Wednesday, April 1, 2015

De Vrouw: Introduction and Part I ~

My first love for an era in the past was the 1940s. And that's still my biggest love but some things have changed. Now it's not only 1940s but 1900s-1940s. Such an interesting period!
Just finding clothing from back then is so difficlt, so I'm just keeping it with photographs and other paperwork. 

Paper, old paper is something beautiful! After decades it has got it's own life and you can just see and feel it. I already had some early '50s Belgian magazines but some years ago my gave me a huge book. Huge and heavy. First I was like: "Hmm, ok.. An other piece of paper to add to that giant pile in my room." But then I started reading and looking in that book. I was amazed! Every page is a new world that opens it's gates to the past. 

The most famous Belgian/Dutch magazine from the past is probably 'Libelle.' But I never really found one neither one from 'De Vrouw'. I did know 'Libelle' but not the other one so I started searching things on the Internet about it. 'Vrouw' is the title of a modern Dutch magazine but I don't know if there's a connection with 'De Vrouw' because that one is Belgian... 
Enough about all that. Here's the first part: 
Practical information for your house. A page filled with little trics for cleaning, safety etc.
Recipes! Who doesn't love cooking? I should try this hot apple pudding once.
Trics for a good care for our legs and feets. 
Art! Such an important part in our culture. And they had to mention the wonderful and very inspiring Käthe Kollwitz.
Fashion! ''Swoon''
I already have 2 1930's sweaters but maybe I should give this pattern to my mom. And I wouldn't have to translate it.
Movies and other news about Hollywood.
'Where to go this week?' 
This is from the very first edition in that huge book.
Had to mention these artist (and look at their hair!) 
 It has everything a magazine needs: stories from their readers, fashion, Hollywood news, art, sewing and knitting information, publicity, movies and news about events that week. After 84 years some pages have disappeared, that's why this isn't really part I one because the first edition in my book only starts at page 5.

A little bit of translation: 
De vrouw = The woman

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Vintage Boyfriend ~

So, so busy lately! I'm litterally counting every day before Easter break. But I'm probably not the only one. After those 2 weeks of holiday school will be over in no time and hello to all the events this summer! Now it's just waiting for some warm weather over here. 
You probably all know that feeling of the first major event in summer time where you want to show everyone what you have been buying, making and collecting whole winter. May will be such a great month full of events, 'full' there are 2 big events but it's going to be great. I can't wait any longer!

But we all need some distraction during busy times. There's an amazing group on facebook where you can find great vintage photographs of good looking chaps (giggling for sure!) And last week I was nominated by a friend to share my top 5 of men. But I just couldn't choose. So I started searching photographs on Pinterest.  And here's my selection, hope you like it ladies!
That look!
A first class selfie
You want to share?
Maybe it's not only about mister Gable and mister Dean but also about their motorcycles ;)
There's something about sailors, right?!
I just had to share these guys with you
His eys, my god!
That smiles says enough!
Looking good, really good!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Red Cross Photograph Part II ~

Summer is already a while ago, just like most part of all those fleamarkets. On one of those fleamarkets I found a photo, yes I'm in love with old photographs. But about this one their was something special. American Red Cross workers were photographed while working in a canteen on an airfield in England, Warton to be exactly.
The internet can be such a useful source! And also Facebook has helped me a lot. The page of the Bomble Bee association could tell me a lot about the photograph, one of the volunteers of the Bomble Bees association discovered that one of the ladies in the photograph is Nancy Jobson: 

Nancy was born June 12, 1919 in Brooklyn, New York the daughter of C. Drew and Margaret Wemple Jobson. She married Victor H. Foster January 15, 1946 in Bovingdon, England. He died November 1993.

Nancy grew up in Montvale, NJ. She attended business college and worked in New York City for Blue Cross and Sperry Gyroscope Co. in Brooklyn. She was hired by the American Red Cross June 9, 1944 and assigned to England. She was in Europe for 2 years and worked for 5 different Red Cross clubs during WW2. She worked as a Staff Assistant Program Director and eventually as Club Director. She arranged all sorts of activities, including dances, classes and shows. As one of 150 Red Cross workers she attended an appreciation tea with the King and Queen of England.

After her service for the ARC she worked at the Edison School and retired in 1985. Nancy died December 18, 2010 in Waverly. 

She published a book, called 'Letters Home - the American Red Cross and the Eight Air Force' as Nancy Jobson Foster.
More about her you can read in this wonderful article: Here

I still wasn't able to look for more information about her, the Warton Air Base or one of the other persons on the photograph. If you could help, let me know, that would be great!