Back To The Old Grind!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
afd218 posted this threshing scene on his YouTube channel. It appears to be on an Amish farm, based on the clothing of many of those present, and the horses hitched to the bundle wagon. It was shot near Arthur, Illinois.
Last night I found a video of a cute little steam launch running on a stream in New York State, put together a post, and set it to come up right after midnight. I checked it this morning and...nothing! This seems to happen regularly when I set up a post for the next day, so that is why I usually publish the post and then change the time to the next day. Oh well.
Friday, February 26, 2010
"Carry Me Back To Old Virginny" was one of the first records I posted on YouTube, and I never was happy with the way it came through. We had a low quality microphone then, and I used Audacity to take out some of the needle hiss, so the record sounded thin and tinny. It still got lots of hits, though, and lots of comments. It seems that people either love this song or they hate it; really hate it.
James Bland, the author of this song was a well educated, free, black man born in 1854, who made entertainment his life. He wrote "Carry Me Back To Old Virginny" in 1874, and it was an immediate hit. He soon went to work in minstrel shows, and he performed in England and Europe for about twenty years. During his career he wrote hundreds of songs, and he was a pioneer in breaking down barriers into the publishing and entertainment world. He died in poverty from tuberculosis in 1911. By that time, minstrel shows had nearly disappeared.
Alma Gluck was one of the most remarkable singers of the Twentieth Century, and you should look up some of the biographies about her on the internet. I am always saddened to think of her brief career, which ended in the 1920's when she lost her performing voice. The last recordings by her were not released, and all of her records were made during the pre-electric, acoustic era. She died from liver problems at age 54 in 1938.
This recording was made with our good microphone, and no noise removal was done, so you hear this song as the old Brunswick plays it. Just like old times.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Derek has been shooting again, and he makes paper targets look a bit ho-hum. This was videoed at last year's Boomershoot; click over to Joe Huffman's blog, and go to the Boomershoot Category.
Here is a nice hit and miss engine running at Boonville, Indiana last fall. I am just about out of raw video from last year's shows, so I may have to resort to creative writing, or using other peoples' videos. Anyway, this video shows the hit-and-miss governor parts working, so it is interesting to watch.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
BSGS98 has posted a great jazz piece by the Original Memphis Five. Jazz Me Blues was recorded in 1931, but it has the flavor of 1920's jazz, and you will recognize some of the players in the slide show.
Notes from BSGS98:
Phil Napoleon - trumpet
Jimmy Dorsey - clarinet
Tommy Dorsey - trombone
Frank Signorelli - piano
Ted Napoleon - drums
The Original Memphis Five under the leadership of Phil Napoleon made their first recordings in 1922. The band also included Miff Mole, Jimmy Lytell, Frank Signorelli and Jack Roth. The personnel changed frequently over the years and at various times included Loring McMurry, Manny Klein, Charlie Panelli, Ray Kitchingman (was the sixth for a while on banjo), John Cali, James Griffith, Red Nichols, Dick Johnson, Ray Bauduc, Louis Katzman, Elmer Schobel, Joe Tarto, George Bohn, Hoagy Carmichael, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey and Ted Napoleon (Phil's brother). Jazz Me Blues (1931) was part of the last recording session for the Original Memphis Five.
While you are on Derek's blog, be sure to click back through the previous posts to see his photos of the Shot Show in Las Vegas, and of the Gun Blogger Rendezvous in Reno last September.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
A special ceremony commemorating the 65th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima will be held at the National Museum of the Marine Corps at 11a.m. on Feb. 19, 2010. More than 500 Iwo Jima veterans and their family members from across the nation will attend the ceremony, honoring those who fought in one of the most famous World War II battles. Co-hosted by the Iwo Jima Association of America and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, the event will include remarks from Gen. James T. Conway, Marine Corps Commandant, and Medal of Honor recipient Barney Barnum as well as performances by the U.S. Marine Band. (BusinessWire)
Last year marked 100 years since the beginning of the Hecules engine line at Evansville, Indiana, so the Southern Indiana Antique Machinery Club had lots of Hercules engines popping along at their June show. One collector had his collection all fired up at once, so I had to take some video. Note that the dark green one in the last segment is throttle governed. You can see the rocker moving regularly instead of being held by the governor.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I recently discovered that Ruger Firearms has a YouTube channel, and they are posting some very instructive and helpful videos for fans of the Ruger line of firearms. Here are a couple that I enjoyed watching, and I am really impressed that Ruger is so willing to show their customers how to work on these fine products. Ruger single actions normally do not need to be disassembled by owners, but once in a while a part may break, or the action may be fouled with dirt, necessitating a teardown for thorough cleaning, so you should watch both of these videos a few times and memorize how your single action revolver fits together. Thank You, Ruger!
Monday, February 15, 2010
This video reminded me of an essay written by MacKinlay Kantor in which he tells about one of the bombing missions he was on over Germany, and of the aftermath of a V-2 strike on London.
"That’s what happened if you were within a certain radius of the spot where a V-2 came down. You died quickly and explosively, but it was only air which killed you: blast air. If a building fell on you, you would be squashed flat, but this blast air came just as hard as a building falling on you. It crushed your chest and still it didn’t leave a mark. ...
...So you stood beside her and you said, “Wake up, dear. Please wake up.” You said it very softly so as not to awaken her too abruptly; but she didn’t stir; and you had to keep whispering it and whispering it with your lips and in your mind."
