“You and Your Friends”, Blake (B.K.) Inc.
The course of true love never did run smooth.
cf. Gold Bell Catalog (1963)
So thy great gift, upon misprision growing, comes home again, on better judgment making.
cf. Maclean’s Magazine (1962)
FAREWELL! thou art too dear for my possessing
And like enough thou know’st thy estimate:
The charter of thy worth gives thee releasing;
My bonds in thee are all determinate.
For how do I hold thee but by thy granting?
And for that riches where is my deserving?
The cause of this fair gift in me is wanting,
And so my patent back again is swerving.
Thyself thou gav’st, thy own worth then not knowing,
Or me, to whom thou gav’st it, else mistaking;
So thy great gift, upon misprision growing,
Comes home again, on better judgment making.
Thus have I had thee, as a dream doth flatter,
In sleep a king, but, waking, no such matter.
— Sonnet LXXXVII
I am resigned that this is me
cf. television commercial
I decided quickly (yes, I did) to disco down and check out the show
cf. Handy (Jam) Organization, “Consuming Women (Women as Consumers)” (ca. 1967)
Delia 53: Unhappy pen and ill accepted papers
cf. Handy (Jam) Organization, “American Look” (1958)
UNHAPPY pen! and ill accepted papers!
That intimate, in vain, my chaste desires:
My chaste desires, the ever-burning tapers,
Enkindled by her eyes’ celestial fires.
Celestial fires! and unrespecting powers,
That deign not view the glory of your might!
In humble lines, the work of careful hours,
The sacrifice I offer to her sight…
— Samuel Daniel, “Delia 53: Unhappy pen and ill accepted papers”
I’m out of the business and into rock and roll.
Sports Illustrated, 1978
I Love Lucy
cf. Popular Mechanics, 1974 (edited collage)
But, soft! what light through yonder car window breaks?
cf. LIFE Magazine, 1970 and Romeo and Juliet
LIFE Magazine, 1966
There’s a letter
in my room
I keep reading
ACT I, SCENE III. [Enter POLONIUS]
Business Screen Magazine, 1973
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy;
For the apparel oft proclaims the man…
▶ I Got Ants In My Pants (And I Want To Dance) (Remix) by James Brown
This was my Mom’s recipe from the 60’s as best as I can remember it.
1. ground beef
2. diced onions
3. diced green peppers
5. seasoned bread crumbs
6. garlic powder
Serve with mashed potatoes and peas.
We start believing now that we can be who we are
cf. TV commercial
Get Down On It
Aegis Productions, “What Now!” via Prelinger Archives (ca. 1960s)
Summer of 1973
cf. photograph by freestocks-photos via Pixabay (edit)
cf. Cincinnati Magazine, 1985
David Falconer, “One Family of Four Moved Into the Attic of Their Home…” (1973)
I was happier then. Or was that I? Or am I now I?
Twentyeight I was. She twentythree.
When we left Lombard street west something changed.
Could never like it again after Rudy.
Can’t bring back time. Like holding water in your hand.
Would you go back to then? Just beginning then. Would you?
—James Joyce, Ulysses
Love For Sale
cf. Advertiser-News, 1977 and John Gay, The Beggar’s Opera
The Beggar’s Opera: “My heart was so free”
“We are such stuff as dreams are made on…”
cf. The National Archives UK, “Helmets Are In, Road Safety poster” (1960s) and
GalaxyMikeDE – Night Sky Timelapse with ASI120 – YouTube
The Cocktail Party
cf. LIFE, 1964
UNIDENTIFIED GUEST: Your wife has left you?
EDWARD: Without warning, of course;
Just when she’d arranged a cocktail party.
She’d gone when I came in, this afternoon.
She left a note to say that she was leaving me;
But I don’t know where she’s gone…
—T.S. Eliot, The Cocktail Party
Round and round you’re turning me
cf. State Archives of Florida, “Young people at a City Recreation Dept. dance…” (1962)
“It was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person…”
…some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten thousand miles away…it was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
One Way Love
In The Mood
cf. Gjon Mili, “The Lindy Hop” (LIFE, 1943)
My luve’s like a red, red rose (and nobody knows like me)
O My Luve’s like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June…
“Summer for thee grant I may be when summer days are flown!”
Summer for thee grant I may be
When summer days are flown!
Thy music still when whippoorwill
And oriole are done!
