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Only A God or A Woman…

Posted in Theresa Duncan with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2015 by Mj Rains

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“The Koh-i-Noor diamond was mined in India in around 1100 and probably originated from Golconda in the southern region of Andhra Pradesh. The shape and size of a small hen’s egg, the diamond attained a sinister mystique…

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Random post from The Wit of the Staircase by Theresa Duncan

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The chorus girl…

Posted in Vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2014 by Mj Rains

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American chorus girl, model, and great beauty, Evelyn Nesbit (1884-1967) was seduced by famous architect Stanford White. Later, White was shot and killed by Nesbit’s insane husband, millionaire Harry Thaw, on the roof of Madison Square Garden, which was designed by White.

Paris: Kicking it at the Moulin Rouge

Posted in History with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2014 by Mj Rains

Theadora outdoes all her glorious Paris articles with this romp into the history of the Moulin Rouge…don’t miss it!!

Paris: People, Places and Bling

Epic Weepie: Moulin des amours, Tu tournes tes ailes (Moulin Rouge, Tino Rossi, 1951) Images: T. Brack’s archives

Life Magazine, 1946 (Donna Atwood and Bobby Specht)

By Theadora Brack

Embracing ice skates, glitter, and sequins, this week, let’s glide on up to the  Moulin Rouge, sitting pretty in the hills of Montmartre. That’s right. Get ready for some more time travel as smooth and exciting as a vintage Johnny Weir solid gold triple axel. He is still my hero. However, did you catch Yevgeny Plushenko shining like a diamond as he skated to the “Tango de Roxanne” from Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge” soundtrack (2001)? His quad toe / triple toe possessed mass appeal in my book. Love will lift us up where we belong! Indeed!

You will be missed, Monsieur.

Now, let’s grab soda pops at the nearby Monoprix, and commandeer a bench with a view of the centuries-old…

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Posted in History with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2013 by Mj Rains

A sentimental journey through Parisian bike history by my favorite French girl Theadora Brack…

Paris: People, Places and Bling

By Theadora Brack

Celebrating the new bike lanes on the right bank in Paris, let’s take a sentimental journey!  Pop open a Coke, crank up Claude Debussy’s “Petite Suite,” and prepare for some bumpy late 19th century time travel along avenue Foch. This centuries-old promenading stretch is my favorite spot for gazing up at the Arc de Triomphe. Each time I tumble flat.

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Don’t forget les bicyclettes. Ladies, this includes you! By the 1890s, thanks to the introduction of the Starley Rover Safety Bicycle and its handsome pneumatic tires, “all Paris was a-wheel,” and women were not only pedal pushing in public but also “unblushingly” flaunting menswear or something “alarmingly” like it. Oh, la la.

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Vintage Photo of the Week

Posted in Photography, Vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2012 by Mj Rains

 

Marilyn Monroe meeting Queen Elizabeth II.

London, 1956

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