“Bonnie and Clyde” and History merchandising

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Here’s the latest page from the “History” (i.e., History Channel) website:  an online marketplace for their programs.  All about the channel’s latest made-for-TV movie, a remake of the great 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde.  There are thus several “filters” or contexts here:  “history” as memorabilia and souvenirs (clothing, coffee mugs, fake cash in a bank bag); “history” that’s not really history at all, but rather popular mythology; history as memory, but not the “real” memory of real characters, but rather the memory of a legendary Hollywood production; history focused on sex and violence and the glorification of criminals (as in the Prohibition exhibit);  and on and on.  The layers here are amazingly rich– all in this one web page.

The 700-Doll Question – NYTimes.com

The 700-Doll Question – NYTimes.com.

Here’s a very timely article — about collections, family, nostalgia, autobiography, and history.  Be sure to check out the slideshow of the doll collection.

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“I watched “Antiques Roadshow” and wondered how many people ended up selling their valuable treasures, and how many more couldn’t bring themselves to part with something so special. How many marriages had been strained by the problem I was struggling with?

Trash and Vaudeville, Still Selling Punk’s Look After 38 Years – NYTimes.com

Trash and Vaudeville, Still Selling Punk’s Look After 38 Years – NYTimes.com.

 

Here’s a bit of “History in the News.”

 

“Trash and Vaudeville”–the epicenter of punk style and consumerism–is still in business in New York City.  My guess (I’ve never been there) is that the place might have something of a museum quality.  Certainly this article is full of nostalgic sighing for the Punk Past.