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Retro Beauty in every Raindrop

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
Langston Hughes

 

Coby Whitmore

Tim Sale

Rodney Smith

Woman covered by newspaper under the rain

 

 

 

Make Do with Victory Rolls

The time is slowly upon me!

My hair is growing out nicely and it seems soon I will be able to make one of my dreams come true.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Soon the time will come for…

Victory Rolls!

The terms originated  with a fighter-plane maneuver of the same  name that was used during World War II.

Women adopted this name for the popular  hairstyle when they were seeking a way to honor victorious soldiers.

Apparently during World War II, many women achieved this look by using pipe cleaners, since  the metal needed to manufacture bobby pins had to go to the war effort.

Love the 40s Make do approach!

We could learn a thing or two from them!

I am lead to believe that I shall receive hot rollers for my Name’s Day, therefore I am starting to practise.

Can I pull it off?

Well, the odds are against me.

I have totally straight hair, that doesn’t curl very well and flops quite quickly.

I’m not manually gifted and not very good with detailed stuff.

I’m not known for my patience.

The hair teasing freaks me out.

But, by george, I shall try 😉

 

Weird Inventions of the 30s and 40s

Unbelievable invenntions from the 30s and 40s.

Can’t believe these never caught on…

Bike Tyre Used As Swimming Aid (Germany, 1925)

One Wheel Motocycle 1931

Amphibious Bike ‘Cyclomer’ (Paris, 1932)

All Terrain Car (England, 1936)

Radio Pram (USA, 1921)

Radio hat (USA, 1931)

Extensible Caravan (France, 1934)

Glasses For Reading In Bed (England, 1936)

Electrically Heated Jacket (USA, 1932)

Car  With Shovel For Pedestrians (Paris, 1924)

Folding Emergency Bridge (Netherlands, 1926)

Faxed Newspaper (1938)

Face Protection From Snowstorms (Canada, 1939)

Gas  War Resistant Pram (England, Hextable, 1938)

Images: Bored Panda 

Perception of beauty

Each era has its own a perception of beauty.

I must admit I do find the curvy 1940’s silhouette, with it’s hourglass feminine lines, to be quite flattering. Women wore clothes, not the other way around. If you concider the lack of fabric, leather, cosmetics etc.,  it’s a wonder women did so well to look swell.

Then again beauty is in the eyes of the beholder…

Forties Undies aka the Unmentionables

Unmentionables – those articles of ladies’ apparel that are never discussed in public, except in full-page, illustrated ads. ~Changing Times

1940’s New York- look who’s in the neighborhood

The 1940’s were dominated by World War II.

In New York the Great Depression was eased by the war production. Women took on new roles as they had to replace men who had gone off to war. Hence the exodus from the home to the workplace. This was undone when men returned and expected their jobs back. The woman’s role reverted to being a housewife and home maker.

Image: Life Time

Guess who else hung out in New York of the 1940’s

I shall be writing more about men’s fashion in the 1940’s at a later date.

My only regret is that RA’s character does not appear longer, neigh, does not monopolize Captain America. I have to admit that the moment he popped open his cyanide pill, the movie was over for me.

He did such a good job at playing a baddie, as he always does. What is interesting is that he is capable of such tenderness on screen, as we can see with Thornton or Standring.

Image:  Richard Armitage Central Main Gallery

Buttons…

I found an online retailer with an array of unusual buttons. Ever since then my mind has been in overdrive to find a fitting garment to attach these beauties to.

I was thinking about a fitted cardigan or 40s pocket dress.

“Don’t put gold buttons on a torn coat”

” If you lend your coat, don’t cut off the buttons”

“You cannot sew buttons on your neighbor’s mouth”

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