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Bettie Page 36-24-37

Bettie Page  36-24-37

Pictured above:  Bettie Page

VAV!/August 13, 2013

Bettie Page was worshiped, celebrated and criticized, but this iconic 1950′s Queen of Pin-ups and Pin-up heroine became an obsession who bewitched and enchanted worshiping followers...yesterday and today.

An enchantress, Bettie was born, Betty Mae Page, April 11, 1923 in Jackson, Tennessee, southwest of Nashville.  Bettie was the second of six children growing up in a family so financially strapped, she was quoted as saying 'we were lucky to get an orange in our Christmas stockings.' Financial hardships weren't the only worries on Bettie's mind as a child. It's said that Page's father had molested all of the girls in the family. What is known, however by all reports,  is that Bettie's father was eventually sent to prison, and for a period in her life, she lived in an orphanage. By ten years of age, her parents had divorced bringing on a period of change...

In spite of all of this turmoil and tragedy, and likely not in her wildest dreams, did Bettie predict that one day she would become an unforgettable underground icon known as 'the girl with the perfect figure'.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 July 2014 07:36 )

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The Decades - Pin-Ups

Great American Pin-Up

Great American Pin-Up

Art Work by Gil Elvgren "Miss Sylvania"

VAV!/December 20, 2011/With Interview by Rebecca E. Parsons and Louis K. Meisel of the Louis K. Meisel Gallery

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Last Updated ( Monday, 16 September 2013 21:34 )

The Decades - Pin-Ups

Their Own Pin-Ups

Their Own Pin-Ups

Pin-Up girls have been a part of the American landscape and history since the 1890s, but became most popular in the 1940s during World War II.

Many "pin ups" were the...

Last Updated ( Friday, 01 July 2011 05:08 )

 

 

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Ron Griswold - A Master of Oil Painting

Pictured above: Ron Griswold, Artist VAV!/March 20, 2015/Special Interview with Rebecca E. Parsons "As a child, a little young 'un, I used to look up in the clouds... and think that God had someone paint them. And, I always thought, when I die I want to go to heaven and that's what I want my job to be...I want to paint the clouds." - Ron Griswold, Artist {play}images/audio/Ron Griswald.mp3{/play} Mere words can't fully explain the exquisite beauty and breathtaking accuracy captured in the works of art by Florida painter, Ron Griswold.  Mr. Griswold is an accomplished artist whose work can be found in many private collections around the globe. Working with oils and charcoal, his style reflects his vision of the world.  His brilliantly colored and masterfully composed art  crosses many genres and changing themes including figurative works and paintings of the iconic Barbie dolls in a varied array of expressions.   Ron, was born, raised, and today lives in the panhandle of Florida.  Largely self-taught, he went to a local university and earned a BA in Studio Art.  He worked for several years as a technical illustrator in the civil service and the local newspaper, The Pensacola News Journal, as an editorial artist. While working for the News Journal he taught painting at Pensacola Junior College before launching into his career as a full-time artist. For collaboration or an appreciation of beauty, Ron's work can be found through his website... www.rongriswold.com. Pictured above: White Fur Stole with Pearl Earrings/Ron Griswold    Pictured above: Ryan/Ron Griswold Pictured above: Aleene, Bob and Norine/Ron Griswold    Pictured above: Pretty Boy/Ron Griswold Pictured above: Cassandra/Ron Griswold Pictured above: Cloudscape/Ron Griswold Pictured above: An American Girl in Golden Glamour/Ron Griswold Pictured above: Open Road/Ron Griswold Pictured above: Fashion Luncheon/Ron Griswold Pictured above: Amaryllis on a Tray/Ron Griswold Pictured above: Studio Nude, Standing with a Sheet/Ron Griswold  

 

The Watergate Scandal

   Pictured above: President Richard Nixon's secretary Rose Mary Woods demonstrates the backwards-leaning stretch with which she erased eighteen-and-a-half minutes of a key Watergate conversation recorded on White House tapes/NSA Archives April 29, 2015 What was The Watergate Scandal  that took place during the decades of the 1970s? The Watergate scandal was a major political scandal that occurred in the United States as a result of the targeted June 17, 1972, break-in at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters at  the Watergate Hotel in Washington DC.   The burglars, five men, were Bernard Baker, James W. McCord, Jr., Virgilio Gonzalez, Eugenio Martinex and Frank Sturgis who were all linked to officials of Nixon's 1972 Committee to Re-elect the President.

