The Era -- Day By Day

Discussion in 'The Golden Era' started by LizzieMaine, Sep 25, 2019.

  1. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    And in the Daily News...

    "I certainly had my clothes on when I got into the car." What is this, "College Humor" magazine?

    Daily_News_Sun__Nov_17__1940_(1).jpg Just be sure you have your clothes on when you get into the car and you'll be fine.

    Daily_News_Sun__Nov_17__1940_ (1).jpg So not only do they steal bikes, they strip them, reassemble them, and repaint them, and then resell them for $3 to $5 per unit. And there's at least five guys in the racket that have to get paid, plus a percentage to the kids who run the parking lots. THIS REALLY DOESN'T ADD UP.

    Daily_News_Sun__Nov_17__1940_ (2).jpg "Cake Eater" was derisive slang for a young man who sits around a young lady's house all day mooching cake and generally acting as a nonproductive boil on the flank of society. Sort of like -- ah -- young Beezie here.

    Daily_News_Sun__Nov_17__1940_ (3).jpg You didn't know that Thor was actually heir to the throne of the Lost City of Atlantis, and he has returned with a legion of mighty mermen in tow!

    Daily_News_Sun__Nov_17__1940_ (4).jpg Kayo advances to full membership in the Junior Troll Division.

    Daily_News_Sun__Nov_17__1940_ (5).jpg Guess Who's Coming To Dinner! And I suspect they have a bone or two to pick with old Chops too.

    Daily_News_Sun__Nov_17__1940_ (6).jpg Hey Jack -- or should I say "draft number 158...."

    Daily_News_Sun__Nov_17__1940_ (7).jpg
    Men can gold-dig too.

    Daily_News_Sun__Nov_17__1940_ (8).jpg Annnnnnnd the plot thins.
  2. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

    New York City
    But what about the future "rights" for his name? When Elvis died, his estate was worth (from memory) ~$5 million, but smart management of his "rights" by wife Priscilla has made her hundreds of millions since. Somewhere along the way, I think she sold the "rights," but for a heck of a lot more than $5 million.

    Ain'eet'one'at and prollyfraidhe'llt'rowattum. :)

    Theater is not my thing, but I'd be calling the Music Box theater right now to get tickets to see Monte Wolley in "The Man Who Came to Dinner." Love him in the movie; would be interesting to see him in the show.

    Pershing was just perfecting his Zoom-meeting outfit early.


    The panel that was edited out:

    "Umm, sir, Irwin, really?"

    "Every hero need his affable, bumbling sidekick. Think of Jimmy Olsen."

    "Irwin's no Jimmy Olsen."

    "The military is no democracy sergeant, just save the fat b*stard."

    "Yes, sir!"

    That is possibly the funniest line on Page Four ever.

    If I'm getting what went on here right, my advice is: dude, just pay all the fines and move on - unwinding that marriage will cost you a lot more in the end. Oh, you also might want to stop by a clinic and have, um, well, er, "it" checked out.

    Let's also see her ID as I'm thinking the naked woman's real name could be Joy Beaverduck, as that women can get out of her clothes faster than anyone I've ever seen.

    :) (Yup, Page Four's funniest line ever.)

    Yes, that's been bugging me from the start of this storyline. And I seriously doubt five guys (or, more so, the three who seem to do that work) can turn 22 bikes over every night in that truck. Every so often, a crooked scheme is so labor intensive for such a small payoff (or no payoff) that you wonder why these guys don't just get honest jobs.
  3. Haversack

    Haversack One Too Many

    Clipperton Island
    There are a string of bicycle chop shops up and down the West Coast operating out of homeless encampments. Small hand-held angle grinders make short work of almost all locks. Bicycle is ridden or tossed into a truck and taken to one of the open-air chop shops. It is stripped of parts and identification and reassembled for sale over the internet or at flea markets. Some are transported to other towns or cities up and down the West Coast. (College towns particularly). Old trucks or school buses completely covered in bicycles are not an uncommon sight. In San Francisco, if you find your bike has just been stolen, you can sometimes hurry to one of the encampment/chop shops and buy it back before it is disassembled. I don't know the economics of the business but it has been going on for years. Search for "bicycle shop shop" and see how widespread it is.
  4. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

    New York City
    Good stuff, thank you. I can see the economics of that labor force, scale and distribution system being profitable in a way that Tracy's can't.
  5. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    That explains what happened to my bike when I lived in Santa Barbara. I bought this second hand bike off a guy on the street for five dollars, rode it home, parked it in the alley behind my building, and walked over to Thrifty Drug to buy a lock. When I got back with the lock, the bike was gone. No telling how many times that same bike got shunted around like that.
  6. ChiTownScion

    ChiTownScion One Too Many

    The Great Pacific Northwest
    That was a term applied at my secondary school, both externally (during football and basketball games) and internally, against those whose demeanor and upbringing was a little too uppity. It was a parochial (Jesuit) preparatory school, then all boys and now coed. Bill Murray was five years ahead of me, and Chris O' Donnell was five years behind me. Back in the day, most of the teams in our league were located within the city of Chicago: we relocated to Wilmette in the early 1960's, so you can imagine the class warfare images that emerged.

    We were the "rich cake eaters" and our rivals were the "greasers." ( Kind of funny, when in some families you had kids attending both schools.. but I digress.)We'd play city schools and they'd chant, "Kill the Cake!" and we'd chant back with "Beat the Grease!" or "Cake is Sweet!" Then, in a few years we'd befriend those guys from the other side in college and laugh about it over beers. We'd all survived the parochial school tribe pathology, so in the mind of the wider world, we were all in the same category.

    Despite the Cake Eater stereotype, ours was a fairly economically diverse student body. A lot of kids who were definitely from that North Shore territory, but a lot of kids from the city and less well heeled suburban areas. There was a sense of class awareness, but being too overt about it among the rich kids was considered bad form. My dad was a journeyman carpenter and a firefighter... and I lived in a town where home values were far more modest than on the Shore. I was the only one from my town to attend there, but I actually found that to be refreshing. I had to make all new friends and it forced me to learn that skill early in life.

