Monday, March 31, 2014

Brownie card: "It never rains but it pours --"

This is an adorable little greeting card -- about 3 1/2 inches square. It's unused, and the back is marked "Brownie 5 L 197 Copyright". I bet someone out there has a collection of these. Would love to know more about the artist and company.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Muriel Whitley Paper Doll update

UPDATE: Doreen has the Etsy shop back online! Click here to see what she has for sale.

Doreen Whitley took her Etsy shop offline, but if you're interested in purchasing copies of her mother's paper dolls (they are magnet style), you can email her at LSBS79(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Today, for the first time, I attended the commemoration of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in Greenwich Village. It was a very moving ceremony. All the names of the dead were read, some by descendants of the deceased, others by children just learning about the tragedy and its meaning in labor history. As they do each year at the ceremony, firefighters raised a ladder that did not reach the top floors of the building -- which still stands, and is part of the NYU campus.

You can see my original post of this collage, and more about the history of the fire that took 146 lives on March 25, 1911, by clicking here.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Etta Kett Play Fashions, May 1934

A great decade for fashion, the 1930s. This is from the  May 13, 1934 issue of the Philadelphia Record.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Etta Kett Play Fashions, April 1934

April 15, 1934. A green gown, perfect for today.

(Here's a special hello to a big Etta Kett fan, Carolyn Thompson -- see you in Morgantown! I have a few more Ettas to share this week.)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Birthday cheer, 1939

The top of each car lifts slightly, to show the words health, happiness and joy. Parking .25. The big city off in the distance. Signed by Grandpa and Grandma Kauff, and no doubt adored by their grandson.

Friday, March 7, 2014

1930s New York photo collage dress

A hit at the Winter Antiques show, according to the Times.  It is wonderful. Bakelite buttons. A fabric that is

...a dynamic photographic tour of 1930s New York City: Grant’s Tomb, the Automat, the Empire State Building, illuminated marquees for a James Cagney movie, and signs for Planters Peanuts and Maybelline. In his catalog, Mr. Katz wrote, “The amazing manipulation and blending of these images create a surrealistic collage.”
$135,000. Who made it, who wore it? A mystery.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

A Red Carpet paper doll by Eileen R. Miller

Eileen Rudisill Miller has a 2014 Red Carpet paper doll -- a real beauty.

Doll and 3 costumes on 2 sheets of 8.5x11 card stock.
$13.78 tax & ppd (PA residents) $13.00 ppd (outside of PA)

To order, send Eileen an email: ermillerdesigns(at)comcast(dot)net

Checks payable to Eileen R. Miller 3 W. Clearfield Rd. Havertown, PA 19083

Or order directly from her Etsy shop:

Fashions that Rocked and Wrecked the Red Carpet by David Wolfe

Jenny sent out this fab page from David Wolfe's book with the following message:

To help celebrate Oscar weekend, here's a paper doll for you featuring two of my favorite outfits; the simple but classy red gown worn by Audrey Hepburn in 1992 and the fabulously trashy showgirl ensemble worn by Cher when she won an Oscar in 1986.

The complete paper doll book offers four glamorous models and 23 fashions that either rocked or wrecked the red carpet!   

Who can forget Cher's over-the-top get-up? And who knows what celebrity costume will trip up the red carpet tonight?

You can order David Wolfe's book by clicking here.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Muriel Whitley's Paper Dolls on Etsy

Doreen Whitley has set up an Etsy shop to sell copies of her mother's adorable paper dolls. The shop is listed under the name "Dollydodolls" and you can find it by clicking here.

The paper dolls are printed on shiny paper, with magnets attached to the back for play on a magnet board or fridge. Doreen will also offer paper versions, for those who like their paper dolls the old- fashioned way.