Archive for the ‘Notable Women’ Category

Flapper Fanny’s Fabulous New Frocks

July 8, 2011


Go Shopping with “Flapper Fanny”
Here She Is With Her New Pajamas and Next She’ll Dress for Her Shopping Tour;
Be Sure to Save the Sketch of “Flapper Fanny”

Get Mother’s scissors and your colored crayons and let’s help “Flapper Fanny,” popular newspaper feature star, pick out her new wardrobe. Of course you must shop carefully with “Flapper Fanny,” for she is known for her smart apparel quite as much as her smart sayings. To help you out, Gladys Parker, artist who draws “Flapper Fanny,” has designed six complete, brand new costumes for her and suggests color combinations for them.

First, paste the above figure of “Flapper Fanny” and the standard on heavy cardboard, and cut out carefully. Fold the standard on the dotted line and paste the smaller section to the back of the doll.

Next color “Flapper Fanny’s” cheeks pink, her hair brown and her lips very red. Now color the one-piece pajamas that just came from the store. The trousers are of green velvet and the full-sleeved blouse of yellow taffeta. Then cut them out and fold as indicated. You’ll find they just fit “Flapper Fanny.” Next you must dress her for her shopping tour.

Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah) Nov 16, 1932


Here’s a bright new dress, sent out from the store, and just the thing for “Flapper Fanny” to wear on her shopping tour. She likes pretty clothes so color this little frock to look like a bright red woolen one. The full-sleeved little lapin jacket is brown and so are the tie and belt. “Flapper Fanny’s” little beret matches her dress, so make it a red one too. When the whole costume is ready, cut it out and fit it onto your paper doll “Flapper Fanny.”

Now she’s ready for her shopping tour.

Next she will pick out a pretty school dress.

Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah) Nov 17, 1932


Here we are, shopping with “Flapper Fanny” and first of all she wants a school dress. So let’s have her try on this guimpe dress. Color the dress itself a deep blue and the guimpe white, leaving the bow and buttons black. Cut it out, now, and slip it onto little “Flapper Fanny.”

Doesn’t she look like a model little school girl? Right into her new wardrobe goes this dress!

Watch for the smart new dinner dress which “Flapper Fanny” will select tomorrow.

Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah) Nov 18, 1932


“FLAPPER Fanny,” just like you, loves to play “grown-up.” So she must have a long dress that will make her look like a full-grown lady. And here it just the one! With your crayons, make the dress light blue, with the shining collar just a shade or two deeper or even a pink. Be sure “Flapper Fanny’s” cheeks are nice and red and her lips too.

For you want her new wardrobe to look just beautiful on her.

Tomorrow “Flapper Fanny” will pick out a lovely party dress.

Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah) Nov 19, 1932


OF course at parties you must look your best — and so must “Flapper Fanny.” And she most certainly will in this pretty evening dress she finds in the store today. Gladys Parker, who draws “Flapper Fanny,” suggests you use your crayons to color the dress light blue, leaving the cape white, for it is white fur. Now dress your “Flapper Fanny” doll in it.

A very stylish miss, isn’t she?

Tomorrow she will select a “Sunday — go-to-meetin’ ” coat and it must be as smart as the rest of her wardrobe.

Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah) Nov 20, 1932


FOR “Sunday-go-to-meetin’ ” “Flapper Fanny” deserves to look her best. It was a lucky moment when the saleslady brought out this gray coat with a great big fur collar that any girl would love. With your crayons, color the coat and then put some gay color into the bow tie. Cut out the dress and you’ll have “Flapper Fanny” all ready and waiting for the rest of the family.

If you have saved all the cutouts, “Flapper Fanny” now has a stylish new wardrobe.

Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah) Nov 21, 1932

Mistress Kimball’s Inn

July 6, 2011

Frederick, Maryland image from the Son of the South website


When Mistress Kimball kept the inn on Patrick street, due west,
In all the country side about it was the first and best.
Before her stoop each day there paused the coaches, drawn by four,
That up the dusty highway came with rattle and with roar.
While passengers, with beaming smiles, were happy to alight
And test the good dame’s famed cuisine or spend the winter night.

Full many a curtsy greeted them, the foaming steeds were ta’en
To sip the water from the trough, and fresh, with  curried main,
Pranced back to take the Westward way, while far the music rang
Of gay postilions as some snatch of airy song they sang.
It was a good y hostelry, and there full many a time
The statesmen of the old regime held forth in courtly prime.

With kerchief folded o’er her breast, and cap of glossy white,
She gave the mark of matron grace, attentive and polite.
Her table’s snowy linen shone, the glass was polished clear,
And on her ancient willow ware she doted fond and dear.
The punch bowl held its ample state, and there the toddy drew
Its sparkling comfort fit to warm the weary travellers through.

There came the Colonel Washington, to take h’s meals and rest;
And then at Mistress Kimball’s inn, on Patrick Street due West,
The grace of all her goodly skill came forth on such a day
To set her cheery house in trim with adequate display.
Dame Barbara’s borrowed service helped to set the table forth,
And there, my lords, the gentlemen, proclaimed her trusty worth.

