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Miriam Haskell

Miriam Haskell

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VAV!/August 13, 2014

On July 30, 1926,  Miriam Haskell (1899-1981), newly arrived to the Big Apple from Indiana, was granted a business permit to open a costume jewelry boutique... and thus, a legendary line of jewelery was born.  The boutique, known as "Le Bijou de L'Heuare", and translated as "jewels of the time,"  was located in the grand Hotel McAlpin.  Certainly an impressive backdrop for Miriam's boutique, the Hotel, now known as the Herald Towers in New York City, was built in 1912,  and considered the largest hotel in the world at the time featuring a Turkish bath, its own orchestra and more telephones than any other building of its day.  

Haskell, one of the new breed of up and coming independent women of the 1920s, launched the relatively new concept of costume jewelry in America.  The legendary Coco Chanel had earlier introduced costume jewelry in Europe , through her own vrais bijoux en toc, or "real fake jewelry," collection initiated in 1924.  Haskell, whose jewelry was handmade from imported glass beads and crystal, modeled her collections from the always vogue French fashion.  Her custom-made jewelry, featuring three lines, beginning at the top with the A line, followed by the B line, and the C line, became a sought after and treasured commodity.  Consequently, as her jewelry gained attention, so did did she garner the attention of the legendary Coco Chanel and many society women of the era.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 August 2014 16:33 )

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1930s

Miriam Haskell

Miriam Haskell

Pictured above:  Miriam Haskell Jewelry Advertisement

VAV!/August 13, 2014

On July 30, 1926,  Miriam Haskell (1899-1981), newly arrived to the Big Apple from...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 August 2014 16:33 )

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1940s

Miriam Haskell

Miriam Haskell

Pictured above:  Miriam Haskell Jewelry Advertisement

VAV!/August 13, 2014

On July 30, 1926,  Miriam Haskell (1899-1981), newly arrived to the Big Apple from...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 August 2014 16:33 )

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1920s

Bar Aid

Bar Aid

 

VAV!/July 27, 2014/ Quite The Stir Bungalow , Gettysburg PA

From the Prohibition era of the 1920s and the 1930s age of glamour at the snazzy little guest house known as&nb...

Last Updated ( Monday, 15 September 2014 07:28 )

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1930s

Bar Aid

Bar Aid

 

VAV!/July 27, 2014/ Quite The Stir Bungalow , Gettysburg PA

From the Prohibition era of the 1920s and the 1930s age of glamour at the snazzy little guest house known as&nb...

Last Updated ( Monday, 15 September 2014 07:28 )

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1950s

Bar Aid

Bar Aid

 

VAV!/July 27, 2014/ Quite The Stir Bungalow , Gettysburg PA

From the Prohibition era of the 1920s and the 1930s age of glamour at the snazzy little guest house known as&nb...

Last Updated ( Monday, 15 September 2014 07:28 )

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1950s

The National Security Agency NSA

The National Security Agency NSA

Pictured above: National Security Agency, circa 1950/NSA.

VAV!/July 26, 2014

" More times than we can count, we've made history, without history even knowing we were there. "...

Last Updated ( Monday, 28 July 2014 06:23 )

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1970s

Comic-Con International

Comic-Con International

Pictured above: Comic-Con, the Comic-Con logo, and the WonderCon logo are registered trademarks of San Diego Comic Convention

VAV!/July 23, 2014/San Diego

Comic-Con Interna...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 22 November 2014 03:38 )

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Arts and Crafts

Samuel F. B. Morse's First Telegram

Samuel F. B. Morse's First Telegram

Pictured above: First paper strip containing the telegraphic characters or Morse code /May 24, 1844/LOC

VAV!/July 19, 2014

On May 24, 1844, Samuel F. B. Morse dispatched the ...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 23 November 2014 05:36 )

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1960s

Paper Fashion Craze

Paper Fashion Craze

Pictured above:  BOAC Flight Attendant wearing a paper dress/ From You-Tube /British Pathé/Contributed by Screen Grab©

VAV!/July 16, 2014

"Created to make you the conver...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 September 2014 11:48 )

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1940s

Katharine Houghton Hepburn

Katharine Houghton Hepburn

VAV!/May 12, 2012

"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. " - Katharine Houghton Hepburn

She was an enigma, an icon, a legend and a woman who knew her mind an...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 July 2014 07:27 )

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  VAV!/November 18, 2014/Contributed by Dennis Nyhagen Guy Lombardo and his brothers were arguably the most successful big band of The Golden Age of Radio. Along with his Royal Canadians, Lombardo built a band music franchise that had become a multi-million dollar enterprise by the World War II years. For almost half a century, Guy Lombardo's performances of Auld Lang Syne had become an American tradition in bringing in New Years Eve across the country. Indeed, well after his passing in 1977, Lombardo's rendition of Auld Lang Syne is the first song played during every Times Square celebration of New Years Eve.

 

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014

... LET'S HAVE A PARADE™ THE 88TH ANNUAL MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE® MARKS THE START OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH THE NATION'S MOST BELOVED SPECTACLE, FEATURING GIANT HELIUM BALLOONS, FLOATS OF WONDER, PULSE POUNDING MARCHING BANDS, ROLLICKING PERFORMANCE GROUPS, CELEBRITY APPEARANCES AND THE ONE-AND-ONLY SANTA CLAUS VAV!/November 15, 2014 New York City, NY As the nation gathers to celebrate and give thanks with family and friends, the biggest spectacle of the holiday season returns to entertain millions, as the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® hits the streets of New York City. On Thursday, Nov. 27 at 9 a.m., more than 8,000 participants, some donning clown costumes, handling balloon giants or striking up the band, will set down the streets of Manhattan at the sound of the time honored catchphrase Let's Have a Parade™. With a live audience, more than 3.5 million strong and a nationwide television gathering of more than 50 million viewers, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the nation's most beloved holiday pageant.

 

Pot legal at the White House?

VAV!/November 13, 2014/Contributed by Will Roberts FYI... DC pass the marijuana law by 35 points. it's now officially legal to smoke weed in Washington DC!

 

First Peacetime Military Draft Signed Into Law - Selective Training and Service Act Of 1940

Pictured above: President Roosevelt, left, looks on as Secretary of War Stimson draws the first capsules in the National Lottery for selective service registrants in October 1940. (DA photograph) VAV!/November 13, 2014 On September 16, 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 which created the country's first peacetime draft in history and formally established the Selective Service System as an independent Federal agency.  Throughout the following six weeks after the signing, men across the nation were obligated to register to receive draft numbers.  On October 29, 1940, before a crowed of over 1,000 onlookers, gathered in the Interdepartment Auditorium located on Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC. , President Roosevelt, along with Cabinet officers, and Members of Congress drew the first draft number.

 

Electrolux

Pictured above: LUXOMATIC/Courtesy of Elektrolux VAV!/November 9, 2014 Having started out with the sale of a single vacuum cleaner, after 90 years of innovations and acquisitions, Electrolux is now a global leader in home and professional appliances! Electrolux designed the first ever vacuum cleaner with metal runners and launched the world's first countertop dishwasher. Here you can follow other notable years in the company's design history. Here's the Electrolux timeline:

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