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Marilyn Monroe Contest (And I Want To Win!)

By , 10 June, 2009, 1 Comment

To celebrate the launch of www.thisismarilyn.com, the first and only social network specifically designed for the devoted fans and collectors of Marilyn Monroe’s lifetime of work, the site will be giving away $100,000 in highly sought after vintage photographs and limited edition prints.

The original photographs and signed prints are from personal friends of Marilyn Monroe, Andre de Dienes and George Barris. The contest which started when the new site launched, on June 1st, 2009 (Marilyn Monroe’s Birthday) will award 55 prizes, ranging in value from $800 to a grand prize worth over $12,000! The contest will end on August 4th, on the anniversary of Marilyn’s death.

Official rules are posted on the website; but basically, you join and earn points by participating in the site. (Hint: please use me — username JaynieVanRoe — as your referral!)

The contest is being sponsored One West Publishing, Inc., and Marilyn Remembered.

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.

Antique Week On Collecting Shoes

By , 11 March, 2009, No Comment

Antique Week literally covers shoes this week with a front page article by Christie Garland, These shoes were made for collecting, in which Garland discusses the history & collectibility of the shoe.

Antique Week Shoe Article

Antique Week Shoe Article

Gently chiding the Carrie Bradshaw-esqe shoe lovers and “well-heeled socialites” who imagine they are the first (or best) to love the shoe, Garland writes:

What our fashionable frau probably doesn’t realize is that she isn’t really a trendsetter. We need only go back into history to make our case: beginning in the 1860s, “Girl of the Period” became a catchphrase signifying a woman whose enslavement to fashion preempted all else – even common sense.

I especially loved walking about in in the historical footnotes:

But the War years brought with them a shortage of leather, the necessary introduction of cloth-topped shoes and boots, and black mourning footwear. The end of the War brought the Victory Pump, a long slender shoe with a long Colonial tongue and a Louis heel (a fluted heel that flares at the bottom), and shoes in a patriotic color known as gunmetal gray.

It didn’t take long, however, for shoes to revert back to their former fashionable status. In the 1920s, as footwear became visible beneath short dresses, heels were at least 2 inches high, and shoe styles included the Mary Jane (a round-toed ankle strap button shoe), gold and silver kid Charleston ’sandals,’ T-bar shoes with buckles and bows, and sequin or diamante trims.

Great descriptions of the shoes! But it’s the context, both in terms of economics and popular culture, which really helps me ‘see’ the love affair with shoes:

One would surmise that the Depression years brought another dearth in shoe styles, but surprisingly, that wasn’t the case. For the lady of the house, a vast variety of rounded toes, peek-a-boo toes (showing toe ’cleavage’) pumps, flats, ankle straps, slip-ons, lace-ups, buckled, spectator, two-tones, baby doll ankle boots, and sandals emerged. Men also demonstrated that they were no stranger to the power of celebrity: two-toned brogues, the favorite style of Fred Astaire, became all the rage, as did the wing-tip Oxford, worn by the likes of Clark Gable and Errol Flynn.

As was the case with the World War I, World War II brought with it government restrictions on leather, and the embellishment of fashion items. Heels were lowered, buckles and lacings were exchanged with elasticized gores and vamps, and leather was replaced with alternatives that included reptile skin and faux frog-skin.

Nevertheless, we have World War II and innovations in steel technology to thank for the stiletto heel. Until the 1940s, in order to support a woman’s weight, heels had to be short and narrow or high and thick. Once manufacturers were able to extrude thin steel rods, the stiletto heel was inevitable. Following the war, stiletto heels became a fashion must, remaining in vogue throughout the 1950s as movie stars like Marilyn Monroe modeled their virtues.

While older women may have held onto their stilettos into the next decade, the 1960s reflected an emerging youth, and their rampant experimentation with vibrant colors, exotic textures and shapes – even space-age style. But the 1960s may best be remembered as a decade of the sexy boot – from Nancy Sinatra’s shiny white go-go boots featured in These Boots are Made for Walking to those vampy black boots donned by a leather-clad Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) in The Avengers.

Fast forward through the 1970s, 80s, 90s, and beyond, and you’ll discover designers that have incorporated the best – and sometimes the worst – of shoe history. Platform shoes, for example, first appeared on the runways and pages of Europe in 1936, but they didn’t catch on in North American until 1941. They resurfaced in the early 1970s, and more recently in the mid-1990s as a statement of “Girl Power” with performers like the Spice Girls. It’s just a matter of time until they resurface once again – right alongside thigh high, shiny black leather boots and stiletto heels.

