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Some of Max Teller’s Favorite Flying Things, Flash Gordon Memorabilia

In today’s blog I am going to share with you my favorite Flash Gordon stuff. Here are my favorite rocket ships, Hawkmen, and ray guns from the classic Saturday morning T.V. show my Grandfather watched when he was my age.
A flying Hawkmen from Flash Gordon that resembles a Viking. One of Max Teller's favorite flying things. www.salemhousepress.com
This is one of Max Teller's favorite flying things, a Flash Gordon rocket ship model. www.salemhousepress.com
Not exactly a Flash Gordon rocket ship, but similar. Still it is one of Max Teller's favorite flying things. www.salemhousepress.com
One of Max Teller's favorite Flash Gordon toys. www.salemhousepress.com
One of Max Teller's favorite Flash Gordon toys, a tin ray gun. www.salemhousepress.com
One of Max Teller's favorite flying thing from the Flash Gordon T.V. show, the rocket ship. www.salemhousepress.com

Why don’t you share with me your favorite rocket ships from the 50’s and up. Post them below! I would love to see them!

-Max

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Cool Places in America: The Lost Sea, Sweetwater TN

It’s your favorite child travel adviser, Tyler,  once again bringing you the best in last minute vacations. Your road trip planner for the weekend getaway to the coolest and strangest places in America. How do I know about them all? My parents are contract workers in the software industry and keep moving the family every 6 months….

We moved to the Smoky Mountains where the fireflies are king and the bears walk through your backyard on a slight angle. My parents got another contract to develop software for an old bootlegging family up in the mountains. There in TN I found this cool cave.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, its America’s largest underground lake. First, you have to tour  the giant caves 140 feet below ground to get there.Then you are welcomed to ride on a glass bottom boat across “The Lost Sea”. An ancient cat’s bones have been preserved at New York City’s Museum of Natural History that were found here, but its 20,000 year-old jaguar tracks are still down there. Plus the temperature is always 58 degrees summer, winter, spring, or fall. In the past the cave was used as a refrigerator. It is the largest fridge I ever seen! People used to dance down here, make moonshine, and have cockfights; what a combination. Then again my older brother said it sounded like the clubs he hangs out in. I do not get it. The lake is so big they have not even found the back of it yet. You can see 4 acres of it before it goes into the rocks out of sight.

So if you are in TN and want something cool to go, no pun intended, then check this place out. Truly one of the cool places in America.

~Tyler

To find out more about Tyler visit Salem House Press and buy Tyler’s latest book “Tyler Moves to Gibsonton Florida” on Amazon.com.Keep checking back often for great cheap vacation ideas that might surprise you and become the best vacation you ever had.

Come back Every Thursday at 3pm for another post from Tyler the Boy Who is Always on the Move!

New Illustrations for Speak Softly and Carry a Sticky Wicket!

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This is the second illustration for the latest in the Mr. Pelinger’s House series. Mr. Pelinger invites the Foster siblings to be contestants in a gameshow where the celebrity guests are Teddy Roosevelt and Queen Victoria battling over the supremacy of art, music, culture, natural wonders, vehicles, and just about everything between America and England. Only problem is that the two didn’t fare well through Pelinger’s Wormhole attached to his house through time; they came back a little short and distorted like their political cartoons.

So sit back and enjoy over the next few weeks as we show you the latest illustrations from the book and the process of how they are made. This week the two heads of state fight like Trump an Biden behind the White House. Which country has the best natural wonders? Let us know below.

Natural Wonders!

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Finished American Piece:

 

England Natural Wonders

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Finished English Piece:

So which one do you think? What country has the most amazing outdoor wonders? Tell us below.

Cheers,
Chris

For now you can buy the first book in the series Mr Pelinger’s House & Intergalactic Roadshow where Sitting Bull and General Custer battle it out in a three ring circus over the Foster Siblings souls inside the house that is bigger in the the inside than the outside. Available in eBook and in print at our website at www.salemhousepress.com. Support local authors and illustrators! When you buy directly from us we can pass the savings on that the distributor would of taken out of our authors and artists mouths and we can pay them much quicker than the 90 day trade terms. Thank you for your support!

 

Illustrator of the Week: Paul Serusier

Now that is Bright…

Here is another post from the leading advocate of Salem House Press, me! Today boys and girls we will learn about a new artist I just found, Paul Serusier.

Serusier was a Post-Impressionist painter, a part of the group of painters called Les Nabis. Sérusier along with Paul Gauguinnamed the group. Pierre BonnardÉdouard Vuillard and Maurice Denis became the best known of the group, but at the time they were somewhat peripheral to the core group.

He later taught at the Académie Ransonand published his book ABC de la peinturein 1921. He died at Morlaix. He lived from 9 November 1864 – 7 October 1927.

I appreciate the intense fairy tale like Parrish colors. All of his paintings have this moon and stars quality I love. He veers away from the abstract toward illustrative figures. He seems to meld the wonder of van Gogh with Maurice Sednak. Take a look…

I think I might just do some new color studies now. Keep an eye out for them…

So that is all for the moment from the quirky illustrator from that even quirkier town of Salem.

~Chris

Harry Houdini in Salem MA

Strange Tales from the Witch City

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Harry Houdini, (Mar.24,1874-Oct. 31, 1926) the famous escape artist, visited Salem in 1906.

His given name was Erich Weiss. His background was Hungarian and he immigrated with his family to the U.S. at the age of four.

In three packed shows at the Salem Theater, Houdini escaped from a large secured wooden box, and a strapped locked barrel. He also escaped from inside a police cell at the Salem Police Station.

