This is my grandfather and his Supermarine Spitfire around 1944. His name was Alan “Butch” Aikman, and he was a fighter ace in WW2 with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). He had over 700 hours of flying time in Spitfires as well as 9 credited victories (aerial kills), 4 probables and 3 damaged enemy aircraft. He was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar for his efforts in the Battle of Britain. I don’t have very many memories of him as he died when I was 5 years old, but the ones I do have remind me what a damn good guy he was. This is the kind of man I aspire to be some day, and I think about him almost every day. RIP Warrior.


I was tagged by a-little-bergman-in-my-hands to post my top 10 new movies I’ve seen so far this year, in so in no particular order…

- Now, Voyager, 1942 (dir. Irving Rapper)

- To Have Have and Have Not, 1944 (dir. Howard Hawks)

- Blue Is The Warmest Color, 2013 (dir. Abdellatif Kechiche)

- Before Sunset, 2004 (dir. Richard Linklater)

- Days of Being Wild, 1990 (dir. Wong Kar-wai)

- All About My Mother, 1999 (dir. Pedro Almodóvar)

- Wetlands, 2013 (dir. David Wnendt)

- Nightcrawler, 2014 (dir. Dan Gilroy)

- Ariel, 1988 (dir. Aki Kaurismäki)

- Blood Simple, 1984 (dir. Joel and Ethan Coen)

Thanks so much for tagging me, this was really fun!! 

Tagging: romysschneider, liv-ullmanns, viewpointstudios, 2k15garbage, theweathercomplains, betweenthereels, youarewhatyoudontshit, eossonishipsteric, thebenevolentarmadilllo, and anyone else who wants to do this!

anonymous asked:

hey! so i see you're always posting about old hollywood actors/actresses and as someone who loves that era and aesthetic but hasn't ever really ventured into the film culture, could you recommend a list of must-see films from then (1940s-ish)?

This is the best message I have ever seen in my entire life.  :’) <3

Okay, so, these are just some of the films off the top of the ones I’ve seen that I recommend. Seriously, imo classic movies are perhaps my favorite because they’re just so interesting and the plots then were, in a way, unique. I’ll do my best to stick within the 1940′s since most of my favorite noirs were released in this era but 30′s and 50′s also had great ones!

  • Leave Her to Heaven (Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Vincent Price - 1945)
  • Laura (Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Vincent Price - 1944)
  • To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Dark Passage, Key largo (Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall -40′s noir/the time when Bogie and Betty were at their best together)
  • Casablanca (Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman - all time classic)
  • Gilda (Rita Hayworth & Glenn Ford - 1946)
  • This Above All (Tyrone Power & Joan Fontaine -1942 [during the height of WWII. Movies centered around the war were pretty common and popular])
  • Top Hat, Flying Down to Rio, Swing Time ( 3 of Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers duo films in the 30′s all of them Musicals but really enjoyable)
  • Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, and William Holden -1954)
  • The Maltese Falcon (Humphrey Bogart - 1941)
  • Roman Holiday (Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck - 1953)
  • Rear Window (Grace Kelly, Jimmy Stewart - 1954) [Most of Hitchcock’s films are suspense/thrillers but it’s so well done that you have to watch them]
  • To Catch a Thief (Grace Kelly, Cary Grant - 1955)
  • Some Like it Hot (Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon - 1959)
  • Arsenic and Old Lace (Cary Grant - 1944) Dark Comedy but it’s one of my favorites of Cary’s filmography. 
  • A Streetcar named Desire (Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter - 1951) 
  • Vivacious Lady (Ginger Rogers, James Stewart - 1938) 
  • Stage Door (Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers - 1937) Great female led movie!!
  • Bringing Up Baby (Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant - 1938) One of the many duo films starring these two!
  • Lawrence of Arabia (Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif - 1962) There are a few 60′s movies I enjoy but most of them come from the 30′s-50′s!

