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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!!

 


Hollywood Heavyweight – William Powell

Happy Birthday to William Powell (July 29, 1892-March 5, 1984).

Happy Birthday to William Powell (July 29, 1892-March 5, 1984).

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Personal Quotes

[when asked how he kept so slim] “I highly recommend worrying. It’s much more effective than dieting.”

[speaking in 1929] “Unfortunately, or perhaps it is fortunate that I have always been forced to stand on my acting ability. I haven’t a personality such as Jack Gilbert’s, for instance, that attracts women and makes them like me for myself. When I am on the screen I must make them forget me entirely and think only of my acting.”

My friends have stood by me marvelously in the ups and downs of my career. I don’t believe there is anything more worthwhile in life than friendship. Friendship is a far better thing than love, as it is commonly accepted.

I do not hold that because the author did a bad job of writing the player need trump it with the same kind of acting. When I go into a picture I have only one character to look after. If the author didn’t do him justice, I try to add whatever the creator of the part overlooked.

I have never gone into a picture without first studying my characterization from all angles. I make a study of the fellow’s life and try to learn everything about him, including the conditions under which he came into this world, his parentage, his environment, his social status, and the things in which he is interested. Then I attempt to get his mental attitude as much as possible.

There is more money in being liked by an audience than in being disliked by it. The biggest thing about movie audiences is the sympathy they give characters on the screen. But the art of acting and the talent of selecting what one will act are divorced qualities.


Happy 100 Vintage Wonderlust!!!!!

This is my 100th post!! Time flies when you are having fun, and I still have tons of ideas to write about.  Have no fear, I’m just getting warmed up with my blog.  I appreciate all of the viewers and would like to remind you to please like the posts you enjoy most so I can see what my audience desires!!  Thank you for all of your support and please, keep coming back for more!! I update several times a week.

Happy 100!!

NYC in 1913, 100 years ago!

Los Angeles 1913

San Francisco 1913

Newspapers from 1913

Alabama Citizen newspaper 1913

Facts from 1913:

  • Darktown Follies opens in Harlem and helps to make Harlem a black cultural center.
  • Billboard magazine publishes a list of the most popular vaudeville  songs. It’s the predecessor to their trademark charts.
  • First crossword puzzle appears in the New York World. See Crossword  Puzzle Guide

Economics

Federal spending:   $0.72  billion Consumer Price Index:   9.9 Unemployment:   4.3% Cost of a first-class  stamp:   $0.02
Read more:  Top News Stories from 1913 | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/year/1913.html#ixzz2ZVxCjo5u

For the first time, American motorists can drive coast-to-coast via the Lincoln Highway, which goes from New York’s Time Square to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, Calif.

The average house cost $5,935 Equivalent today: $131,171

The average car cost $600 Equivalent today: $13,261

The average wage was $585 Equivalent today: $12,929
Here are some ads from 1913
Women’s fashion in 1913:
Random 1913 Photos:
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Vintage beauty tips, tricks, and tragedies.

Since the beginning of time women have done things to make themselves more attractive.  Even as simple as brushing and styling their hair, to dramatic disfigurations to get the right look.

This Max Factor face pack was studded with plastic 'ice' cubes which could be filled with water before the mask was popped in the freezer. Hangover Heaven was popular with party-going Forties Hollywood stars

This Max Factor face pack was studded with plastic ‘ice’ cubes which could be  filled with water before the mask was popped in the freezer. Hangover Heaven was  popular with party-going Forties Hollywood stars
EEEEK!

This scares me deeply!

Glamour Bonnet’ … it lowers air pressure to aid circulation and complexion

The infamous corset, which can be fun for certain events…once in a blue moon, but not daily! No thank you!!

Absurd!

Throughout the ages, women have experimented with beauty treatments to enhance natural features, slow the aging process, and care for the outer body. Beginning in the Ancient era, the Biblical account of Queen Esther’s life mentions the elaborate spa-type treatments that young women underwent for an entire 12-month period to prepare themselves for a reception with the King. The first six months involved treatments with oil and myrrh, and the second with perfumes and cosmetics!

