jueves, 29 de septiembre de 2016

Bakelite Radios 2

Bakelite Radios
Philco Model 46-420 tabletop (1946)
Philco Model 48-200-1 tabletop (1948)
Philco Model 49-505 "Transitone" Tabletop (1949)
Philco Model 52-548 "Transitone" Tabletop (1952)
Philips "Philetta" Model BD 273 U Tabletop Radio (1957)
Raytheon Model 5R-12R tabletop
RCA Model 66-X-11 Tabletop (1947)
RCA Model 75X11 tabletop (1948)
RCA Model 8-X-541 tabletop (1949)
Silvertone Model 15 tabletop (1951)
Silvertone Model 6012 tabletop (1947)
Sylvania Model 1201 tabletop
Truetone Model D2017 "Boomerang" Tabletop (1950)
Westinghouse Model H-188 tabletop (1948)
Westinghouse Model WR-174L tabletop
Zenith Model 514 clock radio (1952)
Zenith Model A515-W clock radio
Zenith Model 5B011ZY "Consoltone" tabletop
Zenith G724 AM/FM tabletop (1950)
Zenith Model H723 AM/FM tabletop (1951)
Zenith Model R-514W clock radio (1952)
Zenith Model Y724 AM/FM tabletop (1956)

Models and Body Styles for the 1953 Chevrolets

Models and Body Styles for the 1953 Chevrolets
The 1953 Chevrolets cars came in 3 styles.  The higher end "Bel-Air" Series, the mid range "210 Series", and the economy range "150 Series".   There were 16 models in all. 
The Bel-Air Series
These were the deluxe models for Chevrolet in 1953.  Signified by more trim and a few more options like automatic transmission, radio, and heater as standard equipment. 
The 210 Series
These were the mid range models for Chevrolet.  They did not have the fancy Bel-Air script and trim.  But, it did come in wagons and have significantly more trim than the 150 Series. 

The 150 Series
These were the basic models for Chevrolet.  These did not have much exterior trim other than the gravel shield.  In addition, the interiors were pretty basic.

THE BLOB - 1958


Copyright 1958 Fairview Productions.

Steve - Steve McQueen! Impulsive teenager who knows what is wrong and right, but sometimes being bad is just too much fun. Has a hard time speaking in complete sentences when agitated.
Jane - Gullible girl that thinks Steve is the bee's knees. She is more than a little prude at first, but after he saves the town (and her) I'd imagine a few things loosened up.
Lieutenant Dave - One of the most reasonable men to ever wear a badge.
Sergeant Jim Bert - Jerk who hates teenagers since his wife was killed or injured by a hot rodding kid. It's easy to ignore your average jerk, but not so easy to ignore one with good marksmanship skills.
Mooch, Tony, and Al - Bullies or buddies, it is hard to understand their social interactions with Steve.
Danny - Annoying younger brother to Jane, he is not afraid of the Blob. Perhaps watching it dissolve his arm would change that outlook. Stupid kid.
Dr. Hallen - Set a fashion statement that Gregory Peck could not ignore, plus he was obviously an NRA member.
Nurse Kate - Blob chow! Come and get it!
Mr. Old Coot - A balanced part of any Blob's diet.

Primarily this is a story about the establishment not trusting the younger generation. It is apparent the latter are just young and out to have fun, which annoys geezers on principle. Oh yeah, there's also this formless horror from space that can ooze through the smallest opening and dissolve flesh on contact.

As a child I might have respected mommy and daddy, but they didn't frighten me. Not like the title creature here at least. Blessed with a vivid imagination anyway, after insisting (as only children can - we're all brats at heart) on watching "The Blob" I found it the most terrifying movie ever made. For years reoccurring night terrors would send me tearing through the house, fleeing from its hungry protoplasm. Just imagine dealing with a child who is asleep, but screaming at the top of their lungs with eyes wide open. Eventually the thing would corner me (I guess), prompting a gruesome dance that was the sure sign of it latching on with hungry pseudopodia. Years later I would commiserate with Dirk the Daring every time that door opened and a hideous black mass engulfed him.


Anyway, how about some plot? First off, I have to tell you that the movie begins with an amazingly out of place song about the Blob playing over the opening credits. "Beware of the Blob it creeps and leaps..." I love it! Almost makes you sad when the tune trails off and things get down to business. Steve has just succeeded in convincing Jane that his love is true, which probably earned him a stanza in some teen ballad, when a meteorite lands nearby. Thoughts of baseball jargon are cast aside as they search for the fallen star.

