Five and Dime

February 23, 2019

“Five and Dime,” featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, with cameos by Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, and Jimmy Durante, 1933. Directed by Walter Lantz; Story by Walter Lantz and Bill Nolan. Animation by Ray AbramsFred Avery, Cecil SurryJack CarrErnest Smythe. Music by James Dietrich. Oswald is probably voiced by Berneice Edna Hansell. The cartoon showcases the 1931 song “I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store)”, written by Harry Warren with lyrics by Mort Dixon and Billy Rose.

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George Washington & Black History Month

February 22, 2019

George Washington & Black History Month
February 22nd, George Washington’s Birthday falls during Black History Month, bitterly appropriate, as the Father of His Country owned as many as 317 slaves. As president, he signed the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793, requiring authorities in free states and territories to allow slave-catchers to seize escaped slaves and transport them South. However, Ona Judge, a maid to Martha Washington, fled the president’s household and resisted his recovery attempts.

In 1780 the Washingtons were living in Philadelphia, then the seat of government, when Pennsylvania passed a law that freed enslaved people if they lived there for more than six months. The Washingtons gamed the system, moving their household slaves out of Pennsylvania for one or two days every six months so they legally could remain in bondage. The household was preparing to return to Virginia in 1796 when members of Philadelphia’s free Black community helped Ona Judge arrange ship passage to Portsmouth, NH, where she settled.

George Washington’s steward soon advertised for recovery of the “absconded” Ona Judge in the Philadelphia Gazette:

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Migrant Mother

February 21, 2019

An exhibition of Dorothea Lange’s photographs, The Politics of Seeing is currently on display at the Jeu de Paume museum in Paris. Her most well-known photograph is her 1936 portrait of Florence Owens Thompson, popularly known as “Migrant Mother.”

A video from the WorldCrunch OneShot photography series.

More:

“The Assignment I’ll Never Forget: Migrant Mother,” Dorothea, Lange, Popular Photography (1960).

“Unraveling the Mysteries of Dorothea Lange’s ‘Migrant Mother,’” James Estrin, New York Times

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Bob Dylan, Age 20, on Freak Shows

February 20, 2019

I‘m never going to become rich and famous” – Bob Dylan in 1962.

Cynthia Gooding interviewed Bob Daylan on her “Folksingers Choice” show on WBAI FM in New York City in 1962.  Animated by Patrick Smith; for Blank on BlankJennifer Yoo, colorist. Doug Moss mixed the interview with tracks of Dylan tuning up his guitar and playing his harmonica.

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The Fore-Edge Painter

February 19, 2019

Martin Frost of Worthington, England may be the last professional fore-edge painter in the world, delicately painting scenes on the side of books, hidden beneath the gilded page edges.

Martin Frost website

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Spies In Disguise

February 18, 2019

Jonna Mendez, former chief of disguise at the CIA, explains how spies disguise. A Wired video.

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Don’t think about her when you’re trying to drive

February 17, 2019

“Don’t think about her when you’re trying to drive,” by Little Village, 1992. John Hiatt (lead vocal, guitar), Ry Cooder (guitars, backing vocal), Nick Lowe (bass, backing vocal), Jim Keltner (drums).

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My God Has a Telephone

February 17, 2019

“My God Has a Telephone,” written by Aaron Frazer, Micah Blaichman, and Wyndham Baird, recorded by the “Flying Stars of Brooklyn, NY,” a side project for Mr. Frazer, who is the fasetto-singing drummer with Durand Jones & the Indications. A tribute to the midcentury Gospel tradition.

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Fire

February 17, 2019

“Fire,” written by Bruce Springsteen, performed by the Pointer Sisters, 1979.

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The Fear

February 17, 2019

“The Fear” written by James Mercer, performed by him with The Shins on KCRW, 2017.

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