British writer and broadcaster Jamie Dyer writes about his week in consuming and discovering vintage related media.
Hello and welcome to another edition of my blog on the Old Time Review website. As October gets going, I edge closer towards wanting to indulge myself in plenty of vintage material.
Father Knows Best On The Radio
As some will be aware, I enjoy watching the 1950s TV sitcom ‘Father Knows Best’, starring Robert Young. Watching through the first few seasons, I find the regular adventures of the Anderson family a nice piece of escapism. The radio shows that inspired the TV series has filled my living room over the last week, thanks to Alexa. I had previously heard episodes on ANTIOCH OTR, but this was the first time of binging the show. Jim Anderson is less sympathetic in the radio show, a world away from the father depicted on television. The constant catchphrases can also grate a little…holy cow.
Tom and Jerry On Amazon Prime
The world’s most famous cat-and-mouse team has a place on Amazon Prime Video. Fifty cartoon shorts, made in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, are available to watch. I am one of the last generations to grow up watching those original films on broadcast television and have loved re-discovering the duo. As a fan of Hanna-Barbera, this series of vintage toons is a must-see. Some elements may have dated badly, but the Adventures of these two will never truly age. The bonus is that the films are in 1080p HD quality and in their original aspect ratio; perfect.
For this website, I conducted research into vintage focused media. I stumbled onto a great magazine called Vintage Rock, a publication focused on the Rock music period between the 1950s and early 1960s. They also show appreciation for the modern vintage scene. along with the likes of Elvis, Cliff Richard et al. As an avid fan of the era, the included content is right up my street. It is wonderful to see print media continuing to serve a niche in the Internet age, and I’m happy to support it.
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