You Got Me Sticky

I don’t drink it
a lot anymore….

but when I was
a kid, boy, did I
have a yen
for soda pop.

I wasn’t allowed to
have it, usually
(it’s ‘bad for your teeth’)
but every once in a while,
we as a family would
get ourselves invited
to my great-uncle Frank’s house –

— and his eleven kids had no
such draconian dental health
decree hanging over them …

so I could practically drown
in the stuff over there –

when my parents weren’t
looking, anyway.

And drink my fill,
I surely did.

So much so, that now,
I barely can tolerate
the stuff.

Maybe the substitution of
HFCS (high fructose corn syrup)
for sugar is part of the problem..

– but truthfully, I just don’t
need all those empty calories,
anyway.

Despite being in the gymImage result for vintage soda poster
five days a week, my weight
has started to challenge me
a bit at my age, and the
trade off between a bottle
of soda pop and an extra
hour of cardio hardly seems
worth it.

(Exception:
if you’re a Southerner,
try to find some
Blenheim Ginger Ale
– the one with the red cap —
— I highly recommend it —
assuming you love
ginger, like I do )

It’s also true that a lot of the
really cool soda brands that
I liked are all gone now…

Hell, as a teenager,
I even liked the
original Fresca.

Remember old Coke in
those 6 ounce bottles ?

Cold as the iceberg that
sank the Titanic .

Ahhh…..
man, that was good.

Yes, you can still get original
Coke in 6 ounce bottles
(with sugar and not HFCS )
— in Mexico.

Interesting.

It tastes like you
remember it, too.

I won’t bother meditating 
on why such a thing
is such a thing.

Just another reason to look
forward to going back to the
Yucatan, s’all.

(Don’t forget the fish tacos
and the pretty señoritas. )

Anybody remember
the old fable about how
you could get a cheap
high off an RC Cola
and aspirin?

Nope.
It doesn’t work.

But the making a rocket out
of a 2 liter bottle of Diet Coke
and Mentos really does —
— stand way back, jack !!!

I hope you don’t mind getting
sticky soda all over everything.

Ah well.
Sticky ain’t always bad, right ?

!! HOY !!

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Propaganda Perspectives

It’s easy to forget,
sometimes that other
societies have a perspective
on things that is very
different from our own.

It’s probably a major reason
why we have so much conflict
in the world.

One way to understand
(of course, that doesn’t
mean you’re going to
agree with it ) things
from the other guy’s
viewpoint is to look at
his sources for information.

If he really doesn’t like you,
based on cultural reasons
alone, there’s a good chance
that he’s been taught that
you’re a big fink by the
educational and political
institutional media of his
society.

Some of the references
are rather random,
but most of it is part of
a larger and tightly controlled
frame of reference-
— a plan, if you will.

That ‘planned’ part is what
we call propaganda.

Most of us are familiar
with our own U.S. propaganda,
some of it made by Disney
Studios, during World War II.

And while we might look back
on it with considerable concern
about the stereotyping and
hate-conjuring that was being
reflected in similar publications
and media, we also should
remember our enemies were
doing likewise –
— and in many cases,
much more so.

The idea is to keep both the
warriors in the field and the
folks on the home front
completely sold on hostile
actions and/or a war effort.

Vilifying the enemy can
take many forms – and one
effective method is by
illustrating the peace-loving,
purely defensive and innocent
nature of ‘our side’ – and a
malevolent, aggressive and
monstrous face representing
the other.

An excellent example of this
can be seen in the Japanese
print art genre known as
‘ Shou Kokumin ‘ –

— very loosely translated
as ‘ Children Playing Soldier ‘ .

There were numerous pieces
produced, and both the term
and the genre was very often
utilized in pre-1945 Japan.

Take this card
for instance:

It was released
commemorating the
Russo-Japanese War and
the Battle of Mukden,
and was part of an effort
to justify the invasion of Manchuria.

