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Roundup of My Favorite Vintage Online Reads & Videos-January 2018

I don’t know about you friends, but here in Toronto the weather has been making me miserable (and sick). Freezing one moment, snowy the next, warm(ish) another day and no sun for days. Winter you are making me blue and you’re keeping me indoors, a lot more than normal!

The one good thing about seeing the inside of my apartment all the time, is all the reading and video watching I’m accomplishing. So today’s post is all about some of my favourites, starting with our first article…

WARdrobe: Fashion during World World II via Fashion History Museum

About: Fashion did not stop when war was declared. In the first Paris collections shown after the start of World War II, practical clothes were designed with an eye for beauty. Utilitarian coats and trouser suits, zipper-front jumpsuits and print cotton frocks were cut with a smart look and a sense of style. Life went on between the air raids and women still looked in the mirror. Where hope existed, so did fashion.

Black cotton skirt and red and blue striped cardigan sweater (1944 - 1946)

‘Naomi Parker Fraley, the Real Rosie the Riveter, Dies at 96’ article by The New York Times.

Unsung for seven decades, the real Rosie the Riveter was a California waitress named Naomi Parker Fraley (seen below on the right). Read her story HERE.

The Real Rosie the Riveter
Mrs. Fraley, right, in September 2016 with her younger sister, Ada Wyn Parker Loy. Credit John D. Fraley

Diary of Vilma the Unconquerable-Lost History of Vilma & the Clifton’s Camera Girls

About: In the 1950’s, Vilma penned a vivid account of her single life as she blossomed into womanhood. She worked and played in the glitz and glamour of Old Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles. As a “Camera Girl” on staff at some of the main tourist attractions of the time such as Clifton’s Cafeteria, The Paris Inn, China Town and The Pike (in Long Beach), she made her living strolling through the crowds with her camera offering a souvenir photo for a keepsake of the exciting nightlife.

Cliftons LA 1940s

The Fastest Feet Dance Competition at The Snowball 2017 in Sweden (this is a MUST watch!)

How Benny Goodman Orchestrated ‘The Most Important Concert In Jazz History’ by NPR

Benny Goodman

By 1938, clarinetist Benny Goodman was already known as “The King of Swing” — the leader of the most popular dance band in America at a time when swing jazz was America’s most popular music. But nobody knew how it would be received in Carnegie Hall, America’s temple to classical music.

Goodman and his supporting cast would go on to claim a new place for jazz on the American cultural scene that night, in what has come to be seen as the most important jazz concert in history.

Read about the Concert HERE and watch some of the highlights below.

How Debbie Reynolds Preserved Movie History: “Hollywood Owes a Huge Debt” by Hollywood Reporter

About: The actress was one of Hollywood’s greatest memorabilia collectors and an early advocate for the preservation of the town’s history.

Debbie Reyonalds and her movie collection

1950s Gangs of New York – Google Arts & Culture

About: Photographer Bruce Davidson investigates a teenage gang in Brooklyn, New York, capturing the spirit of post-war youth culture that inspired the rival gangs of West Side Story.

1950s Gangs of New York
Source: Google Arts & Culture

NEW BOOK ALERT!

Wildwood Book by Elinor Florence

Some of you might have remembered the book I mentioned on my blog (and had a contest for) called ‘Birds Eye View‘ from Canadian Author Elinor Florence? It is the unforgettable story of an idealistic young woman who joins the air force after her town in Saskatchewan becomes a British Commonwealth Air Training Base during the Second World War. Well I LOVED it (read it twice) and now Elinor is about to release another novel called ‘Wildwood‘ (seen above) and I was able to have an advance read.

About the book: 

Broke and desperate, single mother Molly Bannister of Phoenix, Arizona, accepts the stern condition laid down in her great-aunt’s will: to spend one year in an abandoned farmhouse deep in the remote backwoods of northern Alberta. If she does, she will be able to sell the farm and fund her four-year-old daughter Bridget’s badly needed medical treatments.

With grim determination, Molly teaches herself the basic pioneer skills, chopping firewood and washing her clothes with melted snow. But her greatest perils come from the brutal wilderness itself, from blizzards to grizzly bears. Only the journal written by her courageous great-aunt, the land’s original homesteader (from the 1920’s), inspires her to struggle on.

But there’s another obstacle to her success: an idealistic young farmer, Colin McKay, wants to thwart Molly’s strategy to sell her great-aunt’s farm to an oil company. Will Molly be cheated out of her inheritance after all? Will she and Bridget survive the savage winter, and what comes next? Not only their financial future, but their very lives are at stake.

The story was absolutely wonderful and a must read for all my vintage readers. I especially enjoyed reading about how 1920’s life was for a Canadian Pioneer Woman. Fascinating!

The book releases in February, so pre-order HERE.

 

We have now reached the end of our roundup for this almost finished month and I hope you enjoyed all my finds. If you have something that you read or watched recently, please share in the comments below. I still have plenty of winter to get thru……

Liz

 

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!

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

 

My favorite Vintage Online Reads & Videos for Summer 2016

The summer has gone so fast and now September is here which means that the warm days are almost gone (sad face). It’s been a wonderful summer with August ending up to be somewhat of a quiet month which has been nice. BUT it all kicks back into high gear starting this Friday. I’m off to Red Hot Blue Rockabilly Weekend right here in Ontario (Brockville), then off to a friend’s wedding outside of Quebec. We close out the fun with a mini road trip with the hubby. It’s going to be really great and I’m looking forward to it (follow the fun on Instagram).

In the mean time I have been reading some really great articles and watching some really fun videos that I would like to share with you today.

How to plan a successful underwater wedding 1954 Style by Eliza Berman

Wedding Time Magazine
Source: Time Magazine

The Vintage Girls of New York  by Harpers Bazaar. This article features a vintage friend Voon who has amazing style and I’m thrilled is featured in this article.

New Yorks Vintage Girls By Harpers Bazaar
Source: Harpers Bazaar

I’m a Vintage Clothing Dealer / Behind the Seams by Mode.com. This woman is amazing and I want to be her when I grow up (like seriously).

Toronto’s Top 10 Lost Vaudeville Theatres by Bygone Theatre

Toronto Vintage Theatre-Shea’s Hippodrome – 440 Bay St., Toronto
Source: Toronto Archives

Watch the Birdie-Scene from Hellzapoppin’ (a movie that Lindy Hoppers go wild for because of its famous dance scene). This scene features another dance legend Dean Collins dancing with Martha Raye. Band is Gene Krupa’s Orchestra with Anita O’Day singing.

Get Ready for Snoodtember! Join along with Tanith Rowan and the vintage world (including yours truly) as we celebrate snoods and a time to wear them and love them.

snoods by lilly dache 1945
From The Australian Women’s Weekly, 27 Jan 1945

While it’s not great that the world lost at MGM Musical star Gloria DeHaven at age 91, it is interesting to read what a life she lived. Thanks for the movies Gloria.

Gloria DeHaven MGM Musical Star
Source: Hollywood Reporter

And for my last share, I want everyone to see this AWESOME GIF from the recent ‘International Lindy Hop Championships’. This is so cool!

via GIPHY

Have a great remaining week and weekend friends! I’m going to be off for one week on this blog to enjoy my trip with the husband, but as stated above just follow me on social media and it’s like I was never gone.

Liz 🙂