With modern day waxing, working out, plucking, puckering, pouting, pinching, and fidgeting, most women will always be slaves to the latest and greatest to stay young a beautiful forever.  Good luck gals!!


Welcome to the world of working out…vintage style!

Wooden treadmills and Mary Janes: Workouts 1920s style were a glamorous, if low-tech, affair

Exercise clothing of the era was  either a  cotton singlet with shorts or, going back a few more decades to the Victorian  era of the late 1800s, the smart tailoring that would  have been worn as day to  day dress.  Definitely not something comfortable…comfort for women has always seemed forbidden!

1921
Pedalling across the water: Passengers of the doomed Titanic on the exercise bikes in the boat's gymnasium, built in 1910

Passengers of the doomed Titanic, which sunk in 1912, on exercise bikes in the  boat’s gymnasium wearing their extravagant cruise outfits, again, does not look very breathable or designed for comfort.
That thing looks dangerous! A woman demonstrating an exercise machine, known as the Gymo Frame, to members of the Arsenal soccer team at Highbury football ground in London, UK, in 1932

A woman demonstrating an exercise machine, known as the Gymo Frame.

Victorian: Engravings showing physiotherapy machines from 1895, taken from an edition of Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, a 19th century German encyclopedia

I’m not sure how well these worked but whatever gets your heart pumping!! Hope you enjoyed!


Vintage Medicine – Morphine, Meth, Weed, Cocaine, and Heroin on the menu

 

Morphine, meth, weed, cocaine and heroin are just a few of the medications used back in the day to cure things like sore throats and tooth aches. Yowza!

Cocaine drops

Lloyd Cocaine Toothache Drops

Cocaine was sold over-the-counter until 1914, which was otherwise known as the good old days.

cocaine-toothache “Not recommended for children under 6” WTH??!!

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Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup

With 65 mg of morphine per fluid ounce, it’ll cure the aches associated with teething, and life in general.

cocaine-toothacheGorgeous Vintage Advertisements for Heroin, Cannabis and Cocaine

Gorgeous Vintage Advertisements for Heroin, Cannabis and CocaineGorgeous Vintage Advertisements for Heroin, Cannabis and Cocaine

Originally intended as a patent medicine when it was invented in 1886 by John Pemberton. He used five ounces of coca leaf (141.7 g) per gallon of syrup in the first five years, but the company was bought by businessman Asa Griggs Candler in 1891, who claimed his formula contained only 0.5 ounces. (14.2 g)

Gorgeous Vintage Advertisements for Heroin, Cannabis and Cocaine

Gorgeous Vintage Advertisements for Heroin, Cannabis and Cocaine

Gorgeous Vintage Advertisements for Heroin, Cannabis and Cocaine

A mixture of opium and alcohol helped infants and little children to fall asleep, eeeeeeek!!


Vintage Ads

It never ceases to amaze me the crazy things I find in vintage ads.  I love old ads because it tells you the mind state of our society at the time.  Including what was considered  acceptable and what we did not.  I do know that many vintage ads could be found offensive to some and before I post anything I just want everyone to know, I do not mean to offend anyone, just share the craziness of our past!

Yes, these are all real and I was shocked too!


GAIN weight for the summer??

Yes!! Once upon a time, women were found attractive with a little meat on their bones.  There were actually advertisements giving women advice to gain weight for the summer.  Since our society has completely turned around, I figured it would be nice to see some different ads for a change, check this out!

Times have changed: These adverts for Wate-on, a supplement that can help people out on weight, imply that being skinny will make you unpopular and unattractive

Weighty issue: This advert from The Strand Magazine offers advice on how to how to improve your life by 'putting on flesh'Celebrating curves: According to this advert, it's no fun being skinny and underweight people 'hate the summer'