GUNS, GALS & YET MORE MAYHEM!

Written by  on July 29, 2013

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Yet more colourful and startling images from the pulp genre; most of this selection was painted by George Gross – a master drasftsmen with  a keen eye for his subject!

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MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. GOLD KEY COMICS

Written by  on July 29, 2013

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Gold Key Comics was a hugely successful American comics brand which was an imprint of Western Publishing.It began releasing titles in 1962 and ran up until 1984.During the course of its long and rich history, it produced many titles featuring the favourite tv shows of the day  and these titles always included fabulous and enticing covers, such as their cult ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ series, which I present here for your delectation!uncle2

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QUEEN OF HOLLYWOOD: DAME ELIZABETH TAYLOR D.B.E.

Written by  on July 26, 2013

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If ever an actress deserved the title: “Queen Of Hollywood” (stop your tittering at he back, class! ) it is the iconic and legendary Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, DBE.She was born on February 27th, 1932 on British soil – specifically in Hampstead Garden Suburb,  (a north-western suburb of London) to American parents, meaning that she enjoyed dual-citizenship.Elizabeth was an exceptionally pretty child, with beautiful violet-coloured eyes and when her parents relocated to America  (just before the outbreak of World War 11) she quickly became an in-demand  “child-star” (and at MGM no less, the top movie-studio of the era).Elizabeth made her acting debut in “There’s  One Born Every Minute” (1942) but it was however, her role as Velvet Brown in “National Velvet” (1944)  which brought her early international fame and transformed her into a true movie-star.She went on to make many iconic pictures throughout her career, including “Butterfield 8” (1960) and “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf?” (1966),  both of which won her the “Best Actress” Academy Award as well as “Suddenly Last Summer”, “Giant”, “Ivanhoe”, “Cat On A hot Tin Roof”, “A Place In The Sun”,  “Little Women” and one of the most expensive movies ever made – 1963’s “Cleopatra”, which still enjoys a certain notoriety in the annals of film-history,  not least because Taylor was paid $4 million dollars for the title-role (equating to about $47 million today!) and because she nearly died at the beginning of filming due to a severe viral infection/pnemonia (in fact, Elizabeth was plagued with ill-health throughout her life, being hospitalised more than 70 times  and enduring at least 20 major operations; she herself  claimed to have almost died on four occasions).Apart from being a hugely talented and beautiful actress, she was an exceptional humanitarian who co-founded  the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) with Dr. Michael Gottlieb and Dr. Mathilde Krim in 1985 as well as hosting the First AIDS benefit in Los Angeles in 1984.Elizabeth Taylor was just one of fourteen women in the world who became a self-made billionaire.In the 1990’s she was earning more than  $62.9 million a year! When she died of  congestive heart failure at the age of 79 on March 23rd 2011, her fortune was estimated to be worth over $1 billion; the last time her fortune was made public  (in 1994)  it was declared that she owned more than $104 million in the form of interest-bearing bank accounts, $274.21 million in stocks and bonds and around $127.45 million in the form of real estate, whilst her  ” Elizabeth Taylor”  fragrance (which she created with Elizabeth Arden) was reported to have amassed over $1 billion through sales, on its own.Elizabeth Taylor was a remarkable and charasmatic woman, one whose luminosity and charisma was as over-powering as her talent and beauty; she will live on forever through her four children, ten grandchildren and four great-grand-children, but more especially (it has to be said) in her celluloid performances, which have thrilled (and will continue to thrill) audiences around the globe for over six decades.The three images I have selected for my Elizabeth Taylor tribute  show  her at her glamorous and most bewitching; ultimately her stardom (and legend) transcended all that life threw at her…..

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TEXT ©copyright Gary Alston 2013.
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ICONS PIN-UP: MARILYN MONROE

Written by  on July 25, 2013

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RETRO BEACH #1

Written by  on July 25, 2013

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Ahh, those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer! Nat King Cole on the radio and life’s simple pleasures and joys re-lived/re-called at the retro-beach!

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“YOUNG JUSTICE” – TEEN SUPERHEROES

Written by  on July 23, 2013

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“Young Justice”is an Emmy-award-winning animated t.v. series, the brainchild of Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti who produced it for the Cartoon Network. The show tells a the story of a fictional covert operations group called “The Team”, who are basically a teenage-superhero version of the legendary adult group: “Justice League Of America”. The series is set in the fictional universe of Earth during a period in which superheroes are a new phenomenon. Apart from trying to establish themselves as proven. reliable and independent superheroes in their own right, these kids also have to deal with all the classic adolescent issues/problems in their everyday lives. For the second season, the show was re-named  “Young Justice: Invasion”.

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DISNEYLAND FASHION SHOOT 1961

Written by  on July 23, 2013

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“Five o clock, add a turban, meet your date and go!

This fabulous and rare selection of photographs depicting a Disneyland fashion shoot, originate from an editorial featured in the April 9th, 1961 issue of “Midwest Magazine” – a supplement/insert which came with the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper.The models and outfits shown encapsulate a moment in time and a whimsical mood which may seem rather naive, extravagant and basically over-the-top by today’s editorial standards; this, of course, is all part of their charm and appeal.The  fanciful (almost puerile) captions assigned to each photograph/outfit are from the original copy!

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“Passengers on board Disneyland’s new Columbia sailing ship will never get scurvy… especially if handsomely suited in gay tangerine.”

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 “Why is a raven like a writing desk? Who cares when you look like this!”

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 “Even the river pirate Mike Fink “hisself” would adore a pair of these shipshape slacks in cream cotton faille.”

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“There’s just no telling what might happen when you choose high-waisted banana capris & a clown blouse.”

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“Big game falls readily to a safari swim suit with matching jacket.”

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“Off the port bow… a cool cotton caftan, side slashed!”

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“Tailored & trim as a tulip, in gloves & mad hat… like the blossoms at Disneyland’s Flower Market, you’ll never wilt!”

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” “In your pretty play suit of spring flowers, you’re certain to get picked!”

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“Greet them like a modern southern belle, whether along the shores of the Mississippi, or outside Disneyland’s Oak Tree Tavern.”

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“Dinner, cinema, dancing — wonder fabric stays wide-awake all evening. Still looks terrific when he says goodnight!”

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“Get the “movie star” attention you’ve always dreamed of in a pair of crimson velveteen shorts and stitched-on mouse tail”

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GRUAU-GLAMOUR!

Written by  on July 22, 2013

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His magical paintings depicting the classic designs of legendary couturiers helped define the ‘Golden-Age’ of haute couture in print and this colourful/spectacular artwork is the very embodiment of glamour and sophistication!

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PIERRE BALMAIN SKETCHES: SEPARATES FOR SPRING/SUMMER 1960’S

Written by  on July 22, 2013

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Pierre Balmain at his classic best, with a set of delightful separates  from the early 1960’s displaying an easy, fluid and tailored silhouette combined with an infectious ‘Joie de vivre’ so appropriate for the season!

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JARDIN DES MODES: JUIN 1950

Written by  on July 22, 2013

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A selection of charming fashion sketches from the June 1950 issue of the French publication ‘Jardin Des Modes’, with its eye (in particular) on the summer vacation and even something for the children – French-style!

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