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July’s Issue – no.56!


For Folly is featured having the final word all about Mz Fatale in this months marvellous issue..

Folly's Final Word!

Folly’s Final Word!

So…feast your pretty, pre-modern lovin’ peepers across my interesting intro, bubbly bombshell bio and a couple of classic questions from the dolls at VLM…

 All answered by yours truly…

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The bygone era-esk image featured was photographed by the fabulous David Kerr @

Where Folly was captured wandering the classic castle surroundings in Whitstable, Kent..

Wearing the nostalgic knockout that is the Olivia blouse and swing trouser set, from none other than the Lindy Hoppin’, Retro Rockin’ Heyday! vintage.

Read more on this sensational 40’s set in a former feature right here at in…

Mayday, Mayday, Folly needs more Heyday!

Where there are lots more images on these incredable items.

So to all you Vintage Vixens and Pin-up Kittens out there

GO!…Get yourself a copy of Vintage Life Magazine here at

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And take a peek at Folly on paper!





Happy Birthday Dear Marilyn…

On this very day in the summer of 1926, the beautiful bundle of joy that was Norma Jeane entered the world and changed Hollywood forever more.

To celebrate what would have been her 85th birthday, Folly fancied taking that famous wiggle down memory lane…

As a much-loved, admired and marvelled in movie star, the marvellous Miss Marilyn Monroe had a turbulent yet triumphant short life.

Here’s just a mere snippet into the life and times… the before, the ‘becoming ‘ and bag load of  beautiful and beyond!

Here are just some of the findings from my years of faithful following, Images of immense beauty and quotes from the superstar sensation herself…

“No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl, all little girls should be told they’re pretty even if they aren’t”

The far too short yet all together mesmerising life and times of Miss Monroe started on the 1st of June 1926, Born as Norma Jeane Mortensen, then baptised as Norma Jeane Baker, Marilyn as we know her today was to be born into the most unforgiving and unfortunate of circumstances.

Her mother Gladys Baker (née Monroe) showed early signs of serious emotional disturbance after Norma Jeanes birth, with her mother’s mind neither here nor there at any given time and the confusion over who her real father was….Norma Jeane grew up a disillusioned young waif, torn between her mothers reality and fantasy worlds.

Aged only 9, Norma Jeane was sent to a Hollywood orphanage, this was to be the beginnings of being pushed from unloving pillar to un-affectionate post.

Norma was to be frequently sent to and from many un-reassuring adults, to even more unfamiliar institutions during her sad set up of an infancy.

Turmoil and tears…

During the years of adolescence Norma claimed to have been abused by a lodger at a foster home, teased at school for being ‘norma Jeane string bean’ and also claimed to have given birth between the ages of 14 – 15, the baby boy of which was taken away from her by her guardian and given up for adoption.

Sweet sixteen

Marrying her first husband Jim Dougherty at the sweet age of 16, This was to be a much welcomed relief to Norma’s guardian who was more than ready to pass the buck.

Norma Jeane had said “I was a peculiar wife, I liked boys and girls much younger than me, I played games with them until my husband came out and started calling me to go to bed.”

During this marriage, while Jim was working away and while Norma worked at a factory, she was to meet David Conover,  A photographer who gave her a taste for the limelight, taking her image and running with it, it wasn’t to be long before features and contracts had her name all over them.

But, the name on these contracts had now changed into the blonde bombshell we all know and adore…

 ‘Miss Marilyn Monroe’

With the signing of the Twentieth century fox contracts, came the signing of Marilyn’s divorce papers, Jim had given Marilyn an ultimatum, “it’s me or the modelling”

so, her marriage to Jim was over!

“I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful”

Starring in her first film ‘Ladies of the chorus’ during 1948, Monroe became a star in the making, many good and bad men saw Monroe’s potential and with a stream of sponsors and lustful lovers at her feet, Marilyn was heading to the top.

“I’m very definitely a woman, and I enjoy it”

‘Love happy’ was the 1949 film that Monroe first showcased that saucy, saunter of a wiggle walk… leave mouths wide open with wonder and awe at what they saw!

Craftily created by shaving just a quarter of an inch off the heel of one shoe, the height imbalance created that famous head turning hourglass hobble.

Racking up the reels…

With everyone wanting a slice of the cheesecake that was the million dollar Monroe, she continued to feature in countless films, some utterly fabulous, some mediocre but all just as acutely alluring as the next.

A fifties affair…

During 1953 Marilyn was to marry again, this time to sportsman Joe DiMaggio, this sadly a marriage filled with jealousy and violence and just 274 days later, Monroe filed for divorce.

