FOLLY HAS THE FINAL WORD…

Read all about it!… Read all about it!… 

Get your copy of Vintage Life Magazine now!

July’s Issue – no.56!

OUT NOW!

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 @ https://davidkerrphotographer.wordpress.com

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 follyfatale.com in…

Mayday, Mayday, Folly needs more Heyday!

Where there are lots more images on these incredable items.

https://follyfatale.com/ladies-fashion/mayday-mayday-folly-needs-more-heyday/

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

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

http://www.dragoonpublishing.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&path=77&product_id=287

 Or at your local WHSMITH!

And take a peek at Folly on paper!

Enjoy!

X

The flamboyance of Featherstone and his fabulous flamingos…

Perky, Pink and Perfectly Poised…

The famous poised pair of flamboyant fuchsia flamingo’s that adorned many a lawn in the late 50’s and onwards has had a sad day indeed, as its ingenious inventor Mr Donald Featherstone has passed away due to illness.

Making Marvellous Mingoes…

Curios yet canny, the bandy legged birds were Created in 1957.

The pink flamingo was just one of 750 crafty creations made by Featherstone for the company Union Products, of which he worked.

He was also appointed president of the company until the year 2000.

During his time as an avid creator and inventor, Donald was awarded the the Ig Nobel prize in art, the prize being a parody of the Nobel prizes given to honour the unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research.

Folly has just perfect way to celebrate these cleverly plastic clad pirouetting all weather creations….

Go pick up a pair today…. Get flocked and adorn your lawn!

Here at – http://getflocked.com/index.php

Join me later on a vivid voyage full of flocking fun!!

When I feature all things fabulously flamingo around Folly’s fortress in memory of Mr Featherstone and the famous fifties fun-time flamingo!!

Saturday night at the Movies…

With a fancy for some boppin’ beats and red hot roadsters cruisin’ the streets…

Folly has full on Fifties film fever tonight!

Now, my Saturday night in just wouldn’t be complete without the company of some….

Hot Roddin’…

Retro Rockin’…

Cool Cats!

&

Thankfully

These all come complete in the Rockabilly Rebel film

Deuce of Spades!

Check out the tasty teaser here…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMhYQy54YZY

http://www.deuceofspadesmovie.com/the_story.htm

Les Remember…

Hip hip hooray, Les Paul… 100 Today!

100 years ago today on the 9th of june 1915, Lester William Polsfuss was born, better known as The great Les Paul.

Americas multi talented musician and innovative luthier, the prime pioneer creator of the solid-body electric guitar.

As an avid radio listener, Les was in awe of the sounds of the guitar players over the waves, these were to be the waves that would wash over him, willing him to work hard on his paper route to get enough money together for his first guitar.

Relishing the replication of the riffs, Les became know as red hot red during his teenage years, together gripping his guitar and harmonica in hand, Les played at the packed out local drive-in.

Mounting the mouthpiece from his mothers telephone onto a broom stick and wiring it to her radio Les amplified his voice so even the pack of cats at the back, could hear him loud and clear.

Via the means of a hand written note, drive-in surfing to the front, Les was informed that while his voice and sounds of his harmonica were good, his voice needed to be louder!

So this got Les a thinkin’ and a tinkerin’….

Now wiring his guitar to his fathers radio and inserting an arm from his mothers phonograph, Les had plucked upon his first guitar, but it sounded far from what he had desired.

Profusely packing the guitar with a few of his sports socks, his dads old rags and his mums best tablecloth Les quickly realised that wasn’t going to work.

So he then furiously filled the carcass with a clay like substance, pouring in plaster of paris, until…..

That was to be the end of that guitar!

Moving on..

Les and his friends found a 2 foot piece of old rail and together with his marvellous made up microphone from his mothers telephone, along with a stretched string strapped onto the length of the rail, Les’s luck was finally in, as he had struck upon his sought after solid body guitar, less the feedback!

Les and his wife Mary Ford

Les and his wife Mary Ford

Effects Respect…

Tape delay, phasing effects, multi track and overdubbing were just some of Les’s genius gifts to the music world, but with the art of overdubbing being his revolutionary sound on sound effect, he helped to change the recording process like nothing had before.

With Les Paul’s extensive musical career, masterful creations and his future musical inspirations… I feel if I were to set about writing it all out, I fear I too would be here still writing whilst celebrating my 100th year!

So i leave you here at the entrance to the site that officially documents the musical delights of the musical marvel, the Man and the Master, Mr Les Paul…

http://www.lespaulfoundation.org

Here’s one of my favourite songs too by the wonderful duo…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iGXP_UBog4

IN MEMORY OF THE MUCH MISSED MONROE

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.

But…

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…

Neckties!

