One of Those Songs, Part Two

As you may recall from our last thrilling episode (if not, see above) we are considering the various ways postcard humorists made use of popular songs, whether these were destined to become classics or swept under the rug with the dust of a previous generation’s joys. Old reliable songs were, of course, fair game.  EverybodyContinue reading “One of Those Songs, Part Two”

One of Those Songs, Part One

Pop Music was defined by one wise man as the music your father listens to.  What YOU listen to is REAL music, not popular stuff, and the songs you find yourself humming are songs that will live forever and not disappear into the mass of forgotten “pop” music.  Yeah, we’re always kidding ourselves about theseContinue reading “One of Those Songs, Part One”

Necessary Nagging

I was thinking of returning to a topic I’ve blogged about before, possibly blaming it all on Psalm of Life, Longfellow’s magnificent bit of motivational poetry.  But it obviously goes back before that.  Poets, among others, have always been willing to tell us how to live, and how to feel about what we were doing. Continue reading “Necessary Nagging”

Oh! You Running Gag!

Albert and Harry Von Tilzer were responsible for a lot of pop culture at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries.  Albert composed “After the Ball”, considered the first pop song to sell over a million copies (sheet music, since records were at this point going through a format war andContinue reading “Oh! You Running Gag!”

Around His Neck

   So in our last two installments, we considered the mockery postcard cartoonists made of two items of women’s fashion in the 1905-1915 era: the hobble skirt and the picture hat.  Can we have the same wild and crazy time considering men’s fashion of the period?    Well, if you look at that first picture,Continue reading “Around His Neck”