The Muscleheaded Blog

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Welcome to the new home of the Muscleheaded Blog.

My name is Chris, and I’m a mature Southern powerlifter who likes to hear himself write.

I’m a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a graduate of Brown Institute, and currently compete in Masters Strongman.

Snarky humor, vintage pinups, and weirdos in the news are just a few of the things I like ……

And I’ve been known to sneak all kinds of things in this here blog.

You really never know what’s gonna be showing up next.

So, my advice would be to subscribe, and try to visit right-regular like.

My blog theme is called ‘Dusk to Dawn’, and it’s kinda appropriate, since I’m usually here in the late evening/early morning EST.

It’s also rather androcentric and iconoclastic— so, if you offend easily, can’t stand sexual references, or if you just hate men, please take a raincheck on the follow, with no hard feelings.

How you read my posts, whether you want to take them at face value, or whether you want to look harder, well, I leave that up to you.

Art, if that’s what it is, always means something different to the viewer than the creator… so, don’t let that worry you none.

If you want to know more about the Muscleheaded Blog,
you can read my post:  ” Just What The Hell Is It All About Anyway?
or
a random passerby’s opinion: ” The Bastion of Bad Taste ” .

You can also visit my online gym, which features articles about fitness, strength, and gym culture–
at http://muscleheadgym.wordpress.com .

Check out this week’s Muscleheaded Blog ‘featured post':
” What Color is Your Rose? ” on most of these fine stations.

I love motorcycles–
my most popular post, on British Motorcycles, is here.

How about a post about travel…
like: ” The Beaches of St. John, USVI

Like Pin Ups?
Check out : ” The Pin Up Art of Gil Elvgren ” –

or– ” The Sensual Art of Raphael Kirchner ” .

( There’s an index on that post that will lead you to a lot of other posts about Pin Up Artists, too. )

You can read what I like to call my best general art blogs:
The Art of Maxfield Parrish
or
The Poster Art of Leonetto Cappiello” .

Or, one of my humor blogs like:
“Weirdly Radioactive “

If you’re an adult, you might want to read:
How to Throw a Bachelor Party
or
Wake Up, You’re Dreaming
or
Give Us a Kiss

Yeah…
I’m thinking one of those posts might let you know what you’re really letting yourself in for.

Hey, like it or lump it …
I never said this blog was for everyone.

Submissions are always welcome-
I’m trying very hard to make this blog interactive, and I love to get mail !
Please send them to carolinamuscle@outlook.com .

I sincerely appreciate visitors, and enjoy reading comments to my posts.

So, jump on and hold tight…

The only thing I’ll promise ya is a wild ride.

HOY!

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Our Muscleheaded Turkey Day Extravaganza

Marilyn-Monroe-PilgrimYes, my friends –
it’s Thanksgiving Day once again.

I must admit that I am very thankful that my blog has readers such as you.

Let’s face it–

There’s no point in writing one of these longwinded things day after day,
….. if nobody but my dog Stonewall is going to read it.

Her eyesight ain’t what it used to be, ya know.doggie

Besides, I think she’s had enough of my nonsense already….

She just tolerates me because I know where the Baco-Bits are hidden.

‘Dogs don’t know they ain’t bacon’, and all that.

I think she’s pretty excited about the upcoming turkey thing, too.

But I digress.

I’ve always considered Muscleheaded Blog readers as part of the saunafamily, ya know.

And it would certainly be nice if our richer newly-adopted family members would start sending me ten-thousand dollar bills–

… as just a token of appreciation for all the cool and groovy stuff they find on here, such as …….

Well… ummm….

Err… I don’t know….

Uhhhhhh …1915judge

…. there’s gotta be something around here somewhere worth a measly ten-thousand bucks.

Hey, it’s only money, right?

Ok…

… dammit , just forget it, then.

Be that way…….  jeez.

Mom always did like you best.

Oh,
turkey
and pass the pumpkin pie, please.

Anyhoo….

Today, on the Muscleheaded Blog,

— we have some images from MH Thanksgiving Day Posts past  —

sexypilgrimA couple from even before this here blog had such a cool name.

‘Cause this mess, in one form or another, has been online since December 01, 2003…

So —

Happy Damned Birthday to the MH Blog.

Everybody don your festive birthday suits and let’s party !

I was thinking….

Sending a birthday card would be a convenient way to enclose those ten-thousand bills we were talking about, earlier.

Just sayin’.

