The 1950s

The 1950s where a more huministic and forgiving time.

Women stayed at home and took care of the children and the household. While the man went to work every day to support his family. The children were raised with the idea that they should respect their elders. The boys were taught no only to respect women, but also treat them with a certain chivalry. They held doors open, sat down last and never did a lady have to pay for a date.

On the other hand, girls were taught to respect themselves and how to behave “lady like” so as not to shame herself or her family. Clothing was conservative, and “sex symbols” were glamourous, not girating about half naked. Men, they were told were the natural heads of the households, responsible for all major decisions. Women were expected to be keep a clean home, and make sure that the husband had everything he needed, from a clean pressed suit to a home cooked meal, to limit his distractions and promote his success.

In both cases, everyone learned the concept of that there were consequences for all their actions and inactions. Responsibilty was something that was taken seriously in 1950s society.

There were curfews and no one thought it was cool to party all night. (Well, almost everyone that wasn’t Jack Kerouac). Dinner time was almost sacred, and this shared communion assured that at the end of the day, everyone knew the concerns of each family member, despite a day spent pursuing different activities. Eating alone in seperate rooms was punishment, not the norm. Also, having company over for dinner was an honour, an opportunity to exchange information and a chance to demonstrate hospitality. Considering the importance of meal time in the 1950s, the food was thankfully, far less expensive. It was fresh, free of GMO and normally locally grown.

There was also a way people were expected to talk to each other. Most people tried to talk in moderated tones and with a pleasing manner. In most circumstances strangers never joked or refered to each other in derogatory terms. Politeness was the norm and just a causual walk down the street you could hear not only “please and thank you” but also “Hello Madame” and “Hello Sir.” And if a man got too agressive with a lady he would receive a quick smack in the face as his punishment.

Instead of some spoiled child like Justin Bieber, Humphrey Bogart was considered the “bad boy” role model. A man who wasn’t afraid to use his fists when needed, but equally tipped his hat to the ladies. The bad boys of that era drank scotch whiskey and were seldom seen without a cigarette (as the medical community were promoting them as healthy stress-relievers), but they were almost never seen without a jacket and tie. In contrast, today’s bad boy is almost always tatooed, pot smoking, on steroids, and the only thing they want to tip to a woman is the zipper of their pants.

So what went wrong?

In short 2 things caused the death of this ideal. Lazyness and greed influenced by the television.

Living in the 1950s took a lot mental energy. People never really got the chance to let their “hair down” and to constantly be conscious of how they conducted themselves publically. This turned into a sort of competition for attention and admiration in which greedy corporations were able to use to their advantage. Television commercials created a phenominum of “keeping up with the Jones” and within a generation it was a desinger label or new television that won respect from the neighbours not manners and personal integrity.

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Living the vintage life

What was living the vintage life was like?

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We tend to assume that everybody has and always has gotten a secondary education. Now I’m not saying that in living the vintage life anyone should quit school, but the age at which youths legally left school once varied greatly from county to county ; and, indeed,when society was less industrialized, secondary education was often not necessary.

When studing the concept of living the vintage life, you see how life should be for the young…

And the young of heart.
The schools held at least four formal dances a year, delicious occaisions when you got dressed to the nines. How the feminine eye can still mist over as we glimpse, down the halls of vintage lane, the dresses women wore to these dances. For a December dance, the simple but elegant red velveteen, and over it a floor-length white wool cape trimmed with scrolls of gold leather. The spring dance gown : drifts of pale-blue net trimmed in blue marabou, the off-shoulder neckline edged in self-ruching, worn with slender choker and bracelet of rhinestones. The summer dance dress, for a warm night in June at and outdoor venu : the long, full tiered skirt of waffle piqué in glorious floral abstract print of apple green, lilac, black and white colours that Renoir might have dreamt of on an April night ; the bodice of white eyelet piqué, its neckline edged with beading threaded with black velvet ribbon. Sadly it seems that today very few want to try living the vintage life, and in the machine run modernday cocooning lifestyle, the formal dance is an extinct social event.
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For the blokes, if they were old enough to find a shag..