    It's changed a lot since then: the Chicago Catholic League joined the Illinois High School Association and a lot of the really stellar athletic teams simply disappeared: not being able to start football practice in May for the fall teams "leveled the playing field" with all of the other schools. Since going coed, tuition costs have soared, and academic standards ramped up: doubt that I would have been sent there if I were fourteen years old today.
  7. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    John L. Lewis took up the gavel as leader of the Congress of Industrial Organizations today for the last time, declaring to delegates at the third annual CIO convention in Atlantic City that he will carry out his pledge to resign as president of the labor federation in the face of President Roosevelt's re-election. "I won't be with you long," declared the shaggy-browed labor leader, "I've done my work and in a few days I'll be out of office." Lewis urged unified support for his successor, likely to be CIO Vice President Phillip Murray, and declared that "he'll need it. I ought to know." Lewis urged the CIO to continue its efforts to "raise the living standards of 52,000,000 hungry people," and to keep on its battle against the "caste political system in the Southern United States." Although stepping down as CIO head, Lewis will retain his position at the head of the United Mine Workers.

    Eight contracting firms implicated in the Brooklyn paving industry bid-rigging scandal have been fined $1500 each by Supreme Court Justice John MacCrate after pleading guilty to rigging $3,000,000 worth of public paving contracts let out between 1936 and 1940. Indictments against officials of the eight companies were dismissed after those individuals gave "full and free" testimony as to their personal roles in the conspiracy to the Amen Grand Jury. Sentence was suspended against three other firms which have been dissolved or have gone into liquidation since the indictments were issued. Assistant Attorney General John H. Amen noted that the fines conclude merely the first stage of his investigation into contract-rigging in the borough, and there is still the matter of bribery of public officials by paving contractors to be addressed. Mr. Amen states that he anticipates further developments within two weeks.

    The investigation of Brooklyn's hot-fur racket took a fresh turn today when Supreme Court Justice MacCabe ordered an open examination in court on Friday to determine whether Isidore "I Paid Plenty" Juffe had any connection to the swindling of Manhattan furrier Irving Braverman, and whether Juffe was himself present in the room at the Hotel Granada where, in June of 1938, racketeers persuaded Braverman to hand over $5000 in cash for furs that turned out to be stolen. Braverman paid the money but then refused to accept the furs when he became suspicious that they were hot. Juffe's presence in the room was mentioned by Abe Zager, convicted last June of being the main operator in the Braverman swindle. Zager had earlier testified that Juffe had bailed him out on the original charge and that he had subsequently tried to persuade Juffe and another accomplice to give Braverman his money back. The furrier subsequently was given back $2000 of the original $5000.


    City Councilman Joseph Sharkey, leading the opposition to a new sewage treatment plant in Bay Ridge, will continue his efforts to promote a council bill to ban the construction of such facilities within 1500 feet of a residential area. Sharkey and fellow councilman Anthony Digiovanna introduced the measure last month, and it requires the endorsement of the Board of Estimate and the Mayor, in addition to that of the City Council, to become law.

    (Flocks of wild turkeys roam the backyards of Jackson Heights.)

    The_Brooklyn_Daily_Eagle_Mon__Nov_18__1940_(1).jpg (Eddie gets points for offering his special on both "Franksgiving" and "Old Thanksgiving" days, and Wong's Garden repeats its value-priced offer from last year.)

    The_Brooklyn_Daily_Eagle_Mon__Nov_18__1940_(2).jpg (Or you can just do it yourself.)

    The_Brooklyn_Daily_Eagle_Mon__Nov_18__1940_(3).jpg (All the way from the Northwest? How long they been sittin' in a freight car?)

    (Making jokes like this, Mr. Lichty better check carefully before starting his car.)

    Ace Parker put on a one-man show at Ebbets Field yesterday, leading the Football Dodgers to a 29-14 win over the Cleveland Rams, and tightening the Grid Flock's hold on second place in the National Football League's Eastern Division. Parker got the Dodgers on the board early on with a dazzling 68-yard touchdown run after intercepting a Cleveland pass, ran 19 yards to set up a Ralph Kercheval field goal, and ran 38 yards after another interception to set up the final touchdown of the afternoon. He also figured in all the other Brooklyn scoring plays, and even kicked two extra points. Ace will be honored with an official "Ace Parker Day" next Sunday, but he evidently didn't want to wait.

    Although Washington clinched the division title by beating the Chicago Bears, the Dodgers are now comfortably ahead of the Giants in the race for second place, which, if they win it, will dish them out a bigger portion of the playoff money and also earn them a spot as the professional opposition in the Eastern College All Star Game next year.

    Jimmy Wilson has signed a two-year contract to manage the Chicago Cubs, just days after telling reporters he was happy in Cincinnati and had no plans to move on. A salary figure has not been announced, but Wilson says it will be "very satisfactory." There is no word on whether Wilson, whose dramatic reactivation as a player last fall played a key role in the Reds' World Series victory, will be placed on the Cubs' active list or whether he will be solely a bench manager.

    The Detroit Red Wings suppressed the Americans at Madison Square Garden last night by a score of 2-0. Tomorrow will see the first big night on the local hockey scene as the Americans and the Rangers clash for their first meeting of the season at the Garden.

    Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" will close at the Capitol Theatre after its sixth and final week this week, having played there to slightly less than a million spectators over its run. The film will continue at the Astor. There is no word when, or if, the picture will play Brooklyn.

    WOR special features reporter Dave Driscoll will give you an inside look at life in today's Army in a series of special broadcasts on Wednesday. Driscoll is spending several days at Fort Dix as an honorary recruit, going thru the whole process faced by any rookie, and will give a full report on what new selectees can expect when called up for service. Driscoll will give eight reports, beginning at 5:45 AM and continuing at intervals thruout the day, describing every aspect of the recruit's daily routine from reveilee to Taps.

