Friday, November 17, 2017

A Pink Palace for Beverly's Pink Saturday ...

It just doesn’t get much more kitsch (or pink) than screen siren Jayne Mansfield’s Sunset Boulevard home circa 1960. Floor to ceiling shag carpets, heart-shaped swimming pool, fireplaces and bathtubs, gold-plated fixtures a plenty, and of course, pink freaking everything.
 Photographed by LIFE photographer Allan Grant in 1960, the mid 20th century sex symbol shows us around her 40-room mansion, dubbed “the Pink Palace”, which she shared with her husband Mickey Hargitay.
 Mickey Hargitay must have been a better man than any I know to have been able to keep from going completely insane very morning he woke up in that house. Then again, I suppose he was crowned Mr. Universe 1955 for a reason.
 And he also built their heart-shaped swimming pool himself, which he personalised with “I love you, Jayne”, in gold leaf mosaic.
 I’m pretty sure my sister's first Barbie playhouse was modeled on this exact living room. Although, I don't believe Barbie had that terrific swan piano bench!
 Hmmmm. Could that be the future Lt. Olivia Benson in that pink swaddling room?
 Please. If you notice nothing else, notice the swan water taps!
 
Gulp. Jayne seems to have let Mick have one or two of his own “manly” areas of the house. Can we call these manly?!

Ringo Starr later lived in the Mediterranean-style house.
It was eventually demolished in 2002. I’m not sure if this is a bit of a tragedy or a favour to human kind.

This shot of Jayne and Mickey having a quiet evening at home for two is my favorite.
 
And now for an extremely awkward interview with the couple at their pink palace, demonstrating their exercise routines in very little clothing…and Mickey shows how he augmented their income by smuggling Austrian sausages into the country.
 
Don't forget to visit Beverly's Pink Saturday Blog Hop to discover all the participants and their Pink Saturday offerings!

And, then, go make something beautiful
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥
 
Sadly, as we know, the pink palace is no longer standing. 
This short documentary from a 90's news report gives us a glimpse into Jayne's fabulous home.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

a midweek fantasy among altered books and faery tales...

I've always loved books, altered books, paper art, faery tales, and scherenschnitte - so, I've collected a few photos of art pieces that combine various parts of these elements into vignettes of faery tales.

The perfect midweek fantasy outing - and artisan appreciation!

"The Snow Queen"
 "The Twelve Dancing Princesses"
 "The Wild Swans"
 "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"
 "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"
"Cinderella"
"The Princess and the Pea"

and ... if these aren't fantasy enough - imagine an entire stage - or display window - filled with them!
 Photos of "The Snow Queen" Rose Theatre, Kingston
  Photos of the Christmas display windows at Nicole Farhi, London
Hope you've enjoyed today's book art fantasies!

Now, go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥
 "To Kill a Mockingbird"
                           

Friday, November 10, 2017

The City of Dreams ...

 
They called it the city of dreams, a series of white stucco buildings that surrounded a pool of glistening water. As the sun rose above the sky,  the buildings would be illuminated in hues of peach, gold, and lavender. The real magic was at night when all the buildings would be lit up with tiny shimmering lights. Those that visited the city marveled at the sight and relished at the chance to stroll in the kingdom fit to be nestled among the stars.
This was the World Colombian Exhibition of 1893, or more commonly known as the Chicago World’s Fair. America’s first chance to show that it could be just as grand and innovative as the old world cities of London and Paris, the fair hosted two prominent attractions, the Court of Honor and the entertainment district known as the Midway Plaisance.
 
The Court of Honor (pictured above) hosted a series of neoclassical styled buildings that came to be known as White City because of  their cream colouring and the thousands of light bulbs that adorned each building at night.
Western entrance to the Midway Plaisance
The Midway was an area for amusement, where spectators could casually catch a ride in a hot air balloon, watch a sideshow, or view the fair in all of its entirety in a new invention called a Ferris wheel.
 
The original Ferris Wheel (1893) 
The fair’s main attraction was the world’s first Ferris Wheel, the exposition’s tallest structure, intended “to out-Eiffel Eiffel”, a reference to a campaign to come up with a structure that could outshine the Eiffel Tower of the 1889 Paris Exhibition. Whether it succeeded or not, the Ferris wheel allowed visitors to experience the fair in a whole new light and inspired many more amusement devices.
 Entrance to Chicago's White City Amusement Park@Chicagology
In just a decade, imitations of Chicago’s White City began to spring up across the country. These amusement spectacles included their very own Ferris wheels, scaled down versions of the Court of Honor, and thrill rides such as shoot-the-chutes and roller coasters. Locals would visit these parks to experience a piece of wonderland. The modern day amusement park was born.
Circus at Chicago's White City Amusement Park


The Midway at Chicago's White City Amusement Park
Strolling past the Casino at the White City Amusement Park, 63rd and South Parkway Ave

The figure of King Dodo at White City Amusement Park in Massachusetts
 Louisville, Kentucky's White City Amusement Park (1910)

Many of these amusement parks named themselves after the White City, but names such as Electric or Luna were also quite common. Railway companies began to notice that these parks drove a crowd and decided to build parks of their own to increase ridership during the weekends. These amusement parks played a key role in the shift of social attitudes during the turn of the century.
The most well known of these new amusement parks resided on Coney Island. Steeplechase Park, Luna Park, and Dreamland became the standard for other amusement parks, becoming a common sight across the country and even making their way across the channel to England
 Luna Park, Coney Island, New York
Dreamland at Night, Coney Island, New York

 The Chutes Park in San Francisco, California
But of course, paradise never lasts forever and by the end of the 1920s, many of these amusement parks had become a distant memory. White City amusement parks were in fact giant fire hazards, and many of them were entirely destroyed, just like the original White City buildings built for the Chicago’s Worlds fair. These fires were ruthless and destroyed so much property that it made rebuilding impossible.
 The burning buildings of the Chicago World's Fair
 The changing of the times also played a role in the demise of these parks. As automobiles began to gain favour, the public suddenly had more choice for how to spend their leisure time. The parks that survived to the middle of the 20th century struggled to remain profitable as visitors tastes in amusement parks changed.
 
 Electric City Park, Detroit, Wisconsin
Today, only one park that was given the White City name continues to operate. Denver’s White City opened in 1908 and has managed to outlast even the most well-known amusement parks that existed.
The park still features it’s original stucco buildings and even carries on the tradition of lighting the buildings with thousands of light bulbs each evening.
One of Lakeside's original rides, The Tickler
The park has gone through many updates over time, including a name to change to “Lakeside”. Visitors who come to the park have the pleasure of seeing different architectural eras such as art deco, streamline moderne, and the original beaux-arts architecture that the original White City was known for.
 An example of one of the many updates the park made.
If you wish to get a taste of what a White City amusement park was like, you can visit Lakeside Amusement Park (formerly White City) during the summer and spring months. If you’re more eastbound, there is of course the nostalgia of Coney Island, hanging on by blending mom-and-pop concessions with contemporary attractions to preserve the memory of the amusement parks from the past.

Feeling nostalgic? Now, go make something beautiful!

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(¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥

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Coney Island Mermaid Parade, Brooklyn, New York - 2017