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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Midweek magazines

 Hello, hello!
Let us jump decades back in time, and have a good read: it's LIFE magazine, January 9th 1950.

♥♥ Gesture Language 
(How different peoples talk with their hands is told in the new book)

This wine is fine - these five agree. The Sicilian standing at left pinches his cheek to show his pleasure; 
the American girl in center makes a sign of satisfaction with a familiar U.S, gesture;
Brasilian at right pinches the lobe of his ear;
the seated French girl kisses her fingers,
and the Colombian at lower right happily pulls his eyelid.

Aldough each of the people in the above picture is making a different gesture, they are all saying the same thing: this wine is terrific. They are making different gestures because they are from different nationalities. If the wine had been ever more terrific, the Brazilian standing at the right might have reached around behind his head and pintch his other ear to prove his point. He and the others are friends od Dr Mario Pei, gathered together by him to illustrate some gestures which Pei touches on in a new book The Story of Language (Lippincott $5). Dr Pei, a Columbia Univesity professo, estimates there are some 700,000 gestures tucked away in different parts of the world. Some of them are quick and simple, like a shruk or a nod of the head. Others are historical in their origin, like the salute, derived from a motion medevial knights made when they rasied visors. But gestures can be confusing. To see how they vary in meaning and method from country to country, turn the page.

Till next time! 

♥♥ Pinky Honey

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Love story: Siren of the Tropics

Greetings, lovelies!

Heart Throbs magazine is giving us another enchanting story.

Woman of unsurpassed beauty or creature from remotest nether region? Exotic child of the tropics or heartless demon in disguise? What was Tari? Into the simple lives of Kent Rawlings and Sue Ives walked this strange and breathtakingly lovely creature and left a trail of shattered love and abjects despair.
Sounds intriguing. Let's take a look:

I hope you've liked this story.

♥♥ Pinky Honey

Friday, 26 July 2013

Rosie the Riveter

Hello world!
It's me again.

A while ago I read an amazing article on Pop History Dig about Rosie. We all know her:

J. Howard Miller's 'We Can Do It!' poster  
commissioned by Westinghouse and 
shown briefly in February 1942.

I have decided to bring this article closer to home, so here it is:

♥♥ Who's that girl?
“Rosie the Riveter” is the name of a fictional character  who came to symbolize the millions of real women who  filled factories, munitions plants, and shipyards during World War II.  In later years, Rosie also became an iconic image in the fight to broaden women’s civil rights.
In 1942, Pittsburgh artist J. Howard Miller was hired by the Westinghouse Company’s War Production Coordinating Committee to create a series of posters for the war effort.  One of these posters became the famous “We Can Do It!” image  — an image that in later years would also become “Rosie the Riveter,” though not intended at its creation.  Miller based his “We Can Do It!” poster on a United Press photograph taken of Michigan factory worker Geraldine Doyle.  Its intent was to help recruit women to join the work force.  At the time of the poster’s release the name “Rosie” was not associated with the image.  The poster – one of many in Miller’s Westinghouse series – was not initially seen much beyond one Midwest Westinghouse factory where it was displayed for two weeks in February 1942.  It was only later, around the 1970s and 1980s, that the Miller poster was rediscovered and became famous as “Rosie The Riveter.”  But both images of Rosie – Rockwell’s and Miller’s – were used to help enlist women in the WWII workforce.  In later years, and in fact up to present times, these images have became iconic symbols of women’s rights struggles, and are occasionally adapted for other political campaigns as well.  But it was during the World War II years that “Rosie the Riveter” got her start.

Norman Rockwell’s ‘Rosie The Riveter’ 
cover for the May 29, 1943 edition of The Saturday Evening Post
(first time she's been called "Rosie")

In the Post’s cover illustration, Rockwell’s Rosie is shown on her lunch break, eating a sandwich from her opened lunch pail as her riveting gun rests on her lap.  A giant American flag waves behind her.  Rosie appears content, gazing off into the distance.  However, Rockwell portrays her with some important details, from the lace handkerchief visible in her right hand pocket, to her foot placed smack on the cover of Adolph Hitler’s Mein Kampf at the bottom of the painting. 

