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October 20, 2019

When the King Met the Queen: Pictures of Michael Jackson and Madonna at the Ivy Restaurant, Beverly Hills in 1991

Madonna and Jackson were both pioneering forces on MTV throughout much of the 1980s and ’90s. It’s believed they had a contentious relationship over the years, but they attended the 1991 Academy Awards together in an instantly iconic pop culture moment.

Madonna and Jackson are said to have spoken about collaborating musically, but nothing materialized prior to Jackson’s death in 2009.

These photos captured moments of Michael Jackson and Madonna at the Ivy restaurant in Beverly Hills on March 18, 1991.

Vikki Dougan in Black Backless Dress on the Streets of Hollywood in 1957, the Series Photo That Changed Fashion Forever

If you were to conjure an image of typical 1950s fashion, there’s no doubt the visual would be brimming with knee-length skirts and shoulder covering tops.

It was an era, like most before it, of conservative clothing.

The bikini had been invented only a handful of years before, and society was still grappling with the fact hem lines were creeping towards the knee.

And then Vikki Dougan came along.

While actress Veronica Lake is typically assumed to be the muse behind Jessica Rabbit, it was the lesser-known and near-forgotten Vicki Dougan along with her notorious derrrière that really put Jessica on the map. Pin-up girl turned (struggling) actress, Vicki earned herself the nickname, “The Back” in 1950s Hollywood for so often wearing her outrageously provocative backless dresses.

In 1957, the Oakland Tribune wrote a piece about how Dougan’s style, and subsequent rise to prominence, was part of a carefully crafted image created for her by publicity man Milton Weiss.

Initially, he decided to have three backless dresses made for her. He then gave his client the nickname “The Back”, and had her wearing a backless creation in almost all of her public appearances.
His first move was to have three expensive dresses made for her — without backs. He then titled his client “The Back” and had her appear at previews and parties in her plunging creations. Soon local photographers zeroed in on Miss Dougan’s bare spinal column, and gagsters began originating such cracks as, “Vikki Dougan makes the best exits in town.”

Finally Vikki was banned from someone else’s preview party because her backless formal was drawing too much attention. The incident received proper press coverage. Today Vikkie — born Edith Tooker in Brooklyn — is riding toward fame on the strength of her clothes, what there is of them. It’s a trend, all right.
Dougan’s fame would take flight, and she would score roles in various films, photo spreads in prominent magazines such as LIFE as these candid photographs were taken by Ralph Crane in 1957.

According to Messy Nessy Chic, America had somewhat of a love-hate relationship with Vikki and her backside however, and she was often mocked in gossip columns. By 1959, Dougan and her derrière had pretty much disappeared from the Hollywood scene, unable to find work. The daring pin-up girl was forgotten along with so many other names trying to make it in showbiz, until Disney/Touchstone made a little film in 1988 called Who Framed Roger Rabbit? While Dougan received very little recognition as a Jessica Rabbit muse, her trademark style and sex appeal became iconic.

Magical Rainbow Sponge With Dee Gruenig

Dee Gruening, noted artist, designer, educator, owner of Posh Impressions and creator of the Rainbow Sponge will teach you quick and easy techniques for creating designer backgrounds, borders and artistic lettering to use in paper crafting, memory albums and beyond.

Dee will entertain you as she teaches countless techniques for successful sponging. She shows you how easy it is to produce beautiful backgrounds and calligraphy with Inkabilities and the Rainbow Sponge. She’ll also WOW you with her use of Inkabilities without the sponge using shaving cream, shibori paper and much, much more.

40 Fascinating Color Pics Document Everyday Life of Crete Island in the Early 1970s

Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, the 88th largest island in the world and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily, Sardinia, Cyprus, and Corsica. It bounds the southern border of the Aegean sea. Crete lies approximately 160 km (99 mi) south of the Greek mainland. It has an area of 8,336 km2 (3,219 sq mi) and a coastline of 1,046 km (650 mi).