The Groove Line
New York Magazine, 1969
Summer’s joys are spoilt by use,
And the enjoying of the Spring
Fades as does its blossoming…
–John Keats, Fancy
“Summertime Blues” (Remixed Live At Leeds Version) by The Who
Don’t know quite what to say, haven’t seen you in seven ages
cf. LIFE, 1964
1-2-3-4 come on baby say you love me
Bell Telephone Magazine, 1973
It’s Your Thing
cf. LIFE (1943)
cf. Ladies’ Home Journal, 1953
Let’s move before they raise the parking rate
Wil Blanche, “Springtime Scene…” (1973)
Gold Bell Catalog, 1963
My baby takes the morning train
William B., “Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) Construction…” (detail) (1900)
Anna Curtis Chandler & Irene F. Cypher, “Audio-Visual Techniques For Enrichment Of The Curriculum” (1948)
I finished my Yodel and the telephone rang
unable to contain my excitement
I ran through backyards
until I reached her house
she lowered the tone arm
and I fell in love
I Just Want To Celebrate
The Day I Ran The Projector
Anna Curtis Chandler & Irene F. Cypher, “Audio-visual techniques for enrichment of the curriculum” (1948)
Go, wondrous creature! mount where science guides,
Go, measure earth, weigh air, and state the tides;
Instruct the planets in what orbs to run,
Correct old time, and regulate the sun…
—Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
I Don’t Wanna Know
Left: “Horse figurine” (Terracotta, hand-made; Cypriot) (ca. 600–480 B.C.)
Right: Pokey (ca. 1960s)
Don’t it seem like kicks just keep gettin’ harder to find?
cf. Detroit Publishing Co., “Young couple on rock holding hands, full-length portrait” (ca. 1910)
and Suit (wool, gilt metal; British) (ca. 1760)
“Have you noticed a change in Steve?”
Eastman Kodak Company, “How to make good movies…” (1938)
“Have you noticed a change in Steve?
Boy, I have!
Oh, It’s wonderful, I’ll tell ya!”
–Entry from girl’s diary (ca. 1961) quoted in Thomas Mallon, A Book of One’s Own: People and Their Diaries
It’s No Secret
cf. Samuel H. Gottscho, New York World’s Fair, Entrance to Perisphere (1939)
M-O-N-E-Y never did a thing for L-O-V-I-N
Tom Rogowski, “Springing Out All Over” (Cincinnati Magazine, 1978)
Pick Up The Pieces
Who’s tripping down the streets of the city?
“They resolved to persevere in dissipation for the rest of the day…”
cf. LIFE (1967)
One night when Beauclerk and Langton had supped at a tavern in London, and sat till about three in the morning, it came into their heads to go and knock up Johnson, and see if they could prevail on him to join them in a ramble. They rapped violently at the door of his chambers in the Temple, till at last he appeared in his shirt, with his little black wig on the top of his head, instead of a nightcap, and a poker in his hand, imagining, probably, that some ruffians were coming to attack him. When he discovered who they were, and was told their errand, he smiled, and with great good humour agreed to their proposal: ‘What, is it you, you dogs! I’ll have a frisk with you.’ He was soon drest, and they sallied forth together into Covent-Garden…They then repaired to one of the neighbouring taverns, and made a bowl of that liquor called Bishop, which Johnson had always liked; while in joyous contempt of sleep, from which he had been roused, he repeated the festive lines,
‘Short, O short then be thy reign,
And give us to the world again!’
They did not stay long, but walked down to the Thames, took a boat, and rowed to Billingsgate. Beauclerk and Johnson were so well pleased with their amusement, that they resolved to persevere in dissipation for the rest of the day…
—Boswell’s Life Of Johnson
Be Near Me
Cincinnati Magazine (1987)
cf. Melvin Sokolsky, “Fashion Free Fall” (Ladies’ Home Journal, 1966) and Photograph via nasa.gov
It’s magic when I’m with you
She’s my best friend’s girl but she used to be mine
Ladies’ Home Journal (1959)
I’m saving my prime time for you
You Really Got Me
David Falconer, After a long winter without having a smiling service station operator… (1974)
In The Mood
Arthur S.Siegel, Jitterbug dancing… (detail) (1942)
Green-Tinted Sixties Mind
cf. LIFE (1969)
Take it out to Pomona and let ’em know that I’m the coolest thing around
cf. Cincinnati Magazine (1976)
Earn Enough For Us
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Ladies’ Home Journal (1960)
Now who’s this Don Juan I’ve been hearing of?
The Ladies’ Home Journal (1948)