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!

Liz

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.

Liz

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
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

Liz

Vintage Photo Tuesday: Best Friends Forever

BFF’s, Best Friends Forever, we all had/have them and documenting them in photos has been an important way to remember those good times. Today’s Vintage Photo Tuesday will showcase some of those friendships in time.

1940s vintage image of 2 women laughing
Source: Etsy- EphemeraObscura

Wild times at the cabin!

1950s vintage image of friends in the summer
Source: Etsy- iloveyoumorephotos

Sunbathing, and girl talk.

1940s vintage image of women sunbathing in swimsuits
Source: Etsy- iloveyoumorephotos

Building a sailor snowman goes quicker when you have an extra sets of hands.

1950s vintage photo of women with sailor snowman
Source: Etsy- iloveyoumorephotos

It’s your birthday!

1940s vintage image of 2 women celebrating a birthday in the winter
Source: Etsy- iloveyoumorephotos

Downhill skiing is always more fun when done with you best buddy. Circa 1930’s.

1930s vintage image of 2 men skiing
Source: Etsy-ChicEtChoc

Mmmmm Ice Cream with Friends for the win (1940’s).

1940s vintage image of children
Source: Etsy-girlcatdesign

1940’s friends enjoying a catch-up and a laugh on a park bench.

1940s vintage image of women sitting on a bench
Source: Etsy-ChicEtChoc

Boys and their car (1930’s).

1930s vintage image of men with their car
Source: Etsy-RenascenceVintage

Laughter keeps you young. Aren’t you just itching to know what the joke is? I know I am.

1940's vintage image of women laughing
Source: Etsy-RenascenceVintage

Good friends stick together thru thick and…..tons of kids (1960’s). All I can hear in my head when I look at this photo is the men going…. “Are we done yet?” lol!

Original Vintage Polaroid Photograph Snapshot Men Sitting on Couch Holding Baby Boys & Girl Toddlers 1960s
Source: Etsy-RenascenceVintage

Shuffleboard!

1950s vintage photo people playing shuffleboard
Source: Etsy- iloveyoumorephotos

One’s BFF does not always have to be the human kind. This pretty woman from the 1930’s is enjoying a moment with her cat friend.

1930s vintage image of a women with a cat
Source: Etsy-RenascenceVintage

Beach day with doggy pal (Great beach style as well!).

1940s vintage image of woman on the beach with dog
Source: Etsy-maclancy

Hope you enjoyed this week’s Vintage Photo Tuesday, it was a blast looking thru all these images online. I might need to do a part 2 sometime soon as there was just way to many images to choose from.

Have a great day!

Liz

The 1940’s Celebrity Vintage Ads of Royal Crown Cola

Did you know…..Royal Crown Cola (Created in 1909) used to be one of the most innovative companies in the beverage industry? It came out with the first canned soda, the first caffeine-free soda, and the first 16-ounce soda. It was the first to take diet cola mainstream, and the first to stage nationwide taste tests (Source).

royal crown cola vintage bottle

BUT due to lack of strong marketing skills (compared to Coke and Pepsi) and a diet cola ingredient controversy in the 60’s, RC has remained a strong but forever back burner cola to the big names.

RC Cola Vintage Taste Test Sign

Today’s post is going to feature some of the 1940’s advertising that RC Cola created when it decided to invest money into print and television ads, hiring stars like Bing Crosby, Joan Crawford and Shirley Temple, to state “You Bet RC Tastes Best!”.

RC Cola Tastes Best

RC Cola must have paid a pretty penny to have Betty Grable in their ad. At this time, Betty’s famous “Pin-up” image was in every soldiers hands, launching her into super stardom.

Betty Grable RC Cola vintage 1940s ad

Anne Baxter (lets take a moment to admire her hair and dress in this ad…wow!).

Anne Baxter RC Cola 1940s vintage ad

The Little Rascals-1941

little rascals rc cola vintage ad 1940s

Gene Tierney-1945

RC Cola GENE TIERNEY vintage ad 1945
Source: Flickr

If the “Duke” aka John Wayne loves RC Cola, then we all better love RC Cola!

John wayne vintage RC Cola 1940s ad

This same goes for when Gary Cooper says drink the cola.

Gary Cooper RC Cola 1940s vintage ad

Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth RC Cola vintage ad 1940s

Good old Bing Crosby and his horse, love Royal Crown Cola.

Bing Crosby RC Cola vintage 1940s ad
Source: Flickr

Hot Lips Page probably drinks an RC Cola before every show!

