Dig That Dish-The Coolest Vintage Recipe Book Around

I wanted to share with you my latest vintage find, which just happens to be perfect for anyone hosting a 1950’s, 1960’s and even a 70’s party.

Dig that dish Vintage Cookbook 1960's

Dig that Dish’ by Ruth Chier Rosen is a book on ‘Teen-Age Party Menus & Recipes For All Occasions (See perfect for your next themed party!). The version I have is copyrighted 1960 but it was gifted to a Mrs Sapoco at Christmas time in 1978 (was Mrs Sapoco a Teenage bride?).

Dig that dish Vintage Cookbook 1960's

While doing research on this book I found out that Ruth is a very popular cookbook writer and has written around 40 books over her career (Her first book was published in 1950 and the last in 1971).  She even has a website called ‘Food of the Fifites‘ where you can learn about all that she has done, read about her life on her blog and even purchase many of her books.

Dig that dish Vintage Cookbook 1960's Ruth Chier Rosen

Speaking of books, here are some of her cleverly named ones.

have cookbook will marry by Ruth Chier Rosen vintage cookbook
Source: Food of the Fifties.

104 confidence-building recipes for the budding home chef, both brides and grooms – Published 1956.

vintage cookbook by ruth chier rosen on cooking fish
Source: Food of the Fifties

From Nets to You: A Log of Fish Recipes – Published 1953.

freeze-n-easy_large vintage bookbook by Ruth Chier Rosen
Source: Food of the Fifties

90 tested and true recipes for turning your freezer into an anytime restaurant with all the trimmings – Published 1960.

cyranodecasserole vintage cookbook by Ruth Chier Rosen
Source: Food of the Fifties

Cyrano de Casserole: A Nosegay of Casserole Recipes – Published 1955.

tomato-well-dressed-salad-cookbook_large vintage cookbook
Source: Food of the Fifties

110 inventive salad and dressing recipes to tickle your palette and cinch your waistline – Published 1953

masquerade-leftover-cookbook_large vintage cookbook
Source: Food of the Fifties

132 re-purposing recipes that help you create new meals from yesterday’s left-overs – Published 1962.

And my personal favorite…

pop monseiur champage in food and drink vintage cookbook
Source: Food of the Fifties

Pop, Monsieur: Cooking with Champagne – Published 1956 (I really need to find this one for my collection).

Now lets head back to my book…..

A successful party takes ideas, organization, and your shoulder to the wheel.
When it is successful there is nothing like the satisfaction of knowing you put it across. The easiest way to do it is to set a theme, decide on the kind of food your crowd likes and provide enough space and opportunity for activity to keep the party moving.
The following party ideas can be used in combination with your own ideas and we hope they will spark some new ideas of your own. The food is all easy to prepare and you can do it yourself as part of the fun of having a party.

Here is a sampling of what you will find inside…..

The Themes:

Dig that dish Vintage Cookbook 1960's


  • Graduation Buffet
  • Pre-Prom Dinner
  • April Fool’s Gathering
  • A Progressive Party


  • Hobo Hay Ride
  • Summer Theatre Party
  • Splash Party
  • 4th of July Barbecue


  • Record Party
  • Halloween Square Dance
  • Post Football Game Supper
  • Sweet 16 Party


  • Ice Skating Party
  • New Years Eve Party
  • Christmas Party
  • Valentine Party

Each theme is broken down with party ideas, overview of recipes and then detailed instructions on how to make each of them. Here are a couple of examples.

Dig that dish Vintage Cookbook 1960's

Dig that dish Vintage Cookbook 1960's

Dig that dish Vintage Cookbook 1960's

Dig that dish Vintage Cookbook 1960's

Easiest recipe in the whole book.

Dig that dish Vintage Cookbook 1960's

Pretty cool right?!

Before I end there was one other goodie in the box. A letter written in July 19th, 1977 from ‘Mommie’ to ‘Lenny (?) & Precy’ from Brilon in Germany. It seems that the mother is traveling visiting friends (I think) and is gone long enough that someone is sending her money and she is buying gifts to send home.

I love when I find items like this in my vintage finds, it just brings another time to life.

vintage handwritten letter


Question Time: Have you heard of Ruth or her cookbooks? Maybe you own one or a few. If so please share with everyone what you have in your collection.

P.S. For a more detailed breakdown on how to host the ultimate 50’s party, please visit my post HERE.


Vintage Photo Tuesday: The Social Dance

Spring has sprung here in Toronto and I know in many other places all over the world (thank goodness!). Hearing the word spring made me think of the themed dance ‘The Spring Fling’ and then I wanted to find all the photos related to this dance to share with all of you.

Well friends..I was out of luck, there really are no photos entitled “Spring Fling”. This really surprised me because I thought that this type of dance was popular in day’s gone by? Yes? No? If any of my readers have the answer please let me know in the comment section. So that said, for today’s Vintage Photo Tuesday we are going to just focus on images from the 1930’s-1950’s showcasing ‘The Social Dance’.

