The writing part of my brain shut down yesterday around eleven, just as I was starting the night’s ration of novel. Hasn’t kicked back in. Pity, that; I have a column to write, and there’s this. But today’s just a big pointer for the new site on the 20s. It’s timely for me, since I started watching “Boardwalk Empire.” Can’t help but think the anachronistic theme is Scorcese’s decision; it sounds like that particular period of the Rolling Stones that means important something to him. The sound of Freedom and Possibility, maybe. Just sounds like 60s-era Stones to me.

So let's going. Some appetizers:


I don't know what this is. You'll find out when I do. It's a tease campaign. So is this:



That's from 1928. No other explanation. I'm guessing the next day had the same concept in another language. Was all the advertising of the 20s this oblique? No. But often just as wierd:



He was trying to impress a woman - Joan Crawford, and yes, she existed in movies in 1926 - by winning a long-distance walking contest. He's called "The Forgotten Comic" by some, since everyone knows the big three, probably remembers Arbuckle becaues they think he raped someone, and that's about it.

This clip might suggest the influence Harold Lloyd had on comedy. Wait for it; about 45 seconds in, you can imagine the audience reaction.



If this bores you to weeping, and you want some cool nifty retro 50s / 60s stuff, hang on. That's tomorrow. Today we go back to the 1920s. It's HERE. Enjoy!


By the way, I'm obviously no Musikal Geenios for thinking the song has Stones influences; just googled it, and it's by the "Brian Jonestown Massacre." So it's meant to sound like them. Still doesn't fit.

Nice Magritte reference, though.





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