Sunday, November 30, 2008

10 minutes of Depression-era splendor

"By a Waterfall," from Footlight Parade, 1933. The film stars James Cagney, who plays a character easily seen to be Busby Berkeley himself. This second of three hugely staged music/dance numbers is the apotheosis of the film and surely one of the most sensational Busby Berkeley numbers ever. Please see the representation of the newly emerging zipper shown at 4:00.

Monday, November 24, 2008

It's easy to see why we like red at this time of year

Today I listed some cheery red vintage items, so hitch your reindeer, fly over to my store, and search red!

Some of the choices:

(Frankly, I wouldn't worry about that Santa My Dear!)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Frothy vintage gowns with lofty aspirations!

Pulling mostly from past sales, here's my newest Flickr set, vintage gowns of tulle, taffeta, lace and just generally loft.

Monday, November 10, 2008

One of the all-time greatest vintage kisses

Although we can't see the faces of the kissers in this iconic photo, Edith Shain has long claimed to be the woman. Shain, now 90, is scheduled to be the grand marshal of New York's Veterans Day parade tomorrow.

She describes this moment, caught by the photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, as a spontaneous kiss with a total stranger in Times Square on VJ Day in August of 1945, the day WWII ended.

Miss Shain, when pressed by a BBC interviewer, described the kiss as "wonderful."

Thursday, November 6, 2008

It's a (vintage) party at denisebrain!

Looking for party clothes for the holidays?

Vintage party clothes are the best of course, and throughout November I will be showing a variety of my best party threads!

Please check out my November theme it's a party.

Here are a few of the items I have listed or are ready in the wings to list on eBay:

Monday, November 3, 2008


This post is a rerun from 2006, but this time it is even more important.

If you need to find where to vote, go to Google and type "voter information." You will get an exact location and map.

Please vote. In this world, it is such a privilege.