 Mouse over image to zoom Vintage-June-17-1939-Duluth-Mn-Council-of-Jewish-Juniors-Spring-Dance-Card Vintage-June-17-1939-Duluth-Mn-Council-of-Jewish-Juniors-Spring-Dance-Card Vintage-June-17-1939-Duluth-Mn-Council-of-Jewish-Juniors-Spring-Dance-Card Have one to sell? Sell it yourself Details about Vintage June 17 1939 Duluth Mn. Council of Jewish Juniors Spring Dance Card
Source: Ebay

Let’s begin!

You cannot have a proper dance without the “King & Queen”, so I introduce to our lovely 50’s couple who will oversee all the dances being shown today. They are joined by the “Duke”, the “Prince” and the “Princesses”.

1950's Vintage Valentines Dance black and white image of guys and girls
Source: Flickr-St. Mary’s Digital Archives

Oct 27th,1945 the Woody Herman Orchestra performs for eager dancers at Maple Leaf Gardens (Toronto). Dancers on the side of the stage and all the rest of the dancing seems to be happening further back (behind all the people watching).

woody herman 1945 maple leaf gardens toronto playing for a big dance
Source: Toronto Archives

It’s the Simpson’s Teen-Town Time dance at Maple Leaf Gardens (1940’s) featuring Bobby Gimby (Toronto Orchestra Leader), Art Hallman (popular Canadian Tenor) and Ken Watts.

1940's Simpsons Sears Teen Town Time Dance at Maple Leaf Gardens
Source: Toronto Archives

“Dance with me”

Canadian Archives 1940's social dance vintage image
Source: Library and Archives Canada

Dancing close in a crowded Toronto dance hall in the 40’s.

1940's toronto dance hall vintage image
Source: Library and Archives Canada

It’s Boogie Time (circa 1950’s)!

1950's vintage image of women dancing at a social dance canadian archives
Source: Library and Archives Canada

Sometimes social dancing also involves social standing and social sitting.

1940's social dance vintage image library and archives canada
Source: Library and Archives Canada

1930’s social dance at the Transportation Building, Toronto, Canadian National Exhibition.

1930's social dance at the Transportation Building, Toronto Canadian National Exhibition
Source: Library and Archives Canada

The Calm before the Dance. This is earlier then the images from the 30’s to the 50’s that I’m focusing on today but it’s such a marvelous photo that I just had to share.

1910’s Dancing Pavilion at Bo-Lo, Bois Blanc Island, Detroit River.

Dancing pavilion at Bo-Lo, Bois Blanc Island, Detroit River vintage image
Source: Library and Archives Canada

1940’s Canadian Highland Regiment soldier and beautiful woman share a dance together.

1940's canadian solider and woman dancing vintage image
Source: Library and Archives Canada

Emma Willard 1950’s School Dance.

1950's dance vintage image Emma Willard School
Source: Emma Willard School

1940’s social dance, view of the busy dance floor.

1940's social dancing vintage image
Source: Library and Archives Canada

The Closeup.

1940's swing dancing vintage image library and archives canada
Source: Library and Archives Canada
Couldn't We Keep on Dancing? From On with the Dance: Vocal Fox-trot
Source: Abebooks

Unfortunately we cannot keep on dancing, BUT I hope you enjoyed this week’s Vintage Photo Tuesday! VPT will be back in 2 weeks with another exciting group of images.



91st Anniversary of the Savoy Ballroom-Home of the Happy Feet

If you’re a Lindy hopper or a lover of the 1930’s/1940’s, you know the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. You know that it is the hallowed ground of swing dancers everywhere and the ‘Home of the Happy Feet’. All the greats played here AND danced here and anyone who was anyone passed thru it’s doors. It truly was a magical place, where your skin colour did not matter, only the music and the dance did.

The Savoy Ballroom Harlem Plaque, NYC
Savoy Plaque on the grounds where the original dance hall stood

The Savoy turned 91 years old this past March 12th and for today’s post I wanted to bring to life this legendary ballroom. Whether you know it’s story already or just discovering it for the first time, reading and watching videos about the Savoy never gets old.

Please grab your dance shoes friends because we are off to 596 Lenox Avenue, between 140th and 141st Streets to visit the famous Savoy Ballroom.

savoy ballroom colour vintage image
Source: The Savoy King

Brief History & Facts about the Savoy:

