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.
Wild times at the cabin!
Sunbathing, and girl talk.
Building a sailor snowman goes quicker when you have an extra sets of hands.
It’s your birthday!
Downhill skiing is always more fun when done with you best buddy. Circa 1930’s.
Mmmmm Ice Cream with Friends for the win (1940’s).
1940’s friends enjoying a catch-up and a laugh on a park bench.
Boys and their car (1930’s).
Laughter keeps you young. Aren’t you just itching to know what the joke is? I know I am.
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!
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.
Beach day with doggy pal (Great beach style as well!).
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
Anne Baxter (lets take a moment to admire her hair and dress in this ad…wow!).
The Little Rascals-1941
If the “Duke” aka John Wayne loves RC Cola, then we all better love RC Cola!
This same goes for when Gary Cooper says drink the cola.
Good old Bing Crosby and his horse, love Royal Crown Cola.
Even Skating Champs like Sonja Henie love the taste.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Interior-Lots of Art Deco details to behold.
View of one part of the Lobby. Even the lettering on the sign is in the Art Deco style.
Eaton’s 7th Floor Auditorium (image 1) and the Eatons Round Room (image 2) arerecognized 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).
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.
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.
Toronto Stock Exchange (1937), now the Design Exchange is one of my FAVORITE Art Deco Buildings in Toronto. It’s truly stunning.
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.
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).
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.
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!).
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).
Here are some modern images of the building, so that you can see the design better. Starting with the Lobby.
The front doors.
Ad for Tip Top Tailors as seen in the Vancouver Sun, Oct 18th, 1935.
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?
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!
1940s Rayon Dress. This would be marvelous on the dance floor. Who ever now owns it, is one lucky gal.
1940’s Green Emerald Swing Dress dream.
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?
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!
When one needs a gown for a special function, you can’t go wrong wearing a 1950’s Suzy Perette Dress.
Who is not a fan of adorable cotton 50’s dresses? They are perfect for any occasion and come in all figure flattering styles.
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.
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!
Art Deco influence meets 1940’s classic styling.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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).
The Royal Tour 1939: King George VI & Elizabeth at the Niagara Parks Commission Administration Building.
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.
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.
Volleyball by the Cyanamid Swimming Pool (now closed).
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.
1953 – Picnic by the Niagara River below the Falls.
1960 – Or you can picnic in front of the Falls (I’m not sure if you can even get this close anymore?).
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.
There is so much to see and do that you must stay the night.
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.
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.
Even the stars liked to visit the Falls, like everyone’s favorite blonde bombshell, Marilyn Monroe.
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).
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?
Happy New Year! We made it to 2017 and I just have this wonderful feeling that its going to be an awesome year. One of the cool things happening in Canada this year, is our 150th Birthday, yes Canada is turning the big 1-5-0 and she is still looking good (even better if I may say). I’m excited this year to get out and explore more of my beloved country and share my adventures with all of you. So stay tuned!
For today’s post we will be exploring beautiful Vintage Canadian Travel Posters & Advertising.
Join us in British Columbia.
The water is nice at Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta ( BTW Friends: I will be doing a ‘Vintage Travel to do list post on this hotel next week).
The Mountie and the Rockies, iconic Canadian symbols.
Saskatoon, is the largest city in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. There was also a song written about it in 1915, as seen in the sheet music image below.
Here is what the song sounded like. So very Ragtime!
Cruise the Great Lakes of Ontario.
You MUST go to Niagara Falls when you visit, it’s breathtaking!
The poster is correct, Quebec is truly a Winter Wonderland.
My dad attended Expo 67 in Montreal.
Head to the East Coast to discover a truly charming part of Canada.
Known world-wide for the beloved and spunky character, Anne of Green Gables, Prince Edward Island will truly delight.
‘Canada’s Happy Province’. This slogan from a 1965 ad for Newfoundland and Labrador made me giggle. I guess the rest of Canada’s provinces are grumpy and unwelcoming?
Canada also has 3 Territories: Yukon, Northwest Territory and Nunavut.
Wow I cannot believe that 2016 is almost over, thank goodness. It has been quite a year for myself, my friends and family and of course the celebrity and political world. So I’m sure that I share many others sentiments when I say…glad to see you go 2016! Bring on a wonderful and fantastic 2017!
For today’s last post of the year I want to showcase what I love, a fun collection of Vintage New Years Eve images, advertisements and whatever else I can find. Let the NYE party post begin!
For the New Year and You-1940’s New Years Eve Card.
The famous Sands-Las Vegas 1957.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from two adorable Scottie Dogs
Okay I’m sneaking in one more Scottie Dog image (they are just so cute!)
If you’re hosting a party this New Years, then this 1950’s reversable apron would be perfect while you zip around the home.
No NYE party is complete without champagne or sparkling wine (including the non alcoholic version). I adore a good glass of the bubbly pretty much anytime but especially on NYE.
After a few drinks, ones party could possibly turn into the roaring good time below.
Party hats for all!
The toast and the kiss.
Make Some Noise! Vintage Noise Makers.
Here is what happens when the streamers get out of control.
What are you doing on New Years Eve?
Lastly, friends and family who faithfully read my blog..thank you! This has been a good year for my little Vintage Inn and I’m so happy to still be here sharing my love of all things vintage with you. I look forward to seeing what 2017 has in store and I especially look forward to sharing it all with you.