RONSON & THE BLACK BIRD

(For those who have not yet watched the Huston directed film, you can, if you’re a fan of the Chipmunks, watch The Maltese Falcon in exactly 7 minutes HERE.)

The Maltese Falcon is perhaps Hammett’s most famous novel. The Library of America has a couple of volumes collecting Hammett’s work, one with his short fiction, and one with the novels (which contains The Maltese Falcon).

For a century (that’s pulp-fiction jargon for $100) Haunted Studios will provide you with a replica of the famous black bird itself. You can even get it wrapped in newspaper and stuffed in a sack, just as it was when Captain Jacobi took it off the La Paloma and delivered it to Spade’s office.The above image of the Ronson building is found HERE.
Sam Spade’s lighter model below. You can view a touch-tip in action HERE.

I captured the frame still below from the film, “Mr. Wong In Chinatown”. You can see the standing character using a Streamline Ronson touch-tip to light Mr. Wong’s cigarette.20120627-041746.jpg

The Ronson touch-tip is just one more vintage item of which, if the means were present, I’d collect various examples. If you’re interested in seeing many more very cool Ronson designs (and where I borrowed the photo of the Streamline and the Watch touch-tip), here are a few links:

http://transporter.tripod.com/TT.html

http://www.vintageronsonlighters.com/Home_Page.php

A paperback edition, and the Black Mask magazine in which the story originally appeared.

Typed on c.1938 Underwood Champion

“I’D BEND OVER BACKWARDS FOR A TYPEWRITER!”

No time to typecast today. Maybe later tonight. We’ll see. So I’m left having to post this nonsense. See what I’m reduced to?

I don’t know if that’s an AMC typewriter or an Alpina sinking into that shag. I’m not as brand savvy as you typewriter veterans out there. Maybe one of you can chime in and let us know.

As for Golden Gumby Girl, well, if you’re really interested in seeing more of that…stuff…you can find it here.

CURSE YOU, FIBER OPTICS!

Some nefarious person replaced the original cloth cord (which tended to wear out) with a more modern, coiled cord (well, not really “modern”, since most people don’t even use these today, but you get my point). 

Barbara Stanwyck being psychologically tortured in “Sorry, Wrong Number”.These phones were ubiquitous in noir films.

Notice the spit cup on the speaking end of the hand set. I don’t know if people back then drooled a lot, or if that was just a poorly chosen name for that optional feature. It looks cool, doesn’t it?

What really drives me crazy is when I make a call on this and all I get is some robot asking me to “Push 1 for English”, or some such nonsense. Someone actually manufactures a handheld number tone gadget that you can hold up to the handset and make the noises into the phone, which apparently will work to communicate to those electronic-phone-robot-menu-things. 

Typed on 1921 Royal 10