Thursday, August 23, 2012

Lost Cities: Monument City, Indiana

I recently saw an interesting article on the current drought in the Midwest.
 It was an NBC news story on how reseeding water levels have unearth some buried ghost towns. 
This story gave me a new look at what our dams and made made lakes have subsequently buried all over the country....
One of the most interesting cases was of Monument City Indiana. It was relocated after the  Salamonie   river was dammed up  in early 1960s.
The Indiana state department of recreation created a guided tour found here. and the Wikipedia entry gives some background info, found here.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Vintage Architecture in Los Angeles

Hello Lovelies,

So to quell my boredom  last night,  I took to Looking at old books on Architecture. Then I went online, only to discover how many beautiful theaters and buildings the Los Angeles  area has. Many of which were right in my own backyard and I didn't even know it.  
Below is one of those such places:

Million Dollar Theatre by Floyd B. Bariscale 

Another wonderful hidden gem is the Los Angeles Theater. 
According to their website: 
 “The Historic Los Angeles Theater, the last and most extravagant of the ornate movie palaces built on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles between 1911 and 1931. Designed by S. Charles Lee with a French Baroque-inspired d├ęcor and a majestic six-story main lobby. It also has a 2,000 seat auditorium made of carved plaster ornamentation, mirrors, and cove-lit murals recall the glamorous days of 1930s Hollywood.”

The Exterior and Marquee
The Interior of its Main Lobby

One of the most amazing aspects of the theater from a girl's perspective is the extravagant power room and lounge.  Apparently the designer referenced the hall of mirrors in the Palace of Versailles.  

Take a look for your self:

There's something so magical about the grand elegance that was the golden era. Nearly every building, park, store, theater, and home was built with such eye for the detail.  A good example of this is the details within the ceiling of the Palace Theater:

L.A.'s Third Orpheum Theatre by Floyd B. Bariscale

Historic places have such a rich history, many have stood the passage of time, standing in their shells as time has moved on. Buildings, homes, parks and even theaters are no long built as symbols of elegance but as places of commonality. Nothing in the world today is commissioned to be built in same elegance of the golden era. 

This is such a sad realty, even most of clothes, shoes, cosmetics, and furniture come from half way around the world. Are stores are full of easy-made-disposable everything yet what we as consumers fail to understand is that during the 1900-1960s everything was made to last, it had integrity, and most importantly it was beautiful. 

If you have visited any of these places or have a recommendation on something/place I should review please leave me a comment! 
I love comments!!!!

- A

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Hollywood Museum's Marilyn Monroe Exhibit

Hello my lovelies, 

I figured I would take a minute to discuss my all time FAVORITE vintage ICON and its no surprise that its Marilyn Monroe, since we share many similarities. 
But in honor of her death's 50th anniversary , I wanted to share this wonderful exhibit that is going on at the Hollywood History Museum. 
From June 1- Sept 1, the museum is hosting a large exhibit of Marilyn's private things, many of which were auctioned off at Christie's in October of 1999 and have not been seen in public since. 
Below are some highlights of the exhibit. 

You can find out more and purchase tickets online at the museum's website: 

Below is my favorite photo out of her collection:

If anyone has attended or will be attending please leave me comments!! I will post an update after I go at the end of the month!

- A

New Blog!!!

Hello my lovelies, 

OK so to all of you that know me from my other blog, I have started this one to share my deep love and affection for all things vintage. 
I found that I needed a new place to dedicate my finds, looks, tutorials, and my overall  loves of the 1920s-1960s. 

As a Vintage aficionado of both films, and culture I wanted a place where I could dedicate simply to the golden eras.

- A