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One thing you and I had in common - I couldn't wait to get out of high school and go somewhere else, with people who knew something of glamour and life - like in the movies! Ha!

 

In high school, I mostly wore jeans and a nice top every day. I actually stole clothes from my grandma - I had a lot of her old "vintage" embroidered cardigan sweaters. I used to love to wear them, but of course in Oklahoma, you got stared at for wearing vintage back then. That's about the extent of my style. But I did spend hours on my hair... I had wings like Farrah, or Jaclyn Smith. Everyone did.

 

Once I found a taffeta gown at a yard sale, saturated midnight blue with a beautiful under sheen of bronze or gold. it had small fleur de lys imprinted in the fabric and a wide slightly off shoulder fifties-style neckline with a v back. The skirt was crinolined underneath and it rustled when I walked. It was a full length gown. I was lucky enough to get to wear it in our school version of "You Can't Take it With You." I wish I still had it. I wish there had been somewhere else to wear it.... :)

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Vintage shopping has really become a trendy thing, hasn't it? When I was a kid, we always shopped at the thrift stores because there were so many of us. I remember when I was in my 20's, I was so overboard for 1920-1930's fashions. I would wear hats and seamed stockings, it didn't quite catch on in Ohio...LOL Your mother sounds lovely. I did get my mother's olive skin, but my father was of English descent, so I have light hair and eyes and a pointy chin, sort of Angela Lansbury with a tan...

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> Once I found a taffeta gown at a yard sale, saturated midnight blue with a beautiful under sheen of bronze or gold. it had small fleur de lys imprinted in the fabric and a wide slightly off shoulder fifties-style neckline with a v back. The skirt was crinolined underneath and it rustled when I walked. It was a full length gown. I was lucky enough to get to wear it in our school version of "You Can't Take it With You." I wish I still had it. I wish there had been somewhere else to wear it.... :)

 

I can picture you as the Jean Arthur role and looking beautiful in that gown. :)

 

"Somewhere to wear it" is my life story! I still have clothes with the tags on because I don't have anywhere to wear them! I guess I need to take a leaf from June Cleaver's book and just start wearing them to vacuum my flat. At least I can give the delivery boys something they don't see every day. :D

 

Edited by: MissGoddess on Apr 19, 2010 10:57 AM

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Thanks! The book is in skeleton form right now, notes, research, etc., but it's going. I love that story too. They're both gone now, but left me with an undying love of movies and music, and that's a good, good thing.

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> {quote:title=Ustinov48 wrote:}{quote}

> I also had the fabulous Farrah wings. This dress sounds like the most wonderful thing on earth, besides chocolate. I'd wear it to just to get my mail. LOL

 

 

Ha! I used to wear it around the house - just to play dress up!

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> {quote:title=JackFavell wrote:}{quote}

> I want the green one!

 

It's the prettiest. I like the little red one, too.

 

Here's Alan Ladd in ad for Van Heusen...

 

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And Chesterfield...

 

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That was not Bette Davis, as far as I could tell....

 

The girl on the right after Clark Gable and Louella looked an awful lot like Carole Lombard.

 

And was the girl with the pooch who was reclining and showing her legs, Betty Grable?

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