Her heart with fluttering pride best loud’ her house was honored true,
And to and fro among her guests the gentle lady flew.
The roast, the baked potatoes brown, the turkey stuffed with spice,
The cookies and the crullers baked with art both fine and nice,
The punch in which Jamaica’s gem of rich distilling dwelt,
Not only flavored to the taste, but so it seemed and smelt.

Ah, happy days that came and went and now she’ll come no more,
When footsteps of the Nation’s great trod o’er her sanded floor,
When laud the hoofs of prancing steeds down dusty highways rang,
The couriers sped, the stage coach came, with rumble and with clang,
To pause for dinner or for rest, or changing mail and steeds,
In times when all the country grew to greatness and great deeds.

Ah, happy days, when inns were kept and statesmen rode about
In rambling vehicles that rolled along the unsoiled route.
When Franklin, with his beaming eyes, and Washington, rode up
To test the service, dine and rest and drink a jocund cup.
When of all inns the favorite, first, the goodliest and the best
Was kept by Mistress Kimball, fair, on Patrick street due West.

— The Bentztown Bard.

The News (Frederick, Maryland) Oct 30, 1897

Image from The Historical Marker Database

From the City of Frederick website (PDF link):

In 1806 the Thomas Jefferson administration began the construction of a federal highway that would lead to the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase lands comprising most of the central portion of the United States. The “National Road” began in Cumberland, Maryland and led to Wheeling in Virginia (West Virginia) and later on to Terre Haute, Indiana. The main wagon road from Baltimore to Cumberland, a collection of privately owned and operated turnpike segments, was eventually upgraded and consolidated to become part of the National Road.

Frederick-Town’s location and importance as a regional center assured its place along the “National Road.” Actually a section of the Frederick and Baltimore Turnpike, a privately financed toll road, part of the series of routes connecting to the National Road at Cumberland, the road passed through the center of Frederick-Town along Patrick Street. Chartered in 1805, the Frederick and Baltimore Turnpike was completed by 1808….

The National Road became one of the most heavily traveled east-west routes in America with traffic passing all hours of the day and night. Stage coaches, freight wagons, herds of swine, geese and cattle headed to market, plus individual traffic passed along the pike. Taverns, inns and hotels were an important part of the travel-generated economy. Also important were blacksmith shops, wagon shops, and leather and harness shops.

Indeed, Frederick-Town, already known for its inns and taverns, developed a number of hotel establishments that would define the character of Patrick Street for decades. Mrs. Kimball’s tavern, located on the corner of Patrick and Court (Public) Street had probably been in operation for decades when Anne Royall visited in 1828, calling it “the oldest and best stand in Maryland….”47 That same year, Joseph Talbott, already established as a Frederick innkeeper, purchased Mrs. Kimball’s tavern, changing the name to Talbott’s Hotel. The hotel was best known as the City Hotel, under which name it continued to operate as late as the 1897 Sanborn Insurance Co. map and was eventually replaced by the Francis Scott Key Hotel in the twentieth century.

Barbara’s Ransom

June 30, 2011

Image from the Project Gutenberg website.


The distinguished gentleman who hands these verses to us desires us to preface them with the remark that Senator Gorman has asked from the Government in behalf of the citizens of Frederick, Md., reimbursement to the extent of $200,00 for money paid by them as a ransom to Gen. Jubal A. Early, C.S.A.

Up from the meadows, rich with hay,
Clear and cool in that Early day,
The clustered spires of Frederick stand,
Green-walled by the hills of Maryland.
Round about them orchards sweep,
Cider and apples ten feet deep;
Fair as a garden of the Lord
To the eyes of the famished rebel horde,
On that pleasant morn of the Early fall
When Jubal came over the garden wall —
Over the mud-roads winding down,
Horse and foot, into Frederick town.

  *      *      *      *      *      *

Up rose old Barbara Fritchie then,
Bowed with her four score years and ten;
Bravest of all in Frederick town,
She took up the flag the men hauled down.
In the attic window, the staff she set
And smiled as she said, “that’s me you bet.”
Up the street came the rebel tread,
Jubal A. Early a neck ahead.
Under his slouched hat left and right
He glanced — the old flag met his sight.
“Halt!” The dust-brown ranks stood fast.
“Fire!” Out blazed the rifle blast,
It shivered the window pane and sash,
It rent the banner in seam and gash
Quick as it fell from the shattered staff,
Dame Barbara laughed a large-sized laugh:
“Shoot, if you must, this old gray head,
But spare your country’s flag,” she said.
A shade of sadness, a blush of shame,
Over the face of the leader came:
“Who touches a hair of yon gray head
Dies like a dog! March on,” he said.

*      *      *      *      *      *

Barbara Fritchie’s work is o’er,
The rebel rides on his raid no more.
And Frederick wants for that window sash
$200,000 cash.

