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  • The Book is Better: Crime Novels of the 1930s.

    By Scott Daniels It’s a decent bet that much of what you assume to be true about the hard-boiled noir crime dramas of The Era originates in the popular media of the time. Men and women spoke this way. They wore these things. They cracked wise with these phrases. They drank those cocktails. We get a lot of it from the movies, but films made under the Motion Picture Production Code were heavily censored and sanitized versions, watered down to meet the whitewashed sensibilities of the Hays...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Three Vintage Hats You Need to Buy Today - 5-3-2018

    This is a new feature-- a weekly roundup of three hat finds from around the net. [URL]https://www.etsy.com/listing/590665422/size-7-34-vintage-1930s-stetson-raw-edge[/URL] Up first is size 7 3/4 1930s Stetson raw edge. Larger hats like this are tough to find these days, and this one appears to be in pretty good shape, especially after a clean and block. [URL]https://www.etsy.com/listing/610837453/size-7-34-vintage-1930s-stetson[/URL] Next is another large size 7 3/4 Zephyr Weight 1930s Stetson. This one is...
  • A Tour of the National Museum of the United States Air Force

    By Scott Daniels It was a matter of perfect timing: I found myself in Dayton, Ohio, with an unscheduled morning ahead, and I’d just finished up my copy of David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers. It’s a book in keeping with the rest of this author’s extraordinary work, telling the story of the first powered, heavier-than-air flight by Orville and Wilbur Wright at the opening of the 20th century. I had hopes of visiting the Wright's bicycle shop downtown somewhere, but Henry Ford made off...
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