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Halloween

Pictured above: The Haunted Lane/ c1889/LOC

VAV!/October 22, 2014

The black as night holiday, Halloween, is celebrated on October 31.  Otherwise known as Hallowe'en, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, Halloween is the time of year when children and adults dress as ghosts, scarecrows, vampires, princesses, or their favorite cartoon character and forage into the night, ringing doorbells and knocking on doors.  While visions of ghastly ghouls, witches, pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns and hobgoblins dance mysteriously before the celebrant's eyes, they sing out 'trick or treat' in anticipation of the candy that will most certainly fill the bags they carry. While trick or treaters comb the streets today, a succession of Halloween parades unfold elsewhere in cities and towns and Halloween parties take the night with the bobbing of apples and carving out of pumpkins by roaring bon fires!

While today, Halloween is an evening of gaiety, that was not always so.  During the 19th century and a greater part of the 20th century, Halloween earned a bad rap as rogues of ne'er do wells and trouble makers roamed the countryside and city raising a not so welcome raucous. Merrymakers began dressing in imitation of evil spirits and ghastly creatures all while performing mischief making activities in exchange for food and drink...a practice called mumming. From this, trick or treating evolved.  For the greater part, the tricks were harmless, but others engaged in a more serious endeavor of vandalizing homes and businesses. As a result, it was not unusual to find a special police force put in place for the sole purpose of patrolling throughout the evening

Last Updated ( Friday, 24 October 2014 03:46 )

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1960s

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pictured above:  Martin Luther King

VAV!/March 17, 2011

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968)  was a charismatic civil rights leader who f...

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Victorian

Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall

Pictured above:   Carnegie Hall

VAV!/October 12, 2014

The majestic history of the world class Carnegie Hall was launched in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It was the s...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 October 2014 07:34 )

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Arts and Crafts

Macy's

Macy's

Pictured above: Macy's Department Store's flagship location in Manhattan, New York/Highsmith, Carol M., 1946-, photographer/between 1980 and 2006/LOC

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 September 2014 06:15 )

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1920s

Sardi's Restaurant - Toast Of Broadway

Sardi's Restaurant - Toast Of Broadway

Pictured above: Window into Sardi's BarReflections of Shubert Theater/Photographer: Tom Dussault/February 24, 2011/ CC / Flickr

VAV!/September 20, 2014

The Broadway theatre wo...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 20 September 2014 07:40 )

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Arts and Crafts

The Beverly Hills Hotel And Bungalows

The Beverly Hills Hotel And Bungalows

Pictured above: Pictured above: The Beverly Hills Hotel/By tobiwei/used under CC / Flickr

VAV!/September 7, 2014

The history of The Beverly Hills Hotel, whose name is syn...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 September 2014 04:26 )

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1920s

Hurricanes Throughout History

Hurricanes Throughout History

Pictured above: Mississippi Gulf Coast in august 1969 following Hurricane Camille. This scene of destruction was typical of the damage left by Hurricane Camille when it r...

Last Updated ( Friday, 05 September 2014 05:50 )

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1930s

Hurricanes Throughout History

Hurricanes Throughout History

Pictured above: Mississippi Gulf Coast in august 1969 following Hurricane Camille. This scene of destruction was typical of the damage left by Hurricane Camille when it r...

Last Updated ( Monday, 01 September 2014 05:42 )

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1940s

Hurricanes Throughout History

Hurricanes Throughout History

Pictured above: Mississippi Gulf Coast in august 1969 following Hurricane Camille. This scene of destruction was typical of the damage left by Hurricane Camille when it r...

Last Updated ( Monday, 01 September 2014 05:42 )

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1950s

Hurricanes Throughout History

Hurricanes Throughout History

Pictured above: Mississippi Gulf Coast in august 1969 following Hurricane Camille. This scene of destruction was typical of the damage left by Hurricane Camille when it r...

Last Updated ( Monday, 01 September 2014 05:42 )

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1960s

Hurricanes Throughout History

Hurricanes Throughout History

Pictured above: Mississippi Gulf Coast in august 1969 following Hurricane Camille. This scene of destruction was typical of the damage left by Hurricane Camille when it r...

