1928-Canada’s First Female Olympic Medalists

October is Women’s History Month and the Toronto Archives has been posting on and off some wonderful photos of Canadian Women who achieved great things in life. One of the recent photos was the one below. It’s from 1928 and features 7 women from the Canadian Olympic team heading off to forge their place in sports history.

1928 Canadian women heading to Summer Olympics Vintage Photo
Source: Toronto Archives

So who exactly were these women and did they achieve their Olympic dreams? Lets find out in today’s blog post….

The 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam was a milestone for women in Canada as this would be the first time they would be allowed to participate at these games and in Track and Field (Note: In 1924 the Winter Olympics did have 15-year-old Canadian, Cecil Smith but that was all that was sent). Canada would end up sending 6 women for track and field and 1 more who was sponsored privately and was a swimmer (Source).

1928 summer olympics poster
Source: Wikipedia

Who are the women that participated?

Myrtle Cook, Jean Thompson, Ethel Smith, Ethel Catherwood, Fannie Rosenfeld, Florence Bell and Dorothy Prior.

The track and field team were nicknamed the “Matchless Six” and Canadians had high hopes for these ladies of speed and strength (even though there were many that felt that women participating in the Olympics was controversial).

Canada's women's team at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.
Check out the stylish 1920’s flapper inspired Uniforms. Don’t the ladies look so good? Source: Huffington Post

How did they do?

That year Canada sent 69 Athletes to the games and took home 4 Gold’s, 4 Silver’s and 7 Bronze and ranked 10th in the world. Where did our women place?

Fannie “Bobbie” Rosenfeld – Was considered the best all around athlete on the team, competing in both track and field. She did not disappoint and went on to win the gold medal for the 400 meter relay, a silver for the 100 meter (in a photo finish), and a fifth place in the 800 meter. Rosenfeld scored more points for her country than any other athlete at the Games, male or female (source).

Fanny “Bobbie” Rosenfeld vintage image
Source: Women of Valor

The 800 Meter Race Controversy – The most controversial race for women at this time. Why? Two full laps around the track, at full speed was considered too stressful for the delicate female body.

Rosenfeld was never supposed to be in this race, as 17-year-old Jean Thompson was set to run it and considered a medal contestant. Jean had hurt herself in training before the games and now found herself extremely nervous before the big race, so Bobbie was asked to race with her to encourage and support her teammate. This turned out to be a good idea because Jean did in fact falter (due to being hit by another runner) and Rosenfeld would then run from the back of the pack to beside Jean and let her finish ahead in fourth place while she took fifth.Their team manager Gibb called it “one of the finest exhibitions of sportsmanship ever witnessed on any track”.

At the finish line, 5 of the women that ran the race collapsed at the end due to “giving it all they had”.

1928 800 metre summer olympics womens race
The Start of the Race. Source: Go Feet

The media felt differently about this race though and would end up going on the attack saying things like, “it was hysterical” and “the competitors were floundering all over the place” (from an Australian publication called the Bulletin). The London Times called it a “warning for women’s athletics in general” and Harper’s Magazine deemed the competitors “wretched women (Source).”

1928 summer olympics 800 metres controversary article
Source: Sport in American History

Sadly the press was looking for failure even when failure was not there.

I am very proud of Bobbie & Jean personally!


Myrtle Cook – #675 below. In this photo 15-year-old Myrtle is show winning the preliminary heat in the women’s 100m race against Norma Wilson of New Zealand and Bets ter Horst of Netherlands on July 30, 1928 (Source).

Myrtle’s Olympic journey was not an easy one at first, as she ended up being disqualified from the 100m finals for 2 false starts. She would bounce back by running the last leg of the 4 x 100-metre relay securing a first place finish for the Canadian relay team made up of Cook, Jane Bell, Ethel Smith, and Bobbie Rosenfeld.

1928 Summer Olympics women's running
Source: Wikipedia


Ethel_Catherwood_1928 Canada summer olympics
Source: Wikipedia

Ethel Catherwood (above) – Nicknamed “Saskatoon Lily”, Ethel’s sport in 1928 was High Jump and she had a Gold Medal victory by jumping 1.59 metres defeating dutchwoman Lien Gisolf.