Washington Post.

The News (Frederick, Maryland) Jan 15, 1890

Influential “Boots”

June 18, 2011

A Real “Boots” Learns to Fly

Racine, Wis. — There’s more than one Boots of “Boots and Her Buddies” fame in Racine and both can fly an airplane.

One exists in the comic strip of Edgar Martin, NEA Service artist which is published daily in the Racine Times-Call. The other is Miss Charlotte Johnson, 20, blond winner of several beauty contests who found in the pen-and-ink Boots her inspiration to be an aviator — or should we say “aviatrix?”

When Boots of the comic strip began learning to fly recently, Charlotte decided that she would do the same thing. She had driven an auto since she was 11 years old, but she had never been in an airplane before

Now, according to Ed Hedeen, who runs the aviation school here, Charlotte is one of his most accomplished student-flyers.

“I decided that if Boots could learn to fly a plane I could learn to fly one, too,” explains Miss Johnson. “Really, it isn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be.”

Some day she may quit her job as telephone operator and take up aviation as a profession (aviation helps those who want to rise in the world, you know) but just now Miss Johnson flies for the fun of it.

But nobody calls her Miss Johnson, nor even Charlotte, any more. To everybody now she’s “Boots” — nothing else but.

Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune (Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin) Jan 12, 1929

She’s a “Boots” in Real Life!

“Boots,” the air-minded heroine of Artist Edgar Martin’s popular Evening Huronite’s comic strip, has a counterpart in real life. She is pretty Olivia Matthews, 19, above, of Dedham, Mass. Just like Boots, this comely blonde debutante has forsaken the life of a social butterfly to go in for aviation in a serious way. Her first solo flight was made not long ago from a snow-covered field with a plane equipped with skis. Here you see her, in mechanics’ garb, going over her plane at the East Boston Airport. Notice the “Boots smile.”

Evening Huronite (Huron, South Dakota) Mar 29, 1929


Home Town Folks Wonder What Will Come Next; Husband Taught Her to Fly.

Anniston, Ala., Nov. 11 — “Ruth is a mighty smart girl and all that, but the young lady has just a little bit more nerve than is good for her.”
So says Oscar Elder, father of the young aviatrix who became the nation’s heroine through her daring attempt to fly across the Atlantic.

But Mrs. Elder, who has always been “Mom” to the young flyer, rushes to her daughter’s defense with”

“Now, Dad, you mustn’t say that, Ruth is is all right! She’s the finest daughter in the world, and she’s the greatest little woman ever, even if I am her own mother and say it.”

And so says the entire Elder family, down to her youngest brother. And when a kid brother will admit that his older sister is a good scout — well, you must admit she really is.

Her brothers, in deed, are her greatest champions.

“Ruth is the goods, all right,” says Alfred, 19. “That girl knows her onions.”

“Yes, sir!” chimes in Hughey, who is 15. “Boots is a whale of a girl. Gee, she must have had fun on that trip.”

“Boots,” be it known, is the name by which everybody in Anniston calls Ruth Elder.

Lyle Womack, Ruth’s husband, who is now in Panama with a power company, started Ruth on her career as a flyer.

His business made it necessary for him to do a good deal of flying, and frequently he took Ruth with him, so that she soon felt quite at home in an airplane.

Womack and Ruth were in Lakeland, Fla., shortly after Lindbergh’s flight. With Ed Cornell, wealthy Lakeland business man, and other friends, they were discussing the flight.

“Gee, I’d sure like to be the first woman to fly across,” said Ruth.

Cornell, who owned a pleasure plane, took her at her word and offered to find financial backing if she were serious about it. She agreed at once.

The very next morning Ruth Elder appeared at the Lakeland flying field with Captain George Haldeman, World War flyer and Cornell’s personal pilot, as her instructor.

Haldeman taught her to fly and the rest is well known.

Lyle Womack is Ruth’s second husband. Her first marriage, which ended unhappily, was the result of a high school romance. While attending school in Birmingham, Ala., she met Claude Moody.

Her parents didn’t like Moody, and the two eloped. A short time later, Ruth sued for divorce and got a decree on the grounds of cruelty and violence.

A few months after that she met Womack. Womack is something of an adventurer himself. He has traveled all over the world and is at present on a job that keeps him in Panama, where he and Ruth lived for more than a year.

Now that Ruth’s latest stunt has had a happy ending, the Elder family with all the rest of Anniston, is sitting back, breathing a sigh of relief — and wondering just what “Boots” Elder will think of doing next.

Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Nov 11, 1927


UPDATE: This “Boots and Her Buddies” comic strip in from 1940, and mentions being “air-minded,” which is also used in the Olivia Matthews 1929 article.



Times Signal (Zanesville, Ohio) Jun 20, 1940

Isn’t it a wow! Ever see a smarter bob than that? Well, you can take it from us, girls, that Boots Bob is going to be the real thing this summer. Men who dictate hair styles say that Edgar Martin, the artist who draws “Boots and Her Buddies,” has fashioned the niftiest hair cut they’ve seen in many a day. For other views of it turn to the strip on page 11.

Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Apr 13, 1926

Remember when the girls wore mattesses tucked under their hair? Remember the old stuff about “woman’s crowning glory?” Well, just show Grandma this strip. What a laugh she’ll get!

A hundred years ago the lady of fashion piled her hair in a pyramid and buried all the jewels of King Tut in it. When she had an eight o’clock date she and her maids started in on the coiffure about noon.

A generation or two later milady took the pearls out of her hair and put them about her neck. She pulled her tresses down tight and then gathered up the loose ends in a Parker House roll and fastened it with a thousand hairpins, more or less.

And then “the girl with the curl” came into vogue. That was long before the day of Mary Pickford too. Some girls had natural curls and some didn’t and many a long hour was spent in making unnatural curls look natural.

If you really want a laugh, dig out the old family photographs and gaze on the ostermoors of twenty years ago. Remember how the girls used artificial hair to construct those wobbly mountains atop their domes? And then came those wire rats, things that looked like large window shade springs that allowed the air to get to the scalp.

But now look at the latest. It’s the “Boots Bob.” It was created by Edgar Martin, who draws “Boots and Her Buddies,” the most artistic illustrated strip in the world. No hair pins. No nets. No rats. Just simple, solid comfort for the modern girl. Yessir, the world is growing better.

Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Apr 13, 1926

Well, Folks — How Do You Like Me Now?

Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Apr 13, 1926


UPDATE:  I forgot  I wanted to add this “Boots” and Empress Eugenie article here because it sort of ties in with the influential hair styles:

Several papers ran the above picture, but the Indiana Evening Gazette (maybe others, too) included this interesting Empress Eugenie article:

Who Is Empress Eugenie,
Who Sets Styles Today?

BY NEA Service

Empress Eugenie, whose name designates the “Empress Eugenie hat” — that saucy trifle that young things from Maine to California are perching over their right eyelids — has become such a figure within a fortnight that even mere men prick up their ears when her name is mentioned.

She is threatening a sartorial war. “Back to Victorian modesty and the old-fashioned virtues’ ” is the prediction which Eugenie millinery has called forth.

“Back to the styles and manners of grandma’s day, for fashions always bring a recreation in manners.”

Think so?

Here’s a thumb nail sketch of the Empress Eugenie:

She was born of humble parentage in Granada, Spain, in 1826 and at 26 married Emperor Louis Napoleon.

She never wore a gown twice.

She was alternately flirtatious and religious.

She quarreled frequently with her husband and after a particularly violent  disagreement when he refused to increase her allowance, sold part of the crown jewels.

She favored gowns containing 1100 years of material.

She loved excitement and was known as a fearless horsewoman.

She declared “Husbands are worth exactly nothing at all.”

She gave entertainments that were the talk of Europe for their extravagance.

Until extreme old age she dyed her hair and threatened to color it green if her children voiced their objections.

She almost always wore a small, stiff derby type of hat tilted over one eye with long plumes on either side.

These hats — worn at a coquettish angle — were responsible for the origin of the familiar phrase “setting your cap” for a suitor.

Empress Eugenie at the height of her fame dictated fashions for the entire civilized world. She was known as one of Europe’s most famous beauties and stories and legends about her are numerous. A contemporaneous volume states, “She loved excitement and dissipation but was discrete. She gave her heart often but always took it back. No one was bold enough to question her taste or depart from her style decrees.”

After all, was Empress Eugenie so slow?

Indiana Evening Gazette (Indiana, Pennsylvania) Aug 27, 1931


“Boots” as a role model:


Boots is one of the most popular girls in this part of California, judging from the comments we get from N.-H. readers. This sprightly young girl, who trips lightly through the top strip of the coming page daily, has so many friends that we believe a little about her private life would be acceptable.

Boots doesn’t smoke.

She has never been seen taking a nip out of a pocket flask or anything else.

She has lots of boy friends, but she doesn’t engage in petting parties.

Edgar Martin, who knows her better than does anyone else, swears she has never been kissed.

An unusual girl. But a fine daily companion for the girls and boys who turn first to the comic page of the N-H every day.

Modesto News-Herald (Modesto, California) Mar 24, 1927


A Little Different Kind of Influence — Charity:

Indiana Evening Gazette (Indiana, Pennsylvania) Nov 8, 1935

Anniston Star (Anniston, Alabama) Nov 19, 1936

Amarillo Globe (Amarillo, Texas) Oct 15, 1940

Unemployment Relief

Daily News Standard — Nov 24, 1931

Kate Moore and the “Fairweather” Lighthouse

January 21, 2011

Fairweather Lighthouse image from the Lighthouse Depot website. They have more information about the lighthouse and the keepers, including Kate Moore, as well as pictures. The Lighthouse Friends website has a few beautiful pictures of the Fayerweather lighthouse as well as a map showing its location.