  • Owned by Moe Gale, a Jewish man, and managed by Charles Buchanan, an African-American business man, the Savoy Ballroom opened its doors on March 12, 1926 right in the middle of Harlem
  • It was the first racially integrated public place in the country
  • The Savoy was modeled after Faggen’s downtown venue, Roseland Ballroom
  • 10,000 square feet in size, was on the second floor and a block long. It could hold up to 4,000 people
  • The interior was painted pink and the walls were mirrored.Colored lights danced on the sprung layered wood floor and it had 2 bandstands (which allowed continuous music all night long)
  • The spacious basement checkrooms could serve up to 5,000 patrons with swift and efficient ease
  • Approximately 700,000 patrons visited the ballroom annually; and, consequently, the floor had to be completely replaced every three years
  • Nicknames included: “Home of the Happy Feet”, and “The Track” because of the elongated dance floor
  • Over 250 name and semi-name bands were featured at the Savoy. Bands like: Chick Webb, Fess Williams, Erskin Hawkins and Al Cooper’s Savoy Sultans (who were just some of the house bands), Benny Goodman Orchestra, Count Basie and Duke Ellington (were some of the guest bands)
  • Lindy Hop made its appearance in the ballroom and became its staple dance until it closed it’s doors. Purportedly named after Charles Lindbergh’s solo trans-Atlantic flight in 1927 it signifies the entire historical period known as the Swing Era
  • Herbert White, a.k.a. Whitey, an ex-boxer and bouncer at the Savoy, organized and cultivated a group of the best young Lindy Hoppers (and had them appear in theaters around the world as well as in films. They were called ‘Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers‘.
  • Lindy hop legend Frankie Manning noted that patrons were only judged on their dancing skills and not on the color of their skin
  • Part of the floor where the professional Lindy dancers ruled was on the 141st street side of the room and was then referred to as “the corner”. Only Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers could dance and work routines there. Dancers today know it as the “Cat’s Corner”.
  • It is estimated that the ballroom generated $250,000 in annual profit in its peak years from the late 1920’s to the 1940’s
  • “Stompin’ at the Savoy”, a 1934 Big Band classic song and jazz standard recorded by Chick Webb, was named after the ballroom
  • The Savoy closed permanently October, 1958 and was turned into a housing complex now called the “Savoy Park”.
  • Sources: Savoy Plague.org and Wikipedia

Images of the Ballroom:

Video Link

Savoy ballroom Harlem outside
Source: The Savoy King
The Savoy exterior vintage images harlem
Source: The Savoy King

savoy-ballroom 1930s 1940s vintage image

savoy-ballroom interior postcard
Source: Flemingsbond.com

The Famous Dance Floor.

Savoy-Ballroom harlem inside dance floor view
Source: The Savoy King

The Dancing

dancers at the savoy ballroom
Source: The Savoy King
dancing at the savoy ballroom 1940s harlem
Source: The Savoy King
dancers at the savoy ballroom 1930s 1940s vintage image
Source: The Savoy King

These photos were not taken at the Savoy but here is the famous Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers dancing somewhere in NYC in their jackets.

Whitey's Lindy Hoppers jackets nyc vintage image
Source: New York Public Library

The Advertisements

Source: Dogpossum.org
chick webb savoy poster 1937
Source: The Savoy King
Source: Sharon Davis


Battle of the Big Bands (this was a regular feature at the Savoy)

Two of the most famous battles involved Chick Webb & The Benny Goodman Orchestra (May 11th, 1937) and Chick Webb vs Count Basie w/ Billie Holiday & Ella Fitzgerald (January 16th, 1938). Chick Webb won both times in the battles making him the ‘King of Swing’!

Savoy Goodman vs Webb

Video Link

Chick vs Basie the Breakdown:

Count Basie vrs Chic Webb at the Savoy Ballroom vintage poster

Battle of the Bands at the Savoy Ballroom Chick Webb vs Count Basie
Source: Swing Music.net

Truck on Down for a Battle of the Bands with not 2 but 4 Bands! Who will you pick?

Savoy Ballroom Battle of the Bands vintage poster
Source: Dogpossum.org

Super Cool Tidbit:

Did you know that in Ian Fleming’s James Bond book ‘Live and Let Die’, Bond visits Harlem and the Savoy?

By the time they left the restaurant it was ten-thirty and the Avenue was almost deserted. They took a cab to the Savoy Ballroom, had a Scotch-and-soda, and watched the dancers.
Most modern dances were invented here,’ said Leiter. ‘That’s how good it is. The Lindy Hop, Truckin’, the Susie Q, the Shag. All started on that floor. Every big American band you’ve ever heard of is proud that it once played here – Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Galloway, Noble Sissle, Fletcher Henderson. It’s the Mecca of jazz and jive.’
They had a table near the rail round the huge floor. Bond was spellbound. He found many of the girls very beautiful. The music hammered its way into his pulse until he almost forgot what he was there for (Source).

Before I close I will leave you with one more amazing short video about the Savoy (great interviews and images) and a photo of my husband and I recreating a famous Lindy Hop move in front of the plaque (this is tradition for all dancers).

Video Link

The Savoy Ballroom Harlem Plaque, NYC

I sure hope you enjoyed this visit to the Savoy Ballroom friends and don’t be afraid to visit again and spread the word about the greatest ballroom on the planet!





The Women of Canada’s Heritage Minutes: 1900’s to the 1940’s

March 8th was International Women’s Day and in honour of this day Heritage Canada released it’s newest ‘Heritage Minute‘. The Heritage Minute is various pieces of Canadian history in an easy to digest 1 min or less video. These minutes (formally called ‘Historica Minutes: History by the Minute‘) have been part of the Canadian culture since 1991 and have been learning tools for students, adults and also subjects of many parodies.

