Deep in the jungle a mad scientist is busy at work on his monstrous creations. When a gold seeking expedition led by the evil Marilyn Blanchard stumbles upon him, he decides she is the perfect subject for his experiments...
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Born today (August 19) in 1900, American movie actress and flapper, Colleen Moore.
As a child she was fascinated with films and the queens of the day such as Marguerite Clark and Mary Pickford and kept a scrapbook of those actresses; she even kept a blank space for the day when she would be a famous star and could put her picture there. When a neighbor down the street from her had a piano delivered, Colleen talked the deliverymen into taking the wooden packing crate to her house, and she set it up as a stage. It was the beginning of her career, as she and her friend performed plays for the other neighborhood children. By 1917 she would be on her way to becoming a star.
Poster for Synthetic Sin. 1927
Colleen's uncle, Walter C. Howey, was the editor of the Chicago Tribune and had helped D.W. Griffith make his films The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916) more presentable to the censors. Knowing of his niece's acting aspirations, Hovey asked Griffith to help her get a start in the motion picture industry.
No sooner had she arrived in Hollywood than she found herself playing in five films that year, The Savage (1917) being her first. Her first starring role was as Annie in Little Orphant Annie (1918). Colleen was on her way.
She also starred in a number of westerns opposite Tom Mix, but the movie that defined her as a "flapper" was the classic Flaming Youth (1923), in which she played Patricia Fentriss. By 1927 she was the top box-office draw in the US, pulling in the phenomenal sum of $12,500 a week ...more/source
Poster for Social Register. 1934
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What is it about Clara Bow that makes the 1920s It Girl still so popular almost a century after she was a screen sensation? We can't get enough of her, and she is a firm favourite amongst lovers of the Vintage Venus Femme Fatale collection.
So, don't despair.. there's plenty more Clara coming your way... Here are a few more pics to tide you over until next time! xx
c.1932 Photo coloured/enchanced by Vintage Venus
Dangerous Curves. 1929
c.1920 Photo modified by Vintage Venus
Poster for The Wild Party. 1929
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50's Fair Rose Seidler House, Wahroonga, Sunday 29 August 10.00am — 5.00pm
Have a blast and relive the good times at the annual Fifties Fair with live swing and rockin’ hillbilly, DJs & dancing, and vehicle displays set against the backdrop of Rose Seidler House.
Look sharp in your finest 50s threads for your chance to win the “best dressed” fashion awards, enjoy the variety show, glam up with our onsite hair stylist, and keep the kids entertained with crafts and activities.
Specialist collectors and dealers will sell fabulous 50s pieces including household gadgets, toys, jewellery, knick-knacks, books, clothing and furniture.
Rose Seidler House – Harry Seidler’s first Australian commission (1948-50) – features an open plan minimalist design with all the mod cons of the day. Its post-war design collection is one of the country’s most important. Tours of the house will be offered throughout the day.
A free shuttle bus will be running all day to and from Turramurra station. source/more info
The Vintage Venus blog started in 2008 as a collection of vintage photographs, postcards, posters and related interests, to complement our website of the same name.
In 2016 our website had a change of direction and name, and now exists as Venus Valentino.
Still passionate about our vintage roots, we are now also exploring our love for abstract art and design. But the one constant theme, ever present, is the allure of femininity .. ..this is the spirit in which Venus Valentino continues.
Many of the images on this blog are available as Fine Art Prints via our website at http://venusvalentino.com.au
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