The Brave Girl.

ANOTHER GRACE DARLING. — There has recently been a communication in a N.Y. paper, the Sunday Messenger, respecting a lady whom they denominate a second Grace Darling — a young, intelligent and interesting woman, within sixty miles of New York, who has, with the assistance of an aged and infirm father, saved twenty-one lives within the last fifteen years; and yet has never been known to the public, or in any way remembered or celebrated as a public benefactor, which the writer attributes to her being an American, asserting — “had she been English, all Europe would have rang with her achievements, and our public papers been filled with her praises.”

We have been at some pains to make inquiries respecting this lady, and within a few days have conversed with a person who is intimately acquainted with her, and her worthy family.

Kate Moore is the daughter of Captain Moore, who keeps the light-house on Fairweather island, situated midway between the harbors of Black Rock and Bridgeport, Conn. The island contains five acres of land, and is about half a mile from shore. Many disasters, it is known, have occurred to vessels driven round Montauk Point in a storm, and sometimes in the Sound homeward bound, and this lady’s ear is so accurate, it is said she can distinguish the shrikes of the drowning mariner, and direct her barque in the darkest night. She can trim a boat and manage it as well as any man, and seems to make up in tact what she lacks in strength, and never refuses to turn out in the darkest night to the relief of the sufferers. Our informant adds, that she is a highly accomplished and literary lady, perfectly feminine in her manners, and that, although she occasionally visits New York and other places in that vicinity, and has a large and most respectable acquaintance, many of whom know of these facts, they have never come to the knowledge of the public before.

The late lamented Major Noah, who was remarkable for collecting the most interesting facts, by some means became acquainted with them. We also understand that Capt. Moore and his worthy helpmate have resided upon the island over twenty years, and raised a family of five children, upon a salary of $300 a year, all of whom have excellent education, and that they entertain a great many person, who visit the island, with true old-fashioned hospitality.

[Providence Daily Post.

Watertown Chronicle (Watertown, Wisconsin) Jun 11, 1851

Kate Moore image from Bridgeport Public Library Historical Collections.

American Biographical Library
The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans
Volume 3
Daughters of America; or Women of the Century
Chapter V: Philanthropic Women
Ida Lewis
page 136

England is proud of her Grace Darling, and her name and prowess in rescuing the drowning is familiar to all who cherish deeds of heroic philanthropy; but England is rivalled by America when Kate Moore and Ida Lewis are mentioned. KATE MOORE was the daughter of a light-house keeper, and her home was Fairweather Island, on the coast of Connecticut. In 1851 Mr. Clement wrote of her, “She has so thoroughly cultivated the sense of hearing, that she can distinguish amid the howling storm the shrieks of the drowning mariners, and thus direct a boat, which she has learned to manage most dexterously, in the darkest night, to the spot where a fellow-mortal is perishing. Though well educated and refined, she possesses none of the affected delicacy which characterizes too many town-bred misses; but, adapting herself to the peculiar exigencies of her [p.136] father’s humble yet honorable calling, she is ever ready to lend a helping hand, and shrinks from no danger, if duty points that way. In the gloom and terror of the stormy night, amid perils at all hours of the day and all seasons of the year, she has launched her bark on the threatening waves, and has assisted her aged and feeble father in saving the lives of twenty-one persons during the last fifteen years.”


Barbara Stanwyck “The Woman in Red” Paper Doll

December 9, 2010

Barbara Stanwyck is one of the screen’s most versatile beauties. Her charm and talent, immediately recognized, has gained for her a large following. Here, we see Miss Stanwyck with a complete wardrobe she wears in “The Woman in Red,” a Warner Brothers-First National picture which deals with Chicago’s gold coast. “The Secret Bride” and “A Lost Lady” were other recent pictures in which she was featured.

NOTE: Click images to enlarge:

3. A beach costume of heavenly blue with darker blue cord at neck and girdle.

1. Formal dinner dress of gold lame with frills of gold satin across the shoulders, down the sleeves and forming the uneven motif at the bottom and train.

2. Spring print afternoon frock, fresh as a flower, with jade green pattern on beige background. The frills are of solid green chiffon and belt of jade green velvet has ornamental buckle.

4. Street ensemble of English tweed in shades of brown and tan, brown caracul trimming, with muff purse and toque to match, and brown crystal bracelet as an accessory.

5. Informal evening frock of white crepe without which no woman’s wardrobe is complete. The skirt is long and graceful, bodice beauty depending on a simple drape from shoulder to waistline accentuated with shirrings.

6. Luminous rose negligee for informal hours at home. Smart, high collar with frog fastenings down the front and all the insouciance of a Russian officer’s tunic.

7. White gabardine riding breeches with black cloth coat and vest, derby hat and imported patent leather boots. An overnight bag. party bag and monogram kerchief complete the dainty details of Milady’s wardrobe.

