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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Fun With Freon: 1953

Fun With Freon: 1953

April 1953. "Comedians Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca posed in humorous situations with air conditioning units. Includes Caesar dressed in his 'professor' costume and Coca dressed as a mechanic, looking at a diagram of a cooling system." From photos by Arthur Rothstein and John Vachon for the Look magazine assignment "Air Conditioning -- How It Works." View full size.

Your Show Of Shows

Every Saturday night our family (mom, dad, older sister, younger brother and yours truly) happily awaited the start of an hour and a half of true comic genius. No curse words although my father used to cover my ears at times when they did their ersatz German language routines, no wardrobe malfunctions, no insult jokes.

It was a magical 90 minutes which transported you away from whatever troubles you had and kept them away for a time. The only sad time was when the credits rolled and you realized that book report was still due next Monday.

Aunt Edna!

Thats how my generation will always remember her.

Novi

A.R.A., Frigiking, Mark IV in the early to mid-50's all used one of those huge V-4 type compressors in their air-conditioning systems with the evaporators mounted in the trunk before air-conditioning was available from the factory. It had a huge pulley to lower the RPM as compared to the much faster running engines of the day and had no clutch. I always loved to open the hood and see one of those things! 1953 was the first year factory air-conditioning would be available from the Big Three, except for a few units installed by Packard in 1940.

My Favorite Year

Sid Caesar is still with us, in retirement, on the West Coast, at age 91. The 1982 movie "My Favorite Year" was loosely based on his prime time TV shows. The year was 1954. He was portrayed as "King Kaiser" by Joseph Bologna as the tough guy that Sid really was. Another character was Alan Swann who was based on Errol Flynn and played by Peter O'Toole.

I think that Sid

is pointing at the misrepresented blower vanes

Reassuring Her Landlord

In 1951, with the zany Ms. Coca drawing a fine salary from the network, NBC-TV VP Sylvester "Pat" Weaver (Sigourney's dad) seems to have been asked to to provide a sort of "reference letter" :

In a nutshell

Yeah. That's pretty much how it works.

 
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