Christmas Story: Let us deck the halls in a season to be jolly!

GRAND YEARS WOULD LIKE TO THANK TWO OF OUR READERS, CATHY AND HER DAUGHTER, JESSICA, FOR THEIR KIND AND  THOUGHTFUL OFFERINGS OF THEIR BELOVED CHRISTMAS TREES. MAY YOUR CHRISTMAS BE MERRIER AND BRIGHTER, AND YOUR NEW YEAR THE BEST YOU EVER HAD!

THE CHRISTMAS TREES: CATHY, TOP. JESSICA, BELOW.

Christmas Story: Marilyn Monroe – Besides making films she liked to relax too!

RUNNING DOWN THE SIDEWALK: TAKEN DURING THE FILMING OF BUS STOP IN 1956. THIS IS ONE OF MARILYN’S BEST FILMS.

MARILYN IN A WICKER CHAIR. THIS PLAYFUL IMAGE SHOT IN NEW YORK CITY IN SEPTEMBER 1954. IT DEPICTS MM IN A LIGHTHEARTED AND SOMEWHAT ‘PLAYFUL’ MOOD.

IN A BRITISH MAGAZINE’S FANCY THAT! COLUMN, IT HAS THIS TO SAY: “CALIFORNIAN RESIDENTS FEARED THAT MM’s GHOST HAD RETURNED TO HER OLD HOME IN RUNYON CANYON. THEY HADN’T REALISED THAT THE HOUSE WAS RECENTLY BOUGHT BY SCOTTISH MARILYN IMPERSONATOR JASMINE CHISWELL”. HERE ARE SOME SELECTED MM QUOTATIONS: I READ AND I THINK ABOUT IT. I’M TRYING TO FIND MYSELF, SOMETIMES THAT’S NOT EASY TO DO … PEOPLE RESPECT YOU BECAUSE THEY FEEL YOU’VE SURVIVED HARD TIMES AND ENDURED … I HAVE TOO MANY FANTASIES TO BE A HOUSEWIFE. I GUESS I AM A FANTASY. – FM.

MARILYN MONROE, DONS A RED SWEATER THAT AMY CHOSE FOR HER AT A LOCAL BOUTIQUE IN FEBRUARY, 1955. THE IMAGE WAS TAKEN IN A STUDIO ATTACHED TO MILTON GREENS’ CONVERTED BARN IN CONNECTICUT.

SOME LIKE IT HOT: MARILYN JUST LIKED RELAXING.

Our last appearance for Grand Years 2021. Whereas 2022 is going to be a stupendous 12 months. Grand Years will have been going for 15 years. How time flies! There are features promised by Grand Years, which did not get a look in 2021 – but they will in 2022. PLUS, new features … and PLUS, all the regular features.

Billycart of the Century: Make way for the ‘Le Mans’ Derby!

BILLYCARTS, CIRA 1940s and 1950s. ARE THEY GETTING READY FOR A DERBY?

In the 1950s and early ‘60s Claude Alcuin was a bonafide billycart junkie. Claude was a baby boomer who moved to a rather hilly outpost called Fairfield, NSW.

For the billycart in those days, the traffic was light on. He was involved in a church movement and continued his involvement with his work.

Here is part of interview Claude gave recently about the billycart derby and the gang’s memory of the famous or infamous carnival race.

Tell me, what were you planning?

“Oh, yes, we had carnivals. Just take the billycart derby, for example. Yes. They were the big thing. That was it, they were big, BIG. We used to run them about twelve months apart.


GREAT AUSSIE FIRSTS …
IN 1933, DOROTHY JORDON BECAME THE FIRST WOMAN RADIO ANNOUNCER IN AUSTRALIA. JORDON TOLD HOUSEWIFE MAGAZINE: “I DIDN’T KNOW HOW IT WOULD TURN-OUT FOR ME. BUT IT TURNED OUT TRUMPS”. – FM.

Mates brought their own billycarts.

We had strict rules. They could be so wide and no sharp pieces hanging from the sides.”

The certificates were for quite a few a different divisions, types and various heights of billycarts?

“Yes, there were all different types of carts and different divisions as well. And we had different type of starts, too. Yes, we called it a Le Mans start. They used to have to race from a point and turn the cart around …

At any rate, you had to jump at the cart and a bloke would push you off.

“I gave him a bit of my mind” – FM.

Christmas Cheers from The Cat …

RIVERSIDE: “SHE JUMPS ON THE TABLE ON THE BALCONY, AND GAZES OVER THE MAGNIFICENT LAKE AT THE PICTURESQUE VIEW OF THE GOLD COAST,” SAID THE OWNER. “THE CAT DOESN’T MOVE AN INCH”. MERRY CHRISTMAS CAT LOVERS.

GREAT AUSSIE FIRSTS: The first comic book in Australia!

FRANK MORRIS

THE FATTY FINN WEEKLY, HAS BEEN DEEMED BY THE EXPERTS AS AUSTRALIA’S FIRST ‘LOCAL’ COMIC AND WAS PRODUCED BY SYD NICHOLLS IN 1934. FATTY FINN WAS SET IN THE 1930s. TIMES WERE TOUGH, CLOTHES WERE HAND-ME-DOWNS, AND, AS A KID, HE MADE SURE HE HAD THE GUTS AND CUNNING TO RIVAL THE ‘THE BIG KIDS’ WITH SIMPLE STRATEGIES. THE SUNDAY NEWS CARRIED THE FIRST COMIC STRIP IN 1923, UNDER THE TITLE FAT AND HIS FRIENDS. IN 1924, IT WAS CHANGED TO FATTY FINN. THE WEEKLY WAS 8 PAGES AND SOLD FOR A PENNY; LATER, IT WENT UP TO 2d. “BECAUSE AMERICAN COMICS WERE NOT PERMITTED IN AUSTRALIA DURING THE WAR YEARS,” ARTIST MONTY WEDD TOLD ME IN AN INTERVIEW 1988, “IT PROVIDED AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY (FOR NICHOLLS) FOR THE RESURGENCE OF A ‘LOCAL’ COMIC INDUSTRY”. FATTY FINN WAS A ‘KING’ COMIC, MONTY WEDD SAID.

YOUR NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON JANUARY 14, 2022.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 16 December 21

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