Ethel Catherwood

This win was the first ever gold medal awarded to a female high jumper and she holds the title as the only Canadian female athlete to have won an individual gold medal in an Olympic track and field event.


Ethel Smith (Below) –  Ethel would go on to win the Bronze in the 100 meter with Bobbie as well as Gold in the 4 x 100 m rely.

Ethel Smith 1928 Summer Olympics Canada
Source: Wikipedia


Jane Bell – Helped bring home the Gold in the 4 x 100 m relay at the young age of 18.

Jane Bell 1928 Summer Olympics
Source: Canadian Sports History


Dorothy Prior the swimmer on the team and competed in the women’s 200 metre breaststroke (at the age of 16). She would come in fourth place. Unfortunately I have not been able to find any other photos, beyond the one at the very beginning of Dorothy.


More Milestones: Did you know that their wins equaled 25% of Canada’s medal haul and they were the only country to win more than one gold across the five track and field events in Amsterdam? That is an incredible! (source)

1928 womens olympic team the matchless 6 vintage image
Source: Canadian Sports History

What happened when they got home?

“The Matchless Six” returned to ticker-tape parades in Toronto and Montreal. The press estimated that 200 000 people jammed Toronto’s Union Station and adjacent Front Street and another 100 000 lined the parade route (Source).

BUT the “Controversy” of sending women to the Summer Olympics (especially after the 800 meter race), was not forgotten and the IAAF voted to keep women athletics, but in a much limited form: They removed the long jump, shot put, 200 metres and 800 metres from the realm of women’s competition.

It would be 32 years before women would be permitted to run the 800-metre race at the Olympics again (Source).

1960s olympics 800 metre womens race
1960’s Women’s 800 metre race


Friends that is the story of Canada’s first female Olympians, I hope you enjoyed learning all about these amazing women and their journey to making history and the struggles that they had to endure and overcome. I know I sure did!




Vintage Photo Tuesday: 1940’s Street Style

Many of the online searches that find their way to my blog is for “1930’s-1950’s Fashion ideas”. So I thought for this week’s Vintage Photo Tuesday, I would find some well dressed “regular folks” images from the 1940’s and share them with all of you. Then future VPT’s will focus on the other timelines.

Let’s check out the 40’s Street Style!

1940s couple vintage photo
Source: Etsy
1940s happy couple vintage image
Source: Etsy

Peacock brooches are always a good choice to brighten up a standard black jacket.

1940's african american woman in coat vintage image
Source: Etsy

I’m having serious hair envy with this young lady and that is why she is in this collection.

1940s young woman on the street vintage image
Source: Etsy

I admire a man who can wear swim trunks with seashells and seahorses on them and look good while doing it. These are pretty awesome and totally deserve to be on this list.

1940s man in a swimsuit vintage image
Source: Etsy

Fantastic hat for the win!

1940s vintage photo of woman in hat with feathers
Source: Etsy
Vintage Photo of Two Friends at Cannon Beach, Oregon, 1940's
Source: Etsy
1940s woman at a fountain, vintage image
Source: Etsy

The man in this image may have a hurt hand but I can’t stop looking at the cool “woods style” that these 3 finely dressed folks have.

1940s photo of 2 women and man vintage image
Source: Etsy

1940’s winter style.

1940s young women in warm coats vintage photo
Source: Etsy

Thelma Porter, Miss Subways New York City, 1948. Thelma was the first woman to integrate a beauty contest in America and became the first African American Miss Subways in April, 1948.

1948 miss subway vintage image
Source: Pinterest
1940s image of a woman in a black jumper
Source: Etsy

A handsome sailor with his beautiful mother.

1940s image of sailor with his mother vintage
Source: Etsy

Another outstanding hat partnered with a well dressed man at the world famous Leon & Eddie’s in NYC.

1940s vintage photo of a couple in a restaurant
Source: Etsy


We now have come to the end of this weeks post, but due to the fact that I found so many images for this weeks post, I will most likely do a part 2 in the future (exciting!).

Question Time: What photo was your favorite look from above? Share in the comments below.



Happy Canadian Thanksgiving and a Big Thank You

Star Weekly 1940s Vintage Cover

This coming weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving and families everywhere will be coming together to celebrate family, friends and togetherness. As I have posted before this is one of my favorite holidays and I’m looking forward to all the pumpkin pie and turkey that I can devour in one sitting and the sleep that will come shortly after. Oh and of course spending time with my amazing family (did you really think I would forget them??).