♥♥ The Song
Rosie the Riveter appears to have come first in song, not in art.  In 1942, a song titled “Rosie the Riveter” was written by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb and was issued by Paramount Music Corporation of New York.  The song was released in early 1943 and was played on the radio and broadcast nationally. It was also performed by various artists with popular band leaders of that day.
Here are the lyrics:

While other girls attend their fav’rite
 cocktail bar
 Sipping Martinis, munching caviar
 There’s a girl who’s really putting
 them to shame
 Rosie is her name

All the day long whether rain or shine
 She’s a part of the assembly line
 She’s making history,
 working for victory
 Rosie the Riveter
 Keeps a sharp lookout for sabotage
 Sitting up there on the fuselage
 That little frail can do more than a
 male will do
 Rosie the Riveter

Rosie’s got a boyfriend, Charlie
 Charlie, he’s a Marine
 Rosie is protecting Charlie
 Working overtime on the
 riveting machine
 When they gave her a production “E”
 She was as proud as a girl could be
 There’s something true about
 Red, white, and blue about
 Rosie the Riveter

Everyone stops to admire the scene
 Rosie at work on the B-Nineteen
 She’s never twittery, nervous or jittery
 Rosie the Riveter
 What if she’s smeared full of
 oil and grease
 Doing her bit for the old Lendlease
 She keeps the gang around
 They love to hang around
 Rosie the Riveter

Rosie buys a lot of war bonds
 That girl really has sense
 Wishes she could purchase
 more bonds
 Putting all her cash into national
 Senator Jones who is “in the know”
 Shouted these words on the radio
 Berlin will hear about
 Moscow will cheer about
 Rosie the Riveter!

♥♥ Real "Rosie"s
In June 1943, about two weeks after Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post cover appeared on newsstands, the press picked up the story of a woman worker named Rose Bonavita-Hickey.  She and partner Jennie Florio, drilled 900 holes and placed a record 3,345 rivets in a torpedo-bombing Avenger aircraft at the former General Motors Eastern Aircraft Division in North Tarrytown, New York.  Hickey’s feat was recognized with a personal letter from President Roosevelt, and became identified as one of many  real-life “Rosie the Riveters.” 

 WWII-era photo showing 
Dora Miles and Dorothy Johnson 
at Douglas Aircraft Co. plant in Long Beach, CA.

Other women workers doing riveting — as well as others generally who were filling heavy-industry “men’s” jobs all across the nation – e.g., “Wendy-the-welders,” etc. – also gained media attention during the war years.

A ‘Wendy-the-Welder’ in 1940s’ shipbuilding at Richmond, CA.

 In early August 1943, Life magazine featured a full cover photograph of a woman steelworker, along with an inside photo-story spread of other “Rosie” steelworkers, some quite dramatic.

Life magazine cover photo of August 9, 1943 
shows steelworker Ann Zarik at work with her torch.

Some of the photos showed the women wielding torches and working on heavy plate and structural steel with sparks flying, with others working in midst of giant steel cauldrons that carried the molten steel.

♥♥ Marilyn "the Rosie" Monroe
One of the “Rosies” during the WWII years was none other than Marilyn Monroe – well before she became “Marilyn the Hollywood star,” however. In the 1945 photo, Marilyn was then the 19 year-old Norma Jean Dougherty working at the Radioplane munitions factory in Burbank, California.

Marilyn Monroe, before she became a Hollywood star, appeared in a series of airplane factory photos in June 1945 
that led to her becoming a model and film star.

David Conoverwould later wrote: 
“I moved down the assembly line, taking shots of the most attractive employees.  None was especially out of the ordinary. I came to a pretty girl putting on propellers and raised the camera to my eye.  She had curly ash blond hair and her face was smudged with dirt.  I snapped her picture and walked on.  Then I stopped, stunned.  She was beautiful.  Half child, half woman, her eyes held something that touched and intrigued me.” 

Another of David Conover's photos of 19 year-old Norma Jean Dougherty.

♥♥ Rosie after WWII
Although many of the jobs held by women during WWII were initially returned to men after the war ended, the workforce would never be the same again.

Women at Douglas aircraft plant during WWII

Women discovered a new sense of pride, dignity and independence in their work and their lives.  Many realized their work was just as valuable as men’s, though for years, and to this day, an earnings disparity still exists.

I am grateful to Rosie (to all the Rosies out there!), for empowering women since 1942. Her strength is still so evident, and still so invigorating - she is even more powerful now, than 70 years ago.
Thank you, Rosie.
Because of you, women like me keep on fighting!

♥♥ Pinky Honey

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Midweek magazines

Hello all!
I hope you are having great time.

It's Wednestay, and it's time for LIFE magazine - today we're heading to February 17th 1941.

