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Harriet Quimby – Aviatrix

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Although her career as a pilot lasted a mere 11 months, Harriet Quimby left an indelible mark on aviation history as both the first American woman to become a licensed pilot and the first woman to cross the English Channel. A gifted journalist with a deep love of the theatre, Harriet Quimby first made a [...]

Plaque Proposed For London’s First Stripper, Phyllis Dixey

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Bombs might have been raining down on London, but that didn’t stop Phyllis Dixey getting her kit off for a packed theatre of Tommies three times a day. Phyllis has the dubious distinction of being the very first woman in England to perform a naked striptease. During the 1930s, nude shows were only legal if [...]

Daring Cannon Towels Ad From 1944

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This must have been a rather daring ad for 1944. The right wing christians must have had a hard time swallowing all this female skin turning up in a full page ad in their family friendly magazines – Ted Filed under: Advertising, The forties Tagged: 1944, ads, Cannon towels

The Nazi Women

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exposed as every bit as bad as Hitler’s male followers Portrayed in soft tones and pastels, their beatific gaze stared from billboards and freesheets across the land. Blonde, fresh-faced and pure, these were the women of Hitler’s Third Reich. They were prolific mothers, skilful homemakers, hard-working secretaries and dedicated auxiliaries. They supported their men at [...]

Marilyn Monroe In “Ladies Of The Chorus”

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Ladies of the Chorus is a 1948 Hollywood film produced by Columbia Pictures. It stars Marilyn Monroe in her first major role as Peggy Martin, a dancer who falls in love with a wealthy man portrayed by Rand Brooks (who had played the role of Charles Hamilton, the first and hapless husband of Scarlett O’Hara [...]

Heinz von Perckhammer – Photographer

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Heinz von Perckhammer (1895-1965) was a German photographer. He travelled much to China of the South where he photographed the women. Perckhammer was born in 1895 in Germany. He travelled to China of the South and with Macao at the end of the years 1920. He photographed the women of the closed houses of Macao. [...]

Diane Webber AKA Marguerite Empey

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Marguerite Diane Webber AKA Marguerite Empey (July 29, 1932—August 19, 2008)was an American model, dancer and actress. Empey was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Marguerite (née Andrus) and screen writer Arthur Guy Empey. Under the name Marguerite Empey she was Playboy magazine‘s Playmate of the Month in May 1955 and in February [...]

The Rolux

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The Rolux was a French automobile manufactured from 1938 until 1952. The product of a Lyon company better known for making the New-Map motorcycle, the light car, also sold as a New Map, had a single-cylinder, air-cooled, two-stroke, 100 cc engine made by Fichtel and Sachs. The engine was mounted behind the driver with chain [...]

Louis Ritman – American Painter

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The critical success that Louis Ritman enjoyed throughout his career can be attributed in large part to the sunny, impressionistic canvases that he executed in Giverny during the 1910s. Like many other American artists of his time, Ritman traveled from his home in Chicago to Paris as soon as he could afford to pay for [...]

My Post No 2000

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This is my post No 2000 on Retrorambling, and to be host with you, I never thought I’d keep it up that long, I seldom do. But here I am, typing in the text and enjoying it as much as I did when I typed the text for the first post one and a half [...]

Motobécane Moby Scooter

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MBK (pronounced "em-bay-kah) "is a French Scooter manufacturer, based in Rouvroy, Picardy, France. The company was first established in 1923 under the name Motobécane and for many years was France’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles. Early models included an in-line four-cylinder side-valve 500cc engine, with unit gearbox and shaft drive. By the 1930s Motobecane was producing [...]

Happy Birthday Elvis

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Elvis Aaron Presley (8. January 1935 – 16. August 1977) Filed under: Music, Rock'n'roll Tagged: Elvis Presley

A Curious Fancy

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“A Curious Fancy” is run by a girl who describes herself like this: I am fat, fanciful and whimsical. Well, actually I’m just plain eccentric but it translates to whimsical in the virtual medium. Most of the time I like to pretend I live in a storybook. This is where my sartorial adventures are documented. [...]

Charabancs

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A 1920 Punch cartoon shows UK government ministers in a charabanc. A charabanc or "char-à-banc" ( /ˈʃærəbæŋ/) is a type of horse-drawn vehicle or early motor coach, usually open-topped, common in Britain during the early part of the 20th century. It was especially popular for sight-seeing or "works outings" to the country or the seaside, [...]

Edward Runci, Marilyn Monroe And Nesbitt Orange Soda

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Back in 1946, long before Marilyn Monroe became famous she modelled for Edward Runci for this ad illustration for Nesbitt sodas. Nesbitt’s became the U.S. market leader of orange soda pop during the late 1940s and 1950s, proclaiming itself to be the "Largest selling bottled orange drink in the world" – Image fond at “Alabaster” [...]

Marilyn Waltz And The Mysterious Margaret Scott

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Marilyn Ardith Jordan (née Waltz) (born November 5, 1931 in Waukesha, Wisconsin – December 23, 2006 in Medford, Oregon) was an American actress and model. As Marilyn Waltz, she was Playboy magazine‘s Playmate of the Month in the February 1954, April 1954 and April 1955 issues. She was the first of two women to become [...]

Zoë Mozert Drawing Jane Russell

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Above, you see Zoe Mozert in the enviable position of having Jane Russell posing for her, back in 1943. The pastel painting might actually be in progress, a rarity for that kind of publicity shot. On the other hand, the whole set-up is for the benefit of the photographer as we see the side of [...]

Reincarnation Is For Real!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Just look here, Groucho Marx came back as a cat – Ted Filed under: Humour Tagged: Reincarnation

Monika Dietrich – Sexhungry Actress

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This issue of the London Magazine Midnight appeared November 11th 1968 and features cover star Monika Dietrich boasting about her sexual appetite. The interview seems like a figment of the writer’s imagination, as Dietrich takes him to a London strip club, decides the girls aren’t very attractive, bum rushes the stage and gives the crowd [...]

1957 Jurisch Motoplan

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This strange, but attractive machine was the dream of the young German engineer, motorcycle racer and visionary Carl Jurisch. Jurisch had made a name for himself by designing a fine telescopic rear-suspension system for motor cycles, a design which was used by a plethora of European manufacturers in the early 1950´s; it was also stolen [...]