1940s Thanksgiving

So from my family to yours, HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my Canadian readers! I hope you have a wonderful long weekend.

happy thanksgiving

Lastly before we close this post I also want to say THANK YOU to ALL my readers for being such incredibly wonderful fans of my blog. I would not be here if it was not for all of you and I’m very grateful for your loyalty to this little hobby of mine. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Vintage Thank You Card
Source Pinterest


P.S. For some fun Thanksgiving Photo check out my blog post ‘Vintage Photo Tuesday-Thanksgiving‘.

The Kitschest of Them All-Swizzle Sticks

The Kitschest of Them All The Swizzle Sticks Vintage Inn Blog Post

I am making a deceleration..I have a Swizzle Sticks addiction (vintage in particular). I just love all the creative things that have been done on such a small piece of real estate. They are colourful, they are fun, they are artistic and they are so darn collectible! I want them all and I’m on a mission to do just that.

Swizzle sticks and stir sticks vintage inn blog
Just SOME of my collection

For today’s post I’m not going to go on about how I’m going to achieve total Swizzle Stick domination but instead we are going to check out their history (my coles notes version) and also view some examples of these lovely works of art.

Let’s begin!

The early days of the Swizzle Stick

According to my research, it looks like the Swizzle Stick made its appearance around the 1600’s in the West Indies. It’s purpose was to help enhance a Barbados-based cocktail “The Swizzle” that contained rum, sugar and ice.

Frederick Albion Ober’s 1920’s book ‘A Guide to the West Indies, Bermuda and Panama’ gives one of the first recorded insights into the origins of the stick itself (Source):

“The stem of a native plant with radiating twigs, or roots, which, being deprived of its outer bark, is revolved rapidly between the palms of the hands,” writes Ober, “and, through the combined action of the motion and a peculiar saponaceous quality of the cambium layer of the twigs, produces a delicious froth.”

Often the pronged branches of the allspice bush or aromatic quararibea turbinate (seen below) were used, which eventually earned the plant its nickname: the Swizzlestick Tree.

Quararibea turbinate swizzlestick tree branch

If you look at the my “collection” photo at the top of this post, you will see that one of the swizzle sticks looks like the quararibea turbinate branch. When I first received the stick as a gift I thought the prongs were for helping it stand up (silly Liz haha). Now I know that is not the true reason.

But where does the name “Swizzle” come from?

Tales of the Cocktail stated in a 2016 post that the word swizzle, according to the 1891 “Century Dictionary: An Encylopedic Lexicon of the English Language,” comes from a combination of the words swill and guzzle.

But they also stated that drink that was mentioned above called the “Swizzle” was named this because of the whisk-like motion of making it – “Swizzling”.

So it seems that the name of the stick truly reflects the original drinks origin as opposed the 1891 dictionary description. Do you agree?

Here comes the 1920’s!

The Swizzle sticks have found a new purpose in this decade beyond swizzling drinks, they are now being used by Queen Victoria and refined ladies to stir bubbles OUT of their Champagne. Why? Well ladies of Society don’t want any unwanted “gas like emissions” do they?

1950’s Champagne Swizzle Stick (1920’s looked similar)

Sterling Silver Champagne Swizzle Stick 1950s
Source: Bexfield Antiques

NOT the proper way to drink your Champagne.

1920s drinking champagne image

Marketing comes into play

When a great idea is found and seems to be rising in popularity, you can ALWAYS be sure that Marketing is not that far behind to capitalize on its success and this is exactly what happened after prohibition was over.

Meet Inventor Jay Sindler, who needed a way to remove the olive from his martini without using his fingers. So he sketched out an idea of a barbed wooden spear featuring a small paddle at the other end, which could be imprinted with the establishment’s name or logo (Source). A problem was solved and bars who needed to advertise after Prohibition was over had a new marketing tool.

vintage stir swizzle sticks
Source: Pinterest

1950’s & 1960’s

For the next few decades these cocktail stirrers are now common sight with the 50’s and 60’s being the top of its game and of course the kitsch factor is kicked up to 10.

vintage pink elephant cocktail stirrers
Source: Pinterest
whistle cocktail swizzle sticks vintage
Source: Pinterest
Vintage Cocktail Stirrers: Desert Cactus
Source: Pinterest
1950s Pin-Up Cocktail Sticks
Source: theinvisibleagent
vintage 60's tiki swizzle sticks
Source: Pinterest
1950s TWA Airlines Cocktail Swizzle Sticks
Source: Etsy

The End of an Era

The 70’s though saw the downfall of the Swizzle sticks as wine took over as the cheap drink of choice and from that decade on, our favorite little drink decoration is left behind in the dust.

