Wednesday, September 30, 2009


In 2007, I discovered that you could write celebrities and ask for autographs — a whole new world opened up! There are many stars from the 40's, 50's, and 60's who will reply to your fan letters and send you autographs. I thought I'd post a list of the older one's I've heard from so you can start your own collection! (excuse the photography. I know it's not the best.)

The rules for requesting autographs are to include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your letter. If you are writing to someone overseas, include an international reply coupon (available at the post office.) For some of the older stars, I sent my own photos.

I get all my addresses from FanMail or ReelClassics.

This was my first success!
I couldn't believe it when I opened the envelope and had a picture that Lauren Bacall actually touched!! I was giddy. Lol.

She provided the picture.

Probably most known for her role in Mildred Pierce,
as Joan Crawford's spoiled daughter.

She provided the picture.

Starred in Royal Wedding with Fred Astair and Peter Lawford

My photo.

Starred with Doris Day in Move Over, Darling and The Thrill of it All.

He provided the picture.

Here is a link where you can view some more of my autographs. Trying to post them on here is a little tedious!

I urge you to write fan letters to these stars from the Golden Era. Not only will you have a timeless treasure, but I'm sure it means a lot to them to still be receiving fan letters. Don't be discouraged if you don't hear back for a while. It took two years for me to hear from Pat Boone and Jane Russell. Some of my favorites are Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Leslie, Joan Fontaine (Joan Fontaine charges $5.00. But she provides a beautiful 8x10 photo!), Jane Russell, Cobina Wright, and Lizabeth Scott. There are many others not included in that list. If you are looking for a certain star, leave me a comment and I will be glad to let you know if I've had any success.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Photo Friday: Ann Sheridan

Today is bonus day: you're getting three pictures instead of one! (Honestly, I just couldn't pick one. Haha.)

I love this picture of Ann Sheridan sitting on her vanity, applying her lipstick. It's just so classic and glamorous! (This photo is from Listal.)

Ann Sheridan is such a pleasure to watch as an actress, but I don't know too much about her life and career. She was paired with James Cagney in several movies. Her movie career was steady through the 30's and 40's. But by 1950, it was hard for her to find work. Sadly, she died in January 1967 at age 51, from esophageal and liver cancer.
Ann Sheridan has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7024 Hollywood Boulevard.

During WWII, Ann was a very popular pin-up, and was named "The Oomph Girl".

Isn't her skating dress adorable?? It's typical to see publicity photos of the stars on the beach or by a swimming pool, but I believe this is the first one I've seen with figure skates. You can also see the cigarette in her left hand.

If anyone knows what movie this would be from or for, please let me know. I was looking at a magazine add for "Winter Carnival" (1939), but her hair and make-up have a more 1940's look.

(This photo is from Dr. Macro. A fabulous place for high quality photos of the stars.)

I had to post this one because of her fabulous hair style, and her great shoes! (This photo came from SkyLighters.)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Movie Monday: Orchestra Wives (1942)

To me, Orchestra Wives is simply delightful. You have wonderful actors, Glenn Miller and his orchestra, and fabulous 1940's fashion all in one great film!

I don't want to give away any of the movie, so I'm using the plot summary from IMDB: Connie Ward is in seventh heaven when Gene Morrison's band rolls into town. She is swept off her feet by trumpeter Bill Abbot. After marrying him, she joins the bands tour and learns about life as an orchestra wife, weathering the catty attacks of the other band wives.

This movie will have you up and wanting to dance — especially when they perform "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo."
The acting is good. Carole Landis does a wonderful job at being a catty orchestra wife; Cesar Romero is fun and humerous as the girl-chaser, George Montgomery as the famous trumpeter who falls in love with Connie, and Ann Rutherford as Connie - the small town girl who's just crazzzy about Bill Abbot and his music.

This is a fun movie, with a little, light drama. Plus you get to see Glenn Miller and members of his band acting (who can be less than convincing at times, but still enjoyable). Be sure to check out Ann Rutherford's wardrobe . . . it's gorgeous!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Photo Friday: Carole Landis

I love this picture of Carole Landis! She was so beautiful. And check out that stunning bath robe! I found this picture at Simply Classics. Simply Classics is a fabulous website with an outstanding gallery of High Quality photos of the stars.

Carole Landis had a very tragic life. She was in a string of successful movies in the 1940's. Two of my favorites being "I Wake up Screaming" with Betty Grable and Victor Mature, and "Orchestra Wives" with Ann Rutherford and George Montgomery. Landis often played the second female lead.

During WWII, she toured with a USO troupe in England and North Africa. She also entertained soldiers in the South Pacific with Jack Benny. Carole Landis spent more time visiting troops than any other actress during the war. She contracted amoebic dysentery and malaria while traveling and almost died.

Carole Landis was also an author! She penned several newspaper and magazine articles about her war experiences, as well as the book Four Jills in a Jeep (which I am currently scouring eBay for!) that was later made into a movie.

