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’member the other day when I said I’d picked up some olde periodicals over the weekend? Truth. I was planning to scan in some old ads, for either their entertainment value or their classic beauty, BUT…

The National Police Gazette has, scattered among its pages of (yawn) boxing statistics, PURE PULP GENIUS. I can’t NOT share these images with you. So here we go (and as usual, clicking on an image will show you the larger version):

New York’s Chief Magistrate Murtagh EXPOSES—

Erica Steele, attractive redhead, was described by police as a “madam.” —The National Police Gazette, Jan 1959 / from “Cast the First Stone,” by John M. Murtagh and Sara Harris, ©1957

Nancy Hawkins, shown here modeling, was one of the girls questioned in New York’s famed Jelke vice case. —The National Police Gazette, Jan 1959 / from “Cast the First Stone,” by John M. Murtagh and Sara Harris, ©1957

Pat Ward, was a chief witness in the trial of Mickey Jelke on vice charges. At right is address book in which Pat kept names of her “friends.” —The National Police Gazette, Jan 1959 / from “Cast the First Stone,” by John M. Murtagh and Sara Harris, ©1957

Model Jerri Maxwell, testifying in a vice trial, admitted having relations with seven men…The men in question, she said, paid her from $20 to $100. —The National Police Gazette, Jan 1959 / from “Cast the First Stone,” by John M. Murtagh and Sara Harris, ©1957

Aren’t they just dripping with intrigue? The book these are all taken from is out of copyright (I checked) so I could share the accompanying article, but these “shamed women” are the best bits anyway.

On a side note: Facebook logged me out while I was posting yesterday, and won’t let me log back in until I give them my cell phone number. Which I won’t do (nor will I go out of my way to get a temporary, “disposable” number just to feed their hunger for personal information), so the Facebook page and all related communication is in a coma until further notice. You can still find me here, as well as on Instagram and Twitter (my username for both is @ampersandwich). And Pinterest, too!

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Vegas, Baby!

My regular readers (that’s you) know that I have a fondness for the early heyday of glitzy, glamorous, kitschy, Las Vegas. Sure, I know there was massive crime and corruption, but OOOH, GLITTER AND STILETTO HEELS AND GUYS IN SUITS. You may not know that I also enjoy a good costume drama. Yes, I very much enjoy shows like Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, and of course Mad Men. So when I glimpsed an ad for a new show on CBS called “Vegas” and set in the early ’60s, I perked up and watched! Based on a true story? Check. Cowboys? Check. Gangsters? Check. From the writer of Goodfellas? Check. Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, and Carrie-Anne Moss? Check, check, and check. Accuracy and attention to detail?

The sets feature a 170-foot-long-block facade of Fremont Street as it appeared in 1960, with an assortment of Western-style casinos, a pawn shop and bingo hall. Electricians installed 500 transformers to power all the neon lights.

[Carey Meyer’s] teams also built a 15,000-square-foot fictional casino called The Savoy, equipped with vintage slot machines, Sputnik chandeliers, period roulette tables and a large awning that opens up to the Fremont Street set.

To make the street as authentic as possible, Meyer relied on old photographs of casinos such as the Golden Nugget and watched clips from famous Vegas movies including “Bugsy,” starring Warren Beatty; the 1960 film “Ocean’s Eleven” starring Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin; and the James Bond picture “Diamonds Are Forever,” which shot a car chase scene on Fremont.

Michael Chiklis, Kai Lennox, James Russo, Dennis Quaid and Jason O’Mara

Carrie-Anne Moss walks with Dennis Quaid on the set. ( Kirk McKoy, Los Angeles Times )

Dennis Quaid waits in front of the Golden Nugget. ( Kirk McKoy, Los Angeles Times )

Well, looks like I have a date with my TV on September 25th. And then…

Over the weekend, I get an unusually large order at Tiddleywink Vintage. Folks typically buy one or two things (although I do offer a discount code on multi-item purchases, and the shipping gets a better break, so ask me if you’re interested) and then come back later for another piece. One item at a time, slowly building up their collection. This order, while not huge, is not typical. I take a look at the shipping address, and HELLO, THIS IS FOR THE WARDROBE DEPARTMENT OF VEGAS! A show where they’re making a point of getting the details right! I am so honored to be recognized this way for accurately describing my listings, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I get to see something of “mine” flash across the screen this fall.