From there what I did was just move onto the filmography from the lead actors in each film and eventually you’ll discover an array of movies that they’ve starred in. 

It was how I got into Grace Kelly actually!

If you need anymore movie recs just shoot me a message and I’ll recommend more!

washingtonandwinter asked:

they both look pretty healthy so hopefully wont be for awhile. And they have been in love since 1944 so that is quite epic Even Royal and wealthy, blah blah they have had some really tough times from outside and family that could have split them. But they seem even closer together than ever. ANd HM once said she does not see her long reign like Victoria. Philip has been with her all along the way. They have weathered and endured it all and still love and laugh. So lets just enjoy them now.

Originally posted by gifs-for-the-masses


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Steve Silberman: The forgotten history of autism

Decades ago, few pediatricians had heard of autism. In 1975, 1 in 5,000 kids was estimated to have it. Today, 1 in 68 is on the autism spectrum. What caused this steep rise? Steve Silberman points to “a perfect storm of autism awareness” — a pair of psychologists with an accepting view, an unexpected pop culture moment and a new clinical test. But to really understand, we have to go back further to an Austrian doctor by the name of Hans Asperger, who published a pioneering paper in 1944. Because it was buried in time, autism has been shrouded in misunderstanding ever since. (This talk was part of a TED2015 session curated by Pop-Up Magazine: popupmagazine.com or @popupmag on Twitter.)

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, place where many national celebrations is being held, is dedicated to the unknown soldiers who have given their lives for Poland. Located at Piłsudski Square, is the only surviving part of the Saxon Palace. After the Warsaw Uprising, in December 1944 the palace was completely demolished by the Wehrmacht. Only part of the central colonnade, sheltering the Tomb, was preserved. Since 2 November 1925 the tomb houses an unidentified body of a young soldier who fell during the Defence of Lwów. At a later date soil from numerous battlefields where Polish soldiers have fought was added to the urns housed in the surviving pillars of the Saxon Palace.

“It is 1943. Colonial French soldiers have penetrated a coastal village, deep in the South of Senegal. The soldiers are looking for a young woman; a woman who, for some time, is posing a great threat to the established French colonial order.

Some say she is a witch. Some say she can heal. What is certain, is that like Joan of Arc, she has acquired a strong following of anti-colonialists and is much revered. Like Joan of Arc, she has spoken against ‘an invader’, the French, and is leading a form of resistance against the colonialists. The young woman has such an influence, that following the death of their King, the Djola people of Casamance have made her their Queen.

By 1944, this woman, the Priestess Queen of the Kingdom of Kabrousse, who bravely chose to surrender to the French and spare her people from reprisals, will have endured ill-treatment in numerous jails from Sénégal to Gambia, and eventually Timbuktu in Mali. In less than a year, torture and miserable conditions will have broken her body. Deliberately untreated by her jailers, abandoned to illness, the young woman will die in prison at the age of 24.

Who was this strong spirit, and why were the French so afraid of her?

Why does her memory endure in Africa today such that even 2008 Senegalese coinage exists with her face upon it and the bold inscription, “La femme qui était plus qu'un homme” - the woman who was more than a man.

Who was she?

Her name was Aline Sitoé Diatta. She was born some time around 1920, in the coastal village of Kabrousse in Casamance, a region of rich and varied flora. Her people, the Djola, who today contribute only 4% of the population of Casamance and 8% of Senegal’s population, were traditionally rice cultivators.

Casamance is a sun blessed land that represents one seventh the size of Senegal. Through it, runs Senegal’s second largest river. It is a green paradise of mangroves, lagoons, beaches, rice fields and sacred lush forests. Prior to the French, the Portuguese saw in it a great potential. From the 16th century, the Portuguese founded a commerce of wax, ivory, skins and sadly, slavery. In the 17th century, they created a port which will later become the region’s capital, Ziguinchor. Long before the famed island of Gorée which US President Obama will eventually visit in 2013, Ziguinchor will have served as a major transit port for the slave trade.

