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Andy Rolan, The Donkey Man

Read everything in two columns up till the break, then everything after the break.




Original article here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Mar 12, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Eccentrics, Regionalism, 1970's

How to Sing Hillbilly Style

Listen to the famous elegant phrasings of Jo Stafford in one of her typically stylish excursions. "Admired for the purity of her voice, she originally underwent classical training to become an opera singer," it says at the link.

Now listen to her do hillbilly. I guess good training allows mastery of any mode.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jan 08, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Music, Regionalism, 1940's, Parody

Hillbilly Comics





[Click on any image to enlarge]

Read them all here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Dec 05, 2013 | Comments (9)
Category: Regionalism, Stereotypes and Cliches, Comics, 1950's

Major Mudd

Major Mudd, one of the TV heroes of my youth.

Any WU-vies want to share memories of their own lesser-known regional TV icons?

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Nov 20, 2013 | Comments (11)
Category: Regionalism, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, Television, Children, 1960's, 1970's

The Guy From Harlem

As always, if the trailer (and discussion) appeal, the full movie lurks below!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 15, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Movies, Regionalism, Stereotypes and Cliches, Stupid Criminals, 1970's

Grape Nuts Flakes Promotes Fisticuffs

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Sep 19, 2013 | Comments (9)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, Regionalism, Violence, 1950's

Monsters of Iowa


Who would ever suspect that boring old Iowa was host to so many odd creatures?

Consider this winged monster from 1903, above.

Or this account, below, found along with more Iowa monsters in UNNATURAL PHENOMENA. (See book sidebar.)


Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 08, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Cryptozoology, Fictional Monsters, Regionalism, Superstition, 1900's, North America, Nineteenth Century

Irish Car:  The Shamrock



Why there is no Irish car industry today. From Wikipedia.

Shortly after production began, however, design flaws became apparent. Although the car was big and heavy, it used a relatively small Austin A55 1.5 litre engine, which limited performance. The A55 also provided the transmission and suspension. Another problem was that the rear wheels were shrouded by body panels and a rear wheel could not be removed (for puncture repair for example) without dropping its axle..... Production of up to 10,000 cars a year was talked about but as few as ten complete cars were produced during the six months before production ceased. After the factory closed, the unused parts were dumped into the local lake, Lough Muckno.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 16, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Regionalism, Success & Failure, 1950's, 1960's, Europe, Cars

Herman Slater and the Warlock Shop/Magickal Childe


Starting in 1973, Herman Slater (died 1992) became a mainstay of the New York Wiccan scene.

Here he is explaining his religion. Three more parts of the documentary available on YouTube.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed May 08, 2013 | Comments (9)
Category: Eccentrics, Regionalism, Religion, Rituals and Superstitions, 1970's
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