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Monthly Archives: December, 2014

A WRIGHT WHIMSY

THE FOLLOWING two fantasy correspondences are offered for your amusement: Wilbur Wright, 7 Hawthorne Street, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A. April 11, 1909 My Dear Wilbur, Greetings from the little bathing town … Continue reading

December 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

THE FERVOR OF FRENCH FLYERS, 1898 – 1908

FRENCH AÉRONAUTS came this close—no, closer than this—to being the first in the world to demonstrate sustained, controlled, heavier-than-air flight. What about the Wrights? Between 1898 and 1908, there was … Continue reading

December 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

HOLLYWOOD MEETS MOTOR SPORTS

A CONFLUENCE of technologies occurred at the beginning of the last century. (How quaint this term “last century” sounds to those of us of a certain age.) The automobile and … Continue reading

December 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL…

MICHAEL FLANDERS is best known to me, and perhaps to you, as half of Flanders & Swann, the British duo who flourished 1956 – 1967 as musical satirists. (See “Have … Continue reading

December 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS WITH SHERLOCK HOLMES

SHERLOCK HOLMES and his chronicler Dr. John H. Watson shared Christmastime in “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.” This holiday quest involved a  jewel sequestered within a Christmas goose. Sherlockian … Continue reading

December 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

ON POLITICAL SATIRE

THE HACKING of Sony because of its movie The Interview and subsequent responses bring to mind political satires of 1940, Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator and You Nazty Spy! by … Continue reading

December 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

1926 DELAGE 15-S-8

THIS IS a tale of car enthusiasts and a very special bitsa, what specialists call a car with “a bit of this and a bit of that.” But what fabulous … Continue reading

December 20, 2014 · Leave a comment