Sunday, March 7, 2021

Vintage 1960s Electronics Transistor Radios


 Transistor Radios


In the 1960s, small, portable, and convenient, transistor radios did not offer excellence in sound quality, but they did provide another important feature—privacy. In the late 1950s and through the 1960s, American teenagers saw pocket radios as a way to listen to the driving beat of rock and roll away from the judgments of their parents.

 

          The first transistor radio (the Regency TR-1) was produced by Regency Electronics in cooperation with Texas Instruments.

          The transistor radios to the United States by 1959. By the 1960s, transistor radios were even more popular as people became accustomed to hearing their favorite music, sports, and news wherever they went.

 


          The transistor radio might not have had the sound quality of larger table-top models but it were portable and much cheaper. It was especially appealing to the young, and became a necessary part of teenage culture in the late 1950s and on through the 1960s.


          Now that it was no longer necessary to sit still at home to enjoy music, many young people heard popular songs first on transistor AM radios. Transistor radio became the major outlet for rock & roll and R&B, and by the 1960s successful record companies like Motown, and hit-makers like Phil Spector, were actually mixing their records to suit the low fidelity of these machines and thereby maximize their appeal to the kids.


Background on the transistor


The Space program was a major reason for the development of the transistor. This small device, about the size of a pencil eraser, replaced heavy, bulky, and unreliable vacuum tubes. This, in turn, reduced the size and weight of electronic components used in rockets, satellites, and aircraft.

 

The invention of the transistor paved the way for small, mass-produced pocket radios. Transistors also had significantly lower power usage which meant that batteries became an option as a power source. The first transistors were used in calculators but were very quickly applied to radios.

 

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Vintage 1960s Cars Datsun Roadsters



Datsun Roadsters

Nissan Motors, one of the first Japanese autos imported into the U.S., originally sold their cars under the Datsun name. Until the 1960s sales were pretty dismal. Then in 1963, they introduced a roadster. Many people thought the Datsun Roadsters were just Japanese copies of the British MGB, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In point of fact, the Datsun pre-dated the introduction of the MGB by several months, and any styling similarities are coincidental. After 1967, the power and performance of the MGB began to slide down while the opposite was true for the Datsun Roadster. (In Japan, it is known as the Nissan Fairlady.)

    Datsun Roadsters are pleasant-looking with more of a bias toward “cute” than handsome or aggressive, the small hood scoop and stacked taillights are unique features. The majority of existing cars are the earlier versions with smaller engines, known in the U.S. as the 85hp 1500 and the 96 hp 1600 models. The pre-1968 cars had a handsome steel dash with toggle switches and a short windshield. 1968 Datsun 2000 didn’t become available until mid-1967. The difference was pronounced, however. The 135 hp Datsun 2000 was a legitimate “stoplight sleeper” that surprised many who challenged them. Production ended for the roadsters in 1970 when the Datsun 240Z was introduced.

    Datsun roadsters raced successfully in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) raced and continue to be good vintage racers. They’re more durable than most of their British rivals.

    I owned a 1964 Fairlady 1500 which I drove through college. I wish I still owned it as this particular model has appreciated in value and have fetched more than $40,000 at auctions.

 

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Vintage 1960s Women's Evening Wear

 


Women's Evening Wear

The 1960s usually bring up memories of swinging hippies. mod dancers and go-go boots. While they certainly took fashion by storm during the day, 1960s evening dresses were a different story.

        The 1960s evening fashion was split between the 1950s style tea gown and the sleeveless sleek fitted shift dress. These short, sheath dresses, with form-fitted skirts and high waists, were very popular. The dresses were made of rich gold and silver brocade or plain satin in white, red, blue, and olive green. As the decade progressed dresses lost the tightness in favor of a natural or empire waist that fit looser over the hips. 


Dress length returned to floor-length column dresses. The simple little black cocktail dress had its heyday in the 1960s. The l
ate 1960s evening fashions were known for their bold, vibrant colors.

1960s Cocktail, Party Dresses

The 1960s cocktail dresses were as classy and elegant as they could be. Short cocktail 60s party dress was preferred over longer gowns, of metallic gold, silver, and the most popular, black. The one-shoulder gown and the knee-length swing dress in lace continued to be a formal fashion tradition. In 1964 black formal party dresses also became popular.


1960s Evening and Prom Dresses

From 1960-1965 formal evening wear followed the designs of the 1950s. The simple sheath dresses with matching short jackets were everywhere. They also came in longer lengths formal affairs.  High empire waist, tapered skirts, and contrasting top and bottom materials became trendy during the latter half of the 60s. Bubble gum pink, yellow and seafoam green were classic evening and prom dress colors.