They were old enough for another badge of adulthood : getting their driver’s licence, which game them (hopefully) access to the family car. For a daytime romp they all tried to get a sad sack of a vehicule. Yes for some reason living the vintage life ment having a car that required constant repairs. But obviously it can be argued that there’s a certain charm in this sort of inconvienance, not mention that when taking a young lady out there was always the plausiable excuse for bringing her home late of having had “motor trouble.”

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Something else needed for living the vintage life is the old Juke Box. Because it was the old Juke Box on Friday Night for those weekly less formal dancing venus. The Juke Box would play all evening – no money required- and kids frequently went without dates, boys and girls matching up after they got there. But dates were welcome too. In those days a jukebox was the best sound system anyone had the chance to hear. Some people where fortunate enough to own portable record players, with speakers that were feeble at best. Whether at a local Soda Fountain (Lunch counter) or at record parties in their homes, people danced to the same great Miller and Dorsey and Goodman and Shaw numbers that kids in American were listening to.

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Unfortunately the era of Swing would come to an end and leave us only with the smallest of tastes on how living the vintage lifestyle must have been. The natural sweetness of inocence would be laced with bitter flavours because of World War 2. A bitter awlful after bite that would linger, never fully getting rid of it. Adding that the the world heard the sound of the Iron Curtain descending, a sound made lound and clear by the words of Winston Churchill in his speech at Fulton, MO. USA in 1946. England had changed and for a short period of time it could be argued for the better. But today against the ecological disasters, war and the omnipresent corruption and survaillence by our gouvernment ; it’s become obvious that we would all be better off if we just went back to living the vintage life.

Now if anyone would like to share some of there thoughts about living the vintage life then the forum is open to you!

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Bing Crosby (1903-1977)

Bing Crosby (1903-1977) – The Great Voice !

Born in Tacoma, Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby (1903-1977) moved to Spokane in 1906 where — even though he was the fourth of seven children in a poverty-level family — his mother would recognize his love of music and somehow eventually scrape together enough funds to pay for some private vocal instruction. In 1917 — after seeing his own singing idol, Al Jolson, perform at Spokane’s Auditorium Theater — Crosby realized that he wanted to be a professional musician.

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A multimedia star, from 1934 to 1954 Bing Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses. In the early day his career coincided with technical recording innovations; this allowed him to develop a very laid-back, very intimate singing style that influenced many of the popular male singers who came after, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, and of course Dean Martin. Yank magazine recognized Crosby as the person who had done the most for American G.I. morale during World War II and, during his peak years, around 1948, polls declared him the “most admired man alive”, ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII. Additionally in 1948, the Music Digest estimated that Crosby recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music

The nickname “Bing” came at an early age and is really short for “Bingo,” a character in the comic strip “The Bingville Bugle” which he loved to read as a child. Crosby never studied music seriously. He was blessed with a naturally warm, deep, resonant, and appealing voice and learned how to phrase with it almost by osmosis.

Bing Crosby (1903-1977)

The summer of 1945 was a turning point in this standard. Bing decided that doing a live show every week was too demanding, and it did not permit him to pursue his other interests and to be with his family. During one period the show had to be done live twice, once for the east coast and once for the west coast, which also added to the work load. It also was confining, since it all had to be done within a certain regime that took away Bing’s casual side. The adlibs and jokes had to be done according to the script; there was no editing to remove mistakes.

Bing Crosby (1903-1977)

One of the most memorable duets in recent history paired an aging Bing Crosby and David Bowie, suited up at the peak of his Berlin years, for a classic holiday mash-up. The unusual coupling comes with a rich backstory: Crosby’s 1977 “Merrie Olde Christmas” special was filmed in England, and British stars like Twiggy and Bowie were enlisted to appear—mainly due to physical proximity. Show producer Ian Fraser says Bowie balked at singing “Little Drummer Boy,” so the show’s producers wrote the original tune “Peace on Earth” for the duo in just 75 minutes. The duo bantered about Christmas and family for a few minutes before joining forces for what has become a Christmas staple. The track became even more poignant when Crosby passed away a mere month after the special aired.

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Lady Bisou is back and still vintage

Lady Bisou is back and still vintage but of course you already knew she would always be very vintage!

Lady Bisou is back and still vintage

Lady Bisou is back

Yes ladies and gentlemen I’m back !