Canada's Heritage Minutes

Their most recent video is about The Edmonton Grads (1915–40) a women’s championship basketball team coached by Percy Page. During their 25 years as a team, the Grads won an astounding 95 per cent of their matches. The Grads were national and world champions, often defeating their opponents by lopsided scores. The team won the Underwood International Trophy (USA–Canada) for 17 years straight (1923 to 1940), and was undefeated in 24 matches held in conjunction with the Olympic Summer Games in 1924, 1928 and 1936.

The edmonton grads womens basketball team
Source: Globe and Mail

For today’s post I wanted to showcase some of the women of Canadian history (like the Edmonton Grads) who have made their mark in various ways, focusing on the time periods from the 1900′ to the late 1940’s.


Nursing Sisters: The minute commemorates the service and sacrifice of women on the front lines of the First World War through the retelling of a real event from May 1918. It is the story of two of the nearly 3000 trained nurses who served overseas.

Agnes MacPhail: .1935-Canada’s first female MP (members of Parliament) contributed to the reform of the Canadian penal system.

Mona Parsons: 1945- Mona Parsons is sentenced to a Nazi prison camp (but escapes execution) for helping downed Allied airmen escape.

Nellie McClung: 1916-The next video depicts Nellie McClung’s confrontation with Premier R.P. Roblin to win the right to vote for Manitoban women. She is noted for staging a ‘Mock parliament, attacking votes for men’.

Pauline Vanier: Is part of one of Canada’s most remarkable families who worked tirelessly to aid displaced persons and refugees during the Second World War (1939–1945).

Emily Murphy: 1929-Recounts how Murphy and a group of Canadian women secured the rights of women as persons throughout the Commonwealth.

The last Heritage Minute for today’s post, is Viola Desmond. She was an entrepreneur who challenged segregation in Nova Scotia in the 1940’s.


Friends, I hoped you enjoyed learning a little about some of these amazing women of Canada. I also hope this post encourages you to go out and learn more about the women of your own country and share their story. Knowledge is power!

If you want to watch more videos or listen to short radio programs on the other women I did not have time to post here, then please visit the Heritage Minutes Website.


Vintage Photo Tuesday: Family Vacations Part 2

The mass exodus for March Break has begun (or about to begin shortly). Families are packing up their kids and all their luggage and heading off to places like Florida, Mexico and California for a week (sometimes two). When I was a kid, my family was really big into downhill skiing so our March Break trips always involved a skiing destination like Alberta, Vermont or New York State. One year though my brother and I got lucky and my parents took us to a warm vacation spot…San Diego! I remember being so excited to not have to pack 60 layers of clothes for that trip. Ahhh the memories.

Speaking of memories, today’s Vintage Photo Tuesday is a continuation of a post I did last year on the same topic, exploring other people’s memories of their vacations, near and far (I found so many images that I just had to do a part 2). Lets Begin!

Vintage Red Border Kodachrome Slide, Sightseeing in DeSoto Wavecrest, Hawaii, 1950's Original Found Photo
Source: Etsy

Summer 1948. Leaving White River, Colorado.

White River National Forest 1948 Colorado Vacation B & W Photo Snapshot
Source: Etsy

“Entering”. The same family pictured above (now with their son), clearly on a “Forests of Colorado trip”.

Uncompahgre National Forest 1948 Colorado Vacation B & W Photo Snapshot
Source: Etsy

Mountain Lake Cabin Getaway (in an adorable deer sweater).

Vintage Photograph Print of Summer Holiday Woman at Mountain Lake Cabin late 1940s early 1950s
Source: Etsy

It’s not a Holiday if you don’t stay at The Holiday Inn (1960’s).

1960s vintage holiday inn family photo by the pool
Source: Etsy

The Phoenix Rises?

1950s vintage image of woman in front of a hotel
Source: Etsy

1950’s vacationing in Europe. Lots to see and lots of pictures to be taken.

1950s vacation photo of people in Europe vintage image Kodachrome
Source: Ebay

60’s Family Vacation Road Trip. Crossing the Mackinac Bridge.

60s Family Vacation Crossing Mackinac Bridge Original Photo
Source: Ebay

“I’ve arrived, it’s Fishing time!”.

Vintage 1940's photo of vintage trailer and car and man with fishing poles
Source: Ebay

I don’t know about you, but when I’m on a trip I try to always pick up a small souvenir to have a physical reminder of the place I was at. I even do this when I’m transferring thru airports in countries I have never been to (I was technically there, so why not remember it?).

Our couple below, looks like they are about to pickup a few tokens themselves, after they get a picture with the locked up pilgrim.

1950s vacation photos of a couple at a shop vintage
Source: Ebay

1930’s: Inspiration Point-Grand Canyon.

The Grand Canyon is a must see for any traveler. I have only seen it from a plane, so one day I hope to get there and see it “up close”.

Inspiration Point, Grand Canyon 1930s vintage photo
Source: Ebay

Hawaii, a dream destination.

