A snip at $250K, via Dave. The photo of Jake Burkle reminds one that, for all their Portuguese ukelele folk hero trappings, Sousa and his people were essentially industrial pioneers. Amusing detail, from William L Bird, “Better Living”: Advertising, Media, and the New Vocabulary of Business Leadership, 1935-1955: Arthur Pryor’s son, Arthur, was hired by Roy S Durstine at NBC, where he
became the link between the emergent technique of dramatic radio production and the music of Sousa, Gilmore, and others of his father’s generation, whose performance in an earlier day expressed values that heretofore could only have been expressed verbally. Hired to head the BDO radio department in 1927, Pryor either directed or oversaw the development of the General Motors Family Party, Standard Oil of New York’s Soconyland Sketches (1928), GM’s Parade of the States (1931), DuPont’s Cavalcade of America (1935), and other culturally reassuring entertainments.
Soconyland Sketches had, of course, nothing to do with Coney Island, nor, even more remote, with Senior’s Coon Band Contest; instead it promoted rugged American values, and not in the sense of a comfy carpet, my dears.
- When monkeys replaced children
There is going on a certain change for the better among this low class of strangers. On visiting them, I have remarked a considerable reduction of organs and monkeys in their apartments, usually filled with such instruments and beasts. The
- An organ-grinder at Archway
Pleasures and treasures of the Edwardian street, by a descendant of Scottish banditti.
- Why Mexicans don’t admit to playing the slide trombone
I went into the excellent and apparently men-only Cantina La Fuente in Guadalajara, Jalisco this morning and ordered a beer. An aggressive-looking youngish guy further down the bar started mouthing off loudly about gringos, so I went over to see what his problem was, and it turned out he was a frustrated sysadmin looking for his …
- Barrel organ available for losing bettors on the Iowa caucuses
Exemplary punishments from the 1892 US presidential election.