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Bugs Bunny Eye Exam From the 1953 Warner Bros cartoon "Forward March Hare": Bugs Bunny is accidentally drafted and creates havoc during basic training, but he does do incredibly well on his army eye exam. It must have been all those carrots!
Tags: Bugs  Bunny  eye  exam   
Added: 22nd July 2015
Views: 885
Posted By: Lava1964
14-Year-old Finds Lincoln Death Photo American history buffs were startled in September 1952 when it was announced that a banned photo of Abraham Lincoln lying in his coffin was discovered by a 14-year-old boy. Robert Lincoln, the eldest son of the assassinated president, had forbade any post-mortem photography of his father. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton had zealously enforced Robert's wishes and destroyed several such photos and their negatives. Enter young Ron Rietveld of Des Moines, IA 80-plus years later. As a preteen Lincoln buff he had precociously begun corresponding with Judge James W. Bollinger, one of the country's leading collectors of Lincoln memorabilia. When Bollinger died in 1951, he left his collection to the University of Iowa. The 13-year-old Rietveld wrote to the university for permission to attend the dedication ceremony for Bollinger's collection. As a friend of Bollinger, Rietveld was granted VIP status. At the ceremony Rietveld befriended many of the great Lincoln historians of the era, including Henry Pratt. Pratt and his wife were so impressed by the teenager that they invited him to come to their Springfield, IL home to see Lincoln's tomb and visit the research library on the grounds. While there, Rietveld was given free rein to examine the archival material. Purely by chance, Rietveld began looking through papers sent by the son of Edwin Stanton. To his surprise, Rietveld found a photo (shown here) of Lincoln lying in state in an open coffin. It was taken on April 24, 1865 in New York City--meaning that Stanton had curiously kept one of the photos he was supposed to have destroyed. Rietveld recognized the scene from an artist's rendition that had appeared in Collier's magazine. Rietveld alerted Pratt to his find. Pratt suspected the photo was authentic, but he reserved judgement until it could be positively verified. Rietveld was sworn to secrecy. Not even his parents knew about his remarkable find until the story was front-page news in the Des Moines Register. As one might expect, Rietveld became a history professor himself.
Tags: Lincoln  post-mortem  photo  coffin  Ronald  Rietveld 
Added: 20th July 2015
Views: 1151
Posted By: Lava1964
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Added: 15th July 2015
Views: 820
Posted By: Cliffy
Theme From The Bridge on the River Kwai The Bridge on the River Kwai won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1957. It also re-popularized "The Colonel Bogey March"--a British military song dating back to 1914. It is one of those melodies that sticks in your mind forever. In this scene from early in the film, a new batch of British Empire troops whistle the tune as they march into captivity in a brutal Japanese labor camp.
Tags: Bridge  on  the  River  Kwai  theme 
Added: 12th July 2015
Views: 831
Posted By: Lava1964
Portable TV Tags: Portable  TV  Admiral  television  small  tv  rabbit  ears 
Added: 11th July 2015
Views: 859
Posted By: Freckles
Rocky Marciano - Last Fight On September 21, 1955 Rocky Marciano defended his world heavyweight championship versus light heavyweight champion Archie Moore. The bout took place at Yankee Stadium. Marciano retired not long afterwards with a perfect 49-0 pro record--something no other heavyweight champion managed to do. Here are highlights from the seventh, eighth, and ninth rounds. Providing the commentary is Rocky Marciano himself!
Tags: boxing  Marciano  Moore   
Added: 6th July 2015
Views: 936
Posted By: Lava1964
New York Giants Last Game - 1957 On September 29, 1957 the New York Giants--one of baseball's most storied teams--played their last ever game at the historic Polo Grounds in Manhattan. They lost 9-1 to the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates. In mid-season of that year the Giants announced they were moving to San Francisco for the 1958 season. Not long afterward the Brooklyn Dodgers announced their move to Los Angeles. Suddenly the inter-city rivalry between the Dodgers and the Giants was moving 3,000 miles westward. This is an excellent photo montage of New York Giant memories presented alongside the description of the goings-on as reported in the following day's New York Times.
