Sunday, June 28, 2009

Communist chic, singing mice, and photography

I'm going to be talking quite a bit about history, fashion, nostalgia, and political culture. Here's an interesting article on "communist chic" that combines all of these.

And for something totally different. Here's a somewhat bizarre article from the February 1937 issue of Natural History magazine on three singing mice

One more record to add to my million record want list is "Famous Photographers Tell How".

Here's the interview with "Weegie",an amazing new York crime and street photographer form the 1930's and 40's. The voice Peter Sellers used in Dr. Strangelove is based on Weegies. There is also an interview with Henri Cartier-Bresson here.

Many more posts coming soon. Thanks for reading everyone.


  1. so glad to see your blog up!

    as for the communist chic, that bottle of leninade is pretty hilarious.

    the post on lipograms was great, i've never heard of that before.

    looking forward to more :)

  2. I have a kidrobot miniature rabbit that I bought without knowing there was a hammer and sickle on it, and it became a bit of a joke among my family. Wearing communist garb is a bt unsettling though, especially as an accepted trend in Russia.
    Oh and I linked you!

  3. Thanks so much for the link:). I'm trying to picture that rabbit.

    I'm going to have a number's posts on the Cold War and popular culture - music, film , literature ,etc - and lots of historical posts in general.