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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Happy 4th!

Ann Margret 1969


We'll be taking a short summer blogging break. Here's hoping you all have a wonderful 4th of July.Stay safe and wear your sunscreen!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A little Muir Beach Action

 These are some pictures of what we did this past weekend. We headed north and to the coast and spent some time discovering Muir Beach and Muir Woods.








It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood spent frolicking and hiking and enjoying my family.

Then we headed over to Alameda and stopped in at St George Distillery on the old naval base. What an interesting place to visit.


I'll leave it at that for now. I have lots of more pics to share, but for some reason blogger is doing this to them. ARGH!

Hope you had a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

1943 McGregor Swim Trunks


We listed these early 1940s McGregor swim trunks on Glamoursurf the other day and were pleased as punch to find an ad from 1943 depicting the exact same trunks. Love it when that happens!


Monday, June 18, 2012

Marilyn on Sand Skis

What the heck were the promotional people thinking with this image? Sand & Skis? Marilyn is wearing a fabulous high waisted two piece bikini swimsuit, and high heel mules it looks like?!? It's a fun photo but filled with unlikely props. It seems that no matter what she does, she can sure pull it off. Is this some sort of sport I don't know about?



Friday, June 15, 2012

A Tribute to the Fathers in my Life

Fathers day is coming this Sunday, so I've been thinking about some of the special men in my life who are fathers and family. I present to you a small gathering of them. This is my grandfather William and grandmother Hallie.


They went on to produce two beautiful girls, one of which is my mom, Nancy.

This is my grandpa with my mom when she was a little girl.

And again with my mom as a young lady.



I have some wonderful memories with my grandfather and I as a young girl. He was a fisherman and would wake in the wee hours of the morning to go fish. Part of the previous days ritual would have been getting the pitchfork out of the shed to dig for worms in the worm pile. I was a tomboy from a young age and something about this memory is still so strong with me. Digging in the dirt... for worms. I still don't like putting them on a hook or taking a fish off the hook, but I do have a fondness for fishing which came from my grandfather. He'd bring home blue gill which my grandmother artfully created into the BEST morsel of fried crispy skin fish for our morning breakfast. Nothing has come close in comparison to this since, for me.

 Another picture of my mom, one of the only pictures I have of her with long hair.

Enter my dad, William. Isn't he a handsome young man? He met my mom, got married and they went on to have 5 children, all girls. He started his career with the air force and went on into shoe sales and traveled quite a bit.


I am the second child in a lineup of 5 girls. My dad traveled often when we were young. But when he was home, we got to go to some lavish parties on estates of what we considered 'rich people' back then. We'd always get driven around in a Rambler, or some sort of station wagon. I got my love of gardening from my dad. That was kind of 'our time' together. He'd take me with him around to the nurseries and garden centers. I'd learn about plants and gardening in general and come home to help dad. Later, he'd give me a special hint, that you could actually take a cutting from one plant, namely succulents, and grow your own. I've loved plants all my life and still have a garden now.

I also think I got my love of travel from my dad. We'd always be going somewhere on vacation, usually by car. And we'd see so many different landscapes, dialects and cultures that I soon came to see what a small slice of the world I had been seeing. This also gave me a sense of adventure.



This is my tata, or my husbands dad, Raphael as a young man.


Can you see the resemblance?

I love you my husband, for all you've done for us, for all you've shared with us, for just being you, and for giving me the best thing that ever happened to us.


Happy Fathers Day to all of you dads!

I love you dad!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Celebration of the Senior Swimmer & Surfer Athletes

Today we celebrate the senior set, the aging athlete. Take inspiration from this post. You're never too old to follow your dreams.





Salutation to the Dawn

Look to this day
For it is life
The very life of life.
In it's brief course lie
All the realities and verities of exisitence:
The bliss of growth,
The splendor of action,
The glory of power.
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today, well lived,
Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well therefore to this day.

     - Kalidasa, fourth century Italian playwright








All images are by Etta Clark of San Anselmo, Ca. They were all scanned from her book of portraits of senior athletes, Growing Old is Not for Sissies II.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Norma Jean Get's Married


Norma Jean's formal wedding picture in June of 1942, when she married James Dougherty. She was sixteen years old. She later described the wedding as a 'marriage of convenience' to avoid being sent back to the orphanage. 


Clearly bored with being a housewife, Norma Jean chafed during the early years of her marriage to Jim. When he first joined the Merchant Marine and went over seas in 1944, Norma Jean began actively to pursue a modeling career and her dream of becoming a movie star. This snap of Norma Jean posing with neighbors, was taken during a trip to Catalina Island just before her husband left for overseas.

Norma Jean dressed in her Sunday best, with a neighbor and infant son during a Sunday stroll in Van Nuys sometime in 1944.

Isn't she pretty as a brunette? And imagine, all of these taken before she was even 20 years old! Wow, just wow! Have a fabulous week!

Friday, June 8, 2012

A Look at Katharine and Audrey Hepburn


This is Katharine Hepburn captured by Cecil Beaton. She was starring in the Theatre Guild's hit "The Philadelphia Story" a play by Philip Barry at the time, so this would have been about 1940.

