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April 3, 2020

40 Glamorous Photos of Crystal Gayle in the 1970s and ’80s

Born 1951 as Brenda Gail Webb in Paintsville, Kentucky, American country music singer and songwriter Crystal Gayle began her career in the 1960s performing in the background of her siblings' bands, most notably Loretta Lynn. Lynn helped her sign a recording contract with Decca Records in 1970.

In 1975, “Wrong Road Again” became Gayle's first major hit. However, it was in 1977 when Gayle achieved her biggest success with the single “Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”. The song topped the Billboard country chart, crossed over to the top five of the Billboard Hot 100, and became a major international hit. She continued having major country pop success from the late 1970s and through late 1980s. Her biggest hits included “Ready for the Times to Get Better” (1977), “Talking in Your Sleep” (1978), “Half the Way” (1979) and “You and I” (1982).

Gayle has won one Grammy Award and has been nominated for several others since the 1970s. She has also won five Academy of Country Music awards; those awards include receiving the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award in 2016.

In addition, she has won two Country Music Association awards and three American Music Awards. Rolling Stone ranked her among the 100 greatest country artists of all time and CMT ranked her within their list of the 40 greatest women of country music.

Gayle has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2017.

Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the unique beauty of young Crystal Gayle in the 1970s and 1980s.

An American Female Teacher’s Contract From 1923

This sample female teacher’s contract from 1923 reminds us that, “We’ve come a long way, baby!” It stipulates some truly jaw-dropping rules. Women aren’t allowed to get married, keep company with men, leave town, ride in cars with boys (except their father or brother), drink, smoke or even leave their house between the hours of 8 P.M. and 6 A.M. And the most baffling rule is probably the one forbidding women from “loitering in downtown ice-cream stores.”

The image of the contract was posted on social websites about 5 years ago; and while the authenticity of the document is yet to be determined, it has sent people into a frenzy over the sexist terms. Among the provisions of the 1923 contract are:
  1. Not to get married. This contract becomes null and void immediately if the teacher marries.
  2. Not to keep company with men.
  3. To be at home between the hours of 8 pm and 6 am unless in attendance at school functions.
  4. Not to loiter in downtown ice-cream stores.
  5. Not to leave town at any time without permission of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
  6. Not to smoke cigarettes. This contract becomes null and void immediately if the teacher is found smoking.
  7. Not to drink beer, wine or whiskey. This contract becomes null and void immediately if the teacher if found drinking beer, wine or whiskey.
  8. Not to ride in a carriage or automobile with any man except her brother or father.
  9. Not to dress in bright colors.
  10. Not to dye her hair.
  11. To wear at least two petticoats.
  12. Not to wear dresses more than two inches above the ankle.
  13. To Keep the schoolroom clean:
    A. To sweep the classroom floor at least once daily.
    B. To scrub the classroom floor with hot water and soap at least once weekly.
    C. To clean the blackboard at least once daily.
    D. To start the fire at 7:00 am so the room will be warm at 8:00 when the children arrive.

Alligator Shoes by George Febres, 1975

Charismatic and influential artist, curator, and gallery owner, George Febres (1943–1996) was a spirited participant in the resurgence of New Orleans as a regional art center beginning in the 1970s. Immigrating to New Orleans from Ecuador in 1965, Febres embraced the local art community and graduated from the fine arts programs at the University of New Orleans (UNO) and Louisiana State University (LSU).

Febres’s work incorporated surrealist and pop art elements with humorous, imaginative, and outrageous visual puns, as in his most well known piece, “Alligator Shoes (Thom McCann Eat Your Heart Out).”

George Febres is credited with starting the art movement called Visionary Imagism in his adopted hometown of New Orleans. His unrestrained and bold imagination and humor won him admirers the world over. His life in New Orleans was a myriad of roles, from artist to art collector to curator and gallery founder. This put him in a central position of the art renaissance that unfolded in the city in the 1970s.

Febres worked with frescoes, mixed media, mosaic, pencil on paper. Although his work showed a strong influence of Surrealism and Pop art, he expanded this into Visionary Imagism.

44 Cool Pics That Defined Wedding Dress Styles in the 1950s

Coming out of the 1940s, women were looking too high fashion designers and their Hollywood models for fashion inspiration. The 1950s vintage wedding dress was no different.

Brides-to-be flocked to bridal salons inside department stores where they viewed the latest runway wedding gowns, veils, and flowers as well dedicated areas for menswear, housewares, and bridesmaid dresses. The whole day long event set the tone that weddings were a high fashion affair.

Brides were encouraged to dress like the Hollywood stars in the most expensive gown they could afford. Thanks to manufacturing improvements, wedding dresses were now being offered “off the rack” with cheaper synthetic materials that looked as expensive as the real thing.

Take a look at these cool pics to see what brides looked like in the 1950s.

April 2, 2020

Victorian Taxidermy Animal Hats

This particular craze is perhaps an extension of the overall fascination with taxidermy, and the ways in which the Victorians pushed creative boundaries with the controversial practice. Complete tableaux featuring dead bunnies studying in a library, for example, were all the rage, and giving the animals human characteristics after death — reading, having tea, playing croquet — was especially popular.

However, it’s still not totally clear how or why this became super fashionable with upper-class Victorians. But apparently, donning a dead, stuffed animal on top of one’s head was considered the ultimate in haute couture. Birds were a popular choice, although the more adventurous types went with squirrels, mice, and kittens… which, when you think about it, is especially sad and awful in its own way.

Fascinating Vintage Photos of Famous Figures Taken by Fred W. McDarrah

Fred W. McDarrah was the first staff photographer at The Village Voice, and an essential chronicler of the Beat Generation and counterculture movements from the 1960s. With his unique ability to capture liquid moments, it appeared that McDarrah was always in the right place at the right time, and musicians, actors, royals and politicians were no exception.

Here are 31 fascinating photographs of celebrated figures taken by McDarrah from the 1960s to the 1980s:

Andy Warhol lines up a shot through the viewfinder of a 16mm Bolex camera during the filming of 'Taylor Mead's Ass' at his studio, The Factory, New York, September 5, 1964.

Bob Dylan at 7th Avenue and Christopher Street, with Village Voice journalist Jack Goddard and friend Victor Maymudes, New York, January 22, 1965.

The crowded dining room at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, April 1965. Attending a performance of the Royal Ballet, and seated around the center table are United States Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy, composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, Margo Nichols and her husband, film director and comedian Mike Nichols, Ethel Kennedy, and actor Peter Lawford.

The Beatles, from left Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison, answer questions at a press conference in the Warwick Hotel, New York, August 22, 1966.

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