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Yes, Research FTW!

Yes, Research FTW! | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Holy crap! Yesterday, I published an article about journalist Edward R. Murrow; and just now I published one about fashion designer Sophie Gimbel. In looking for images for that last article, I fou...
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Click-ity-click-click for all the fun!

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Sophie Gimbel Designs For Saks -- And Dolls!

Sophie Gimbel Designs For Saks -- And Dolls! | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Because you know I obsess over things... Like Gimbels department stores... I was working on another set of doll articles for Diane’s Doll Hospital (this time on vintage walker dolls from the 1950s;...
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About the first American fashion designer to be on the cover of Time magazine.

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50 Years *sigh*

50 Years *sigh* | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Today, June 21st, is my birthday; I turn 50. I feel pretty much the same way I did when I wrote this two years ago, "A lifetime of so little progress is just too much."; only more so. *sigh* I was ...
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The Internet Orgainized By Personality, For Real, Yo

The Internet Orgainized By Personality, For Real, Yo | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
GlamKitty on why Backwash.com was so important -- and cool. Like lots of things, BW seems even more important and fabulous in hindsight. When I think back, what strikes me most about Backwash is th...
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My thoughts on what was the coolest & most innovative website, Backwash.com. We are doing a reunion of sorts, so check it out.

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The Classics: Music & Humor

The Classics: Music & Humor | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

When Alyssa Milano was on The Late Late Show last December, she told Craig Ferguson (and all of us watching), that her grandfather said there were two types of people: those who think farts are funny, and those who don’t.

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Of Mozart & the fart.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, February 6, 7:23 PM

Of Mozart & farts.

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When Beauty Is A Crime

When Beauty Is A Crime | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

I have a modest collection of vintage vanity items. (My collection and I have even been featured in Collectors News magazine.) And indeed, I’ve often wondered about the vast popularity of Rachel as a powder shade. I’d rather believed the hype that this particular shade was named after a popular actress at the time — but in Antique Personal Possessions, Silvia Druitt gives another possible reason...

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I explore the links between cosmetics, prostituion, actresses, and blackmail.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 19, 2013 5:06 AM

Links between cosmetics, prostituion, actresses, and blackmail.


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Vintage Cosmetics & Beauty Accessories: Not Taken At Face Value

Vintage Cosmetics & Beauty Accessories: Not Taken At Face Value | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

So there I am, in the "Collector's Spotlight" titled Vintage Cosmetics & Beauty Accessories: Not Taken At Face Value, covering two pages (24-25) in text with some photos of my collection.

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Not written by me; but an article about me & my collection.

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14 Things This Collector Is Thankful For

14 Things This Collector Is Thankful For | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Traditionally Thanksgiving involves giving thanks for family, friends, food and other blessings of a non-materialistic nature. I’ll be giving that little speech later today with family, don’t you worry about that; but this holiday I want to give special thanks from the bottom of my little collector heart.

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On This Day In History, We Ought To Be Reminded

On This Day In History, We Ought To Be Reminded | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

On this date, November 6th, in 1967 a baby girl was born; just 21 years later, on July 18, 1989, she would be murdered.

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Remembering -- and honoring -- Rebecca Schaeffer. Be an action figure!

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Collecting Halloween: The history of Halloween postcards and costumes

Collecting Halloween: The history of Halloween postcards and costumes | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Delve into the history of two popular Halloween collectibles with Deanna as she explores antique and vintage postcards and the origination of the Halloween costume as we know it today.
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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, October 24, 2013 1:23 PM

My latest column at Collector Perspectives.

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Ah, The Chick’s An Old Battle Ax

Ah, The Chick’s An Old Battle Ax | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
The “new woman” rode bicycles — and she smoked and likely even chewed tobaccie. So it makes sense that folks would advertise tobacco directly to her. In this antique tobacco...

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, October 3, 2013 6:31 PM

History in advertising

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Of Valentino, Mineralava Beauty Pageants & Pink Powder Puffs

Of Valentino, Mineralava Beauty Pageants & Pink Powder Puffs | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

As a feminist, I have a complicated, conflicted, relationship with beauty pageants. But this vintage booklet from the 1923 Mineralava Beauty Pageant fascinates me because of the man involved: Rudolph Valentino.

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Looking Back At Vikki “The Back” Dougan (A Biography)

Looking Back At Vikki “The Back” Dougan (A Biography) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Collecting vintage smut, as I do, I know who Vikki Dougan is; but I’ve been surprised a number of times by both the lack of recognition this iconic beauty has and the lack of information about her. So, ever obsessed as usual, I set out to correct the situation.



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She was the inspiration for Jessica Rabbit, English pop artists, and more than one personal fantasy.

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, July 23, 2013 7:05 PM

A great profile about an incredible icon!

