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Morecambe Variety Festival All Over The Place!


First, you can find us on Facebook here. This is our Facebook Community Page. The Events in the Festival are listed in Events, on the top right near photos. In order to be able to invite people to these events, you will need to ‘join’ the event first, then an @invite Friends’ button should magically appear!


There are Events for The Family Variety Show, King Neptune’s Ball, Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, The Vintage Tea Dance, etc.


We’re also trying to see if we can get #morecambevarietyfestival trending this week on Twitter- as it all takes place this weekend! You can find us on Twitter here


You can also find us on Pinterest here

Remember boys and girls, the event is THIS WEEKEND!


Daytime activities are mainly free, but you will need tickets for The Family Variety Show which are available on Skiddle here and from Dotty’s Vintage, 99 Marine Rd, Morecambe


You will also need to book tickets for King Neptune’s Ball. These are available on Skiddle here and from Dotty’s Vintage, 99 Marine Rd, Morecambe.


Dotty’s also advise that for an appointment in The Vintage Powder Room, booking is needed. For this contact them directly on 07817497495 or by email at x


If there are any tickets left, we will have a box office open at The Winter Gardens on the day, but to be on the safe side, advance booking is recommended!

The 1950s Lucite Handbag

A lovely post over on The Vintage Traveler glorifies the 1950s Lucite handbag- the characteristic stylish box-bag of the 1950s. It describes what they are, how to recognise them, and how to buy them

You can find the original post here

Since I spent the better half of last week going on about 1950s skirts, I thought I might as well expand the theme into another iconic 1950s piece – the Lucite handbag. I’m not a big handbag person, so I’ve had to rely on the expertise of others. There is a bibliography at the end of the post.

The Lucite handbag is one of those items that just seems to be a symbol of the time in which it was created. Lucite had been developed by Dupont in 1931, but it wasn’t until after WWII that the hard plastic was used to make everything from jewelry and handbags to furniture. It was a new age, and modern materials and design were thought to be the wave of the future. Lucite handbags were introduced in the late 1940s, and they quickly became the evening bag of choice.

Lucite was in many ways an ideal material for making bags. It could be made in many colors, it was easily shaped and carved, and objects, such as glitter and rhinestones, could be embedded in it. On the downside, while the material itself was not expensive to produce, the processes in making the handbags were labor-intensive and costly. As a result, the handbags were not cheap, a fact that often adds to an object’s desirability! There was also a great deal of competition within the plastic purse market, which led some companies to develop even more costly additions such as built-in compacts and satin linings.

It was the development of a cheaper process, plastic injection molding, that led to the demise of the Lucite handbag. With this process, hard plastics could be shaped into handbags at a fraction of the cost of the older methods. When hard plastics were within the reach of all consumers, they lost a great deal of their appeal. By the 1960s, hard plastic handbags were passé. As a little girl in the early 1960s, I can recall one lovely bag sitting on the old dressing table of an aunt who had married in 1958. She had left at her parents’ home those things she no longer needed, including that beautiful bag on which she had spent quite a bit of her secretary’s salary!

Today, there are many collectors of Lucite handbags. This is one area of collecting in which condition is most important. And while Lucite bags are durable and quite sturdy, when stored under poor conditions, they tend to develop cracks, warping and the overall breaking down of the plastic. Veteran collector Leigh of Cosmiccowgirl Vintage has ten questions she needs to have answered before investing in a handbag:

1) With the exception of any intentional design-oriented carvings, is the entire surface of the handbag — including the lid and handle — completely smooth?

2) Are there any scratches, cracks, warping, chips, or repairs? If so, where are they and what size are they?

3) Does the bag have an odor, particularly like vinegar, or a chemical smell?

4) Is there any fogging, smearing or smudging of color or transparency anywhere on the bag?

5) How clear is the lid? Is there any “sun shattering” (spider vein type cracks within the Lucite that cannot be felt on the surface?)

6) Are all the hardware and parts functioning as normal (nothing loose/bent/missing)?

7) Are all the metal parts shiny? Are there any signs of corrosion, discoloration or other damage to the metal? Is there any discoloration, buildup, or tarnish on the interior hinge? If so, what color is the discoloration?

8) Does the lid snap tightly on top of the bag and the clasp hold soundly? Are there any spaces between the lid and body of the purse when closed? If so, how big are the spaces?

9) Any other flaws or signs of wear?

10) If the bag is not as described, may I return it for a full refund including shipping?

