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How to Spot the Different Teen-Types, by Modess

How to Spot the Different Teen-Types, by Modess

Advertising, Retrotisements
I've been having a ton of fun browsing through some collections of Golden Age comic books I downloaded recently. I've been uploading some of the images that strike me as most interesting on my Tumblr and Facebook pages, but I had to share this one here. It's an ad for a book called "Growing Up and Liking It," and it appeared in issue #28 (December 1952) of Teen-Age Romances. In case the message wasn't clear enough, this ad is aimed at teen girls having "issues" with their period. Modess, in case you didn't know, is a maker of feminine products (aka sanitary napkins) that started in the 1920s as a division of Johnson & Johnson. Their big slogan around this time was "Modess... Because." Anyway, for those who don't already know, there are tons more ads like these on Retrotisemen...
Sunday Jazz: Happy birthday Lester Young

Sunday Jazz: Happy birthday Lester Young

Music, Sunday Jazz
Yesterday was the 102nd birthday of saxophone immortal Lester "Pres/Prez" Young who was born in 1909 in Woodville, Mississippi. His contributions to jazz are immeasurable, and his story is typically tragic. Young was in the grip of alcoholism for the last years of his relatively brief life, and he died at the age of 49 on March 15, 1959. Prez's lyrical and relatively subdued sound is cited as a major influence of not only later players like Charlie Parker and Stan Getz, but of the entire Cool/West Coast Jazz sound. His pre-World War II recordings tend to have a little more fire in them, but there is plenty worth hearing from his late '40/early '50s period as well. The notion that Young's experience in the U.S. Army robbed him of his ability has by now been thoroughly debunked. The fi...