Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Sensation Rag -- August 21, 2019

Scott Joplin, James Scott and Joseph Lamb were the three most important composers of classic ragtime. Joseph Lamb was the only one of the three who was not African-American.  Lamb's first published rag was "Sensation a Rag."  It was published by John Stark and arranged by Scott Joplin.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor -- August 19, 2019

Ken Cuccinelli, acting head of Citizenship and Immigration Services, attacked and degraded immigration and the Statue of Liberty. Referring to the poem by Emma Lazarus, Cuccinelli, who ancestors must have come through Ellis Island, said the US is only interested in immigrants who can "stand on their own two feet" and "not become a public charge." Later he said "Give us your tired, your poor" only applies to Europeans. Shame on him.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

The Pup and the Dirigible Hangar -- August 17, 2019

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, 05-August-1919
I love Fontaine Fox's The Toonerville Trolley That Meets All the Trains, but I am interrupting the series this month for a different cartoon by Fox.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Woodstock 50 -- August 16, 2019

The Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Three Days of Peace and Music took place 50 years ago, on 15-17 August, 1969.  I wasn't very old and I was on the West Coast, so I didn't hear much about it while it was going on.  I remember jokes about it in Mad Magazine.  I didn't get to see the movie on its first run, but I saw it a few theaters.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Comic Book -- Planet Comics -- August 15, 2019
Fiction House comics were famous for having lovely women on the covers. The contents were not always so creative. Planet Comics was the first science fiction comic book.  Fiction House also published Planet Stories, a pulp.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

George Shearing 100 -- August 13, 2019
Pianist and composer George Shearing was born 100 years ago today, on 13-August-1919.  He was blind, but it didn't seem to slow him down.  He composed "Lullaby of Birdland."

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Pulp -- Planet Stories -- August 11, 2019

Fiction House published Planet Stories, a pulp, and Planet Comics.  Both usually featured attractive women on their covers.