1950Ahem.

You might have noticed the lead off picture on this post featured a very young Marilyn Monroe –

The series was shot in 1950,

during the time that Marilyn Monroe was working with famous pin-up artist and photographer Earl Moran .

Of course, I don’t hunt,
but if I did…

I’d want everybody in the hunting party to look just like her.

And How !!

Is that a blunderbuss?

Hmmm….

Last year, I had featured a beautiful pin-up by a mystery artist …a

I wasn’t positive who had done it,

but I knew it was in the Rolf Armstrong/’Brown and Bigelow’ style –

— and it was signed “Merlin” .

One of our readers, Cynthia Hemmelder-Clark,

was nice enough to identify this one for me–

It is indeed Paul Merlin Enabnit !

Umm….

How should I know what kinda name Enabnit is… ??

Jeeeeez.

Anyway,
Thank you, Cynthia !

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Here’s a great promotional pic from the 1940’s…

… featuring actress Barbara Bates.

We originally featured this one on the old ‘Roscoe’s Farm’ site a couple years ago.

Barbara was a well known actress in the 40’s and 50’s,

and, she played Phoebe in the 1950 classic film ” All About Eve “,

…. which also starring Bette Davis.

I don’t know how convincing she is as a pilgrim in lace and ribbon,

…. but that turkey is certainly paying attention to her.

And so would this turkey.

Who says turkeys are dumb?

brundageThe Muscleheaded Blog has had it’s share of guest reblogs, too…

This very interesting and fun image,

— created around the turn of the century by the great card illustrator Frances Brundage,

(one of my favorite vintage Christmas card illustrators)

It was part of a post by “Past & Present ” called “A History of Thanksgiving in 3 Minutes“.

Check that article out, ’cause it makes a great read, and has some interesting pics.

I had been tearing up my hard drives looking for this next very memorable image–

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Most of the content of my old CarolinaMuscle site went down with the ship on the S.S. Xanga,

—- but I finally remembered a backup on an old flash drive, and there it was.

The caption,
which for some reason is missing on my backed up image,
reads: “Turning the Tables“,
and the card dates from around 1902.

It just goes to show you that our ancestors had pretty much the same weird sense of humor that some of us do today.

Hey Y’all —
Happy Thanksgiving !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Are You Fit To Marry?

1925Our post today is another throw-back.

Probably most people today think of the 1960’s as the most socially turbulent era in American history…

A time when old ideas about personal conduct, ethics, values, and mores were being critically reconsidered,

—– especially by the young.

However, the era centered on the 1920’s
(often called the Jazz Age, or Roaring 20’s),
were just as turbulent — flapper

– and the social upheaval just as dramatic.

And most of the hub-bub revolved around sex and gender.

The people of the Victorian age had been very strict in their views toward the roles of man and woman — in marriage, in family, in love, and, yes, in sex.

But, like some sort of societal rubber band, the drive toward openness and freedom in those areas had rebounded with verve by the 1920’s.

The ‘Flapper’ movement was an end product of this trend of social elasticity, and one other very important consideration–

oversxdYoung women who had watched their mothers fight for suffrage had learned that they could exercise their own influence on society,

and now wanted to continue the fight onto new ground –

– basically for the right to make choices ,

Beginning with things like in what they wore, and how they spoke–

— and then soon, about existential issues
like:

Education,
Work,
Birth Control , a
Marital Rights,
Sex,

and all sorts of other areas of their lives,

– that previously had been tightly controlled by social convention.

1926BirthControlMost people today probably don’t know that even instructional birth control literature was banned from the U.S. Mail until World War II….

(…. unless it was a pre-screened tome on the ‘rhythm method’ or chastity).

And the prophylactic devices that were available at the time –

(which were openly used in most other countries)

were not readily obtainable here–

Selling them was considered a serious violation of federal law.

This piece is from the 1920’s,

… and is an example of the lines along which the issues were polarized.

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It advertises a ‘morality’ film — the plot of which, basically infers that men or women who aren’t vigilant in their chastity become un-suitable for marriage –

Ack…
… not that over-rated virginity stuff again.

storkOh sure, it is certainly enlightening to look at these kinds of materials from the era,

…. and it also provides a unique perspective from which to view the issues of our own day.

So, do I have a point?

Nope, not really.

But, me being me,
I still can’t help but wonder:

If you really have to get married,
Why wouldn’t you want to marry someone FUN ????

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