My Father worked to make the cups that people drink from safe. He asked nothing in return but for health, happiness and long life for his family."
And there you have it. Very happy to know that this building where Pappy worked, with its towering Dixie Cup on the roof, should be around for many more generations to come.

Screenshot from article

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Excerpts from John Palmer Gavit's "Americans from Abroad" (1926)

On this particular Fourth of July, I want to share some excerpts from a very short book by John Palmer Gavit titled Americans from Abroad.

Gavit (1868-1954) was primarily a journalist during his lifetime, but also a social welfare worker, a trustee for the Common Council for American Unity and a member of the New York Microscopic Society. One of his biggest contributions, according to a fascinating (for newspaper folks) 2012 article in the Columbia Journalism Review, is that in 1903 he published The Reporter’s Manual: A Handbook for Newspaper Men, which was a very early precursor to The Associated Press Stylebook.

Americans from Abroad, published in 1926, was part of the Reading with a Purpose series from the American Library Association. Other titles — of which I have a handful — include Biology, Ten Pivotal Figures of History, Philosophy, Our Children, Pleasure from Pictures, Mental Hygiene and Citizenship.

In the introduction to Americans from Abroad, this is noted about the author: "As a journalist for more than forty years, John Palmer Gavit has been in a position to observe and interpret the contribution which men and women from other countries have made and are making to civilization in the United States. As a social worker during much of this period he has come into intimate neighborly touch with the lives of the foreign born."

And here are the excerpts I have chosen from Gavit's short volume:

  • "Imagine yourself driven by force of circumstances beyond your control — 'a push from behind or a pull from before,' or both — from your own country to a foreign land."
  • "Perhaps you are a child, taken thither by your parents thus circumstanced; happy if you are be old enough to realize and remember the bewilderment and wonderings of such a situation."
  • "Perhaps you go alone — all the more poignantly alone if you must leave behind those nearest and dearest, to shift as best they may while you seek a footing, a shelter and a living to which later you hope to summon them — when?"
  • "Now you must go, across wide lands and deep waters, to being anew among strange people, to whom your traditions, customs, inhibitions, habits of thought, religion perhaps, your point of view in general and your speech in particular are as uncouth and outlandish as theirs seem to you."
  • "You must sacrifice, with many kinds of loss and discount, things and values which have meant more to you than you appreciated; both in order to untangle yourself from old ownerships and responsibilities and to provide means for your journey and the period before you have found or made new footing. All the more if you are desperately poor."
  • "The harder it has been for you to stay where you are, the harder it will be to go where you may do better!"
  • "From every other country under the sun to these shores they have flocked to escape from conditions at home and in hope of finding in this environment opportunity to harness fortune more propitious."
  • "The population of the United States, baring a bare handful of Indians of pure blood ... is comprised of immigrants and the descendants of immigrants."
  • "Be it remembered also and constantly that upon this occasion we are not considering the highly controversial subject of immigration policy in any of its aspects. To be sure, the ethical and practical implications of that policy and its administrative application at present and during the past century and a half of our national existence — to say nothing of the two centuries or more of the earlier pioneer and colonial periods — have greatly conditioned and do condition today the physical and spiritual experiences and reactions of the newcomers. Both policy and administration are mightily different now that we are strictly, even fiercely and often inhumanly, begrudging our latchstring. In earlier times we welcomed, however clumsily, new brains and hands to help us in developing the wonder-country that we had usurped from its primeval inhabitants. While the bare physical conditions of travel are easier and the journey shorter and simpler, the guardians of our gate are in stricter, harsher mood."

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The ephemera of children detained
by my fellow Americans

Read the reports from CNN and NBC News.

Papergreat's summer reads 2019

Instagram photo by me

Here's another batch of things that I've bookmarked or tucked away for rainy days. I hope you find some of these articles enlightening, too...

1. My Twitter response to this article:

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Stills from the mothership of my generation's longest-running joke

When I was 14 years old and living in Florida, a movie that changed everything about American comedy hit theaters. That film was Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, and it debuted on December 21, 1984. It only made $15 million at the box office. It did not win any Oscars. But, thanks to its amazing subtitle, it has had more ongoing fame than any other movie released in that fateful month.1 And its lasting impact upon our pop culture can stand proudly alongside such other 1984 films as The Terminator, Ghostbusters, Red Dawn, Sixteen Candles and This Is Spinal Tap.

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo's trivia section describes the movie's legacy succinctly: "The phrase 'Electric Boogaloo' has become a common unofficial sub-title for any unnecessary sequel."

