{NEW SERIES} Razzy Reads & Swell Sites: September 2015

Can you believe we are into October already? It seems like just last month I had gone to Viva and spent the week afterwards in California at my friend Nicole’s, and don’t even seriously tell me it’s been six weeks since my surgery! It seems that every year the train of time chugs along a wee bit faster than it had the year prior. Before I know it a temperature of 32 degrees Farenheit will be the norm and I will be cursing the snow every chance I possibly can. 

I have decided to start a new series, one where I will post the month in articles relating to vintage, history, rockabilly, and like topics. I will try to accumulate near a number of ten for you all – some months may be more fruitful, while others may be less so. I am sure you could understand that!

With that being said, let’s get to the links, shall we?

91 Year Old German Woman Faces Charges of Accessory to Murder as Worker at Auschwitz – I find this article fascinating. It brings up a lot of morality issues: is she still culpable 70 years later for her crimes? How involved was she? Should the charges be dismissed in the interest of her age? Certainly thought provoking.

92 Year Old Man Sings to His Dying Wife – If this doesn’t make you tear up or at least smile, you have no heart. Doesn’t everyone want a love like this?

Pre-Drug War Vintage Ads from When Cocaine Was Just Another Vice – Ads for cocaine paraphernalia, mostly from the ’70s (naturally). These will both shock and humour you.

Hollywood Sunset – An article/interview of Monica Lewis, the discovery of Benny Goodman, who could just about do it all – sing, dance, do jingles, host radio shows, and more. Quite the lady and a tale of the times.

The Leading Ladies of Old Hollywood – The photographs of legends such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Grace Kelly by Sir Cecil Beaton.

Boxed up for 67 years and now set free: Brand new 1948 Youngstown Kitchen cabinets + 1948 GE Airliner stove – This set just made my jaw drop! Brand new and still in the box, this cabinet set and stove have been waiting for use for 67 years. If I could redo my kitchen with this, I’d be on it like white on rice!

Upper Deck: Traveling in Style – These are some amazing photos of some premium examples of air travel from the 1960s & 1970s. There were open bars, beds, tables, and LEG ROOM! Why can’t we still travel like this?

303 Dubsdread Circle – Check out the amazing home up for sale of Brownie Wise, former VP of Tupperware Home Parties (and soon-to-be subject of a movie!). I absolutely adore the mesh of both Art Deco and Mid Century Modern elements in the home. Such an amazing space! If I could deal with the Florida humidity I would live there in a hot minute!

Lunch Menu from Titanic Sells for $88,000 – The menu from the last lunch on the Titanic on April 14, 1912 has sold at an auction for a price well above its estimated fetching price. It’s amazing to see the opulence of the First Class of the ill-fated ship from a first hand source. Fillets of brill, cockie leekie, ox tongue…and to finish was a platter of numerous opulent cheeses. Is it just me or am I the only one who would be eating all of the cheese? 😉

Vintage Adverts

I wanted to make a nice fun post for all of you, and with now being crunch time for me with finals this week, this is the perfect time to do it.

You can learn a lot about a particular era’s culture and influences of the time just by looking at vintage ads. You can also gleam a lot about what looks were popular and what was “important” to women at the time. Plus some of these ads are just works of art in their own right. The Guerlain ad you are about to see is something I want to frame and put up on my wall! And of course some are just ludicrous – like giving your infant cola as early as possible for their best health and development. No matter how inane any vintage ad may seem, each offers their own glimpse into the eras we love!





















Vintage Adverts from the 1940s

Hi dolls!

Over the past few days I have been looking through some vintage ads from the 1940s, and I must say, they are rather interesting. I chose a few of my favourites to share with you, with some commentary to go with.


Notice all of the colour options? Red, red, and more red! That was de rigeur for the time, though. The shade differences were rather slight, but each had their own place for skin tones and day or evening wear.


I like how this ad caters to all of the different uniforms that were worn during the war. I was in the military, so I am familiar with how anal retentive the dress codes and restrictions are 😉


I chose this ad just because of this having Rita Hayworth in it. Having celebrities in cosmetics ads is still very common today, just look at Beyoncé and Eva Longoria in L’Oréal ads.


A soda ad again with Ms. Betty Grable. She looks great here, just beautiful.


I think this ad is a great showcase for how makeup was like back in the ’40s. Mascara came in a little rectangular box, with an area that the mascara itself came in, and a little brush to dip it in and apply it. You can see how it was packaged in the lower corner.


I personally love cold cream, and I try to always use it to help remove my makeup at night before I actually wash my face. I use Pond’s. The reason I use it? Because that’s what ladies back in the ’40s did 🙂


It was very common during the war to see ads specifically targeted to women who were serving. Being in the service back then was a lot different than it is now (although us ladies still cannot be in infantry or artillery positions), and women were expected to look a certain way and wear makeup a certain way. I saw an old WWII ad that catered to women in the Marine Corps that their lipstick shade will match the red in their chevrons in their service uniforms. I thought that was pretty funny, but was the time back then.


Classic pinup girl in a classic cigarette advert. ‘Nuff said.


I love this ad, but kind of hate it too. I like that it is sentimental, but I don’t like that it almost blackmails you because of it! Oh well, it was a war, any help was good help.


I like this ad as well. I like how it has the American soldier, fighting for his country, and seeing that Coca Cola sign and thinking of back home, and what he is fighting for. It’s also effective for the home front as well I think because it reminds people that their boys are fighting for them, and that they can honour them and feel closer to them by having one.

What ads have you seen from the ’40s that have stuck in your mind?