Hot lips Page RC Cola Vintage ad

Paulette Goddard

Paulette Goddard for Royal Crown Cola (1945)

Even Skating Champs like Sonja Henie love the taste.

Vintage RC Cola Ad 1944 Sonja Henie

And that my friends is the end of today’s sampling of images because this post could go on and on for days (they used a lot of celebrities during this time period). For my last request, I will encourage you to read this super interesting post on the History of RC Cola by Metal Flosses, HERE (it’s very informative).

Question Time: Have you tried RC Cola? Do you love it? Is it truly better than the big names as many people state? I don’t know if we can get it in Canada but I’m going to take a look.

Thanks for stopping by!

Liz

My favorite Vintage Online Reads & Videos for January 2017

Another month is zipping on by like it was almost never here, can you believe it? I have had a fairly quiet month, beside my yearly Vegas Trip for German Karneval (Mardi Gras), I have stayed pretty close to home. This means I have had lots of time to do some reading and some YouTube watching. Today’s post is a highlight of some of the vintage goodies I have enjoyed this month.

breakfast in bed vintage image

Today’s post features:

  • Women pilots making their mark in history
  • Badass animals of WWII
  • Stories of a shop girl
  • Fiestaware
  • Room to Room Guide to Vintage Shabby Chic
  • Rare photos from the birth of the ‘New Look’
  • Miss Toronto Pageant 1938 & 39
  • Mary Tyler Moore Bloopers

Grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy.

1. Bessie Colman and the Women Pilots History Shouldn’t Forget by CNN

Bessie Coleman 1920s vintage photo

Thursday’s Google Doodle was of a woman, named Bessie Coleman. Bessie was the first African-American woman to hold a pilot license. She was also the first American woman to hold an international pilot license. Wow this is truly fantastic!

I have had never heard of Bessie but she will forever be on my mental mantle of awesomeness, right up there with the other women mentioned in the above article.

Bessie Coleman birthday google doodle

2. The 26 Most Badass Animals from WWII by Buzzfeed

vintage image of dog with canadian soldiers ww2

3. There is a Twitter page called ‘Diary Dear‘ that tells the tales of a shop girl living in Toronto, starting in 1938. They tweet a page from her diary every day and so far what I have read has been fascinating for the vintage lover like myself. I will be interested to see if they get far enough into her diary where she begins to mention WW2, and what it is like in Toronto at that time.

diary dear vintage diaries of a shop girl living in toronto

4. The ingenious story of how Fiestaware invaded the baby boomer kitchen by Stephanie Buck

fiestaware dishes

5. Need ideas on how to give your home a bit of that Vintage Shabby Chick look? Then this Room by Room Guide to Vintage Chic by Laura Preston, inspired by the Rosebery Hotel is perfect for you!

room by room guide to vintage chic

6. LIFE with Dior: Rare photos from the birth of the ‘New Look

Designer Christian Dior in his Paris salon, 1948
Source: The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

7. “Toronto, the city with the most beautiful girls”. Miss Toronto Pageant 1938 and 1939 (LOVE THIS!)

8. Sadly we lost the wonderful Mary Tyler Moore this week, but I think one of the best ways to remember her, is thru laughter. Enjoy!

marytylermoorequote

Have a great weekend Friends!

Liz

 

Vintage Photo Tuesday: 1930’s Art Deco Toronto

During the 1920’s and 30’s, Toronto experienced an Art Deco building boom. Today’s Vintage Photo Tuesday will showcase a collection of some of those Buildings.

Vintage Photo Tuesday_ 1930's Art Deco Toronto

Eglinton Cinema-1936 Is considered one of the city’s greatest examples of Art Deco Style. It cost $200,000 to build, which was a lot of money when the city was in the middle of the Great Depression. It had 775 seats and was in the cinema business till 2002. Today the building has been renovated, keeping many of its Art Deco design and is used for Weddings and other functions. You can see the remodel HERE.

Eglinton Theatre 1936 Toronto Archives
Source: Historic Toronto

Interior-Lots of Art Deco details to behold.

Interior of the Eglinton Theatre Toronto Archives
Source: Historic Toronto

View of one part of the Lobby. Even the lettering on the sign is in the Art Deco style.

Eglinton Cinema vintage image of lobby Toronto 1936
Source: Toronto Archives

Eaton’s 7th Floor Auditorium (image 1) and the Eatons Round Room (image 2) are recognized as a tour de force of Art Deco design. These spaces are located in the former Eaton’s College Street store (famous Canadian Retailer) in downtown Toronto (Source).

