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What will they think about us?

Another great article from my November 1946 issue of Seventeen Magazine: This column works to dispel the myth that the “Gay Nineties” (as in 1890’s) were the “good old days.”

“Haven’t you heard some sillies who moan, “Gosh, it would be wonderful if this were fifty years ago- during the Gay Nineties.  Life was so-o-o exciting then!” Do tales of Diamond Jim Brady and Lillian Russell make you wonder a bit, maybe even yearn to have been a Gibson Girl?  Well, when grandmother talks of the good old days, suggest that she discard the rosy-hued lenses.”

The article goes on to talk about the discomfort of corsets, the lack of variety in clothing, the inconvenience of travel.  The thing that struck me, though, is how I, and many others of us, have this same attitude now about the 40’s and 50’s as compared to today!  I don’t know how many times I have said that I was born in the wrong era.  I guess we will always be looking over that fence to see how much greener the grass is on the other side.

My favorite part of the column was the last paragraph: “Try to imagine the books that will be written in 1996 about life today.  They’ll laugh at our stumbling about with television, and at our offstage, on-street ballet slippers, but they’ll show that 1946 was a pretty exciting time in the history of the world.  Rocket ships, atomic power, another chance for world peace, penicillin, two-way telephones in automobiles.  Want to  become a charter member of my Let’s Appreciate Today Club?” ~Seventeen Magazine, November 1946, pp. 69-70

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Being Seventeen

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A couple of nights ago, I gave a talk for an artist group in Simpsonville, SC.  The woman who invited me had been in my studio before, and knew what kind of work I do.  So, she brought me an old Seventeen magazine from 1946 she had at her house.  You would have thought she handed me a bag of gold!  I have since spent many hours pouring over its pages, the beautiful ads and great stories, and drooling over the clothes.  I wish I could share the whole thing with you, but here is an excerpt from a story that caught my attention immediately.  Being 5’10” myself, I know what it is to be one of the tallest in the room.  But, instead of slouching to hide it, I tend to put on my 4″ heels and flaunt it…

“Put it this way: Not for your are short-waisted or fluffy fashions.  No sweet or girly-girly stuff.  Smooth suits you can wear like a model…dirndls to give you hips, not to hide them…positive classics to lend distinction to your build or coloring.  For you: big hats that would make mushrooms of little girls; slacks that have an air of belonging to your long legs so unalterably that by comparison the short girls appear to be picnicking in their pajamas.” Seventeen Magazine, November 1946, p.53

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Poster madness!

I feel like I have been posting a lot of vintage posters recently, but I just love them!  Making a poster now is no big deal.  We just get on the computer, arrange a few things, and suddenly it’s done (I am not complaining about that, especially when I need a poster for one of my events!).  The problem is that they are not works of art any more, but just something quickly put together to get the message out.  I think that vintage posters, while they had a very clear message that they were trying to portray, were really works of art in themselves.  My recent obsession with vintage posters has led me to want to design and paint some myself.  I will be posting these over on my painting blog soon, but in the meantime, check out a few of my favorite vintage movie posters I have recently come across.

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Merry Christmas Everybody!

I am headed home to Atlanta tomorrow, but wanted to leave you with a couple of Christmas images and a great website to check out while I am gone for the holiday!

I just love Christmas lights.  They make everything seem so magical this time of year.  Although, I could never be one of those people who completely cover their house and yard in lights.  That is mainly because these people pay huge electric bills, not to mention the cost of updating their electrical systems to handle all that extra power.  But also because I am one of those people who gets really annoyed when I see Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving, and to put that many lights on your house you have to start sometime in October!

But, I stumbled upon a great site recently that has everything I love about Christmas lights.  It is http://oldchristmaslights.com and it tells the history of electric Christmas lights in America from 1900 through 1950.  Lots of great information and pictures for you collectors.

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Gee! I wish I were a man…I’d join the Navy!

So, after the Oil and Rouge show, I keep trying to come up with more reasons to do vintage photo shoots!  A friend and I were asked to design the advertising for a USO type event being put on next year by the Greenville Lindy Hoppers, and the Upstate History Museum.  We got the idea to do a pin-up style poster.  We brought back in our friend Caroline, who was one of the models for Oil and Rouge,

dressed her up, and had Keith Carson snap a few photos.  I will post more about this project soon, but for now, here is just a behind the scenes taste!

The lovely Caroline in a WAAC style uniform made by a friend’s mom.

This uniform is my friend Sara’s grandfather’s actual Navy uniform!  It looked so perfect on Caroline that it made me want one too!  I would totally wear this all the time!

Photo by Keith J. Carson

I just thought this was a cool photo (and maybe I wanted to get myself in here…)  That’s me doing a little hair adjustment.  Huge thanks to Keith for being my on call photographer.  I fully expect him to start running away every time I ask, “hey, do you want to help me with something?”

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A Birthday to Remember

I am not going to lie…I love birthdays!  My 30th is tomorrow, and I am a believer in celebrating for an entire week.  Actually, my family always starts celebrating mine right after our Thanksgiving naps!

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She’s a WOW

I have been researching the depiction of women in WW II propaganda posters for a new set of paintings.  Some of them are very familiar, like Rosie the Riveter, but others I had never seen before.  I just had to share a few of my favorites.  Pics are from allposters.com.

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