    The_Brooklyn_Daily_Eagle_Mon__Nov_18__1940_(5).jpg (And let it be noted that Sparky's pulling this stunt nearly two full years before Jerry Siegel has Clark Kent pull a variation of it.)

    ("Don't talk to ME about elephants!")

    The_Brooklyn_Daily_Eagle_Mon__Nov_18__1940_(7).jpg (Louie Bonetti??)

    The_Brooklyn_Daily_Eagle_Mon__Nov_18__1940_(8).jpg (All righty then.)
  8. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    And in the Daily News...

    Daily_News_Mon__Nov_18__1940_.jpg FIND THAT DOG!!!

    You've got an important role in a hit show, and they only pay you enough to eat at Childs? Broadway ain't what it used to be.

    "Rebuilt from original U. S. Navy blouses!" = "We just found this old warehouse full of gob shirts left over from the last war, and figured we could turn a quick buck on them by taking off the flap and stitching on a collar. Some might smell funny, but whattaya want for two bucks?"

    Daily_News_Mon__Nov_18__1940_(2).jpg OK, so "Peter La Plata" is a nationally famous bandleader, along the lines of, shall we say, Artie Shaw. Can you imagine Artie Shaw dropping everything to effectively kidnap his own son? Well, OK, can you imagine Benny Goodman doing that?

    Daily_News_Mon__Nov_18__1940_(3).jpg Tracy is a pretty lousy dad, isn't he?

    Daily_News_Mon__Nov_18__1940_(4).jpg Wheels within wheels.

    Daily_News_Mon__Nov_18__1940_(5).jpg Ah, ah, ah, Gus -- you messed up the gag here. Andy should be refusing Bim's money in the last panel, not the first. The other two panels are things he would ordinarily say -- and probably *has* said, at one time or another, which makes a natural buildup to the payoff of saying something he wouldn't. But the way you've got it here totally botches the whole thing. Go back and try again please.

    Daily_News_Mon__Nov_18__1940_(6).jpg Skeez makes a desperate move to avoid temptation.

    Daily_News_Mon__Nov_18__1940_(7).jpg Psst -- if there's no way you can win, it isn't "gambling," is it?

    Daily_News_Mon__Nov_18__1940_(8).jpg "Good, now how about you start by paying off that tab you owed when you skipped town?"
  9. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

    New York City
    Small fines, but maybe they'll hammer these guys hard on the bribery charges. Also, let's see what Amen does with the corrupt "public servants" who accepted the bribes that cheated the public, i.e., every single honest taxpayer.

    "persuaded." :)

    He is the only superhero I know of that willingly tells everyone that he is a superhero and how he got his super powers. It's very odd. I could see it being a problem from a storytelling perspective as it takes away a lot of the normal tension and mystery around his character.

    Even better, "Dale" bought the rights from Gray and is going to bring Nick Gatt in to straighten it all out. Nick will have this mess cleaned up in less than a day.

    [Editor's note: Nick Gatt has been shopping himself around to all the comic strips since Gray killed him off. "Mary Worth" won the rights at a spirited auction that went well over the reserve price (Nick doesn't miss a trick).]

    Marsh is in heaven. (Panel 4) Cue The Ride of the Valkyries music again.

    That's not a tear, a cinder blew in my eye. Now, find little Poochie.

    Chopstick Joe didn't get to be Chopstick Joe without being able to think on his feet.

    A good editor, like Lizzie, would have caught that. Behind almost every great writer is a great editor.

    Excellent book on a great editor:
    Perkins was Hemingway's, Fitzgerald's and Wolfe's editor amongst many other famous writers.

    In the movie version:

    Norma Shearer as Ms. Snipe after her and Skeezix's aquarium visit when they went back to her place after she said, "come on up, we'll only be a minute, I just want to pick something up -" uh-huh.):
  10. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Ahhhh, Nick. We hardly knew ye. Seems like he's been gone forever, and yet it seems like only yesterday.

    The News doesn't often go in for schmaltz, but when it does, it does it right. There better be a heartwarming update on the story of Lenora and Poochie tomorrow or I'll have lost all faith in "rough city with a heart of gold" New York.
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  11. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Germany's largest ocean liner has been hit by RAF bombs, and production at the Krupp industrial works in Essen has been cut in half by British air raids, according to reports released today by the British Air Ministry. The reports state that the liner Europa was struck amidships by bombs while moored at Bremen, and that Krupp production in Western Germany has been severely compromised by direct hits on three parts of the Essen factory complex, and by damage inflicted upon railway junction by steady British raids.

    President Roosevelt is calling on the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations to resolve their differences and work toward labor unity in the face of increasing demands on industry in the National Defense sector. The President made his statement in a message read to the convention of the AF of L in New Orleans by Federation president William Green. In that statement President Roosevelt acknowledged that resolving the differences between the two bodies may be difficult, but "when men of honor and good intention sit down together they can work out a solution which will restore the much-needed harmony either by unity or by a sensible working arrangement."

    Meanwhile, the vice president of the CIO announced today that he is not interested in and will not be a candidate for the job of replacing John L. Lewis at the organization's head. Philip Murray, Pittsburgh labor leader who has been Mr. Lewis's second-in-command at the CIO, announced at the organization's annual convention in Atlantic City that "he does not have aspirations" to replace Mr. Lewis, and that the decision is his alone. The two officials were in conflict during the recent Presidential election, when Mr. Murray criticized Mr. Lewis for breaking with President Roosevelt to endorse Republican challenger Wendell Willkie. Mr. Murray, who has worked with Mr. Lewis for thirty years, emphasized that his personal fondness for the CIO chief has not been compromised by the political conflict.

    Rep. Martin Dies, chairman of the House Un-American Activities Committee today stated that agents of that committee have been dispatched to four cities to raid the headquarters of organizations he described as "German and Communist." Half of those agents have been sent to Detroit, with the remainder divided among three unidentified cities. HUAC agents yesterday raided the headquarters of German and Italian organizations in New York, Chicago, and "other cities," and that documents were seized from "German and Communist" groups in Chicago.