Brownsville Herald (Brownsville, Texas) May 5, 1935

At The Theaters


“The Woman in Red,” Barbara Stanwyck’s latest starring vehicle for First National Pictures, shows Wednesday only at the Capitol, Brownsville. The picture is based on Wallace Irwin’s popular novel “North Shore” which is a glamorous romance with intensely dramatic scenes and replete with thrills.

The story deals with the romance of a young aristocratic Kentucky girl, portrayed by Miss Stanwyck who through family financial reverses, becomes a professional rider at society horse shows. She meets Gene Raymond in the role of a scion of a blue blooded Long Island family, also impoverished. It is love at first sight with both of them. But Miss Stanwyck’s employer, a part played by Genevieve Tobin, is herself madly in love with Raymond, and vows to break up the match between Miss Stanwyck and Raymond.

Brownsville Herald (Brownsville, Texas) Feb 19, 1935

Brownsville Herald (Brownsville, Texas) Feb, 20, 1935

Here is the movie trailer for The Woman in Red:

Moberly Monitor-Index (Moberly, Missouri) Mar 30, 1935


This is the last “movie star” paper doll from the series that I could find.

Previous “movie stars” can be found at the links below:

Jean Harlow “Reckless” Paper Doll

Maureen O’Sullivan “West Point of the Air” Paper Doll

Marlene Dietrich “The Devil is a Woman” Paper Doll

Helen Hayes “Vanessa, Her Love Story” Paper Doll

Jeanette MacDonald “Naughty Marietta” Paper Doll


For other paper dolls, such as, Etta Kett and Boots, just search the blog for “paper doll.”

The Adjective…is Utterly Adjective-less

December 3, 2010


Bearded Poets

Image from the Rightreading website: Right-reading (adj): Having the proper orientation (used in printing) Follow the link for a list of pictured poets.


Where would the force of language be
‘Without the adjective?
How could the critic wing his shaft?
How could the poet live?

How could the novelist portray
The creatures of his brain,
The beauty of his heroine,
The transport of his swain?

No more his tide of eloquence
The orator could pour,
No more the man of science fill
His treasuries of lore.

The lover’s tongue could never tell
His passion and despair;
Deprived of its superlatives
Who would for flattery care?

Where would the sting of satire be?
The edge and point of wit?
How could the stab of censure wound,
The dart of sarcasm hit?

Biographers would cease to prowl,
Historians drop the pen,
Paralysis would chill and numb
The tongues and minds of men,—

The press would lose its voice of might,
The pulpit all its power,
The sage could not describe a star,
The botanist a flower,—

So rarely is a period penned,
A line or sentence made,
Or thought set down, O adjective,
Which does not claim thy aid!

Yet I for once defy thy might,
For mark me, as I live,
No stanza of the nine here writ
Contains an adjective!

Title: The Triangular Society: Leaves from the Life of a Portland Family
Author: Elizabeth Akers Allen
Publisher: Hoyt, Fogg & Donham, 1886
page 23

Jeanette MacDonald “Naughty Marietta” Paper Doll

November 5, 2010

JEANETTE MAC DONALD was born in Philadelphia and as early as she was able to think of anything seriously, she had ambitions to become a singer or dancer. It was Ned Wayburn of Broadway fame who first gave her opportunity and encouragement. From his revues she graduated to a small part in “Irene,” famous musical success. Eventually she earned a screen test and was selected by Ernst Lubitch for the lead in “The Love Parade.” She was an instant success. Her glorious voice created a new vogue in musical pictures and she was starred in many, among them being “The Vagabond King” and “Love Me Tonight.” She now is under contract with MGM and stars in Victor Herbert’s operetta, “Naughty Marietta.”

2. Knife pleating features this long tunic evening gown from the personal wardrobe of Jeanette MacDonald. It is of rose beige crepe. The overskirt ties at the waist and rows of pleating trim the neckline front and back.


1. An evening gown of white crepe with unusual three-quarter tunic interpretation. It is worn with a pale blue chiffon drape, muffler effect, about the throat.


3. The old fashioned bertha collar and basque waist of yesteryear are modernized in this lovely creation of heavy candy striped taffeta.

4. Charm is the keynote of this blister organdy gown. The dress is featured by its pleated ruffles around the hem and shoulders and the hand embroidered floral decorations on the skirt.

5. This beautiful creation is one of the lovely costumes worn by Miss MacDonald in her screen version of Victor Herbert’s operetta, “Naughty Marietta.” It is of turquoise blue taffeta and white organza. The plumed hat and an old fashioned necklace may be worn with this costume.

6. This luxurious gown is the last word in style and comfort. The blouse is made of gold metallic cloth with full, flowing sleeves. The tiny pleatings at cuff and shoulder and large black buttons are its only decorations. The skirt is of black slipper satin.

The Brownsville Herald (Brownsville, Texas) Apr 28, 1935

From the Brownsville Herald (Texas) April 28, 1935


‘Naughty Marietta’ Takes On New Life in Hands of Personable Opera Star


FOR NEARLY three years Nelson Eddy has been drawing salary at M-G-M and exercising his voice everywhere but on the screen. Yesterday at Fox Oakland he stepped forth to make his debut and a triumph simultaneously in “Naughty Marietta,” the old Victor Herbert operetta with Jeanette MacDonald.