1970's wine advertisement

Today, Swizzle Sticks are still not back in popularity ($16 craft cocktails don’t see a need for a kitschy plastic stick in their glasses) but you can still see them in Tiki Bars that have risen in popularity over the last couple of years. AND for those who are serious collectors, there is an International Association of Swizzle Stick Collectors for you to join (now that is cool!).

Tiki Swizzle Sticks
Source: Punch

That ends our little Swizzle Stick road trip for today so I hope you had as much fun as I did learning all about these cool pieces of cocktail history.

Question Time! Do you own a collection of Swizzle Sticks? And if you could create your OWN Swizzle Stick what would it look like? Please share in the comments below.


P.S. Make sure at your next Cocktail Party you add these to the bar!


How to Host a 1950’s Cocktail/Lounge Party

One of my most popular posts on my blog is entitled, “Mini Guide To Holding the Ultimate 1950’s Party“. The guide discusses themes, invites, food, music and clothing to ensure that you have the best party around (and you will!).

One of the themes suggested in the post is a 50’s Lounge/Cocktail Party but I really did not get into to much detail, so for today’s post I’m going to dig deep with ideas and images on how you can bring this theme to life.

Let the Party Planning Begin!

A cocktail party At The Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, Japan, March 13, 1961
Source: Wikipedia


No email for this party, go really retro and send your invites via the post office. The mini guide post has ideas on where/ how to get your invites created, so stop in there after your done here.

1944 Vintage Postoffice image washington
Source: Vintage Everyday

Example of an invite that can be personalized and on sale on Etsy.

retro cocktail invite
Source: Etsy


I think that music is the most important part of any theme party. It truly makes or breaks it. So if you can only do a couple of things to make this theme come to life, music should be number one on your list. But what kind of music should you play? Well simple….Lounge Music.

Lounge Music-is a type of easy listening music popular in the 1950s and 1960s. It may be meant to evoke in the listeners the feeling of being in a place, usually with a tranquil theme, such as a jungle, an island paradise or outer space (source). There is also the ‘Swinging music of the 30’s & 40’s’ with an emphasis on the vocalist that is considered part of this genre of music. The Rat Pack, Louis Prima, Bobby Darin, Wayne Newton are just examples of the artists that can be on constant rotation on your record player (or Cd).

OH and don’t forget the Brazilian music style of the Bossa Nova which was popularized in the 1950’s & 60’s as well.

Here are some YouTube mixes to get you started.

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Appetizers for a cocktail party are easy breezy but you want them to be in the 50’s style so make sure you check out my post “Party Foods of the 1950’s” for ideas and inspiration.

let serve cocktails cook book 50s 60s cover image
Source: Atticpaper

The Drinks:

1959 Illustrated Liquor Ad, Playboy, Barcardi Puerto Rican Rum, Southern Playboys & The Bacardi Party
Published in Playboy magazine, June 1959 – Vol. 6 No. 6 Source: Flickr

Drink Ideas (many more on the internet. Use the Search Term: 1950’s Cocktail Recipes):

1950s cocktail drinks image

  • Manhattan
  • Gin & Tonic
  • Champagne
  • Gin Fizz
  • Whisky Sour
  • Tom Collins
  • White & Black Russian
  • Bloody Mary
  • Punch
50's punch drink ideas
Source: Chronically Vintage

Lastly, make sure you bar is stacked with items like swizzle sticks, garnishes and if possible vintage glassware like lowball and coupe glasses. Here some great examples of glassware you can pickup at any vintage store that tends to stock 50’s & 60’s items.