Plagued by depression all her life, Carole attempted suicide in 1944 and 1946. Her career was declining and her marriage was falling apart in 1948. She had an affair with Rex Harrison who was currently married to Lilli Palmer. The story is that Landis was crushed when Harrison would not divorce his wife for her; unable to cope any longer Carole commited suicide at her home by taking an overdose of Seconal. She was only 29 years old. Her final night alive was July 4th. Harrison and the maid found Carole on the bathroom floor on the afternoon of July 5th. Some sources say that Landis left two suicide notes, one for her mother and the second for Harrison. During a coroner's inquest, Harrison denied knowing any motive for Carole's suicide, as well as denying the existence of a second suicide note.

Cesar Romero, Van Johnson, and Pat O'Brien were among the celebrities at her funeral. Carole Landis has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1765 Vine Street.

Her life was so sad. My heart breaks for her. Did anyone try to reach her? To show her that her life was valuable? That Jesus loved her and treasured her?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Vintage Interiors

My apologies for not posting on Movie Monday or Website Wednesday. I've been working a lot and have a lousy cold. 

I stumbled across this website by accident, but it's fantastic! is chock full of pictures, vintage advertisements, product recommendations, and much more. It's a fabulous place to load up on ideas and inspiration! Someday I hope to have a little place that I can decorate with 40's flair. I swiped this picture from RetroRenovation.

<-- I LOVE the red and chrome dinette set! It's my dream to have one of those. I start salivating whenever I see them at antique shops. However, I'm quite smitten with the pint-sized dinette, too. I've never seen one like that before.

I'm currently on the prowl for a vintage vanity. Preferably a wooden one with a BIG, round mirror and art deco styling.  (Photos of Rita Hayworth and Ava Gardner are from the Love Your Place blog.)

I'm also trying to find some shelf edging paper. It was very popular in the 40's and usually came in a scalloped edge. Here is a 1947 magazine ad. You were supposed to clip out the paper and try it on your shelves. I would like to find one with a checkered design, or cherries. If anyone knows where I could find some, I would appreciate your wisdom. :)

That's all for now, kids!
-Miss 1941

Friday, September 11, 2009

Photo Friday: Lana Turner

Last week, Google led me to the fantastic website,, where I found this photo. I think it's absolutely fun and adorable! Lana Turner making sure the seams of her nylons are straight. Priceless.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Website Wednesday: Recipe Curio

A while ago I stumbled across, so I thought I would share it with you.
This is a fantastic website for digging up vintage recipes. They have everything! I'm particularly fond of the hand written recipes and the vintage recipe booklets. Be sure to check out the WWII & Rations section — it's very interesting to find cake recipes without butter or sugar as an ingredient.

Sometimes I wonder if we could survive if we had to go back to rationing. "Make do or do without": I've tried to put that WWII saying into practice before, but I'll admit I soon failed and blew my budget. Lol. I've even contemplated starting a Victory Garden, but whenever my Dad plants tomatoes they never make it .  . . . must be the soil. 

I find it so amazing when you look at magazines or little sewing booklets from the 40's. It's very impressive that the average house wife could make a dress out of old curtains, and then recycle the dress into an apron or place mats! Amazing.

Anyways, stop by the Recipe Curio this week. You just might find the recipe for something your Grandma used to make for you. If you do try a recipe, please leave me a comment and tell me how it turned out. I wish you the best of luck in your vintage recipe endeavors! ;)

V for Victory!
Miss 1941

Monday, September 7, 2009

Shall we?

If there's one thing I wish at least once every day, it's that I could go back in time and live in the 1940's. I can't imagine a more wonderful era! Everything about it seemed good — except for the war. However, I feel that much of the goodness of the era was brought about by World War II. There was this sense of unity among people, everyone pulling together to pull through it. The war effected everything, right down to women's hair styles! Life was horribly tough and depressing, but people kept going and learned to "accentuate the positive".

Perhaps the greatest escape from life at that time was the movies. Movies were being made and released constantly! Movies to brighten your mood, to make you laugh, to give you characters to sympathize with, to introduce you to the next great swing band, and movies to motivate you to do whatever you could to help with the war effort. Movies stars were glamorous. They were untouchable. (I guarantee that you would have never seen Lana Turner walking down Sunset Boulevard in a sweatsuit, looking like she just rolled out of bed.) When you went to nightclubs, you danced. And I mean DANCED! This dancing did not involve grinding. It involved swinging and triple-stepping and lindy hopping until you couldn't feel your feet. Give swing dancing a try sometime. If your not athletic, exhaustion will probably hit you before the second chorus.

By now you probably get the idea of this blog. It's a place to reminisce about a great era. I'll be musing from time to time, as well as posting whatever interesting articles, photos, or websites I come across. But don't be surprised if some non-1940's posts sneak there way in here. ;)

The gal in the profile picture isn't me (although I wish it were!). I just don't have a picture of me handy right now.

Until next time,
Miss 1941