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FERRARI 212 EXPORT BARCHETTA—A CAR WITH REAL LEGS PART 1

TALK ABOUT LEGS! I believe I’ve identified the car having  the most consecutive appearances in a single year of Road and Track: The year was 1952 and the car was … Continue reading

May 5, 2022 · Leave a comment

GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN    PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, we discussed the obsolescence of arsenic wallpaper and the Chaparral 2J Sucker Car, both appearing in the book Extinct: A Compendium of Obsolete Objects. Today in … Continue reading

May 4, 2022 · 4 Comments

GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN   PART 1

DOES YOUR HOUSE EXHIBIT obsolescence? Mine does, sorta, as described in a book I just bought. Penner is a professor of architectural humanities at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University … Continue reading

May 3, 2022 · 5 Comments

BBC TAKE 2

HERE’S YET MORE on BBC’s hundredth anniversary. Indeed, back in mid-April, I gleaned tidbits from Sam Knight’s piece in The New Yorker. Here in Take 2, I so enjoy Stefan … Continue reading

May 2, 2022 · 2 Comments

OLD ENGLISH INNS: A BIBLOGRAPHIC AND INTERNET SAMPLING PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1 we identified old English inns that appeared in two old books, Tales of Old Inns, 1927, and English Inns Illustrated, 1951. What’s more, we found that … Continue reading

May 1, 2022 · 1 Comment

OLD ENGLISH INNS: A BIBLIOGRAPHIC AND INTERNET SAMPLING PART 1

THIS PROJECT GREW FROM my recent book sorting and its unearthing two books: Tales of Old Inns, 1927; and English Inns Illustrated, 1951. Gee, I wonder if there’s any overlap … Continue reading

April 30, 2022 · Leave a comment

A RICHNESS OF RED     PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE CELEBRATED the 90th birthday of Enzo Ferrari in the Hors Ligne Special: Ferrari, 1988, what I termed a soft-cover coffee-table art book. Today in Part 2, let’s continue … Continue reading

April 29, 2022 · 1 Comment

A RICHNESS OF RED   PART 1

IN 1988, HORS LIGNE PUBLISHED a Special of its “Magazine of Quality Leisure.” Printed in Switzerland on premium stock, the magazine even incorporated a hologram of the original Ferrari GTO … Continue reading

April 28, 2022 · 1 Comment

YOUR HIT PARADE SORTA EVERYMAN’S MTV?    PART 2

IN PART 1 YESTERDAY, Frank Sinatra thrilled bobby soxers (and ticked off sponsor Lucky Strike) in the weekly Your Hit Parade show rating popular music. Today in Part 2, we … Continue reading

April 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

YOUR HIT PARADE—SORTA EVERYMAN’S MTV?   PART 1

IT’S DIFFICULT FOR ME to imagine 1943, what with having been less than a year old for most of that year. However, through the wonders of Sirius XM “Radio Classics,” … Continue reading

April 26, 2022 · 1 Comment