1950s lowball vintage glasses
Source: Etsy
1950's champagne coupe glasses
Source: Etsy
mid century swizzle sticks
Source: Etsy

1950s cocktail drink image


First up, your living room is the perfect place for the party. Set up a make shift cocktail bar area, turn the lights down low (or just decrease the lights) and you are on your way to setting the mode. Do you have a record player or know someone who does? Add it to the room and if it works and you have the records, play your lounge music from there.

Remember that vintage glassware I mentioned above? Make sure they are on display or if you have enough, have your guests actually use them.

The Dress Code:

Really encourage guests to dress-up, because if everyone does then you have already boosted your “decor” by 10 fold. 1950’s party/nice dresses, suits for men, vintage apron for the hostess. Cocktail parties were fancy dress-up affairs so showing up in jeans is not going to work.

Three elegant young ladies enjoy the nibbles on offer at a cocktail party, circa 1955. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Source: Getty Images

About the below photo: Red (right) was the bell captain at the Sands Hotel and Casino back in the 1950’s and 60’s. This was taken at his Christmas Party around 1958. See how the 2 men are dressed in nice suits. Perfect Cocktail Party attire.

1958 Cocktail Party 2 men vintage image

This apron as of (Sept 18th, 2017) is currently being sold on Etsy. It features a bunch of 1950’s Cocktail recipes!

1950s vintage apron cocktail drinks
Source: Etsy

And there is your 1950’s Cocktail/Lounge Party theme. Your guests will have a blast, you will enjoy being able to have time to actually chat with them and the clean up is pretty simple. Just remember to ensure that your guests don’t drink and drive at the end of the night (this is not the REAL 1950’s anymore).

1950s cocktail party kodachrome slide vintage photo
Source: Etsy


Have fun friends and you can always drop me a line if you need any help with this theme.


Vintage Photo Tuesday-Back To School

Here in Canada the kids have been back in school for a full week now and everyone’s routines are set, so I figured it’s a perfect time to share my Vintage Photo Tuesday“- Back to School Post.

Off we go!

1950s two children running with lunchboxes
(Photo by Lambert/Getty Images)

1930’s-Leather straps to hold one’s books work well for these 2 boys on their way to class.

Two small boys, carrying a satchels, walks to school circa 1930's.
(Photo by FPG/Getty Images)

Back to School with coolest 1950’s kids around.

1950s back to school photo of two children vintage
Source: Etsy
Vintage Photo, Black & White Photo, Clean Cut School Children, Back to School 1950s
Source: Etsy

Teeny tiny lunch boxes, for teeny tiny kids.

1950s vintage photo of kids going to school with lunchboxes
Source: Etsy

Homecoming parade-1940’s High School Majorette.

Vintage 1940's Cute High School Majorette Ready For Parade
Source: Etsy

One of the fun things about going back to school is meeting up with old friends again and hanging out between classes. Howard University-1946.

howard university students 1940s vintage photo

Back to school, means back to classes like in this 1935 cooking class photo (I would totally be the girl with the lack of excitement on her face).

Cooking Class, 1935. Vintage Photo
Source: Etsy

Return to class is not just for the students but also the teachers. “Regretfully, Edna P. “Teach”.

1930s Vintage Photograph- English Teacher at Desk
Source: Etsy

Say Cheese it’s Photo Time! 1940s High School Photos.

1940s High School Year Book Vintage Photo Collection
Source: Etsy

1946 Howard University students-Take note, this is how you dress for school or even going to the grocery store.

1946 Howard University students
Source: Flavorwire

Freshman class, 1944 at the School of Nursing-North Carolina Baptist Hospital.

Freshman Class, North Carolina Baptist Hospital School of Nursing, 1944
Source: Flickr

Daydreaming during class, Florida, March 1947.

A girl daydreaming during class, Florida, March 1947.
Source: Pinterest. Photo by Allan Grant
circa 1955: A little girl and boy carrying a lunch pails and notebooks stand near a school zone traffic sign.
(Photo by Lambert/Getty Images)

And there you have this week’s Vintage Photo Tuesday. I hope you enjoyed spending a few moments going Back to School with me.

Question Time: Do you have fond memories of heading back to class or not so great memories (share in the comments below)? I personally loved the first day back at school, it was everything after I was not fond of. Ha Ha!



