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The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963. a collection of terms and images related to Christopher Paul Curtis’s 1995 novel. the “brown bomber” (p. 6). “That was what we called our car. It was a 1948 Plymouth that was dull brown and real big, Byron said it was turd brown.”.

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the watsons go to birmingham 1963

The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963

a collection of terms and images related to Christopher Paul Curtis’s 1995 novel

the brown bomber p 6
the “brown bomber” (p. 6)

“That was what we called our car. It was a 1948 Plymouth that was dull brown and real big, Byron said it was turd brown.”

From Mike’s 1940’s Automobile Page @ http://free.prohosting.com/~plymouth/alexp15.jpg

conk p 87
conk (p. 87)

“Byron had gotten a conk! A process! A do! A butter! A ton of trouble!

His hair was reddish brown, straight, stiff and slick-looking. Parts of it stuck up like porcupine stickers because Momma hadn’t been too gentle when she snatched the handkerchief off.”

slide4
“conk”

a lye-straightened hairdo popularized in the 1920s by Cab Calloway

  • definition: The Racial Slur Database @ http://www.geocities.com/coop917/slurs.html
  • image: the KINGS of SWING @ http://www2.kenyon.edu/Depts/IPHS/Projects/swing1/music/kings.htm

Cab Calloway

yakkety yak
the coasters“Yakkety Yak”
  • Kenny’s favorite song 
  • Written by The Coasters
  • Trivia! The group began in Los Angeles as The Robins. Later part of the group split off and formed a new group in New York. They called themselves The Coasters because of their coast-to-coast roots.

Info: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame @ http://www.rockhall.com/hof/inductee.asp?id=81

Image: http://www.clarksvilleriverfest.com/images/Coasters.jpg

yakkety yak6
“Yakkety Yak”

Imagine Kenny and his family listening to this song while sitting in the Brown Bomber!

yakkety yak p 117
“Yakkety Yak” (p. 117)

“Each of us kids got to play four songs each (I played “Yakety Yak” all four times)…”

the brown bomber s tt ab 700 ultraglide probably looked like this
The Brown Bomber’s TT AB-700, Ultraglide probably looked like this.

PHILIPS Car Record-Player 45 rpm

Image: http://home.swipnet.se/~w-49476/100.htm

buster brown shoes p 142
Buster Brown shoes (p. 142)

“I took her shoes off for her, and inside one of her shoes was a kind of worn-down picture of a little white boy with a girl’s hairdo and a smiling dog. In a circle around both of them it said, “Buster Brown.”

Image: http://www.famousfootwear.com/shop.asp?shopid=bustr

buster brown shoes p 117
Buster Brown shoes (p. 117)

“As I drifted back to sleep I wondered what a little white boy would think if he knew he was getting stepped on every day by my sister.”

image: http://www.yesterdayland.com/popopedia/shows/fashion/fa1152.php

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