The movie's Wikipedia page, meanwhile, uses this pedantic and academic description:
"The subtitle 'Electric Boogaloo', originally a reference to a funk-oriented dance style of the same name, has entered the pop-culture lexicon as a snowclone pejorative nickname to denote an archetypical sequel."
(Not surprisingly, this description references a 2007 Oxford University Press article titled: "Phrasal Patterns 2: Electric Boogaloo." If you're having trouble sleeping, check it out.)

I'm far more expansive, liberal and forgiving in my use of "Electric Boogaloo." My philosophy boils down to this:

The second of all you do
... is Electric Boogaloo!

And so we can have:

  • Paul Blart 2: Electric Boogaloo
  • The Remains of the Day 2: Electric Boogaloo
  • Gigli 2: Electric Boogaloo
  • Casablanca 2: Electric Boogaloo
  • Leonard Part 6 Part 2: Electric Boogaloo
  • The Great Gatsby 2: Electric Boogaloo
  • Abbey Road 2: Electric Boogaloo
  • Grocery List 2: Electric Boogaloo
  • Trip to Florida 2: Electric Boogaloo
  • Papergreat 2: Electric Boogaloo

And on and on and on. It's not just a meme. Boogaloo is a lifestyle. But before the meme there was the movie, though few remember its specifics. The two production stills featured at the top of this post were released to the media by Tri-Star Pictures (now minus the hyphen and just TriStar Pictures).

The first photograph shows some very fashionable individuals2 having a pointed conversation while standing underneath an overpass.

The second photography has its publicity caption still attached to the back. It states:
"After a bad fall down a flight of stairs, Turbo (MICHAEL "BOOGALOO SHRIMP" CHAMBERS) lies in his hospital bed with a broken leg and tries to convince his friends to sneak him out of the hospital. BREAKIN' 2 ELECTRIC BOOGALOO is a Tri-Star release."
That's right. Boogaloo Shrimp was one of the stars of Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Chambers is now 51 and most recently appeared in 2018's Groove Street. His non-Electric Boogaloo career highlights include appearances in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult and on the TV show Family Matters as the ... (checks notes) ... Urkelbot.3

1. The second-most important movie released in December 1984, meme-wise, was Johnny Dangerously. The movie belonged to rising star Michael Keaton, but it was Joe Piscopo's "Once!" lines that have lived on farther than Piscopo's career and are repurposable for every occasion. His original lines, as Danny Vermin, included:
  • You shouldn't hang me on a hook, Johnny. My father hung me on a hook once. Once!
  • You shouldn't grab me, Johnny. My mother grabbed me once ... ONCE!
  • You shouldn't have shot me, Johnny. My grandmother shot me once...
2. Ashar says the second person from the left has the best outfit.
3. That's actually not the correct usage of the "checks notes" meme. But, as I said, I am liberal in my use of comedy tropes.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Delightful Blair Lent illustrations from "Baba Yaga"

For some reason ⁠— lost in the sands of time of the past 15 years ⁠— I have just this single page in my piles of ephemera. Obviously, it stems from my Baba Yaga Fandom™; I reckon the rest of the book was too battered to keep.

That book is Baba Yaga, first published in 1966 by Houghton Mifflin. It was written by Ernest Small and illustrated by Blair Lent.

But here's the interesting thing: Ernest and Blair are the same person.

When Lent died at age 80 in early 2009, The New York Times obituary noted that "under the name Ernest Small, he wrote 'Baba Yaga' (1966), based on a witch in Russian folk tales." It was as an illustrator that Lent found his greatest success, which might explain why he kept that "brand" separate and wrote under a pen name. The Times article states that he "specialized in illustrating international folk tales retold by other writers. Using a broad variety of techniques, including cardboard cutouts, colored pencil, acrylic painting, and ink and wash, he provided the images for tales from Japan, Russia, India and Africa."

On her website about children's books, BooksTogether, Anamaria Anderson noted: "It was only when I read Lent's obituary that I realized that author Ernest Small and illustrator Blair Lent were one and the same person. I don't think I've ever seen someone credited separately, by pen name and real name, for the same book, but I agree that Lent deserves a lot of credit."

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Postcard: Parkwood Motel in Statesboro, Georgia

Mid-century postcards of obscure hotels and motels remain among my favorite pieces of ephemera and items for posting on Papergreat. It irks me that I didn't give them their own label (for sorting/archiving) purposes at the launch. So they're kind of just scattered all over the history over the blog, willy-nilly.

