February 2012

Happy Birthday, Farrah Fawcett!

Farrah Fawcett was born February 2, 1947. She would have been 65 today. Happy Birthday to a woman who always stayed youthful! She died much too young, at the age of 62, but she will forever remain in American history. Her famous one-piece red swimsuit has been donated to the Smithsonian.  read more...

Retropolis Retro Tour of America: "The Big Tooter" Steam Whistle at The University of Kansas

Here's a sound we don't hear often throughout America these days - the steam whistle. But, students at The University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas have been hearing it every day, every hour, for 100 years. This March marks 100 years since the campus power plant steam whistle began blowing every hour to let students and professors know it was time for class to end.  read more...

1950's Dating Tips

Say, how would you like to know what kind of activities would be fun on a date in the 1950's? Love is in the air, Valentine's Day is less than two weeks away, and it's time to start thinking about what you'll do on Valentine's Day. These sweet teenagers have some swell ideas for your 1950's Valentine's Day date. Now, hurry and make a decision. They're gonna break out the ice cream!

 

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Happy 200th Birthday, Charles Dickens!

Charles Dickens was born February 7, 1812. Two hundred years later, people all over the world are still reading Charles Dickens' novels, watching movies based on his books, and attending Dickens festivals. His name often comes up at Christmas, when some decorators refer to their Christmas decorating style as "a Dickens Christmas." When people wear Victorian clothing to a Dickens festival, they sometimes refer to it as dressing in the style of Dickens. read more...

40 Years of Tapestry. 70 Years of Carole King.

Happy 70th birthday to singer and songwriter, Carole King! Just over 40 years ago, in 1971, she released one of the top selling albums of all time - Tapestry. Songs from that album continue to be well loved by the generations that followed, such as "I Feel the Earth Move", "It's Too Late", "You've Got a Friend", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", and "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?". And those are all just from one album! read more...

40 Years Ago: Who Won Grammy Record of the Year 1972? Roberta Flack

The Grammy Awards are coming up on Sunday. Yesterday, I suggested we all give a toast to Carole King as we watch the Grammy's to celebrate her 70th birthday. We have another woman to toast too! Let's all give a toast to Roberta Flack, who celebrates her 75th birthday today! 
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And now.... a Vintage Valentine Commercial

If you love vintage Valentines, you'll love this vintage Valentine commercial, which is from around the late 40's - 1950's. Before television, Coco Wheats used to have a children's radio show, starring Happy Hank.

In this vintage Valentine TV commercial, Happy Hank shows children the 20 colorful Valentines they will receive if they send in just 10 cents and the Little Crow seal. Can you imagine - just ten cents! Plus, half of the Valentines are MOVING Valentines. read more...

The History of Tiffany & Co. Begins 200 Years Ago, When Charles Lewis Tiffany was Born.

The name "Tiffany" has become so well known that many people refer to any stained glass lamp as a "Tiffany lamp" (whether it was made by Tiffany or not). It has become so well known that people often refer to a certain shade of pale blue as "Tiffany blue", and they might even decorate their wedding cake in that color, or dress their bridesmaids in that color, or even paint their home that shade. read more...

160 Years Ago: Celebrating Studebaker

Studebaker was best known for it's automobiles, but it began on this date 160 years ago in South Bend, Indiana as a blacksmith shop that made wagon parts. Eventually, Studebaker began making wagons and became well known for it's wagons. By the early 1900's, Studebaker began selling automobiles. According to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studebaker, Studebaker began by selling electric cars, and then started selling gasoline powered cars a few years later. read more...

Retropolis Retro Tour of America - The ORIGINAL Kentucky Fried Chicken / KFC / Sanders Court & Cafe in North Corbin, Kentucky

Our next retro travel stop in our Retro Tour of America is North Corbin, Kentucky. When people all over the world think of Kentucky, one of the first things that comes to mind is "Kentucky Fried Chicken", thanks to Colonel Harland Sanders. Colonel Sanders took several different career paths before he started serving chicken in his gas station in North Corbin, Kentucky when he was 40 years old. Over time, he began to develop what we now know as the "Original Recipe" (although none of us really know the secret recipe). read more...