For All of you Pin-Ups in Pinnies Out There

A lovely vintage recipe has just made it to my eyes from the ridiculously inspired Jessica Cangiano over at Chronically Vintage

You can read the original post here

A zesty, crowd pleasing 1950s creamy coleslaw recipe

It’s interesting, depending on who you ask, most people generally think of cabbage as either being more of a winter, or conversely, a summer vegetable. It’s easy to see why this is the case when you compare the various dishes that cabbage is often included in.

During the dark, bitingly cold days of winter, one may turn to hearty cabbage rolls, soups laden with stringy strips of cabbage, or perhaps a warming helping of that fabulous Irish classic, colcannon. When the mercury starts skyrocketing, cabbage quickly appears in fresh green salads, Asian rice paper wraps, on veggie platters, and sometimes even as a Jell-o salad ingredient.

While tied a little more closely to summer, it’s safe to say that coleslaw is one cabbage dish that does a particularly good job of transcending the seasons. It can be served as part of a barbeque spread, picnic lunch, supper of cold cuts in when the sun is shinning, or alternatively with roast meats, alongside grilled sandwiches, or as a refreshing side dish partner for any number of warm foods during the frosty fall and winter months (if you’ve not tried it before, I highly recommend making yourself a coleslaw and turkey sandwich, it’s heavenly!).

Today’s vintage recipe for coleslaw is a creamy one centered around Miracle Whip (you could easily use store bought or homemade mayonnaise instead, if you’d prefer) and the tangy, wonderfully yummy inclusion of tarragon vinegar (if you don’t have any on hand, simply add some finely chopped fresh tarragon to white vinegar).

Tarragon – which deserve far more play than it gets, if you asks me – is an alluring, deeply flavourful herb that pairs well with everything from fish to eggs, chicken to lamb, so you can can easily saddle this 1950s coleslaw alongside a wide range of savoury dishes.

{Fabulous with hot meals – like grilled meats, burgers, or ears of piping hot corn – or cold supper alike during the sweltering summer months, coleslaw is a side dish that deserves some love all year long. Vintage Miracle Whip Coleslaw recipe by way of salty cotton on Flickr.}

If however, you (or other members of your family) are not huge tarragon fans, there’s no reason you couldn’t use a different herb vinegar (I’ve made also a similar recipe before with mayonnaise and the zest of from blood oranges, that is thoroughly delicious alongside all manner of grilled meats and vegetables), and by all means, feel free to toss in some carrot, celery, fennel, or spring (green) onion, if you’d like to up the veggie content in this great dish even further.

So while certain cabbage dishes are indeed most often associated with certain seasons, I’ve never felt like coleslaw needed to be tucked away on the proverbial shelf and only brought out when the dog days of summer arrive.

In fact, come to think of it, I probably eat more coleslaw (alongside roasted or pan-fried meats and veggies) in the winter than I do in the summer. No matter the time of the year though, I’m always up for a fantastic, creamy coleslaw like this great 1950s classic.

Peter Pan Collars the Easy Way

There is a post from the lovely Monica Ali at, which shos you how to make the simplest Peter Pan Collar. This could be easily adapted to any style of period collar effectively

You can read the original post here

DIY Peter Pan collar
Posted on April 29, 2012

Cute collars are everywhere. I was looking for a DIY version of Louis Vuittons Peter Pan collars & found this one


For the collar you can use felt or rubber flannel.


If you don´t have this tool I suggest that you glue little rhinestones on it.


Sew a cute button on it to keep the two parts together.


Tie it with a bow behind your neck & your done.


Cute isn´t? The collar is made by & you can visit them here.


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What’s Happening in the Daytime on Sunday 6 May?

Many of the same daytime activities as have been happening on Saturday 5 May, and a few extras….

Sunday 6th May

Dr Diabalo Side Show 1pm


A journey into the strange and dark collections of side show curios of old.

Captain Murderer and the Morecambe Mermaid 3pm

Live Theatre Show. An end of the pier side showman meets more than his match in the Morecambe mMermaid.
Dark sinister storytelling, based in part on the Charles Dickens
story with a 12 certificate.

Vintage Tea Dance 5pm


Vintage Tea Dance. DJing by Anthony Padgett of Original shellac78s on a 1930 HMV Gramophone player. Music from the 20’s – the 50’s. Whether you like to dance Charleston, Lindy Hop, Jive, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Tango, Cha Cha, Rumba, Mambo or just your own individual freestyle. Vintage Attire especially welcome.

Ongoing Throughout the Weekend- Open During the Day


Ongoing throughout the weekend at the amazing Winter Gardens Theatre – Morecambe Winter Gardens, 209 Marine Road Central, Morecambe, Lancashire LA4 4BU (The Winter Gardens Car Park is to the rear of the theatre. Morecambe train station is a two minute walk.) On bus routes 3 & 4, also easily accessed the 2, 2a, 5, 6a, 41, and 755.


