This ‘n That

I just realized that I haven’t posted for over a week. Mon Dieu! What can I say, except that I’ve been busy, busy, busy: celebrating my birthday with family and friends; cottage hunting; selling Vintage Treasures… I’m sure you know how it goes.

My birthday (and no, I’m not divulging my age) couldn’t have been better. I love to stretch out the celebrations as far as possible. On the actual day my husband treated me to a leisurely beachside lunch, and then an afternoon at the theatre. This was followed a couple of days later by a lovely dinner at my son’s and his girlfriend, along with my daughter and husband. Wonderful!

Sales continue at my Etsy shop, Vintge Treasures. I just sold this gorgeous Vintage Wadsworth Art Deco Fan Shape compact and shipped it out to its new owner. Vin Wadworth Shell CompactI’ll soon be sharing more recipes, blogging about my own personal genealogy journey, and writing in my series Women’s Makeup Through the Ages.
Stay tuned!

Betty Boop

thCA503O9KI have always been fascinated with that flirtatious flapper, Betty Boop, and her signature phrase “Boop-boop-a-doop”. Watching her black and white cartoons on Saturday morning was a favourite pastime. It seems she has never lost her appeal, judging by the number of collectibles that are for sale out there. From handbags to clothing, and everything in between, there’s something for everyone. I’m the proud owner of a Betty Boop key chain, pendant necklace and even pajama bottoms.

Here are some fun facts about this miss that may be new to you.
Did you know:

Betty began life as a dog, a French poodle to be exact, with floppy ears?

She proved to be such a popular character that she was turned into a real person, and the long ears became her earrings.

Betty’s character was based on the popular American singer Helen Kane?

Betty was first voiced by Mae Questel, a veteran of vaudeville, stage and movies?

Betty’s first movie as a person was “Betty Co-Ed” in 1932?

Max and Dave Fleisher, her animators, invented the rotoscope in 1915? This revolutionized the art of animation.

Betty first appeared as a newspaper comic strip, drawn by Bud Counihan, and distributed by King Features Syndicate, in 1934?Boopoct2334[1]

Betty Boop appeared in well over 100 animated movies between 1930 and 1939? In the 1980’s, she made an appearance in three, the last of which was “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” in 1988.

Here are some of Betty’s Boop’s lines from movies:

“I’m too pooped to boop” from The Romance of Betty Boop
“Go away, you big bad man”
“Where ya going, bunny, huh?” from Betty Boop in Blunderland


The Great Gatsby: Book or Movie? Why not Both?

The cover of the first edition of The Great Ga...

The cover of the first edition of The Great Gatsby (1925) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, today I went to see The Great Gatsby 3D movie. I must admit I was skeptical, as I’d heard mixed reviews, and anything billed “as interpreted by [Baz Luhrman]” makes me suspicious.

Right now I’m reading the book and loving it…the beautiful, lyrical descriptions of nature, and the unexpectedness of certain scenes, e.g. when Tom Buchanan suddenly breaks Mrs. Wilson’s nose. If you haven’t read the book (I’m almost ashamed to admit I hadn’t), you’re in for a real treat.

Now, back to the movie…
Please note that this is my own opinion. I promised myself not to be biased because of the reviews I’d read. My husband and I went to see it this afternoon, and surprise, surprise, he really enjoyed it. As did I, which just goes to show you, I was right when I decided to make up my own mind.

As you’d expect, it was a spectacular extravaganza, particularly the party scenes. What I didn’t expect was that it stayed true to the book. Tobey Maguire, as Nick Carraway, proved to be the perfect bystander narrator.

I really liked Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby, the mysterious but ultimately vulnerable man. Tom Buchanan is played particularly well by Joel Edgerton (he has the most burning blue eyes), as an arrogant, mean bully boy. And, Daisy…well, Daisy is very much a shallow, pretty face, although charmingly played by Carey Mulligan.

If you haven’t read the book or seen the film, I won’t spoil it for you. Suffice it to say that Gatsby comes off as the good guy in the end, maybe even great, as the title says. I would certainly recommend this movie to anyone who loves a good love story and the 1920’s era.


Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio in the yellow roadster

Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio in the yellow roadster

Leonardo Di Caprio as Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as Daisy.

Leonardo Di Caprio as Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as Daisy.

Random Images of the 1920’s

Poster for the movie The Canary Murder Case (1...

Poster for the movie The Canary Murder Case (1929) with Louise Brooks as The Canary (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


English: Studio publicity photo of Clark Gable.

English: Studio publicity photo of Clark Gable. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Woman with cloche and wrap coat

Woman with cloche and wrap coat


Big Al himselfVin FW McNess cookbook1920’s F.W. McNess

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Vionnet Gown
Vionnet Gown

Gloria Swanson

Gloria Swanson

The inimitable Coco Chanel

The inimitable Coco Chanel

Marlene Dietrich, May Wong and German Filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl at the Pierre Ball, Berlin 1928

Marlene Dietrich, May Wong
and German Filmmaker Leni
Riefenstahl at the Pierre Ball, Berlin 1928

Favourite Vintage 1930’s Vogue Covers

In the 1930’s, Vogue covers featured drawings by prominent artists of the day; Eduardo Garcia Bonito, Carl “Eric” Erickson and Georges LePage were the most favoured. It’s interesting to note that women were often shown in natural, resort-like settings.

Carl Erikson January 1932 Vogue Cover


Pierre Mourgue July 1933 Vogue Cover


Alix Zeilinger May 1934 Vogue Cover


Carl Erikson July 1934 Vogue Cover

July 1934 Carl Erikson Vogue Cover

A 1935 Vogue Cover


Eduardo Garcia Benito July 1937 Vogue Cover


Salvador Dali June 1939 Vogue Cover

Salvador Dali Vogue Cover June 1939

Carl Erickson Vogue Cover November 1939


Favourite Vintage 1920’s Vogue Covers

Fashion and beauty were certainly alive and well as evidenced by these beautiful Vogue Magazine Covers. You’ll notice that the covers featured drawings by prominent artists of the day. Look also at the many different font styles in the masthead. My favourite one is the cover featuring a woman astride what looks a peacock. Enjoy!

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