The fact that the Japanese
during the Imperial Period
gave children extensive
military style training makes
the image even more startling
to us, and more effective as a
piece of domestic propaganda.

Another example features
a child soldier in samurai
costume standing guard
at the border of the newly
created Japanese puppet
state of Manchukuo –

— a result of the aforesaid
Japanese invasion of
Chinese Manchuria after
the Battle of Mukden.

It’s a distinctive and appealing style, that completely belies the
implications regarding children
and warfare.

Which, of course,
makes it very effective
propaganda, indeed.

Happy Hallowe’en Y’all

a11aMy daughter’s favorite
holiday is upon us
once again —

I dunno exactly why
millennials seem to
like it so much,
’cause they
don’t really do the
trick or trick thing…

but, Hallowe’en has made
a huge comeback.

whether the appeal is
the dressing up for
costume events
or the creative aspect
of decorating for it….janetleigh

When I think about it,
there were never big
store-fronts being
seasonally rented
(when I was a kid)
just to sell Halloween
costumes and stuff.

Now, you see ’em
every couple of miles.

And as just a space rental thing,
it’s bigger than fireworks here.

I’m told the places are huge,
and carry every kinda thing
youretrocostumes might need to creep out
your friends and neighbors.

And, in my daughter’s case,
I’m pretty sure
it’s the whole artistic
expression thing
the holiday gives rise to
that’s what she
particularly enjoys.veronicalake

I kinda lost some measure
of interest in the holiday
when I stopped getting
free candy and starting
having to buy it, instead.

But, I have to admit,
the potential for
skimpy costumes on
pretty ladies at
parties
and,

of course,
seasonal pin-ups –
marlow
always get me back to
feeling the spirit of
the holiday as it
approaches.

Our predecessors also
seemed quite fond
of the holiday –
-now that I think about it.

And hey ,
with the crisp feel of
fall in the air –
how could anyone not love it?

Happy Hallowe’en !!!

 

 

 

It’s Henry

This little character
may, or
may not,
look familiar to you —

I guess it really
depends on just
how many
gray hairs have snuck
their way into your
average two-day growth –

( where-ever that growth
may happen to be ) .

Just so
I’m clear about it,
that basically means
that if you’re under
age 30 or so–

you probably won’t
remember “Henry” –

…. a comic strip
featuring a little bald
mute boy that started
running in the
Saturday Evening Post
about 1932.

The comic’s creator,
Carl Anderson, was
already in his late 60’s
when he came up
with the character —

and that fact is often
used as the explanation
for why the comic
always seemed,
even to people
of the 1930’s,
to be ‘old fashioned’.

Certainly, the cartoons
do look very arcane –
with a lot of
antiquated technology,
washboards,
urban picket fences,
Model ‘A’s,
ice-delivery trucks,
and Depression-era
prices on products
like ice cream.
( 5 Cents ! )

And, since Henry
communicated mostly
with pantomime
or sign language,
it requires one to not
only understand the
strip’s historical and
societal perspective-

to make allowances for
the apparently simple,
somewhat unkind,
mischievous, scheming,
and child-like character,

but also to read very
much ‘between the lines’
to catch most of the
punchlines.

Yet, these qualities
seemed to have
actually contributed
to the character’s
huge popularity,
not only here in the
United States,
but also in Britain
and Canada.

The images on today’s post
were a part of a set of
cigarette cards issued
in the United Kingdom
in 1936 by the London
Card Company for
J. Wix Tobacco and
Kensitas Cigarettes,
and thus, are
very collectible.

( Of course, if you’re
interested in more on
the subject of cigarette
cards, you can read my
post on the subject here. )

Despite the rather out
of sync feeling of the
comic, or maybe
because of it,
I’ve always been a fan
of the single frame
versions of ‘Henry’,
and I’m hoping that
you will find them
charming and interesting
as well !

!!! HOY !!!!

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