However, Garland subscribes to that horrible old adage, “If you were old enough to wear it (fashionably) the first time around, you’re probably too old to wear it now.” Ugh. I hate that saying. With fashion flashbacks cycling every 20 years or so, that’s like saying you die fashion death at 40. (I could go on and on about this, but it really should be for another time/post.)

But I really enjoyed the rest of the read.

Collecting Shoes Article Page 35

Collecting Shoes Article Page 35

The author also recommends the following shoe museums/URLs — unfortunately, Antique Week doesn’t link them, but I do! *wink*

The Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham, MA 01984 Tel: (978) 468-2377

The Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W7 Tel: (416) 979-7799

The Shoe Collection, Northampton Museums, Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP Email: museums@northampton.gov.uk

I also found this official page on the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery and this article on the Followers of Fashion, the permanent shoe gallery at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery.

Conclusion Of Shoe Article

Conclusion Of Shoe Article

Perhaps the most surprising thing I read though, was this “Did you know?” part which didn’t make the website:

There’s an ancient superstition that hiding shoes in a house as it was being built would ward off evil. Hundreds of these concealed shoes have been found in buildings in Europe and the Eastern United States.

Has anyone every heard of this? Are they found in single, or in pairs? Have you ever found any — and if so, may I have them? *wink*

Here’s Linking To You, Kid #2

By , 20 February, 2009, No Comment

Catching up on links related to the blog this week…

I wanted to first mention the wonderful advice & warning to collectors of film memorabilia regarding COAs, aka Certificates Of Authenticity:

Most COAs are not worth the paper they are printed on. Anyone with a pen and/or a printer (the printer isn’t even a requirement) can make a COA — and there are no laws, governing bodies or agencies which approve or regulate COAs. So I could make you a COA about this blog post — no matter how ridiculous the claims. (If you’d like one, let me know.)

COAs are not legal contracts; so no matter what the guarantee presented on the COA, good luck getting it carried out to any satisfaction. Should you even be able to get a legal hold on the seller, your case is as legally worth bupkiss. Even if you can prove the seller is guilty of selling more than $1,000 in fakes &/or forgeries, are involved in a successful class action suit, or, if you were duped on the Internet, get the FBI to assist you with a case of Internet Fraud, the most you’re going to get back for all your work is your purchase price. (If you’re just seeking your purchase price refunded, don’t ignore sales venue and method of payment avenues; there are often buyer protection programs available to you.)

I’m not saying you should ignore your rights and these avenues, but it’s best to avoid being duped in the first place.

Rule #1 Unless a certificate of authenticity originates from and is signed by the celebrity, author/artist (or in the case of limited editions, the publisher of the work), a confirmed dealer or agent (not a third party or reseller), or an acknowledged expert, that certificate is pretty much meaningless.

Read the rest of the article for more tips — save yourself money & heartache.

Now for this week’s Vintage Roadshow:

Here’s Looking Like You, Kid helps you plan a classic Hollywood Oscars party — complete with vintage party games!

Glamoursplash pays tribute to Lucille Ball.

The Vintage Traveler talks basketball, clothes, that is.

Freudian Slips Vintage looks at how to get the look of Anna Friel as Chuck in Pushing Daisies.

Debutante Clothing is thrilled with her new vintage Roger Van S bag.

Couture Allure shows how to dress up a vintage suit.

A few scattered other links worth noting:

Two Here’s Looking Like You, Kid posts made the latest edition of The Fabulous! Festival — so check it out!

And here’s my Lust Of The Week, Film Version: A lot of three pieces of ephemera from Hollywood in the late 60’s.

Retro Hollywood Ephemera

Retro Hollywood Ephemera

Here’s how the seller describes it all:

1) 4 page Hollywood Stars of Tomorrow Award 1968 – all pages shown below along with a number of the candidates on the ballot. Ballot creased in half and marked off.

2)Hollywood Stars of Tomorrow Awards program from January 27, 1968. This is the one with the gold cover in the first image below. 40 pages packed with photos, some shown below. Some small stains, ballot inside once again marked off, writing on inside back cover.

3) Showcase Who’s Who Volume 1 from Showcase Productions, Hollywood Hostess Division. 24 pages of “a complete catalog and directory of talented, interesting, intelligent and beautiful females who would be available to help business and industry to quickly choose the right girl … Hostesses and Guides for conventions, Assistants and interpreters for business meetings, receptionists for Seminars and Trade Shows…” Copyright 1969. No famous names here, but interesting Hollywood area ephemera. This has the black cover and is in pretty good shape.

I just love stuff like this! See the listing for more images! (And if you go shopping for more in the store, tell Cliff that Jaynie says, “Hello!” Cliff is my pal from Vintage Meld.)