“the body is meant to be seen, not all covered up”

Back to business…Monroe’s image was often laid bare for all to see…

The playmate and the playwright plight…

The already married Arthur Miller and an insatiable Monroe made for a tale of woe.

Miller couldn’t deny his longing for Marilyn, but complications were always rattling their chains in the background, with Millers ex-wife and Marilyn’s old beau DiMaggio lingering for a reconciliation with the star, he was never to be far.

But in 56′ the pair married and hastily headed for the English countryside for a honeymooners haven.

With her career still in full throttle and Miller’s absorption in writing, time together was becoming few and far between.

With this incompatibility eventually spilling sourness on the showtime sweethearts, the couple made it through Millers ‘misfits’ movie and in 1961 their marriage was declared dead and their divorce was final!

Stuck in the middle with you…two!

With life delving deeper into a world of alcohol, agonising depression and divorcing despair Marilyn had made friendships with all the right people and now far too many of the wrong types too!

Frequent mingling with mobsters and canoodling with the Kennedy’s, Marilyn was on a downward spiral to an early death.

Marilyn’s famous “Happy Birthday Mr President” ensemble

Many love affairs were seen unfolding in front of cameras and behind closed doors in the early 60’s.

Rumours suggest an affair with Frank Sinatra had taken place whilst a flitting flirtatious, fury between Jack and Robert Kennedy commenced.

In loving memory

In the summer of 1962 the news broke of the mysterious and most shocking death of Marilyn Monroe, suicide?! or murder?! The conspiracy theories continue…

Found face down in bed, clutching her telephone, A bedside table piled high with pill bottles, the instant evidence pointed to ‘suicide by means of an overdose’ and this was to be the official cause of death.

 Her Lonesome, broken-hearted, tattered personal life consumed her off of the set until the bitter end.


Marilyn Monroe was also still a mega star in the eyes of the observer, then and now!

Boldly beautiful, vibrantly vivacious, fiercely feminine with ferocious tenacity to triumph.

Her style, sauciness and pin-up prowess powers on in all us fun loving 40’s and 50’s fanatics!

Tie me up & wear me out!….

Now, Now… Its not what you think!!!!

Although it does sound like a recipe to get you guys a little hot under the collar huh?!?

Well, with a line up of pin-up perky’s and some desirable dancing dolls that just love to drape themselves around your neck, of course I’m talking about…


Also know as the Swing tie, or Jump necktie.


Now that we’re clear on that, I can’t wait to tell you all about Folly’s findings on the tantalising ties of the late 1940’s-1950’s.

No more bore, now we’re Post-war!

With the wickedness of wartime and an age of austerity almost behind them, both the men and women that had lived through the undesirable utilitarian times were yearning for a post war POP of colour…

Wide, bright and a little bit naughty at first sight…

 For men in the United States, the desirability of an exuberant wider shaped, silken, hand painted or printed tie was to be extremely stimulating!

Causing quite the stir, they were the much celebrated and sought after male must-have accessory!

Many examples featuring the pert pin-ups and dainty dancing dolls of every mans deepest desires….

 As well as the naughty, there was also the novelty niche, each and every one available in a painters palette of punchy colours! 

The necktie became part of a self expressionist trend, so much so that the trend became tied up into a lucrative collectors realm, many enthusiasts collecting hundreds of the acquired taste accessory… buying and selling at specialist clubs.

Brightening up Britain…

With British fashion still a more conservative, classic and overall a more understated style than the US, many Brits were still opting for the narrower, knitted style necktie.

But it wasn’t to be long before some men dared to wear the styles inspired from all the way over in trend setting America.

Gee! Thanks Cecil….

  It was to be Cecil Gee who outrageously pushed the boundaries of the british, he was to be the first during 1946 to import the ‘American look’ into his London shop.

“After the blitz, here comes the Ritz”….

A promise Cecil put into action..

Soon tons of ties were available in his store, many featuring flockings of feathers, flamboyant florals and the wildest scenes from the wild, wild west!

Every Saturday saw a queue of men lined up ready and waiting, eager to purchase the quirky and sometimes perky neckties of the new brighter future.

Ties today…

Fetching a pretty penny today, Vintage neckties of flashy and fanciful designs can be found on sites such as Ebay and Etsy…

Heres a few of my favourites to give you a head start.

GO! Tie your cash up into some very necessary vintage!


Nostalgic Necessities….

 We are now well into the warm up for the long awaited opening of Dreamland in Margate…

With only 40 days to go!!!

