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Happy 75th anniversary Wizard of Oz

Wow, has it really been 75 years?? Yes it has.

To celebrate they are showing it in 3D at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood.

http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/90160/887597?brand=pantagesca

http://thewizardofoz.warnerbros.com/

To celebrate here are some great behind the scene shots from the movie!!

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Victorian tea cups for men??! Who knew?

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Many Victorian men where known for their mustaches.¬† As a mater of fact they were judged by the size of their mustaches, so obviously this caused for embarrassing moments during tea time. ūüėČ So, the teacup for men was invented!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moustache_cup

“The moustache cup is a drinking cup with a semicircular ledge inside. The ledge has a half moon-shaped opening to allow the passage of liquids and serves as a guard to keep moustaches dry. It is generally acknowledged to have been invented in the 1860s by British potter Harvey Adams (born 1835).

Moustaches flourished throughout the Victorian era. Often, moustache wax was applied to the moustache to keep it nice and stiff, with every hair in place. And therein lay a problem that cropped up when steaming hot cups of tea or coffee were carried up to the mouth for sipping: the steam melted the wax and sent it right into the cup. Another problem soon became apparent. Sipping hot tea or coffee, moustaches also often became stained. Finally, Harvey Adams, an innovative Englishman, in 1860 came up with an unusual invention, “the moustache cup”. The latter had a ledge, called a moustache guard, across the cup. The ledge had one semicircular opening against the side of the cup. The pampered moustache then rested safe and dry on the guard while sipping a hot beverage through the opening. The new invention spread all over the European continent and soon, every famous potter was making the new cups. A multiplicity of moustache cups were made by famous manufactories such as Meissen, Royal Crown Derby, Imari, Royal Bayreuth, Limoges and others. Each potter created his own version of this masculine tableware and the news of that invention soon spread to America.”

Vintage Victorian Image Digital Download Tag Advertisement Card Scrapbook - Moustache Mustache Wax


Tomorrow!! @ the Egyptian Theater, Hollywood, CA! 7:30pm

Buy your tickets here! http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/down-to-the-sea-in-ships

Elmer Clifton directed this exciting and realistic saga of 19th century whaling, featuring an actual whale hunt captured on film. Shot on location in New Bedford, Massachusetts with locals in period costume as extras, the film stars Raymond McKee, Marguerite Courtot and, in her second film role, Clara Bow.


Vintage boxing – Just for fun :)


Vintage 101: Who are these girls called…”flappers”?

Flappers were a “new breed” of young Western women in the 1920s who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking, treating sex in a casual manner, smoking, driving automobiles, and otherwise flouting social and sexual norms.[1] Flappers had their origins in the liberal period of the Roaring Twenties, the social, political turbulence and increased transatlantic cultural exchange that followed the end of World War I, as well as the export of American jazz culture to Europe.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flapper

OH MY!

The slang word flapper, describing a young woman, is sometimes supposed to refer to a young bird flapping its wings while learning to fly. However, it may derive from an earlier use in northern England to mean teenage girl, referring to one whose hair is not yet put up and whose plaited pigtail flapped on her back;[2] or from an older word meaning prostitute.[3]

The slang word “flap” is known to have been used for a young prostitute as early as 1631.[4] By the 1890s the word “flapper” was emerging in England as popular slang both for a very young prostitute,[5][6] and in a more general ‚Äď and less derogatory sense ‚Äď of any lively mid-teenage girl.[7]

In the 1920s, however, many Americans found the flapper incredibly threatening. Flappers represented a new moral order.  Although they were the daughters of the middle class, they flouted middle-class values.   They shrugged off their chaperones.  Worse still, they danced suggestively and openly flirted with boys.  Flappers prized style over substance, novelty over tradition, and pleasure over virtue.

 


Happy Birthday Lucy!!

As a HUGE fan of ¬†“I Love Lucy” and owner of every season I must say, I love Lucille Ball OUTSIDE from the known TV series.

Before she became a television superstar she was a contract player for RKO and Columbia Pictures. Happy birthday Miss Lucille Ball born August 6th , 1911 in Jamestown , N.Y.

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I also love the fact that she was one of the Zeigfeld Follies Girls!

Check out this video/bio on Lucy.  AMAZING pictures I have never seen before!!

 


Tidbits and Facts

Tear bottles: In some American Civil War stories, women were said to have cried into tear bottles and saved them until their husbands returned. Their collected tears would show the men how much they were loved and missed.

Tear bottles: In some American Civil War stories, women were said to have cried into tear bottles and saved them until their husbands returned. Their collected tears would show the men how much they were loved and missed.