My Favorite Vintage Online Reads & Videos from Summer 2017

Hello September! you are officially here and I’m sadly wearing a sweater as I write this blog post. Sigh..summer I know your technically still on the calendar but weather wise you are not (at least not in Toronto). I’m so sad, so I’m going to ease my sorrow by looking back at (and sharing with you) some of my favorite vintage online articles and videos that have kept me company on summer road trips and vacations.

Lets Begin!

Inside the House of Dior: A Models Memories by Emily Stewart

About: An exhibition celebrating the work of French fashion legend Christian Dior has opened at the National Gallery of Victoria this week. Lateline’s Emily Stewart caught up with Svetlana Lloyd, who worked for the designer as a house model in his Paris showroom in the 1950s.

Christian Dior And Models 1950s
25th April 1950: Fashion couturier Christian Dior (1905 – 1957), designer of the ‘New Look’ and the ‘A-line’, with six of his models after a fashion parade at the Savoy Hotel, London. (Photo by Fred Ramage/Keystone/Getty Images)

The celebrity basset hound that charmed 1950s America by Mashable

1950s vintage image of couple with dog
Source: Mashable

The Star Weekly at War– Blog Post by Elinor Florence

star weekly 1940s war cover
Source: Elinor Florence

Lindy Hop to the Max! This is one of the best dance videos I have ever seen! Taken at the recent Camp Hollywood and National Jitterbug Championships in LA. Devote 8 mins to this video you will not regret it.

Glenn Miller Book Clears RAF of Accidentally Killing Band Leader by The Guardian

About: The death of Glenn Miller has been one of the enduring unsolved mysteries of the second world war. The US musician’s aircraft vanished over the Channel without trace in 1944 after leaving a British airbase for France. The disappearance of the hottest big-band leader of the era has provoked numerous theories, some wild, with a long-held claim that his plane was brought down by RAF Lancasters jettisoning their bombs over the English Channel.

But that latter theory has been challenged by new research.

Glenn Miller book clears RAF of accidentally killing band leader

1940s Decorating Inspiration with Vintage Advertising by Retro Planet

Barclay-Samples 1940s
Source: Retro Planet1940s

The Great 78 Project Lets You Download Songs Digitized from 78 RPM Records

vintage records
Source: The Great 78 Project

Listen to an example below of the ‘Sugar Foot Stomp’ by Connie’s Inn Orchestra

“They told me that I couldn’t join the Army because they figured it was too rough for women, so I joined the Navy.” The Story of Ruth McMillan by The Memory Project.

1940s image of 2 women from the memory project
Source: The Memory Project

Why is the Online Vintage Community So Important? Blog post by Lovebirds Vintage

lovebirds vintage why the online vintage community is so important
Source: Lovebirds Vintage

This is not a vintage article or video but still super fun and worth the click. Toronto Archives Flickr Collection of Images Featuring Rules & Regulations.

Irene Castle, full figure on steps. - March 16, 1923
Source: Toronto Archives


And that is it for my online summer reads & videos of 2017, I hope you enjoyed my finds as much as I did friends!

Question Time: Do you have a favorite vintage article you read or video you watched that caught your eye? If so share in the comments below!




Vintage Photo Tuesday: Summer Fun

Summer is zipping on by like you would not believe! One moment I was getting ready for my favorite season and the next thing I know the calendar is about to flip to September. YIKES! In fact it has been so busy that I have barely had time to devout some good blog posts for all of you. Don’t worry though, September is coming and that is all about to change.

1950s pool swimming illustration
Source: Tumblr

Today’s post is for my series called ‘Vintage Photo Tuesdayand it’s a look back on the fun of summer thru the eyes of those vintage images I love so much. Lets take a peak!

1940s summer photo of young woman in swimsuit
Source: Etsy

1930’s boating with friends. Only one seems to be doing all the hard work though.

Vintage Photograph of Women Friends Boating In Canoe
Source: Etsy

Swimming off the dock, always a favorite past time for many a child and adult. Location: State Park Diving Platform at Hamlin Lake, Michigan.

1950s Great View of State Park Diving Platform and Kids Swimming at Hamlin Lake
Source: Flickr

This lovely woman in her adorable sun suit is ready for some summer fun for sure!

Vintage Snapshot Photo Woman in Sunsuit c1940s
Source: Etsy

Shuffleboard for the win! Such a fun game.

