Like a lot of the Great British High Street, HMV are having a few dog days at the moment. While their future may be uncertain, HMV – the Oxford Street branch in particular – will forever have a piece of my heart. When I was younger, I would peruse the sparkly and bustling aisles of CDs after spending Saturdays in theatre school. I would imagine that my face would one day replace the CD covers of Lenny Kravitz, No Doubt, Alison Krauss, and Missy Elliott (all stars that the store introduced me to). While that dream may no longer be a likelihood, these photos of HMV Oxford Street in the 1950s will forever encapsulate that fragment of wonderment and importance for me.
With 2013’s Oscars nominations just being announced, it is only appropriate that this week’s Throwback Thursday is an ode to one of the biggest Oscar-sweepers of all time. Let’s get straight to it: Vivien Leigh is the babe of all babes. These make-up stills from the 1939 costume test for the character of Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone with the Wind” are simply breathtaking.
Let’s throw this blog back to 1966 for the sake of Italian-American actress Victoria Vetri. Known by most as her stage name ‘Angela Dorian‘ (inspired by the ill-fated cruise liner Andrea Doria), the thing that really drew me to Vetri was not just her successful career, but the fact that she achieved it while turning down some incredible opportunities. Not many actresses today would turn down the chance to voice dub for Natalie Wood in West Side Story (1961) or play the nubile title role in Lolita (1962).
These screen caps – which have me lusting over a new trenchcoat – have been snapped from the TV show “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.“. In this episode (“The Indian Affairs Affair”) Victoria guest starred as Charisma Highcloud, the daughter of a Native American Chief. Feeling a black-haired Lana del Rey vibe, no?
Thanks to a childhood soundtrack consisting mostly of The King, I have been an Elvis fan for as long as I have been an escapee of the womb. As a teenager I visited Graceland (his infamous home) and it was one of the most exciting experiences of my entire life. When I came upon these photos of Elvis and his wildly festive Christmas decorations, it was immediately locked in as this week’s Throwback Thursday.
Fun fact: Elvis would put gifts for Lisa Marie under the tree in the Jungle Room.
Thanks to the The New York Public Library‘s brilliant digital gallery, this week’s Throwback Thursday has taken us back to a Winter Wonderland of 1939. These adorable photos were captured during a snow ball fight between employees of the New York World’s Fair. Mad props to the ladies doing it in heels.
And, because now is an appropriate time to throw it out into the universe: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow (crosses fingers)…