Tag: Public Domain Fun

“Boys Beware,” or The Courtship of Jimmy Barnes, Pt. 2

“Boys Beware,” or The Courtship of Jimmy Barnes, Pt. 2

Movies
OK, so I'm not so quick on the whole sequel thing. It's been a little more than two years since we last visited the 1961 Sid Davis public domain classic "Boys Beware." I guess it's taken me that long to shake the heebie jeebies I got from watching the first part. To recap - our hero, Jimmy Barnes, fell under the spell of a balding, mustached Lothario named Ralph. Jimmy somehow broke Ralph's spell and ratted him out to the cops. But before we get too complacent, the narrator (Lt. Williamson) jolts us back to reality by warning us that "all homosexuals are not passive. Some resort to violence, as in the case of Mike Merritt."   Our first shot of the new malevolent stranger has him taking in a game of youth basketball. There was no WNBA in those days, but the level of competit...
Posters of the WPA

Posters of the WPA

Ephemera
Back in the day (1935 to be precise), President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration (WPA), an enormous government program aimed at providing employment for millions of Americans affected by the Great Depression. The legacy of the WPA is a host of public works (bridges, roads, etc.) and cultural projects. That's all well and good obviously, but what I really care about are the cool posters designed to promote many of the WPA's programs. All of these images and hundreds more are available as part of the Library of Congress's "Posters of the WPA" collection. I've simply picked what I feel are some of the most visually appealing and added my usual pithy commentary. As you'll see, these great images are very much of their time and most display an Art Deco sensibili...