God Defend New Zealand. God Bless Christchurch.

After writing yesterday about the earthquake, there was a news story just released about the Christchurch Cathedral. Nobody was discovered buried beneath it after all. Rescuers searched and searched for bodies, but nobody was found. It was a relief to find that nobody was buried in the church. However, there are still many people buried in the rubble in other buildings in Christchurch. I know what the odds are for survival at this point, but I don't think there is any harm in praying for a miracle. read more...

The Ringing Bells of Christchurch Cathedral in New Zealand - Before the Earthquake

I just wrote a blog entry about my feelings on Christchurch, New Zealand, the beautiful, peaceful city that was horribly shaken by an earthquake ten days ago. Unfortunately, the blog entry I just wrote was deleted just as I was trying to save it because of a computer problem. I was struck by the fact that even a blog entry about the destruction of Christchurch was destroyed.  read more...

RETROPOLIS VINTAGE FASHION WEEK: 50's Leather Coats with Coonskin - Bonnie Cashin 1956

This Fashion Parade film clip from 55 years ago was filmed in 1956. As soon as I began to watch, I loved the designs I was seeing. What a great surprise later in the video to hear the narrator say these designs were created for Philip Sills by Bonnie Cashin!  read more...

RETROPOLIS VINTAGE FASHION WEEK: Early 1900's Fashion: 1900 - 1910

This week was Fashion Week in NYC. Although spring hasn't yet begun, the models on the runway wore what we will be seeing in Fall 2011. Fashion Week in NYC is about the fashion of the FUTURE.

Retropolis Vintage Fashion Week highlights fashion of the PAST. What's new? Absolutely nothing. What's old? Absolutely everything. read more...

It's "Wear Tan Shoes and Pink Shoelaces and Listen to a 1950's Seeburg Jukebox" Day! Why? It's Dodie Stevens' Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Dodie Stevens!  Geraldine Ann Pasquale (who we know as Dodie Stevens) was born February 17, 1946. She became famous at the young age of only 13 when her song "Pink Shoe Laces" became a big hit. I wasn't born when the song was released, but I first heard the song when I was about 11 years old in the 1980's. I was listening to a cassette tape of a variety of hits of the 1950's and the song "Pink Shoelaces" really jumped out at me. I kept rewinding it, listening to it again and again while dancing around the living room. read more...

A Computer Named "Watson" Stars on Jeopardy. What Would a Centenarian Think of This?

 The last couple of days, the news of an IBM computer by the name of Watson has been a big story because the computer has been competing on the game show Jeopardy against two human contestants. People have had a variety of reactions while watching Watson compete against two humans, ranging anywhere from "creepy" to "amazing". I find myself way more fascinated by it than I could have imagined. Regardless of what people think of it, it has gotten America's attention, and it's a historic week for computers AND game shows.  read more...

Estate Sale Shopping Success - Vintage Bonnie Cashin Coach Bags, Sunglasses, and more!

If you love vintage accessories or early Coach bags by Bonnie Cashin, you will enjoy this video! She hit the Bonnie Cashin Coach bag jackpot at that sale! I have to say, in all my years of going to estate sales, I have actually never come across an early Bonnie Cashin Coach bag at an estate sale. I've come across 1990's vintage Coach bags, but never anything earlier than that. So, for her to uncover several early Coach bags at one estate was a real find! I do understand the feel of that vintage leather. It's hard to describe it in spoken or written word. You just have to FEEL it.  read more...

Red Valentine Typewriter by Ettore Sottsass for Olivetti

Happy Valentine's Day!  I'm sure you've already seen plenty of Valentine's decorations while out and about today, but here's something you probably haven't seen - a red Valentine typewriter. 

The red plastic portable typewriter was designed in 1969 by Italian designer Ettore Sottsass. I think we can see why it was named the Valentine. What a beautiful design!  read more...

Black History Month: Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson

In celebration of Black History Month, I wanted to celebrate a musician who started out at a very young age. The clip in the video is from a 1946 movie called "No Leave, No Love".  The talent of this young boogie-woogie pianist is just as impressive now sixty-five years later as he was in 1946. Not only was he a child-prodigy, but his personality was just as precious as his precious face. What a star! His name is Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson. read more...

Valentine's Day - 1930's Style. Love Song Improv - Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah

When I was growing up, I observed that many love songs of the 70's and 80's had the word "blue". As I got older, I realized that the word "blue" was a trend in love songs even before the 70's. In fact, I realized that there are MANY words that get repeatedly used in love songs.  read more...

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