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Fashion in Song – Air Force Ones (2002)

Air Force Ones was written and performed by American rap artist Nelly, and was released on his Nellyville album, November 7, 2002. It peaked at #3 on the U.S. Billboard top 100 chart. The song became popular with sneaker heads … Continue reading

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How to Stay Spiffy

I was stumped earlier this year when I was contacted by the Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum with a picture of a wire thingy in their collection and asked if I knew how it was used… I couldn’t help. However, … Continue reading

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AND MAYBE THE LAST Knitting Song – Jim Henson Muppets (1983)

It’s neat and it’s sweetIt’s a ding dong treatKnittin’ socks for little feetJust sittin’ with your knittin’ all day longYou know knittin’s friendlyAnd knittin’s funKnittin’s good for everyoneAnd that is why we sing this knittin’ songWell it’s knit one pearl … Continue reading

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And ANOTHER knitting song: Knitting – Arthur Askey (1939)

Comedian Arthur Askey was born in Liverpool in 1900 and served in WWI where he also performed in army entertainments. After the War he went into the theatre and eventually built a career on the radio, becoming well known by … Continue reading

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ANOTHER Knitting Song – Sophie Madeleine (2009)

I’m going to knit myself a sweater.A sweater that will keep me warm at night.Just how many days here must I weather?Just biding my time…’cause when I call you on the phone,I’m still lost, I’m still alone.Who’s going to make … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – The Knitting Song (1964)

Bill Oddie was one of a trio of British comedians known as The Goodies – the other two Goodies were Tim Brook Taylor and Doctor Graeme Garden. Oddie’s The Knitting Song was released on Parlophone (R5346) in 1965. That same … Continue reading

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A Century of Hard Hats

An interesting article appeared in the New York Times today about the history of hard hats. Here is a synopsis: When Edward W. Bullard returned home to the U.S. after serving in France during World War 1, he suggested that … Continue reading

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1893 Watch Camera

This ‘spy camera’ is likely similar or even the same model used by 19 year old Carl Stormer when he took these round shaped photos in the 1890s in Oslo, Norway.

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Fashion in the 1990s – posted on 19/9/9!

I found links to three fascinating hour long documentaries that look at the creative fashions and fashion industry of the 1990s. The first film done in 1992 is by Henry Stein and looks at the origins of an avant-garde fashion … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Why Do You Bob Your Hair Girls? (1927)

This Appalachian tune that pleads for women not to bob their hair was written and performed by Blind Alfred Reed in 1927. There are two different versions of the lyrics by Blind Alfred Reed, as well as later recordings done … Continue reading

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