Happy Veterans Day everyone. I’m so proud of our men and women who defend our country and our rights every day. We often take for granted the freedoms and opportunities we have as Americans. We wouldn’t have the lives we have without our armed forces protecting us. Here are some vintage photos of women involved in World War II, and also some recruitment posters to remind women to do their part. I hope you have a wonderful day off!
I read a bio on Elizabeth (Liz) Taylor about a year ago and had no idea what her life entailed. Liz has definitely been spoiled most of her life, but most don’t know that she was responsible for supporting her family from a very early age.
Liz’s mother was a former stage actress and her father was an art dealer. Because of her father’s art dealings, he came into contact with many many famous people of the time. National Velvet, of course made Liz famous, and set her for life as one of Hollywood’s true beauties.
We all know about the scandals involving Liz, including her 8 marriages. But, she does remain one of the most respected, beautiful actresses Hollywood has to offer. My favorite role of hers was definitely Cleopatra. Check out some of the photos of Liz and have a great Sunday!
So in my previous post about Marilyn and Arthur I explained I am teaching The Crucible in my English 11 class. I am so fascinated with the Salem Witch Trials, that I thought I might share some information about them with you. I hope I don’t bore you, but that you are as interested in this terrible time in history as I am. Hope you are having an amazing Saturday!
Some FAQ’s about the trials:
1. What caused the girls’ behavior?
This is a complex question. There are many theories to explain the “fits” of the young girls who accused so many of practicing witchcraft. Among the theories are adolescent hysteria and ergot poisoning, however there is no definite answer.
2. Were only women accused of practicing witchcraft? Actually, men were accused as well. Five men were convicted and hanged, and one man Giles Corey, was pressed to death for refusing to cooperate with the court.
3. Where are the victims buried? This question remains unanswered. Because of the nature of their alleged crime, victims were not allowed to be buried in consecrated ground. Tradition has it that families came to Gallows Hill to claim their relatives and buried their bodies privately. A memorial honoring the victims of the trials was built in Salem in 1992.
4. What was the aftermath of the trials? Jurors and magistrates apologized; restitution was made to the victims’ families and a day of fasting and remembrance was instituted.
Timeline of the events:
January 20, 1692– Nine-year-old Elizabeth Parris and eleven-year-old Abigail Williams began to exibit strange behavior, such as blasphemous screaming, convulsive seizures, trance-like states and mysterious spells. Within a short time, several other Salem girls began to demonstrate similar behavior.
Late February– Pressured to identify the source of their affliction, the girls named three women, Tituba, Sarah Good, and Sarah Osborne. After this, several other townspeople began to come forward saying they were “bewitched.”
June 10– Bridget Bishop is the first to be hanged, and is the first official execution of the Salem Witch Trials. Her comments according to court transcript were: “I am no witch, I am innocent. I know nothing of it.”
July 19– Rebecca Nurse, Susannah Martin, Elizabeth Howe, Sarah Good, and Sarah Wildes were executed.
August 19– George Jacobs, Sr., Martha Carrier, George Burroughs, John Proctor, and John Willard were hanged on Gallows Hill.
October 8– After 20 people had been executed in the Salem witch hunt, the trials were ordered stopped and the magistrates went into hiding.
I’ve left some out, but you get the gist. What a terrible time in American history that we must learn from. Mass hysteria causes many problems. Here are some shots of the trial, and one from the film. Enjoy!
Dorothy Lamour was a true beauty, who was often mistaken for being South American, because of her French Louisianian heritage. She entered a Miss New Orleans pageant at an early age and won in 1931. After moving from New Orleans to Chicago, she met Louis B. Mayer while doing a cabaret show. He arranged for her to do her first screen test, which resulted in a contract with Paramount in 1935.
Early in her career, Lamour met J. Edgar Hoover (the director of the F.B.I.) and he pursued her actively for years. There are rumors that the two had an affair for years! Juicy!
The role that made her famous was her character Ulah in “The Jungle Princess.” She wore a sarong, and therefore became a pin up girl for many of the servicemen of the time. She went on to have a very successful acting career, and died at the age of 81 in her Hollywood home. Here are some gorgeous pictures of Dorothy! Have a great Friday! Enjoy!
People either seem to love or hate Victoria Beckham. True, she doesn’t smile often (if at all), but does have a fabulous sense of humor. Although I never liked her in the Spice Girls, I have grown to love her sense of style over the past few years. She has a retro style, that at times can come across a little flashy, or even trashy, but I love it all the same. One thing she does really well is try new things (even if they don’t work), and always has fabulous shoes, hair, and sunglasses. Check out some of my favorite photos of her in some vintage and current style clothing. Have a great Thursday! Enjoy!