    Brownsville boxer Al "Bummy" Davis has been formally banned from the prize ring by the New York State Athletic Commision. Davis's boxing license was revoked today for repeated fouling of Welterweight Champion Fritzie Zivic of Pittsburgh in a bout at Madison Square Garden last week, and he has been fined $2500 for the violations. The action spells the effective end of Davis's often-troubled boxing career.

    A new rumor concerning the sale of the Dodgers has substance, according to attorneys for the reputed principals, headed by actors George Jessel and George M. Cohan. Attorneys for the Manhattan firm of Goldenbock & Brand indicate that a tangible offer "in seven figures" may soon be made, pending a decision by Sterling Drug Company magnate Lester Amster on whether to join the syndicate, accompanied by a substantial cash deposit to be paid to the Brooklyn Trust Company, representing the interests of the Charles H. Ebbets estate. But Dodger President Larry MacPhail stated for the record that "there has been no discussion recently by anyone" connected with the club for a sale of the franchise, and Brooklyn Trust Company vice president George A. Barnewall added that he "does not know the law firm of Goldenbock & Brand," and that "there is nothing to the story." That firm, however, pointed to the recent assessment of the ball club's real estate in Brooklyn at $1,470,000 and indicated that "our probable offer can therefore be surmised by these figures." In addition to that real estate -- Ebbets Field, the plot of land beneath it, and nearby parking lots -- the assets of the club include player contracts, interests in minor league clubs in the United States and Canada, and goodwill. Half of the club is controlled by Brooklyn Trust on behalf of the Ebbets estate, and the remaining half is divided equally between the heirs of the late Stephen and Edward McKeever. It is not clear if the Jessel-Cohan syndicate contemplates the purchase of any of the McKeever shares.

    (The Margaret gets points for Mrs. Pilgrim there, who is about to take away the gun and show hubby how it's done.)

    Brownie the Dog has been freed from Death Row at the ASPCA shelter at 233 Butler Street, pending an appeal of his sentence. Brownie, owned by Mrs. Ruth Facelli of 417 40th Street, was convicted by the Board of Health of biting three people, which offense draws an automatic death sentence, but Mrs. Facelli is appealing the ruling on the grounds that under the law, a dog may be sentenced to die only if that dog is rabid. Money contributed on Brownie's behalf by friends and supporters has raised the necessary $200 bail to release Brownie, who is being cared for in a "secret hideaway" under the supervision of Kings County Sheriff James V. Magnano pending the appeal to City Court.

    An Astoria man pleaded guilty today to charges of bigamy, admitting that he was married both to his wife and his stepdaughter. 44-year-old electrician Herman R. Darling of 27-28 12th Street admitted that he married Mrs. Anna Brown in 1928, and then also married her 19-year-old daughter Anna Brown Jr. last June. Darling has been remanded to jail for further examination.

    (There's such a thing as taking it too far.)

    (Yeah, but what if I want a breast of Guinea Hen Madiera?)

    (And some, of course, are above it all.)

    Reader Charles Hooper writes in to suggest America, to remain America, must at once ban the speaking of foreign languages and publication of foreign-language newspapers. (Mr. Hooper writes from San Francisco, and if he is contemplating a return to Brooklyn any time soon with such an attitude, he might want to avoid certain neighborhoods.)

    (The word "nerd" is still a decade away, but nerd jokes are already a thing in 1940.)

    The Americans and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Rangers go to it tonight at Madison Square Garden in the first big hockey night of the season, with bad blood between the two local clubs remaining from last year, when a battle between Hooley Smith of the Amerks and Phil Watson of the Rangers left them scraping actual blood off the ice.

    The Dodgers have sold pitcher Tot Presnell to the Cardinals in a straight cash transaction. Presnell had been with the Flock since 1938, and was used mostly in a relief role before being optioned to Louisville last August. No sale price has been disclosed.

    Jimmy Wilson is expected to be "an ideal leader" for the Chicago Cubs. Wilson was handed his unconditional release by the Reds yesterday, clearing the way for the forty-year-old former backstop to sign a two year deal to manage the Wrigleymen. Wilson is a well-liked man around the National League, and his dramatic return to the active roster for the Reds last season stands as an example of an outstanding work ethic for his players.

    Former heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey will preside as master of ceremonies on Sunday at Ebbets Field as the Football Dodgers celebrate Ace Parker Day. The three-year Grid Flock veteran, who has done much to contribute to the club's fine performance this season, will be presented with "a suitable gift" purchased with donations by fans and civic leaders.

    With the abolition of ASCAP-licensed music from network radio a near certainty by the end of this year, singer Lanny Ross will experiment with a program of non-ASCAP melodies during his WABC program tonight. All selections will either come from the public domain, or be licensed thru Broadcast Music, Inc, controlled by the National Association of Broadcasters. One oddity brought about by the situation is Lanny's longtime theme song, "Moonlight and Roses." The melody itself is public domain, but the lyrics are controlled by ASCAP.

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Tue__Nov_19__1940_.jpg (Well, that's an interesting twist.)

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Tue__Nov_19__1940_(1).jpg (And speaking of x-ray vision, Jo can spot a phony with her eyes closed.)

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Tue__Nov_19__1940_(2).jpg ("Tell me everything! I've been BORED SICK!")

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Tue__Nov_19__1940_(3).jpg (I know Bro. Marsh loves to draw planes and stuff, but really, doesn't it take a bit more of a drop for parachutes to open all the way??)
  12. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    And in the Daily News...

    Daily_News_Tue__Nov_19__1940_.jpg I remember when Mr. Knight's capers were regular Page 4 stuff, but I think this is the first picture we've seen of the actual deed. And frankly, given what some of these other Social Register monkeys get up to, he's positively staid.

    Daily_News_Tue__Nov_19__1940_(1).jpg About five years ago, one of my neighbors committed a similar bit of marital arson and burned their house to the ground. They divorced, reunited, and built a new house on the same lot, but have for some reason, not yet moved in. I can therefore deeply sympathize with the Mamelburgs' neighbors.

