Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Monday, 19 January 2009

Popeye The Sailor

This is Billy Costello singing "Blow The Man Down" from the 30's. He used to do the voice of Popeye on those great old animated catoons by the Fliescher Brothers. I have fond memeories of those being constantly shown on our old black and white TV back in the 50's and 60's. Now you can get them on DVD. I had a few on video and showed them and other vintage animations to Archie when he was growing up as an alternative to those awful cheap and nasty cartoons that were being shown on the TV in the 90's. This obviously had an effect and influenced his love of animation and the moving image.

"Popeye the Sailor is a fictional hero famous for appearing in comic strips and animated films as well as numerous TV shows. He was created by Elzie Crisler Segar, and first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929. As of January 1, 2009, Segar's character of Popeye (though not the various films, TV shows, theme music, and other media based on him) has entered the public domain in most countries.

Although Segar's Thimble Theatre strip, first published on December 19, 1919, was in its tenth year when Popeye made his debut, the sailor quickly became the main focus of the strip and Thimble Theatre became one of King Features' most popular strips during the 1930s. Thimble Theatre was carried on after Segar's death in 1938 by several writers and artists, including Segar's assistant Bud Sagendorf. The strip, now titled Popeye, continues to appear in first-run installments in Sunday papers, written and drawn by Hy Eisman. The daily strips are reprints of old Sagendorf stories.

In 1933, Max and Dave Fleischer's Fleischer Studios adapted the Thimble Theatre characters into a series of Popeye the Sailor theatrical cartoon shorts for Paramount Pictures. These cartoons proved to be among the most popular of the 1930s, and the Fleischers—and later Paramount's own Famous Studios—continued production through 1957.

Since then, Popeye has appeared in comic books, television cartoons, arcade and video games, hundreds of advertisements and peripheral products, and including a 1980 live-action film directed by Robert Altman starring comedian Robin Williams as Popeye."

Friday, 16 January 2009

Festival of Britain Poster

Poster advertising the visit of the Festival Ship Campania to Bidston Dock, Birkenhead between 5 and 14 September 1951. The poster includes information on opening times and admission charges. The poster is full colour, bears an illustration of the Campania and is branded with the Festival Star logo.


Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Hot Thumb's O'Riley

I can't remember where I found this - probably a flea market in London some years ago. Released in 1973 on the Charisma label. O'Riley (Jim Pembroke) went to Harrow School of Art and later fell in love with a Finnish au pair in Finchley and followed her back to Helsinki in 1965. He stayed and joined a band called Wigwam who make up some of the musicians on this odd recording. Complete line up includes - Ronnie Osterburg- Drums, Mats Hulden, Pekka Pohjola and Mosse Groundstroem - basses, Jukka Gustavson - organ . Jim pembroke played piano, harmonium, bass, guitar, harmonica and vocals.

Definately an oddity which you probably never knew existed! I've featured it on my Boot Sale Sounds blog a couple of times with minimal response though it has been looked at and listened to over 6,000 times so it obviously tickled a few curious ears.

Here's one side of it anyway. See what you think.

Friday, 9 January 2009


A Rather rugged, perhaps even Gaelic sounding word? Reminds me of rolling around in the heather. Not that I often get the chance to roll around with someone called Heather. And of course the word has nothing to do with Scotland or heathen, heather filled landscapes.

Great word though.

pe·num·bra (p-nmbr)

n. pl. pe·num·brae (-br) or pe·num·bras
1. A partial shadow, as in an eclipse, between regions of complete shadow and complete illumination. See Synonyms at shade.
2. The grayish outer part of a sunspot.
3. An area in which something exists to a lesser or uncertain degree:
4. An outlying surrounding region; a periphery:


Thursday, 8 January 2009

The Oxo Family

The OXO family 'lived' on my TV screen from when I was four (1958) until I was old enough to know better (1999). It was a soap opera advert that featured a wholesome family. Initially with Mary Holland as the Mum and then Linda Bellingham.

I pretty much hate modern day adverts as they are so samey and so contrived but these were enjoyable.

Here we have the 1950's version...

And here the 1980's to late '90's version...