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Vintage Photo Tuesday: The Social Dance

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

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

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Let’s begin!

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Dance with me”

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

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

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

It’s Boogie Time (circa 1950’s)!

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

Sometimes social dancing also involves social standing and social sitting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emma Willard 1950’s School Dance.

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

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

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

The Closeup.

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

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

Liz

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Source: The Savoy King

Brief History & Facts about the Savoy:

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

Images of the Ballroom:

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Savoy ballroom Harlem outside
Source: The Savoy King
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Source: The Savoy King

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The Famous Dance Floor.

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

The Dancing

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Source: The Savoy King
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Source: The Savoy King
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Source: The Savoy King

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

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

The Advertisements

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Source: The Savoy King
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Source: Sharon Davis

 

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

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

Savoy Goodman vs Webb

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Chick vs Basie the Breakdown:

Count Basie vrs Chic Webb at the Savoy Ballroom vintage poster

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

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

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

Super Cool Tidbit:

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

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

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

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The Savoy Ballroom Harlem Plaque, NYC

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

Liz

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

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

Canada's Heritage Minutes

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

The edmonton grads womens basketball team
Source: Globe and Mail

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Vintage New Years Eve Roundup

Vintage New Years Eve Roundup the vintage inn blog

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!

1920s New years eve party getty images
Source: Elle
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Source: Etsy

For the New Year and You-1940’s New Years Eve Card.

1940s vintage new years eve card
Source: Pinterest

The famous Sands-Las Vegas 1957.

1950s new years eve the sands las vegas ad
Source: Tumblr

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from two adorable Scottie Dogs

1920s antique christmas card with scottie dogs vintage
Source: Etsy

Okay I’m sneaking in one more Scottie Dog image (they are just so cute!)

vintage scottie dogs happy new year
Source: Pinterest

If you’re hosting a party this New Years, then this 1950’s reversable apron would be perfect while you zip around the home.

1950s vintage reversable apron merry christmas happy new year
Source: Etsy

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.

vintage champagne tower vintage image
Source: Tumblr

After a few drinks, ones party could possibly turn into the roaring good time below.

1950's new years eve vintage party image
Source: Etsy

Party hats for all!

vintage New Years Eve Party image
Source: Neato Coolville

The toast and the kiss.

1940s New years eve vintage image

1940s new years vintage illustration couple kissing
Source: Tumblr

Make Some Noise! Vintage Noise Makers.

Vintage Party noise Makers new years even
Source: Etsy

Here is what happens when the streamers get out of control.

1950s vintage new years eve party image
Source: No pattern required

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.

Happy New Year!

Liz

Vintage Photo Tuesday: Christmas!

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Today’s Vintage Photo Tuesday is dedicated to Christmas images from 1930’s-1950’s.

So friends, pour yourself a glass of eggnog (or drink of choice) and lets jump into the Christmases of a time gone by.

egg nog vintage ad

The Cutest Caroler – 1930’s

1930s Vintage photo of boy in winter snowsuit
Source: Etsy

Cozy up by the fireplace with the ones you love (and your favorite slippers).

1940s vintage image of family by fireplace
Source: Etsy

1940’s Christmas with the Haynes Sisters! Well…not really but any White Christmas fans out there will get the reference.

1940s vintage christmas image
Source: Etsy

Christmas with my sweetheart.

1940s couple at christmas vintage image
Source: Etsy

White tinsel tree, noisemakers and cowboy shirts. Merry Christmas from the 1950’s!

1950s family vintage photo with white christmas tree
Source: Etsy

The holidays are a time for parties and fun with friends and family. Our lovely 1950’s couple are clearly off to a winter formal.

(P.S. Check out those great curtains in the background).

1950s couple dressed for winter formal vintage image
Source: Etsy

Hanging the stockings for Santa is very important task at Christmas time.

vintage image of kids hanging stockings
Source: Etsy

Tiny apartment, a tiny tree and one happy family.

1950s vintage christmas image small apartment
Source: Etsy

Plaids, polka dots, solids and tons of tinsel!

1950s family with tinsel tree vintage image
Source: Etsy

How adorable are these kiddies in their matching pajamas?

1950s christmas kids in matching pajamas
Source: Etsy

 

Hope your having a wonderful Holiday season friends!!