*Read MacKinlay Kantor's entire story HERE.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
"Crazy Words, Crazy Tune" is one of the fun songs that came out of the 1920's, and it is meant to danced to, and sung whenever and wherever you feel the need to burst out into song. This version was posted by EdmundusRex on his YouTube Channel. The singer is Frank Crumit, one of my favorite Vaudevillians. Below is the bio material posted by EdmundusRex along with his video:
Frank Crumit (Sept.26,1889 - Sept.7,1943) was a popular American singer and songwriter. Crumit was born in Jackson, Ohio, the son of Frank and Mary Poore Crumit, and he died of a heart attack in New York City at the age of 53.After briefly attending an Indiana military academy, he entered Ohio University and later Ohio State. He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering.
By 1913, he performed on the vaudeville stage, first with a trio and then a year later on his own, playing ukulele and singing his favorite songs; he was referred to as "the one-man glee club" in New York City's night spots. He moved up to Broadway in 1918 to appear in the musical Betty Be Good. He was a big success there and went on to Greenwich Village Follies of 1920, which featured his hit song, "Sweet Lady."Crumit began making records for American Columbia in 1919, using the acoustic, or "horn," method of recording (he also occasionally added vocals and banjo to recordings by the Paul Biese Trio on the same label). Unfortunately, the broad and pleasant overtones of his voice were not suited to this technology.
This changed after 1925, with the industry's introduction of the microphone. By this time, Crumit was singing at Victor Talking Machine. The new recording method was able to capture the rich tenor sound of his voice and Crumit produced a series of the traditional ballads he loved, as well as a number of his own compositions, which he wrote in the style of his old-time favorites.He met Julia Sanderson in 1921 and began working with her on stage and radio. Crumit was known for his humorous material, particularly his puns. The pair married in 1927 and moved to Longmeadow, Massachusetts. They intended to leave show business, but by 1928 they were performing together on radio as the "Singing Sweethearts of the Air." From Massachusetts, Crumit and Sanderson drove to New York City, a four-hour trip, twice a week to do their radio show. Their nationally-produced radio broadcast was aired over WLW in Cincinnati.In 1930, they continued with a popular quiz show, The Battle of the Sexes, which ran 13 years, until Crumit's death in 1943.
During his last years, Crumit still made records, but they were often different in style from his earlier ballads.Frank Crumit - Crazy Words Crazy Tune (1927)
Saturday, February 13, 2010
The first contest of 2010 will begin on March 1, so click over to Mr. C and read all about it. Cheaper Than Dirt is one of the generous sponsors of the annual Gun Blogger Rendezvous, and they have an excellent blog for firearm enthusiasts, in addition to their great online store.
Just in case you are not familiar with the e-Postal contest, scroll down the left sidebar to see the links for the 2009 contest targets, rules, and results.
Two weeks ago we looked at the different cylinder configurations you might see on steam traction engines which were built for use on the farm. Triple expansion engines were common on ships, and in industrial applications, and were much more efficient than the engines used in agriculture. These videos give you a pretty good look at the machinery in and around the ultimate in reciprocating steam engines.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
A fire fighting friend sent these photos to me in an e-mail, and I YouTubed them for all of the True Blue Fan Club to see. This was a plumber's van in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. There was a leak;I suspect that the valves on the tanks were not shut off after their last use, and the leak probably was in the hose. Early in the morning the plumber hit the button on his remote to unlock his van, and that set off the accumulated acetylene in the van. The internet news reports state that no one was hurt, but I bet some ears are still ringing. If you use compressed gas, (acetylene, propane, etc.), please remember to shut off the main valve every time you stop work. Bleed the hoses down if there is any chance of leaking gas to accumulate in a closed space.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Butch Wax will hold parts in place when grease will fail. It is great for replacing the needle bearings in U-Joints when they have fallen out, and for many other applications when you need a part to stay put during reassembly. Mrs. TBS found the photo above for me, and this is the package I remember. I probably have an old container just like this buried in one of my toolboxes.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
The Cedar Rapids Gazette recently published lists of concealed carry permits issued by several Iowa counties in December of 2009, and it makes for some interesting reading. The Gazette published the names of permit holders in eight counties; there were 253 new and renewed concealed carry permits in those counties, with only 14 permits going to women. The Washington County Sheriff issued 91 permits in December with 3 permits going to women. Jones County issued the most permits (6) to women, with a total for December of 41. Iowa County was the least discriminatory toward the fairer sex, issuing NO permits for men or women. Linn County and Johnson County showed the worst bias against women; Linn with 1 out of 60, and Johnson with 0 out of 49.
The Cedar Rapids Gazette has performed a great service to muggers, rapists, and other criminals who are looking for safe victims by publishing the names of permit holders rather than just the statistics. The reporter who put this report together should "Man Up" and print the names of Gazette employees who don't carry in order to further protect potential muggers and miscreants. If the Gazette is really concerned about the citizens to whom they sell newspapers, they would be doing some investigative reporting to discover just what the agenda is of each sheriff who issues permits almost exclusively to men.
UPDATE: Iowa's Governor Culver signed a Shall Issue law which passed the Iowa legislature in 2010. It comes into effect in January, 2011. Go Here to read the new law, then make an appointment for your carry class. Some county sheriffs are more enthusiastic about it than others. Washington County Sheriff Dunbar is trying to get ahead of increased need for carry classes; Kudos to him!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
"Fidgety Feet" is on the flip side of "Lazy Daddy," which we played last week. I have noticed that many of our records show more wear at the beginning of a song than they do a bit farther in. I think that in The Good Old Days, people would economize by not changing the phonograph needle after every play. A new steel needle conforms to the groove of a record, and if it is played on a different record it will not play well. In addition to not sounding right, the mismatched needle is peeling away shellac. I have been guilty of doing this in my younger days, but since I figured out that they aren't making these records anymore, I change the needle every time.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
I saw this rusty, rattling IHC Titan at Pinckneyville last August. It runs well, but boy does it look like a rough riding son of a gun. I wonder how the driver gets along without a cushion. The second video is a Titan over in the UK, and it is a very nicely done report on the old iron.