Throwback Thursday Two-fer || All Roads Lead to Nashville

02/05/2013 § Leave a comment

Nashville Newsies, 1910.Photo via the US National Archives.
The original caption is so great: “A group of Nashville newsies. In middle of group is 7 year old Sam. Smart and profane. He sells nights also. Nashville, Tenn, November 1910”

For TBT, you’re getting this gem partially because of the guy at far left and the fact that my grandfather worked as a newsie, but mostly because it was taken in Nashville, the city that I am bound for this morning!  We have stops planned in both Virginia and West Virginia, as well as a visit to Northern Grade, which is making a stop in Music City this weekend.  Anything I must do or see?  I demand you tell me!  And give me a shout if you’ll be around, as well!

While I’m rambling about, the best way to keep up with me will be on Instagram and Tumblr.  I’m hoping to attempt a bit of Tumbl-vlogging from the road, but no promises.  I’m not sure 1) how to do it, and 2) if my traveling partner will humor me trying to figure it out (I mean, how fun is THAT?!).

Northern Grade Nashville

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Throwback Thursday: Elephant in the Room

14/03/2013 § 2 Comments

Elephant in the Room

For today’s Throwback Thursday selection, I give you one of my most favorite pictures of my paternal grandfather – and I hope you will please excuse the whole “picture of a picture” situation, but when you take a good look at all this awesomeness, I think you will.  I actually never met my grandad, as he passed away when my father was barely a teenager, but the few photos my father has of him and the stories I have heard, manage to make me miss him.  Here he’s pictured at his work bench at RCA (interestingly both of my grandfathers worked with radio/technology after they were in the service), and his work clothes are definitely rad, but my favorite bits in this picture are the Barry Goldwater election sign and the inexplicable elephant hovering above his head.  Do we think my grandad was a fan of elephants?  Maybe he won it at a fair or had recently visited the circus with the kids?  Or perhaps he was just a staunch Republican? 

I suppose it is a mystery for the ages…

Throwback Thursday: “And She Learned About Dames,” 1934

21/02/2013 § 1 Comment

When Martha Howson, a wallflower at the Rovina Finishing School for Girls in New York, wins a competition to become “Miss Complexion 1934” she also receives a grand tour of the Warner Brothers lot in Hollywood.  In a lovely little promotional short that is one part movie trailer and one part 1930s Entertainment Tonight, Marsha’s tour guide Lyle Talbot shows her around the production of the musical “Dames” (which I mentioned previously), introduces her to the director and choreographer Busby Berkeley, and makes himself scarce so she can request 5,000 kisses from actor Dick Powell — on behalf of the girls at finishing school, of course!

Throwback Thursday: Charming Ceylon, 1931

07/02/2013 § Leave a comment


Filed under: the amazing things you can discover on the internets.
A look at the charming British colony of Ceylon (modern day Sri Lanka) in 1931.
Found via The Travel Film Archive.

Throwback Thursday: Little M on Xmas

21/12/2012 § 3 Comments

Me!Since this is the last Thursday before the holidays, I thought I might share a gem from the family archive taken on my second Christmas.  Now, there is almost too much awesome in this photo, but I’m going to attempt to parse it: First, that face I’m making was taught to me by my Godmother, and in most pictures of me around this age I don’t smile, preferring instead to pull this face.  Second, I’m standing in front of our red Ford station wagon, a car whose vinyl seats are one of my earliest memories.  Third, I’m holding a Sesame Street Christmas record.  RECORD.  Fourth, my lace-trimmed — and quite possibly velour — hoodie getup.  And last, but definitely not least, the little Chucks I’m wearing and the bells my mom tied onto them so she could keep track of me.  Priceless.

May your holiday season be filled with wonderful memories, both new and old.
xoxo. M.

Throwback Thursday || There Will Be Breweries (and Beards)

24/10/2012 § 6 Comments

From the family archives: an amazing group portrait — which you must click to enlarge — featuring my great, great-grandfather Peter Joseph in New Orleans, sometime after the Civil War.  A veteran, a civic leader and a policeman, he somehow also had the time to serve as foreman for a brewery built on Canal Street, and here he is pictured with his crew.  You can find him either by the arrow penciled in on the photo, or you could just search for a masterful beard…

Throwback Thursday || Halloweenasaurus Rex

18/10/2012 § 6 Comments

I have always adored Halloween.  I think it probably has a lot to do with the fact that during my formative years my mom took the time to make costumes for all three of us (and usually also for herself and my dad) from scratch – and they were always of our own choosing.  We’d all make a special trip to the (usually boring) fabric store with renewed interest, ready to pick something amazing from those big floppy pattern books.

In the first grade, the most amazing thing I could think to be was a dinosaur.  And my mother, bless her heart, obliged her tomboy with the felt creation you see above.  However, you’ll also note that she added two bows and a bit of lipstick.

“If you’re going to be a dinosaur,
at least you’re gonna be a GIRL dinosaur!”

You know, maybe it’s high time for a repeat.

Happy Halloween!
What are you going to be?

Throwback Thursday || Autumn in New York

11/10/2012 § 1 Comment

Holy smokes!  Where’ve ya been, kid?

Guilty as charged!  I’ve definitely been quiet this week, and I’ve got to chalk it up to autumn in New York, which is quietly unfurling its beautiful self with cool evenings, hot toddys, falling leaves and flannel bathrobes.  I’ve slipped down a few rabbit holes these last few days, of the cultural, literary, culinary, musical, and cinematic kind, which I am looking forward to sharing with you very soon.  But today, I am forced to beg your forgiveness for being a wayward parent as of late.  I’m hoping a gorgeous rendition of Autumn in New York by Sarah Vaughn might help me win you back…

Autumn in New York
Why does it seem so inviting
Autumn in New York
It spells the thrill of first-nighting

Glittering crowds and shimmering clouds
In canyons of steel
They’re making me feel
I’m home

It’s autumn in New York
That brings the promise of new love
Autumn in New York
Is often mingled with pain

Dreamers with empty hands
May sigh for exotic lands
It’s autumn in New York
It’s good to live it again

Throwback Thursday || Stormy Weather

04/10/2012 § 1 Comment

  With today’s gloomy weather in New York, this seemed positively apropos…
As sung by Lena Horne in the 1943 film by the same name.
For more of the beautiful Miss Lena, head here.

Throwback Thursday || American Girl

20/09/2012 § Leave a comment

Little known fact: I went through a serious Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers phase when I was about 13.  For some reason, I’ve spent much of the week revisiting some of their older stuff, with this song making a repeat appearance.  It’s a song that inspires a delicious sort of restless energy.  Immediately makes you want to dance and is perfection on a road trip.  Drop the windows and turn it to 11 — you’ll see.  The fact that it was written in and inspired by the San Fernando Valley – no, all that University of Florida stuff is an urban legend – the place where I spent my formative years, is the perfect icing for my nostalgia cake.

I’d also like to award honorable mentions for other a few other Americans, namely Tunes (so beautiful!)Women, Boys, Idiots, and Pie.

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