That Naughty Waltz or Take me in your arms again and waltz, and waltz, and waltz. Sol P.Levy. Edwin Stanley. Chicago: Forster Music Publisher Inc., copyright 1920.
First Line: Hold me tightly, swing me lightly, to that naughty waltz.
First Line of Chorus: Oh play again that naughty waltz and play it soft and low.
The waltz was a scandalous dance when it was introduced. A character in one 1771 German novel fumes “But when he put his arm around her, pressed her to his breast, cavorted with her in the shameless, indecent whirling-dance of the Germans and engaged in a familiarity that broke all the bounds of good breeding—then my silent misery turned into burning rage.” The waltz was popular in Vienna by the 1780s, though, and quickly spread to other countries but it apparently remained controversial for decades: the 1825 Oxford English Dictionary described it as “riotous and indecent.” We probably can safely assume that few Chicagoans viewed it as “naughty” by 1920, though.
The Ottoman Empire was still in existence the last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.
Don’t remind us…
Seasons Greetings from the Cubs, 1962, Chicago.
YES!!!! The Cubbies rule! Awesome post here… Maybe it’s a sign 2013 is our year?!?!?
To commemorate the Cubs’ 2013 home opener. The most hopeful day of the year for us Chicagoans…
A favorite bondage fantasy. While considering the mechanics of such a scenario, it occurred to me that I had only a vague conception of the dimensions involved. It turns out that those tracks are four feet eight-and-one-half inches apart, center-to-center. The rest of our story comes from truthorfiction.com:
“Where did the four-foot, eight-and-a-half-inch standard originate? Gabriel says it was from a Englishman named George Stephenson. Carts on rails had been used in mines in England for years, but the width of the rails varied from mine to mine since they didn’t share tracks. Stephenson was the one who started experimenting with putting a steam engine on the carts so there would be propulsion to pull them along. He had worked with several mines with differing gauges and simply chose to make the rails for his project 4-foot, eight [and one-half] inches wide.
“Interestingly, the 4-foot, eight-and-a-half inch width has not always been the standard in the U.S. According to the Encyclopedia of American Business History and Biography, at the beginning of the Civil War, there were more than 20 different gauges ranging from 3 to 6 feet, although the 4-foot, eight-and-a-half inch was the most widely used. During the war, any supplies transported by rail had to be transferred by hand whenever a car on one gauge encountered track of another gauge and more than 4,000 miles of new track was laid during the war to standardize the process. Later, Congress decreed that the 4-foot, eight-and-a-half inch standard would be used for transcontinental railway.”
Only McGyver would be able to use that information to help our damsel in distress. Poor thing, she looks absolutely fraught with anguish.
American soldier and his English girlfriend on lawn in Hyde Park, one of the favorite haunts of US troops stationed in England, photo by Ralph Morse, London, May 1944
I wonder if this was the inspiration for Henry Fox Talbot to invent the photographic negative in 1841.
The library of Alexandria.
“There’s a starman waiting in the sky”
Neil Armstrong (5th August 1930 - 25th August 2012)
Her next move should be sitting on it with her pants around her ankles.
As is so often the case, young women today can take things for granted because of the strides made for them by women in previous generations. Case in point: The platens on many early photocopiers shattered when ladies used them after hours to make naughty pictures of their butts. This happened so often that they were redesigned with thicker glass. Viva feminism!
Oh, my God —I’m looking at a sculpture of her here on my desk! I never knew who the model was. A little research tells me that Audrey Munson was also the model for two U.S. coins and was the first woman to appear nude in a film (Inspiration in 1919). Later in life, a landlord fell in love with her and murdered his wife to be available for her. The scandal effectively ended her career. She lived to the age of 104.
Audrey Munson (June 8, 1891 – February 20, 1996) was an American artist’s model and film actress, known variously as ‘Miss Manhattan’, ‘the Exposition Girl’, and ‘American Venus’. She was the model or inspiration for more than 15 statues in New York City and appeared in four silent films
I wonder how long that “lifetime membership” lasted.
Pornography has always been a driving force in the technological development of photography (and later, movies and home video). Here is a prime example from 1855. Photography was invented, more or less, around 1840, so it obviously didn’t take long for men to realize the graphic potential of the medium. This young lady was, no doubt, in the lustful dreams of American soldiers fighting in the Civil War. Suddenly, those young men had access to pornographic delights that before then had been unavailable even to kings.
Beauty Revealed, 1828, by Sarah Goodridge. Goodridge was a self-taught artist in Boston when Daniel Webster sat for a portrait by her early in his career. Despite being a married man, a father, and an ambitious politician, a romance blossomed between them that lasted twenty-five years. Beauty Revealed was a self-portrait painted for him in Sarah’s fortieth year, following the death of his wife.
This painting is a miniature about the size of a Post-it Note. It was found among Webster’s possessions when he died in 1852. Sarah Goodridge died the following year. Read more of their story at http://twonerdyhistorygirls.blogspot.com/2011/04/shocking-beauty-revealed-sarah.html
On this day in 1980, John Lennon was shot and killed by David Chapman.
Singer, songwriter, artist, activist, and pop star… Popular culture has rarely seen a talent as endlessly captivating as John Lennon. Before being shot dead by an obsessed fan in New York City in 1980, Lennon enjoyed enormous commercial and critical success with history’s most famous rock band, The Beatles.
Pictured: John and Yoko pose in December 1968. “As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot,” he said.
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