An occasional (when we're inspired!) blog from a group of vintage sellers who share the same philosophies, ethics, and love of and respect for vintage items, as well as nostalgia for the "good old days." We love to share our vintage finds, treasured memories, and stories of our favorite old-time stars of the stage, silver screen, and vinyl recordings. We hope you'll enjoy visiting us!
For me Loretta Young had a magical appeal. She was one of my all time favorite movie and TV stars. If you don't know Loretta Young then try to find some of her movies. She's not to be missed.
She was born Gretchen Young in Salt Lake City in 1913, moving to Hollywood in 1916 where she started appearing in films at the age of 3. Her career continued and her fame grew. In 1947 she won an Oscar for her performance in The Farmer's Daughter. Every holiday season you can see her in The Bishop's Wife with Cary Grant and David Niven.
From 1953 to 1961 she hosted the Loretta Young Show. This is where she came into my life. Her trademark introduction at the beginning of each show was to waltz onto the screen wearing a fabulous party dress. She seemed to favor the full skirts loaded with underneath crinolines. After the introduction she appeared in each weekly show. Sadly these show will never be shown on television because she made it a legal stipulation in her contract that they not be rerun. Always fashion conscious she didn't want to be seen in outdated clothing...if only she knew how her appearance on these shows would be so admired today by vintage clothing collectors. You can however, find them on dvds.
She starred in a multitude of films prior to 1953. It Happens Every Thursday was her last film role before her television career began.
It was said that her personal quote was "wearing the correct dress for any occasion is a matter of good manners".
Sadly she left this world in 2000 at the age of 87.
Interesting Note: She had only one child in 1935 with CLARK GABLE. Go Girl!!!
Below is some items we think Loretta Young would love........
Frank Sinatra, aka "Chairman of the Board" and "Old Blue Eyes" was one of the most popular singers in American history. As an actor, he appeared in fifty-eight films and won an Academy Award for his role in From Here to Eternity. His career started in the 1930s and continued into the 1990s.
Francis Albert Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, on December 12, 1915, and died of a heart attack on May 14, 1998, in Los Angeles, California.
Sinatra dropped out of high school in 1934 and began to sing at small clubs trying to get the attention of the then popular "Swing Era" big bandleaders.
He began working with bandleader Harry James in 1939. His career skyrocketed when he joined Tommy Dorsey's band from 1940 to 1942.
Sinatra appeared in two movies while with Dorsey's band - Las Vegas Nights (1941) and Ship Ahoy (1942).
He began his solo career at the end of 1942 and became the Swing Era's (1935-1945) best-known vocalist.
Always a snappy dresser, Sinatra's wide-shouldered suits and his bow ties were imitated by many men.
During this time frame, Frank became a teen idol and was the first singer to attract the near hysterical attention of teenage girls.
In 1954 Sinatra appeared in the critically acclaimed film From Here to Eternity which won him an Academy Award for best supporting actor. He appeared in nine films in just two years, including Guys and Dolls (1955), Young At Heart (1955), The Tender Trap (1955), The Man With the Golden Arm (1955), and High Society 1956).
Sinatra was back on the record charts as well with "Young at Heart" and stayed on the charts steadily through 1967, recording albums around a central theme with a collection of songs or ballads.
From 1957 through 1966, Sinatra had twenty-seven Top Ten albums without producing one Top Ten single.
Sinatra's teenage fans were now adults - he had shifted smoothly to the role of the aging romantic bachelor which was signified by the image of him leaning alone against a lamppost with a raincoat slung over one shoulder.
Sinatra's hits in the 1960s included "It Was a Very Good Year" and "Strangers in the Night" (1966). He reached the top of the singles charts in a duet, "Somethin' Stupid," with his daughter Nancy in 1967.
Sinatra continued to act in several movies in the 1960s, including Ocean's 11 (1960), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Robin and the Seven Hoods (1964), and Tony Rome (1967).
In the 60's, Sinatra also became known as part of a group of friends called the "Rat Pack." It included entertainers Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford.
Sinatra briefly retired from 1971 through 1973, returning in 1974 with a renewed interest in older tunes. His return to the limelight was highlighted by his famous recording of "New York, New York" (1980) as he entered his sixth decade of entertaining.
In 1988 Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin embarked on a cross-country tour. The tour lasted only one week. Sinatra later organized another reunion tour with Shirley MacLaine in 1992 and it was an undeniable success.
By 1994 Sinatra was experiencing memory lapses, but that did not keep him from performing publicly. He merely added the use of a prompter (device that shows the words of a song) to remind him of the lyrics. After celebrating his eightieth birthday at a public tribute, new packages of recordings were released and became instant best-sellers.
The audiences who grew up with him and his music were complemented by adoration from younger generations. They have all made "Old Blue Eyes" one of the most outstanding popular singers of the twentieth century.
Frank was married four times, to Nancy Barbato in 1939; to actress Ava Gardner in 1951; to actress Mia Farrow in 1966; and to Barbara Marx in 1976.
The Reflections of Vintage sellers network present the following vintage fedoras, jacket, and jewelry that Sinatra himself might have worn.
Vintage 1960s Men's Blue Sharkskin Dinner Jacket Tuxedo Size Large fromCATSEYE VINTAGE:
As temperatures start to drop and leaves start to fall, our thoughts naturally turn to new Fall clothes. The sellers of the Reflections of Vintage network offer the following beauties currently available in their shops.
Vintage 1930s Sage Green Crocheted Ribbon Dress Embellished with Rosettes - Size Small or Medium fromCATSEYE VINTAGE
Now that Autumn is almost here and leaves are starting to turn, my mind always turns to Pendleton wool jackets and shirts for men and women.
Pendleton began production in 1909 in Pendleton, Oregon as a family owned company specializing in making jacquard blankets. In 1924 Pendleton began manufacturing their iconic mens wool plaid shirts. In 1949, Pendleton introduced the woman's wool plaid 49er jacket. All of Pendleton's plaids are exclusive to them and were originally sold in high end department stores and specialty shops.
Pendleton has always controlled the entire manufacturing process of their clothing from the buying of the fleece to the dying of the wool to the weaving of the fabric to the cutting and sewing of their clothes.
The surfing culture adopted the Pendleton wool plaid board shirt as part of their wardrobe in 1960 as personified by the California surf band the Beach Boys' early album covers ~ The Beach Boys originally called themselves the “Pendletones” after their favorite shirts.
In late 2002, Pendleton put out a limited edition of the iconic Beach Boys favorite board shirt which was limited to a run of 800. The original of this shirt worn by Brian Wilson on their early album covers was on display in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Pendleton continues designing, manufacturing, and selling high quality apparel for men and women to this day.
The sellers of Reflections of Vintage present the following vintage Pendleton currently for sale.
Vintage 60s Blue and Green Plaid Men's Pendleton Jacket - Chest 48 - Size Extra Large or XXL from CATSEYE VINTAGE:
Vintage Red Green Navy Blue Plaid Pendleton Mens Shirt Size L Chest 45 from ALLEY CATS ATTIC:
Vintage 60s Brown Plaid 100 Percent Wool Men's Pendleton Jacket - Chest 50 - Size Extra Large or XXL from CATSEYE VINTAGE: