March 2010

Finding Buried Treasure with a Metal Detector

Watch this video to see what metal coins and pieces these men found at the old 1879 farm house with their metal detector. They find a variety of coins (among other items) from a variety of different years - from an 1883 liberty nickel coin to a 1944 quarter, and a variety in between.

How do all these coins end up in the grass anyway? One would imagine that in 1883, losing a nickel would have been a real disappointment. I wonder how long they spent searching for it. Little did they know that  it would take 130 years to find it. 

 

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Have you ever seen a Steinway Grand Piano like THIS?

Words cannot describe this 1882 Steinway Grand Piano, named the "Liberty Piano". Can you imagine how long it took to do all the carving? And the extraordinary carving skill involved! I can't imagine having such carving skills. I find it difficult to even carve a Halloween pumpkin. My greatest carving skill involves triangle facial features, and a half-moon mouth with a tooth or two. read more...

The First Mercedes-Benz

The first Mercedes-Benz was also the first automobile in the world. This car was called the Benz  Motor-Wagen (first patented in 1886).  The Mercedes-Benz name didn't come around until later. As you can see, it was a convertible. ;-)

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A Centenarian Shares How Times Have Changed

Caroline was 103 years old when this video was recorded. In this video she discussed the difference between the world in her younger years and the world today. The number one issue she seemed to have is that she wished that people had more respect for each other like they used to when she was younger. I wish people would have more respect for each other too, Caroline.  read more...

You're fired! Your HAIR is fired, that is.

Have you ever heard of burning the ends of your hair? This video shows an original old vintage barbershop in Dublin, Ireland called "The Waldorf Barbershop" where they still practice "hair singeing". The barber holds a candle flame to the tips of the hair and burns the ends off. You can see in the video how the hair singeing is done. Hair singeing helps to prevent split ends.  

Don't try this at home. Leave it to the professionals at vintage barbershops.  read more...

15 Years Ago: Riverdance 1995

Riverdance was first introduced during the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994. The video shows a performance from the next year in 1995. I remember how quickly this show became popular in America, and people couldn't get enough of this show. Little girls across America started taking Irish step dancing classes. The claddagh became popular in jewelry.  read more...

Who knew in the 1950's that there was already a flatscreen TV prototype?

Who knew? Mr. Wizard. That's who knew!

In this video, Mr. Wizard shows us the future in electronics - the flat screen television. I had no idea that even back in the 1950's General Electric already predicted that there were would be flat screen TVs some day. Before that could happen, we had to go through giant floor model TVs in wooden cabinets.

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Rest in Peace Corey Haim

Actor Corey Haim died today, allegedly of drug abuse. The first time I ever saw him was in the movie "Lucas". It's a movie that will give you tears and cheers. 

Corey Haim had a history of addiction. This YouTube video shows an interview where it was difficult to understand what Corey was saying: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amB0c-PPUCs read more...

A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes - Happy 60th Birthday to this song!

A friend of mine and I love when we accidentally find great voices on YouTube, and we send a link to each other when we find a voice that we love. He sent me a link to GutterDoll138 (Amy Lou) singing "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes." What a beautiful voice she has!  Of course, I had to share this video at Retropolis because her voice has that rich vintage tone of the 1940's and 1950's, and her style suits that era perfectly too. Keep on singing, Amy Lou! read more...

How to Speak Irish

It's almost St. Patrick's Day - time to drink green beer, do an Irish jig, eat corned beef and cabbage, pinch people who aren't wearing green, and time to say the few Irish words and expressions we know. "Top o' the morning to you!" we hear all day (long after morning is over).  read more...