Unsurprisingly, some old coot hears the meteorite and goes to check out the modest impact crater. He uses a stick to poke at the space rock, causing it to crack open. What started my wheels turning is that, despite landing mostly intact, it breaks when poked with a rotten piece of wood. Remember, while there is no speed limit for meteorites, they do reach terminal velocity in respect to their size and weight before hitting Earth. Literature suggests that guessing the rock in question was traveling at one hundred to two hundred miles per hour (normal meteorites travel faster, but they're often made of metal) is safe. Now you understand why poking it with a stick should have done one thing - singed the stick.

Out of the broken shell oozes a thick viscous mass of something. Mr. Coot wisely uses the piece of tree branch to pick it up, but the stuff displays self locomotion and slides up the stick onto his hand. Personally, I would have dropped the stick, quickly and with little regard to decorum. Having your hand slowly dissolved hurts and the old man stumbles his way to the road where Steve almost hits him with the car.

In short order the two kids arrive with their moaning cargo at Dr. Hallen's. Yes, moaning. Either the Coot dropped out of school really early or the intense pain prevents coherent speech. Steve and Jane are sent to get the geezer's friends or family, while the doctor wastes time waiting for his nurse to arrive. When Kate finally does walk in the door they both find a Blob much larger and more mobile than before. The teenagers return just in time for Steve to witness Dr. Hallen's last moments through a window, they look pretty painful to me. Hmmm... ...covered with a thick emulsion and quickly suffocating, plus being digested. Yup, pretty painful.

Consider the Blob's eating habits for a moment. It can dissolve a human body in short order (bones and all) and turns red after its first meal of Homo Sapiens (presumably from the blood). Carpet and wooden finishes seem to be unaffected by this caustic solution though, since the monster never leaves any evidence of a trail. Seems almost like selective digestion, the dream of every Jenny Craig devotee in history.

Steve and Jane have absolutely no luck convincing the police or their parents of what has transpired. The adults think it is a hoax, meant to undermine their authority and make them look stupid. Get a clue dad, the progeny are going to think you look stupid no matter what. Meanwhile, the audience just knows the blob is cruising around and eating townsfolk. Mainly due to the fact that a few scenes illustrate this, whether it be a bar found mysteriously empty or seeing the Blob eat the unhappily married automotive repair specialist.

Rebuked by the governing authority, the teenagers cooperate to make one heck of a big ruckus and warn the populace. That does the trick nicely, but the police are displeased when no amorphous menace can be produced as evidence. Just before you think the Lieutenant might throw some kids in jail for the night luck shines on our heroes. The Blob makes an appearance at the theater where it absorbs the projectionist and sends everyone else running willy nilly. Nobody would scoff at this thing anymore, it is huge! How many people did the Blob eat to grow so large?

Steve, Jane, Danny, and some bit part actors are trapped in a diner by the mindless entity, while the police throw everything they can at it. Bullets are ineffective and dropping a high voltage electrical wire onto the monster doesn't do anything directly helpful. In fact, it sets the diner on fire. Only Steve's fortunate use of a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher (actually he takes it from the diner's cook) provides a clue to stopping the unstoppable. The rest, as they say, is history.

The film is a classic for all the right reasons: good acting, a frightening monster, nice special effects, and a pace that never stops. A great deal of respect should be bestowed upon the camera and lighting specialists. Every minute of this movie takes place at night, with only a few scenes inside well lit buildings, and the shots never lose any detail to the murkiness. I couldn't ask for more, even if it did mentally scar me.

Meteorites have a chewy center, just like a Tootsie Pop.
Somebody needs to invent "blob load" shotgun shells in a hurry.
Finding the fuse box in a large and unfamiliar house is simple.
It is difficult to convince people of your sincerity after they catch you driving backwards.
Old people's parties suck.
Meat cleavers were not meant to cut hardened steel chains.
Firefighters used to carry guns for some reason.
Throwing an ineffective weapon at the advancing monster is a natural instinct.
Twenty CO2 fire extinguishers can freeze several tons of blob.

theblob1.mpg - 3.2m
Kate did a good job of cutting off her only avenue of escape by running directly away from the Blob. Now she must either kill the monster or get et.

(She gets et.)