It is in Ziguinchor, that the young orphan, Aline, arrives at age eighteen, to seek an employment. There, she is hired by colonialists to work as docker on the port. Life at home is a life of poverty, but the rudimentary conditions and the exhausting work of loading and unloading ships also take their toll on the young woman. Aline travels to Senegal’s capital, Dakar, and is soon employed as a domestic by a French family.

When Aline is around 21, her life takes an interesting turn. One day, she hears a voice. The voice tells her to return to her village at once, and to free her people from the colonialists.
The voice adds that if she fails to do so, misfortune will befall her.

Aline ignores the voice. Four days later, she awakes paralyzed, possibly from a stroke, albeit, one that is rare for one so young. Aline finally requests to be brought back to Casamance. No sooner is she returned to the village of Kabrousse, that the paralysis leaves her. According to some, she will retain a limp from her ordeal.

Aline begins to take her voices seriously. Soon, she is encouraging her people to reaffirm their roots. This, she says, is the essence of resisting the influence of colonialists.

What are these Djola roots?

The Djola, or Jola, had no caste system. No griots (storytellers/historial class), no slaves, no nobility class. In terms of world cultures, theirs was a rare egalitarian society. They were highly respectful to, and integrated with nature, and were adept at herbal medicine. They were also a musical culture, their instruments playing a significant part in their many rituals. These rituals favored a strong sense of collective consciousness which aligned their political system to that of true socialism.

Source: http://teranga-and-sun.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/aline-sitoe-diatta-joan-of-arc-of-africa.html

Take a deep breath. Count to 20. Exhale. Love it your way.

Rose's "Love Yourself and Stop Being So Damn Salty" Salt Scrub

You will need:
Sea salt (I used Himalayan pink because AESTHETIC) (also pink helps with love shit so there you go)
Ground cloves
Almond oil
A shitload of body-safe glitter

Mix all that ish up in a little bowl. Ratios? It don’t matter! Just make enough for the job. Also, your use of glitter may vary from professional (someone with a job and a life) to unattended child at a library crafts event (me).

Get in your shower. Have a nice time. Ask yourself why you gotta be so salty when your energy could be put into other shit. Question why you let people use you as a doormat like girl/boy/otherwise identifying person WHY? You might wanna listen to some cool music that makes you feel alright. I put on the Inglourious Basterds soundtrack because I have not given a single fuck since 1944.

Cool cool okay so now that you’re all clean and pensive and shit you get your little scrub that you mixed up and go to TOWN. Treat yourself. Think about who you wanna be and how negativity won’t help you get there. If you have enough for the soles of your feet, do those. If not don’t worry, you got this. I believe in you.

Once you’re done, rinse yourself. Imagine all that saltiness going down the drain. Now get your cute little ass out of the shower and notice that you have soft skin that smells amazing and is covered with glitter. Because you’re keeping the good shit. The salt helped you figure out what needed to be done, and now it’s gone but it helped your skin get all awesome.

So yeah. Do great work.


Vintage Girl Wrestler Photos Pre 1940

Found these in great-grandpa’s old office when cleaning stuff out. He used to promote guy and gal wrestling and boxing in the Zanesville, Columbus, Ohio area. He was a bit of a gansta in his day! These wrestlers came from all over the US and the world. I have many vintage original 8 x 10 glossy promo photos. I have a 1944 program promoting a famous boxer Joe Louis with gramps as the promoter...