Vintage Red Border Kodachrome Slide..Hula Dancer, 1950's Original Found Photo
Source: Etsy


Gathering all these photos together for this week’s post has given me serious Wanderlust. I now want to hop on a plane or jump in my car and go somewhere fun.

Question time: If you could go ANYWHERE right now and cost was not an issue, where would you go? Share in the comments below.

P.S. If you live in Toronto and your looking for something to do this Saturday, I’m emceeing a ‘Nancy Drew Anthology book launch and reading‘. 3pm-5:30pm, FREE, lots of amazing guest readers (and other goodies) and it’s being held in Kensington Market. See you there!

Nancy Drew Anthology Book Launch





Vintage Travel To-Do-List: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

For Canada’s 150th Birthday this year,  I am devoting my ‘Vintage Travel To-Do-List‘ posts to cool places in Canada that you and I should visit.

Up first: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, located in Alberta’s Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

1920s Chateau Lake Louise Vinta
Source: Ebay

Historic Overview:

  • The lake in front of the hotel was originally called “Lake of Little Fishes” by the Stoney Indians who lived in the area. Then it because “The Emerald Lake” after a Canadian Pacific Railway employee who was introduced to it by the Stoney Indians. It would change names one last time, to Lake Louise in honor of Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter, Princess Louise Caroline Alberta.
  • 1890-Chalet Lake Louise. One story log cabin constructed on the shores of Lake Louise, it hosted visitors from different dining stations along the railway line as well as day visitors from its elegant sister, the Banff Springs Hotel.
  • While only 50 guests registered at the chalet in 1890, by 1912, 50,000 guests had already slept there.
  • 2 Fires and 4 architects later,  the small cabin dating back to 1911 would become the Chateau Lake Louise standing today.
  • 1900’s Professional Swiss Mountain Guides were brought in to safely guide guests to the summits. Between 1899 and 1954, generations of these Swiss mountaineers taught thousands of visitors and locals to climb and, later, to ski.
  • Early movies shot in Lake Louise include 1928 ”Eternal Love” starring John Barrymore, 1942 ”Springtime in the Rockies” with Betty Grable and Carmen Miranda and 1944 ”Son of Lassie.”
  • Hundreds of stars have come here for filming or vacationing, including Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Alfred Hitchcock, and Marilyn Monroe.
  • The Chateau has also welcomed dozens of royals including Prince Rainier of Monaco, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan.
  • Due to gas rationing and patriotism, Chateau Lake Louise was closed to the public during WWII (Source).

1909 Lake Louise Chalet (not yet the Chateau)

Lake Louise Chalet Vintage Image 1909
Source: Historic Hotel then and Now

June 1928, now a Chateau (as you can tell from the increase in size).

Chateau Lake Louise 1928 vintage image
Source: Library & Archives Canada

Swimming at Chateau Lake Louise in the 1930’s.

1930s swimming in the pool at Chateau Lake Louise
Source: Heroines.ca

Another view of the pool in the 30’s.

Outdoor swimming pool at the Chateau Lake Louise with swimmers 1930s vintage image
Source: Peel’s Prairie Provinces

Queen Elizabeth II paying a visit.

Queen Elizabeth the second at Chateau Lake Louise vintage image

1942 ”Springtime in the Rockies” with Betty Grable and Carmen Miranda.


INTERIOR: Dining room 1930’s.

vintage image of the dining room of the chateau lake louise
Source: Peel’s Prairie Provinces

Ladies lunching in the Lakeview Lounge, circa 1930’s. Wow what a view!

1930s vintage image of Chateau Lake Louise
Source: Historic Hotel then and Now

Tea Time-1935.

1935 tea time chateau lake louise
Source: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

The Chateau Today-The Magnificent Grand Lobby.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise grand lobby other view
Source: Redtag.ca

My favorite room-The Victoria Ballroom.

Chateau Lake Louise Ballroom
Source: Design Locations

Lakeview Lounge. An updated version of the room seen in the vintage images above.

lakeview lounge chateau lake louise
Source: Pinterest
chateau lake louise lakeview lounge
Source: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Walliser Stube

chateau lake louise interior Walliser Stube
Source: Redtag.ca
Source: Where.ca


And that my friends is the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. I hope you enjoyed our little online visit of this magnificent hotel and will consider adding it to your own ‘Vintage Travel To-Do-List. I know it’s on the top of mine!




10 Vintage/Vintage Style Twitter Profiles You Need to Follow Today

I love Twitter, yes I do! It’s my go-to place for a roundup of all the vintage things I love, like vintage history, fashion, lifestyle, images, and videos.

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite Twitter Profiles that I follow and I think you would enjoy as well. Here you go!

