Bookstore Cats At The Book Barn Niantic, CT
The Book Barn, the best used bookstore in Connecticut, has three shops in the town of Niantic with bookstore cats. The shop is about midway on I-95 from Boston to New York.
I’ve never understood the link between cats and used bookstores but apparently there is one. Continue reading
Agnes Leonard – Miss Coney Island 1924
Love those 1920s bathing suits.
Though undated, our photograph is from July 29, 1924, at Steeplechase Park. Miss Coney Island would go on to represent the neighborhood in the Miss America Pageant. This was before each state had just one representative. Continue reading
Addams Family Actress Carolyn Jones Poses With Husband Aaron Spelling
Did two people ever look unhappier?
Or is it just Carolyn Jones who looks incredibly sad?
In 1960 Aaron Spelling said, “Carolyn is the only person in the world I need. We are more than in love. We are each other’s best friends.” Continue reading
The 10 Commandments For Men Wishing To Divorce-Proof Their Marriage – 1923
“The average woman is a bundle of highly strung nerves.”
We continue with part two on the advice given out in 1923 by New York City’s Legal Aid Society, Domestic Relations Division to help to save marriages.
Here is the portion given to husbands to insure domestic tranquility:
1. Be generous according to your means. A woman rightly expects liberal support from her husband. She is duly considerate of sincere effort and tolerant of misfortune, but differentiates sharply between ill fortune and inertia. Continue reading
The 10 Commandments For Women Wishing To Divorce-Proof Their Marriage – 1923
“Men are but overgrown children…”
100 years ago, New York City’s Legal Aid Society, had a Domestic Relations Division helping to save marriages.
Through vast experience sorting out marital spats, the Society accumulated 10 rules that if followed could make marriages divorce-proof.
A wife would know how to keep her husband affectionate and faithful. By the same token a husband, following a similar set of rules, could insure domestic tranquility with his wife.
Here are the 10 Rules For Wives from 1923:
Magazine Censored By The Post Office – 1914
What was considered obscene 100 years ago? The publishers of a monthly magazine, The International, devoted to fiction, music, drama and politics, were told the January 1914 issue could not be mailed.
Why? The magazine’s cover.
Here is the cover in question. Continue reading
Pull Over Rover! A Dog Driving A Car?
This vintage photograph is not photoshopped.
However upon closer examination, the dog is obviously not driving the car. As the original news slug caption explains: Continue reading
Rooney & Davis – Two Very Popular Movie Stars – 1940
Mickey Rooney and Bette Davis are two names you would not link romantically. Then maybe Mickey is kissing Bette for a movie? Continue reading
A Rare Photograph Of Fred Astaire With His Daughter Ava – 1958
1/5/1958 – HOLLYWOOD – Fred Astaire poses with his daughter Ava, 16, in a rare family portrait taken on the set of the General Electric Theater TV show. This is reportedly the first picture of the entertainer and his daughter to be released in 15 years. Photo- United Press International Telephoto
With the paparazzi of today there are no limits to what constitutes an invasion of privacy. Nobody is off limits – especially the children of the famous. Then there are the celebrities that don’t stop at just cooperating with paparazzi. They shamelessly publicize their children (who have no say in the matter) to promote themselves.
Some old-time celebrities had ethics. They didn’t exploit their families to get publicity. Actor, dancer and singer Fred Astaire (1899-1987) falls into that category.
A Private Man
When he was big star in the 1930s, most people didn’t even realize Fred Astaire was married. Continue reading
The Lady With The Fans, Her Sexcellency Sally Rand
Sally Rand bubble dance photo by Ziegfeld Follies glamorist Alfred Cheney Johnston
Earlier in 2020, History Channel’s American Pickers featured a show about buying Sally Rand’s personal memorabilia. Most viewers were probably perplexed as to why host Danielle Colby was so excited. In terms of forgotten superstars, Sally Rand, (born Hattie Helen Gould Beck, 1904-1979) would rank pretty high today. Not so for Ms. Colby who understands and admires the artistry that Sally Rand created. Continue reading