Friday, January 31, 2014

Homes of the Stars - George Hamilton

George Hamilton's home from the 1971 Guide to Stars Homes, page 21

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Homes of the Stars - Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield's last home from the 1971 Guide to Stars Homes, page 19

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Homes of the Stars - Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley's home from the 1971 Guide to Stars Homes, page 19

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Homes of the Stars - Burt Lancaster

Burt Lancaster's home from the 1971 Guide to Stars Homes, page 19

Monday, January 27, 2014

Week in Review

Films I've Watched

  • Penguin Pool Murder (1932) - I love these Hildegarde Withers films featuring the amazing Edna Mae Oliver.  She was such an amazing actress - spunky, with an acid tongue.  Thanks to TCM for playing these gems every Saturday morning.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Fashion Friday - Freaky Faces

This Week; 11 September 1966

I found some cool ephemera when I picked some items from my grandparents home.  Mostly animals pictures from 1960's issues of This Week, some interesting things were on the back of some of those picture.  

Monday, January 20, 2014

Happy Homemaking

Fun view of Home Economics class from the January 2006 issue of Reminisce magazine.  It looks like a fun class to me!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Prescious Praying

For some reason I saved this image from Reminisce magazine.  I can't remember the issue, but I marked it January, not sure of the year.  It was just too cute!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Babies Breakthroughs

Baby Manual; 1957

I love the birth record.  It's very cute.  I wish they made things like that these days.

Baby Manual; 1957

I think the development record is cute.  A list is nice and it gives you goals to shoot for.

Baby Manual; 1957

Looking back at Height and Weight records is fun as you get older.  I remember having a height chart on the wall when I was growing up, a Strawberry Shortcake one.  I wish I still had it.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Fashion Friday - Baby Blessings

Baby Manual; 1957

Congratulations to my sister Renee and her husband Chad on the birth of their first child, Maddison Aubrey!  In honor of that, over the next couple days I'll feature some cool items from the 1957 Baby Manual put out by Parents Magazine.  Too bad they don't put these out any more.  They are quite informative, even if I don't have children myself.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

All This and Heaven Too

I adored this film based on the lives of Henriette Deluzy-Desportes, Charles Laure Hugues Théobald the Duc de Choiseul-Praslin, and his wife Frances.  Bette Davis plays the governess Henriette, who leaves England for a new life as governess for the Duc and his family.  

Henriette adores the new children she is ward for.  She soon finds herself in love with Praslin, played by Charles Boyer.  Who else would you cast as a French aristocrat?  He plays it to perfection, of course.  Duc loves Henriette as well.  The only problem is he is married.

His wife is played by the lovely Barbara O'Neil.  This is only the second film I recall seeing her in, the other being as Mother O'Hara in Gone With the Wind, but she certainly shines in this one.  While several sources say she did not want to play the wife as glamorous, I love her portrayal as such.  She is elegant and lovely, yet the viewer still feels like the Duc really should be with Henriette.

I won't spoil the ending for those whom have not viewed it yet, but I was startled by the ending.  It was very shocking, yet it seemed like the perfect ending for the film.  In fact, it was quite refreshing and realistic.  

One of the novelties of the film is that it is mostly a flashback.  Henriette is starting a new position in a school and word of her notorious past has reached her students.  The students begin to humiliate her, so she tells them her story in the hope she will gain order and sympathy.  While an intriguing concept, I don't think this would work in real life.  A lot of people aren't so forgiving.    

Cathay Circle Theater from Maybelline Story

A fantastic blog, The Maybelline Story, has an entry from Joan Allen's diary on the day of the premiere.  It is a fantastic insight into the life of those in the industry.  Sharrie Williams, a descendant of the founders of Maybelline, gives the contents of Joan Allen's day by hour and includes the celebrities Allen saw.  It's amazing to hear about all the greats that were out on that night.

If you want to catch the film, it is on DVD in the Bette Davis Collection 3 or on TCM February 21, 2014 at 5:00 am est.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Gene Autry's Cowboy Code

I can't remember where I saved this from, but it is a list of cowboy Gene Autry's 10 Commandments.  It evolved from his view of the world and work ethics.  Promoted in his radio and television programs, he hoped these rules would help children become good citizens.

Week in Review

Films I've Watched

  • Shock (1946) - Vincent Price shines.  Who else could twist the mind like Price.  Delicious!  And Lynn Bari's performance was surprisingly strong.  Not having seen many Bari films, I thought it wonderful.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Artifact of the Day - World's Fair Rug

I think the idea of the World's Fair is a cool idea.  I wish I had been around for the early ones.  They look so fun!  I am obsessed with the 1933 and 1939 World's Fairs.

Fashion Friday - Fabulous 1942 Furs

Baby, it's still cold outside here in Minnesota, so this Fashion Friday I've got two cozy looking fur pieces from the Forties.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Bowling Bliss

My brother got married the other week at a bowling alley.  His wife is in the navy and her orders got changed, so we had a rushed wedding.  Instead of a lovely August one, we had one in the chilly cold Minnesota winter.  These past two weeks I've been crazy busy fitting all of the events of a wedding into a couple weeks.

The way things worked out, we even had her bridal shower over a week after her wedding.  A bit unusual, but novel.  

I wish them many years of joy and happiness.  They clearly adore each other, so I'm sure it will be a good marriage.  I almost feel like the mother of the groom myself.  My brother was born when I was 12, and aside from homework, I spent all of my free time taking care of my younger siblings (My mother did not allow friends over).  He does not remember, but to me, he seems like more of a son than a brother.

So with their wedding in mind, I caught this fun bowling video on late night TCM.  Super fun, it definitely made me long for the simple days of bowling fun.  How awesome is this stuff?  I don't suppose there are any lanes out there like this any more.  I know the ones at the bowling alley we were at were more 1990's than awesome 1950's.  I wish we would have had time to play, but the festivities were too fun.  

I love being able to dance.  I don't have any friends and most people will not associate with me, so it's nice to have an occasion to leave my house.  It was very fun and a lovely wedding.  All the best to those two crazy kids.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Vintage Inspiration - Flying Flapper

Source: Aircraft Annual; 1922

While I am crazy afraid of flying, I do find vintage air travel intriguing.  This plane is flying over New York City in 1922.  If I knew the city better, perhaps I could figure out the exact location of this flight.  Can anyone tell what it is flying over?  

Monday, January 6, 2014

Vintage Inspiration - Blonde Beauties

I'm needing some more warm weather inspiration.  Here are some sunny girls, Joan Blondell and Bette Davis.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Vintage Inspiration - Warm Weather Woman

Since it is absolutely freezing here in Minnesota, I need some warm weather inspiration of sun and fun.  Marilyn always looks lovely in a swimsuit, so it will definitely do.  


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