miss american vampire
As far as Throwback Thursdays go, this is one that I would expect to be wildly popular if re-jigged for the Cullen-lovers of 2012. The photo above paints it clearly: Jonathan Frid is crowning New Jersey-native Christine Domaniecki “Miss American Vampire“.

In 1970, producers of the movie ‘House of Dark Shadows‘ – MGM and Dan Curtis – decided to build hype around the film by creating an beauty contest. If you were 18-25 and female, you were invited to be judged on originality, poise, charm, videogenic qualities, stage presence and hopefully (!) become Miss Vampire America. Prizes included a week of all-expenses paid accommodations for two in New York City and a guest appearance on a TV show.  All that eyeliner and no eternal life or anything.

movie rejection letter
Though the state of the film industry is currently blockbuster-obsessed, things were far from sequels and heartbroken vampires in Essanay‘s heyday. Above, you are looking at the rejection slip that motion picture studio Essanay Film Manufacturing Company (1907-1925) used to send to screenwriters whose submissions didn’t make the cut (for any of the tickable reasons displayed). Essanay is best remembered for its series of Charlie Chaplin films, which – according to this – were stocked correctly, dramatic, easy to produce, interesting, and action-packed enough to make the grade.

Yours very truly,
Lela.

paris 1914 moulin rouge
I really don’t make enough use of my close proximity to Paris. It seems that as each year in London flies by, the only time the French capital seems to cross my mind as a destination is when Fashion Week calls for it.

These photos are a guilt trip enough. Though the first commercially successful colour process – the Lumière Autochrome, invented by the French Lumière brothers – only reached the market in 1907, this small collection of colour photographs taken around Paris in 1914 are remarkable. Featuring the Moulin Rouge and the brink of the bohemian revolution, they incite something of a retrospective wanderlust.

paris 1914
paris 1914
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One of the things I most appreciate about fashion is its ability to anchor you to a time and a place. Its ability to bring a moment to life.

I recently stumbled on this Christian Dior photo shoot that succinctly alludes to said appreciation. The shoot was photographed by Howard Sochurek in 1959, shortly after Soviet society had survived one of the most harrowing wars to date. With French models walking through GUM (a Soviet shopping centre) in Dior’s latest designs, the juxtaposition, the shock, the alien aspiration of the scene…it simply brings everything to life. Notably, the Christian Dior Spring/Summer fashion show was held in Moscow in October 1959 and marked the first time a Parisian couturier had shown a collection behind the iron curtain.
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