1940's Shuffleboard ~ Vintage Snapshot Photo
Source: Etsy

Tent Camping.

Tent Camping- 1940s Vintage Photograph
Source: Etsy

Just hanging out on floating boats.

Floating Boats- 1940s Vintage Photograph- Women in Swimsuits- Two Piece Bikini
Source: Etsy

An accordion and a beach is always the perfect combination for a lazy summer afternoon.

1950's Kodachrome Picture Slide of beach scene with accordion player
Source: Etsy

Gary Wakefield and his haul from his fishing trip.

1957 Gary Wakefield Dad Holding Up Big Fish 1950s Fishing Vintage Black and White Photo Photograph
Source: Etsy

Camp, 1957.

Original Vintage Photograph Camp Girls 1957
Source: Etsy

Lazy afternoon on the Porch.

Vintage Red Border Kodachrome Slide Afternoon on the Porch 1950's
Source: Etsy

Who is hungry? Snack bar time!

Vintage Beach Photo 1950s Swimsuits
Source: Etsy

Night Cruise: After “dinner” (TV dinner) drinks and leis, 1958.

1958 Boat Cruise with friends Vintage Image
Source: Flickr

And that is it for this week’s VPT, the next installment will be all about “BACK TO SCHOOL”. Have a great week friends!

Question Time: How has your summer been? Did you do or go anywhere super cool? Maybe you have some wonderful memories of summers gone by? If so please share in the comments below!


Step Back in Time with The Canadian National Exhibition

I have written about the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) a couple times on my blog, because it truly is one of my most favorite summer events. The CNE is an annual event at the end of summer held in Toronto and with approximately 1.3 million visitors each year, the exhibition is Canada’s largest annual fair and the seventh largest in North America.

CNE Souvenir Catalogue & Programme Cover, 1955
Source: CNE Heritage

Online, the CNE Heritage has an amazing collection of images from its archives and for today’s post I wanted to pull some of my favorites from their collection (1920’s-50’s) and share them with you. Lets begin!

Simpson’s Ad In CNE Programme, 1928

Simpson's Ad In CNE Programme, 1928
Source: CNE Heritage

CNE Programme Cover, 1931

CNE Programme Cover, 1931
Source: CNE Heritage

Suede Shoe Ad In 1935 CNE Fashion Show Programme. In my personal collection I have this exact show program.

Suede Shoe Ad In 1935 CNE Fashion Show Programme
Source: CNE Heritage

CNE Bandshell & Manufacturers Building, 1948.

CNE Bandshell & Manufacturers Building, 1948.
Source: CNE Heritage

CNE Guests, 1927.

CNE guests vintage photo 1927
Source: CNE Heritage

This poster celebrates the opening of the new Ontario Government Building (now Liberty Grand) in 1926.

1926 Vintage CNE Poster
Source: CNE Heritage

Hollywood Chimp Show, 1937.

Hollywood Chimp Show, 1937
Source: CNE Heritage

1939 CNE Poster-Transportation and Communications Year.

1939 CNE Poster
Source: CNE Hertiage

Auto Show, 1936.

CNE Auto Show 1936 Image of Vintage Cars
Source: CNE Heritage

RCA Victor Display, 1940.

RCA Victor Display 1940s vintage image at CNE
Source: CNE Heritage

Safety Quiz, 1948. I think the first part of the quiz should be, “You should always keep your eyes on the road, Yes or No?”

Vintage image of 4 young people in a car in 1948
Source: CNE Heritage

Canadian Women at War!

1940s Canadian Women at War CNE Program
Source: CNE Heritage

Fashion of the Day on display in 1940.

1940s Young Womens fashion
Source: CNE Heritage

Miss Toronto Contest, 1951. Read all about Miss Toronto HERE.

Miss Toronto contest 1951 vintage image at CNE
Source: CNE Heritage

Swimming Sensation, Marilyn Bell in 1954 with Roy Rogers & Dale Evans.

From CNE Heritage:

In 1954, a 16-year old high school student named Marilyn Bell became a sensation when she became the first person to swim across Lake Ontario.

She became an instant celebrity, beloved by fans across Canada.

It all began on September 8th, when three swimmers began a 32 kilometre race from Youngstown, New York to the CNE grounds.

