. . . at Wacko — the old curiosity shop.
Courtesy of Lee Rossi . . .
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My family had a console record player like this in the 60s and 70s. When I look at the picture I’m taken directly back to moments spinning Bringing It All Back Home, Rubber Soul, The Sound Of Music, Funny Girl (the original Broadway cast recordings of the latter two), New Morning and Let It Be. I spun lots of other records on the machine, but those are the ones that the picture brings back most vividly.
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The first 8mm projector I ever owned. My parents bought it for me around 1964 at a Super Giant in the Washington, D. C. area. This was a branch of a local grocery chain that also sold consumer products.
It was a well designed, solidly built and totally reliable machine. I can still recall the sensual pleasure of taking off the case housing, fitting on the reels and threading the film. I used it to screen the 8mm movies I made throughout my high school years, as well as the 8mm prints of silent films I bought during that time from Blackhawk.
It was for me a magic lantern indeed.
Deirdre Zahl, the wife of old friend John Zahl, has a business in Charleston, South Carolina called Candy Shop Vintage which specializes in vintage mid-20th-Century costume jewelry — some of which has shown up on the TV show Mad Men. (Her stuff has also been featured recently in Vanity Fair — “Sweet Vinatge Treats”.)
Now Deirdre is designing her own original versions of this mondo-moderne bling — like the “Space-Age Spangles” pictured above.
It is, needless to say, very cool.
My friend Jae Song took the image above with a new camera system he's just put together — an Olympus E-P1 digital body, two years old, fitted, using an adapter, with a Kern Switar 25mm 1.4 C-mount lens, about fifty years old. The legendary lens, small, ruggedly-built and sensitive, was originally made for Bolex 8mm movie cameras and won't work with a digital camera which has too large of a chip, because it causes excessive vignetting. There are a number of digital cameras with chips small enough to accommodate a lens like this Kern Switar — Jae chose the 2009 Olympus because of its solid construction and retro body design.
The combination makes for a distinctive and to me quite wonderful look — quirky in the way that old lenses used to be quirky, each handling light and focus in a slightly different way. Jae thinks that this has to do with subtle flaws in the glass, which modern manufacturing methods tend to do away with. (The Olympus will also take impressive videos in 780p HD — go here for an example.) In any case, the look seems to harmonize well with the vintage technology of a turntable.
If you just want a pouch for your iPhone 4 but also want to play catch with it occasionally, this is the case for you — by Sena.
. . . for the changing of the guards.
Every home should have a special bar, well stocked with a selection of Mexican beers, por el huésped de honor . . .
Commemorating the shortest, saddest, most electrifying love affair in movie history.
I really want one of these. Don't you?
It's always sad when an old pair of underpants wears out. Underpants are the most intimate of companions — they stick with us (and sometimes to us) through thick and thin. They can serve as pajamas, lounge-wear and as a form of sexual display capable of driving women wild. The brightly-colored cocktail glasses on the defunct underpants above, for example, send a clear message — “I'm fun . . . but sophisticated!”
I bought those underpants about seven years ago at the Old Navy store on 34th Street in Manhattan. They were very cheap. They had a good run and served me well in good times and in bad.
They will be missed.