Marvel’s Agent Carter

Agent Carter, one of the latest offerings from the Marvel universe, will be making its way to the small screen on January 6th, 2015. I’m very excited for this long awaited series to air. As a fan of the 1940s and everything that the decade had to offer, I look forward to seeing how this era is portrayed in the …

Pierce Hale, Private Eye: Shoulder Pads and “Johnny Mop”

A late summer’s evening in post-war 1940’s Miami, and I guess you get so used to gunfire that after a while you don’t pay much attention to it. Unless, of course, the bullets hit the bricks above your head. I reached out to grab my lady to pull her down.. but she was already lying on the sidewalk, arms over …

Dear John: An Unwanted Letter – 1940’s WWII Soldier

A  “Dear John” letter is a letter that a woman writes to either her husband or her boyfriend when she wants to tell him that she wants to end their relationship. Most of the time, there is another man involved. The woman has often found another lover or wants to proceed with her life for another reason, and either doesn’t …

The Art of Wartime Newsreels – 1940 through 1946

Newsreels in America were used during the general time period of the silent film era, through the 1960s. Universal newsreels (produced by Universal Studios) were released twice a week between 1929 and 1967. During World War II, American movie-goers were shown these popular newsreels as part of the total entertainment that accompanied the feature film. Because news of the war was otherwise obtained through newspaper and radio, …