How to become a 1950s mermaid

How to become a 1950s mermaid

This is something which I’m sure we’ll all find useful in everyday life!  This amazing 1950s video shows a young woman learning to be a mermaid at Weeki Wachee. Her lessons include breath control, synchronized swimming, diet, modeling, announcing, and how to eat and drink underwater.


Coco Chanel’s humble beginnings (video)

Coco Chanel's humble beginnings (video)

Chanel have released a series of movies titled “Inside CHANEL”, one of which is called “Coco” and is all about the legendary founder of the Chanel brand: Coco Chanel. As you’d expect from a major fashion house, the video is slick, stylish and chic, but also has some fascinating facts about Gabrielle Chanel and her […]


Marilyn Monroe’s costume test for her unseen last movie (video)

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe‘s costume test for the unfinished 1962 movie Something’s Got to Give. She’s absolutely hypnotic, even just trying out different costumes and hairstyles. It’s such a shame she died before this movie could be made… Edited with BlogPad Pro


Vintage dancer in Egyptian costume, 1915


A dancer in a fabulous Egyptian costume photographed in 1915. I love this costume, it reminds me of that scene from Cleopatra (the 1963 movie) when Elizabeth Taylor is brought into Rome at the end of that amazing procession. Some of the dancers in that are wearing Egyptian style wings similar these (although with much skimpier […]


Marilyn Monroe’s Coca Cola commercial


  Marilyn Monroe‘s Coca Cola commercial from 1953. Apparently this was a scene from the movie Love Nest which was later re-edited and used to advertise Coke. Who better to have to advertise your product that Marilyn? Chanel obviously agree! You can watch the Coke advert below:


Time-lapse train journey: London to Brighton in 1953, 1983 and 2013 side by side


  In 1953 the BBC created a time-lapse video of the train journey between London and Brighton. 30 years later in 1983 they did exactly the same again, and again 30 years later in 2013. This video shows you the 3 journeys side by side showing how much Britain has changed since the 1950s. It’s […]


Joan Collins screentest for Liz Taylors part in Cleopatra

Joan Collins screentest for Liz Taylors part in Cleoapatra

Did you know that Joan Collins was considered for the part of Cleopatra before Elizabeth Taylor finally won the role? Here is her screentest. You see her in full costume and makeup trying out some of the lines- what do you think? Personally, she’s not a patch on Taylor, I think they made the right […]


The (lack of) ethics of using Bruce Lee to endorse hard liquor from beyond the grave…

Bruce Lee for Johnnie Walker

You can just imagine the PR people huddling together in their expensive meeting room: Right well, Marilyn Monroe selling Chanel No. 5 worked, as did the CGI’d Audrey Hepburn selling Galaxy chocolate. Nobody seems to think it’s shameless to use long-dead celebrities to endorse things from beyond the grave any more, so who can we […]


Colour video of London in the 1920s

London 1920s

I discovered this video today and I thought it was absolutely fascinating! It is original colour video footage taken in London in 1927. It was taken by an early British pioneer of film, Claude Frisse-Greene, who made a series of travelogues using the colour process his father William – a noted cinematographer – was experimenting […]


Audrey Hepburn’s new Galaxy chocolate advert

Audrey Hepburn's Galaxy chocolate advert

Have you seen the new Audrey Hepburn advert for Galaxy chocolate? I think it’s only being aired in the UK, so I thought I’d share it here for everyone who hasn’t seen it yet.  It came out about a month ago and I’m not really sure what to think of it.  Audrey Hepburn has been […]


Esther Williams

Esther Williams swimming

If you’ve never seen an Esther Williams movie, and don’t understand the appeal of a swimming movie – just watch this clip and all will become clear! Wasn’t she wonderful? Edited with BlogPad Pro Sponsor link: Cut down your exam stress by using our latest rhce and high quality 70-649 and 70-462. We provide updated […]


The Great Gatsby: new trailer released

A new trailer to Baz Luhrmann’s much anticipated The Great Gatsby has finally been released and I have to say it looks as sensational as I hoped. The costumes are by Prada and the diamonds by Tiffany and the whole look of it so far is delicious! I can’t wait! The annoying thing is that […]


Video: Twiggy in ‘The Boyfriend’

The Boyfriend is one of my all-time favourite movies – if you haven’t seen it I thoroughly recommend it. Twiggy is an absolute all-singing all-dancing star in this 1970s-does 1920s extravaganza as you’ll see in this trailer. I didn’t realise until now that it was directed by Ken Russell… Edited with BlogPad Pro


Bruce Lee playing ping pong with Nunchucks

Wow – if you ever doubted the skill of Bruce Lee you simply have to watch this. He’s playing ping pong against 1 and then 2 people just using Nunchucks (and beating both of them easily). Incredible!


Chanel’s new No.5 advert with Marilyn Monroe

Chanel have recently managed to buy a rare recording of Marilyn talking about her famous Chanel No.5 quote. You know the one: What do you wear to bed? Just a few drops of Chanel No.5… I’ve always worn Chanel No.5, partly because I love it, partly because I knew Marilyn adored it, but mostly because […]


Thank you Abercrombie & Fitch!

I needed something to cheer me up this morning, and voila! Thanks to Abercrombie & Fitch’s latest ad campaign you can have a giggle and watch lots of semi-naked male models dancing round lip-syncing to Carly Rae’s Call Me Maybe? Trust me, it’s worth a look and it’ll certainly make you smile

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