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  • Diehl Marcus & Company: LA’s Curious Goods

    Like the fabled shop Curious Goods from a TV show on long ago, there is a new shop in LA that delivers the rarest of classic sartorial wears, historical curiosities, better umbrellas, safari accouterments, classic books, Victorian atmosphere and a game of chess oft paired with a historic cocktail at their ever growing parties; This latest one being an honorable tribute to Ricky Jay, a man that opened the eyes and changed the lives of perceptive individuals through my own lifespan and...
  • Deco, Nouveau, & Crafts: Know Your Arts

    By Scott Daniels “Art Deco” may be the most misused identifier in the English speaking world. One sees objects and buildings from the entire sweep of the 20th century labeled “Art Deco” as a generic term meaning “fancy” (or so it seems). Art Deco is often confused with the Art Nouveau period, not in style but in carelessly applied naming, though the two are genetically as different as a locomotive and a lotus flower. To add confusion, the overlapping Arts & Crafts movement, with its subsets...
  • Five Fabulous Vintage Pinups to Follow on Instagram

    By Scott Daniels Rockabilly—Goth—Vintage—Burlesque--Pinup. It’s a path we’ve heard outlined many times over in The Fedora Lounge forums. The 21st century explosion of mid-20th century pinup style can easily be seen via several social media platforms, most notably Instagram. The sheer effort in creating hairstyles, makeup and perfectly put together vintage outfits is remarkable. The most successful have gathered tens of thousands of avid followers, and numerous vintage dealers have caught...
  • Three 20th Century Women's Fashion Game Changers

    By Scott Daniels The 20th century saw dramatic changes in fashion for women. Rereading that sentence, “dramatic” feels like too silly a word to use; comparing a dress from 1900 to one of the 1960s feels much more like witnessing the arrival of an entirely new species. Along the way, fashion houses, chiefly and famously found in Paris, helped further this major evolution, paired tightly with the personalities at their heads. Many designs were ground breaking and immediately identifiable as...
  • Eleanor Roosevelt, Daycare Pioneer

    By Scott Daniels A Young boy naps at the Swan Island Daycare Center, Portland, Oregon First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt is rightfully credited with many accomplishments. She may in fact be the most hardworking, perhaps the most important presidential wife ever to occupy the White House. Other First Ladies have done great things and made significant contributions to our national life. Yet, Mrs. Roosevelt stands in a class alone, pushing her cautious husband into liberal policies he may not...
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