Liz

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My Favorite Vintage Pins on Pinterest: Nov/Dec Edition

It’s been awhile since I have done my favorite “Pins on Pinterest” post, but since we are close to the end of the year there is no better time than right now to share all the vintage goodies I have found. Let’s dive right in friends!

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Source: Envisioning the American Dream

This photo made me giggle and then want watermelon right after (like right after). Oh and check out those outstanding 1940’s Victory Rolls, gorgeous!

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Life is better with good music.

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Source: Glamourdaze

1930’s Fashion. “I’ve got your back”.

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Source: Pinterest

From the movie: TILL THE END OF TIME -1946. Actors Guy Madison and Jean Porter give us a kind of slow motion Lindy Hop. This video reminds me of my beginner days of learning the dance, expect I did not look as cute as Jean.

Keeping the ‘Swing Dancing’ theme going, here is an excellent article by Billboard Music on “Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary: How WWII Changed Music & Claimed the Life of a Swing Superstar“.

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Source: Billboard

I adore a good kitschy/novelty brooch and this one ranks with the best of them. Currently for sale on Bow & Crossbones website, this “Mystery key to my heart” vintage brooch is pretty awesome. Pull one of the keys, and the lock moves to reveal your love. So fun!

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Source: Bow & Crossbones

When I did my post on Galveston Texas, I didn’t get a chance to add this stunning 1930’s Art Deco “Martini Theatre” to the post.

According to the Galveston History website…

The Theatre was built in 1937 for Attilio Martini. At one time, the Martini family owned eight theaters on the island. As television caught on, the popularity of theaters diminished on the island and elsewhere. The 990-seat Martini Theatre, designed in art deco style, closed in 1975. Originally used for both vaudeville and motion pictures, the building is one of Galveston’s few examples of Art Deco architecture. Vacancy and lack of maintenance are taking their toll on the exterior of the structure. The original tall neon marquee was lost many years ago and recent storms have damaged the remaining elements. The bustling Postoffice Arts and Entertainment District could benefit from the rehabilitation of this important building, an example of the numerous theatres once located in downtown Galveston (Source).

This Building is currently on the ‘Heritage at Risk List’ on their website. Know anyone who can help save it?

MARTINI THEATRE-Galveston Texas Art Deco
Source: Galveston History

Oh my…1940’s French Fashion at it’s best!

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Source: Thunder Horse Vintage

Beautiful 1940’s fashion illustration: Dutch pattern catalogue ‘Record’ July 1942.

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Source: Sheep & Chick Blog

My dream 1940’s dress.

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Okay maybe this is my dream 40’s dress? So many gorgeous choices that are sadly NOT for sale.

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It’s that time of the year when we are busy planning parties and maybe thinking of parties to come. Here is a FANTASTIC resource from the 1930’s to make that job easier. Vintage Farm Journal and Farmer’s Wife guide, “A Year’s Good Parties”.

30 pages of ideas and instructions for giving different themed parties throughout the year. The parties are New Year’s Eve Ice Carnival, A March of Time Party, Making Merry With The Mad March Hare, An Evening With Music, A Candle Birthday Party, A June Jamboree, A Birthday Party, A Back-to-School Party, A Football Party, A Halloween Party, Round-Up Time, and A Christmas Party.

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Source: Etsy

Lastly..It’s that time again..I’m off to Cuba again and possibly for the last time for awhile (insert sad face). Why? Well the restrictions are slowly being lifted off the Americans to be able to visit, and that means the prices of resorts and hotels in Cuba & my beloved Havana have gone up considerably. Our little affordable getaway is not becoming so much anymore (good for the Cuban people, bad for Canadians looking for cheaper vacation spots). BUT we are going to have a super time anyways, especially since we are going with a bunch of friends and family to celebrate my hubby’s upcoming 40th Birthday (which is Dec 22nd).

So next week there will be no Vintage Inn post as I will be on a beach BUT I will be back just in time for a holiday post. Have a great week friends!

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Happy Early Birthday Santa (aka my husband)

Liz

My Recent Vintage Finds in October and November

I have not done a “my recent vintage finds” blog post in quite some time, only because I’m not doing as much shopping as I used to but I did find some great stuff recently at great prices that I wanted to share with you today.

