Happy Weekend Y’all !!!!

happy weekend .
Hi !
I hope you’re enjoying the Muscleheaded Blog !

To our regular readers:
It’s been pretty busy around here,
and I’m out of town for the next few days — 

but I will catch on my reading of your blogs, I promise !

My queue now takes over until the wee early hours on Wednesday.

If you have suggestions, questions, or submissions, I’d love to read ’em !!!
….. and please drop me a line or a comment if you like what you see.

Happy Weekend Y’all !!!! .

The Müscleheaded Blog

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Welcome to the new home of the Müscleheaded Blog.

My name is Chris, and I’m a mature, married, Southern power-lifter who likes to hear himself write.

I’m a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a graduate of the 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.

a1It’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.

I don’t consider masculinity a ‘persona’ or a ‘put on’….

— it’s simply how men are, and should be.

If you don’t like the way I express that,
well, that’s tough.
See ya.

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.

A lot of the art featured on the Muscleheaded Blog is vintage —

I like to collect postcards and published ephemera from the early 1900’s in particular….

….. and you’ll see a lot of my collection here.

If you want to know more about the Muscleheaded Blog,
you can read my post:  ” Just What The Hell Is It All About Anyway?

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

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

I also like to write about travel…
like: ” The Beaches of St. John, USVI

Do you like vintage pin ups?
Well, we have an awful lot of posts on that subject to choose from,
but you can start here: ” 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” .

You could read one of my humor blogs like:
“Weirdly Radioactive “,
Misogyny and You
or
“Advice for the Hopelessly Hopeless“.

Yeah…

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

lossecannonA loose cannon?

Sure.

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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You’re In The Navy (Army) Now

dishesIf you’ve never had
the priviledge to serve
your country in one
of the Armed Forces,

you might just have
missed out on some
unique art posters,

originally never meant
to even be seen by civilians.

The defense department
has always utilized
high quality and effective
graphics art posters —

— never more so,
but during wartime,
and especially in the 1940’s
(World War II) .

Many of the same
uniquely talented artists
that worked on WWII posters,

— had originally honed
their skills doing postersblabbed
for the arts division
of the W.P.A.
(The Work Projects Administration)
during and after the years
of the Great Depression
in the 1930’s.

Often, the posters
had to do with
service-related issues
like:
secrecy,
safety,
security,chow
health,
(especially V.D.
and Malaria prevention)
and waste.

But they could also
deal with very diverse topics,
sometimes in a surprisingly
candid way.

And they were geared
to and for a serviceman’s
sensibilities  —

so, they frequently featureddummy
pin-up style illustrations.

My favorites , of course,
are the WW II era posters
oriented toward the Navy
and Naval Personnel,

mainly because these
posters can be
very service specific —

a Sailor at sea has very
different problems and
challenges than a Soldiersextant
in the field…..

sometimes a cartoon
will illustrate Navy life
better than a thousand words,

— and because they are
living proof
( to me, anyway ),
that the Navy
hasn’t really
changed
all that much,
despite the passingnavychowhound
of some 6 decades.

For instance,
the whole dynamic
of the Navy Chowhound —

— it’s certainly true that
the Navy has the best food —

— and also very true
that we have some
of the biggest chowhounds
ever.

Stuffing your tray
with good Navy chow
is as old as a tradition,sailor
as the Navy itself —

— and as you can imagine,
wasting food can become
quite a problem,

especially in war-time.

I also like the
V.D. posters
from the period

( no, not a bad pun,
not even a little bit )phosgene

— partly
because of the art,
and partly because
I got a dirty mind.

You can see a whole bunch
of interesting ones
on my post
about the subject here.

(why in the world
would you even
be surprised that
I posted about it?)garlic

One of the things
that catches folks off guard
sometimes are the posters
about chemical
and biological
threats to personnel —

(like the above poster
about phosgene gas
or this one about
mustard gas)

— what we used to call ABC.

Increased dopey feeling?pr

— hey —
I’m dopey enough already.

I didn’t mention atomic
because hardly anyone knew
about nuclear weapons
in the early 1940’s,
unless they weretalked
stationed at a site
like Oak Ridge.

But, if you’re interested,
I did a post about
atomic safety posters, too —

Damn, this thing
is starting to sound
more like a commercial,
ain’t it ?

Well —
just remember —

Watch Out For Booby Traps.

souv