This is a dandy one. It's an aerial shot of Parkwood Motel, located along U.S. 301 near Statesboro, Georgia.1 There were myriad amenities, as noted on the back:

— Shaded by Beautiful Georgia Southern Pines —
2 Miles South of Statesboro, Georgia 30458
On U.S. 301 & 25
Tel. 764-9892
25 Air Conditioned & Electrically Heated Units with
Beautyrest and Pulse-A-Rythm [sic] Massaging Mattresses.2
Free TV, Swimming Pool, Playground
RESTAURANT — French American Cooking
Bill & Armande Wachniak

Armande “Sally” Wachniak lived from 1930 to 1989. According to her obituary, "the Quebec, Canada, native lived in Statesboro for 27 years and was part owner with her husband of the Parkwood Motel and Restaurant." William Wachniak lived from 1920 to 1997. According to his obituary, "the Canada native had lived for the past 34 years in Statesboro, where he operated the Parkwood Motel." One of their children, Lana, is a retired professor of sociology and criminal justice who studied the minds of serial killers (partially through their artwork) and also co-founded Kennesaw State University's Homelessness Awareness Week.3

After Bill Wachniak died in 1997, son Harry Wachniak and his wife returned to Statesboro to take over the Parkwood Motel & RV Park, according to a 2007 article in the Statesboro Herald that contains much history about the business. Harry's parents were not the original owners of the motel. They purchased it in 1961 and added an RV park in 1971. "I think that my dad felt that with the growth of the interstate system there would be more traffic and RV's," Harry Wachniak told the Statesboro Herald. "For him it was just another opportunity to expand his business."4

The business is still going strong in 2019, which is super-unusual for the mid-century motels that I research. You can read all about it on the Parkwood RV Park & Cottages Facebook page or on its website. A Facebook review from this past February notes: "This park is spotless, everything is kept nice and organized. Bathrooms were the cleanest of any rv park I have stayed at. I would recommend this park to anyone."

And Parkwood is having a Hot Dog Cookout this week for the Fourth of July. It notes on Facebook: "Come join us at the Parkwood for a hot dog lunch. Free for all guests and $2 for folks in the community. It'll be located next to the pool. After the lunch head to Mill Creek for the firework festivities. #parkwood #parkwoodrvpark #rvpark #4thofjuly #hotdogs #camping #goodsamclub #goodsam #patriotic #redwhiteblue #party #cookout

1. I'm not sure I've ever spent a significant amount of time on U.S. 301. It runs from Biddles Corner, Delaware, to Sarasota, Florida. So I could totally use it as a much slower, more leisurely route to go visit Dad in Bradenton, Florida. It looks like it might be kind of tricky to make sure you stay on the route, though, with a lot of concurrencies.
2. Author Heather David, talking to Metro in 2017 about her book Motel California: A Pictorial History of the Motel in The Golden State, said that Pulse-A-Rhythm vibrating beds were a precursor to Magic Fingers: "The thing about Pulse-A-Rhythm beds is that they promised a cure for pretty much everything. And the FDA came along and said, 'Unh unh uh' and made them pull all the devices off the mattresses and put them out of business. So after Pulse-A-Rhythm, Magic Fingers came into play."
3. A March 13, 2003, article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes that Lana "grew up around law enforcement officers who stopped in her family's motel/restaurant."
4. So, that effectively dates this postcard between 1962 and 1970.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Book cover: "Pussy and Her Kittens"

  • Title: Pussy and Her Kittens
  • Author: Е.С. Игошин
  • Illustrator: М.М. Салтыкова
  • Publication year: 1964
  • Publication city: Moscow
  • Original price: 16 kopecks (A kopeck was equal to one-hundredth of a ruble.)
  • Pages: 176
  • Format: Softcover
  • First sentence: Преподавателю предлагается начать знакомство детеи с даннои книгои небольшои вступительнои беседои.
  • Last sentence: Four, four, four, Kittens on the floor.
  • Random passage from the middle: Look at this picture. What is it? It is a cat. Say it in Russian.
  • Online reviews: Nyet!

Illustrations (иллюстрации) from inside

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Mystery RPPC: Long-ago toddler with fuzzy toy

Here is item #6 of 8 from the Dover Township yard sale. It's an AZO real photo postcard dating from between 1910 and 1930. Nothing was ever written on the back, and this one doesn't have a stamp denoting the photo center that handled it.