 

Dinner Party Time During The 1940s

Pictured above: Rita Hayworth setting the table, 1941/ Picture/Flickr/RockyandNelson VAV!/April 28, 2015 In 1942, after rationing was introduced in the United States by the Office of Price Administration, meal time became a tall order for any home cook in a making do with less adventure. Even the most accomplished cook found it difficult to serve both appetizing and appealing meals.  In short, cooking and eating oftentimes, became an unavoidable, but very necessary bore. If regular meal times weren't challenge enough, during the decade of the 1940s, the prospect of hosting a dinner party would likely find even the most enterprising hostess, let alone mere goddesses of the kitchen,  tremble at the daunting task before them.  Ah, but a fabulous fete or a tete a tete dinner party need not have been avoided due to rationing setbacks...especially for the ingenious and resourceful hostess!  Afterall,  armed with an arsenal of determination, magic could be wrought through the virtues of glistening, glazed hams adorning the buffet table, the importance of chicken or meats, including meat loaf. Clever hostesses worked the dinner crowds with ease plying the virtues of a veritable and bountiful gardenful of vegetables gracing the table, all paired with the oh so popular raw vegetable hors d'oeuvres and the newly created,  wildly popular Chef's Salad of the day!

 

Dinner Party Time During The 1940s

Pictured above: Rita Hayworth setting the table, 1941/ Picture/Flickr/RockyandNelson VAV!/April 28, 2015 In 1942, after rationing was introduced in the United States by the Office of Price Administration, meal time became a tall order for any home cook in a making do with less adventure. Even the most accomplished cook found it difficult to serve both appetizing and appealing meals.  In short, cooking and eating oftentimes, became an unavoidable, but very necessary bore. If regular meal times weren't challenge enough, during the decade of the 1940s, the prospect of hosting a dinner party would likely find even the most enterprising hostess, let alone mere goddesses of the kitchen,  tremble at the daunting task before them.  Ah, but a fabulous fete or a tete a tete dinner party need not have been avoided due to rationing setbacks...especially for the ingenious and resourceful hostess!  Afterall,  armed with an arsenal of determination, magic could be wrought through the virtues of glistening, glazed hams adorning the buffet table, the importance of chicken or meats, including meat loaf. Clever hostesses worked the dinner crowds with ease plying the virtues of a veritable and bountiful gardenful of vegetables gracing the table, all paired with the oh so popular raw vegetable hors d'oeuvres and the newly created,  wildly popular Chef's Salad of the day!

 

Jayne Meadows

Pictured above:  Jayne Meadows VAV!/April 28, 2015 Award winning and versatile stage, screen and television actress, Jayne Meadows, wife of legendary comedian, songwriter and talk-show host Steve Allen, died on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at her home in Encino, Calif. She was 95. Meadow's Broadway debut came at the age of 21 in the 1941 comedy "Spring Again." She also appeared in other roles to include 1943's "Another Love Story," 1944's "The Odds On Mrs. Oakley," 1945's "Many Happy Returns" and "Kiss Them for Me." However, it was the Broadway hit, 1957's "The Gazebo," that launched Jayne into the realms of top comedienne.  Jayne also starred in many television roles including, "Medical Center," "Meeting of the Minds," "It's Not Easy," and "High Society."  She was also a regular panel member on "I've Got a Secret" that ran from 1952 to 1959.

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