Monday, May 30, 2011
here. The second card is from a web site that has many others posted here.
Decoration Day was the original name of the holiday. After the Civil War, survivors of the Union and Confederate army dead decorated the graves of loved ones. Last year on Veterans Day, I posted a Raphael Tuck Decoration Day postcard from my collection. You can see it here.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
And celebrity gossip! Who knew Pitt donned the costume for El Pollo Loco? Not I. The celebrity likenesses by Brian Taylor are OK, although Clooney looks like a cranky old man and none of Steve Carell's loony charm is evident. But hey, it's a paper doll page! The clothes have tabs and appear to fit. That's good enough for me.
UPDATE: Err, forget the fit. Clothes are smaller than dolls. It looks like the production people just wanted to get everything on the same page, and reduced the costumes. Too bad.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Stern's and Ohrbach's are gone. This mall has been transformed, and is now one of my favorite places to shop because it has Whole Foods anchoring one end. Target, Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls, Century 21 (designer labels reduced) are also big draws. Not as big as Garden State Plaza, easier to navigate, get in and out quick.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Something about this view reminds me of an early scene in Psycho, when Janet Leigh is absconding with bank funds, driving down a busy street and running into her boss who thought she went home sick.
A lot of main streets looked like this, chock full of interesting stores and movie theatres--I'm impressed there are two here, the Oritani and the Fox. Franklin Simon and Arnold Constable used to anchor this street. All gone, as people moved to suburbs and shopped at malls. A lot of these low-rise buildings are still there, repurposed for other businesses, Mexican and Central American restaurants, a beauty school, state offices. I think Cowan's lasted until a few years ago.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Another ad from Woman's Day, Jan. 1946. Women couldn't wait to get the latest appliances in the post-war era. The artist is Gladys Parker of Mopsy and Flapper Fanny fame. The porter and his dialect speech are reminders that African-Americans were still routinely caricatured in print, radio and the movies, reflecting their continuing segregation in American life. In 17 years, A. Philip Randolph, famed black leader of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, would organize the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Click on the images to enlarge.Looking through this issue, I was struck by the articles and ads drawing women back to their traditional roles at home after working in factories or heading the household while the man of the house was at the front. People were still "making do" as shortages continued.
Over the next few days, I'll post a few more sample pages and ads from this issue. I'm still figuring out how to size pictures for best readability on my new MacBook Pro, so if it's not legible at first, I'll fiddle with it till I get the proportions right.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
The Lettie Lane cover is one I will frame. It refers to an article by Anne Tolstoi Wallach, which was later included in her excellent book about paper doll collecting.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Bizarre and fab, kind of like the Lady herself. Go to the link below to see the doll. It's interactive, so you can dress her online. And the May issue should have the doll, too. I'll look for it tomorrow. And thanks to Jeff DiGangi for the link!
GQ Presents: The Lady Gaga Paper Doll Music: GQ.com
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Also: I never heard of Bill Blackbeard until I read his obit. He was obsessed with newspaper comic strips, and saved newspapers when libraries were tossing them in the garbage. His massive archive is now at Ohio State University. A great story, and newspaper and comic strip lovers are forever in his debt.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
as I mistakenly posted in March.