        Red was a very mod color. Especially when mixed with white in color blocks. An orange-red was very popular in the early years.  A purple-red drifted into the later 60s.

 

 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Vintage 1960s Frosted Layered Sandwich Loaf

 

My aunt was a social butterfly and she made two of these, one for her Ladies Club Luncheon and one for our family Sunday Dinner in February.

Vintage 1960s

Food

Frosted Layer Sandwich loaf



I have fond memories of a beautiful  showstopper sandwich loaf at weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, you name it. A sandwich loaf was always present and quite often used as the centerpiece. Interestingly enough, they only appeared at gatherings meant for grow-ups!

 

Frosted Layer Sandwich Loaf

Ham-Pickle Filling, below
Chicken Salad Filling, below
Curried Egg Filling, below
Peeled tomatoes
1 loaf (about 1 lb. 13 oz.) unsliced sandwich bread
Butter or margarine
2 tablespoons mayonnaise or salad dressing
2 packages (8 oz.) cream cheese
1/4 cups mayonnaise or salad dressing
2 tablespoons light cream

Directions

Prepare fillings; slice tomatoes; chill. Cut all crusts from bread with a sharp knife. Lay loaf on its side; cut into 5 even slices; spread 4 slices with soft butter or margarine.

Spread fillings on three slices; arrange tomatoes (halve slices if necessary) on the fourth slice; spread tomatoes with 2 tablespoons mayonnaise or salad dressing. Stack slices; top with the fifth slice of bread. Combine cream cheese, 14 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing, and cream. Blend until smooth. Spread mixture on tops and sides of loaf.

Chill thoroughly. Garnish with sieved, hard-cooked egg yolks, if desired.

 

Curried egg filling: Mix 1/4 cup of mayonnaise or salad dressing; 1 tsp. prepared mustard; 1 tsp. grated onion; 1/2 tsp. curry powder; 1/2 tsp. salt; dash of black pepper; and 3 hard-cooked eggs, finely chopped.

Ham-pickle filling: Mix 3 cans (2-1/4 oz. ea.) deviled ham and 1/4 cup chopped sour pickle. Chicken Salad Filling: Mix 1/3 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing; 1 tsp. grated onion; 1 tsp. lemon juice; 1/2 tsp. salt; dash of pepper; 1 cup chopped cooked chicken; 1/3 cup chopped celery; and 3 tbs. finely chopped parsley.

Chicken salad filling:  Mix 1/3 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing, 1tsp grated onion, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1/2 tsp salt, dash of pepper, 1 cup cooked chicken, 1/3 cup chopped celery, 3Tbs finely chopped parley

Makes 8 to 10 servings

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Vintage 1960s Food Chocolate Fondue



 

Chocolate Fondue

This was my favorite dessert!  I learned from my college roommate. I loved it so much she gave me this recipe when we graduated and went our separate ways. I have kept this for over 45 years. Thanks Deb.

 

Chocolate Fondue

 

12 oz. milk chocolate semi-sweet pieces for cooking chocolate

3/4 cup light cream

1-2 Tbsp cherry brandy, orange-flavored liqueur

Dippers (below)

 

In a heavy pot melt chocolate in cream over low heat, stirring until smooth.

Remove from heat, stir in brandy or liqueur. Stir into dessert fondue pot to keep warm. Makes 2 cups.

Dippers: Angel food cake squares, strawberries, miniature cream puffs, mandarin oranges sections, banana slices peach slices, pineapple chunk

Saturday, January 30, 2021


 

This is similar to the Valentine's Cake my grandmother made for the family every...I mean every...Valentine's Day. It was her way of telling us how much she loved us.

Sweet Story Cake

 Cake

 2 ½ cups sifted cake flour

 1 ½ cups sugar

 3 ½ tsp baking powder

 1 tsp salt

 ½ cup shortening

 ¾ cup milk

 ¼ cup maraschino cherry juice

 1 tsp vanilla

 2 tsp almond extract

 4 egg whites unbeaten

 18 maraschino cherries, well-drained and finely chopped

 ½ cup walnuts or pecans

 

Frosting

 2 tbsp shortening

 2 tbsp butter

 1 tsp vanilla

 ½ tsp almond extract

 ½ tsp salt

 4 cups confectioner's sugar sifted

 9 tbsp scaled cream

 Red or pink food coloring

 

Cake

 Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a mixing bowl. Drop-in shortening. Combine milk and maraschino cherry juice and add ¾ cup of this liquid. Add flavoring extracts and mix with mixer on low for 2 minutes (100 strokes by hand).

