{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? 😉

America Right After Pearl Harbor


As we all know, the “date that shall live in infamy” was on 07 December 1941. America changed forever, and we still feel its effects today. But what was it like immediately after the bombing?

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (of whom I am related to…not to brag heheh) soon addressed Congress and thereafter declared war on Japan. Only only representative, the Pacifist Jeannette Rankin of Montana, objected. FDR also signed executive order 9066 to take Japanese residents and place them in internment camps. While we look back at this move with disgust, you must remember that during this time there was an intense hatred of anyone of Japanese heritage, and FDR was also helping to keep them protected from others in a way. But this still does not absolve this action.


All over the country the country’s young men were lined up to the brim with viable candidates to serve. There were seriously long lines outside of recruiting stations, and the military sure had their choice as to whom they would accept. This was completely different during Vietnam, where the armed forces were just trying to get just about anyone to sign a contract. But we also saw another post-Pearl Harbour enlistment surge right after 9/11. Even by the time I joined the Marines a few years later, they still had pick of the litter.

As America’s men went to war, our women went to work. This would be the first major time that you see a widespread and widely accepted time of women working out of the home. Even Marilyn Monroe found herself working in a factory for the war effort, where she would soon be discovered by David Conover.


Even the men who were labelled 4F still did their part. For instance, my grandfather was labelled 4F because of his bad colitis, but he still worked in a propeller factory. And those who did stay in the states to help with the war effort also helped out in another huge way: rationing.


These are my grandparents’ gas rationing stamps. The rationing in the U.S. spread to nearly everything – food, meats, gas, fabrics, metals, and women even had to forgo their beloved nylons for the war effort. But soon they were drawing lines on the backs of their legs to simulate the seams of stockings. You can also see how the fashions changed, as any way to use less fabric was encouraged. Skirts became a bit shorter, rarely were many pleats, ruffles, or any other “embellishments” used as in the past.


Victory gardens were a common occurrence that you could find at almost every house. It helped offset the war rationing for the house, and even helped to cut down on using your stamps. Using vegetables and the sort was common and thought of as very patriotic to helps our boys fighting overseas.

Life during WWII was certainly not easy at all, but you can sense a real camaraderie and patriotism in everyone that sadly is not longer present today. I think that is why I love this era so much, that there was so much humanity on the home front while there was so much bloodshed all over the world. It is such a fabulous and amazing time to learn about, and surely will pique any history or vintage lovers out there!