In honor of our Constitution's 230th anniversary, a couple of political cartoons celebrating the 150th anniversary in 1937. They're 80 years old and yet remain a timeless affirmation of American values. They speak to why our system of government and our rights and freedoms are so valuable. These things are something many today either take … Continue reading Constitution Day: 1787, 1937 and 2017.
Continuing on the theme from my previous post, here are more contemporary Disney parodies. In 1937 Disney released Little Hiawatha, loosely based upon the poem Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It seems to have been a pretty successful film; although Disney never made any further cartoons with the character, he did show up in Disney … Continue reading Disney parodies part II: Little Hiawatha.
In the spring of 1933, Walt Disney released what unexpectedly became one of his studio's biggest hits, Three Little Pigs. The short cartoon, and the original song it contained, Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?, became smash hits. The story of these pigs literally keeping the wolf away from their door and their defiant song connected with … Continue reading Pigs in a Parody.
This is the story of a long-lost building, the Marble Bank Building (1893), in Spokane, Washington. Its history is well-documented here, it was a building of small size but amazing opulence. The bank that constructed it failed mere weeks before it was to move into the building, the Old National Bank ultimately bought the building … Continue reading The Rise and Fall of the Marble Bank Building.
During my freshman year of high school my school discarded a set of textbooks from 1967, now that they're in their fiftieth anniversary year I figured it was a good time to share some of the nice photography contained in them. Here are some select images of the country as it appeared half a century … Continue reading Images of America, 1967.
I decided to try a new product called Pepsi 1893. Apparently its supposed to be how Pepsi was in its founding year (made from "sugar, water, caramel, lemon oil, nutmeg, and other natural additives"). Its all pretty hipsterish, but how can I say no to old-timey Gay Nineties Pepsi? Tastes good and refreshing, less tart … Continue reading My Review of Pepsi 1893.
It's always fascinating to look at old photographs of cities, and a nice recent development has been Google Street View which has made it easy to see what these locations look like today. I recently found a bunch of nice pictures of downtown Spokane in the 1950s and found what they look like in modern … Continue reading Downtown Spokane, Then and Now.