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Album Cover of the Week: Johnny & The Hurricanes, Stormsville

Album Cover of the Week: Johnny & The Hurricanes, Stormsville

Album Cover of the Week, Music
I have no real reason for this pick other than the fact that Hurricane Sandy -- aka Frankenstorm -- is barreling up the East Coast as I write this. But as it turns out it's a pretty cool piece of cover art in its own right. Here's Johnny & The Hurricanes with their 1960 Warwick Records release, Stormsville. This is a fairly standard rock cover from the late '50s/early '60s period, featuring the band posing in the middle of rocking out. I dig the all upper-case band typeface, complete with hurricane wind lines. Now for a little bit of history -- the band was formed in Toledo, Ohio in 1957 and was led by saxophonist Johnny Paris, who you see front and center on this cover. Their big taste of success was with "Red River Rock," which topped the U.S. charts at #5 in 1959. That tra...
Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 14: The Kitchen of Tomorrow (Life, 1943)

Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 14: The Kitchen of Tomorrow (Life, 1943)

Vintage Photo Wednesday
This week's edition of Vintage Photo Wednesday comes from the August 9, 1943 issue of Life magazine. Specifically, a delightful photo essay called "Kitchens of Tomorrow May Look Like This." You can probably guess what these pictures will look like before you even see them. As far as I can tell from the article, "futuristic" basically means better designed storage and lots of built-in appliances that can be hidden by wood paneling. Oh, and apparently the kitchen doubles as a playroom when not in use. Odd. Still, it's always neat to see how different people dream about the future. The experimental kitchen you see here was built in Toledo, Ohio by the Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass Company. Let's take a look! (All photos taken by Nina Leen for Life. Click on any image for a larger version.)