Add remaining liquid and egg whites and beat for another 2 minutes. Fold in cherries and nuts. Bake in two 9-inch pans or two heart-shaped pans at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. (If you pour all the batter in one pan, bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes)

 

When cool, cut layers with a heart-shaped pattern, if you didn't use a heart-shaped pan. Spread with frosting, and outline a short Valentine's message with a toothpick and fill in letters and outline of cake with sugar pearls.

 

Frosting

Combine shortening, butter, flavorings, and salt and blend well. Beat in ½ cup sugar. Add hot cream alternating with remaining sugar, beating well after each addition. Add only enough cream to make a nice spreading consistency. Add a few drops of red or pink food coloring to tint frosting a delicate pink before spreading on the cake.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Vintage 1960 Television The Andy Griffith Show

 

The Andy Griffith Show is an American situation comedy television series that aired from October 3, 1960, to April 1, 1968.

The show starred Andy Griffith  in the role of Andy Taylor, the widowed sheriff of Mayberry, North Carolina, a fictional community of 2,000 people.

          The tone of the show, Griffith said in a Today Show interview, "... though we never said it, and though it was shot in the '60s, it had a feeling of the '30s. It was when we were doing it, of a time gone by."

          The series never placed lower than seventh in the Nielsen ratings and ended its final season at number one. On separate occasions, it has been ranked by TV Guide as the 9th-best and 13th-best show in American television history. The never show won awards during its 8-season run, co-stars Don Knotts (character Barney Fife) and Francis Bavier (Aunt Bee) accumulated a combined total of six Emmy Awards.

           Spin-offs from The Andy Griffith Show were, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C,  (1964) and a reunion tele-movie, Return to Mayberry, (1986). After the eighth season, when Andy Griffith became one of the original cast members to leave the show, it was retitled Mayberry, R.F.D, with Ken Berry and Buddy replacing Andy Griffith and Ron Howard in new roles. In the new format, it ran an additional three seasons. An annual festival celebrating the sitcom, Mayberry Days, is held each year in Griffith's hometown of Mont Airy, North Carolina. The festival will take place in September 2020.

 

Added note:

The show was filmed at Desilu Studios. The exterior shots were filmed at Forty Acres  in Culver City, California (also filmed there was the  RKO production of King Kong (1933) and the Woodsy locales were filmed north of Beverly Hills at Franklin Canyon, (The fishing hole, Myers Lake, is Franklin Lake) including the opening credits and closing credits with Andy and Opie walking to and from "the fishin' hole".

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Vintage 1960s Mysteries The Dog Suicide Bridge

 


The Dog Suicide Bridge

Overtoun, Scotland

Residents of Dumbarton, which is northwest of Glasgow began calling Overtoun, a century-old bridge that stretches across a 50 ft gorge, the “dog suicide bridge” since the 1960s.

          In a country filled with superstitions, myths, and monsters – residents of the area are asking why do so many dogs jump off the bridge. Local researchers estimate more than 300 dogs have jumped off the bridge;  at least 50 dogs are said to have died.

          Some say there are rational explanations involving the terrain and the scent of other mammals in the gorge that may drive the dogs into a frenzy. Other explanations take on a more paranormal explanation.

          The bridge’s location fits the description of what the pagan Celts called a “thin place”, a mesmerizing spot where heaven and earth overlap.

          The dog suicide leaps inspired an episode of the Science Channel's, THE UNEXPLAINED FILES, Scottish bridge leads dogs to their death in 2014

          From a distance, it seems as if the ornate Victorian bridge, 1895, is an extension of the driveway of an adjoining 19th-century manor built in Dumbarton by a wealthy industrialist, James White. The bridge’s three archways span a small river, the Overtoun Burn. Standing in the middle, on the bridge’s blackened granite parapets, it is easy to forget that space beneath falls away into the deep gorge.

          Bob Hill, the current tenant in the manor said for the last 17 years he and his wife had seen several dogs suddenly dive off the bridge since they moved into the property, now called Overtoun House.