 Folly felt the necessity to be near the niceties of some nineteen fifties nostalgia, with that in mind, things expeditiously evolved into the exclusive entry into the Dreamland expo centre..

So on a rainy seaside Sunday, Dreamland provided the perfect backdrop for some 50’s fun  without the sun, in this fantastic photo-shoot.

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This gloriously vintage gingham sweetheart dress was a must have summer buy from the fabulous Mz Velvet Mourning.

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Filled with fondness, family fun-fair rides and archived arcadia, Folly had that fuzzy  feeling of being a kid in a candy store once more!…. Especially as there were sticks of rock rolling all over the place!

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Tried & Tested – Dreamland Rock is the best!!!

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A Cherry-Tastic 1940’s inspired necklace from the marvellous Miss Mandy Miller!

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Oh i do like to see the saucy seaside!!!

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“you wish you could see what”?!?!


 Ooh Eer!

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Come and see what all the fabulous vintage fuss is about at the re-imagined Dreamland in Margate.


The wonderful Whitstable seaside called upon Folly on a bright and sunny sunday afternoon, but not before taking a turn about the Tankerton towers & castle gardens, where the picturesque pagoda provided the perfect shade and light for a photograph or two…

Photography- David Kerr

A Gaberdine dream….

A 1940’s garberdine swing styled, nautically navy trouser, was to be the perfect pair to wear… putting the ‘spring time’ into my step on this fun-day photo-shoot.

Just look at those big double decker red buttons!!!

These fab gabs can be found at Heyday!

Star Light, Star bright, The first star I see tonight….

Elegantly ensembled with a 1930s style dainty starburst scattered print blouse, femininity is the focus feature for this blouse, It’s wickedly wide collar and it’s prominent, pretty puffed sleeve is a little naughty while screaming 1940!!

The Olivia blouse is another amazing vintage reproduction buy from the fabulous Heyday!

The buttons have the sweetest little star shapes embedded into them, just beautiful…

Capping off the sensational starburst scene is a Cosmo contrasting rouge red collar, and the cutest turn back cuffs I’ve ever seen!

Say hello to Mellow yellow…

Totally plastic fantastic and atomically angled, my mellow yellow 50’s necklace is shining bright in this light, by Miss Mandy Miller.

Those fabulous little precious pastel and (almost matching earrings) are not matching at all!! they actually come straight from the hustle and bustle of the good ‘ol high street!

There’s plenty of pastel pretties to be had at Matalan right now!

Snap happy…

 Follys favourite 1951 vintage camera, is the Kershaw Eight-20 Penguin.

Perfectly preserved and working wonders, this little box full of bellows and bakelite came into my clutches when i recently purchased my 1940’s home.

Left behind, laying lonely and unloved, stuffed in a box in the back of the loft for what looks an eternity!!

The virtually untouched device is an absolute vintage hoarders dream!

 The perfect photographic package to take a few seaside snaps!

Photography- David Kerr


will leave you

Simmering with sophistication until the sun goes down!

Seasalter….What a sunset!

Jeans that Dreams are made of….

Originally called Overalls and a standard issue item for hardworking Miners, Wild West Cowboys and the plain Ol’ Wild ones of society, Denim Jeans saw a stamp of ‘hip’ being stitched into its seams during the 1950s, causing a double take to those daring to wear!

Famously Eddie Cochran was the first to Rock and Roll his Denim on stage.

Eddie Cocran

As Part of his Missisippi homeland, the jeans were an everyday uniform of the sharecropper and Eddie felt more than comfortable staying true to his roots.

 Elvis also wore the cuffed denim style and certainly helped to make them ‘cool’, although mainly worn when off duty, as he felt the material wasn’t quite ‘showtime’ enough for the stage!

Fitting for the flicks….

An American hero status came ruggedly riding into film reels by the mid 50’s, Flicks featuring the epitome of lawless youth and stylish sex symbols like James Dean and Marlon Brando came on to screens everywhere, burly brandishing a pair of pegged denim….. so its no wonder that todays collectors are falling over themselves to snag a pair of selvedge.

Now rockin’ a reformed rebellious status, Denim-wear became the chosen cachet for the uber cool kids in town!

 Levi strauss & co ran ads in support of teens wearing their jeans in class, this was to be frowned upon by many East Coast schools, and because of such a revolutionary rogue reputation being sewn on to the style, some schools soon felt the need to ban the style from their dress code completely…… taking the trend out with the trash!

Or so they thought….

