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

Aftermath: U.S.A. #3


Original Caption:

Dianne Daniggelis, Miss Illinois of 1955, displays the new concept of portable televisions. The 45-pound Zenith televisions, which use a shorter television tube than prior models, have a 17-inch screen with side grips to store the antenna and power cord while in transport. (1955)

7 comments :

R.H. said...

Portable is a bit of a joke but I love that set on the left, what style!

R.H. said...

The 'set' in the middle is maybe pretty good too (ha ha ha).

Fred said...

Yes, nothing like schlepping a 45 pound Zenith along on the family picnic! Why not take the dining room furniture along too?

Tom Sutpen said...

My guess is that, in those days, 'portable' meant anything that didn't require a forklift to transport from one place to another.

Fred said...

Tis the stuff that hernias are made of!

Vanwall said...

These were quite common, mostly because they were portable....from room to room. Hardly anyone had two television sets, and usually they were cabinet sets of one sort or another, so in the ranch style homes I grew up in, many families moved the TV to the master bedroom after the kiddies were sent to bed.

Tommy O'C said...

I'd like to move her to the master bedroom...