Tag Archive | 1952

Ram Hood Ornament on 1950’s-era Dodge

Ran Hood Ornament
All Photos By Gail

I see this classic Dodge parked on the street across from my house most days. I’m not sure which model year it is, but I think mid-to-late 1950s is a safe best. Anyway, I noticed it has this cool Ram Hood Ornament. Very nice.

1950s Dodge

Check it out: what model year does this look like to you? Leave suggestions in the comments, please!

Here are a couple more shots!

1952 Dodge Wayfarer

1952 Dodge Wayfarer

Ram Hood Ornament
Ramming Speed!

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Modern Art Monday Presents: Willem De Kooning, Woman and Bicycle

Woman and Bicycle
Photo By Gail

A leading artist among the Abstract Expressionists, Willem de Kooning never believed that abstraction and representation were mutually exclusive. As he stated: “I’m not interested in ‘abstracting’ or taking things out or reducing painting to design, form, line, and color. I paint this way because I can keep putting more things in it–drama, anger, pain, love, a figure, a horse, my ideas about space. Through your eyes it again becomes an emotion or idea.” Woman and Bicycle, one of a series of “Woman” paintings he made between 1950 and 1953, depicts a standing woman, whose form is clearly visible despite the painterly integration of her body into the surrounding field of non-objective marks. Although the female figure is one of the most traditional subjects in the history of art, the woman in de Kooning’s painting distinctly belongs to the 1950s. Her bright yellow dress, high heels, and garish smile — with a second toothy grin hanging below it like a necklace — reflect the glamorous pin-up girls and movie stars of the period.

Photographed in the Whitney Museum in NYC.

Happy Birthday, Paul Stanley!

Paul Stanley Recent
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Paul Stanley (born Stanley Eisen) singer and guitarist for Kiss was born on this day, January 20th, in 1952! The above is the least horrifying  Paul-post-plastic surgery photo I could find. (Of course, you can always count on an expert rhinoplasty specialist in Miami to get the job done right.) Also, Nice wig! Happy Birthday Paul!

Happy Birthday, Joe Strummer

Joe Strummer Reading

Strummer in London, 1978

Joe Strummer (born John Graham Mellor), singer and guitarist for The Clash was born on this day, August 21st in 1952. Strummer died of heart failure on December 22, 2002.

July 15th Birthdays in The World Of Rock

Marky Ramone

Ramones’ Drummer Marky Ramone (born Marc Bell) was born on this day, July 15th, in 1956. Coincidentally, Ian Curtis of Joy Division was also born on this date in 1956. Curtis passed away quite tragically on May 18, 1980, having committed suicide by hanging himself. Johnny Thunders (born John Genzale) of The New York Dolls and The Heartbreakers was born on this date in 1952. He died of a drug overdose (though some say it was murder) on April 23, 1991. It’s always sad to lose someone so charismatic and talented in their prime. Let us all take a few minutes (at least) today to celebrate the lives and music of these three influential  musicians.

Happy Birthday, Nicko McBrain!

Nicko McBrain

“What Are You Looking At?”

Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain was born on this day, June 5th in 1952. Coincidentally, I just did an amazing interview with Nicko this past Monday, which will show up eventually in the pages of Modern Drummer magazine. He was really just the coolest, most hilarious guy to talk to. Happy Birthday, Nicko!