I've been scanning a bunch of pictures lately of Audrey, and it had never occurred to me to think that they may be related. But as it turns out, they aren't related. They sure could have been though, don't you think?

 Audrey Hepburn 1953 by Mark Shaw

Audrey on set during the making of Sabrina, which began in the summer of 1953. Sabrina brought Hubert de Givency into Audrey's life. As she wore "yards and yards" of his creations on the set, she never dreamed that he would be instrumental in creating the "Hepburn look." Audrey and Givenchy became friends for life and he remained her favorite designer. Here she is wearing a famous Givenchy gown, Audrey takes direction from Billy Wilder.

We've written a post about Audrey previously here on Glamoursplash, and we'll be sharing more pictures of her next week. Until then, have a fabulous weekend.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Southern California and It's Swimming Pools

How's this for some added sweetness to your morning coffee? Um hum, I thought so. These images are from Backyard Oasis — a colorful survey of swimming pools in Southern California photography from 1945 to 1982.
Bill Anderson, Rock Hudson, 1954. Collection Palm Springs Art Museum, gift of Dorothy Anderson © Palm Springs Art Museum

Lawrence Schiller, Palm Springs Fashion, No. 8, 1964. Courtesy of Judith and Lawrence Schiller, Lawrence Schiller © Polaris Communications, Inc.
"Southern California's pool culture is the subject of this unique and luscious collection of photographs that explore the parallel evolution of an iconic symbol and an artistic genre. Since the end of World War II, Southern California's backyard pools-those blue-green oases in an otherwise often arid landscape-have symbolized any number of American ideals: optimism, wealth, consumerism, escape, physical beauty, and the triumph of man over nature. Simultaneously, the field of photography developed as a transformative method for recording the human condition. This exhibition catalog celebrates the nexus of these two phenomena in a one-of-a-kind collection that features more than two hundred works by more than forty postwar artists and photographers. It presents works by photographers and artists including Bill Anderson, John Baldessari, Ruth Bernhard, David Hockney, Herb Ritts, Ed Ruscha, Julius Shulman, and Larry Sultan. Thematically grouped into topics ranging from the rise of celebrity culture, suburbia and dystopia, avant-garde architectural landscape design, and the cult of the body, these images offer a rich study of the cultural connotations of the swimming pool. six insightful essays provide a comprehensive overview of the development of the swimming pool and its attendant aesthetic and social culture."

Available on Amazon. More pics can be found here

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Knucklehead Nellie the Navy Nurse


Yes really! This is Knucklehead Nellie the Navy Nurse. Now that's a mouthful! Knucklehead Nellie is a character from 'South Pacific' played by none other than Mary Martin in the early 1950s. She plays the "cockeyed optimist" comic and unselfconscious Navy nurse. South Pacific was one of my favorite musicals when I was younger. Created by Rogers and Hammerstein, based on James A Michener's Tales of the South Pacific, it has a bawdy roughness, wisdom and fun, lots of superb songs and more love and comedy than usual.

My favorite song? This is a bit blurry, but it's done live on stage in 1952.



And oh gosh look,,, there's a production of it coming to my friends in Melbourne beginning Sept 13, 2012 at the Princess Theatre.  Now, who's gonna take me???




Somehow I think this is going to be playing in my head all day. Do you have a favorite song from this score?

Monday, June 4, 2012

Otto Bettmann Kicks Off Monday


Kicking off Monday with a fun image from Bettmann. I scanned this from a cover of a book called "The Penguin Book of Women's Humor". I have to admit, I did buy it for the image and the cover of the book itself. Do any of you read or buy a book because of it's cover?

All these women (and I think that's a man(?) second from the right) are just having a dandy time. As I hope you all do this week! Happy Monday!

BTW: The image of swimsuit clad ladies is by Otto Bettmann. His bio, which I've copied below, is from Corbis.

Born on October 15, 1903 in Leipzig, Germany, Dr. Otto Bettmann began his professional career at the Prussian State Art Library in Berlin as a curator of rare books.

When his career path was foreshortened by the rise of Nazism, Dr. Bettmann packed his belongings, including two steamer trunks full of pictures, books, and films and moved to New York City in 1935.

His arrival in New York coincided with the dawning popularity of photojournalism. Movie newsreels and pictorial magazines had sparked what he called "the beginning of the visual age." Speaking of his good fortune, Dr. Bettmann said, "Everybody wanted pictures, and I had two trunks full."

Dr. Bettmann soon created an industry for himself, collecting and classifying images for publication. His first clients included Look Magazine, LIFE, and the Book-of-the-Month Club. And public demand for images grew, fueled first by World War II, then by television. But it wasn't just serendipity that marked his success. Dr. Bettmann selected his pictures with an amazing eye for historical relevance, artistic composition, drama, and humor.

By 1938, the Archive comprised 15,000 pictures, and today it contains more than 11 million, many of which are more than 100 years old.

His life's work secured, Dr. Bettmann lived his remaining years in Florida, USA, enjoying his family and writing books. He wrote nine in total, including The Good Old Days, They Were Terrible, and Our Literary History. He passed away in 1998 at the age of 94, having witnessed many of this century's most dramatic events and assured that generations to come would be able to do the same.