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  1. Fletch

    See NBC's first TV show: 1936

    Part Two https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHKPSH9dskI
  2. Fletch

    See NBC's first TV show: 1936

    Something I never thought I would see has turned up on YouTube. On July 7, 1936, NBC aired their first TV program to a top-secret meeting of radio manufacturers. They set up a newsreel camera behind the on-air one to make a film - which, supposedly, was shown once to guests unable to attend...
  3. Fletch

    Color Footage of New York City, 1939

    The way it was then, nobody, but nobody, was walking around Just A Little Overweight. Food was much more expensive in real terms and the word gluttony had real meaning. It is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, after all, and in everyday life probably ranked well above pride and wrath, which were a...
  4. Fletch

    How to Antique Shiny Brass?

    Please. Leave a craftsman some secrets.
  5. Fletch

    How do you think a vintage diner would do in modern times?

    Who will immediately talk you out of doing anything that is not tried and true, on grounds that the failure rate is too high and the margins too low at the best of times. And you're not going to attract car clubs with authentic vintage anything. There's a reason those guys take 20s to 50s...
  6. Fletch

    The Non Shorpy Web All Stars.

    If that guy had walked down a street in Texas dressed like that, then or now, they'd have beaten him to death.
  7. Fletch

    Period Films and Inaccuraces

    Music is felt to "date" much more badly than clothing or even hairstyles. If you consider yourself hip and trend-conscious, old music carries a heavy odor of stale archives and stodgy personalities. It is also - importantly for our conglomerate-run media - not cross-promotable, as are the...
  8. Fletch

    Musician's hats

    Johnny Hodges, sans saxophone for once, ca. 1940s.
  9. Fletch

    B-15: your thoughts

    B-15? Hell of an airplane, but way underpowered even with the biggest engines available. lol thought you might like that crazy pic...
  10. Fletch

    What are you listening to?

    I was lucky enough to hear Max and the band in Minneapolis in April. He really has what it takes to sell this music - which is a single, compelling, unique personality. A seamless, pleasantly stereotyped character who can embody the era. Someone approachable, yet otherworldly. Because the music...
  11. Fletch

    Color Footage of New York City, 1939

    Here's the right soundtrack for that clip - same tune by the Benny Goodman 4tet. Makes me wish I'd hit New York then and not 50 years later. Ai, yi yi...nostalgia for what you never knew. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=266P1AXHl9Y
  12. Fletch

    Unusual Irvin B-3 (pics), pre ww2?

    I've seen trousers made from a jacket, but never vice versa!
  13. Fletch

    30s 2 button, Belt Back Sport Coat.

    About as simple as it can get and still be elegant - 6 pleats and a belt. Nice.
  14. Fletch

    MAKE ME WEEP, the Milan is sold!

    PM sent!
  15. Fletch

    Small Cache of Beaver Brand Hats FOUND

    Thanks Dave...brims are too wide for my face, but sure someone will get a deal.
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    sending a PM!
  17. Fletch

    Small Cache of Beaver Brand Hats FOUND

    7 5/8 here, too! LO appreciated!
  18. Fletch

    The Fedora Lounge Guide to Palm Beach Cloth

    Only if we want to reach Far East levels of authenticity, which is probably impossible anyway.
  19. Fletch

    30's~40's Work Boots

    That kind of simplicity in design is VERY expensive today. The typical boot buyer needs function, yes, but wants a high tech look that shows modern materials and construction. A design like this doesn't look functional to him, or even comfortable. So it goes!
  20. Fletch

    What are you listening to?

    Benny Goodman, 'cause it's his birthday.