Also know as the Swing tie, or Jump necktie.

Phew!..

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.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VTG-1930s-1940s-HAWAIIAN-SWING-NECK-TIE-HAND-PAINTED-CREPE-SILK-LINDY-HOP-VGC-/291467895296?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item43dcd72200

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1940s-VINTAGE-ANTIQUE-DRESS-SHIRT-TIE-ALADDIN-FOLKLORE-ARABIAN-NIGHTS-/191476311351?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c94e0a537

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/209643605/best-western-vintage-1940s-bucking-horse?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=1940s%20novelty%20tie&ref=sr_gallery_6

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

Pin me up, n’ Bowl me over…

Golden Balls…

From the fabulous 40s through to the swinging 60’s, bowling had its time known as

‘the golden age’  

By the mid 40s people had gone totally bowl-a-rama on the sport!

Getting that strike, a fifties delight…

Ten pin bowling hit a strike in terms of popularity during the 1950’s,

 During 1953 the golden jubilee tournament of the American Bowling Congress became a magnet to 8,180 teams, thats a massive 41,000 people taking part!!

With television coverage helping families to connect with the sport from the comfort of their own homes,  it wasn’t to be long before it became a national sporting sensation and everyone wanted to get up, go out and get playing!

Past time, Play time…

As well as a nationally treasured sport, bowling had now entered the realms of the hobbyist, making it the trendy thing to do.

   A firm family fun-time favourite and the perfect setting for a date-night, de-light!

young couples often mixing luck, in the lanes…

 with a little bit…

of love!

 Adults, cool cats, kids and sweethearts alike, all loved to get down to their local alley.

Ordering strawberry shakes, cheese burgers and a basket of fries, poised with the glimmer of a strike in their eyes!

king of the pins…

Dressing the part certainly got you off to a good start, the bowling shirt soon became a fashion accessory as well as a team players necessary.

Made in both gabardine and cotton, these score style shirts came in a huge array of vibrant colours.

Craftily customised with the teams title and a showy symbol, the backs were emblazoned with a vast variety of vivd visions.

The front strikingly stated the players name which was sewn into the breast pocket patch.

For all you fellow righteous rockabilly fans, a bowling shirt is a complimentary addition to your essential collection!

If true vintage is what you seek, then the luxe label you will be rail rummaging for is the king of the swing shirts.

king louis …

These sought after slogan shirts were incredibley cool in their day, owned by the Lerner Brothers Manufacturing Company of Kansas city, Missouri.

With its slogan of “Shoot 300 for 300 Dollars.” the company had many bowlers buying under the interest of the company promising to pay $300 to any bowler who bowled the perfect game whilst wearing a slogan’d sewn shirt.

First established as a maker of caps in 1937, the Lerner Brothers,  had given Americans the gabardine shirt under the new king louis label by 1948.

The labels to look out for…

The introduction of the holiday sportswear division was bowled out country wide when owner Victor Lerner joined a league, and his team chums were in need of some sharp shirts.

Check out this King Louis for sale right now!!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vtg-1950s-KING-LOUIE-Ten-Strike-BOWLING-SHIRT-Small-CROWN-DRUGS-Los-Angeles-CA-/251931212615

Angel-town is also another desirable shirt to don at the ally.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/206412784/50s-bowling-shirt-mens-yellow-angeltown

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/181742209/the-most-awesome-vintage-1950s-hilton?ref=market

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/178170543/nice-1950s-rayon-bowling-shirt-with?ref=market

Many modern rockabilly companies make great reproduction shirts, personally I’m loving Daddy-o’s selection, shop here for the boldest bowling style on the scene!

http://www.daddyos.com/retro/retromen.html

So… now there’s no excuses! Get one and get bowling over the girls as well as those pins! 

PINBALLS, POPSICLES & ROCK N’ ROCK-OLA

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”?!?!

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 Ooh Eer!

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

http://www.dreamland.co.uk/tickets

https://davidkerrphotographer.wordpress.com

MAYDAY MAYDAY….FOLLY NEEDS MORE HEYDAY!!

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 Kerrhttps://davidkerrphotographer.wordpress.com

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!

http://www.heydayonline.co.uk/default/womens-clothing/ladies-trousers/ladies-swing-trousers-navy.html#.VT0RuktxCh8

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!

http://www.heydayonline.co.uk/default/womens-clothing/ladies-tops/olivia-blouses/ladies-top-olivia-blouse-starlet-red-navy.html#.VT0RbUtxCh8

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!

http://www.matalan.co.uk/womens/jewellery-and-hair

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 Kerrhttps://davidkerrphotographer.wordpress.com

Heyday! 

will leave you

Simmering with sophistication until the sun goes down!

Seasalter….What a sunset!