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

The Fair: Building a Better Tomorrow #5

1939 - Bakers Exhibit - Demonstrating Mass Production of Muffins
Wonder Bread shows off assembly line baking.


la peregrina said...

Ummm, are those Hostess Cupcakes?

Greg said...

Most likely. Hostess and Wonder Bread are the same company.

Brent McKee said...

Now they are but not in 1962. At that time Wonder Bread was made by the Continental Baking Company. They didn't merge with Interstate Baking - the people behind Hostess Cupcakes until the 1990s.

Greg said...

Hmmm... maybe Wonder did its own cupcake pair back in the day then. Either way, stick me in front of that exhibit and I'm going to grab a sackful and run.

Brent McKee said...

Continental, which made Wonder Bread had this little concoction called the Twinkie. Originally made with Bananas until the start of World War II when there was a shortage of bananas and the added the now familiar cream filling.