2015 Movie Odyssey Midterm Report

We’re halfway through the year. I know the bottom of this list is going to spoil some scores for write-ups that have yet to be published. But here it is… all 109 films I have completed for these first six months of 2015 and the one I’m burning through right now:


1.     The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) – 4.5/10
2.     Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) – 5/10
3.     The Snow Queen (1957, Soviet Union) – 8/10
4.     Patema Inverted (2013, Japan) – 6/10
5.     The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) – 6.5/10
6.     Ministry of Fear (1944) – 6.5/10
7.     Imitation of Life (1959) – 9/10
8.     The Paper Chase (1973) – 7/10
9.     The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – 6/10
10.  Song of the Sea (2014) – 9/10
11.  Life Itself (2014) – 8.5/10
12.  Still Alice (2014) – 6/10
13.  Selma (2014) – 8.5/10
14.  A Day at the Races (1937) – 8/10
15.  Winter Sleep (2014, Turkey) – 10/10
16.  Parvaneh (2012 short, Switzerland) – 7.5/10
17.  Butter Lamp (2013 short, China) – 8/10
18.  The Phone Call (2013 short) – 8/10
19.  Aya (2012 short) – 6/10
20.  Boogaloo and Graham (2014 short) – 7/10

FEBRUARY (asterisked films are not affiliated with 31 Days of Oscar)

21.  Blade Runner (1982) – 8/10
22.  Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) – 8/10
23.  Logan’s Run (1976) – 6/10
24.  Me and My Moulton (2014 short) – 7.5/10
25.  The Bigger Picture (2014 short) – 6/10
26.  A Single Life (2014 short, Netherlands) – 7/10
27.  The Dam Keeper (2014 short) – 9/10
28.  Sweet Cocoon (2014 short, France)* – 5/10
29.  Footprints (2014 short)* – 6/10
30.  Duet (2014 short)* – 7.5/10
31.  Bus Story (2014, Canada)* – 6.5/10
32.  The Broadway Melody (1929) – 5/10
33.  The Imitation Game (2014) – 6.5/10
34.  Timbuktu (2014, Mauritania) – 9.5/10
35.  The Professionals (1966) – 7/10
36.  Hoosiers (1986) – 8.5/10
37.  American Sniper (2014) – 7.5/10
38.  Rusalochka (1976, Soviet Union)* – 6/10
39.  Leviathan (2014, Russia) – 7/10
40.  The Deer Hunter (1978) – 7.5/10
41.  Ida (2013, Poland) – 9.5/10
42.  Fargo (1996) – 9.5/10


43.  The Gunfighter (1950) – 9/10
44.  No Country for Old Men (2007) – 9.5/10
45.  Speedy (1928) – 7.5/10
46.  Chicago (2002) – 7.5/10
47.  How to Sleep (1935 short) – 5/10
48.  The Man Who Would Be King (1975) – 7/10
49.  Babes in the Woods (1932 short) – 6/10
50.  Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959) – 6.5/10
51.  The Three Caballeros (1944) – 7/10
52.  Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (2001, Japan) – 6.5/10
53.  Walt & El Grupo (2008) – 5/10
54.  The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) – 9/10
55.  Thunderball (1965) – 7/10
56.  Barry Lyndon (1975) – 10/10
57.  La Fiesta de Santa Barbara (1935 short) – 4/10
58.  Shakespeare in Love (1998) – 8.5/10
59.  On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) – 6.5/10


60.  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) – 8/10
61.  Oh, Saigon (2007) – 7/10
62.  What We Do in the Shadows (2014) – 7/10
63.  The Young Rajah (1922) – 5/10
64.  The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) – 8.5/10
65.  Zazie dans le metro (1960, France) – 7.5/10
66.  Master Hoa’s Requiem (2015 short) – 7/10
67.  Land of Sorrows (1973, South Vietnam) – 7.5/10
68.  The Cider House Rules (1999) – 9/10
69.  The Penalty (1920) – 6/10
70.  You Only Live Twice (1967) – 6/10
71.  Diamonds Are Forever (1971) – 5.5/10
72.  Royal Wedding (1951) – 7/10
73.  Bend It Like Beckham (2002) – 7/10