A letter from an East Coast professor to levi’s read as follows, “While I have to admit this may be ‘right for school- in San Francisco, in the west, or in some rural areas I can assure you that it is in bad taste and not ‘right for school’ in the East.”

Well This didn’t stop any hip guy getting his gear on outside and away from the rules of those rigid and restrictive institutions.

The Forbidden fashion only made the teens denim desires stronger.

To Cuff or not to Cuff, that is the question….

ok, so on the rockabilly scene we all love to cuff our jeans, i hear of so many rules and regulations on how to, where to, how high, show selvage or no selvage…..

but quite frankly, the original reason for cuffing a jean was due to the fit!

Most families had a hand me down policy…..

 If your older brother grew out of his jeans, they were often passed down to you, whether they fit perfectly in length was far from a problem….. because what did you do??…….you’d turn em up!

Tah-Dah! the cuff was invented.

Many Modern fellow fifties enthusiasts love to show off the white seams of the selvage, which is found on the inside leg of the jean.

This results in various sizes of cuffs being turned up all around town.

How to tell that you’re donning some Darn’ right good denim…

Levi strauss & co,  Lee Cooper and Wrangler were the most popular ‘fashion’ brands for denim in the 1950’s,  and because of the hand me down nature, most pairs were literally worn out! resulting in them being thrown out!! So true vintage examples are rare and highly priced.

Looking for an iconic pair of levi jeans from the 1950’s??  Well its worth keeping your eyes skinned for the pairs known as capital Es, due to the upper case E being visible on the pockets red tab.

Since 1971 the tab has been spelt with a lower case e

A desirable jacket to collect would be the 1953- 507 XX jacket, or more commonly know as the“number two” or the “second edition”.

If true vintage isn’t your style, or not for your shape then….

Repro is the way to go! 

When you find a good pair of reproduction jeans, you just know it!

Here are some of my favourite company’s, tried and tested by myself, (in the ladies section of course).

But i have my trusty male assistants that can vouch for you Gents, that in this little selection, are the jeans that dreams are made of!

Go get denim hunting guys!

I LOVE Vintage….Yeah i do!


Well, all my vintage loving friends, Folly certainly had a GOOD FRIDAY!

This easter weekend couldn’t have started any brighter, well it could have been a shade or two lighter in the sky, but that didn’t rain on our parade!

The grand entrance….  

The grandeur of the Powell cotton museum at Quex park, was indeed the perfect picturesque setting to scatter stalls of vast varieties, piled high, and wide, with past time paraphernalia in its plenty, all offer to the vintage Vendee! no matter their era of interest, there was something for everyone!

Picturesque Powell cotton…

WOWZA! what a place, The 15th-century Quex Estate is simply stunning! set in 15 acres of  beautiful Victorian grounds.

 A now historical housing for Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton to arrange his natural history specimens and curious cultural objects collected on expeditions to Asia and Africa.

Amazing Asian weaponry, ceramics, jade and ivory from Europe, China and Japan, all assembled by six generations of the Powell-Cotton family.

You are truly missing out if you do not visit this venue, all ages will be astounded by the wildest range of taxidermy I’m sure you will ever see!!!

The wildest backdrop for some fierce vintage finds…..

 Stalls of Shining silverware, lashings of laid out lace work and the smell of spritz from the hair stylists rolling up some vicious victory rolls, filled the air of the bustling rooms & corridors of the museum.

A steady flow of  boppin’ shoppers had lots to choose from, inside and out.

The marquee welcomed patrons with rails racked with rarities and repro styles for all shapes and sizes.

Gingham, plaid & bakie buttons!!

And its all mine!!!!

In my rummaging  i revealed a fantastic, romantic 40’s jacket, its divine!! With its wide collar and turned up sleeves, a nipped little wait and enough flare to sit pretty on a circle skirt, i am dying to wear this little wonder! (heres a little sneak peek, but you’ll have to wait till my next photoshoot to see it on!)

Bakie Buttons!!

Bakie Buttons!!


Wing Cuffs.


BIG Collar.

purchased from one of my previously raved about rockin’ sellers, Nadia Barthelme. she’s popular for her poker chip necklaces

Poker chip Parade!

Poker chip Parade!

and much, much more.  Check her out!!

Remember the old saying…..

You never know whats round the corner!


while scouting for my favourite 40’s and 50’s finery, i found a true diamond!

Miss Mandy miller presents…


With her ruby-red hair and the rustling of her petticoat under her swirling circle skirt, i met miss miller.

