All posts filed under: vintage

May my heart always be open to little birds*

Leave a comment
art / beauty / craft / vintage

These playful collages and water colours of little birds and vintage household items by Vivienne Strauss remind me of an e.e. cummings poem. You can almost hear their twittering as they are being mixed, cooked & toasted, or as they travel in style. *may my heart always be open to little birds who are the secrets of living whatever they sing is better than to know and if men should not hear them men are […]

Interesting Ladies 15

comments 3
art / Classics / family / film / humanity / life / observations / vintage / women

A little while ago I went to see the play Grey Gardens by Abattoir Fermé, a Belgium theatre company at De Toneelschuur in Haarlem. The stage was completely trashed with rubbish, the two actors – in drag – talking simultaneously and constantly contradicting each other; it was complete chaos. Somehow it all seemed familiar and after about fifteen minutes I suddenly recognized the narrative and the two eccentric characters and realized it was a stage […]

Cool Dude 2

comments 9
beauty / craft / film / history / inspiration / video / vintage

Georges Méliès (1861-1938) was the man who created a world of wonder never seen before. As a young boy he fabricated cardboard puppet theaters and marionettes. Later as a trained illusionist he created his own magic tricks and special effects for performances at his own theater. He was also the director, producer, writer, set and costume designer.  After seeing a demonstration of the Lumière brothers’ cinematograph he was blown away. Fascinated with this new technology […]

Don’t Stop the Dance

Leave a comment
history / photography / vintage

During the 1920s and 1930s in the United States dance marathons were all the rage. Couples would dance non-stop for hours, days, sometimes even months for monetary prizes, while providing entertainment for the audiences watching. These marathons were real endurance contests and often one of the partners would fall asleep, but as long as they remained in motion and their knees did not touch the floor, they were still in the game. The longest dance […]

Interesting Lady 13

Leave a comment
beauty / history / life / photography / vintage / women

Evelyn Nesbit (1884-1967) was one of the very first supermodels during th Gilded Age in America. She started modeling for artists to earn money for her family after her father died. At sixteen she moved to New York City to further her career, became a chorus girl and was introduced to Manhattan’s most renowned artists and illustrators. Soon her beautiful face was everywhere: magazine advertisements, souvenirs, calendars and she became the it-girl of her time. […]

Six Reels of Joy

Leave a comment
film / history / humanity / life / news / play / stories / vintage

*In Rojava, an autonomous Kurdish enclave in Northern Syria, an old-fashioned cinema with red velvet seats and golden drapes is filled with children that have never seen a movie before. It turns out to be a silent film: Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid. I can only imagine how wonderful it must have been for those kids to see this film on the big screen. Not just because they live in a dangerous world, but because Chaplin’s […]

China Girls

Leave a comment
art / beauty / compilation / film / history / images / vintage / women

I had never heard of them, but a little subplot in Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers was a first hint; meet the China Girls. Nowadays color timing is done digitally, but from the beginning of cinema until the 1990s film technicians used gray scales and color strips as reference to create a uniform color balance and tonal density for each reel. They also used the color of the China Girl‘s skin tones. These women (often lab […]

Interesting Ladies 12: The Dahomey Amazons

Leave a comment
beauty / history / vintage / women

  In what is now the Republic of Benin in West Africa (formerly Dahomey) there used to be an all-female military regiment; brave women called  Mino (“Our mothers”), these women warriors were recruited among the Ahosi (“King’s wives”). They were trained to be disciplined fighting machines, with much emphasis on endurance and physical strength. Knives, clubs, and later rifles were part of their arsenal. If you were unlucky and captured, you were likely to lose […]