74.  Live and Let Die (1973) – 4.5/10
75.  Ex Machina (2015) – 8/10
76.  Simon of the Desert (1965, Mexico) – 8.5/10
77.  Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – 5/10
78.  Wadjda (2012, Saudi Arabia) – 7.5/10
79.  The Killing (1956) – 9.5/10
80.  Tomorrowland (2015) – 7/10
81.  The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) – 8.5/10
82.  The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) – 7/10
83.  Howard the Duck (1986) – 1/10
84.  When Marnie Was There (2014, Japan) – 6.5/10


85.  French Cancan (1954, France) – 8/10
86.  Cash Stashers (1953 short) – 5/10
87.  Heavy Metal (1981) – 3/10
88.  The Horse Soldiers (1959) – 7/10
89.  The Book of Truth (2015) – 6/10
90.  Mad Max (1979) – 7.5/10 (SUMMER MOVIE ODYSSEY BEGINS)
91.  Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) – 5/10
92.  Tomorrow Is Forever (1946) – 7/10
93.  Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941) – 7.5/10
94.  Jurassic World (2015) – 6/10
95.  Saboteur (1942) – 6.5/10
96.  The Cowboys (1972) – 7.5/10
97.  Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – 9/10
98.  The Fly (1958) – 6.5/10
99.  Ginza Cosmetics (1951, Japan) – 7/10
100.  Batman (1943 serial) – 6/10
101.  Lava (2014 short) – 6/10
102.  Inside Out (2015) – 9.5/10
103.  Mothra (1961, Japan) – 6/10
104.  Gun Crazy (1950) – 9.5/10
105.  The Insider (1999) – 8/10
106.  Wife (1953, Japan) – 8/10
107.  Mulholland Drive (2001) – 9/10
108.  Heaven Can Wait (1943) – 7.5/10
109.  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, Taiwan) – 10/10
110.  Nayak (1966, India) – in progress

What is it?! Fell on my arm Southern California, SD County

Hi, Vinny!

I’m pretty sure that little lady is a cribellate spider, Metaltella simoni. I actually said in my email reply that she didn’t have a more common family name but it turns out that Amphinectidae are also hacklemesh weavers- my bad.

She does not have a medically significant venom and is actually an invasive species (though so far, not harmfully so) from South America. M. simoni were introduced to Florida around 1944 and have kind of spread out around the southern US and out to California ever since.

Thanks for asking!

Vintage Schumann Bavaria Germany small porcelain china bowl with pink roses. Would make a pretty desk accessory! ⭐️ SHOP LINK IN PROFILE ⭐️ moddities.etsy.com ⭐️ Very pretty porcelain bowl that’s perfect for berries, rings, paperclips, what have you! It features a reticulated 10-sided rim decorated with gold. The roses are in shades of pink with green stems and leaves; one large one in the center surrounded by 5 small ones. The mark on the bottom was used by Schumann from 1932 to 1944.
Size: 4 ¾" across x 13/4" tall
Marks: Schumann Bavaria, lion and crown coat of arms all in blue ink (used between 1932 and 1944)
Condition: Very good vintage condition; small crack that looks to have been glued/repaired a long time ago; moderate gold loss around top edge, a few specks of gilt on bottom/outer side, no crazing. vintage #bavarianporcelain #bavaria #germany #schumann #schumannbavaria #berrybowl #bowl #reticulated #pierced #roses #pinkroses #deskaccessory #china #serveware #etsy #etsyvintage @etsyvintageteam #moddities

#WorkInProgress Making a board display of our OLD PHILIPPINE COIN collections. The oldest coin that we have was produced during the American ascendancy, 1 Centavo coin, Bronze, Year 1944. We have actual coins as well from English Series, to Pilipino Series, to Marcos’ Bagong Lipunan Series and up to the famous Flora and Fauna Series.

These will be displayed in my workplace in the extended celebration of Philippine Independence Day.

(Para sa premyong GCs!!! Haha! Karamihan ng old coins, napupulot lang habang naglilinis sa Orchard namin sa Concepcion, Tarlac. Others were really kept intentionally for collection.)

