Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Kallet Theater

It always amazes me what’s out there on the Internet. I wasn’t even looking for this, but I stumbled upon a site with pictures and history of our old neighborhood theater – the Kallet Genesee Theater. I can’t remember the first movie I ever saw there, but I do remember it was a matinee that my sisters brought me to and that the Beach Boys were in it. I saw many movies there over the years. The building has since been torn down. What a shame. It was replaced with an auto parts store that has since closed. Below is a picture of the theater from the mid 60’s, but check out Cinema Sightlines for more pictures inside and out. The building itself brings back many memories, both good and bad. If you look at the picture, the store to the left is Charney’s – a men’s clothing store. That store was memorable for me as it was where I went to borrow their phone so I could call my parents to tell them I just totaled their new car. Immediately above Charney’s was a dentist’s office. I went to that dentist to have a remaining baby tooth pulled prior to getting braces. Unfortunately, the dentist read the x-rays wrong and pulled a permanent tooth instead. He did promise to do the needed bridgework free of charge, then died 6 months later before he could do it. My parents had to foot the bill. On a brighter note, in the back of the building was the slot car center. This was another childhood hangout where we raced our slot cars on two large tracks. As far as the theater itself goes, why these old theaters cannot be preserved, I just don’t understand. In a previous blog, I wrote about the difficulty of re-using an old ballpark. A theater is a different story. It was still a usable building, either for second-run movies, a playhouse, something! At least some pictures were preserved so we can once again see what we had and didn’t appreciate.
MARTY

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Dirty Blonde

I’ve finally gotten around to ordering some Mae West movies from our local library. There’s a Mae West play called “Dirty Blonde” playing at the Academy Playhouse on the Lower Cape, and the newspaper had a few of her movies listed so I was able to score a few. Leave it to Provincetown to have plenty of the old movies we like. Thank heavens for drag queens! They’ve got a whole glamour collection DVD set that’ll be fun to see. Mae had the best quotes and a totally interesting life. Her dad was a prize fighter turned cop and later on had his own detective agency. Her mom was a corset and fashion model. How cool is that?

At the other end of the spectrum, I am reading Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s diaries and letters – started with Bring Me a Unicorn and am now reading Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead. I read Gift from the Sea years ago. I love that era of American History and see so many parallels from the last turn of the century’s events and this turn of the century’s. Ironic how we don’t ever seem to learn from history’s lessons, aye?

Friday, September 26, 2008

Westcott Reservoir, Syracuse, N.Y.

I always like to keep tabs on happenings in my hometown, Syracuse, New York. There was a story in the online Post Standard last week about the restoration/modification of the Westcott Reservoir. Westcott was a block from home and was a favorite spot, summer or winter. It was basically acres of flat mowed grass and a big two-tiered hill. The field was great for playing ball, Frisbee, what have you. The hill was one of the best sledding spots in Central New York. Around 1970, the fence that was at the top of the hill was moved to the first tier due to kids throwing things into the reservoir, and also because of other less than honorable happenings at the top of the hill. As a result, the water and the large fountain could no longer be viewed. Sledding took a hit as well, since you could no longer go to the top and hit the hump between the hills, which sometimes would send your sled flying, ski jump style. Anyway, the reservoir has been empty for several years, and they’re decided to put two large water tanks in the large basin that once held the water. It’s a shame, but since you couldn’t see the water anymore anyway (for the past 38 years), I guess it’s a more economical solution. They are also putting a solar panel on one of the tanks to help power the pumps. Can’t complain about that. Here are a couple of pix from Syracuse.com. The person in the first picture is the major of Syracuse. These are pix of the basin that once held the water.
MARTY




Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Old Ballparks

Marty here. The Yankees played their last game at Yankee Stadium this past Sunday. It got me thinking about stadium preservation. I have written many times about how Americans have little regard for their historic architecture - Pennsylvania Station, Danvers State Hospital, and even the little miniature golf course here in downtown Hyannis. Here in America, in the mid 60’s through early 70’s Urban Renewal brought the demolition of thousands of structures, some historically significant, others just integral parts of old neighborhoods. In my hometown of Syracuse New York, I remember the Yates Hotel being torn down (1970). There were great plans for a new building. It never materialized and it is still a vacant lot 38 years later. As a part of urban renewal, many buildings in the northeast were torn down in order to run Interstates through our cities. These Interstates were swords through the hearts of our towns. They cut off neighborhoods, and allowed traffic to bypass town entirely. Many of our towns have never recovered. Not all is lost however. In Syracuse, Armory Square has revitalized a small part of town. We see in many New England towns such as New Bedford, the reuse of old textile and manufacturing factories. They have become artists’ studios, condos and factory outlets. Trying to stay with the lingerie theme of this blog, the Realform Girdle factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is now a trendy mini mall, and the Strouse Adler factory (some of it dating to pre-Civil War) in New Haven Connectecut was converted to apartments. But what do you do about an old ballpark? We have lost some great parks over the past 50 years – Ebbets Field, Forbes Field, the Polo Grounds, and Connie Mack (Shibe Park) Stadium to name a few. Although I grew up a Yankee fan, losing Yankee Stadium isn’t as big a deal as some other parks, only because much of the stadium was gutted in the 70’s. The classic copper lattice-work has been gone for over 30 years. It wasn’t a good renovation in my opinion. But getting back to my original question, what could you turn these old stadiums into? I do understand the need for more modern facilities. But these old stadiums are historically significant because besides being the center of town social activity and pride, significant events took place on these grounds, events that are talked about years latter. I guess that ideally you’d enclose the structural part and turn it into office, condo or retail space and leave the field as open space. Unfortunately, given the cost of urban space, this would never happen. At least we still have Fenway, Wrigley and many great old football stadiums (mostly college) remaining. Maybe someone will come up with something more creative than the wrecking ball.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Links

