Birthday Break

Today is my birthday, so just a quick note. I leave you with these fascinating nuggets of visual culture to ponder and encourage your comments:

The ‘anti-long-skirt association’ of Parker High School trims Helen Ladd, a pro-long-skirter, into shape after school on September 24, 1947. Scissors-wielding Bobbie Renner says her motto is ‘Succumb not to fashion whims.’ Helen was only a little ahead of her time; before long, the long-skirt ‘whim’ became the look of choice. (Dayton, Ohio: Corbis)

My Comment: I just love that crazed look in her eyes, and that they appear to be holding her against her will.

Original caption:

Newton, Kansas: She’s Lived Through Four Wars. Above is pictured Mrs. Elizabeth Reese, more familiarly known as Grandma Reese in this section of the country, who recently celebrated her 97th birthday. Not only has she lived through the wars of 1845, 1861, 1898 and 1917, but members of her family have served in all of them. Her first husband was killed in the war with Mexico; her second husband fought during the Civil War.

18 Nov 1925, Newton, Kansas, USA --- Newton, Kansas: She\'s Lived Through Four Wars. Above is pictured Mrs. Elizabeth Reese, more familiarly known as Grandma Reese in this section of the country, who recently celebrated her 97th birthday. Not only has she lived through the wars of 1845, 1861, 1898 and 1917, but members of her family have served in all of them. Her first husband was killed in the war with Mexico; her second husband fought during the Civil War. --- Image by Bettmann/CORBIS

My Comment: She just looks so iconic – like every old lady in movies from this time. I wonder if she made the hat herself. Does anyone know what kind of lace it is?

According to the Conde Naste website:

Apparel Arts became Gentlemen’s Quarterly in 1957, and the issues that immediately followed often bore both titles. This image appeared as the cover of a Quarterly fall issue, released in September 1957, and featured foreground and background shots of a model in a three-button gray suit by Sussex and hat by Dobbs.

My Comment: I think it is strongly reminiscent of the Gregory Peck movie, Man in the Gray Flannel Suit from 1956.

Until next time,

Heather

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