♥♥ Maryland coeds demonstrate Do's and Don't's 
of Campus etiquet ♥♥

"Soft you now, you charming coed! Let us not lose our wealth of manners." This parody of Hamlet's soliloqui introduces That is the question, A Social Blue Book of Campus Etiquette, just issued by brigh-eyed coed of University of Maryland, in College Park, MD. In it readers are encouraged to get the "Hello Habit", for Maryland's 1,176 coeds are actuely concious of necessity of being popular. Hence  That is the question is far more than mere collegiate Emily Post: It advices freshmen how to dress; how to wear makeup ("Don't come to an 8:20 with your eyelashes dripping mascara"); how to smile a greeting ("Let him have it right between the eyes!"); how to act in the libarary ("Don't sit around and giggle"); how to eat, smoke, even say Goodnight ("Doorknob hangers are no longer in fashion!"). For LIFE readers, Maryland students on these pages skilfully act out rules from their new code of conduct.

To behave, or not to behave.. there is NO question there!
I hope you enjoyed this Midweek-read. And I hope you had a laugh.

♥♥ Pinky Honey

Monday, 22 July 2013

Summertime glory, PART 5 - Let's go to the picnic

Hey there!

Are you ready for Picnic-edition of Summertime Glory series?
I've been writing about: posting me mail via postcards (something I'm still waiting on!), properly packing for the trip (something I'm missing), beach-babes and surf-fellas (never a bad thing to post!) and delightful ice-cream (yes, please: chocolate, punch and lemon for me!)

Let us go now - if you do not have the time for the Vacation, there's a perfect altenative; it lasts only one day, yet it's super-enjayable!

♥♥ The basic - baskets ♥♥

This four-person set from 1908 — made by travel outfitter G.W. Scott & Sons,
 and complete with copper kettle and burner —
recently sold at auction for $3,500

Picnic Time's hamper comes with a cutting board, tablecloth, and service for two
(get here:

Faux-leather trim and a plaid lining 
(get here:

Optima fills its handmade cases with vintage china, glassware, and embroidered linens for two
(get here: - it's quite expensive - 100 EUR)

Loving strawberries? Cath Kidston's iconic strawberries sweeten the oilcloth lining of this wicker model with two table settings
(get it here:

♥♥ Next: the Food ♥♥

♥♥ Picnic tortilla
4 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, sliced
350g potatoes, sliced
4 rashes of smoked bacon, chopped
6 large eggs
Heat the olive oil in a small non-stick frying pan, add the onion and potatoes and fry for 8 minutes, turning the veg frequently until tender but not browned. Add the bacon and fry for a further 2-3 minutes. Meanwhile, beat the eggs in a large bowl with plenty of salt and pepper. 
Remove the potato mixture with a slotted spoon and stir into the eggs. Reserve most of the excess oil, leaving a little in the pan. Pour in the egg mixture and leave to cook undisturbed over a gentle heat for 8 minutes until firmly set underneath but not set on top
Invert the tortilla on to a plate and return the pan to the heat with a bit more of the reserved oil. Slide the tortilla back into the pan, uncooked side down, and cook for 5 minutes until set all through. Pack for a picnic.

♥♥ Coconut & carrot slices
250g (one pack) butter
300g sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs
200g flour
1 tsp baking powder
50g desiccated coconut
200g grated carrots
2 tsp spices (cloves, cinnamon and mutmeg)
For the topping:
85g desiccated coconut
25g butter, melted
25g sugar
Butter and line a traybake or small roasting tin, about 20 x 30cm. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Gently melt the butter in a large saucepan, cool for 5 mins, add the sugar, vanilla and eggs, then beat until smooth with a wooden spoon. Stir in the flour, coconut and ¼ tsp salt. Stir the carrot and mixed spice into the mix. Bake for 30 mins.
Meanwhile, evenly mix 85g more coconut with 25g light muscovado sugar and 25g melted butter. Smooth this over the cake, then bake for 10 mins more until golden and a skewer inserted comes out clean. Cool, then cut into squares.

♥♥ Sangria

1 orange, sliced
1 bottle of cheap but nice Spanish red
400ml Spanish rose
50ml brandy
50ml marsala, madeira or malaga
Seasonal fruit, to finish
500ml orangeade, preferably of the less sweet variety, chilled
Put the orange slices in the bottom of a large jug or bowl, and muddle, or squash, using a wooden spoon or similar. Add the wines and spirits, cover, and leave in the fridge to get to know each other for at least an hour.
Add the fruit and, if your jug is large enough, the orangeade, and serve over ice.

♥♥ How they did it.. ♥♥

Picnic-date back in the 1930s

Ladies enjoying themselves in 1950s

Emhh.. we are NOT practicing Voyerism here. :)

Music? Yes. Food? Yes. Smiles on faces? YES.
That's how they did it in the '50.

Look at that posture, look at those hats!

I hope you liked this enought to get your basket and enjoy the Great Outdoors!

♥♥ Pinky Honey