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The Decades - 1940s

Darlington Raceway - "Too Tough to Tame"

Darlington Raceway -

Pictured above:  Harold Brasington

VAV!/June 13, 2014

Harold Brasington, a local businessman, once entertained a vision of transforming a cotton field in Darlington, South Carolina into a paved superspeedway!

In the fall of 1949, Brasington set out to turn his vision, (also known by the locals as "Harold's Folly") into a reality by carving out the shape of a 1-1/4 mile speedway on South Carolina farm land that formerly produced peanuts and cotton.

After a year's worth of hard work, Brasington and his crew had their track... but not without pitfalls and before the track's land owner, Sherman Ramsey, raised objection to the original oval track Brasington planned to construct. Ramsey declared a disturbance to his minnow pond near the oval so Brasington withdrew his original plan and went back to the drawing board to accommodate Ramsey and the minnows. His new plans called for a narrowing of the west end of the track on Turns 3 and 4 thus creating Darlington's egg-shaped design...

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 June 2014 05:09 )

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The Decades - 1940s

Hat Check Girl

Hat Check Girl

Pictured above: Ginger Rogers, 'Hat Check Girl.'

VAV!/July 14, 2013

Who was the perenniel hat check girl and what did she do?

Hat check girls or coat checks, as they were of...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 09 February 2014 19:52 )

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The Decades - 1940s

You're Invited! Joan Crawford's July 4th House Party

You're Invited! Joan Crawford's July 4th House Party

VAV!/June 30, 2013/By Marsha Collock

Say what you want about our Joan, she knows how to throw a party.

When it comes to being a hostess, Joan leaves nothing to chance. And b...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 January 2014 13:06 )

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The Decades - 1940s

Century Hotel, Miami Beach Art Deco Historic District, Miami, Florida.

Century Hotel, Miami Beach Art Deco Historic District, Miami, Florida.

Pictured above: East elevation. Photograph by Walter Smalling, Jr., March 1980/Reproduction Number: HABS, FL, 13-MIAM, 16-1/LOC

VAV!/June 24, 2013

The southern end of Miami...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 June 2013 07:56 )

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The Decades - 1940s

1940s Slang

1940s Slang

Pictured above: Sign outside the Stardust, one of a string of 1940s-vintage motels in downtown Redding, California/Highsmith, Carol M., 1946-, photographer/2012/LOC

VAV!/J...

Last Updated ( Monday, 08 September 2014 12:15 )

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ROAST BEEF SANDWICH RECIPE

VAV!/September 28, 2014/Contributed by Bobby of The Blog Chef Looking for a fantastic lunch or snack? If so, try this roast beef sandwich. This sandwich is roast beef topped with provolone cheese, lettuce and avocados. The real highlight of this recipe is the spicy mayo, it has just the right amount of kick and adds great flavor to this sandwich. The spicy mayo is a combination of mayonnaise, Tabasco sauce and chopped cilantro. It is important to dip the avocados in lemon juice or else they will turn brown. You might want to hollow out the bread a little to help everything stay in the sandwich (this sandwich is stacked!). This sandwich is so easy to make and so delicious, everyone will love it. It might be even perfect for a football party. Enjoy.

 

The Drop

VAV!/September 26, 2014/Contributed by Stars in Her Eye Dennis Lehane is a master story teller and his genius as an author has not gone unnoticed by Hollywood. Classics such as Mystic River and Shutter Island have been adapted to the big screen by prominent directors. Lehane has lent his talents to the small screen as well as working on The Wire and Boardwalk Empire. For his latest project, one of his short stories comes to life starring Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini. The Drop is based on the short story "Animal Rescue" and, Lehane adapted and expanded it for a feature film. Bob is a quiet bartender whose bar has been taken over by organized crime. The bar is used as a "drop" point, a place where dirty money is held until it can be picked up. When the bar is robbed, Bob and his boss have to deal with the repercussions and angry mobsters.

 

US, Allies Launch Airstrikes On Islamic State Targets In Syria

  VAV!/ Sept. 23, 2014 – WASHINGTON U.S. military forces and partner nations, including Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, undertook military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria overnight, according to a U.S. Central Command news release. A mix of fighters, bombers, remotely piloted aircraft and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles conducted 14 strikes against ISIL targets. The strikes destroyed or damaged multiple ISIL targets in the vicinity of the towns of Ar Raqqah in north central Syria, Dayr az Zawr and Abu Kamal in eastern Syria and Al Hasakah in northeastern Syria. The targets included ISIL fighters, training compounds, headquarters and command and control facilities, storage facilities, a finance center, supply trucks and armed vehicles, the news release said. The United States employed 47 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles, launched from the USS Arleigh Burke and USS Philippine Sea, which were operating from international waters in the Red Sea and North Arabian Gulf. In addition, U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fighters, bombers and remotely piloted aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations participated in the airstrikes.

 

Tailgate Parties

Pictured above:  Best Tailgate Party Ever, Spring Break, 2007, New Orleans /Photographer Jeffrey Schwartz/cc/Flickr VAV!/September 28, 2014 It's the ultimate game day experience....the  illustrious Tailgate Party in full swing! For football fans everywhere, fall weekends are a time for tailgating.  Known in some circles as the game before the game, tailgating parties are found on or nearby stadium parking lots, and revolve around an awesome platform for hosting from, whether it's a Subaru Outback or Ram 1500 Sport Crew Cab.   Expect anything from die hard tailgators including Texas big style tents and some pretty awesome equipment to enhance the experience! Take a look at this tricked-out turbo tailgating rig, an ultra-customized 2010 black Toyota Tundra.

 

Tailgate Parties

Pictured above:  Best Tailgate Party Ever, Spring Break, 2007, New Orleans /Photographer Jeffrey Schwartz/cc/Flickr VAV!/September 28, 2014 It's the ultimate game day experience....the  illustrious Tailgate Party in full swing! For football fans everywhere, fall weekends are a time for tailgating.  Known in some circles as the game before the game, tailgating parties are found on or nearby stadium parking lots, and revolve around an awesome platform for hosting from, whether it's a Subaru Outback or Ram 1500 Sport Crew Cab.Take a look at this tricked-out turbo tailgating rig, an ultra-customized 2010 black Toyota Tundra.

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