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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 )

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 )

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 )

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 )

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


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

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Oscar de la Renta

  Pictured above:  Oscar de la Renta/Contributed by Screen GrabĀ© "I'm a very restless person. I'm always doing something. The creative process never stops." - Oscar de la Renta VAV!/October 20, 2014 One of the world's premier fashion designers and philantropists, Oscar de la Renta,  died at his home in Kent, CT on Monday, October 20, 2014. He was 82. De La Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. Born on July 22, 1932, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oscar de la Renta was educated at the Academy of San Fernando, Madrid. His undeniable talent for illustration led him to an apprenticeship with couturier, Cristobal Balenciaga.


Eyeliner History, How To And Eyeliner Tips

VAV!/October 14, 2014 Looking into history, as far back as ancient civilizations, eyeliner, makeup applied to enhance the eyes and give definition, is applied around the contours of the eyes.  Eyeliner has been worn by not only women but by men, as well. In 10,000 BC, Ancient Egyptians, both aristocracy and the lower classes, were adroit in their knowledge of cosmetics... used not only for aesthetics and  for protection from the harsh elements as well as protection from myths and cultural beliefs to include the 'evil eye'. The broad and heavily lined eyes, both upper and the lower rims, were lined using a small stick dipped into a paste made of mineral blends produced from a myriad of materials, including lead and copper ore to varieties of metallics and water.  From these elements, a paste was formed through a grinding process using a vessel known as a Kohl pot. The paste was then applied to the eyes..


Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pictured above:  Martin Luther King VAV!/March 17, 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968)  was a charismatic civil rights leader who fully joined the crusade for equal rights for all people in America during the mid 1950s.  He first came to national prominence as one of the leaders of the Alabama bus boycott in 1955.  In 1963, Dr King led a massive march on Washington DC where he delivered his now famous "I have a dream" speech. In 1964 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.


Bill Haley And His Comets

VAV!/January, 10, 2012 Well, hello to William John Clifton Haley, rock and roll musician, born July 6th, 1925 in Michigan! Michigan was only the starting point for this rising star.  His Kentucky father and English mother soon moved the family to Boothwyn, near the town of Chester, Pennsylvania.  It was there William, 'Bill', grew up surrounded by music. His father played Banjo and his mother, who had been classically trained,  taught piano.  It seemed only natural that Bill would follow in the musical footsteps of his parents. No one, it's probable to say, could have predicted Haley's rise to stardom and the impact he would have everywhere in the years to follow. Haley made his inaugural performances about 1938 singing and playing guitar at variety shows. During his late teen years, Bill made his rounds at the amusements parks. He was given recognition in a popular radio show known as 'Cousin Lee's Band'. It was here that Haley sang, played his guitar and yodelled his way across the sound waves. During 1944, and the war torn era of World War II, Haley who suffered a blindness disability, was ineligible for draft. A disability that plagued him would ironically give him a break to replace a drafted member of the Downhomers'.  Here he would combine country and pop music. Bill left the 'Downhomers', at the age of 22 where he returned to Chester, PA as host of a local radio show, WPWA.


Carnegie Hall

Pictured above:  Carnegie Hall VAV!/October 12, 2014 The majestic history of the world class Carnegie Hall was launched in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It was the spring of 1887, and newlyweds Anndrew Carnegie and his wife Louise Whitfield were honeymooning to Scotland from New York. On board the ship was 25-year-old Walter Damrosch, conductor and musical director of the Symphony Society of New York and the Oratorio Society of New York, who was traveling to Europe for a summer of study. During the course of the voyage, the trio struck up a friendship and the newlyweds invited Damrosch to join them in Scotland. While in Scotland, Damrosch shared his dream of a new concert hall in New York City. With a keen interest in such an endeavor, Carnegie donated to the project and the idea of Carnegie Hall was set into motion and soon transformed into a reality.  Since then, the venerable concert hall has seen some of the world's greatest artists pass through its doors. Following his return to the United States, Carnegie established The Music Hall Company of New York, Ltd., purchasing parcels of land along Seventh Avenue between 56th and 57th streets, and he hired chief architect William Burnet Tuthill.  The location that Carnegie selected for the Music Hall was near Central Park. The plans for the Hall featured a rectangular six-storystructure, housing three performance spaces: the Main Hall, seating 2,800; the Recital Hall located below the Main Hall, seating 1,200 ; and, adjacent to the Main Hall, the 250-seat Chamber Music Hall.  Above the Chamber Music Hall were assembly rooms which for lectures, readings, and receptions,as well as chapter and lodge rooms for secret organizations.

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