Category Archives: General Annoucements

Sights Of London in 1951 …

Sights Of London in 1951 …

This is a British Pathé production from 1951 called Sights Of London. It was a film intended to promote tourism. Note that George VI was still the king at this time. All very British of course.


Battle of Cambrai … 1917

Battle of Cambrai … 1917

The Battle of Cambrai took place on the Western Front during the First World War. It began exactly 100 years ago today on 20th November 1917 and lasted until 7th December. It was the first battle in which tanks were used en-masse. The tanks were British Mark IVs.

British Mark IV tank

Long Gone John …

Long Gone John …

John Edward Mermis was born on November 13, 1951. He is best known by the pseudonym Long Gone John. He is an American entrepreneur best known for his record label, Sympathy for the Record Industry, and his vinyl toy company, Necessaries Toy Foundation.

He founded his record label in 1988. Sympathy has a catalogue of more than 750 releases, and is based out of Olympia, Washington. The label’s name is a play on The Rolling Stones’ song “Sympathy for the Devil”.

Notable artists who started on Sympathy and went on to gain mainstream success include The White Stripes and Hole. Sympathy Records continues to be one of the more successful indie labels in the US.

Along the way, John has compulsively amassed a vast collection of art and pop ephemera so in 2003 he founded a new company, Necessaries Toy Foundation. It allowed John to focus on manufacturing a line of toys and publishing art-related books.

A documentary film The Treasures of Long Gone John was released in 2006. The film chronicles John’s eccentric art and musical obsessions. It also explores the work of some of the artists he collects and collaborates with. It features a wall-to-wall soundtrack of over 40 Sympathy artists, original animation and time-lapse photography. This is the trailer.

Are you receiving me ?

Are you receiving me ?

30,000 of these television receivers were produced in Germany for the Soviet Union.


Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)

Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)

Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man  is a 1951 horror comedy film directed by Charles Lamont and starring the team of Abbott and Costello alongside Nancy Guild.

The film depicts the misadventures of Lou Francis and Bud Alexander, two private detectives investigating the murder of a boxing promoter. The film was part of a series in which the duo meet classic characters from Universal’s stable, including Frankenstein, the Mummy and the Keystone Kops.

American TV series from 1951 (Part Two)

American TV series from 1951 (Part Two)

These are all American TV series which were either being filmed or screened during 1951 …

American TV series from 1951 (Part One)

American TV series from 1951 (Part One)

These are all American TV series which were either being filmed or screened during 1951 …