Category Archives: 1950

Letter to Audrey Hepburn

Once upon a time (about 3 years ago) there was a perfectly marvelous independent bookstore in Weatherford, Texas. And my kind husband bought this perfectly marvelous book for me there.

The Audrey Hepburn Treasures by Ellen Erwin and Jessica Z. Diamond.

It’s a totally different kind of book than I’d ever seen before. Not just prose. Not merely prose + photographs.

Each chapter has a glassine envelope with reprints ranging from contracts to letters to the program from one of her early shows to greeting cards she sent. And lots, lots more.

Such an interesting format.

And here is the reprint of an early fan letter she received. I think it’s touching that she kept it.

Here’s the lovely lady playing a cigarette girl in the 1950 film “Laughter in Paradise”.


Filed under 1950, Actresses, Bookstores, Ephemera, Femininity, Letters and Correspondence, Non-Fiction

What Lies Ahead?

Another New Year’s Day … hopeful thoughts for a better year this time.

Two big events in 2010 were unexpected and unplanned. How do you plan for a lung tumor, surgery and a lonnnggg recovery period? And then there was the issue with our grandchildren last fall. I’m still not over that one.

Many people are cynical about New Year’s resolutions and the hope that this time things will be different. That I’ll be different.

“I do not understand what I do; for I don’t do what I would like to do, but instead I do what I hate.” Romans 7: 15

“I know that good does not live in me – that is, in my human nature. For even though the desire to do good is in me, I am not able to do it. I don’t do the good I want to do, instead, I do the evil that I do not want to do.” Romans 7:18

“What an unhappy man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is taking me to death? Thanks be to God, who does this through our Lord Jesus Christ!” Romans 7:24

(All from the Good News New Testament)

I’ve tried to leave cynicism behind because it’s unproductive and actually destructive. It’s just not much fun to be around someone who’s cynical or sarcastic.

So, even though I don’t know what 2011 holds, I know who holds it.

words and music by Ira Stanphill

I don’t know about tomorrow, I just live from day to day;
I don’t borrow from it’s sunshine,
For it’s skies may turn to gray.
I don’t worry o’er the future, For I know what Jesus said;
And today I’ll walk beside Him, For He knows what lies ahead

Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand;
But I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my hand

If Ira Stanphill’s name sounds familiar, maybe it’s because he wrote some of the great songs of our faith, like Mansion Over the Hilltop,
Room at the Cross
and Come Home It’s Suppertime.

Go here to for Alison Krauss’ version on youtube.


Filed under 1950, Faith, Scripture, Vicissitudes of Life, YouTube

Vintage Pickup Trucks

1933 International Model D-1 truck

1946 Dodge truck

1950 Chevrolet pickup truck

1958 Ford Styleside truck

1968 Dodge Adventurer truck

Bucket seats, 1 383-cubic-inch V-8, and “car-type air conditioning”

1978 GMC

“Civilized in town as a car”

I apologize for the low quality of the pictures when enlarged. Even scanning them at the highest level didn’t help much.

Items from this post are from American Heritage magazine, November 1996.


Filed under 1933, 1946, 1950, 1958, Transportation, Trucks, Vintage Advertisements

The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947 – 1957, Part III

Balenciaga Evening Gown - 1950

Designer: Cristobal Balenciaga
Model: Dovima
Photographer: Richard Avedon
Published: Harper’s Bazaar (British edition), December 1950

Balenciaga Coat - 1950

Designer: Cristobal Balenciaga
Model: Lisa Fonssagrives
Photographer: Irving Penn
Published: Vogue (French edition), 1950

Balenciaga Dress with Scarves- 1951

Designer: Cristobal Balenciaga
Fabric: Satin and Chiffon

Balenciaga Wool Suit - 1954

Designer: Cristobal Balenciaga
Fabric: Wool Tweed
Model: Yvonne
Published: Vogue (French edition), September 1954
Cost: Approximately 110,000 francs

Balenciaga Suit - 1948

Designer – Cristobal Balenciaga
Model: Elise Daniels
Photographer: Richard Avedon
Published: Harper’s Bazaar (American edition), October 1948
(I cropped this photo because the model is surrounded by street performers; it is a wierd and unpleasant photo, but a beautiful suit. Avedon was a talented artist, but this was just too bizarre.)

All photographs and information are from the book “The Golden Age of Couture Paris & London:1947-1957”, edited by Claire Wilcox, for the Victoria & Albert Museum exhibit.

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Filed under 1948, 1950, 1950s, 1951, 1954, Books, Clothing, Fashion, Hats, Vintage Magazines