Vintage Powder Room
Have a makeover in the Victorian powder room with vintage stylists from Shelly Alexander Makeup and from the lovely team from Morecambe’s own Dotty’s Vintage
and then have photos on the beach afterwards. Or you could ask the girls to give you a speactacular look for King Neptune’s Ball?

There will also be stalls selling vintage items…


Everything is OK in Morecambe

Vintage postcards, playbills and ephemera from Morecambe’s heyday. Souvenirs, bizarre artefacts from Morecambe’s past. People have sent in their memeories of Morecambe in the past, and this hopes to share these with you.


The Sea of Memories

Visitors are encouraged to add and contribute anecdotes, memories or experiences of Morecambe throughout the weekend. A sea of written words from townspeople. Bring in yourselves, your memories, your families’ relationships with Morecambe….


Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School
(Times vary)
Sketch Serpentina the Snake Girl , The Morecambe Mermaid and others in a live art class in the stalls.


Waterstones Story Telling
On the Stalls (Times vary) Join local authors for young peoples story telling in the historic stalls of the Winter Gardens…..


Morecambe Winter Garden Tour
See the incredible renovated Winter Gardens which closed in 1977. Brought to you by the fabulous Winter Gardens Trust times shall vary. A donation to the Winters Gardens Trust is required to preserve this wonderful building, which the Friends of the Winter Gardens have worked so hard to restore.


Open throughout the day
Egyptian Tea Room, Carnival Banner exhibition, Cassie Rendall
exhibition,Vintage Circus Props, Russell Kirk’s Carnival Monsters

Bar and refreshments.

Our Fabulous Line-Up!!!

Roll up, roll up, Ladies, Gentlemen, Children, and those that have not yet decided…….!


Our Grand Opening will be at 12.00 noon precise at the wonderful Winter Gardens, 209 Marine Road Central, Morecambe, Lancashire LA4 4BU (The Winter Gardens Car Park is to the rear of the theatre. Morecambe train station is a two minute walk.) This event is free! Bring friends, families, grannies, yourselves!

The first act in the stunning line-up will be:


The Fabulous Kapow Sisters!

Thrill to the daredevil all-juggling stunts from The Fabulous Kapow Sisters! Expect Giant Beachballs, Circus Stunts, Crazy Balancing Acts, and lots of Family Fun! A right old-fashion Circus Spectacle!!


Strange But True
Mysterious curator, Doctor Diabalo invites you to step inside an old Victorian side show and see the macabre exhibits that enthralled visitors in the golden age of the seaside side show.


Chamber of Horrors 1pm
Traditional Victorian side show. Short performances to amaze and enthral. Gasp at the girl in the bottle. Be mesmerised at the great Bendini as he passes through the head of a tennis racket and thrill to
Serpentina the Lizard Girl.


Temple Of Wonder Show 2pm
If variety acts are your thing you are in the right place. Amazing gymnastics, hula hoopists, juggling, a little magic and more fun for all the family.


The Fabulous Kapow Sisters 3pm

Juggling and variety from the famous Kapows.


Chamber of Horrors 4pm

Traditional Victorian side show. Short performances to amaze and enthral. Gasp at the girl in the bottle. Be mesmerised at the great Bendini as he passes through the head of a tennis racket and thrill to
Serpentina the Lizard Girl.


The Winter Gardens will close at
5.30 to reset for the evening shows

Women’s Pictorial, 1930

I came across this lovely blog post by Louise Sleigh from Catwalk Threads Vintage the other day

You can find her original post here

I spent some time reading through this copy of Woman’s Pictorial. Dated 26th April 1930, the cover shows a beautiful painting by Albert Guillaume (Paris Salon, 1929). The pages within provide a wonderful insight into life as it was 82 years ago.

This issue includes a special nursery supplement which provides readers with advice on everything from what to feed baby to the correct way to deal with a year old ‘tot’ that has eaten a square inch of the forehead of her doll! Mind you, I can’t imagine that any advice would be much use to the mother. By the time her letter had been written and posted, received at magazine headquarters and published, anything could have happened to that poor child! And just in case you’re interested to know, following said incident, the mother immediately gave her child a small teaspoon of castor oil. Can you imagine?! Yuk! She writes to Nurse McKay (an advocate of Truby King methods), asking “Was that right, and was there anything else I could do?” Nurse McKay replies:

“With such catastrophes it is always as well to have immediate medical advice, and, in any case, castor oil should not be given, as this would hurry the contents on in a fluid form, whereas it is safer to let the foreign object get covered, and pass on slowly. The best plan is to give thick starchy food, such as bread and potatoes, to eat.”