Tags: baseball  New  York  Giants  last  game  Polo  Grounds 
Added: 5th July 2015
Views: 754
Posted By: Lava1964
President Truman Threatens Music Critic President Harry S. Truman had one child--daughter Margaret--who was born in 1924. She began singing locally in choirs in Missouri as a youth. By the late 1940s, when her father was president, she got more noteworthy singing gigs on the radio and in occasional concerts. On December 5, 1950 Margaret performed a program of Schumann, Schubert and Mozart pieces at Constitution Hall in Washington. The Washington Post's music critic, Paul Hume, wrote, "Miss Truman is a unique American phenomenon with a pleasant voice of little size and fair quality. She is extremely attractive on stage. Yet Miss Truman cannot sing very well. She is flat a good deal of the time--more so last night than at any time we have heard her in past years." Upon reading Hume's review, father Harry's paternal instincts kicked in and he went berserk. The president quickly penned a blistering missive to Hume that called him a "frustrated old man who wishes he could have been successful." It concluded with the president bluntly stating, "Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below." Hume was astonished by the letter and showed it to his editor who planned to print it in the next issue of the Post. However, the paper's publisher nixed the idea. Nevertheless, Hume told Milton Berliner, the music critic of the Washington News, about HST's threatening letter. The story ran in the rival newspaper and was later widely circulated well beyond the District of Columbia via the wire services.
Tags: Harry  Margaret  Truman  singer  criticism  threat 
Added: 5th July 2015
Views: 806
Posted By: Lava1964
JFK and Jackie on Home - 1957 Home was an NBC daytime program billed as the "weekday women's magazine of the air." It was hosted by Arlene Francis during its three-year run from 1954 to 1957. Created by Home magazine, it was basically a follow-up to NBC's Today show. In this clip from an April 1957 episode, Arlene interviews Senator John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie, although the focus is more on how the latter copes with being the wife of a U.S. senator. This clip shows what is supposed to be a typical morning for Jackie: walking the family dog, shopping, going to the dry cleaners, etc. At the end of the clip JFK offers some advice that rings true 58 years later.
Tags: Home  Arlene  Francis  JFK  Jackie   
Added: 30th June 2015
Views: 632
Posted By: Lava1964
Chuck Davey - Boxings First TV Creation Chuck Davey, a slick left-handed boxer from Detroit who earned two degrees from Michigan State University, was the sport's first "television creation" in the early 1950s. Davey traveled to London as a member of the 1948 U.S. Olympic boxing team as an alternate but never competed in the Games. He turned pro in the late 1940s. At a time when boxing was hugely popular and it was possible to watch live televised pro bouts six nights per week, Chuck Davey fit the bill perfectly. He was good-looking, intelligent, popular enough be be pictured twice on the cover of The Ring magazine, and talented enough to win, but he possessed feather fists so his bouts often went the distance or close to it. (This pleased the networks and their sponsors as all the scheduled commercial breaks would be attained.) Over the years the quality of Davey's opposition has been questioned--and he certainly fought his share of tomato cans--but Davey did beat capable fighters such as Ike Williams, Carmen Basilio, and Rocky Graziano in his ascension up the ladder. After compiling 37 wins and two draws in his first 39 fights, Davey earned a shot at Kid Gavilan's world welterweight crown on February 11, 1953 in Chicago. Gavilan, who entered the ring as a 14-5 betting favorite, realized quickly that Davey had no ability to hurt him, so he just methodically wore Davey down. In the third round a flurry of punches knocked Davey down for the first time in his career. Over the next few rounds Gavilan toyed with Davey, occasionally switching to a southpaw stance just for the fun of it. In the ninth round, Gavilan floored Davey three more times. The fight was stopped by Davey's corner before round 10. Davey was pretty much discredited as a title threat after the bad loss to Gavilan. At one point he lost four out of five fights. He won two bouts in 1955 and then retired with an overall pro record of 42-5-2 with 26 knockouts. In 1998, Davey was paralyzed in a swimming mishap when a large ocean wave violently slammed him onto a beach. Davey died in 2002 at age 77.
Tags: boxing  Chuck  Davey  TV 
Added: 28th June 2015
Views: 541
Posted By: Lava1964

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