We begin with the most expensive item on this list, the book pictured below. Okay I’m just kidding this book was found on the side of the road by my eagle eye friend and so ended up being FREE.

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The book was written in 1949 and given to Maria in 1969 before her wedding (I’m assuming). It is filled with goodies on what to expect on the honeymoon (does not go to much into “adult time”), how to spend money, working, kids, how to keep from fighting all the time, religion etc. BUT all done with mid-century thinking, so you know it’s filled with “wife at home, father is the man of the house” content. It might be fun to do a blog post at later date on some of the key points in the book. Stay tuned.

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Another image from inside of the book that I wanted to share because there are so many vintage goodies to look at (like her skirt, the luggage, the car etc).

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The weather in Toronto has been so lovely for late Fall almost Winter, so I have been taking advantage of it by getting out and going for walks. I was joined this past Sunday by a dear friend and we decided to hit up a great Vintage Shopping destination, ‘Kensington Market‘ here in Toronto to see if we could score any great finds. I was not overly lucky this trip but I did find this fun 1970’s skirt at Exile Vintage for a great price. This will be perfect for everything from dancing, to moving thru all the seasons in vintage style.

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Toronto recently hosted a very big Vintage and Antique market in October. It’s one of my top vintage shows in the city because many of my favorite stores and vendors are all together under one roof. This year I was on a super limited budget so I could have purchased way more than I did, but in the end I’m very happy with my finds.

Like this adorable vintage brooch. Perfect for Novelty Brooch Friday and to channel the artist I will never be.

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Christmas is just around the corner and these vintage deer and tree mini’s will play center stage in something I plan/hope to make.

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I love vintage magazines, just as much as I love my vintage pictures and so you can image how thrilled I was to have found these 2 Canadian 1947 Chatelaine Magazines.

If you read my blog you will also know that I recently shared an article from the June magazine entitled “15 Fashion Tips from a June 1947 Chatelaine“. It was a fun post to write, filled with lots of wonderful tips for the budding vintage fashionista.

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Vintage Dance Cards like the beauties below are really fantastic finds especially when they have been used like the ones below. I found these at my favorite booth/store ‘Gadabout Vintage‘.

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When I can find a piece of Toronto history from the 1920’s-50’s I try to scoop it up right away. Finding this 1930’s Canadian National Exhibition Fashion Show Pamphlet was truly exciting! First up I never knew they ran a fashion show at the CNE (it’s a large fair) in the 30’s but now we do and the music was provided by a live big band. How glorious!

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Here is a glimpse of the advertising inside the pamphlet. Look at those 30’s designs! Wow!

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And last but not least Gadabout Vintage brought a bevy of wonderful vintage images for myself (and others) to browse thru. Here is what I found….

Three young women in the 1940’s. This image caught my eye because I love getting fashion inspiration from real women and this picture is an excellent example of 40’s everyday fashion.

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I picked the next image because I liked this woman’s 1940’s style and how happy she looks. I could not leave her behind.

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The third Image I found is just super because it came with a description on the back. I love when that happens because it just brings the picture to life.

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Here is “Me”, a 1930’s beauty in white.

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And here is the Governors palace today and the front door where the lovely woman above is standing. This connection would not of been possible without the writing on the back of the picture.

Governors Palace, Williamsburg

Lastly this weekend I’m attending the annual ‘Swing out to Victory‘, it’s an amazing 1940’s event held in a warplane museum with a big band. It’s a sold out event and it’s going to be amazing! Follow me on Instagram to see all the magic and you can check out a past post I wrote on the event HERE.

Liz

Vintage Photo Tuesday: ‘Hanging Out With The Car’ Edition

Vintage Photo Tuesday Vintage Car edition

It’s Vintage Photo Tuesday again (everyone claps with excitement) and this week’s edition is vintage photos from the 1920’s-1950’s of folks with their cars. Why their cars? Well purchasing a vehicle 50, 60+ years ago was a much bigger deal then it is today, so owners (or their family & friends) wanted to document their hard work or good fortune for all to see!

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We begin with a 1930’s romance and a car.

Cars from the moment they were created, became focal points in many a romance and this image is an excellent example of that connection.

