Thursday, January 31, 2013

In Memorium: Patty Andrews (1918-2013)

It was hard news to take learning about Patty Andrews of the Andrews Sisters passing. It's now truly an and end of an era, but the impact of the sisters' almost angelic 3 part harmony will live on forever.

Photo from:!
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                                 One of my top 5 favorite songs by the Andrews Sisters. "Rum and Coca Cola" (1944)

(All photo's used in this post belong to their rightful owners)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Some Drawings

I normally post anything art related on my other blog "Animated Adam", but I thought for this I'd share some art pertaining to the "golden era" subject matter. I was recently reading up on the famed animator Grim Natwick, known for creating Betty Boop and having a career in animation that spanned over 75 years. I came across this caricature he did of himself circa 1926.
Grim Natwick, the master draftsman.
The 36 year old Natwick was quite a drafstman. I believe this was done with a paintbrush. It's very of the time and I love it. For those who are curious, this was drawn on animation paper, as per the two peg bar holes on top.
   I liked the style of Grims' caricature so much that I took a crack at it.
                         Drawn and inked digitally on Photoshop, (modern technology! GASP!)

My blog normally consists of me talking about menswear, so I'll break the mold with this next drawing.
Originally a homework assignment for college, I created this casual but elegant '30s woman, based off of illustrations I've seen in Sears Roebuck and Montgomery Ward catalogs. Haven't figured out a name for her yet. Any suggestions?

That's all for now until the next post. Ending this one with the usual current music obession. "With My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock" by George Formby.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a great holiday. My family's little Christmas gathering was quite nice and everyone was quite pleased with all their presents. Since the gathering for Christmas eve was small, I didn't go all out formal, but I did keep the classic dressy look for it.

 Nothing super flashy, but went with earth tones for a casual but dressy post-war look, which with the book I'm holding enhances the look. Mostly modern garb, except for my new '30s tie (worn specifically for Christmas) and my late '50s chocolate brown gabardine slacks.

Christmas morning I went with a more casual '50s look. '50s wool pants paired with a late '50s shirt.
                                           The present haul. Classic gifts throughout, nothing electronic.
The flat cap, though not vintage, is a rare example of a modern flat cap with the width and body of 1910's-1930's era flat caps.