Tuesday, April 22, 2008

It's A Great Big World!


I think not!

I've been watching a bit of the news coverage, and wondered what that odd resonance I was feeling was all about. It took a bit of observation to note just how high the hair is; just how tailored those "plain" dresses are. Were those shoulder pads I spied under those leg-of-mutton sleeves? Were there rats in those hairstyles? I seem to remember my Mom in a similar style back in 1947, when she was a swingin' high school bobby soxer.

I guess I'm just wondering which old perv has a thing for post-World War II babes.

The many wives of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young certainly didn't look like this.

It warms the cockles of this old-school fag's heart to see that the MGM glory days of Virginia O'Brien, Cyd Charisse and of course, Judy Garland, have not been for naught.


Anonymous rangergeek said...


9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way off-topic, but wanted to send props your way for an exceedingly enjoyable read. Signed, one who is a year (or so) younger but considerably grayer, almost as furry and so desperately, desperately happy that the unending winter has lifted. Of course, this being Toronto, Spring lasted from 11 AM until 4 PM on April 17th, and we're in full-on summer mode now. No complaints, mind you.

And, in a pathetic attempt to bring me half-way on-topic... thanks. "Mutton sleeves" was a term with which I was not familiar. Unfamiliar no more!

11:50 AM  
Blogger David said...

Is "leg-of-mutton" sleeve an actual term or did you just make that up?

1:13 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

leg-of-mutton sleeve

Per WWD fashion dictionary:

Leg of Mutton Sleeve: A sleeve that is cut with a very full top that is gathered or pleated into the armhole, then tapers gradually to fit closely at the wrist. This style tends to be popular when revivals of the styles of the 1890s are fashionable. It is also sometimes called by the French name for a leg of lamb, a gigot sleeve.

Sheesh! Why am I the only one who knows this term? Now I really feel like an old fag!

2:11 PM  
Blogger Father Tony of the Farmboyz said...

I cannot believe that Little David did not know what a leg-of-mutton sleeve is. Ten lashes with a wet raglan sleeve!

10:13 PM  
Anonymous Romach said...

I don't know what leg of mutton sleeve was either :-( so thanks for explaining, im enjoying reading your blog by the way!

2:21 PM  
Blogger Supreme11 said...

I understand Reese Witherspoon has been cast for the movie version, shes gonna look great in mutton.....seems like every conversation I have with you lately revolves around mutton...didnt u have mutton chops recently at keanes?

6:44 AM  
Blogger Supreme11 said...

....did you say you "remember" your mom in 1947??? So how old are you REALLY Mark????

6:50 AM  
Blogger Homer said...

That group formed in the late 40s or early 50s- so I wonder if it is a coincidence.

6:18 PM  
Blogger The Bum said...

Also, off topic, but since I'm going to go the distance and stick around for Sunday night, and if by chance you take requests, at least the dramatic break of "In Every Dream Home a Heartache" if not the whole song. You could probably add it on the guitar break at the end of Rapture.

9:15 PM  
Blogger The Bum said...

Can I please withdraw my last comment? I apparently need to install a breathalyzer on my computer. Thanks!

9:16 AM  
Blogger TankMontreal said...

I'm confused: In Grease, Rizzo mocks good-two-shoes Sandy when she sings "look at me, I'm Sandra Dee, lousy with virginity...I don't drink or swear, I don't rat my hair, I get ill from one cigarette..."
To me this implies that ratting the hair is something done by slutty girls. Yet the women pictured on your post, with so-called "rats" on their heads, are the furthest thing from trash.
What's up with that?

7:12 PM  
Blogger Father Tony of the Farmboyz said...

a "rat" for the hair which creates solid height is different from "ratting" the hair which is like teasing it into a big inflated mess.
I don't know why I should know this.

9:44 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Pass the Dippity-Do.

12:03 AM  
Blogger TankMontreal said...

Thanks Father T. There's still so much I don't know.

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Mark H said...

Being an ex-Mormon from SE Oregon and old, i.e., born 1946, I can say I don't really remember these hair-dooos when in UTAH so much except for the fundamentalists. They have been in hiding since early 1930's so that's when time stopped for them. Thanks for making me re-think my young years and re-looking at the women around me then....hm. Mutton sleeves is NEW to me..... in farm country, Mutton meant a LEG- roasted w/garlic and mint, not a sleeved arm. I will plan on a fashion seminar when I get to NYC for GB5.

2:46 PM  
Blogger A Bear in the Woods said...

Those are "Holiness" fashions.
They never cut their hair and wear clothes that cover everything, but they're more vain than a runway model.
I used to hang with that crowd. Then I discovered dick. Now I'm not holy, but I'm having more fun.

2:31 AM  

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