Saturday, December 24, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Tarzan Saves Us From...

Hmmm. I was listing some old Tarzan books today and noticed a common theme in the cover art.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Teaching Hindoo Children

From Youth's Dayspring, an 1855 Baptist periodical which offered helpful hints for missionaries, we learn how the Hindoos treat their children:

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Canadians Love Their Hockey

We've all heard how much Canadians love their ice hockey. Here's proof from the 1937 University of Toronto yearbook. They had 12 teams. Women's teams too. I wonder who prevailed in the Dents vs. Vets rivalry?

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Hogans Heroes - The Lost Episode

Hogan's Heroes ended its 6-year run on CBS in April 1971. The last episode was scheduled to air on April 15, 1971, but it was shelved by studio executives and loyal viewers of the show never learned the fate of the hilarious men of Stalag 13.

Recently the lost last episode was discovered in the Viacom library. Titled "The Final Solution," the episode featured black & white footage as an homage to the classic film, Judgment at Nuremberg. Its usual laugh track was excluded, and the story featured only war trial footage and a grisly execution scene as the final credits rolled. The show was thought too serious by CBS studio chiefs to air in the time slot immediately before the newly popular Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.

Here are some stills from the show:

Sgt. Shultz meets with his court-appointed counsel and learns the probable fate of his "I heard nothing; I saw nothing" defense.

Col. Klink in the dock.

Hogan answers questions from prosecutors about Fraulein Helga.

Hogan and Corporal Newkirk reflect.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Nazarenes In Space!

The Nazarine Publishing Company knew one thing was sure in 1968: Sunday school teachers would soon be hauling crates of Bibles to their students living in Moon colonies.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Texas A&M - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

If you hang out in Texas for any length of time, you'll get exposed to Texas A&M University. It is a large state school that generates legions of proud and boisterous graduates. It is a school defined by its traditions.

Occasionally I find old editions of the school's yearbook. Here are some highlights from the 1943 edition.


1943 was, of course, a key period of Word War II. Long before WWII, Texas A&M was a male-only military school that trained reserve officers through its Corps of Cadets. Looking at this yearbook you can't help but to wonder how many of the boys pictured gave their lives fighting fascism and Imperial Japan. Two of them - 1943 Seniors Thomas Fowler and William Harrell - were destined for greatness on the battlefield as winners of The Congressional Medal of Honor (you can read their stories by clicking on their names).

Traditions that are still strong are illustrated, such as midnight yell practice -

- and the Fightin' Aggie Marching Band - a marching band actually worth watching.


Although Aggies hate the admit it, their yearbook used to be called The Longhorn. The school, whose hatred of the University of Texas Longhorns is ingrained even into their school song, "The Aggie War Hymn," changed the name of their yearbook to Aggieland after WWII. Here are some of the lyrics:

Good bye to texas university
So long to the orange and the white
Good luck to dear old Texas Aggies
They are the boys who show the real old fight
"the eyes of Texas are upon you"
That is the song they sing so well
So good bye to texas university
We're gonna beat you all to…
Chigaroogarem , Chigaroogarem
Rough, Tough, Real stuff, Texas A&M
Saw varsity's horns off
Saw varsity's horns off
Saw varsity's horns off
Short! A!
(Seniors: WHOOP!)
Varsity's horns are sawed off
Varsity's horns are sawed off
Varsity's horns are sawed off
Short! A!
(Freshmen: AAAAAA!) (Sophomores: A-A-A-A-A!) (Juniors: A-A-A-WHOOP!) (Seniors: WHOOP!)


The Ku Klux Klan was reborn in the early 1920's. Unfortunately, it flourished at Texas A&M during that period as a student club called the Kream and Kow Klub. They had a faculty sponsor and appeared in yearbook group photos starting in the 1920's. I understand they took their group photo in full sheets in the 1926 edition. The popularity of the Klan faded in the 1930's, but it persisted on the College Station campus until well after WWII (I've seen the group photo in the 1949 edition). I know many Aggies who have never heard of this unseemly tradition in their alma mater. Here is their 1943 group photo:

UPDATE: an anonymous reader shared these scans of the 1906 yearbook cover and the photo therein:

Thursday, April 14, 2011

9 Different Ways Pussy Galore Can Kick Your Ass

Honor Blackman is a British actress that played the most gloriously named James Bond girl - Pussy Galore - in 1964's Goldfinger. Most people know she's sexy. Few know she's dangerous. Here are some pics from her self-defense book. I hope you learn something useful here.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Gift Inscriptions

I'm going to use this space to share the bizarre gift inscriptions I run across. I've kept a similar space for odd photos of authors found on dust jackets that I update sporadically.

Here is a Jehova's Witnesses book that is pretty common. This one was given as a Christmas gift in 1988.

The gift giver included a 5-page, Unabomber-like treatise explaining why the recipient would love the book (because she is a gunslinger), and closes in full-on Christmas spirit: "I'm so tired of Jews and New York. Let's go see the Kremlin."

Here is a cute poetry book from 1937 I picked up:

I imagine Miles (the pragmatist)purchased this while courting Hazel (the romantic). His gift inscription walks that fine line between "I love you" and "You're an idiot."

If this book didn't help him get into Hazel's blouse, I imagine he followed it up with this attempt:

The book -

The inscription -

Dear Hazel: Poetry is a cart for carrying ideas that are too lame to walk on their own. - Friedrich Nietzsche.

Thursday, January 27, 2011


I run in to quite a few autobiographies that are worth reading purely for their entertainment value. Here is this week's gem:

Published by Playboy Press in 1975, it's full of great anecdotes which are beautifully written. Here's the whole number on his first date with the future Mrs. Jimmy the Greek:

And here is the photo I least expected to see (this is not photoshopped)- The Greek riding a snowmobile with Mama Cass:

Coming soon: Howard Cosell excerpts on Woody Allen and George Foreman.