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Bomb Girls


Set in the 1940s, Bomb Girls tells the remarkable stories of the women who risked their lives in a munitions factory building bombs for the Allied forces fighting on the European front. The series delves into the lives of these exceptional women – peers, friends and rivals – who find themselves thrust into new worlds and changed profoundly as they are liberated from their home and social restrictions.

What does this have to do with anything? Well, Bomb Girls, starring Meg Tilly and Jodi Balfour, has a direct tie with Tiddleywink Vintage. The original series debuted in Canada in January, but Shaw Media has picked it up and the wardrobe department has selected one—so far—of my dresses (as well as a gorgeous nightgown from the shop of my friend at Theda Bara’s Vintage Boudoir) to use in the production of the second season. Woo!

2-Minute Video: The Wardrobe of Bomb Girls

Season 1 will begin airing in the U.S. on REELZ (check your Dish/DirecTV listings) in September. You can watch a preview as well as the official trailer at the REELZ site.

All photos courtesy of GlobalTV/Bomb Girls


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All of These Things Are Not Like The Others

One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just doesn’t belong.
Can you tell which thing is not like the others, by the time I finish my song?

I didn’t have a specific post planned for today, or if I did, I’ve forgotten what it was. But there I was, doing a quick search for dress clips on Etsy this morning, and it seems a lesson is in order:

Dress clips are not shoe clips are not clip-on earrings. They are not interchangeable. I have personally attempted to use clip-on earrings as shoe clips, and they hurt because they’re too dimensional. I wouldn’t dare use dress clips on my ears, because that’s akin to clipping an iron maiden onto your earlobes. Neither shoe clips nor earrings have the strength required to gather and restrain fabric like dress clips.

Below: some visuals of properly described items currently listed on Etsy, so that you can see what you’re looking for. (Clicking on any photo will take you directly to the matching Etsy listing, if you’d like to see prices and more info.)

Dress Clips
Grandma, what big teeth you have!

1940s Vintage “Cream Corn” Bakelite Carved Dress Clips from ForGrammaAlice

Shoe Clips
See how the clip lies flat and smooth, and isn’t hinged? A hinge would dig right into the top of your foot. All. Day. Long.

Vintage Art Deco Shoe Clips from BakeliteBakery


Clip-On Earrings
Note the tensioned hinge and the somewhat curved (cushioned, as much as metal will) piece that presses against the earlobe. No teeth here!

Vintage Earrings Clip On Teardrop Shaped Bone Colored Filigree from MagpieSue

This is not to say that there are never variations on the hardware for these items, but before you buy (or sell), think about the purpose these items are being advertised for, and whether or not the hardware is up to the task.

DISCLOSURE: As you know if you’re a regular reader, I am a vendor with two vintage-themed shops on Etsy. MagpieSue (earrings) and I are both members of the Vintage Lovers and Vintage Market teams on Etsy; I otherwise have no affiliation with these particular vendors.


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In The Swim (1955)

Okay, okay, okay. I have a Pinterest account, right? And I see all the clever ideas and pretty things and want to repin this and that and the other. But I have this thing, this personal code of ethics, wherein I like to actually confirm the information in the caption before forwarding it on to my followers. Judging by the pins I find out have totally erroneous captions, I am in the minority in this way.


I see this pin. It’s a scan of an old Maurice Handler swimsuit ad. Delightful, pretty swimsuits. But, as usual, the pin is lacking any useful caption and links to a Tumblr page with an equal dearth of detail. (Tumblr is even worse than Pinterest for the rapid-fire spread of misinformation. A total ABSENCE of information is better than WRONG information, though.) So I put on my Bunny Watson hat and start to do some sleuthing. Sleuth sleuth sleuth. I don’t find the specific ad that was pinned, but I do find the below ads, with very similar styles to those I was seeking, all scanned from the June 3, 1955 edition of the Lewiston (Maine) Evening Journal. Enjoy some fun in the sun!

Jantzen “Knit Chine,” 1955

“Vanishing Hips” by Catalina, 1955

Rose Marie Reid “Bloomer Beauty,” 1955

“Stage Business” by Maurice Handler, 1955

If you want to read the entire newspaper, you can find it archived here. Thanks, Google!

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