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The Here’s Linking To You, Kid Vintage Glamour Link Round Up

By , 8 December, 2011, No Comment

Check out the Bobbed-Hair Bimbos! Too charming!

Visit Hollywood homes at Christmas time, 1946.

Since vintage fashion lovers are familiar with auctions, check out this auction story from 1877.

Foundation garments, especially bras, are the foundation of any wardrobe, so check out A Slip Of A Girl‘s contest where she’s giving away five signed copies of bra fit expert Ali Cudby‘s book.  You know Barbara Stanwyck was a believer in finding a proper bra fit!

Barbara Stanwyck: Discreet But Visible Bra Beneath Sheer Blouse

Beauty & Hair Tips From The 60s and 70s

By , 19 November, 2011, No Comment

Hair and makeup artist Lexi DeRock has a book helping you get the looks: Decades of Style: A Step-by-Step Hair & Makeup Guide – 60s & 70s. Plus, now through Thanksgiving, she’s giving away one copy a day! She’s also giving 50% off and free shipping to the first 50 people who ask for it!

Decades of Style

Hey, Wallflower Vintage… Here’s Linking To You, Kid!

By , 25 September, 2009, No Comment

Lynn from Wallflower Vintage emailed me to introduce herself and to direct my circle-skirt-loving self to her recent post about a vintage Mexican circle skirt (the skirt is also for sale in her shop!). I have to say that Lynn and her cohorts at the Wallflower Vintage blog are to be much admired (and a bit envied!) for the creativity and effort they put into their blog posts — especially the images. Especially the images and posts where they pair vintage fashions with old pulp novels! I hope they keep that up!

Vintage Fashion Mixed With Vintage Pulps!

Vintage Fashion Mixed With Vintage Pulps!

Film Options Are Like Predictions: Made, But Not Always Fruitful

By , 2 September, 2009, No Comment

Also in those 1949 Quick predictions, a prediction that puzzles me…

Front-Page Movie: One of the 1950’s most exciting films will be made from Bob Sylvester’s yet-to-be-published novel, Second Oldest Profession. Four studios are bidding for it — a shocker about a reporter who rises to editor.

The novel was published, as titled, by Robert Sylvester in 1950 — and, according to what I could see in journalism chatter, the book included the ethical dilemma of “an advice columnist who gets actively involved with reader.” The paperback, at least, sensationalized the newsman’s novel with a bawdy cover and tag line: “Hard Men and Soft Women in the World’s Roughest Business.”

Just the sort of romantic film fodder you could envision from vintage Hollywood, right? But what happened to the film…

There’s evidence that 20th Century-Fox bought the rights to Sylvester’s book in the April 4th, 1950 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

And in the April 1, 1950 issue of Boxoffice (under Four Literary Purchases Recorded for the Week, page 30), there’s this brief but detailed report:

To 20th Century-Fox went “The Second Oldest Profession,” a novel by Robert Sylvester and concerned with the newspaper business. With Otto Preminger assigned to produce – and – direct, the vehicle is being shaped as a starring subject for Gregory Peck when he returns to the U.S. from his current British assignment, Warners’ “Captain Horatio Hornblower”

Boxoffice, April 1, 1950

Boxoffice, April 1, 1950

But I’ve never heard of a film titled The Second Oldest Profession — and even if 20th Century-Fox would have opted to skip the promotional favor of a recognizable title, I can’t find any film by either Preminger or Peck which fits the bill… Even Robert Sylvester’s IMDB record is bereft of any mention of The Second Oldest Profession.

So, for all the fanfare & the bidding war, I guess the film was never made? If you know otherwise, I’d love to hear from you — otherwise it’s just one more prediction Quick seems to have gotten wrong.

Swingin’ Chicks Of The 60’s

By , 31 July, 2009, No Comment
Swingin' Chicks Of The 60's

Swingin' Chicks Of The 60's

Swingin’ Chicks of the 60s, by Chris Strodder with foreword by Angie Dickinson, is “a tribute to 101 of the decade’s defining women.” A large claim, but Chris Strodder really knows his ladies!