Last Updated ( Monday, 01 September 2014 05:42 )

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A Walk Among The Tombstones

VAV!/October 23, 2014/Contributed by Stars in Her Eye "A Walk Among the Tombstones" is classic paperback crime noir. Based on the Matthew Scudder series by Lawrence Block, the film blends several of the novels but focuses on the 1992 novel of the same name. Scudder's story began back in the '70s as a paperback crime noir series that eventually caught on with fans and survived past what the author thought might be its' end. Matthew Scudder is a private eye who quits his job as a former New York Police Department (NYPD) officer after he accidentally killed a young girl while in pursuit of robbery suspects. A recovering alcoholic, Scudder does a "favor" for a local drug dealer whose wife has gone missing and soon finds out that it is so much more. It seems that a kidnapper killed the wife even before they had offered to exchange her for a ransom. Scudder was at first reluctant to get involved with the drug dealer, though the man is willing to pay. But, after doing some research, Scudder finds the wife was dismembered and cut into small pieces and he decides to get the bottom of the case. Meanwhile, he takes on a young protégé, TJ, who needs a new life instead of one on the street.

 

Halloween

Pictured above: The Haunted Lane/ c1889/LOC VAV!/October 22, 2014 The black as night holiday, Halloween, is celebrated on October 31.  Otherwise known as Hallowe'en, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, Halloween is the time of year when children and adults dress as ghosts, scarecrows, vampires, princesses, or their favorite cartoon character and forage into the night, ringing doorbells and knocking on doors.  While visions of ghastly ghouls, witches, pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns and hobgoblins dance mysteriously before the celebrant's eyes, they sing out 'trick or treat' in anticipation of the candy that will most certainly fill the bags they carry. While trick or treaters comb the streets today, a succession of Halloween parades unfold elsewhere in cities and towns and Halloween parties take the night with the bobbing of apples and carving out of pumpkins by roaring bon fires! While today, Halloween is an evening of gaiety, that was not always so.  During the 19th century and a greater part of the 20th century, Halloween earned a bad rap as rogues of ne'er do wells and trouble makers roamed the countryside and city raising a not so welcome raucous. Merrymakers began dressing in imitation of evil spirits and ghastly creatures all while performing mischief making activities in exchange for food and drink...a practice called mumming. From this, trick or treating evolved.  For the greater part, the tricks were harmless, but others engaged in a more serious endeavor of vandalizing homes and businesses. As a result, it was not unusual to find a special police force put in place for the sole purpose of patrolling throughout the evening

 

Oscar de la Renta

  Pictured above:  Oscar de la Renta/Contributed by Screen Grab© "I'm a very restless person. I'm always doing something. The creative process never stops." - Oscar de la Renta VAV!/October 20, 2014 One of the world's premier fashion designers and philantropists, Oscar de la Renta,  died at his home in Kent, CT on Monday, October 20, 2014. He was 82. De La Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. Born on July 22, 1932, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oscar de la Renta was educated at the Academy of San Fernando, Madrid. His undeniable talent for illustration led him to an apprenticeship with couturier, Cristobal Balenciaga.

 

Oscar de la Renta

  Pictured above:  Oscar de la Renta/Contributed by Screen Grab© "I'm a very restless person. I'm always doing something. The creative process never stops." - Oscar de la Renta VAV!/October 20, 2014 One of the world's premier fashion designers and philantropists, Oscar de la Renta,  died at his home in Kent, CT on Monday, October 20, 2014. He was 82. De La Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. Born on July 22, 1932, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oscar de la Renta was educated at the Academy of San Fernando, Madrid. His undeniable talent for illustration led him to an apprenticeship with couturier, Cristobal Balenciaga.

 

Eyeliner History, How To And Eyeliner Tips

VAV!/October 14, 2014 Looking into history, as far back as ancient civilizations, eyeliner, makeup applied to enhance the eyes and give definition, is applied around the contours of the eyes.  Eyeliner has been worn by not only women but by men, as well. In 10,000 BC, Ancient Egyptians, both aristocracy and the lower classes, were adroit in their knowledge of cosmetics... used not only for aesthetics and  for protection from the harsh elements as well as protection from myths and cultural beliefs to include the 'evil eye'. The broad and heavily lined eyes, both upper and the lower rims, were lined using a small stick dipped into a paste made of mineral blends produced from a myriad of materials, including lead and copper ore to varieties of metallics and water.  From these elements, a paste was formed through a grinding process using a vessel known as a Kohl pot. The paste was then applied to the eyes..

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