Eatons auditorium 1930s
Source: Historic Places

The series of Art Deco-style rooms, designed by French architect Jacques Carlu, muralist Natacha Carlu, and architect René Cera within the Eaton’s College Street department store, was built in 1930, opened in 1931 and sealed off by 1970 until they were restored in 2000 – 2003.

Eatons Round Room Vintage Photo 1930s
Source: Historic Places

Here is John David Eaton and Lady Eaton, his mother, arrive at the opening ceremony for the company’s College St. store. Same store where the 2 rooms shown above are found.

1930s-Eaton-Arrival vintage image
Source: BlogTO

Toronto Stock Exchange (1937), now the Design Exchange is one of my FAVORITE Art Deco Buildings in Toronto. It’s truly stunning.

Toronto Stock Exchange vintage 1930s image
Source: BlogTO

Here is an image I took during a recent visit to the building. These are the images you see above the clock from the photo above.

Design Exchange Art Deco Toronto

The TSX is a fantastic example of streamline moderne, art deco and stripped classicism architecture. The architects produced an elegant yet sturdy looking edifice with classic art deco touches throughout (source).

Design Exchange Toronto Stock Exchange Vintage Art Deco Building
Source: Blog TO

Maple Leaf Gardens (1931) – Canada’s “Cathedral of Hockey”. It took the builders only 5 1/2 months to construct the building and it has been home to twelve Canadian sports teams since first opening its doors. Today it’s renovated and is now the Athletic centre for the University I attended, Ryerson. You can see the renovation HERE.

Art Deco Highlights: Decorative stonework around the massive vertical rows of windows and fancy brickwork.

Maple Leaf Gardens 1930s vintage image
Source: Mattamy Athletic Centre

Here is a renovated image of the front of the building in present day (better view of the design).

For a ‘Non Hockey’ history post on the Gardens, check out one I wrote HERE (P.S. It includes Elvis!).

Maple Leaf Gardens rennovated image

Tip Top Tailors Building.(slips in as 1929 Building). A Canadian menswear clothing retailer founded in Toronto in 1909. It is now a renovated Condo Building (and my husbands dream, win the lottery home).

Art Deco Highlights: Colourful decorative tile above the upper windows, giant concrete piers with pyramidical roofs, and elaborate carvings of people and mythological animals around the main entrance (source).

Tip Top Tailers Building 1930s Vintage Image
Source: Toronto Public Library

Here are some modern images of the building, so that you can see the design better. Starting with the Lobby.

Tip Top Tailors art deco lobby toronto
Source: Toronto Livings

The front doors.

tip top tailers front of building
Source: Lomax Management

Ad for Tip Top Tailors as seen in the Vancouver Sun, Oct 18th, 1935.

art deco tip top tailers 1930s vintage ad
Source: Vancouver Sun

And there is a brief overview of just SOME of the Art Deco beauties we have in Toronto for Vintage Photo Tuesday. If you ever visit, make sure you check them out.

Question time: Do you like Art Deco Style? Architecture? If not, what is your favorite?

Liz

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My “Virtual” 1940’s and 50’s Vintage Closet – New Year Edition

2017 is all about new beginnings and for many it means refreshing their wardrobe. I would LOVE to do an add-on to my vintage collection this year (not restart) but due to current situations in my life and space I’m all about the virtual window shopping instead. So thank you Pinterest for allowing me to fill up my “closet” with so many fantastic vintage goodies.

Lets go shopping in my virtual closet friends!

Dresses

1940s Rayon Dress. This would be marvelous on the dance floor. Who ever now owns it, is one lucky gal.

1940s Rayon vintage dress
Source: Etsy

1940’s Green Emerald Swing Dress dream.

Vintage 1940s Dress . Emerald Green . Pleated Sleeves
Source: Pinterest

As I continue to look for a new job, I’m always thinking about what my first day, future new jobs clothing would look like. This Dorothy O’Hara 1940’s wool suit would be so perfect and make quite a statement. Don’t you agree?

Vintage 1940s Dorothy O'Hara Navy Blue Wool Wiggle Dress
Source: Pinterest

One of my dream trips with my husband is to rent a camper in Scotland and drive around to the castles and distillery’s for several weeks. This 40’s red plaid wool swing coat and hat would be so amazing for this trip!