    Well, read the Mirror then. Sheeh.

    Daily_News_Tue__Nov_19__1940_(3).jpg Ahhhh. In a picture with, oh, let's say Myrna?

    Daily_News_Tue__Nov_19__1940_(4).jpg "Many surnames historically associated with banshees have the Mc/Mac prefix." Which explains a lot about my family.

    Daily_News_Tue__Nov_19__1940_(5).jpg Whatever it is, Dude has HAD ENOUGH OF IT.

    Or you could, you know, just go down to Davega and buy an actual bicycle tool box.

    Daily_News_Tue__Nov_19__1940_(7).jpg Nobody likes you, Wilmer.

    Daily_News_Tue__Nov_19__1940_(8).jpg FIFTH COLUMNISTS!!!

    Quite a few kids lied about their age to join the service during WWII, and with Kayo's size he'd be perfect for submarine duty.

  13. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

    New York City
    She looks like Raven Sherman's great-great-great-great-great grandmother and looks as if she has as much patience for silly men as Raven does.

    "Yes, you, young man, over there in the corner with your hand raised, do you have something to say."

    "Yes, I don't think any reservations should be made until we clarify if dessert is included, 'with all the trimmings' is too vague."

    "Point taken, we will check."

    "Thank you."

    That's good interim news, now we'll have to see if the Daily News has an update on Poochie.

    Wait, what!?

    Fair point, but with a glass of wine and dessert clearly included, Pierrepont seems to be offering some value in the higher-end category.


    Lizzie, you're channeling your inner Rick:

    Leona: "Mary, John's an idiot; I want to divorce him and marry Nick Gatt - have our editors finalized the contracts, is Nick part of "Mary Worth" yet? He's a real man with a brain and a moral "code" closer to mine."

    Mary: "One crisis at a time please."

    It's Opera, technical accuracy has to suffer for the art of it. Or something like that.

    Leona was out when she started working at the Club Buccaneer ("not what our kind does, you know"), but rallied back in as wife of the governor ("it pays to have a chit with the governor"), but will be out again if she divorces him and marries Nick ("not our sort at all, but he was good to know during prohibition, of course").


    "Not to be trifled with -" a phrase which is disappearing.

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  14. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Six hundred and sixty young Brooklyn men will be inducted into the Army on Monday, among a total of 1917 men from across the city as the first draftees to be taken under the conscription law. The first non-volunteer actually to be drafted in the borough is Joseph Charles Triolo, Jr. of 212 Bleecker Street in Bushwick, manager of a pool room, who reacted solemnly upon receive his notice to report for induction. Colonel Arthur V. McDermott, director of Selective Service in the city, was advised by Washington that local boards will have until December 12th to make up their full quota of men for the first draft call, and they will be required to provide substitutes for those men rejected in the first call.

    Colonel McDermott issued advice to selectees on what to bring when they report to Selective Service Headquarters in Manhattan for their induction. No selectee should bring more than $5 in cash, and personal effects carried in a single suitcase should include only pajamas, a sweater or windbreaker, a fountain pen, a pocket knife, a sewing kit, a shaving kit, postage stamps, and a few personal snapshots. A pair of well-fitting tan shoes may also be carried "for personal comfort."

    Hungary has officially joined the Axis, signing a military and political agreement with Germany, Italy, and Japan binding that country to join the war against any nation which may in the future declare war on the alliance. By that agreement, Germany gains a Nazi military avenue 250 miles further into the Balkans toward Greece, Turkey, Baghdad, and Suez. Nazi foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop declared that additional nations will join the Axis Powers in the near future.

    A substantial barrier against the proposed Bay Ridge sewage treatment plant project has been established, with the City Council approving the Sharkey-Digiovanna Bill prohibiting the construction of such facilities within 1500 feet of a residential neighborhood. If the bill is enacted into law, it will not only stop the Bay Ridge project, but additional sewage treatmant plans proposed for Coney Island, Jamacia, Newtown Creek, Port Richmond, and Rockaway.

    Fire swept thru the Eastman Kodak Building at the World's Fair this morning, touched off by a workman's acetylene torch. Demolition crews were in the process of removing air-conditioning equipment from the exhibit building when a cutter melting lead pipe joints ignited the surrounding wall. Flames quickly enveloped the steel-framed structure, with its composition walls and roof rapidly consumed by the blaze. A total of eleven engine companies turned out for the three-alarm emergency. Only one of the twenty workers inside the building when the fire broke out was injured, suffering minor burns.

    A 49-year-old millionaire contractor pleaded guilty today to violating the state's Workmen's Compensation Law and defrauding a state surety fund out of $65,000. Vito Picone of 669 Eastern Parkway entered his plea before Supreme Court Justice John MacCrate, admitting that he falsified records at his Mill Basin Asphalt Company and Luang Construction Company by concealing a large portion of his company payroll by hiding that expense under other lines in his account books, thus cheating the Workmen's Compensation fund out of payments to which it is by law entitled. Picone is one of eleven contractors indicted by the Amen Grand Jury for mulcting the city out of $500,000 by rigging bids on paving contracts while maintaining a $250,000 fund for bribery of public officials.

    The Brooklyn Eagle will be published tomorrow afternoon, Thanksgiving Day. Be sure to get the Eagle for full reports on classic football games, and when you go out for that afternoon ride, BE SURE TO DRIVE CAREFULLY.

    (And unless Childs pulls a surprise coup, I think we have a winner. Congratulations to H&H for its second consecutive victory!)

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Wed__Nov_20__1940_(1).jpg (Interesting that of all the extraordinary and extravagant features of the parade, there are only two licensed characters: Superman I would have expected, given that 1940 was the "Year of Superman" so far as licensed merchandise is concerned, but I would not have tagged Babar as number two. And Disney is completely absent. Go figure. And let's hear it for Eddie Cantor, who will do any public appearance, any time, anywhere. Why hasn't he turned up yet in a Childs ad?)

