England’s 1970 World Cup squad relax in Heathrow airport before embarking for Mexico. Sporting generous locks and stylish straw hats we see Emlyn Hughes of Liverpool and 1966 goal-scoring hero Geoff Hurst. On the right of the photo another member of the squad (unrecognisable to the editors) experiments with a rudimentary portable music system. Is the record the newest disc from Detroit rockers the MC5 or Les Dawson’s latest? You decide!
A giant swastika was discovered last month painted on the floor of a swimming pool in Brazil. Police discovered it by chance as they were flying overhead in a helicopter during an anti-kidnapping operation. They later investigated and found the Nazi symbol had been there for 13 years. The owner has not been publicly identified.
The symbol was found in the town of Pomerode in the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil. Santa Catarina has a large population of Germans and Austrians dating back to the 19th Century. In Pomerode around 90 per cent of the 25,000 population is of German-Brazilian descent and many people still speak German fluently.
An annual Oktoberfest is held in the nearby city of Blumenau and is one of the biggest in the world outside Germany.
Superman vs. Muhammad Ali is an oversize comic book published by DC Comics in 1978. The 72-page book features Superman teaming up with the heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali to defeat an alien invasion of Earth. The wraparound cover shows a host of late 1970s celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Tony Orlando, Johnny Carson, the cast of Welcome Back, Kotter, and The Jackson 5; sharing close-up seating with Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern, and other curious superheroes.
First Edition is a superb 1977 American short documentary film on the Baltimore Sun. It was directed by Helen Whitney and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.
In the garage of the semi-detached house in Dublin where I grew up there were three large timber shelving-units divided into many neat square boxes for the storage of tools, cans of paint or – memorably – my father’s large and unwieldy collection of American magazines from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. I used to watch him put the shelves together from a safe distance most evenings one summer. Mindful of sudden rages at the loss of a hammer or inability to find a special nail I kept my distance. I observed in grave silence as the wood was hammered and sawn and screwed together. Continue reading…
A wonderful gem of a short film about the now defunct Grand Luncheonette on Times Square in New York that was created by New York-based documentary filmmaker Peter Sillen.
The Grand Luncheonette was closed as part of the Times Square redevelopment project in 1997. It was a seven-seat, 250-square-foot piece of old-time New York on West 42nd Street, owned by Fred Hakim, who recently died. The Luncheonette lived on 42nd Street for 58 years, offering hot-dogs and sauerkraut to the passing trade.
Writing about the demise of the Grand Luncheonette, a New York Daily News journalist pessimistically concluded: “This is bigger than 42nd Street, bigger even than the Disney Corp. This is about New York being colonized by The Gap and Banana Republic and Starbuck’s and all the rest.”