Red Plaid Wool Swing Coat and Hat Set
Source: Etsy-Sweetbeefinds

When one needs a gown for a special function, you can’t go wrong wearing a 1950’s Suzy Perette Dress.

Vintage 1950s Suzy Perette Gold Lame
Source: Etsy- MyLiliMarlene

Who is not a fan of adorable cotton 50’s dresses? They are perfect for any occasion and come in all figure flattering styles.

1950s Vintage Dress - 50s Pink and Silver Floral Cotton Dress
Source: Etsy-Sweetbeefinds

This is a Liz dress…right here. I can see it on me already, I can see where I would wear it and how I would wear my hair. Now someone else owns this, but I don’t think that should stop me from dreaming about one day owning this early 1940’s day dress.

1940s vintage day dress
Source: Pinterest

Like most of the Vintage community, I have a love for the designer Jonathan Logan and his 1950’s designs. What a great colour combination, and look at those pockets!

vintage 1950s Jonathan Logan dress
Source: Etsy-Trunk of Dresses

Art Deco influence meets 1940’s classic styling.

Vintage 1940s navy crepe vintage dress
Source: Pinterest

Are you a card playing, Vegas loving gal? Then this cute kitschy 40’s dress would be perfect for you. I love Vegas, just terrible at cards.

vintage 1940s dress playing card novelty applique black 40s wiggle dress
Source: Pinterest

 

And that is a peak into my virtual closet for this month. If you like what you see, keep up to date on my Pinterest Board, ‘My Vintage Style‘.

Question Time: If you could have any vintage outfit or designers outfit on the planet, what/who would it be?

Next Weeks Blog Post: Vintage Photo Tuesday-Art Deco Toronto

Liz

Vintage Inn News: Top 100 Vintage Blogs and Websites on the Web

Today was supposed to be a Vintage Travel To-do-List Post but then I got some exciting news from Feedspot this week and that changed up my plans. I won a Vintage Blogger Award Friends! Some of you already know this but I wanted to share it with my readers who might not follow my accounts on Social Media.

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Yes Feedspot did some research and come up with the ‘Top 100 Vintage Blogs & Websites on the Web‘ and yours truly is number 41!

I’m particularly excited about this award because it was won by looking at stats and then cross referencing it with an editorial team and expert review. Here is how the award came to be…

These blogs were ranked based on following criteria

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review

The Social Media geek in me was ecstatic that my hard work to boost my views, ranking and readership has worked! Did you know that from 2014-2015 when I really focused on m;y blog that I increased my blog views by 800%? And this year it went up by another 136%, that is pretty darn amazing! My subscribers have also gone up as well this last year, so thank you to all of you for helping me get to those numbers, you are truly the best followers/friends ever!

I’m also super excited to share this space with some of my favorite bloggers AND with so many new ones that I’m itching to follow now (thank goodness I’m currently looking for work, I have some free time to do blog reading).

Here are just a sampling of who is on the list. Make sure you check it out yourself to find some new cool bloggers to get your daily dose of vintage fix.

Glamour Daze

The amount of times I have used this website for my personal 1940’s style help, has to be in the thousands. With vintage fashion and beauty images from the 1900’s-1960’s you are bound to find what something that inspires you here.

glamourdaze website

Atomic Readhead

I love the Atomic Readhead’s blog because she has wonderful vintage style, loves Disneyland and will feature her adventures there on many of her posts. Her images are really beautiful and her blog posts are fun reads. Check her out today!

atomic readhead blog

Vintage Fashion Guild

If you don’t know about the Guild, then you need to bookmark it today! It truly is an outstanding resource for lovers of Vintage fashion.

vintage fashion guild

Emily’s Vintage Visions

Emily’s blog is brand new to me, but first look I’m very intrigued and looking forward to exploring her beautiful blog. Emily’s main focus is the 18th century but she loves the classy look of the 1920s, through the 1950s. Emily enjoys researching, collecting, and creating historic clothing just for fun.

emilys vintage visions

Once again Friends, thank you so much for following my little passion piece. I love how the Vintage Inn has brought my little vintage world closer together. Also thank you to Feedspot for adding me to this list, this was a great way to start 2017.

Liz

Vintage Photo Tuesday: Visiting Niagara Falls, Canada

Vintage Photo Tuesday is back for 2017! And as mentioned in my previous post ‘Come Visit Canada! Vintage Travel Posters‘, I will be doing a much bigger focus on Canada for a lot of the vintage content that you will see on the blog this year. And in case you missed the “Why?” it’s because Canada is celebrating 150 years as a country and so I think that is a good enough reason to celebrate all year-long. Don’t you agree?