The magazine also includes a section entitled ‘FASHION THIS WEEK‘. Enjoy!


From left to right: The new berthé collar, the bolero suit of crêpe-de-Chine with a satin or linen sleeveless blouse, and a tennis dress of piqué which is very neat and serviceable.


Simple beige blouse trimmed very smartly on collar and cuffs with blue stitching to match the blue skirt. Both blouse and skirt have similar yoke effect.


Two simple silk frocks, which is a sign that the bluebells are coming out, because you want to wear silk frocks about that time! The one on the left is of black satin marocain with a white collar – very smart. The one on the right is a little dress with a very feminine collar and cuffs of pleated georgette frilling.

And here’s a rather ingenious idea from resident fashion expert, Ann. Here she shows how to make a bed jacket made from four handkerchiefs. I’d imagine you’d have to use quite large handkerchiefs, but unfortunately, Ann doesn’t offer any advice on size dimensions!


When Ann thought out this idea for a dainty dressing-jacket she was at her very brightest, I’d have you know! It’s made from four handkerchiefs, or squares of chiffon, the same or varied colours, as you wish. Place one handkerchief at the back, join one at either side to form shoulder seams (see diagram), and cut the third handkerchief in half diagonally, and use to make fronts to the jacket (see diagram). The top point of the back handkerchief turns over to make a little collar. isn’t it ingenious, and pretty!

Finally, I just wanted to include this very nondescript advertisement for Tobralco fabric. I’d never come across the name before, but the fabric appears to have been used widely during the 1930s. Also, being a resident of Manchester, I was interested to see that it was produced by the famous TOOTAL company, who were based at 56 Oxford Street, Manchester. More information below.


Tobralco was a trademark name (registered 1910), given to a fabric produced by Manchester textile manufacturer, Tootal Broadhurst Lee Company Ltd. This company produced largely cotton and silk fabrics of very high quality with yarns imported from countries such as India. I’ve been unable to determine exactly what fibres were used in the manufacture of Tobralco. However, I would imagine they used something synthetic since it’s advertised as being a very practical fabric with ‘wash and wear’ qualities. In my online search, I found several magazine articles which mentioned Tobralco. One article in particular caught my attention ( The advertisement is for men’s business shirts, sports shirts and pyjamas made of Tobralco, and was also published April 1930. The wording goes as follows:

“All Tootal Products are as reliable as Tobralco. Every fabric and every dye produced by the company, has to pass the most rigorous tests in the Tootal Mills and Laboratories.

Every piece of cloth – every handkerchief – must measure up to the Tootal standard – a standard that enables Tootals to guarantee complete satisfaction in wash and wear. Any man who has used a Pyramid Handkerchief – any woman who has worn a Tobralco frock – will know what Tootals mean by “satisfaction.”

Tootal sheetings, casements, bedspreads, shirtings and table cloths, are all of the same guaranteed quality as ‘Pyramids’ and Tobralco, and all are plainly marked ‘Tootal’ or ‘A Tootal Product’ on selvedge or label. Look for this mark when buying.”

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Men’s Fashions of this Century

So, boys, what were you thinking of wearing on the glorious Festival weekend? Whilst the ladies have been seeking inspiration from a plethora of vintage eras, and glamorous divas…what were you going to choose?

Did you think of the Edwardian Dandy look from the turn of the century?


In the 1920s of course, there was the Jazz Suit, slicked-back hair and trilby look…


What about the Hollywood slick look of the 1930s? The Oxford suit or the Zoot suit…


The 40s brought various styles…from city-slicker…


To Zoot suits and wartime chic….


Or maybe into the 1950s? From wholesome Hollywoodiana


To the teddy boys


Or the 60s new look from the Beatles?


Up to you!!!

Vintage Tea-Dance, 5-7pm, Sunday 6th May, The Winter Gardens

Do you fancy a foxtrot? Cherish your cha-cha-cha? Tempted by a tango or two? Then look no further! Our Vintage Tea Dance is taking place from 5-7pm on Sunday 6th May at the Wonderful Winter Gardens!

Vintage Tea Dance. DJing by Anthony Padgett of Original shellac78s on a 1930 HMV Gramophone player. Music from the 20’s – the 50’s. Whether you like to dance Charleston, Lindy Hop, Jive, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Tango, Cha Cha, Rumba, Mambo or just your own individual freestyle. Vintage Attire especially welcome.

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