    (And let's also hear it for our friends at Loews, Incorporated -- it takes a lot of chutzpah to actually feature a little icon of a turkey in a movie ad.)

    (Aaaaaand Childs falls on the 45-yard line. Wong's Garden keeps its second-place position, since the Junior Dinner for Children doesn't count.)

    (You don't often see a man in the real world with a physique like the General, but when you do, his name is usually "Babe Ruth.")

    A temporary reinforcement will protect students at Erasmus Hall High School, with a section of the 153-year-old building's having been shored up to prevent its collapse. The scaffolding was constructed after the Budget Committee pigeonholed plans to renovate the Flatbush school building, constructed in 1787, with the total cost of removing and replacing rotted support beams estimated at $60,000. A new wing at Erasmus was recently opened at a cost of $1,080,000 reducing the strain on the original portion of the structure, and members of the Board of Education's construction committee stressed the temporary nature of the reinforcements, emphasizing that a permanent repair will eventually be made under plans calling for the construction of an enclosed "college campus" style of complex, with the original building preserved as part of the new structure.

    Hockey's most violent rivalry resumed at Madison Square Garden last night in a rough-and-ready 3-2 victory by the Rangers over the Americans. The Amerks continued their merciless campaign of body checking, sending two Rangers across the street to Polytechnic Hospital, and sidelining several others with cuts requiring stitches, bruises, limps, etc. The Rangers are 2-0 on the young season, the A's 1-2.

    Ace Parker's family will be on hand on Sunday as the Football Dodgers close out their home season at Ebbets Field against the Chicago Cardinals on "Ace Parker Day." Coach Jock Sutherland yesterday praised Parker as "the best player in the National Football League, which makes him the best player anywhere."

    The big game in schoolboy football on Thanksgiving Day will feature St. Johns versus Brooklyn Prep, at Boys' High Field, in the 23rd game of their traditional Turkey Day matchup. It's the first of a doubleheader at Boys High Field, with Jefferson versus Tilden scheduled to follow.


    Draftees going into the Army this month might be lucky enough to receive the redesigned uniform now being issued to new recruits in camps where the old suits are no longer in stock. The swank new uniform does away with the most unpopular features of the old World War-era outfit, notably the hard, high choke-collar, the laced breeches, and the spiral-wound puttees. The new outfit features a coat with a civilian-style spread collar, regular cuffless trousers, and simple canvas leggings.

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Wed__Nov_20__1940_(5).jpg (From ballplayer to military superspy? I wonder if Sparky knows Moe Berg?)

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Wed__Nov_20__1940_(6).jpg (Milkmen have a hard life.)

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Wed__Nov_20__1940_(7).jpg (Nice to see that John is still too cocky for his own good.)

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Wed__Nov_20__1940_(8).jpg (Not to contradict an officer in one of those snazzy new uniforms, but I think when it comes to blowing up tanks, Molotov cocktails are really the way to go.)
  15. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    And in the Daily News...

    Daily_News_Wed__Nov_20__1940_.jpg POOOOOOOOOOCHIE!!!!!!! In a world where there is precious damn little to be happy about, I actually yelled out loud and punched the air when I saw this story today. If I could slip a letter of praise to the News thru the time-space continuum for taking up this story I would do so.

    And as for Don Wilson and his new bride, well, if Peggy is susceptible to hypnotism she should be careful, especially if she notices she's suddenly eating a lot more Jell-O.

    Oh, and imagine your only contribution to recorded human history being your name under the headline "Sweetie Weds Nazi." That's gotta hurt.

    Daily_News_Wed__Nov_20__1940_(1).jpg Ellery Queen a few years back wrote a mystery novel about a murder involving rodeo cowboys in New York, but it was much less botchy than this one.

    Mr. Jemail is very self-conscious when he goes shoe-shopping, and was hoping to find some reassurance that he is not being judged. But alas...

    Daily_News_Wed__Nov_20__1940_(2).jpg Chops is no Cap'n Blaze, that's for sure.

    Daily_News_Wed__Nov_20__1940_(5).jpg Look, Peg, I know you think the world of Annie, but trust me -- she is not someone you want giving you advice about your hair.

    Daily_News_Wed__Nov_20__1940_(6).jpg "So you want a thermos, then. You want a glass blower for that."

    Daily_News_Wed__Nov_20__1940_(7).jpg Blonde? Liar, your hair is dull reddish-brown.

    Daily_News_Wed__Nov_20__1940_(8).jpg This whole setup is the ultimate practical joke, as Min digs in for the long game.

    Daily_News_Wed__Nov_20__1940_(9).jpg "These aren't my only tats, Doc. I have others. Wanna see?"

    Daily_News_Wed__Nov_20__1940_(10).jpg To be fair, though, Harold has never displayed any aptitude for engineering. He had a job as a reporter when he was in high school, he has six months experience as a butcher's apprentice, he's been a chauffeur, and he did whatever he did for Crazy Author Guy, and that's it. Not a whole lot of resume to work from here.
  16. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

    New York City
    In a couple of years, we'll be learning that the Normandie was destroyed by a fire that started the same way as this one. There were plenty of theories about sabotage, etc., but the view - at least today - is that a welder's torch was the cause.

    I doubt the cute little turkey was approved by The Samuel Goldwyn Company. No way the studio would be happy about that.

    Good on H&H. If it was a flush year and the number of attendees was low, I could be tempted to splurge at the Pierrepont, but would probably feel like I'm cheating on H&H.

    Too many doors have opened too easily for pretty boy. I'd feel so much better if she had gone to Nick.

    Poochie - Yesssss! Laundryman - kudos. And NYC reaffirms its status as a "rough city with a heart of gold."

    Talk about switching to the wrong team; wonder how the end of the war went for Ms. Rambeau?

    Won't Raven be pleased at how nicely Dude's hair is growing in.

    Annie: "Seriously Lizzie, we're about to lose Billy to this jerk and you're making hair jokes. Oh, and I think my curls are quite nice, so there."

