Category Archives: 1930s

1931 Ford Pickup

Towards the far left center (as you enter through the front door) at the LoneStar Antique Mall, there sits a beautiful example of American engineering – an 1931 Ford pickup truck.

It’s displayed with some vintage looking Mobil oil signs, oil cans, etc.

Remember when they were called “service stations” and they really were full service?

“Check your oil for you?” the uniformed man would say as he was cleaning the windshield.

Sigh.

I digress. You can go here for the Wikipedia article on the 1927-1931 Ford Model A.

Because of so many other items surrounding it, I couldn’t get a good photograph of the whole truck.

If you can’t go to the LoneStar Antique Mall in Haltom City, Texas, you can go here to see a nicely restored one.

This vehicle is on my fantasy wish list.

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Vintage Teacher Valentine

Can’t tell for sure, but this one looks like late 30s or early 40s (the teacher’s hairstyle, the girls dress and the children’s hair).

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The Ettiquette of Notes and Letters, 1937

Oh, how things have changed.

Consulting my 1937 copy of The New Ettiquette by Margery Wilson, I learned that one never refers to the paper used in letter writing as “stationery”. The correct terms are “letter-paper, note-paper or writing-paper.”

Nowadays folks would just be happy to be on the receiving end – regardless of what it’s called.

(I apologize for the fuzzy quality of these scans. The book is 75 years old, fragile and slightly warped. It becomes a little clearer when clicked on and enlarged. When I find my camera, I’ll try photographing the pages and see if that improves the appearance.)

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Judy Garland Paper Dolls

When I was in elementary school at Mingo, one of the local television stations would broadcast The Wizard of Oz on Easter weekend. I don’t know what TWOO has to do with Jesus’ resurrection, but there it is.

This was way before personal movie collections, video rental, cable television or even home video recorders. If you wanted to watch something, then you’d better catch it when it was broadcast because it might take a long, long time to have a chance to see it again.

We didn’t even get to see It’s a Wonderful Life every Christmas.

But we did get to see The Wizard of Oz every Easter.

And if you were blessed enough to have a friend like Mary Jane Matthews, you got to watch it in color. (Mary Jane was a bright and lovely girl in her own right, quite aside from having a color television).

This set of Judy Garland paper dolls are from the book Glamorous Movie Stars of the Thirties Paper Dolls, by Tom Tierney, 1978.

Unfortunately, a few years ago I wrote the year of each movie under the title and it looks a bit messy.

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Londonderry Air


(Click on the images for enlargement.)

The origin of this tune is shrouded in mystery, although there are several theories (as is the case whenever historians get involved in anything). I first knew it as Danny Boy, but those lyrics are 20th century. Then in Mingo Glee Club we learned the traditional words under the title “Londonderry Air”. Apparently, it first appeared in print in 1855, after being submitted by Miss Jane Ross, who was taking down traditional Irish folk tunes and heard this one from an itinerant fiddler in the county of Londonderry.

Go here for a more complete account.

These pages are from the Treasure Chest of World-Wide Songs, published in 1936, Treasure Chest Publications, New York, New York.

Go here for the music to Killarney.

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Movies Watched, 2010

AT THE THEATER

*Secretariat
*Tangled

That’s it.

Only 2 movies seen at theaters for the whole year.

That seemed a little light (shall we say), so I checked the screenit list for 2010, and believe-it-or-no, that’s it.

We used to go 2-3 times a month.

Is Hollywood getting the message? I seriously doubt that we’re the only ones that have given up paying for garbage and insulting garbage, at that. Surely the theater owners are getting nervous. High backed rocking seats and cup holders can only go so far. And it’s not even the cost (which is getting ridiculous), it’s the movies themselves.

Then again, here are the movies we watched on video this year. We don’t have cable; in fact, we don’t even have broadcast (you can read about that here if you’re interested). Most of these we own, some were checked out from the library. In fact, this week, I was able to buy Anne of Green Gables: the Sequel , Anne of Green Gables: the Continuing Story, The Sound of Music, Cool Runnings, and Pollyanna at the thrift store (Graceful Buys) in Grapevine, Texas for $1.00. That’s right. 5 vhs tapes for $1.00.

(We do have lots of old television programs on dvd and vhs. I’ll post something about that soon.


MOVIES ON VIDEO

Adventure and/or Mystery
Cloak and Dagger, 1984
Hatari, 1962
Manchurian Candidate (Classic), 1962
Miracle at Midnight, 1998
The Net, 1995
The River Wild, 1994
The Sundowners, 1960
The Village, 2004

Human Interest
The Blind Side, 2009
Harvey also Comedy, 1950
The Kid, 2000
The Story Lady, 1991
The Trip to Bountiful, 1985

Family
Kit Kittredge, 2008
Lt. Robin Crusoe, 1966
The Rocketeer, 1991
The Wizard of Oz,1939
Yours, Mine and Ours also Comedy also Romantic Comedy, 1968

World War II

Force of Arms, 1951
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, 1957
The Stranger (Classic), 1946
Since You Went Away (Classic) also Romantic Drama, 1944
Steal a Pencil for Me (Documentary), 2007

Mystery
In the Heat of the Night, 1967
Shadow of a Doubt, 1943

Romantic Comedy/Drama
The African Queen (Classic), 1951
The Awful Truth (Classic), 1937
The Bishop’s Wife (Classic), 1947
The Cutting Edge, 1992
It Happened One Night (Classic), 1934
My Big Fat Greek Wedding, 2002
My Favorite Wife (Classic), 1940
Sabrina (Classic), 1954
While You Were Sleeping, 1995

Musicals
The Glenn Miller Story also World War II, 1954
Oliver!, 1968
Scrooge, 1970
Showboat, 1951


Comedy

A Christmas Story, 1983
Groundhog Day, 1993
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, 1963
My Summer Story, 1994
Napoleon Dynamite, 2004
Uncle Buck, 1989
What About Bob?, 1991

Drama
Citizen Kane (Classic), 1941
Tomorrow is Forever (Classic), 1946
The Whole Wide World, 1996

Westerns
Destry Rides Again, 1939
Silverado, 1985

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Vintage Pickup Trucks

1933 International Model D-1 truck

1946 Dodge truck

1950 Chevrolet pickup truck

1958 Ford Styleside truck

1968 Dodge Adventurer truck


Bucket seats, 1 383-cubic-inch V-8, and “car-type air conditioning”

1978 GMC


“Civilized in town as a car”

I apologize for the low quality of the pictures when enlarged. Even scanning them at the highest level didn’t help much.

Items from this post are from American Heritage magazine, November 1996.

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