Miss Mandy Mller

Miss Mandy Miller

what a wonderful lady!! Living every bit the vintage dream, she had great advise and styling tips to share, I could have chatted for hours! (and nearly did)


FollyFatale & Miss Mandy Miller

I strongly urge any of you pin-up kittens to call her up for your various vintage needs, as she has so much to offer, or if its you guys that want to treat your vintage sweetheart to that extra special something?!?!…. Or maybe even something for yourself…..

Pin-up pack.

Pin-up players pack.

Give her a call, she will be happy to help!

Soon to be holding private appointments in her treasure trove home-store, I will be the first knocking at miss Mandy Millers door, that’s for sure!

With her tables glimmering with glitz and her rails racked with riches, instantly I knew Folly had found her feature of the day!….

Arranged perfectly like a beautiful bouquet of flowers, her stall was more than enough to keep me gazing for quite sometime, the feeling of being a kid in a candy store was upon me!!

The opportunity to own some of this huge collection of nostalgic necklaces, earrings, brooches and bags, and not forgetting the retro rails of the most precious glad rags, seemed excitingly endless!!!

I L.O.V.E.D this set, featuring a Necklace, brooch and earrings!

I L.O.V.E.D this set, featuring a Necklace, brooch and earrings! Simply stunning.

I have lovingly re-homed the most plastic fantastic, mellow yellow necklace, and….a non Kirsch but very kitsch cherry necklace, and…. some fancy french fuchsia earrings….uh! I’m in love!!!

Less kirsch more kitsch!

Mellow Yellow

Mellow Yellow

French Fancies

French Fancies

Mums the word….

As well as Miss Mandy Miller I had the pleasure of meeting Dolly Miller, who has a fab little shop in Margate full of vintage valuables ready for you to rummage through too.

You can call the marvellous ….

Miss Mandy Miller on – 07843 171 614

for all your Vintage clothing & accessory needs


Dolly Miller at –

Check them out, you won’t regret it!!!

Pop culture by the hourglass…

During the year of 1886, in the backyard of Dr John Pemberton, Coca Cola was born,

and is still fizzing away in bottles and glasses worldwide today!

Caramel in colour, a fragrant, sticky syrup combined with carbonated water, was sold for just 5 cents at a soda fountain in Jacobs pharmacy, Atlanta, Georgia.

As always, it is during the era of the 1950’s that the advertising for this caramelised, effervescent, nectar really quenched my thirst!

Advertisements for the shapely bottle of bubbling refreshment, depicted the all american family dream.

Carefree, fun in the sun, courting couples, convertible cars, and drive in date nights!… deliciously desireable.

A Gil Elvgren classic

A Gil Elvgren classic

At the drive in!

At the drive in!

All American Family fun

All American Family fun


With post war America being affluent and mobile, Coca Cola was rapidly refreshing people all around the globe.

                                                                                 The 1950’s campaign stepped up to show everyone having a slice of the good life, whether mingling at barbeques or having a relaxing day at the beach, people were bubbling over with fun an excitment, and Coca Cola was always at the party!

All that this wholesome and sophisticated set of friends needs is the taste of ice cold coke! AD- 1957

The perfect partner to a picnic in the park

A precious cargo of chilled bottles! AD-1955

A Bevy of swimsuit clad, brunette beauties, bombarded billboards!!….

Many adverts featured ‘the girl next-door’ look, with scenes of slender, attractive, sporty, and energetic women in swimsuits, cavorting on the beach.

Men rarely featured in the scenes, and if they did it was in the background handing out a bottle or two.

It is these that are the styles of memorabillia most sought after by collectors today.


The famous ‘yes girl’ poster by the artist Haddon H. Sundblom shows just that scene.

A toned, sun kissed young lady, looking happily at a bottle of cola being handed her way.

yes girl

It was Haddon H. Sundblom that was also to create Santa Claus into the ruddy faced, round bellied character we all know and love today.

Most people if they were to think of the coca cola ads, remember ones involving jolly old santa claus.

But HO NO NO…. not me


for me, it is she….incomparable

The lady in red!

The lady in red.

 The 1950’s advertisment, that is as sultry as a hollywood siren gets! (well …a painted one anyway)

Luxuriant dark hair, subtle snow toned skin, rose tinted cheeks and lips as red as rosebuds, pursed with pure superior desirability.

What an impact from such a simple alluring gesture!

The lady in red was the ad for Coca Cola in Brazil, the word ‘incomparavel’ meaning incomparable in Portuguese featured as its one word slogan.

and wasn’t it just!

The lady in reds incomparable style, and looks, amongst many other starlets and sirens, have helped to create Folly Fatale today!

Folly Fatale