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Monday, October 31, 2011

1942 - More Sirens Needed!

It's 1942 and Jantzen is calling for more sirens! I love this ad, full page color, high waist two piece swimsuit which only cost $5.50 back then. What's interesting to note is that in the early 1940s we begin to see foundation like support in women's swimwear. This ad helps to point that out. The copy reads: More sirens needed, on the high seas, at the lakes, at the pools, to show the army, the navy, the air corps, the marines, that America is lined up gloriously to keep fit! The new Jantzens take care of everything, lift the bust line, firm the hips, slim the waist, smooth the tummy, thanks to Jantzens foundation control....

And the guys weren't left out of that equation. For men: Jantzens on the job with the best looking trim tailored trunks of all time. Smartest new styles, textures and colors. Shows for me are the 'Chevron" trunks. Just $3.95. What a deal.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Marilyn Monroe Photos from the Pool Scene of 'Somethings Got to Give'


Sweet sweet Marilyn. 12 rare photos of Marilyn Monroe from the 1962 set of Something's Got to Give are currently on view at the Duncan Miller Gallery in Los Angeles. This was Marilyn's last movie in the making and was never finished. You've got to be quick though, the exhibit only runs from Oct 21, through Nov 26, 2011.

Here is a small video clip from the same set.

The unfinished movie was to be an adaptation from the comedy My Favorite Wife from 1940. Anyone seen that?

The images were taken by photographer Lawrence Schiller. Thank you Lawrence!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Images from Toni Frissell - the 1940s

I was so excited this weekend to find a wonderful book, Toni Frissell, Photographs 1933 - 1967. I've long been a fan of Toni's photographs and am looking forward to reading this and learning more about her life. For now, I'll share a few of my favorite photographs from the book.

Toni Frissell with husband Francis McNeil Bacon in 1940

Toni Frissell with her dog Hugo at Stony Brook Harbor, 1973.

Sculling off Jamaica, 1948

Bikini clad model Dovima, Montego Bay, Jamaica 1947


Bermuda, June 1945

August 1944

May 1942

Model Sydney Kraus at Marineland, Florida 1939

Beautiful images, right? Toni did work for Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, that sounds like a dream job to me! Enjoy and I hope you all have a fabulous week.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

1939 - One Hundred Twenty Tons of Sand

Photo from Life Magazine January 1939

One hundred and twenty tons of sand were dumped into this corner of stage number 1 of the Hal Roach studio, Culver City, Ca. for the big Riviera beach scene in Topper Takes a Trip. Director Norman McLeod (in white slacks, arms folded, in front of foremost group at left) is about to shoot a scene in which Constance Bennett, as a ghost, pulls the bathing trunks off and Italian count who is courting Toppers wife. Stand ins for Billie Burke and Alexander D'Arcy are under the second umbrella from the left. At bottom, left to right, are a prop man (with suspenders, seated), an electrician, a group of assistant directors, an actor (in trunks), another electrician. A still photographs being taken at left center. Beside the camera, in a straw hat, stands Roy Seawright, wizard of camera tricks, whose "materialization's" and "dematerializtions" of two impertinent ghosts made Topper one of the funniest comedies. Now, in it's sequel, he uses more tricks, achieves even more hilarious screen magic. Even this production shot was turned over to him when director McLeod finished it.

You can click on the image to enlarge it to see all the details. They just don't make movies like this anymore!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Marilyn Monday

If it's Monday, let's gander at Marilyn. Effortless glamour - Marilyn strikes a pose in a pretty swanky backyard setting . I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Now off to a happy Monday!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

It's Simply Wicked What It Does For You

LOVE IT! This ad for Warners Merry Widow dates to 1955. I stumbled upon this over at Jessica's My Vintage Vogue newly designed website. If you've never visited it, you really must. Jessica has amassed a very large collection of vintage images from advertising, glamour photos, catalogues and pattern books. I happened to stop in my tracks with this one in the lingerie department. Look at those tiny waists! And I love that it's sorta Halloween Vogue.

If you want to read more about Jessica, we conducted an interview with her in 2009. But do yourself a favor and go check out her new website!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Coney Island New York City 1933 by William Frange

This image is by William Frange and published in 1933 from a small booklet of Photo Illustrations titled 'New York Metropolis of the World'. You can click on the image to enlarge it to see more detail. The caption reads:

Coney Island on a hot day -
About one million people were on the beach
the day this picture was taken.

Looks like fun, sort of, quite a lot of people on the beach this day, it sure must have been hot. I just love seeing photos like this to look at the crowds, the styles, the swimsuits.

This particular photo book has a small intro of New Yorks history since 1609. A couple of tidbits, did you know that Central Park was completed in 1876? Or that in 1904, NY City opened it's first subways routes?

Fascinating. Here's one more photo of the Mid New York skyline, Manhattan Bridge - East River View from the Brooklyn Bridge. 1933 William Frange. It's a blimp!!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Pan Am First Class in 1952

Have you been watching the new hit series Pan Am? It's on late Sunday evenings around here and I've managed to see the first two episodes. I love it. It's fairly well done in the wardrobe department. The sets look authentic. And I must say, I'd rather watch that that most of what is available on our TV these days.

I was so excited today when I found this menu postcard from Pan Am, dated 1952. It's "on Board the President, Blue Ribbon Transatlantic Flight". The President was Pan Am's first class service. I was amazed to learn that Pan Am had a relationship with Maxims where they would supply most of the first class food, flash frozen. Oh la la. And check out the wine being offered, a Chateau Gloria 1947.

What makes this so special though, is the writing on the postcard and around the menu.

Dear Doc & Alice,

Landing in Karachi in about an hour. Trip ok good as can be expected with two little ones, but they were "good little ones". Can I even thank you people enough- Hope they put a stamp on this for Doc. Love Penny.

Then around the menu it reads:

Debby first looked at this and decided we were having "Lamb chops & milk for lunch.

It's all fun. I've put it up on EBAY, we'll see if it goes.

There's a fun site dedicated to Everything Pan Am. Worth a visit! At least check out the show.

Happy travels!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Meet the "Men-Ups"

Men-Up's are what they are, yes, a gender based photography series spoof on classic pin up photo's. Love the idea, the poses, and ok, some of the guys are workin it. These photo's are the work of Rion Sabean, a 26 year old student at the University of southern Florida in Tampa.

Sounds like these will be making their way to a 2012 calendar debut. What do you think? Do they work, which is your favorite?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Vintage Swim Fashion Action

Ahh let's take a little three minute virtual holiday to Greece, shall we? Here you go, vintage swim fashion in action from 1962.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Swimwear Fashions of the Past

Happy Monday all! Hope you had a nice weekend.

This is a lovely video featuring swimwear of the past. Lots of Jantzen suits and a few key dates are thrown out here. Enjoy!