Edgar Rice Burroughs’ latest novel


“Carson of Venus is Edgar Rice Burroughs’ third of four novels in the Venus series. They follow the fantastic adventures of earthman Carson Napier after he crash lands on Venus… This third book was written two years before the outbreak of World War II. So, it focuses on spies, intrigue and war and satirizes the Nazis and the Fascists… Illustrations for the novel were supplied by the author’s son, John Coleman Burroughs.”

Excerpt from post by Leo Boudreau at https://www.flickr.com/photos/57440551@N03/15786677732/ .

In 1939 Burroughs was living on his estate in Tarzana in the San Fernando Valley. The area was named after Burroughs’ fictional character when a post office was built to serve residents on land subdivided from portions of his holdings. The story is a bit complicated so read about it here: http://www.tarzana.ca/ and here: http://www.erbzine.com/mag0/0008.html . Tarzana was never an actual political entity, it was just a postal designation for an area within the city of Los Angeles. Your blogger grew up in Tarzana about a half mile from what was, by then, the home that Burroughs formerly resided in.



Image: cropped 1939 Woodbury Soap ad from an unspecified magazine via http://www.vintageadbrowser.com/beauty-and-hygiene-ads-1930s/30 .

“…a blend of celebrity and debutante. (Like many successful blends, there happens to be some phonological and graphological overlap, in this case –eb-, to help cement the connection between the two base words… The original celebutante was Brenda Frazier, whose debut into New York high society on December 27, 1938 was accompanied by unprecedented hype. The columnist Walter Winchell coined the term celebutante in Frazier’s honor, though it didn’t appear in his widely read “On Broadway” column until the following April [1939]. In a list of “Faces About Town” he included:

Brenda Frazier, who inspires a new 1-word description: Celebutante.

“(Newspaperarchive.com currently turns up at least three iterations of Winchell’s syndicated column: Charleston [W. Va.] Daily Mail, Apr. 6, 1939; [Burlington, N.C.] Daily Times-News, Apr. 7, 1939; and [Reno] Nevada State Journal, Apr. 11, 1939. The OED entry for celebutante cites the last of these.)”

Excerpts from http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/004066.html .


Long-playing records


Undated photo of  Dr. Goldmark (left) examining the first 33⅓ RPM long-playing record developed. Image from http://pdxretro.com/2015/06/the-lp-record-debuted-on-this-day-in-1948/ .

“In 1930, RCA Victor launched the first commercially-available vinyl long-playing record, marketed as ‘Program Transcription’ discs. These revolutionary discs were designed for playback at 33⅓ rpm and pressed on a 12” diameter flexible plastic disc. In Roland Gelatt’s book The Fabulous Phonograph, the author notes that RCA Victor’s early introduction of a long-play disc was a commercial failure for several reasons including the lack of affordable, reliable consumer playback equipment and consumer wariness during the Great Depression…

“Beginning in 1939, Columbia Records continued development of this technology. Dr. Peter Goldmark and his staff undertook exhaustive efforts to address problems of recording and playing back narrow grooves and developing an inexpensive, reliable consumer playback system. In 1948, the 12” (30 cm) Long Play (LP) 33⅓ rpm microgroove record was introduced by the Columbia Record at a dramatic New York press conference.”

Excerpts from http://www.recordcollectorsguild.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=44&page=1 . Learn more at the link.

Bill Atwood, model engine designer


Image: from cover of Engine Collectors Journal, issue #144, http://modelenginecollecting.com/collectors-journal.html via  http://www.modelenginenews.org/cardfile/kd15.html .

In 1938 “…he became interested in the race cars at the rail track of Tommy and Harry Dooling in nearby Culver City. Watching the Doolings and Dan Bunch running their Dennymite and Brown Jr. powered racers, he thought to himself, ‘I can do better than that!’ In his home shop he built a 10cc engine which he installed in a Bunch car and proceeded to amaze the car buffs. By 1939 he had improved this design and was selling some completed engines, as well as casting sets. These engines were the Crown Champion series.”

Excerpt from http://www.modelenginenews.org/~modeng74//people/atwood.html . Learn more about Bill Atwood at the link and here: https://www.modelaircraft.org/files/AtwoodWilliam.pdf .

Atwood was born in Riverside and lived in the greater Los Angeles area until his death in 1978. He had a notable 50-year history of designing and building model engines.