It was a very hard and tiresome move across the atlantic back to my home.  But don’t you worry because I’m still talking and sharing all my knowledge and experiences about vintage living and the vintage lifestyle.  I’ve learned so many things from our old world cousins that I’m just beside myself for wanting to talk.

The old world has really progressed and for the most part the main European continent has some serious catching up to do before many of its citizens are ready to go vintage.  It’s shame because there’s so many vintage things available in their markets and other treasure troves.

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However in the United Kingdom there’s so many people just “turning back time” and embracing the vintage lifestyle that I was actually able to spend 2 weeks in the year 1940!  Honestly I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn’t 1940 and there was a modern world just outside of Winchester Village.   In fact there was a one moment when someone sounded an old air raid siren  and I found myself looking up at the sky expecting German bombers.

For anyone that’s a vintie like me you’ve just got to visit Winchester England.   There’s just so many Vinties living there that if you play your cards right you’ll be back in time better than a Dr. Who Tardis could take you.

Lastly Vintage Talk Radio just completed its first broadcast since I got back to North America. There’s going to be more great topics on a variety of vintage subjects including “intimate vintage.”  I promise to discuss more than just vintage undergarments and lingerie.  It’s going to be something to really look forward to!

I love you all

Ms. Bisou Calin

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So what is steampunk?

That is the question on many minds!

In short it’s a new way of thinking… A reaction against the digital world of plastic, hopelessness and planned obsolescence.    It’s not a new trend because the first convention took place in 2006 about the same time the word “SteamPunk” was added to the Oxford dictionary.  However, if you can forgive the play on words, steampunk hadn’t yet picked up steam and hit the media.

The concept is inspired by science fiction novels written by authors like HG. Wells and Jules Verne.  It incorporates victorian era principals of politeness, creativity and reimagines and often reworks our relationship with modern technology.  The movement has grown from a visual esthetic and style to a whole philosophy.  It’s all about mixing the old with the new and resurecting the ideals of what communities, interpersonal relationships and most of all… Beauty!

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Doris her star shines as bright as Day

Doris Day – Without a doubt the tittle ” Doris her star shines as bright as Day ” is cliché. But hey, sometimes cliché works!

Doris her star shines as bright as Day

Doris her star shines as bright as Day – Box Office appeal

Doris Day was the biggest box-office draw in the 1950s. In fact as of 2012 she was still the top grossing female star EVER ! Blond blue eyed with a pearlly white smile that shone almost as brightly as her star, she projected the wholesome girl-next door and motherly image that Vintage lifestylers try to imitate.

Gradually replaced by the blond-bombshells in the 60s, we may have forgotten completely this bright star if Doris Day hadn’t also been a recording artist.

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Mixing acting and singing talents, gave Doris Day an undeniable advantage in staying in the hearts and minds of her fans. Still despite more than 650 recordings, Doris Day is recognised primarily for her film work. And the songs that live on the longest she sang on camera.

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She starred in 39 movies; everything from musicals to westerns to thrillers. But Day was especially popular in romantic comedies. *

Doris her star shines as bright as Day – Worked with some of the biggest names

She starred oppposite other great stars including Cary Grant, James Cagney, Clark Gable and Tony Randall. Working under the direction of Hitchcock in the Man who knew too much, opposite James Stewart; Doris sang one of her most timeless songs Que sera sera – Whatever will be, will be. (The song won an Academy award.) Her first non-singing role, in Storm Warning, also saw her character killed, in a film about racial tensions and the KKK. Doris Day, is maybe be most beloved for the morality of her films; always a lady, she turned down the role of the seductive “Mrs. Robinson”.

Doris her star shines as bright as Day – The legacy she gave us

Doris Day has left us a treasure of classic films and romantic songs. Now in her nineties she continues to shine as a defender of animal rights, with the Doris Day Animal League. The greatest female star of all time, Doris Day will shine bright for generatins to come in the hearts of all those who watch and listen to her legacy.

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Life was good in 1934

In 1934 you could take a glass milk bottle (there was no plastic back then) to the store and with the .05 cents you got for the bottle, you could add another .04 cents and get a loaf of bread.