An over-sized paperback done more in a mod magazine style than a traditionally slick coffee table format, it’s full of beach girls, blonde beauties, Elvis girls, models, television stars, singers, American, British & international movie stars, as well as cartoon chicks.

You get photos (because some of the photos were from private collections many of them were new to me), information on each chick’s reason for fame, her style and a bio. I particularly liked the ‘Bonus Swingability’ sections which share little known facts, such as who was up for what roles and the information on official websites.

Swingin’ Chicks of the 60’s is as much of a thrill for those who remember these women as it is for those who are new to them.

What Makes Your Life Colorful?

By , 10 June, 2009, No Comment

What makes your life colorful? Maybelline New York and More magazine want to hear your story!

Maybe you’ve started your own business based on a personal passion, or you’re a community leader who everyone looks up to. Perhaps you dedicate your time and energy to a cause, or use art as a means of creative expression. Tell us how you exude confidence, optimism and personality while balancing a variety of roles – at home or at work – all with grace, flair and style!

Three Grand-Prize winners will:

* Star in a Maybelline New York “Colorful Life” short film

* Take a fabulous, all-expenses paid trip with a guest to New York City

* Receive a Maybelline New York Makeover by a professional make-up artist

* Meet Candace Bushnell, best-selling author of Sex and the City, at her Webisode Premiere Party and appear in a “behind-the-scenes” webisode

Ten runners-up will also be selected. Each of them will receive signed copies of each of the three newest paperback novels from Candace Bushnell (Lipstick Jungle, Trading Up, and One Fifth Avenue) and a year’s supply of Maybelline New York Color Sensational lipcolor (4 shades).

Women can enter the nationwide contest today by logging on to www.Maybelline.com/ColorfulLife and following the instructions to upload a photo & an essay of 200 words or less about “what makes your life colorful.”

The contest ends June 30, 2009. Winners will be selected by Meredith Publications and Maybelline New York.

Collecting Vintage Vanity Items

By , 14 May, 2009, 3 Comments

I don’t own a lot of books on vintage fashions & collectibles because I’m not as much into price guides as I am the beauty & history of the items themselves. But from time to time I do buy them…

Vintage Compacts & Beauty Accessories by Lynell Schwartz

Vintage Compacts & Beauty Accessories by Lynell Schwartz

One of my favorites is Vintage Compacts & Beauty Accessories by Lynell Schwartz.

A large hardcover with at least one photo on each of the 190+ pages, the book covers vintage vanity items, cosmetics & other beauty items (found in ladies’ purses etc.) such as compacts, powder puffs, powder boxes, patters, carry-alls, vanity cases, and lots more.

Along with seeing pretty vintage glamour items that you might never otherwise see (outside of a museum or a private collection), the reason I love this guide book is that it provides information on the history of cosmetics — including information & historical photographs from:

* yesteryear’s stores
* advertising and retail displays found in the old stores
* vintage cosmetic companies (including manufacturing plants)
* vintage publications (magazines, catalogs)
* vintage advertisements

So along with the pretty color photographs of individual objects, you get plenty of context (including black & white photographs) for the items themselves as well as the collectible categories they are in and the culture & time period they are from.

Even if you can’t afford another collection — or the prices such beauties fetch, you’ll enjoy seeing & learning about what once was.

The Black & White Of The Feud

By , 1 December, 2008, No Comment

Just so there’s no misunderstanding or underestimating the power of color…

In The Great Movie Stars: The Golden Years, by David Shipman (1970), the author writes of the great feud between Raquel Welch and Mae West which began on the set of Myra Breckenridge:

Raquel Welch had the title role, but Mae West had top billing. Apparently Miss Welch was no more pleased about this than about the clause in Miss West’s contract which gave her the exclusive right to wear black or white. Indeed there seems to have been dissension on all sides.

Raquel Welch and Mae West

Raquel Welch and Mae West

According to Jill Watts in her biography of West (suitably titled Mae West: An Icon in Black and White), this costuming decision was blessed by Edith Head:

At Head’s urging, West’s contract had specified that when she shared scenes with other characters, she was to appear exclusively in black and tgowns. The savvy designer knew that the black-and-white contrast would make West stand out on the screen.

Something to think about with all those holiday photos and videos, hmm?