    I agree. In theory, starting at the bottom is right where Harold should be, but this feels insincere. For whatever reason, despite it being his business, Mr. Pipdyke is not respected at all here as Harold will soon learn.
  17. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    A British air marshal has been taken prisoner by Italy, following the forced landing of a Wellington bomber in Sicily. Vice Air Marshal Owen Tudor Boyd and six members of the airplane's crew were captured after Italian chaser planes overtook the bomber and forced it to the ground. Marshal Boyd had just been appointed chief of all British Air Forces in the Near East, and was en route to Egypt to take over his command there when his plane was intercepted.

    ("Getcha feet outat'stove," says Sally. "T'boid's goin' in!")

    Thirty-two of the forty-eight states observe Thanksgiving Day today, as in feasting and in prayer citizens express gratitude for peace and safety from the bitter lot of war. The sixteen remaining states will observe the holiday on the traditional last-Thursday of November date, as again this year President Roosevelt advanced his official proclamation of the holiday by a week in order to lengthen the Christmas shopping season -- a season which will find Americans enjoying their highest national income since 1929, and a promise of higher payrolls, thanks to National Defense, in 1941.

    District Attorney William O'Dwyer is planning an expanded campaign to drive racketeers out of Brooklyn labor unions, following the successful prosecution of Joseph Feld, former attorney for Local 138 of the Teamsters' Union, on an extortion charge. Feld was convicted yesterday of extorting $7500 from Joseph Michaels, Jr., president of the J. Michaels furniture store chain, for calling off a strike in September of 1939. Feld was remanded to the Raymond Street Jail pending sentence. Five other officials of the local are expected to stand trial in connection with the same incident.

    Rumania is expected to be the next nation to formally join the Axis, with Rumanian dictator Gen. Ion Antonescu reported to be on his way to Berlin to confer with Nazi leadership. German troops are already on Rumanian soil. It is anticipated that Slovakia, remnant of now-dissolved Czechoslovakia, will also soon be absorbed into the Axis.

    The first draftees from Brooklyn enjoyed Thanksgiving at home today, as they prepare for their departure for a year of military service next week. A special Long Island Rail Road train will leave the Flatbush Avenue station at 3:15 PM on Monday carrying the selectees directly to Camp Upton, along a spur track from Yaphank first constructed to carry draftees during the World War and recently put back into use for the first time in over twenty years. The train will make one stop, at 3:35 pm at the Union Street station in Jamacia, to pick up Queens draftees.

    A twenty-year-old bank teller from Long Island City pleaded guilty yesterday in Brooklyn Federal Court to stealing $2500 from the Boulevard Bank of Forest Hills. John M. Vodinelick told the court that he committed the theft in order to make up shortages in his accounts. The young teller had already made good on three previous shortages, and was warned that a fourth shortage would mean his dismissal. He told the court that he decided to turn himself in after confessing the theft to his priest, who advised him to make a clean breast of the matter. Vodinelick insisted that the three previous shortages in his accounts were not the result of theft on his part, noting that he and three other tellers work in open cages, and those other tellers also had access to his drawer. Vodinelick was released on $600 bail pending sentence next week.

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Thu__Nov_21__1940_ (1).jpg
    (The RKO Dyker is right in Joe and Sally's neighborhood, so that's their likeliest choice for post-turkey entertainment. They could go up to Flatbush and see "City of Conquest" at the Patio, but they might run into Sally's mother there, and after that crack Joe made at her birthday party about "how's t'ings in Pigtown?" it might be an unpleasant encounter.)

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Thu__Nov_21__1940_ (2).jpg
    (On the other hand, though, Sally's ma might go see Georgie Jessel, a man who knows how to be good to his mother. She's not so sure about Lois Andrews though, that child bride of his, "wha'bizness izzaman fo'tyyeahs ol' got witta sixteenyear'ol goil? Disgraceful, asswhattitiz!")

    Brooklyn's debutante class of 1940 was introduced to society last night at the 17th annual Debuante Ball at the Brooklyn Heights Casino. A total of twenty-four vivacious yet dignified young women made their social debuts, inaugurating what is expected to be a very busy winter social season.

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Thu__Nov_21__1940_ (3).jpg
    (Miss Lloyd Pierce is very glad to get her picture in the paper, as it will hopefully put to rest those annoying letters she keeps getting from Selective Service.)

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Thu__Nov_21__1940_ (4).jpg
    (Make way for the "Doughnut Dollies.")

    Reader Frances Lipp writes in to complain about the police ordering her fifteen-year-old son to get rid of his pet pigeons. She doesn't like the pigeons either, but her boy takes good care of them, keeps their cages clean, and these cops ought to be ashamed of themselves for interfering with an activity that keeps her son out in the fresh air, especially when the day will probably come when her boy and many others will be put into uniforms and sent off to fight. "Such petty neighborhood dictatorship" isn't very American.

    "Biddy Briggs" writes again to Helen Worth, this time to complain about police harassing her fifteen-year-old son and his pigeons, and Helen agrees, urging the police -- and the neighbors whose complaints put them on Biddy's boy -- to live and let live. (Helen does not, however, point out that Biddy, in her loquaciousness, has tipped her real identity, and that she can expect now to receive all kinds of harassment from anti-pigeon busybodies.)

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Thu__Nov_21__1940_ (9).jpg
    ("Kay Paulson, huh?" laughs Joe. "It wa'n't 'Paulson' when she'uzlivin' ovat'at delicatessen on Eighty-foist!")

    That sale of pitcher Tot Presnell to the Cardinals earlier this week might have drawn little notice, but it is likely the harbinger of a further, bigger deal between the Dodgers and the Redbirds. Larry MacPhail is said to be working on a trade that will bring catcher Mickey Owen to Brooklyn in exchange for catcher Babe Phelps and pitcher Luke Hamlin, a deal which if it happens will give the Flock a really first-rate backstop for 1941. The Red Headed One is also reported to be shopping Johnny Hudson and Joe Vosmik to the Cubs in an attempt to get slugging outfielder Hank Leiber, who would fit in nicely in the Ebbets Field greensward next season.