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Source: Etsy

This family from the 1920’s looks like they might be heading out for a day of fun. Such great 20’s style!

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Okay everyone let’s get a quick photo with the car before we enter the speakeasy.

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Cloche Hats, good friends and a random child on the car makes for a lovely moment in time.

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This is how you let people know you were divorced in 1930’s. This image makes me laugh, this man was clearly very happy to be free of his wife. It’s just him and his car now.

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Our First Car-1930’s.

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Fenders sure came in handy for sitting on for photos, didn’t they? This is a cute photo, I love the woman’s 1940’s style and the photo bombing kid is funny.

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This 1940’s couple and their car are working on their “aren’t we cool?” poses. I think they are succeeding, don’t you?

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Smile and be happy kids, your dad just bought a car!

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1940’s Love? Not so sure, the pretty lady in the image does not look very impressed with her guy being so affectionate.

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These two lovely couples are dressed to the nines and ready to hit the town for night of fun, 1950’s style.

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And this last image brings VPT to a close for another week. Now it’s question time! Do you have vintage photos of family members or friends with their cars? Or maybe you have a fond memory of your own photo with your first (or favorite car)? Please Share.

Liz

 

 

 

 

Vintage Buttons-The Little Beauties of the Clothing World

 

Vintage Buttons Blog Post

First up sorry Friends for no Vintage Photo Tuesday this week. I have been working hard on preparing my interview skills (been 11 years since I had an interview), for future job offers. BUT don’t fear VPT will be back next week.

I did though have time to work on my regular weekly vintage post and this week is all about Vintage Buttons. This post is inspired by a comment that Theresa from Vintage Style Files said on a past clothing blog post:

“They had some of the coolest buttons and buckles on clothing back then”

As I sat back and thought about her comment, I realized that she was completely right! So for today’s post I want to show off those little beauties of the clothing and accessories world.

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To begin here is a fantastic article by Hobby Lark on “Vintage Button Guide-Ways to Identify Antique Buttons” . This article will get you up to date on the different types of buttons out there (Bakelite, Celluloid, Lucite, Metal etc.), how to identify them and how to clean them. An excellent read for all vintage clothing enthusiasts out there.

Now examples of Vintage Buttons:

Vintage Celluloid Buttons. Celluloid buttons became very popular during the late 1900’s through the 1920’s. They can be opaque, transparent or both and they come in all shapes, sizes and colors (Source).

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Bright Green Celluloid Buttons. Very Art Deco looking.

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Buttons don’t have to come in just the round shape, they can come in all shapes and sizes. Like these Celluloid ‘Ribbon’ buttons. What kind of outfit or accessory do you think they were used for?

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Bakelite Buttons-not the first plastic buttons, but are some of the most sought after and highly collected. They come in all shapes and sizes and are heavier than Celluloid buttons (Source).

The below buttons are Vintage Black and Apple Juice Bakelite. Called apple juice because at one point the yellow was white and has gone yellow over time.

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Cream Corn Fluted Vintage Bakelite buttons. These look like little works of art.

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Lucite Buttons were most popular from the 1930’s on through the 1960’s. It’s a low density material but stronger than plastics that came before it. They can be clear or opaque and different colors, shapes and sizes and could also be carved (source).

Here is a beautiful example of 1940’s Lucite buttons, looking like miniature flower bouquets.

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Yooza look at these! Hands down my favorite buttons of this whole blog post. Lucite Cherry Candy Buttons. I can envision these beauties on a sweet 1940’s/50’s summer dress. Could you?

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1940’s Bow Buttons-Cute as a….Button. Now I know what the reference to buttons means in that saying! Because at one point all the buttons were “cute”.

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You could purchase these buttons for the packaging alone (it’s that cool) but you don’t have to because these ‘Teen Agers’ themed 1940’s plastic buttons are together and in mint condition.

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1950’s and the Kitsch continues with these adorable Plastic Shoe Buttons.

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.I will now end this vintage button extravaganza with one more 1950’s kitschy plastic button, this time in the shapes of fruit. Carmen Miranda would of loved these.

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Question Time: Do any of your vintage outfits have some outstanding buttons? Or maybe you own a collection of vintage buttons yourself. Please share!

Liz