In September 1934 Ruth and Walter got married and the 16ct wedding ring cost $6 with the engraving.  They rented a flat in New York for $22 a month – two rooms and a bath, utilities included.  They had no icebox but kept their perishables in a window box.  Ruth used a neighbour’s washer for laundry.  They visited Ruth’s parents in a nearby city at least twice a month, more to get two or three meals plus take-homme goodies than because they were homesick.

They had a child in October 1935.  Ruth went home to her mother’s before he was born.  In those days the hospital charged $25 for delivery and a week’s stay.  The doctor also chareged $25 but that included care “before, during and after.”

In 1935 Walter found a $17-a-week job and he and Ruth found a new apartment for $15-a-month.  On Saturday nights they would have Opal and Frank Slate over and play bridge.  Roasted peanuts from Tracey’s were three pounds for a quarter and few pennies more also bought a quart of beer; Ruth would make a 10-cent spice cake to go with the coffee later.

Things were cheap then,  If you could not afford cigarettes at a dime a pack, you bought a sack of tobacco and rolled your own.  “Taking a girl out on a date” ment you walked to somebody’s house and later down to the corner Coke place, where a fountain Coke with lots of ice was fice cents.  So you might only be out ten cents for the evening.

Movies in the 1930s were only 20 cents.  For a dance date the admission was one to two dollars per couple.  you could afford this once in a while and generally borrow your Dad’s car or double with someone would could get one.

Everyone needed a laugh in the ’30s, and fortunately almost every American home had a magic laughing bx called radio.  It was an age of great comedians – Amos ‘n’ Andy, Jack benny, Fred Allen, George Burn and Gracie Allen, Fibber McGee and Molly.  Walter was a kid that had his mouth washed out with soap (an experience that obviously lasts a lifetime) for being too sassy, so he reveled in the sass of Charlie McCarthy.

He found radio’s Little Orphan Annie a bore, but he choked down Wheaties in order to send away for jack Armstrong’s Shooting-Disc-Gun, and the Whistle Ring that enabled you to send code message to beleaguerred friends.  However if your family had no radio, Walter gleefully points out that there was still lots of fun to be had, most of it mercifully free from the supervision of adults and responsibilty.  Fortunately almost no one was mean or “evil” back then.

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The Vintage lifestyler

The Vintage lifestyler the social craftsman.

The Vintage lifestyler

The Vintage lifestyler and society

The vintage lifestyle in society can be likened to a craftsman in comparison to the factory like output of social media. Like the craftsman working on a timeless treasure, the vintage lifestyler puts time and passion into his / her social interactions, because positive relationships, superceed money in importance to vintage lifestylers. Whereas social media monetises popularity, counting likes and linked up accounts, the vintage lifestyle strives for quality over quanity.

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Like a woodworker hand selecting a durable hardwood, friends in the vintage lifestyle are chosen for their fidelity and empathy. Real people with whom one shares fundamental values, not simply those who happen to think the same video clip is cool.

The Vintage lifestyler demonstrates a certain pride

Like the craftsman taking pride in his handiwork; the vintage lifestyler shows both respect for him / herself and others (even animals and the environment). This respect is projected in politeness and looking out for others. Self respect is the ability to be oneself, even if it seems strange to and is misunderstood or mocked by those not in the Vintage lifestyle.

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Like the craftsman takes care of and organizes his tools, the vintage lifestyler is self disaplined. We understand that financial independance can also come from spending less, and that requires doing many things for oneself. In the Vintage lifestyle, the easy or fastest way, is not always the best or healthiest way.

The Vintage lifestyler listens to their heart

Like the woodworker understands not to sand against the grain, the vintage lifestyler lives with compassion for others. We share our ideas, but we don’t impose them on others. We show the positive influence the choices we make in our lives have made in improving the quality of our lives, and invite others to do what they can to make changes for themselves. We choose to ignore and separate ourselves from the mocking, spitefulness which popularize social media pages and we recognise it’s the suttle differences in nature that give it it’s beauty.

The Vintage lifestyler can see positive results

The result of the craftsman’s efforts is a beautiful durable priceless heirloom. The result of a vintage lifestyler’s efforts is a life polished with a healthy psyche, supported by enduring relationships, and decorated with happy memories.

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