    There are also changes in the works for the Dodger coaching staff, with only Charley Dressen -- Leo's first lieutenant -- guaranteed to retain his position next year. It has been announced that Fred Fitzsimmons will be signed to a players' contract only for 1941, with Durocher planning to use Fat Freddie as a regular reliever next season, a routine which would make continuation of his coaching duties difficult, and it has also been confirmed that Van Mungo will not be retained as a coach. The former fireballer, who underwent surgery at Johns Hopkins earlier this year, will be given a chance to reclaim a spot on the pitching staff during spring training. The remaining 1940 coach, Ben Tincup, will leave Brooklyn for a job managing in the Dodger minor league system. Possible candidates for spots on Durocher's 1941 staff include recently-dismissed former Cubs manager Gabby Hartnett, and one of Hartnett's former coaches with Chicago, Red Corriden. Hartnett would be a good choice, Dodger insiders say, because he could be kept in reserve as a third-string catcher and pinch hitter along with coaching duties.

    Staffers at WOR were concerned this week when they received a telegram signed by an Army captain, asking them to contact "colored tap dancer Bill Robinson" and tell him to report to Tacoma, Washington at once on a matter of "national importance." A reply was sent to the captain by the WOR Artists' Bureau demanding more information, and the response refused, claiming the matter was "a military secret." Further investigation thru military authorities determined that the sender was an inmate in a Tacoma mental institution.

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Thu__Nov_21__1940_ (5).jpg
    (Private Lloyd Pierce will be sore you were messing in her locker.)

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Thu__Nov_21__1940_ (6).jpg ("Don't argue, George, I need to be sure this doesn't involve elephants.")

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Thu__Nov_21__1940_ (7).jpg
    (Let's hope for everybody's sake that he's bringing Leona.)

    Brooklyn_Eagle_Thu__Nov_21__1940_ (8).jpg
    (You better. I think Lieutenant Smiley there is about to shoot himself in the jaw.)
  18. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    And in the Daily News...

    Rockefeller held up the line for five minutes waiting for a receipt.

    Daily_News_Thu__Nov_21__1940_ (1).jpg
    Hmph. When I was that age, I had a *real* washboard.

    Daily_News_Thu__Nov_21__1940_ (2).jpg
    All joking aside, it really is appalling that anybody would ever think this was a good idea for a promotion. Hokey giveaways were a big part of the movie experience in the Era, but this goes too far.

    Daily_News_Thu__Nov_21__1940_ (3).jpg
    Myrna's a real brick, and I hope she lands right upside Pete's head.

    Daily_News_Thu__Nov_21__1940_ (4).jpg
    Isn't this a bit elaborate? Why not mark the tire treads like the DL's operatives did?

    Daily_News_Thu__Nov_21__1940_ (5).jpg
    There were only two legitimate reasons to have bichloride of mercury around the house: for use in photographic chemistry or as a prophylactic treatment for syphilis. How's your darkroom, Andy?

    Daily_News_Thu__Nov_21__1940_ (6).jpg
    If Dude doesn't catch that grenade in his teeth and throw it back just in time, then I, for one, will be sorely disappointed.

    Daily_News_Thu__Nov_21__1940_ (7).jpg
    In honor of Thanksgiving, Wilmer gets plucked.

    Daily_News_Thu__Nov_21__1940_ (8).jpg
    In just a few years, Mamie will be one of the most popular wrestlers on television.

    Daily_News_Thu__Nov_21__1940_ (9).jpg
    Hope you've got enough money left in your roll to buy a pair of overalls.
  19. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

    New York City
    Even the big guys got captured or killed sometimes in WWII.

    I guess Romania figured that if it made sense for Sandra Rambeau, then it would make sense for Romania too.

    Hmm, wonder if Slim has a cousin who lives in Long Island City - just sayin'.

    Might be worth the risk as I'll bet "City of Conquest" is the better movie.

    At the risk of raising Sally's ire, I didn't know Brooklyn had debutantes - doesn't sound very Brooklyn.


    Separately, doesn't Mr. Evans know that candy stores exist to front for gambling; selling candy is just a stalking horse. Nick wouldn't have it any other way. No gambling is why candy stores are so much less interesting and prevalent today.

    Freddie Fitzsimmons: Honey, have you seen our copy of the Eagle anywhere today?
    Mrs. Fitzsimmons [just a bit too casually]: I don't think it's publishing on Thanksgiving.
    Freddie: Hmm, I would have sworn I read that it was.
    Mrs. Fitzsimmons: I'll look later, how 'bout a light pre-Thanksgiving-meal snack?
    Freddie: Uh, what, uh, oh, that sounds good.
    Mrs. Fitzsimmons: [under her breath] phew [louder] I'll bring it right out dear.

    Peg pretty much gave up when she told Myrna she wouldn't tell the Slags the truth standing right in front of the Slags. Raven would have handled it better.

    King is really teaching Wilmer a lesson about life - one he deserves. The shame is that I guy like Wilmer will only come out of this experience meaner.
  20. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    "Debbatants," says Sally. "Hah. T'erewassisgoilIwennaErasmuswit'," she continues. "Her ol'man usetabea stock broka. Back b'foret'depression, I mean. Usetalivedowna Heights. Useagota privateschool an'allat. T'enneyhaddamovet'a walkuptoppuvagro'crystoah on Leffe'ts Street. Ovaht'ere by t'bakery, usetacometaschool smellin' like yeast. Her ol'mangottajob drivin' a milk wagon fa' Sheffield's, anner ma hadda take in washin'. She dinnonuttin'bout public school, comeinneahwitta high hat, y'know? But a bunchuvusguttagettawitta downa goils' basement one day, an' settastraight. She give up bein' a debbatant aftat'at, an' we guttalongokay -- cep' ta't one time she borra'd a dime offame an' nevagivit back. Guess'erol'man doneat onceatwice, annat's why he wunna stockbroka no moah."
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