Tear Bottles have been a part of our world’s history since before Christ’s time. Historians have found their evidence in ancient Rome and Egypt.¬†Legend has it that our¬†ancestors have used the small glass vessels to collect their tears, as a means for mourning and respect. Today, modern Tear Bottles are given to symbolize the emotions of love, joy, sorrow and remembrance. The gift of the tear bottle is often given at times of loss and bereavement, weddings, births, graduations, anniversaries and other¬†rites of passage. ¬†They are quickly becoming a popular heartfelt¬†keepsake and gift¬†item.

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love.” – WASHINGTON IRVING

 


1920sTheme Casino Night in Pomona August 1st!!!


Old Hollywood Guess Who…….

I adore this picture!! I just can’t believe my eyes and think it is so lovely to find pictures of some of your favorite actors when they were young.¬† I dare everyone to try and guess before looking at the name below.

Vivian Vance

Vivian Vance!
AKA Ethel Mertz on TV’s “I Love Lucy”!!!
LOVE!!


Ding-Ding! Movie review time- Sin Takes a Holiday (1930)

This cleaver movie was quickly on its way on being on my top ten list until the ending!¬† I won’t kill the movie for you, it is still a must see, but there are always movies that end in a way where your jaw tends to lower and possibly some drool leaking out because you can’t believe that’s how they ended it.

Dowdy Sylvia accepts her boss’ marriage proposal, even though he only asked her to avoid marriage to another woman. As a newly found ¬†wealthy wife, Sylvia changes from ugly duckling to uninhibited swan and even contemplates having an affair with a man she meets during an all expense paid ¬†trip¬†to Paris.


Hollywood Vamps & Vixens in the 1930’s – Pomona, CA

This looks really interesting! Check it out!!

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Ontario, CA Artwalk June 15, 2013 Free!!


Griffith Park, right under my nose this whole time!!

So my husband has been telling me about this really cool park that is right next to the Griffith Observatory, LA Zoo, and the Gene Autry Museum, all of which we have been to several times but never the park. After our recent visit to the Gene Autry we stopped at the park. We heard faint music that was very inviting and followed it until the magic really began.

Welcome, welcome, step right up, to the grand ol’ Merry Go Round!

Built in 1926 by the Spillman Engineering Company and brought to Griffith Park in 1937, the Merry-Go-Round boasts 68 horses, everyone a jumper. Each horse is finely carved with jewel-encrusted bridles, detailed draped blankets and decorated with sunflowers and lion’s heads. A Stinson 165 Military Band Organ, reputed to be the largest band organ accompanying a carousel on the West Coast, plays over 1500 selections of marches and waltz music.

Truly stunning and a must see in person to appreciate all of the detail on this.

Driving west along Zoo Drive, dotted with small picnic areas, nearly to Forest Lawn Drive, is an enclave where visitors can ride a miniature railroad operated by volunteers of the Los Angeles Live Steamers[10] or visit Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn (also known as Walt’s Barn). At Travel Town Museum, historic, full-sized railroad locomotives, passenger cars, and streetcars comprise a collection that highlights transportation in Southern California, in association with an exhibit hall, model train layout, picnic areas, and a gift shop, all of which is encircled by the last of three miniature train rides in Griffith Park.

If you are ever in the area, definitely stop on by and check out what Griffith Park has to offer!

For more info: http://www.laparks.org/dos/parks/griffithPK/gp_info.htm


Visit your local art gallery. GOPA Gallery in Riverside, CA

Gallery of Progressive Arts is always on the cutting edge displaying the hottest local artists and having a new artist opening show every first Thursday of the month during the Riverside Artwalk.  The gallery also has lots of goodies to buy like prints, clothes, jewelry, and many other things that were made by local artists.

Located at 3595 University Ave, Riverside, CA Suite A (upstairs)

Contact: 909-561-2487

Please call before visiting if not during the Artwalk to make sure the gallery is open for viewing.  I know they are always working on the next project and at times close the gallery to hang new work.

https://www.facebook.com/GOPAGallery


What to do this weekend? Try going to the Long Beach Antique Market

Admission¬†$6.00 6:30¬†AM¬†–¬†2:00¬†PM

Early Admission¬† $12.00 5:30¬†AM¬†–¬†6:30¬†AM (For the hardcore shopper who wants to get first pick at all the goodies)

 

Children Under 12 Free

The Box Office closes at 2:00PM – Shop till 3:30 PM.

Free Parking –¬† Rain or Shine – No Pets Allowed

I have yet to make it to this particular event, but only because I want to go with some money to spend and that has yet to happen.  I have read many reviews about it and the people who have been, seem to go back again and again and almost seem addicted.  I fear this would be my fate as well.  If you are in the area, check it out and let me know what you think!!

http://www.longbeachantiquemarket.com/