Category Archives: 40s

A FLYING DIME by Peter Nolan Smith

On an June evening in 1939 my uncle and three of his teenage friends exited from Portland’s State Theater’s western matinee of STAGECOACH and JESSE JAMES. The gunfights in the cowboy double bill had had a funny effect on their blood, for while America was still peace, War loomed across the Atlantic. Europe was a […]

La Marseillaise CASABLANCA

ON THE ROAD / Kerouac’s Map 1947

Click on map to enlarge. This map from Jack Kerouac’s diary detailed his hitchhiking across the USA in 1947. His itinerary includes more stops than the classic hit ROUTE 66 sung originally by Nat King Cole. New York City, Chicago, Davenport Des Moines, North Platte, Cheyenne, Denver, Laramie, Salt Lake, Reno, San Francisco, Madera, Fresno, […]

Jimmy Durante’s Beer Mug

Andre the Giant was a huge man as anyone can tell from how small the beer can looks in his hand. The champion pro wrestler was also a monstrous drinker once downing 199 beers in a sitting. The American singer/pianist Jimmy Durante aka the Schnozzola also liked his beer. And he loved his wife, Mrs. […]

Nagasaki Plus One Month 1945

This rare photo of the Hiroshima mushroom cloud was taken on August 6, 1945. The Hiroshima bombing claimed approximately 120,000 lives and the subsequent leveling of Nagasaki annihilated 80,000. The US military strategists have long held that these two attacks saved over a million US troops by forcing the Japanese Empire to surrender to the […]