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!!

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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.

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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!

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

I LOVE Vintage….Yeah i do!

What a GOOD FRIDAY!

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!!!

http://www.quexpark.co.uk/index.html

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!!

Cuffs.

Wing Cuffs.

Collar.

BIG Collar.

purchased from one of my previously raved about rockin’ sellers, Nadia Barthelme. 

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CaverneDuChatNoir 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!

well….

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

Miss Mandy miller presents…

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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)

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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 – https://www.facebook.com/DollyMillers

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

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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.

YES GIRL!

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.

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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

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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!

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Dreamboats, Petticoats & Hues of Blue….

While on a bright, yet blustery afternoon stroll across the picturesque West cliff…..

 An old boating pool was the perfect location to capture Folly’s petticoat & blues.

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This absolutely dreamy, two-piece woolen suit is made by Tara starlet –   http://www.tarastarlet.com

Pictured here in the most perfect pastel hues of blue

 it’s practically bubbling with flirty, fifties, feminine fun!!

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 A little birdie told me….

That you doll’s would love this cosy cardi that’s neatly tucked in at the waist, patterned all over with pretty pastel polka dots, and a flock of rockin’ swallows, adding that little edge to the softness of the suit. Made by TU – Available now in store @ Sainsburys.

Step in time….

And put an even sassier spring in your step with these white glitter pumps, they bring a bit hollywood glamour to your feet, and make you feel every step the starlet! 

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http://www.kurtgeiger.com/assemble-white-others-37-carvela-kurt-geiger-shoe.html

Wicker Wonderland…

The wonderful wicker handbag is a beautiful example of a fab vintage find, taking the outfit ‘back’ to date!!

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Read all about it and other styles to be had, here on a recent post – https://follyfatale.com/ladies-fashion/bags-of-style/wicker-wonderland/