When we retired Little Pink Dress we needed to clear out our links page since not only did our name change, but we went from selling vintage clothing, to new and vintage intimate apparel. We notified our link partners of the name/product change, but many didn’t respond and just left the Little Pink Dress link. We went ahead and cleared out the outdated links, so we’re starting almost all over again. Before I get to what types of link partners we’re looking for, I want to say what we’re not looking for. We limited our old links page to about 50 links. We do not want a zillion reciprocal links for the sake of web traffic. Nor do we want to be on a site with a zillion other links. No banners. No directories.

What we’re looking for are web sites or blogs related to: intimate apparel, fashion, retro, vintage clothing, vintage lingerie, vintage cars, vintage americana, historic buildings, crafty sites, DIY, travel, social causes, environmental, railroads, photography, wellness, educational resource sites, and just plain fun sites. Upstart sites are very welcome. In the end, we want it to be a useful links page, not a page done up for crawling purposes. If you’re interested, we want to hear from you. You know where to find us.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Birthday

Someone just celebrated a milestone birthday this past week...Happy Birthday Patricia!!!!!
MARTY

Monday, September 15, 2008

Shapewear Review - Venus of Cortland 5041 Long Leg Girdle



The word “girdle” has come to be synonymous with “pain and suffering” for many women, especially women who grew up in the 60’s and 70’s. There seems to be less negativity amongst those over 60 and under 30. Manufacturers have steered away from the g-word, using instead words such as “shaper,” “shapewear,” “controllers,” etc. The product Spanx has become so popular that “spanx” or “spanx-like” is often used when referring to any type of lightweight or hosiery-based shapewear. This being said, the venerable long leg panty girdle still has a loyal following. Venus of Cortland’s 5041 is a favorite amongst many customers. This style has been around for over 30 years, having been manufactured by Subtract prior to Cortland Foundations taking over. It is popular for two reasons: it’s comfortable, and it does it’s job. It’s also very durable. While it’s bulkier than hosiery-style shapewear, that does not mean it’s less comfortable. It’s kind of funny, customers who are new to shapewear many times will try one style, discard it, or suffer through wearing it once, and then that’s the end of that. When purchasing a bra, they would never do this. If it wasn’t comfortable, they would try others until they find the most comfortable and supportive one. It’s no different with girdles. We often recommend this particular girdle because of the positive feedback we’ve received. It is a firm control garment, so besides smoothing out your figure, it will help shape it. Cortland also makes several variations of it – a high waist long leg; a brief version; a long torso brief version; a high waist brief; and a pantliner. They come in three colors – black, white and blush. Most versions include tabs for garters. We will include garters if asked. Before control top pantyhose, garters and stockings were the norm. From an economic point of view, it can still be practical to wear gartered stockings – if you get a run in one, you still have the other one – important especially if you prefer higher quality, more expensive hosiery.
Venus 5041 Long Leg Panty Girdle

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Fishing Hole

In the past year I re-connected with a childhood friend (Michael) from Syracuse. In conversation with him, I found out that he and his father still go fishing on a regular basis to Otisco Lake, the same as we used to as kids in the 60’s. The three of us would pack up our fishing gear in his dad’s Rambler American, usually on a Friday evening in the summer time, and head for the lake. Otisco Lake is the eastern-most of the Finger Lakes, one of the most beautiful regions in all of America. We would always go fishing on the causeway – a series of islands across the center of the lake. Michael’s father would carry us piggyback across the shallow water between the islands. Once there we just fished and hung out, watching the lines and watching the sun set. The fish that we caught were usually small – Blue Gills, Sunfish and an occasional Perch. It didn’t really matter, it was still fun. Michael’s father is pushing 90 and on oxygen now, so the roles have reversed, but it’s still a ritual, 40 plus years later. It’s always a comforting thought when you hear that there are some things in life that have gone on unchanged. I don't have a photo of Otisco Lake, but I found one on Flickr.....
MARTY

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Vintage Lingerie Update

We’ve been neglecting the vintage lingerie sections of our site lately, mainly due to having a lack of time to put up new (well, vintage) items. It takes a lot of time to do one web page for one item – by the time we scan or photograph, edit the pictures, do up a new page, write a description, add the shopping cart, and add the item to the thumbnail page, it has taken almost half an hour, sometimes more – just to list one item. What usually happens is we pull out some of the vintage items, realize just how much we have, then put it all back and find less overwhelming work to do. This time was a little different. We have actually added some things to the vintage bra and girdle sections and hope to add more by the time the weekend is over. You can check them out at the links below.
Vintage Bras
Vintage Girdles