And so we have a very young girl wearing a white dress and matching hat. She's a cutie, but the most interesting things here are the toys. She is standing next to a small stool or table. There are two layers of wooden blocks1 and, atop those, is a delightful fuzzy creature. Was it her beloved stuffed Friend? Or just a prop used by the photographer to put something interesting into the photograph?

1. To learn more about wooden alphabet blocks:

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Newspaper D-Day headlines,
75 years ago today

D-Day, the Normandy landings that served as a turning point of World War II, was 75 years ago today. Here's an excerpt of what's written about the occasion on today's LNP/LancasterOnline Editorial page:
Today, we remember and are thankful for the Allied forces who fought on D-Day.

For those who didn’t get off that beach alive.

For those who bravely executed an invasion that was meticulously planned — but was thrown off course by countless uncontrollable external factors. They dealt with it all and opened the door for the liberation of occupied Europe.

They changed the course of history.

They saved the world.
And here are some U.S. newspaper A1 headlines from this date 75 years ago that conveyed the breaking news to the public. Normandy is six hours ahead of the East Coast of the United States, so there was time to get the first wave of news into newspapers on June 6, 1944. As you will read, though, the reports, facts and interpretations were still developing as newspapers had to go to press. These headlines were, indeed, just the first rough draft of that day's history.

  • The Robesonian (Lumberton, NC): "Allied Troops Advance Several Miles Inland On French Coast"
  • The Troy Record (Troy, NY): "FRANCE INVADED"
  • The Monitor (McAllen, Texas): "Mighty Allied Invasion Force Drives into Northwest France Against Light Nazi Defenses"
  • The Record (Hackensack, NJ): "INVASION ROLLS DEEP INTO FRANCE"
  • Palladium-Item (Richmond, Indiana): "Allies Smash Into France on 100-Mile Front; Beachheads Secured As Invasion Takes Hold"
  • Tallahassee Democrat (Tallahassee, Florida): "BEACHHEADS ARE ESTABLISHED; NAZIS OFFER WEAK RESISTANCE"
  • Salt Lake Telegram (Salt Lake City, Utah): "ALLIED INVADERS STAB 10 MILES INTO FRANCE"
  • The Muscatine Journal (Muscatine, Iowa): "Allies Land On Normandy Coast"
  • Plainfield (NJ) Courier-News: "CONTINENT INVADED"
  • The Winona Daily News (Winona, Minnesota): "Allies Secure French Beachheads, Hit From Le Havre to Cherbourg; Paratroops Alight Behind Nazis"
  • The Decatur Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois): "Allies Smash Inland in France; Opposition 'Unexpectedly Light'"
  • The Miami News (Miami, Florida): "INVASION GAINING!"
  • Lincoln Journal Star (Lincoln, Nebraska): "BEACHHEAD WON"
  • The Daily Courier (Connellsville, Pennsylvania): "ALLIES CONFIDENT OF SUCCESS WITH INVADERS ON BEACHES"
  • New Castle News (New Castle, Pennsylvania): "INITIAL SUCCESS MARKS FRENCH COAST INVASION"
  • Green Bay Press-Gazette (Green Bay, Wisconsin): "D-DAY OFF TO GOOD START"
  • Fremont Tribune (Fremont, Nebraska): "Allied Tanks, Infantry Storm Inland After Landing at Dawn"
  • The Times Record (Zanesville, Ohio): "Invasion On, Nazis Claim"
  • The Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma): "Germans Say Allied Paratroops And Ground Forces Land on French Coast; No Confirmation Given by Eisenhower"
  • The Morning Post (Camden, New Jersey): "WE LAND IN FRANCE"
  • The Manhattan Mercury (Manhattan, Kansas): "CROSS CHANNEL INVASION IS ON"
  • Dunkirk Evening Observer (Dunkirk, New York): "AMERICAN ARMY OF LIBERATION LANDS ON NORMAN COAST"
  • The Bakersfield Californian (Bakersfield, California): "INVASION SMASH!"

This INVADED graphic appears on numerous June 6 front pages
and was likely provided by a wire service or syndicate

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Mystery RPPC: Girl with parasol and witchy socks

Here is item #5 of 8 from the Dover Township yard sale. It's another AZO real photo postcard dating from between 1904 and 1918. And, like the last one, it's another card with a circular purple stamp from Electric Studio, 57 East Philadelphia Street, York, Pennsylvania.

Another similarity to the last postcard: It's the same setting and the same parasol. So these were probably taken at the same time. Here they are, side by side:

Today's girl, older than the other, doesn't have a stuffed animal on wheels in the photo with her. But she does have some nifty Wicked Witch of the West socks...