American marathon swimmer Florence Chadwick was the favourite, followed by Canadian swimmer Winnie Roach Leuszler; Marilyn was the underdog.

It became clear early in the race that she was a contender, remaining in the water after her competitors dropped out.

Newspapers covered her every stroke through the cold waves of Lake Ontario. After 21 hours, Marilyn made it ashore to the acclaim of the nation.

The following year, Marilyn was the star of the CNE’s “Canadiana” Grandstand show, sharing the stage with American television host Ed Sullivan.

The highlight of the show was Marilyn diving into a specially designed tank of water on stage.

Marilyn Bell, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
Source: CNE Heritage

Pez Anyone? 1954.

vintage image of a young girl eating pez at the CNE 1954
Source: CNE Heritage

Defying Gravity in the Rotor! 1953.

Vintage Ride 1953 at CNE
Source: CNE Heritage

Jimmy Durante and Friends, 1951.

Jimmy Durante & Friends, 1951 vintage image at CNE
Source: CNE Heritage

Derby Race, 1950.

CNE vintage derby race ride 1950 vintage image
Source: CNE Heritage

Even TV’s Lassie made an appearance in 1955.

TV's Lassie With CNE Visitors, 1955
Source: CNE Heritage

Kitchen World with Marie Fraser, 1955.

Kitchen World With Marie Fraser, 1955 vintage image at CNE
Source: CNE Heritage


And that is it for today’s post friends, I really hope you enjoyed this walk down some of the CNE’s past.

Question Time: Do you have a big fair or exhibition that you like to attend every year? Share in the comments below!


Decor ideas from the homes of the 1950’s

If you are looking to add a touch of the 1950’s to your home decor, the best way to do this is by scouring vintage photos. Why? Well clearly its the best example of how people ACTUALLY dressed up their homes (as opposed to what you see in the magazines). So for today’s post I have searched the internet for these images so that those who are interested, can begin decking out their homes in true 1950’s style.

Lets begin with Gladys of Sioux City in her front room-June, 1956.

First up Gladys is cute as button. Her mirror on the fireplace is fantastic and the flower stand by the window is outstanding and very mid-century.

1956 vintage photo of an older woman in her living room
Source: Flickr

Family Dinner.

1950s family dinner vintage photo
Source: Etsy

1953 Dance Party. The colour in the curtains match part of the flowers in the wallpaper (good job!). Also can we take a moment to admire the dresses in this post. According to the Flickr poster, Patrick Q the lady in the green dress was his grandmother and she held onto that dress until the day she died around 40 years later.

1953 Dance Party vintage image
Source: Flickr

The Lamp! February 1, 1958 before the dance.

Before the dance, 1958 girl in a fancy gown in her livingroom vintage image

Cute Baby alert in a 1958 living room. The chairs and table are so cool and coveted pieces in today’s modern world.

1958 Baby in livingroom vintage photo
Source: Flickr

You can never have enough lamps….apparently. Not sure if I would adopt this look in my home though.

1950s photo of a livingroom
Source: Etsy

A flower couch and shiny flower wallpaper.

1950s photo of a young couple on a couch
Source: Etsy

A nice streamlined 50’s look (I’m really digging the couch and the pillow).

1950s photo of a woman on a couch wrapping a christmas present
Source: Etsy

Mid-Century Kitchen, with the coolest floor.

vintage photo of a mid century 1950s kitchen
Source: Etsy

The brown bathroom.

1950s photo of a bathroom vintage image
Source: Etsy

Birds and sunflowers shower curtain.

1950s woman in the bathroom brushing teeth vintage image
Source: Etsy

Mental Note: Take photos of your child’s first communion in front of your first TV so you can remember them both fondly. Mix and match curtains and wallpaper again.

1950s vintage image of young girl and television
Source: Etsy

Young boy in his bedroom.

1955 Kodacolor Print Vintage Snapshot Photo Boy in His Bedroom
Source: Etsy

1955 Bedroom Interior.

Bedroom Interior, 1955: Vintage Snapshot Photo
Source: Etsy


Well friends, I hope you enjoyed taking a look at true 1950’s decor and if your redesigning your home in an authentic 50’s style, I hope it helped!

Question time: Do you like 1950’s decor? Or are you a fan of other era’s? Share in the comments below.