As proof of the vocal charm of Eddy and Miss MacDonald, even the reiterated “Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life,” which has been dinned into the ears of radio listeners since the days of the crystal sets, takes on new life and excitement and the other Herbert numbers are equally well treated.

Eddy is a personable fellow, not as yet a good actor, but an excellent singer and the possessor of a forthright screen personality. He rambles through the role of the bluff young scout of pioneer days, handles the romantic assignment easily and makes one wonder why M-G-M has been hiding him.

Miss MacDonald does not fare so well in the role that was originally made famous by Emma Trentini. Perhaps she was worried by the traditions surrounding it, perhaps the presence of an established opera star opposite her instead of a music hall Chevalier, bothered her. At all events most of her singing seemed strained and over-eager.

But whether she is easy or not in all of the Herbert score, she makes and attractive picture as the princess who ran away from it all to marry a commoner. She plays the role naturally and with restrained light comedy, she is properly plaintive in her troublous moments and she goes into pretty rages when things do not please her.

“Naughty Marietta” will come as a boon to the lovers of Herbert music. In the balmiest days of the stage it never ______ed a production comparable with this one that Hollywood turned out, for which due praise should be accorded the versatile W.S. VanDyke. He took no liberties with Herbert yet he preserved an up-to-date outlook.

“Naughty Marietta” gets under way in France where a rebellious princess is standing out against the King who would force her into a marriage of convenience in order that he may force her into attendance at Versailles. She flees the country, disguised as a scullery maid on the boat that is taking a load of prospective brides to the pioneers of New Orleans.

There after many adventures with pirates, scouts, the king’s men and frontier marionettes, she does a second escape with the man she loves, and the distant wilderness as a goal. “Naughty Marietta” covers a lot of territory and VanDyke’s only fault was in the cutting room where he permitted the story to run too long.

Some of the memorable songs in “Naughty Marietta” are the familiar Italian Street song, “Chansonette” in which Miss MacDonald did especially well, “Tramp, Tramp, Tramp” a lusty marching song, and “I’m Falling in Love With Some One.” While the picture is essentially a musical there are chuckles too with Frank Morgan and Elsa Lanchester attending to them.

A color cartoon dealing with the adventures of calico warriors; Clark and McCullough in one of their moments of madness and the usual short subjects complete a long bill but a melodious one.

Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California) Apr 29, 1935

From the Brownsville Herald (Texas) April 1935

Here is a YouTube video clip from Naughty Marietta, with Jeanette McDonald and Nelson Eddy singing, “Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life.”

Foes of the Wheel Have Trotted Out Another Scarecrow

October 28, 2010


Enemies of Wheeling Say It Affects the Vocal Chords.

All the talk of the bicycle face having practically died out, the foes of the wheel have now trotted out another scarecrow claiming that as a result of wheeling women are becoming loud talkers, with an unpleasant quality of voice. They assert that wheeling, especially with the mouth open, has a detrimental effect on the vocal chords, and when to this is added the strain to which the voice is subjected in an effort to keep up a conversation while cycling the danger seems something more than a shadow. Some persons who have made voice culture a life study are inclined to fall in with these views, asserting that exercise on the wheel is responsible for an apparent alteration in the voices of women. One vocal teacher says:

“While bicycle riding people frequently fill their lungs with dust, and this is, of course, injurious. Then the exercise leaves the system exhausted and unable to resist the bad effects of excessive perspiration. A severe cold is detrimental to the speaking voice, and when these colds are frequent, as they are with bicyclists, they will ultimately result in permanent injury. If women would ride but a few miles at a time and would keep their mouths closed there would be no danger, but I find that many of my pupils cannot refrain from overdoing the sport. Professional women realize the harm that bicycling does to their voices, but they say that they cannot bear to give up wheeling. Calling to one another as wheelwomen frequently do cannot help but strain the voice is persisted in.”

Another vocal instructor hold totally opposite views. Said she: “I am strongly in favor of cycling for women. It is a most healthful exercise, and so cannot fail to be beneficial to he singing and speaking voice. I do not believe the old-fashioned theory of things affecting the vocal chords directly. Of course it is possible to strain the voice but I should think this most unlikely when wheeling. The very tendency of the wheel is to keep the rider quiet. If riders should call from one to the other when outdoors their speaking voices might be affected, but the most strident speakers are often the sweetest singers. The soft, well-modulated voice of the English girl does not give us as many brilliant examples of the song bird as the less pleasant and somewhat nasal tones of the American. Nine out of every ten successful singers abroad to-day are Americans. This is because the other girls are never allowed to expand their lungs with the same delightful freedom. A good digestion is the first requisite toward good singing. I should say poor cooks have more to do with spoiling the voice than all the wheels in Christendom. A theory has been advanced that the rapid breathing necessary when riding the wheel is injurious. This is wrong, as the vocal chords are completely protected when not in use.” — Philadelphia Press.

Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, Nevada) Aug 5, 1897

Marlene Dietrich “The Devil Is a Woman” Paper Doll

September 28, 2010

The glamorous Marlene is easily one of the most famous and popular of all screen actresses. Always known as one of the best dressed women of the world, her admirers will thrill at sight of the gorgeous clothes she wears in “The Devil Is a Woman,” a picture of Spanish atmosphere produced by Paramount.

4 — A modish beach ensemble of blue “trow” worn with a very new cut white bathing suit.

1 — This new silhouette of white chiffon is a perfect ode to grace and is from the personal wardrobe of Marlene Dietrich. The drape across but one shoulder and the bold green silk carnation lend a masterful touch of sophistication.

2 — This modernized yet typical Spanish costume is one of many worn by Miss Dietrich in her latest picture.

3 — The distinctive wing shoulder treatment of this handsome gown by Travis Blanton sets a new style note. The material is of two-tone black and green satin.

5 — Spanish influence is apparent in this lovely gown of white chiffon. It is worn with combination cape and scarf of antique lace and with the broad trimmed lace hat shown at lower center.

6 — This lovely dinner suit is of black costume velvet, a fabric which will persist in appearing even through the summer months. The skirt is narrow but slit for walking comfort while the coat is cut exceptionally full providing a chic contrast.

Brownsville Herald (Brownsville, Texas) May 26, 1935

This is brutal:

Previews of the New Films
By Douglas W. Churchill

‘The Devil Is a Woman’

Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Deitrich combine to produce a picture even worse than “The Scarlet Empress,” their last previous attempt. A boring, psychopathic treatise which the reviewer refuses to give any rating. (Paramount.)

This last picture of the Josef von Sternberg-Marlene Dietrich combination is one to be approached with deference. The first impulse is to dismiss the work with some trite phrase such as “the worst film of many seasons.” But while that is true of “The Devil Is a Woman,” there is something awe-inspiring in the ability of one man to command the vast resources of a great cinema factory and spend probably three-fourths of a million dollars in concocting a psychopathic treatise in celluloid.

When the two made “Scarlet Empress” its showing provoked condemnation and controversy. There were elements in that film which merited discussion, inexcusable as the picture was. “The Devil Is a Woman” lacks any quality impelling contemplation of it as screen entertainment. As for Mr. von Sternberg contending for critical consideration, this current film denies him all right to recognition in the future. Once he was the hope of the screen, for he projected new treatment and new thought into it; he has overstepped the bounds of reason and has delved into the realm of Freudism. And instead of the audience’s attention being directed toward the psychosis of the characters, it involuntarily turns upon the director.

The film made under the title of “Caprice Espagnole,” which was considered too large a mouthful for movie customers and lacking sex appeal, deals with two old friends meeting in a Spanish town during a carnival. Caesar Romero has seen Miss Dietrich and is to meet her in the evening. Lionel Atwill tells him the story of his life and how Marlene has wrecked it, eliciting a promise from Romero that he will leave town immediately. Drawn to Marlene by Atwill’s horrifying account of the woman, he is forced into a duel with Atwill and, with Marlene, flees the country. At the border she turns back to Atwill.

The story is told in retrospect, each episode returning to the table where the two men sit. After a few words from Atwill, another sequence is pictured. The whole thing is tedious and reaches a new high in boredom.

Paramount, which sanctioned the making of the film, has indicated that with it they are through with von Sternberg. They have indicated, too, that they will attempt to hold Miss Dietrich, for they feel that she can be salvaged in spite of the abnormal stories von Sternberg has given her. In other industries such an act as that of the director would virtually drive him from business, but in the cinema he will probably go to another studio at a higher salary.

There is no one to blame but von Sternberg. He made the picture without supervision. While John Dos Passo and S.K. Winston are credited with transforming the Pierre Louys book, “The Woman and the Puppet,” to a script, their writing was on von Sternberg’s order. He directed and acted as cameraman. Of all his efforts, only his camera work can receive favorable mention. The picture is one to be avoided at all costs and deserves no rating.

Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California) Mar 17, 1935

A picture instinct with the breath-taking beauty and color of Spain, “The Devil Is a Woman,” comes to the  Paramount theater Thursday and Friday, bringing Marlene Dietrich back to the screen to enact her greatest characterization. Movie critics up and down the eastern seaboard have acclaimed “The Devil Is a Woman” as Miss Dietrich’s most fascinating and glorious picture characterization of her entire career. Few, if any, pictures from either Hollywood or the European studios can boast the pictorial beauty of “The Devil Is a Woman.” Also included in the case of this most entertaining drama are such stars as Lionel Ateill, Cesar Romero, Edward Everett Holton, Alison Skipworth and Don Alvarado.

Hammond Times (Hammond, Indiana) Sep 4, 1935