Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

New Year's Eve at 7th and Broadway, Los Angeles, 1951.

Monday, December 26, 2011

I Was Lord Kitchener's Valet

The V&A is one of my favorite places on earth. Today, while reading my dear friend Eve Golden's Queen of the Dead column, one of her obits was of Major Henry Herbert Kitchener, 3rd Earl Kitchener which brings me to I Was Lord Kitchener's Valet. As a young pre-punk lass, I pored over any account I could get of the Rolling Stones (Pops Lethal was a Beatles fan - they were my nursery rhymes) and was always fascinated by mention of this store. From the V&A website interview with owner/founder Robert Orbach:

I'm sitting there one morning and in walked John Lennon, Mick Jagger and Cynthia Lennon. And I didn't know whether I was hallucinating… but it was real. And Mick Jagger bought a red Grenadier guardsman drummer's jacket, probably for about £4-5. They all came from Moss Bros and British Army Surplus. In 1966 it was only fifty or so years from Victorian times, when we had an empire. We used to buy fur coats by the bale… we had to throw quite a lot away.
So Mick Jagger bought this tunic and wore it on Ready Steady Go when the Stones closed the show by performing Paint it Black. The next morning there was a line of about 100 people wanting to buy this tunic… and we sold everything in the shop by lunchtime.

More here.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Poor Anita Ekberg.


She has no money and is in the hospital.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Note to All Boys and Girls:

Never, ever date Santa Claus. EVER. No matter what he promises you.
I'm not really sure what this means. It dates from 1895, and I found it at the NYPL.

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Most Wonderful Time of The Year!

Photograph of a group of women posing with a man dressed as Santa Claus on a beach, [s.d.]. A tall Christmas tree can be seen at center and it is decorated with bells and tinsel. The man dressed as Santa is sitting cross-legged at center and has a thick beard, a fur-trimmed jacket, and a fur-trimmed hat. He is wearing shorts. Thirteen women dressed in tanktops or bathing suits can be seen sitting or standing around Santa Claus. The ground is sandy, and several small buildings can be seen on a hill in the background at left. The ocean is faintly visible in the distance at right.
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Friday, December 16, 2011

The Alexandria Hotel, Los Angeles

Photograph of an interior view of the Alexandria Hotel in Los Angeles showing a choir and a Christmas tree, ca.1900-1909. The large tree can be seen at left and is decorated with lights and ornaments. A choir made up mostly of children can be seen standing near the base of the tree. People can be seen watching from behind the choir and from a balcony on the second floor.

via Here is the Alexandria today.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Lass from Mass

fine art by my pal Mel Neuhaus. Want some Lethal Tales? Click here.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Miss Christmas Tree

Miss Christmas Tree, 21 December 1951. Diane Dearborn -- 24 years ("Miss Christmas Tree of 1951")
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Monday, December 12, 2011

Her Name Was Leona Gage.

Picked this up last night. Her name was instantly familiar because I had read her obit last year.


"Sex? What's That?" and "My Gay Experience" I can't wait to dig in! Here's a great interview done by The Baltimore Sun in 2005.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Friday, December 02, 2011

Before I Drop A House on YOU!



Girls fight at Charley Foys' Supper Club (Sherman Oaks) (Toni Carroll and Abigail Adams), 4 June 1952. Toni Carroll (show girl had dress torn)

There's a crazy broad who has sent me repeated friend requests on FB. She has never spoken to me nor commented on my wall. Yet, she posts things eerily similar to mine (photos taken from the same crime series from the LA Herald Examiner,  that sort of thing.) She never credits the paper nor the photographer and people fawn all over her "fabulous finds." Aside from that, she posts hundreds of bizarre and upsetting self-portraits and videos. I have unfriended her for the third time. Why?
Remember my picture of Errol Flynn a few months ago? Why, Little Miss Narcissist just...happened...to post one from the same series. Coincidence? Possibly. Credit the Examiner? Certainly not. Rude? Definitely. Bananas? CERTAINLY. Needed? ABSOLUTELY NOT.

Correction: My Flynn post was on my Tumblr, where she regularly trolls, not here.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

"Latest Fad"

Modern Mechanix, May 1932:
Many decades later, popularized by Lindsay "no cell can hold me" Lohan in a misspelled profane version for courtroom wear.