Crete and a number of surrounding islands and islets constitute the region of Crete, the southernmost of the 13 top-level administrative units of Greece; the region is the fifth most populous region of Greece.

The island is mountainous, and its character is defined by a high mountain range crossing from west to east; the range of Lefka Ori contains Crete's highest point, Mount Ida. Crete forms a significant part of the economy and cultural heritage of Greece, while retaining its own local cultural traits (such as its own poetry and music).

Here below is a set of fascinating color photos found by eyedot that documented everyday life of Crete island in 1971.

October 19, 2019

The Original Hollywood Sex Symbol: 45 Glamorous Photos of Mae West in the 1930s

Born 1893 in Kings County, New York, American actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, comedian, and sex symbol Mae West had her entertainment career spanned seven decades. She was known for her lighthearted, bawdy double entendres and breezy sexual independence.

West was active in vaudeville and on the stage in New York City before moving to Hollywood to become a comedian, actress, and writer in the motion picture industry, as well as appearing on radio and television. She often used a husky contralto voice and was one of the more controversial movie stars of her day; she encountered many problems, especially censorship. She once quipped, "I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it." She bucked the system, making comedy out of conventional mores, and the Depression-era audience admired her for it.

When her cinematic career ended, West wrote books and plays and continued to perform in Las Vegas and in the United Kingdom, on radio and television, and she recorded rock and roll albums.

West died in 1980 at the age of 87 because of suffering a stroke.

The American Film Institute named her 15th among the greatest female stars of classic American cinema. For her contribution to the film industry, Mae West has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street in Hollywood. For her contributions as a stage actor in the theater world, she has been inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of young Mae West in the 1930s.

50 Rare and Amazing Behind the Scenes Photos From the Making of ‘The Outsiders’ (1983)

The Outsiders is considered one of the most romantic, heroic interpretations of 1950s youth to ever be brought to a film screen. The brain behind the book the film was based on, S.E. Hinton, created a world that would transform the way teens saw themselves. She also created Sodapop, Ponyboy, Johnny, Dally, Cherry, and all the other unforgettable characters who would become icons of young adult fiction and visual media in the 1980s to the present. The story centers around a group of disenfranchised teenagers, their struggles with identity, and the pressures that come with it.

The 1983 movie would become one of the best novel adaptations ever. It would also take young actors Patrick Swayze, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Ralph Macchio, Matt Dillon, and Rob Lowe and make them into some of the most famous actors of the ’80s, ’90s, and today. That’s all thanks to the director, Francis Ford Coppola. The man behind Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, and The Great Gatsby directed this classic YA adaptation.

The times on the set, however, were unconventional in every sense of the word. Hyper-realism and authenticity to the material were important to Coppola, resulting in quite a few crazy things that happened on and off set. From the burning of a church steeple to an actor living on practically five dollars a day, this nearly doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the many off-the-wall things that happened to the cast during the making of this film.

Below is a gallary of some of rare behind the scenes photos from the making of 1983 American coming-of-age drama film.

Stunning Portraits of Famous Figures By Baron

Of Jewish Italian heritage, Sterling Henry Nahum, professionally known as Baron, was born in Manchester in 1906. Embarking on a career as a photographer in his thirties, Baron soon portrayed the stars of ballet, though his lens focused more on film and politics after the war. A friend of Prince Philip, he took official photographs for many occasions such as the wedding of Philip to Princess Elizabeth in 1947.

In 1954, he founded Baron Studios on Park Lane, taking commissioned portraits mainly of leading businessmen. However, there were several Hollywood’s female stars whom he was commissioned to photograph whilst promoting his book in America. Only two years after his venture, the photographer passed away at the age of 50 in September 1956. His studio continued in business for a further two decades before being sold off in 1974.

Below are some notable portraits of famous people taken by Baron:

Samuel Goldwyn, 1933.

Laurence Olivier with Merle Oberon, 1937.

Deborah Kerr, 1940.

Marlene Dietrich, 1945.

David Lean, 1946.

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