Thursday, June 28, 2012

giant pants of the 30s

One of my favorite Tumblrs also has one of the best names: Giant Pants of the 30s.  It's fairly focused: usually (but not always) ladies, from the 1930s (but maybe sometimes the 20s or 40s), wearing amazing pants (or beach pajamas.  Or jumpsuits).  Here are some highlights:

1938 fashion ad.

Bette Davis.

Nautical sewing pattern.

Joan Bennett

The Duke of Windsor.  Holy moly.

Natalie Paley

Model with dog, 1932, by Yva.

Hollywood, Alfred Eisenstaedt.

June Knight.

Clara Bow.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

...and a side of accessories, please

And to go with yesterday's clothing preview, here is a side of accessories and home decor--all coming to the shop soon!  (Cat lovers, make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom.)

Navy leather fisherman sandal-style shoes, handmade in Italy by Domani di Firenze.

1970s cream t-straps, by Naturalizer.

1950s red leather flats, by Personality.

Black leather Coach bag.

1960s white sequin and beads purse.

1940s oversize black corde clutch, by Mary Lamb.

Tan Coach purse.

1970s deadstock Vera Neuman flower scarf.

1960s Vera Neumann dot matrix scarf.

1970s teapot wall hanging.

Mid century kiwi green Baldelli kitty cat bank.


Monday, June 25, 2012

shop preview

A short but sweet preview of items coming to the Small Earth Vintage shop this week.  Enjoy!

1950s rose print taffeta party dress.

1970s swimsuit/romper from Seascamp by Camp.

1960s red rococo cherubs print cotton sheath dress.

1960s Jantzen pink gingham skirt.

1950s bohemian print voile dress with rhinestone and lucite buttons.

1960s floral patchwork jumpsuit, by Lanz.

1950s white lace jabot blouse.


Friday, June 22, 2012

fresh from the attic

No, they're not the greatest photos--just quickies to show you a small selection of the nice vintage buy we made yesterday.  Everything needs cleaning, much needs mending, but I thought I'd show you what some fresh-out-of-the-attic vintage looks like.  (Click to enlarge photos.)  I'll be working nonstop to get these ladies ready for their close-ups in the shop.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  We have beautiful weather and friends visiting, so there is much happiness on Lake Freska!


Thursday, June 21, 2012

billy rose's aquacade at the 1939 new york world's fair

Here is a fun flea market find--the souvenir program for Billy Rose's Aquacade at the 1939 New York World's Fair.  The Aquacade was a swimming and dance show that actually premiered in 1937 at the Great Lakes Exposition in Cleveland.

It starred "aquadonis" Johnny Weissmuller...

...and "aquabelle" Eleanor Holm.  And featured several other egregious usages of "aqua" as a prefix, to wit: aquafemmes, aquagals, aquadudes, aquabeaux, aquabuilders.  (Esther Williams replaced Holm in the Aquacade after it moved from NYC to San Francisco.)

I would totally make this my own personal coat of arms.  Maybe stick a martini glass on there and a vintage dress.

I can have these shoes, please?

In this building, a visitor could see "absorbingly interesting scale models" of "famous places" like...Jones Beach.  Or, you could hop a train or drive a car out to Jones Beach.  Just sayin'.

Holy crap.  These green gloves by Merry Hull with snap compartments almost make me want to take up smoking!  You could probably stick a lipstick and a little cash in there instead.

The back of the program is pretty destroyed, but I had to post it because I have a soft spot for PBR, and the ad promises that PBR is "brisk bodied and never syrupy or logy."


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

shop preview

It would be difficult for me to pick a favorite from this shop preview, but the first dress set would probably win--followed closely by that White Stag trench coat!

1950s chartreuse and gray fern print sundress with matching capelet.

1960s white blouse with eyelet lace ruffles and bows, by Mardi Modes.

1960s L'Aiglon daisy print dress.

Mod 1960s trench by White Stag with lots of zippers!

1950s deadstock beaded peach taffeta cocktail dress with illusion neckline.

1950s chartreuse and tangerine print full skirt.

1960s Lilly Pulitzer yellow floral print dress.

1950s white cotton blouse with front button detail.

1950s blue tropical flower print sundress, by Bobbie Brooks.

Black floral print maillot swimsuit, by Roxanne.

1950s pale pink voile dress with embroidered daisies and bow at neck.



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