Houdini died (on Halloween) of a ruptured appendix caused by blows from an overzealous fan. When dying, he made his wife promise to have an annual seance on the anniversary on his death. His wife did this for 10 years. In 1990 a group of organizers in Salem held a seance on Halloween to call Houdini back. Houdini forgot to attend the event at the Hawthorne Hotel…

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~Mr. Zac

Come back every Tuesday at 3PM for new stories about Salem and images from the Salem Trilogy.

Fagin in Salem with the First Boy’s Club in the Country

Welcome to the Salem Tunnel Report. Every Monday we will post new and old tunnel finds along with those who built them. In our posts you will learn how Salem has shaped American history from the profits of the smuggling that happened in these tunnels; sometimes for the good, but more often not.

Downing Block
173-175 -177 Essex Street

Built in 1858 for dry good merchants Thomas W. Downing and John Downing on the site of Essex Place. In 1803 the Salem Bank and the Salem Marine Insurance Company resided on the first floor of Essex Place. Its presidents included Benjamin Pickman Jr. and Joseph Peabody. In 1804 the Salem East India Marine Society Museum resided at Essex Place. The Essex Historical Society which is now part of the Peabody Essex Museum was above the Salem Bank in that building.

In 1818 the Institute for Savings in the Town of Salem and Vicinity occupied the building. This was founded by Dr. Edward Augustus Holyoke. In 1830 there was an attempt to break into the their vault. Dr. Edward A. Holyoke, Benjamin Pickman Jr. , Timothy Pickering, Benjamin W. Crowninshield, Daniel A. White, and Nathaniel Silsbee were members. In 1843 the bank changed its name to the Salem Savings Bank. In 1844 the Salem Savings Bank will move into Kimball Block on the corner of Derby Square which burns down in 1899. In 1900 W.E. Hoyt Company builds the current building on the corner of Derby Square and the Salem Bank will be in it also in 1909. The Essex County Natural History Museum was housed in Essex Place when it merged with the Essex Historical Society to become the Essex Institute in 1848. Essex Institute would be the basis for the Miskatonic University in H.P. Lovecraft’s narratives.

In 1869 the Salem Fraternity which is the oldest boy’s club in the country was founded within the Downing Block. It was created to provide evening instruction and wholesome amusement for those “who were confined to their work during the day who needed recreation at the end of their labors”. Physical training, general education, and arts and crafts were offered. They had a library, a reading room, and amusement room. These services were provided to boys and girls for free.

Then they move into the Lyceum on Church Street. That wooden building suffered a fire. Then in 1899 the Salem Fraternity buys the Joshua Phippen’s Essex Bank Building on Central Street. After being housed there they merge with other national clubs to become the Boys & Girls Club. This time the children were not able to burn the building down. All three of their locations were attached to the tunnels in town. It makes you wonder if Fagin ran the boys cub… Their current Salem location is in the hall next to the Immaculate Conception Church, another brick building…

This Downing Block has a curious set of tunnels. Under the entrance that leads to the stairs to the 2nd and 3rd floors is a long hall way in the building. On the back of the building in this basement hall is an iron door covered in thick glass. At this point the long sliding latch is rusted shut. I was able to pull the doors hinges free from the wall, but the concrete wall behind it is well mortared. From this point to the front are several arches on the left and right. In one arch you can look through a hole and look into the basement under Turtle Alley. Before you get to the stairs there are a pair of metal doors. These open into rooms on either side of the hallway. Two shoots can be seen entering them from the ceiling. Behind the stairs is the original neon sign for Bernard’s Jewelers. Past the stairs there are arches with old furnace doors in them. Then right before the Essex Street entrance to the tunnel there are a pair of arches with doors in them. The one to the left has a mail slot in the bottom of it. On the other side of this door is a metal bracing composed of a series of “x”s. In this room the tunnel entrance extends 5 feet into the basement.

In the other arch opposite of this is another door that leads to the basement under Witch T’s. This storefront was once home to the Goddess Treasure Chest. The Goddess Treasure Chest used to resides in the old Daniel Low warehouse which has a tunnel leading to it. Also the old owner’s home in the Derby-Pickman Building is also connected.

Now the tunnel entrance to Essex Street has been bricked closed, but there is a hole big enough to climb through. This section of tunnel was filled with ash and pumice which has caved in from the right and the left. Above is a granite slab which you can see in the sidewalk in front of the door.

The corridor is about 3 feet wide and 7 feet tall. Roots were growing through the tunnel from the direction of the Hawthorne Hotel. The tunnel extended past the granite slab and had water pipes running through it. Soon after the first printing of this book the Peabody Essex Museum buys this building to protect their secrets.

During Salem Con., a paranormal convention, they had a ghost investigation that resulted in a ghost talking through a ghost box (an app that records white noise which voices manifest through) pretending to be the ghost of Tituba.

Many secrets in Salem!

For more read info Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City and its sequel Sub Rosa by Chris Dowgin published by Salem House Press. Available at Barnes & Noble, Remember Salem, The Witch House, Jolie Tea, and Amazon.com.

My Favorite Rocket Ships of the 50’s

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! This time we will look at some of my favorite space pilots. After you read the list, won’t you add some of your favorites!

Here are some pictures of my favorite toys..

 Now How Cool Are They. 
I wish these toys were still around when I was young enough to play with toys. I am too sophisticated for them now. But, on the off chance you might have any of them, can I come and play with them?

 

~Max

To find out more about me visit Salem House Press and buy my book onAmazon.com! Now available in paperback at your favorite book sellers. Ask for it by name! If they do not have it in stock, ask them to order it for you.

Also come back every Friday at 8:30 pm, before I am sent to bed, to read my posts each week!