1. M&S Archive (Marks & Spencers). Canada used to have M&S stores when I was a child and I remember they were quite popular for some time. I have a strong memory of visiting a store in London, Ontario and always wanting these chips they sold that were in the shape of French Fries with a salt and vinegar taste. Mmmmm they were good! Sadly the stores closed up shop in 1999 here in Canada but are still going strong in the UK. Yippee! I love stopping in when I visit and I still look for those chips 🙂 Anyways…M&S has a really super Twitter profile, that is filled with some of the best vintage ads, images and stories from their long history and I find myself always smiling when I see them appear in my feed. Here is one of the recent goodies they have posted:

M&S Archive. Marks and Spencers Vintage history

2. Toronto Archives. If you follow my blog you might have noticed that I “cite” the Toronto Archives on a regular basis for many images I share here. It’s a wonderful resource, online and offline for lovers of Toronto History. Their Twitter Profile is filled with many different kinds of vintage images on many different topics. It’s a must follow for anyone interested in the yesterdays of my home.

Toronto Archives Twitter Account

3. Comet over Hollywood. This profile is perfect for classic movie fans and I think almost daily I “heart” Jessica’s content. From reviews on classic films, to images of the actors and actresses who starred in them, there is always something of interest to check out.

Comet over Hollywood Jessica Pickens Twitter

4. TCM (Turner Classic Movies). I love my classic movies, so following (and watching TCM) is a regular activity in my home. Just like Jessica’s account above, TCM shares lots of great content about the movies and the stars who were in them.

Turner Classic Movies Twitter

5. Dancer on Film. Now this is not always vintage clips but a majority of the time they are. I love dance, so having little movie dancing clips (from many I have seen) appear in my news feed everyday fills me with joy.

dancer on film twitter

Here is the clip posted above (LOVE THIS MOVIE!!).

Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) Elevator Dance by zocomoro


6. Vintage Everyday. As you know I love vintage images and Vintage Everyday feeds that passion with images from so many different eras, topics etc. It’s always fun to see what they post.

vintage everyday twitter

vintage everyday blog twitter account banff 1960s

7. WowHaus. Finders of cool architecture, hip houses and the odd bit of design currently up for sale . They focus quite a bit on Mid-Century Homes (one of my favorites) and post images and links to all the homes so you can dream or buy!

wowhaus twitter feed

8. Tammy Francis-Author. Some of you might remember Tam from my ‘Behind the Scenes Interview with The Girl in the Jitterbug Dress‘. Well Tam also has a fantastic twitter profile, where she scours the internet and Twitter for awesome content to share with her followers. My favorite recent Tweet is the one below, on 53 of the best movies from the 1940’s. How many have you seen?

Tam Francis Girl in the Jitterbug Dress Twitter

9. Retro Roadmap. Every time I’m on their website or on their twitter feed I have wanderlust and just want to jump in my car and start checking out all the cool Retro spots Mod Betty has documented.

retro roadmap twitter

retro roadmap vintage diner
Source: Retro Roadmap

10. Spadina Museum (Toronto). The Spadina Museum is a 55 room mansion faithfully restored to the 1920s and 30s with historic gardens & events. It’s stunning and I have been lucky to have attended several events there over the years (Gatsby Garden Party for one). Their Twitter profile is wonderful and filled with vintage recipes, images, history tidbits, 1920’s manner tips and so much more. For anyone who enjoys the 1920’s and 30’s this profile is for you.

spadina museum twitter

And that is a list of some of my fav Twitter profiles. Hopefully friends you found some great new ones to follow, and if you’re not on Twitter what are you waiting for? 🙂


Vintage Photo Tuesday: Family Time

This past Monday, here in Ontario Canada we celebrated Family Day. It’s an official day off designated for spending time with your family, in whatever form that may be. The hubby and I spent it enjoying a quiet day together just hanging out, nothing too exciting this year (but it was still very nice).

In honour of that special day, I wanted Vintage Photo Tuesday to be all about “Family Time” in the 1940’s and 1950’s.

1950's vintage illustration of family time
Source: Pinterest

1940’s family photo with grandma (and can we take a moment to admire the hat on the one lady..wow!).

1940s family photo with grandma vintage image
Source: Ebay

Paying a visit to Cleveland Park, 1940’s.

1940's family black and white vintage photo
Source: Ebay

Coming together over food is a tradition in every family, big or small.

1950's african american family at thanksgiving dinner vintage image
Source: Ebay

“Little boy blue, come blow your horn”.

1940s family with little boy and horn vintage image
Source: Ebay

The family boat ride. I hope the photographer did not eventually fall off the boat.

1950s vintage boat ride family photo
Source: Etsy

Going to the beach, is always a fun idea.

1950s vintage image of family on the beach black and white photo
Source: Ebay

Me and My Gal, spending some quality time together.

1950's vintage image of couple at the beach vintage swimsuits
Source: Etsy

Beautiful days are meant for picnics in the woods.

1950's vintage colour image of family enjoying a picnic
Source: Ebay

Adorable little girl and her dad time.

1950's little girl with dad in front of vintage car, vintage image
Source: Ebay

Many families also consider pets, part of the family (I know my family does).

1940's black and white photo of women and their dog vintage photo
Source: Ebay

A couple and their beloved boxer.

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Source: Ebay

When TV started to enter the home, family time moved in front of it (and hasn’t left).

1950s vintage image of a family watching tv
Source: The Times UK

If you have siblings, you may have been forced into the “lets put you in matching outfits and pretend like you all love each other” photo. Ahhh family time, sometimes it can be awkward.

