One King Sings a Song that Another King Loved

The last words Martin Luther King Jr. ever spoke were to ask his musician friend Ben Branch to play "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" in the meeting that night. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed shortly after, and never got to hear the song being played at the meeting. Mahalia Jackson sang it at his funeral. read more...

April 4 - Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated

It was 41 years ago on this date that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. He was only 39 years old at the time. His memory has now lived on longer than his life. He has shown people all around the world that it is great to dream big, and that changes can happen, as long as we DO something, peacefully, to make those changes happen. read more...

1930's Home Movie in Vincennes, Indiana

This is from a collection of home movies posted by bdumes to youtube. He has a beautiful collection of home movies of his family that is worth checking out. read more...

Illinois - 80's Shopping Mall Experience

The mall scene in this video is from the movie "Weird Science" which was filmed at Northbrook Court Mall in Northbrook, Illinois. If you want to see what the 80's looked like in Illinois, just watch any John Hughes movie (Vacation, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, and more!). read more...

Idaho - The Caldwell Outdoor Drive-in Movie Theater

About five years ago or so I wrote about our local Starlite drive-in movie theatre in Durham, NC with concern for it's future. It is now closed, and it is highly unlikely that it will open again. So, if you have a drive-in near you, visit it. Or, next time you are taking a trip somewhere, see if there is a drive-in nearby. A drive-in takes up so much land that often the land is so valuable these days that it is sold to a big box retailer. Drive-in movies are an important part of American pop culture history, and should be treated as such. History shouldn't be torn down. read more...

25 years ago: I'd Like To Get To Know You Well - Howard Jones

This song pulls at my 80's heart strings; it has such a sentimental 80's sound. My memory that goes with it isn't sentimental, however. It's just a funny, typical 80's school girl memory. read more...

Mahalo to Hilo, Hawaii for restoring a beautiful old theater

Retropolis gives a big salute to the people of Hilo who combined their efforts to restore The Palace Theater so that it can continue to be appreciated now and in the future. Too many old theaters in the United States have been destroyed or have been left to deteriorate. read more...

Happy 50th Birthday Barbie! Presenting the first ever Barbie commercial.

Barbie may be 50, but today she looks just as young as ever. I love her 1959 - 1960's style best though.

I was first introduced to Barbie as a little girl in the 1970's. My favorite aisle in any toy store was the bright pink Barbie aisle.

Early Georgia Jazz

From Wikipedia: The Georgia Melodians were an early jazz band that was active in the 1920s and recorded for Edison Records. They were from Savannah Georgia and the joint leaders were Ernie Intelhouse (cor) and Hill Hutchins (cl,ts, bsx). After being together for a few years, they worked their way up the east coast to New York, where they arrived in February of 1924. After some changes in personnel, they were playing opposite the Paul Van Loan Orchestra at the Cinderella Ballrom on 48th and Broadway. read more...

1951 Honeymoon Glamour in Miami

Florida has such a rich abundance of vintage glamour that it was hard to know where to begin when focusing on Florida. read more...

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