#PhilippinePeso #coinage #coins #collection #history #Philippines #pinoy

I got this book when I was living in Germany as a kid. It must have been used in a college class because there are notes written in pencil in the margins saying things like, “Fairytale-theme with animal tale embedded,” and “* - disc. in class.”

It’s a 1972 paperback reprinting (9/76) of the 1944 original. It’s weathered and dog-eared and I have to keep reattaching the pages, but I’d never get rid of it. I think it was the second book of fairy tales I received, and I’ve treasured it as a handbook of magical lore and spirit work since my hands first touched it (I was looking for magic even back then).


I was tagged by francoisedorleacs. Cheers!

Write down 10 of your favourite films on this particular day in no order

*The Wizard Of Oz (1939) directed by Victor Fleming

*Two For The Road (1967) directed by Stanley Donen

*It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) directed by Frank Capra

*Amadeus (1984) directed by Miloš Forman

*One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) directed by Miloš Forman

*Into The Wild (2007) directed by Sean Penn

*La Vita è Bella (1997) directed by Roberto Benigni

*To Have And Have Not (1944) directed by Howard Hawks

*The Philadelphia Story (1940) directed by George Cukor

*Dancer In The Dark (2000) directed by Lars von Trier

I tag jeanharlowed, gracefilm, dosesofgrace Only if you want to. ;-)

It is not that there exists any fundamental reason why mathematics should not be used in economics. The arguments often heard that because of the human element, of the psychological factors etc., or because there is allegedly no measurement of important factors, mathematics will find no application, can all be dismissed as utterly mistaken. Almost all these objections have been made, or might have been made, many centuries ago in fields where mathematics is now the chief instrument of analysis. This “might have been” is meant in the following sense: Let us try to imagine ourselves in the period which preceded the mathematical or almost mathematical phase of the development in physics, that is the 16th century, or in chemistry and biology, that is the 18th century. Taking for granted the skeptical attitude of those who object to mathematical economics in principle, the outlook in the physical and biological sciences at these early periods can hardly have been better than that in economics mutatis mutandis at present.
—  John von Neumann, Theory of Games and Economic Behavior (1944)

I love how Disney films are completely timeless. Films made in 1996, 1961 or even 1937 can be loved and enjoyed just as much as the films that have been made in the last few years. Sure animation techniques have improved and story lines have developed  but the old films are loved just as much as the new ones and they have all stood the true test of time.

anonymous asked:

1) What's your favourite piece of military hardware (anything from a baby-wipe to an Aircraft Carrier)? 2) What's your favourite anime? 3) What made you join Tumblr?

1. T-34-85, the Russian medium tank developed in 1944. It’s a T-34 chassis with a nice, well armoured turret and a beautiful 85mm gun. That thing is bad-ASS, and I really want to purchase one once I have the money.
2. Favorite anime? I have had many “seasonal” favorites, some of them including Another, Sailor Moon, Tokyo Mew Mew, Dangan Ronpa, Psycho Pass, and Kantai Collection, but my fave has to be Girls und Panzer. Yeah yeah, big surprise.
3. This is a doosy. I joined for three reasons. The first was to support my friends’ blogs. Some I follow still, and others not. The second reason was to voice my opinions on various things such as politics, world events , a little bit of social justice, and a few other topics and discuss them. A few months ago I figured out this was futile because you can’t have a decent conversation on this website with somebody who doesn’t have the same opinion as you. I know this isn’t the case with everyone but half of this batch of apples is definitely spoiled beyond help. I hope none of them ever manage to to make it into the outside world or get elected. God help us. The third reason I joined this because I was a little lonely and looking for a new social media. I’d been on Google+ for quite some time as I was there when the beta open to the public. All of my closest friends on that website either changed into people I now despise or left altogether. I only speak to one friend I met on Google+ to this day and even then we only talk once a month or so.
Once again you have delved into the secret in mysterious life of the one who lives the StuGLyfe. Thanks for asking anon.