          But Hill, a pastor from Texas who runs a local crisis center for women, has an earthbound explanation: the smell of small animals scurrying around in the gorge below the bridge drives the dogs into a frenzy, then they break free of leashes – if they’re on any – and jump. “The dogs catch the scent of mink, pine martens or some other mammal, and then they will jump up on the wall of the bridge,” Hill says. “And because the wall is tapered, they will just topple over.” He feels, the Overtoun grounds are...“more spiritual than other parts”.

          Paul Owens, a teacher of religion and philosophy in Glasgow, grew up in a town close to the bridge and recently published a book about the mystery. When it comes to an explanation for the leaping dogs, he is firmly in the supernatural camp. “After 11 years of research, I’m convinced it’s a ghost that is behind all of this,” he said while sitting outside a pub on a drizzly day in Glasgow.

          Owens’ theory is popular among some local residents, who grew up hearing stories about the “White Lady of Overtoun”, also known as the grieving widow of John White.

          In 2010, animal behaviorist David Sands investigated the phenomenon and ruled out the possibility that the animals were deliberately killing themselves. His experiments at the bridge found that dogs – especially long-nosed breeds – were drawn to the scent of mammals below. Sands theorized that the dogs’ limited perspective, their ignorance that the path changes from level ground to a bridge spanning a deep gorge, and the smells wafting through the air probably enticed the dogs to jump. But even he acknowledged that the bridge has a “strange feeling”.

          Some residents found his theory plausible, but many people question why the phenomenon does not occur at the same rate at other bridges in Britain where mammals roam below. Despite the macabre reputation, the Overtoun grounds remain a popular dog-walking area, and many of the animals are off-leash. “Many people don’t believe in the story until they see it for themselves, and even then they don’t think it will happen to them,” says Hill.

          One day, Emma Dunlop, who says she had heard “the horror stories”, took her Labrador retriever Ginger for a walk to Overtoun anyway. She did not let him out of her station wagon until he was on a leash. “He’s never tried to jump,” she says, “but sometimes he freezes or hesitates when he gets on the bridge, so I’m always careful.”

          Ginger jumped from the car, raced around his owner, and headed straight towards Overtoun Bridge, crossing it without any hesitation. But then Ginger froze, looking back intently at something on the bridge, but there was nothing or no one to be seen by human eyes.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Vintage 1960s Music El Paso

 


Vintage 1960s

Music

El Paso

El Paso is a country and western ballad written and originally recorded by Marty Robbins. It was released as a single the following month, and became a major hit on both the country and pop music charts, making No. 1 in both genres at the start of 1960. It won the Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording in 1961, and remains Robbins' best-known song. It is widely considered a western classic for its gripping tale which ends in the death of its protagonist, its shift from past to present tense, haunting harmonies by vocalists Bobby Sykes and Jim Glaser (of the Glaser Brothers) and the Spanish guitar accompaniment by Grady Martin of Robbins in the fifth grade; Fidelina Martinez.

          Members of theWestern Writers of America chose "El Paso" as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.

 

Added note:

In 2013 the series finale of the TV Show Breaking Bad contained several references to the song. The title of the episode, “Felina” is an anagram of the word “Finale” but is also pronounced the same as the woman in the song. Also, in the opening scene, as Walt steals a car, the song plays on the car stereo as he starts the vehicle.

 

Enjoy a walk down memory lane here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UVVS5-9HvA

 

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Vintage 1960s Movies Goldfinger

 

Vintage 1960s Movies

Goldfinger

Goldfinger is a 1964 spy film and the third installment in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions, starring Sean Connery  as  MI6 agent James Bond. It is based on the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. Produced by Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, Directed by Guy Hamilton and production designer Ken Adam. Written by Ian Fleming,

Johanna Harwood, and Berkely Mather, with music by John Barry



          The film's plot has Bond investigating gold smuggling by gold magnate Auric Goldfinger and eventually uncovering Goldfinger's plans to contaminate the United States Bullion Depository at Fort Knox.  Goldfinger was the first Bond blockbuster, with a budget equal to that of the two preceding films combined. Principal photography took place from January to July 1964 in the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the United States.

          Many of the elements introduced in the film appeared in many of the later James Bond films, such as the extensive use of technology and gadgets. Goldfinger was the first Bond film to win an Oscar and opened to largely favorable critical reception. The film was a financial success, recouping its budget in two weeks.



          In 1999, it was ranked #70 on the BFI Top 100 British films list compiled by the British Film Institute.

 

Added Notes:

Orson Welles was considered as Goldfinger, but his financial demands were too high. Theodore Bikel auditioned for the role, but failed.

 

Here is the theme music to the movie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D1nK7q2i8I