The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Guest Contributor Week: Day #7

The Golden Age of Publicity #1

From the original caption supplied by Columbia Pictures:

"Interesting Company: Two Columbia contract beauties, Norma Randall, left, and Rosemarie Bowe, have little Tommy Rettig in tow as he prepares to leave on a cross-country tour to exploit his latest film, The Kramer Company's Technicolor The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T. All are wearing official 'T' shirts and beanies."

Guest Contributor: Ray Young


Richard Gibson said...

Excellent stuff.

swac said...

I have an original insert poster for this on my wall at home...needless to say, I would probably kill for one of those beanies.

shahn said...

all these images are great. this whole week has been really fun. i hope you consider doing a guest contribution week again sometime.

Flickhead said...

Back in the 1970s or 80s I'd contacted Columbia about those beanies...I think I spoke with three or four people there, and not one of them had the faintest idea of what I was talking about.

Vanwall said...

I'd kill for one of those beanies. Hell, I'd maim for one of those T-shirts.

swac said...

"Is that the 5,001st finger in your pocket, or are you just happy to see us?"

nonsportenut said...

Whatever happened to Norma Randall? She was in several Three Stooges shorts. That's why I'm looking for her. If you can help, please email me at:

Frank Reighter

Domitype said...

I agree on the need for one of those t-shirts! I used to think that the "Alfred E Newman for President" or "Dizzy Gillespie For President" were the first promotional t-shirt/sweatshirts, but this would have been just ahead of that curve, if the movie had been a major hit.

Maybe a Terwilliker Institute t-shirt is in order? Cafe Press?