1893 Grand Exhibition. The world's intro to PBR, hot dogs, ice cream cones and the Ferris Wheel.

1893 Grand Exhibition. The world's intro to PBR, hot dogs, ice cream cones and the Ferris Wheel.
A view through the wheel. The black, horizontal line is the axle, the single largest forging to that time.
"I don't make hell for nobody. I'm only the instrument of a laughing providence. Sometimes I don't like it myself, but I couldn't help it if I was born smart."

1st Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden.
"From here to Eternity"

Paul Valery

"You are in love with intelligence, until it frightens you. For your ideas are terrifying and your hearts are faint. Your acts of pity and cruelty are absurd, committed with no calm, as if they were irresistible. Finally, you fear blood more and more. Blood and time."

The Wisdom of the Ages

"When a young man, I read somewhere the following: God the Almighty said, 'All that is too complex is unnecessary, and it is simple that is needed',"

Mikhail Kalashnikov
"Here lies the bravest soldier I've seen since my mirror got grease on it."

Zapp Brannigan

Monday, December 11, 2006

"Cheese it, youse guys. It's Capt. Fairbairn!"


Back to the good major (he'd been promoted) spoken of in the last post. To recap: the hand-to-hand genius who designed the Shanghai Fighting Knifeand trained, among many others, Sgt. (later Capt.- He was commissioned to keep Wild Bill Donovan getting him back for the OSS) Dermot "Pat" O'Neill, ass-kicking instruction guru for the First Special Service Force. In the movie he (Jeremy Slate) famously kicks Claude Aiken's ass in my home town. All that being said, Major Fairbairn rated some recognition not available to every Tom, Dick or William: mention in a comic book.
The first pic is the cover of the first issue of this comic, regretably not the one in which Fairbairn is featured. This publication, produced by the Parent's Magazine Institution, was a 1940's comic intended to inspire proper values in our young folks. The next two pictures comprise the extent of Major Fairbairn's moment in the pop cuture limelight. What I personally enjoy is the depression-era "hoodlum" appearance of the Shanghai gangsters. Contrast it, along with the good Major's tecniques, with a photo, taken from "A Social History of the Machine Gun" by John Ellis, of the Shanghai authorities "taking care of" some gangsters circa 1949. Crips and Bloods, look out.

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