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Vintage 1930's - 1950's Marx Trains Aren't Just For Christmas! These Vintage Trains Are Great For Easter Too!

A Christmas tree with a vintage toy train circling the skirt of the tree is such a jolly site. But, vintage train sets don't have to be put away after Christmas. They can be displayed year round with scenery that changes over the holidays and seasons.  read more...

Retropolis Tour of America: Haunted Hotel in Alaska - Anchorage Hotel

If you love the idea of staying in a historic, haunted hotel, you'll love this hotel in Anchorage, Alaska. There have been so many ghost sightings that they keep a "ghost log" where people can write down their own experiences they had with ghosts during their stay at the hotel.  read more...

Elizabeth Taylor in "Father of the Bride"

I've never seen the original "Father of the Bride" movie, but I must see it. It's long overdue. I'm one of those people who saw the "new version" before the "old version". The new version is actually twenty years old already. Released in 1991, it starred Steve Martin and Diane Keaton. The original version, as shown in the trailer, starred the lovely Elizabeth Taylor, who sadly passed away this week.  read more...

50 Years Ago: Elizabeth Taylor Wins Best Actress Oscar for "Butterfield 8" at the Academy Awards

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor passed away this morning at the age of 79.

It was exactly fifty years ago that she won an Oscar for Best Actress in "Butterfield 8".  

What would the Golden Age of Hollywood have been without Liz Taylor?  read more...

Retropolis Tour of America: Harris Bros. Hardware - The Oldest Hardware Store in Alabama

Our first stop on our Retropolis Tour of America is Alabama. If you love old hardware stores, you'll love Harrison Bros. Hardware in Huntsville, Alabama. It's the oldest continuously operating hardware store in Alabama. They have an antique cash register that the hardware store has been using since 1907. As you can see from the video, the hardware store carries nostalgic items, such as marbles and old fashioned sleds.  read more...

Learning Lessons from 100 Years Ago: Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of March 1911

One hundred years ago, on March 25, 1911, a fire quickly spread through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City. 146 people died that day. 71 people were injured.  read more...

Peaceful Japan - Soba Noodle Restaurant in Old Japanese Farm House

There have been so many scenes on TV the last few days of the destruction of Japan after the earthquake that I thought it would be nice to take a moment to remember what Japan is like when it is peaceful. 

This is beautiful Japan. As soon as I started to watch the video, I could almost feel the fresh air. This is what we hope and pray for Japan right now -  fresh, clean air.  read more...

10 Year Old Japanese Girl Plays "Carry On Wayward Son" on Organ

I couldn't write the last couple days because I was in such a state of shock over what just happened in Japan. I'm sure you must be feeling the same. There are no words to describe the nightmare that has happened, and is is continuing to happen, in Japan. Christchurch, New Zealand still has a long road of recovery ahead of them after last month's earthquake. It's unbelievable that Japan was just shaken with an even stronger earthquake. My heart goes out to both countries. My thoughts and prayers are with Japan and New Zealand. read more...

RETROPOLIS VINTAGE FASHION WEEK: 1959 Barbie Doll Make-Up and Hair

Retropolis Vintage Fashion Week continues! Today is Barbie's birthday. The Barbie doll was introduced to the public March 9, 1959. For more than fifty years, little girls have been growing up with Barbie dolls.  read more...

Celebrate the Mardi Gras Children's Masquerade in 1941!

This blog entry was written last year, but I'm bumping it to the top since today is Mardi Gras: 

Little girls in 1941 were as obsessed with "Gone With the Wind" back then as little girls are today with Hannah Montana. "Gone With the Wind" had only advance ticket showings throughout 1940 and went into genereal release in 1941, so it was THE film back then (Feb 1941). Little southern belles were everywhere at Mardi Gras seventy years ago. read more...

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