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1960's

The Art of the Diseuse









Not sure these recorded performances capture whatever unique brilliance these performers were reputed to exhibit.

In the December 21, 1935 edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette an entertainment columnist wrote: “The English language does not contain a word which perfectly describes the performance of Ruth Draper, who comes to the Nixon next Thursday for the first time in several years to give a different program at each of her four performances here. “Speaking Portraits” and “Character Sketches” are the two terms most frequently applied to Miss Draper's work; and yet it is something more than that. “Diseuse” is the French word, but that is more readily applicable to an artist like Yvette Guilbert or Raquel Meller. Monologist is wholly inadequate. The word “Diseuse” really means “an artist in talking” so that may be the real term to use in connection with Miss Draper.” Actresses who have been called noted diseuses over the years include Yvette Guilbert, Ruth Draper, Joyce Grenfell, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Lucienne Boyer, Raquel Meller, Odette Dulac, Beatrice Herford, Kitty Cheatham, Marie Dubas, Claire Waldoff, Lina Cavalieri, Françoise Rosay, Molly Picon, Corinna Mura, Lotte Lenya.


Source of quote.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Sep 29, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Performance Art, 1930's, 1960's

Funny Bones Game



How quickly these sessions devolved into outright swingers' orgies is a matter of historical record.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Sep 25, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Games, Sexuality, 1960's

Bruce Nauman



I just know every WU-vie will want the new book about seminal, brilliant artist Bruce Nauman. (See sidebar.)

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 23, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Performance Art, 1960's

Follies of the Madmen #230

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From Look magazine for September 13, 1962.

Compare to Follies #227.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Sep 22, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Surrealism, 1960's, Hair and Hairstyling

The Cartoon that United Morey Amsterdam and Zsa Zsa Gabor



Get the whole fascinating story at this blog.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Sep 21, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Spies and Secret Agents, Cartoons, 1960's

Fat Cat

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Maybe Chuck has deemed "animals inherit estate" stories NO LONGER WEIRD. But such was not the case in 1966.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Sep 19, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Eccentrics, Money, Cats, 1960's

A Case for Beer



The 60s: when the menace of beer was apparently worse than heroin.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 09, 2014 | Comments (13)
Category: PSA's, Retail Establishments, 1960's, Alcohol

Follies of the Madmen #229

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Upskirt photography: one of advertising's less-utilized tools.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Sep 06, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, Shoes, Public Indecency, 1960's

Truth in Advertising



Caution: many, many swears.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Sep 04, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Television, 1960's, Cars, Swears
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