I'll probably add it to the 70s section some day, but who knows when those long-delayed updates will see the light of your screen. The Fifties update just bigfooted the Decades updates for a long time. I was looking for an image from a 1930s Sunday magazine feature to make a birthday card for my wife (she's 39) and knew it was in a 30s site folder. It's 15 pages; never been uploaded. It's somewhere between 1929 wallpaper and 1962 TV commercials in the 2024 schedule.
Anyway. This ad bears examination. The quality of the era - the unmistakable 1977ishness of it all - is remarkable. We used to live for these spreads, enticing us with new cartoons.
It starts with Road Runner, of course, because they had the idea that the day should start with the best cartoons, then plunge off the cliff into dreck, but without even the Coyote's moment of aerial suspension.
Another "classic" character kids did not completely object to watching:
I always thought he was supposed to be a rich guy. Not just a myopic guy, but a rich myopic guy.
Ha ha he has a blind dog now and they solve ghost mysteries
Everything had to be fit into the stupid Scooby paradigm. Plus some of that old airplane stuff and maybe the dog will laugh like Muttley because that was always good for absolutely no laughs
Hold on the fourth dimensional what?
BATMITE IS NOT CANON. Or is he? I'm sure it matters to someone. And that someone is a single male aged 37.
The Robonic Stooges is a Saturday morning animated series featuring the characters of The Three Stooges in new roles as clumsy crime-fighting cyborg superheroes. It was developed by Norman Maurer and produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions from September 10, 1977, to March 18, 1978, on CBS and contained two segments: The Robonic Stooges and Woofer & Wimper, Dog Detectives.
Oh but wait. It's all been leading up to this. It says everything about then, and everything about the bankrupt, out-of-gas now.
In 2021, it was announced The Robonic Stooges would become a comic book series.
Of course. Part of the Stooges Cinematic Universe, no doubt.
Now, this year's Above-the Fold Kul-chah Feature, or ATFKF.
The Threatened Swan, Jan Asselijn, c. 1650
At the time this was a politically potent image:
A swan fiercely defends its nest against a dog. In later centuries this scuffle was interpreted as a political allegory: the white swan was thought to symbolize the Dutch statesman Johan de Witt (assassinated in 1672) protecting the country from its enemies. This was the meaning attached to the painting when it became the very first acquisition to enter the Nationale Kunstgalerij (the forerunner of the Rijksmuseum) in 1880.
We'll have more on the Witts next week, when the allegories become . . . all-a-GORYs. Get it? GORY? Okay sorry
Four thousand, five hundred souls. Named after the town in Illinois. Town slogan: "Where the possibilities are endless."
It has a newspaper. Pure Middle America here, and you know how I feel about that.
Does one have to add that I think that's a good thing? I suppose one does. Well, let's see how the downtown looks.
That’s nice. Really!
It’s not fancy, and it’s mostly cliches, and it looks new, not historic, but it’s nice.
Either you can get gauzy paintings, or they are telling you that the quality of nets they have exceeds those of other stores:
Where Mo-Nets will go if they open a second store:
You always wonder if the original owner would approve of the colors, or ask what the hell they thought they were doing.
It’s not supposed to be tarted up like some saloon doxy!
My original text for this image is “We had two books in the children’s section titled ‘Fox in Sox," but now there’s only one” and I have no idea what I meant by that.
I really should have been pointing out the sign for the Steak Laundry.
Kidding, but now I want to visit a Steak Laundry.
Always love to see the remnants of the old chain, and too bad the name wasn’t accompanied by my old friend SKOGMO, but man, that’s been gone a long time.
The door looks as if it should have two stout people trying to enter simultaneously: