Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Gold Pants Dance (1965)


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

"I'll get you..." / "...With my head, in my bed..." / "...Watch out"

Pearly Gates - I'm gonna make it my business (1975)

Marc Bolan - Dreamy Lady (1975)

Real Thing - Carolina (1975)

Here's a little inspiration for your New Years Even get-up.  Even though these Supersonic TV specials were taped in September and October of 1975, it has a decidedly holiday feel with the bright flashing lights and there is hardly a better era to dance the night away to than 70s disco and glam.  Think:  White tones, metallic, and tones of pale pale greens, and deep reds, catsuit/jumpsuit, heels, and shimmery eyeshadows.  

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Feliz Navidad!

Marsha Hunt posing for Hola! Magazine circa 1968 
Just one of the many ways to make an afro seasonal.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas from the Bradys.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Oh, Christmas tree.

Life Magazine Christmas tree decorated with sweets.
Circa 1963?

Love cosmetics.

Love Cosmetics, 1967 winter ad.

... LOVE this commercial.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Dear Santa... Just for me.

Gifts... Joy to the House.

Photos by Bernard Gray from Ladies Home Journal, November 1967.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Radio hour: Christmas by the Fireside.

Click on the link above to listen streaming.

Certainly the likes of Dean Martin, Julie London, or Jo Stafford would have all cozied up on a bearskin rug in front of a warm fireplace at one time or another to sip spiked cocoa and seduce a special someone as this playlist spun on the turntable. It includes both classic and rare holiday gems with a romantic bend, sung by a host of crooners and sultry songstresses from the 1940s and 50s, twenty-one tracks in total.


The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) -  Nat King Cole

What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? -   Ella Fitzgerald

I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm -  Julie London

Song At Midnight -  Peggy Lee

White Christmas -  Bing Crosby

December - Kay Starr 

By the Fireside -  Jo Stafford

Baby Its Cold Outside -  Ella Fitzgerald

Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt 

I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm  - Dean Martin

Snow - Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, Trudy Stevens, Danny Kaye

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Jo Stafford

The Christmas Waltz -  Frank Sinatra

I'd Like You for Christmas - Julie London

Medley - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra And Chorus 

This Time Of Year - Brook Benton 

St. Nicholas Waltz - Lita Roza

I'll Be Home for Christmas - Frank Sinatra

Moonlight In Vermont - Mel Tormé

The Christmas Song - Sammy Davis, Jr.

The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) - Peggy Lee

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Judy Garland

A Merry Christmas - Frankie Avalon

Auld Lang Syne - Bobby Darin

Monday, December 19, 2011

Zany Christmas Gifts.

I'm not sure anything much to say about this strange photoshoot, all I can ascertain is that it is a display of zany (misspelled "Zaney" in the article) Christmas gifts that were listed in a Life magazine article....  One is a watch/dog collar, another is a back scratcher, there's a leopard print bikini, a sleeping eye mask, glasses with a crystal tear, and studded glasses.... There was one strange contraption I couldn't figure out, and an oversized pair of gloves painted to look like beastly large ladies hands, perfect for... painting stuff in your apartment?   Most of the photos have a crazily sexy air to them as if they are presents for swinging singles living a life of glamour and wealth in the big city.  I didn't get the actual date but from looking at the photos they appear to be from the late 50s to early 60s.  The models and kooky presents, completely glamourous and devoid of any sentimental holiday ephemera, remind me of Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) and presents the gang at one of Holly Golightly's parties would be bestowing on one another during the holidays.  

By Photographer:  Yale Joel

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Holiday Sweater.

Iowa teenagers, 1947.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Christmas Craft How-to from 1949.

Make your own... ummm... Construction paper Xmas tree! 

Its so funny because I found these photos in the Life Magazine archive out of order, with no instruction captions... and Im really not sure at all what order they go in... and I'm pretty sure there are a few steps missing.  But all the more fun!  Here's a fun holiday game:  Have a few glasses of your Eggnog with Bourbon, print out the photos, put them in a pile on the table, and have a contest to see who can make this crafty tree fastest and most identical to the above photo.  Also,  I'm not sure what the guy at the end's role was in this (see: last photo), but he seems either exhausted with the process or disappointed by the result.    Merry Christmas!

October 10, 1949
By Photographer:
Al Fenn

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