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Fantastic Vintage Magazine Covers

Thanks to the lovely Fuzzylizzie at The Vintage Traveler, here are two amazing Vintage Magazine covers to brighten up a dreary Monday. These are from 1950s America….

Her original posts can be found here and here

First of all, a Glamour Cover from May 1950


Having a Wonderful time on:




And all the time keeping a close watch on the competition with those sly sidewise glances!

then an amazing cover from Seventeen, from May 1951


If you look closely at the full skirt, you might be able to pick out the words, “I Love You”, which are applied in felt. All the separates are by Junior First, a label I’ve never encountered, but they are really adorable. Also note, they are on a ship. According to the cover notes, it is the S.S. Queen of Bermuda. I’m jealous.

Fantastic Vintage goodness!

The Liebster Blog Awards!


*blush* We have been nominated for the Liebster Blog Awards by the very kind people over at The Big Forest. Thank you so much for this, we know we’re doing something right now!

First of all, this is the link to The Big Forest – a jolly lovely blog!


We have been asked to do the following in acknowledgement of this lovely award!

1. Acknowledge the person that gave the award and link back to their blog.
2. Copy and paste the award to your own site.
3. Share five of your choice blogs to award and let them know by commenting on their blog.

We would like to share with you the following utterly amazing blogs, and to pass this award onto them!

The Friends of the Winter Gardens – without the fantastic Winter Gardens and the Friends, our task would have been very difficult! So we send them some blog love!


The amazing Jessica Cangiano at Chronically Vintage– for being an inspiration to us!


The lovely Carol Bean’s blog at the wonderful Itsy Bitsy Vintage Local and fantastic!


The utter gorgeousness of the lovely Fuzzylizzie over at The Vintage Traveler. Superbly researched and executed!


Last but not least, some blog love out to Shona at ‘In the Heyday’– a blog we’ve found gorgeous to look and and informative!



Bringing Saucy Back to the Seaside!!!

We were, with our variety of stupendous and saucy acts, bringing vintage and saucy back to the traditional seaside!


Super sexy sundaes

Dr Diablo



The fabulous Kapow Sisters





The amazing Mr Rod Laver


The fantastic CoCo Malone


The gorgeous Ms Emmanuelle Clairee


More of What You Missed This Weekend!

The mermaid-tastic Emmanuelle Claire


The monkey-tastic Velma von Bon Bon


The amazing Emmanuelle Claire


Vicky Butterfly!!


Vintage loveliness!


What Did You Miss This Weekend at Morecambe Variety Festival???

The amazing Vicky Butterfly!


The stunning Amelie Soleil


The stupendous Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School


The wonderful Dotty’s Vintage Vintage Powder Room with Shelly Alexander


The mind-boggling Rod Laver


The Great Bendini


Fishing in Morecambe


Just What You’ll Be Missing If You Don’t Come to Morecambe Variety Festival This Weekend!

Fun, frolics, sauciness, sideshows, burlesque and a brilliant time is what you will be missing if you miss this Weekend’s Morecambe Variety Festival! From 12.00 noon Saturday 5th May- Evening of 6th May, Morecambe Winter Gardens.

Morecambe Winter Gardens- one of the stars of the show!

Captain Murderer and the Morecambe Mermaid

Brilliant Burlesque!

Stupendous Songbirds!

Stunning Satire!

Vampilicious Vixens!

Veritable Vamps!

and King Neptune’s own Burlesque Ball!

So what are you waiting for??

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?

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.

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