April 2010

Happy 70's Easter!

Awwww this 70's home movie is really touching. We see girls in their long Easter dresses and Easter bonnets, and then the whole family presents themselves to the camera. It looks like such a beautiful spring day. I can smell the 70's fresh air. For some reason when I think of spring in the 70's, I remember the air to be extremely fresh and fragrant. I can just picture the little yellow flowers I loved to pick.  read more...

Happy Good Friday! In Bermuda, kites are flying today!

Every year on Good Friday, people in Bermuda fly kites to symbolize Christ's ascension into Heaven. The shape of the wood on the kites symbolizes the cross that Jesus died on. I would love for this tradition to make it's way to America.

Kite flying not only looks beautiful and has special meaning, but it is a great way to bring a family together. It reminds me of the scene in the movie "Mary Poppins" where the whole family joins in kite flying and they sing "Let's Go Fly a Kite." read more...

The Bright Leaf Drive-In Theatre in Mount Airy, North Carolina has Closed

I just found out that one of North Carolina's drive-in movie theatres has closed. Here is the article about why it closed:

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RVs and Motorhomes in the 1930's - Homes on Wheels

Don't you just love the variety of motorhomes in Trailer City in this video? 

The narrator mentions the homemade RV created by the farmer in Iowa (or, I.O.wayyy, as he called it) and then  the deluxe model (although he pronounced it "delooks model") which was $8,000 in 1937. I assumed that must have been a LOT of money to spend on an RV back in those days, so I looked at an inflation calculator to see what the price equivalent is today: http://www.westegg.com/inflation/ read more...

25 Years Ago - Spring Break in the 80's

This video shows Spring Break in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1985. I remember there used to be news stories every year in the 80's about spring breakers heading down to Florida. Plus, MTV always covered spring break. read more...

A String of Pearls - for my Grandpa

My Grandpa passed away a few years ago, but I was thinking about him today. I asked him one time what his favorite song was, and he told me his favorite song was "A String of Pearls". This song will forever remind me of him. It's a gorgeous song, and I can see why he chose this one as his favorite. He was a teenager at the time that this song was number one on the Billboard charts in 1941. read more...

These hips were made for rockin', and that's just what they'll do!

Earl "Snakehips" Tucker sure had a style of his own. I'm not sure where this clip came from, but it was probably filmed in the early 1930's. If "Snake Hips" had been doing those moves today rather than back then, he would have probably been an even bigger star. His moves were way ahead of their time, that's for sure. He must have had an influence on popping and locking. read more...

How to make English tea the good old fashioned way

Little girls in America often have tea parties with miniature tea sets or even imaginary teacups and saucers. However, compared with many other countries, Americans aren't really known as tea drinkers. There are certainly Americans who drink tea regularly, and there are Americans who drink tea sometimes, but overall, Americans tend to be coffee drinkers. We just don't see little girls having "pretend coffee drinking parties" though. read more...

ABANDONED - 1950's Amusement Park - Santa's Village in East Dundee, Illinois

Poor Santa and his helpers and the snowman must be pretty sad. A little over fifty years ago, back in 1959, Santa and his friends must have been thrilled that a theme park in East Dundee, Illinois opened up that celebrated the happiness of Santa and his elves.  read more...

The ORIGINAL Musical Greeting Cards

Remember the high pitched musical greeting cards that would play "Happy Birthday to You"? I think they came out in the late 80's or early 90's. Now there are greeting cards that play portions of actual recorded songs. Or, you can record your own voice on some greeting cards. 

I'm not sure how many of those cards will still be able to play even just ten years from now. But, musical greeting cards of 1950 were created in a way that they would still be playable today - 60 years later. The early 50's greeting cards had a music box inside - built to last!  read more...