Greetings from Niagara Falls

Today’s VPT is on Niagara Falls, Canada. Known for its magnificent Falls and awesome wine country, Niagara is a must visit for all travelers to Ontario (I’m pretty sure my family has taken ALL my German relatives there throughout the years). But like any town, anywhere it has its vintage roots and for today’s VPT, I will be exploring some of those images from my favorite era’s, the 1920s to the 1960’s.

Vintage Greyhound Niagara Falls Poster
Source: Allposters

1920’s Frozen Falls in the dead of winter. Apparently the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) use to commission vehicles to take you directly to the Falls.

1920s Niagara Falls in the Winter vintage image
Source: Library and Archives Canada

1921 Aerial View of the Horseshoe Falls and the City of Niagara (It does NOT look like this anymore. The Falls yes, but the Town no).

1920s Niagara Falls Aerial View vintage image
Source: Historic Niagara digital Collections

The Royal Tour 1939: King George VI & Elizabeth at the Niagara Parks Commission Administration Building.

1939 Royal Tour king george and elizabeth Niagara Falls Canada vintage image
Source: Historic Niagara digital Collections

Hotel General Brock where the King and Queen had dinner during their Royal visit. First opened in 1929, it was the first high rise built in Niagara and has hosted many other famous individuals. Like: Walt Disney, Shirley Temple and Jimmy Stewart. It is now known as the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls and has maintained much of it’s vintage glamour.

Hotel General Brock Postcard

Visiting in the Summer and needed to cool off? Then you would have checked out the Niagara Falls Cyanamid Swimming (seen below, 1940’s). The pool was owned and operated by the adjacent Cyanamid Company’s giant Niagara plant and was once a popular swimming area.

1940's cyanamid pool niagara falls
Source: nflibrary

Volleyball by the Cyanamid Swimming Pool (now closed).

 cyanamid pool niagara falls vintage image
Source: Niagara Falls Review

Visiting the Falls is a year round activity, sometimes involving having to dress up in your winter best to capture the perfect picture. Circa 1940’s.

1940's Niagara Falls Vintage Image 2 ladies and a man
Source: The Journal of the Dead Beats Society

1953 – Picnic by the Niagara River below the Falls.

1950s Niagara Falls vintage picnic image
Source: Library and Archives Canada

1960 – Or you can picnic in front of the Falls (I’m not sure if you can even get this close anymore?).

1960s vintage picnic image at Niagara Falls
Source: Library and Archives Canada

Need a closer look? Put some money in this binoculars and in a second you will be transported to the roaring power of the Falls.

1960s vintage image at Niagara Falls Canada
Source: Library and Archives Canada

There is so much to see and do that you must stay the night.

1950s vintage image motel in niagara falls canada
Source: Library and Archives Canada

Across the street from the famous falls is the lovely ‘Oakes Garden Theatre’. Constructed in 1936, designers capitalized on the contours of the landscape to create a curved pergola overlooking a central amphitheatre. Rock gardens, lily ponds and shrub borders have been created around formalized gardens, with attractive ornamental iron gates (Source). Here are 2 friends visiting in 1949.

oakes garden theatre niagara falls 1940s vintage image
Source: Library and Archives Canada

Still standing today is the Skylon Tower. It’s door’s opened to the public on Sept 31st, 1965 and  was inspired by the Space Needle Tower in Seattle, Washington. It is Niagara’s tallest structure, measuring 520 feet above ground level and 775 feet above the base of the Falls.

Skylon Tower 1960s vintage image
Source: Clifton Hill

Even the stars liked to visit the Falls, like everyone’s favorite blonde bombshell, Marilyn Monroe.

1950s marilyn monroe visiting niagara falls vintage image
Source: Library and Archives Canada

Lastly, over the years many people who visited Niagara Falls wanted to go down the falls in a barrel or some other contraption. Some tried, very few succeeded. In 1956 Woody Woodpecker was in a film called ‘Niagara Fools‘ about the pitfalls of going down those falls (click on the image to watch the cartoon).

niagara-fools-c2a9-walter-lantz

 

Like what you saw? Then check out a more detailed breakdown of Niagara Falls History, HERE.

Question time: Have you ever been to Niagara Falls? Did you enjoy it? If you have not been there, does this post make you want to visit?

Liz