Tuesday, November 26, 2013
This illustration reminds me of 1940s-era movie cartoons.
That's a red feather, still intact after all these years since "Uncle Bob" sent it to "Dear Honey."
And the back has a witty embellishment on the Norcross logo!
Saturday, November 23, 2013
The snow squall we had tonight was beautiful. The snow swirled. Then it was gone.
Friday, November 22, 2013
This is one of the earliest pieces of ephemera that I collected. Lisa's was our place to bring clothing for dry cleaning. It's long gone. I'm pretty sure this was a 1968 or 1969 calendar; many places continued to use JFK on their calendars in tribute, long after his death.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Letty Schwarz, left, and Lorna and George Thomopoulos look through a book from Kwei-lin Lum's phenomenal collection during the convention.
Lorna has created an online book called "The English Paper Doll." Click on the title to view paper dolls from the 16th century up to the modern era.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
UPDATE: I was really impressed that the reporter sought out Judy Johnson for a quote -- the reporter did her homework, and perhaps googled paper doll history and found Judy. However it happened, I'm glad Judy gave a historical perspective. And glad artist Pam DeLuco created this outstanding set.
The illustration above is from Thursday's New York Times; you can read the full story here.
And you can order a set of these dolls by clicking: Shotwell Paper Mill.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Saturday, November 9, 2013
From Kwei-lin Lum's display of paper doll oddities: Show magazine, Jan. 1964. A large- size magazine with luscious photography, now gone. Great cover of Richard Burton, just as his fame skyrocketed after "Cleopatra" and his great love affair with Elizabeth Taylor.
Inside, an article about Jackie Gleason, accompanied by a paper doll illustration of the comedian. This is a fun riff on the earliest paper dolls, which had one head to insert in multiple costumes, some with elaborate background scenery. Here, multiple heads, one costume.
"The Hollow Clown" -- apparently Gleason was considered vulgar by some.
Little did they know what was coming down the pike.
How was he considered vulgar? Without reading the article, I can't say what the writer's take was. But here are my thoughts: Gleason's stage persona was an outsized, blustery figure, loud -- and angry at times. Thinking about the figure he struck on TV, especially on "The Honeymooners" -- working stiff, blue collar, the violence close to the surface -- made me think of Tony Soprano, who was loud, outsized, vulgar, over-the-top violent, scary -- one of the great TV characters. (In a couple of episodes, Steve Buscemi, as Soprano's cousin, does a wicked Gleason imitation.)
In 1964, Gleason's kind of comedy might have turned off a number of people. Lenny Bruce was not mainstream but was playing small clubs back then. Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Danny Kaye were the kind of comics people were comfortable with -- slapstick, funny but gentle at heart. Bill Cosby and Carol Burnett continued that tradition.
Monday, November 4, 2013
A Christmas gift last year from my husband: a reproduction of a paper doll page from the New York Herald Paris edition, March 10, 1895. "Actors and Actresses as Children's Dolls."
The actors are Mlle. De Boncza, M. Magnier and Mlle. Tessandier.
Wanda De Boncza was a French actress of Polish origin who performed with the Comedie-Francaise.