1950's kids in matching cowboy outfits at christmas vintage image
Source: Ebay

This family has great Atlantic City Boardwalk style, but I do feel like they kind of wish they were not taking this photo (another awkward family moment).

1950s vintage swimsuits family photo vintage image
Source: Etsy

And that concludes Vintage Photo Tuesday for this week, hope you enjoyed it. Next VPT will be all about “Trips” as march break quickly approaches.

Have a great day friends!


Chatelaine Magazine-March 1947: Charm Check-Up

While reading my March 1947 Vintage Chatelaine, I found an interesting article entitled ‘Charm Check-Up‘ by Adelle White.

1940's charm school tips

Are you making friends and having lots of fun? Your popularity should be unlimited if you can honestly answer “Yes” to these questions. But even if you can’t, be of good cheer; you can always change your type — and no time like now!

I thought for today’s post it would be fun to put ourselves into the shoes of a 1940’s woman and read some of the charm check-ups thru her own eyes. What would your imaginary ‘1940’s gal’ check yes or no to?

**First Category: Your Looks

1940's Woman from 1947 Vintage Chatelaine

Do the small details of grooming seem important?

No matter how ultra-fashionable a costume may be, if hair is untidy, back of shoulders, unbrushed, gloves even slightly soiled or heels run over at the sides, the effect of smartness will be ruined.

1940s vintage fashion

Do you change your hair style every so often?

It’s a treat for your family and your friends to see you with a brand-new hair-do — if only to assure you that they like the old way best. Don’t be afraid to try something new — you’ve nothing to lose and the gain may be exhilarating.

1940's Vintage hairstyles vintage ad

Have you learned to carry yourself gracefully and with poise?

Whether you’re slender or plumpish you can improve you figure 90% by stretching upward with the top of your head….lifting your chest out of your ribs….and pulling in your tummy. It takes inches off your waistline and makes you seem taller.

1940's posture class Miss Cook's School of Manners
Image by © Lucien Aigner/CORBIS


**Second Category: Your Personality

1940's yearbook photo

Do you talk in a natural and unaffected way?

Just think of the number of girls who spoil an otherwise charming personality by speech affectations, such as kittenish baby talk, or a superimposed accent. It’s a temptation, sometimes, to vary, your type by imitating the dulcet tones of a movie siren — but don’t do it. You’re you — a pretty important person, with no need to borrow tricks from someone else.

singing in the rain movie image

Do you like other women?

You and I have both heard girls say, quite proudly, that they get on better with men than with women. Just imagine some man tossing off a remark that he liked women but couldn’t hit it off with other men! What a raised-eyebrow situation that would be! Haven’t you found that a woman who studiously avoids her own sex is putting on an act which won’t go over with other females?

vintage archie comic
Source: coverbrowser

Are you as casual and friendly with men as you are with other girls?

If you act naturally and are not self-conscious when men are part of the group, you’ll enlarge your circle of masculine admirers much more than if you put on a special act for their benefit. Like everyone else, a man wants to feel relaxed and comfortable when he’s talking to you.

1940s vintage image of man and woman talking life magazine

Are your compliments always sincere?

People who toss flattery about like confetti soon find their compliments lose value. If you don’t admire another woman’s hat or dress it’s best to say nothing — or praise something else about her. Honest compliments, the kind which can be trusted, make friendship jell more firmly.

1940s katie keene comic book cover
Source: Comics Beat


**Third Category: Your Party Style

Do you start off for a party with the full expectation of enjoying yourself?

High spirits are contagious. If you arrive looking as though it were a special treat, you’ll not only be a joy to your hostess, but you’ll infect the other guests with the same spirit of gaiety. It just takes one or two guests with a zest for fun to give the whole party a lift.

1940s toga party vintage image
Source: Etiquipedia

Can you forget to worry about how you look?

If you know your dress is becoming; if you’ve spent plenty of time on hair and make-up; if you nails are freshly manicured and your hands do you proud, there will be no need for nervous peeks in mirrors or constant fussing with comb, lipstick and powder puff.

1947 Vintage women's fashion vintage illustration

Have you social assets?

You may not be a pianist or a fine singer — but if you’re good at dancing, card games, ping pong, table tennis, or some other indoor sport, you’ll be a sought-after guest. One of the quickest way to enlarge your circle of friends is to become an expert in some field — such as bridge, rummy, chess, or a sport such as skating or skiing; badminton or squash; tennis or golf. Special sport fans tend to band together. But when you’re with other groups, go easy on your specialty.

1940's party vintage image
Credit MOHAI, Al Smith Collection, 2014.49

Can you forget your own shyness by concentrating on other people?

If you’re the shy type who takes a bit of time to shed reserve and get into a party mood, you can speed the process by picking out another guest sitting alone in corner, and coaxing him or her out of the same shell. Time yourself mentally at just how smart you are, in drawing people out and making them feel comfortably integrated. You’ll please your hostess, probably make a friend for life, and that social diffidence you suffered from at the start will melt like snow in the sun.