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"The Challenge Of The 50s -- Years Of Crisis"

"The Challenge Of The 50s -- Years Of Crisis" | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

For those of you who prefer to think of the 1950s as an idyllic time, one to romance over, there were issues and crises. In fact, one of them was regarding journalism itself

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Educational Doll Articles

Educational Doll Articles | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Just finished my doll articles for the Dolls By Diane newsletter. This time, I write about a large doll I literally was shocked to find -- Slumped like that on the floor, I thought she was a person...
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Of Hard Hats In Hard Times

Of Hard Hats In Hard Times | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Normally, we see the pin-up version of women working in WWII. Like this image of dancers at London's Windmill Theatre practicing their routine while wearing gas masks and hard-hats with their costu...
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Women on the homefront in WWII

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, May 22, 2:11 PM

Women on the homefront in WWII

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Antique Logging Stamp Hammer

Antique Logging Stamp Hammer | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
This is an antique stamp hammer, and part of lumber history. A stamp hammer was used to make "end marks" on lumber and logs. These end marks are much like bands in that they are used to identify ca...
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Baillie Lumber's curator insight, April 1, 5:45 AM

I truly enjoy reading stories about the history of our forest products industry.  This wonderful artifact is a great example of how the industry operated years ago.  I guess we've come a long way baby!

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Context Is Credibility

Context Is Credibility | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
I've written before about the importance of context; and ranted too about "stolen" images used, uncredited etc., at Tumblr and other sites. I've tweeted and posted at Facebook about my hatred of su...
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Rethinking Pink (Or Girls Don't Need Pencils)

Rethinking Pink (Or Girls Don't Need Pencils) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Speaking of suffrage colors... A news clipping from the New Brunswick Times, October 15, 1915, about Miss Ellen Murray who threw an anti-suffrage party: The house was decorated in the colors of the...
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Is Wearing Vintage Fashions Feminist? (Or, Sign Of The Times 1948)

Is Wearing Vintage Fashions Feminist? (Or, Sign Of The Times 1948) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

At my vintage living blog, Things Your Grandmother Knew, I’ve written about the tendency to romanticize the past, but I recently read two blog posts discussing vintage fashion in terms of “the vintage girl being the new feminist” and thought it was time to discuss the subject from a more feminist angle…

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Context matters.

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, November 27, 2013 2:25 PM

Whether your passion is vintage fashion orsex positivity, you'll like this.

 

Thanks @Deanna Dahlsad for including sex workers in this post!

Gracie Passette's curator insight, November 27, 2013 2:29 PM

Whether your passion is vintage fashion or sex positivity, you'll like this.

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Whether your passion is vintage fashion or sex positivity, you'll like this ~ it mentions sex workers in a positive light too.

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Dance, Ballerina, Dance (Remembering Kathy Keeton; Gone To Soon & Forgotten Even Faster)

Dance, Ballerina, Dance (Remembering Kathy Keeton; Gone To Soon & Forgotten Even Faster) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Who was Kathy Keeton? For starters, Keeton was Guccione’s longtime girlfriend and eventual wife. But she ought to be remembered for far more than that.


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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 11, 2013 2:19 PM

This woman ought to be among the largest names in feminism and publishing -- and an icon of the 1970s - 1980s.

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The Way To A Man’s Heart Is Through His Stomach & Other Lessons In Vintage Cookbooks

The Way To A Man’s Heart Is Through His Stomach & Other Lessons In Vintage Cookbooks | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
This is the cover of The Way To His Heart “A Cookbook with a Personality”, 1941; note the figures on the cover. The five female figures on the cover of...
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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 4, 2013 2:25 PM

One cookbook illustrates so many issues: body image, ageing, racism, marketing & consumerism. Oh, and recipes too ;)

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KITSCH-SLAPPED describe itself as

"SPECIALIZING IN BAD TASTE FROM A (FEMINIST) CHICK’S PERSPECTIVE. POP CULTURE, PAST & PRESENT, IN YER KISSER."

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Fashion & Sewing Pattern History, Part Two | Inherited Values

Fashion & Sewing Pattern History, Part Two | Inherited Values | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Moving into the early 19th century and taking a closer look at how clothing pattern history closely parallels domestic sewing machine history.

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Meet Me Down by Schuster’s (Vintage Department Store Memories & Collectibles) | Inherited Values

Meet Me Down by Schuster’s (Vintage Department Store Memories & Collectibles) | Inherited Values | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Like many people, my first jobs were in retail. It was work I actually loved; but retail doesn’t pay enough to support a family, so I left it & got a college degree. Years later, I still consider myself to be a “retail brat” — and so I collect vintage retail store items. Like most collectors, I tend to focus on the names that mean something to me. For me, these are the department stores of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, September 24, 2013 3:52 AM

Trade stamp history (like S&H Green Stamps) too!

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The Black, White and Shades of Grey in Collecting Black Americana

The Black, White and Shades of Grey in Collecting Black Americana | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

According to Howard Dodson, director of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, “There are two kinds of collectors of black Americana: those who are interested in collecting as a financial investment and those with a passion for finding ‘the missing pages of history.’”


...There is also some concern that part of the drive in purchasing black Americana is pimpin’ black culture.: that this adoption of old images and negative stereotypes is being glamorized in a perverse way. Like hip-hop’s bad ‘rap’ (pun intended), collecting black Americana is sweeping the nation in a concerning way.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, August 27, 2013 12:07 PM

As a white chick, I don't dare collect this stuff -- even if I, as a collector of similar negative sterotypical items about women, understand the desire to document the horrible past.