Tuesday, April 27, 2010
When bathing suits looked like this?
And everyone wore a bathing cap?
When elegant really meant EL-E-GANT?
When everyone smoked?
When hats were everyday attire?
When wearing animal fur was not criminalized?
When women shaped their nails like this?
When being in vogue had nothing to do with Madonna or Sue Sylvester?
These fabulous photos are from the Flickr set of Tom Palumbo. An America photographer and theater director, he took many of these photos of one of his wives, fashion model Anne St Marie. He worked for Harper's Bazaar and Vogue magazines from 1953 to 1962.
My mother always shaped her fingernails like those in the photo. They still look the same today, although her fingers are not as long and pretty as they used to be due to arthritis.
I had a fake fur leopard skin coat when I was eleven. I have photos of the night my girlfriends and I put on makeup and took glamor shots of each other.
I hated bathing caps.
Did you see the Sue Sylvester/Jane Lynch Madonna video on Glee last week? If not check this out. Sorry, you will have to watch the commercial first.
BTW, notice the corset shot in the video and compare it to this photo taken by Horst P. Horst in 1939 of the Mainbocher Corset.
I hope you enjoyed this little trip back to a time when the ideal woman was elegant and beautiful. When they all had necks like swans and looked fabulous in pencil skirts. Good thing I was just a little kid back then...I never would have fit in. : )