Speakeasy business cards.
Source: the Time-Life series This Fabulous Century.
The dramatically dilapidated Loews King Theatre, on Flatbush Avenue, is set for a resurrection.
The place was built in 1929. A young Barbra Streisand once worked here. So did Sylvester Stallone.
It’s been closed since 1977, but it’s still the largest indoor theater in Brooklyn, with 3,200 seats. I got to walk around inside yesterday, and despite all the dust and decay, it’s pretty spectacular.
The plan is to restore its former grandeur, and turn it into a major performing arts center. Opening set for 2015.
As a former Brooklynite, I should confess: I’m a little envious.
I’ve been following this story for the past year or so with major excitement. Can’t wait to see this theater — and to see it in use again.
Mackay was a quintessential ‘It Girl’ of her era, and accounts of her ball were written up in all the society papers. She viewed the society matchmaking game with some trepidation, but also with amusement. (In ‘Girls’ terms, she was raised to be a Marnie, but quickly learned to embrace her inner Jessa.)
So enjoyed this.
“I thought a lot about the risks of the inherent old-timeyness of a songbook. I know I have friends who will dismiss it as a stylistic indulgence, a gimmick. There’s a way of miniaturizing and neutralizing the past, encasing it in a quaint, retro irrelevancy and designating it as something only fit for curiosity-seekers or revivalists. But although the present moment can exclude the past from relevance, it can’t erase its influence entirely. Each era finds something new to return to; things that seemed out of date have a way of coming back in new forms, and revealing aspects of themselves we might not have noticed before.” (via Song Reader: Beck Revives the Romance of Sheet Music with 26 Illustrated Songs | Brain Pickings)
This makes me VERY HAPPY indeed. I’m a sometime collector of old sheet music for all these reasons and more. I’ve got to get my grubby paws on this songbook.
The tiger and the lady finally hitting it right, bending at the knees and waist during the Charleston party, Princeton, NJ, 1949. (Source: LIFE - Hosted by Google)
For some perspective, this is like college kids in 2012 throwing a late ’80s/early ’90s themed party.
Here’s another great shot, in full 1920s costume, from the same series.
Gut-wrenchingly, no copies of the actual film exist, but boy is the trailer a tease. There’s even a William Powell in there!!!
Great Gatsby trailer (1926) (by ConeofSilence13)