Susan Shaw 1929 – 1978 — 24 Femmes Per Second

Susan Shaw (1929 – 1978): British actress on screen 1946 – 1963. After the death of her husband, American actor Bonar Colleano, in a car accident in 1958, became an alcoholic, dying of cirrhosis of the liver at age 49.

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Veteran’s Day

This is a repost of a blog that we wrote in 2011 on our sister blog Hinges of History. It explains the motivation behind our film Homefront Herorines, the WAVES of World War II. The US entered World War II after the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941.

Seventy years ago today (11/11/11), America wasn’t officially involved in World War II.  In less than a month, the country would be. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor would thrust the United States into the war and transform the country.

This is a photograph of my (Homefront Heroines Director Kathleen Ryan) mother, Mary Marovich Ryan. It was taken after she enlisted in the WAVES. She came from a large family and grew up on the south side of Chicago. They didn’t have much – it was the Depression and there were a lot of mouths to feed.

But as the war enlisted all of her brothers – except for her younger brother who was too young to join up – enlisted in the military. They joined the Army and the Coast Guard. Two of her brothers joined together. By the time my mother enlisted, every member of her family was in the service, except for that younger brother and a sister who was married with a young child (her younger brother would serve during the Korean War). I love her quote in the article below about wanting a six star pin so she can honor her brothers.

Those of you who have been following the Homefront Heroines project know that my mother didn’t talk much about her military service. I knew that enlisted in mid-1943. She went to New York for boot camp, and then traveled across country on a train to head to her specialty training at a Naval Hospital in California as a pharmacist’s mate. A pharmacist’s mate helped out in various  medical capacities; my mother actually worked in the pharmacy. She was stationed at Treasure Island in San Francisco where she met my father, a pilot in the Army Air Forces. She was decommissioned shortly after V-J Day, and she and my father eventually settled about an hour north of New York City in a town along the Hudson River.

But she kept things. Like these photographs (including the one above of a celebration at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco with a group of friends) and the articles about her service. Or a book discussing the properties of various prescription drugs. Or gloves. Dozens of pairs of white cotton gloves, which were part of the formal WAVES uniform. And before she died, she asked that she be buried with military honors, commemorated by a headstone listing her dates of service.

On this Veteran’s Day, we salute all of those who offered their service to our country, including those Homefront Heroines who blazed a trail for women in the future – in the military, of course, but also in the civilian workplace.

Don’t Fall In Love With My Body, Fall In Love With The Way I Think — Thought Catalog

The sentiments in this post from Thought Catalog are amazing!

Gabriel EcraelaI don’t want you to see me across the room and image your fingertips tracing my skin, or your lips on my mouth. I don’t want you to talk to me with wandering eyes, scanning over every part of me. I don’t want you to whisper in my ear, to coax me, to tell…

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These Insanely Impressive Pumpkin Carvings Take the Art to the Next Level — TIME

Amazing pumpkin art.

Halloween is still three weeks away, but you might as well put down your pumpkin-carving knife now. As Twitter user and fantasy author Kevin Hearne shared over the weekend, his “neighbors” have gone above and beyond in their spooky decorations for the fall holiday, displaying festive, fiery pumpkin-carving skills that are much more than your…

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Watch Baz Luhrmann’s New Short Film for H&M, Scored by Years & Years — Flavorwire

New Bax Luhrman via Flavorwire.

Baz Luhrmann, one of our foremost creators of pretty, empty things, has landed on his perfect gig: an extended commercial for a clothing line. “The Secret Life of Flowers” is a short film created by the Australian filmmaker for H&M’s new collaboration with London-based ready-to-wear brand Erdem. The four-minute clip echoes not only Luhrmann’s Great…

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History Of Fashion (A6)- Roger Vivier’s contribution to the Dazzling 50’s Heels — fuchsia fille

I got very excited when I saw these.

1950s Shoe Styles: Heels, Flats, Sandals, Saddles Shoes Fashion in the 1950s brought the world out of the conservative war years and into the dazzling ’50s. Dresses were bigger, accessories richer, hairstyles taller, and shoes.…well plainer. With so much new emphasis on the rest of women’s fashion, 1950s shoe styles became understated accessories. Instead of bold […]

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