Thursday, July 10, 2014

Vacation Part 8: U.K. James and Geppi's: (part 2): Comics/Posters, People

Rin Tin Tin comic
Rob at the Batman display
While enjoying Geppi's Entertainment Museum and the comics on display with our friend James during his visit here, many of the comics, movie posters, etc. reminded me of family and friends.
RIN TIN TIN and the Shadow - My dad was a big fan of RIn Tin Tin, the German Shepherd who starred in many films.
WHO WAS RIN TIN TIN? - According to Wikipedia, Rin Tin Tin (Sept 1918 – Aug 10, 1932) was a male German Shepherd Dog rescued from a World War I battlefield by an American soldier, Lee Duncan, who nicknamed him "Rinty." Duncan trained Rin Tin Tin  and got his dog into silent films. Rin Tin Tin was an immediate box office success and appeared in 27 films, becoming known world-wide. Rin Tin Tin helped make German Shepherds popular. In 1929. Rin Tin Tin died in 1932,
still from opening animation of Batman TV show
THE BATMAN DISPLAY- There was a life-sized Batman figure in the museum and next to it was a bust of William Shakespeare. People familiar with the 1966-1968 Batman TV series  remember that Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson (Batman and Robin) would pull the head back and turn a hidden knob under it to open the entrance to the Batcave.  Also on display was a cartoon still from the opening animation to the show (seen here).
Uncle Scrooge

The movie Gigi
UNCLE SCROOGE - Not only did I and my brother Doug enjoy Uncle Scrooge and Walt Disney comics as kids, but Tom's late friend Ed, read them as an adult and used to laugh over them- so seeing the cover to an "Uncle Scrooge" comic  reminded me of Ed!

GIGI- This 1958 film was one of my mother's favorites. In fact, she loved it so much she named our family poodle "Gigi" back in the 1970s! For those who never saw the film (including me) here's the summary:  Weary of the conventions of Parisian society, a rich playboy and a youthful courtesan-in-training enjoy a platonic friendship, but it may not stay platonic for long.

TILLIE THE TOILER -  I vaguely remember hearing this character's name and realize that that's where my aunt (Romilda) got her nickname "Tillie" from!  The character, Tillie (Jones) was a stylish working girl who was employed as a stenographer, secretary and part-time model. An attractive brunette, she had no problem finding men to escort her around town.  **Of course, I have no idea if that had anything to do with my aunt**
Another Shadow series
The Shadow

"GAY LOVE" - I had to take a picture of this comic from the 1940s (I think) because it would certainly have a different cover today - and I know I would likely read it, as would our friend Grey! 

1940s "Gay Love"

NEXT: GEPPI'S PART 3: Star Wars, Music and Disney! 

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next