1940s bobby soxers teenagers vintage image
Source: Corbis Images


Question Time: Do you think that any of these “Charm Check-Up” ideas are applicable in today’s society? Or better left in 1947? Let me know in the comments below.


Who is Dawn Hampton? 15 Awesome Facts about Dawn

This Weekend in NYC I am attending a celebration of life for one of the most amazing woman I have ever met, Dawn Hampton (she passed away Sept 25th, 2016). She was an awe-inspiring woman who achieved so much in her life and what she gave to the Lindy Hop world alone will never ever be forgotten.

It is also Black History month, so I think it’s important that the planet (or at least my readers) learn a bit more about the unforgettable Dawn and her accomplishments.

Dawn Hampton

Before we begin, please note that today’s post is a Repost from Toronto Lindy Hop which originally posted Aug 12, 2015 (over a year before Dawn passed away) and written by yours truly.

Dawn Hampton








1. Dawn was born in 1928, in Middletown Ohio and was one of 12 children in her family.

2. Her father Clark Deacon Hampton, Sr., had a family band and vaudeville act, which was part of a traveling carnival. Dawn grew up listening to the music of the family band, ‘Deacon Hampton’s Pickaninnys’.

Deacon Hampton's Pickaninnys

3. Dawn began performing at the age of 3 and two years later sang “He Takes Me to Paradise” (Source).

4. When she was very young, she wanted to be a ballet dancer then she found out that ballet does not swing (source).

5. In the mid 1950s Dawn and her sisters became the ‘Hampton Sisters’ after several of their brothers went off to study music. They had a very long career together.

Hampton Sisters (left)-Carmelita, Dawn, Altera, Virtue

6. 1958 Dawn joined the cast of the Off-Broadway hit show, “Greenwich Village, U.S.A.”. The show ran for a year at New York’s legendary ‘The Bon Soir’. An original cast album of the show features several solo tracks by Dawn.

Dawn Hampton
Source: Richard Skipper

7. During the early 60’s, Dawn worked as the house singer at the ‘Lion’s Den’. The Lion’s Den was also the scene of a singer’s talent competition. Barbara Streisand relates in a Vanity Fair interview that one of her first times singing on stage was at one of these competitions. She tells how she was a little unnerved, because she came on stage after Dawn, “and the lusty applause for Dawn Hampton [was] ringing in my ears.”

8. Surgery in 1964 to her vocal cords saw Dawn lose most of her vocal range BUT she never lost her eagerness or ability to perform and her optimistic spirit.

9. Dawn spent much of the next 20 years performing  as a cabaret singer in clubs around New York City. Reviewers called her a “singer’s singer” and dubbed her the “Queen of Cabaret”.

Dawn Hampton Cabaret Performer

10. Dawn is talented in writing music and lyrics: In 1989 Dawn collaborated with pianist/performer Mark Nadler, writing music and lyrics for the honky-tonk mini-opera ‘Red Light’ which was given the Manhattan Association of Cabarets (MAC) Award in 1990. Dawn and Mark also collaborated on ‘An Evening with Dawn Hampton’, which enjoyed an extended run at ‘Don’t Tell Mama’.

Dawn also wrote the music and lyrics for the play “Madame C. J. Walker” (Madame (1867-1919) was an African-American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a political and social activist. Eulogized as the first female self-made millionaire in America).

Lastly, she would find time to write a book with her niece, entitled ‘Two Penny Soap Opera’.

Deacon Hampton's Pickaninnys
Source: Richard Skipper

11. 1992-Dawn appeared with Frankie Manning in the Movie ‘Malcom X’.

12.  In the late 90s and into the early 00s, Hampton took advantage of the craze for swing dance by bringing to the scene her smooth style and theatrical presence that has brought her international acclaim. She has never stopped since those early days.

Dawn Hampton and frankie Manning
Dawn Hampton with Frankie Manning (June 2007) by photographer Eli Pritykin.
Dawn Hampton
Dawn Hampton, Ryan Francois, John Dokes – Splanky at Frankie’s Centennial Savoy Ball 2014 – Photo by Jane Kratchovil

13. Dawn lives in NYC and can be found in New York City dancing and listening to some of the best swing bands around.

14. Dawn and her family are in a documentary called ‘The Unforgettable Hampton Family’ that aired in 2011 (click on image to watch doc).

The Unforgettable Hampton Family
Source: Culture Unplugged

15. Dawn has been known to answer her phone saying “God Is Good. The Light Is On!” (source).

Dawn Hampton
Source: Advanced Style Blog Post

In Conclusion: 

Watching Dawn dance heightens the experience of merely listening to jazz and reunites the relationship between music and movement. In Dawn’s own words, “The light IS on!”

Check out Dawn’s talk at TLH Sunday of TOWLHD, as well as watch her dance dance dance 🙂

Lastly, here is my husband and I with Dawn during her visit to Toronto in 2015.

Dawn Hampton Toronto Lindy Hop

Hope you enjoyed learning about Dawn and her life. If you are interested in watching the celebrations this Saturday, they will be livestreamed HERE