Theodore Roosevelt’s beautiful eldest daughter, who not only cut her wedding cake with a sword, defied all the conventions of her day regarding women and carried a dagger in her pocketbook, but who also had a pillow embroidered with her most famous quote on her couch; “If you haven’t got anything good to say about anybody, come sit next to me.”
She smoked cigarettes in public, chewed gum, placed bets with bookies, rode in cars with men, stayed out late partying, and kept a pet snake named Emily Spinach, which she often wore wrapped around one arm and took to parties. Her father President Theodore Roosevelt once said of her “I can either run the country or I can attend to Alice, but I cannot possibly do both.”
Anna Pavlova’s Swan Lake ballet dress. This white net tutu sewn with sequins and trimmed with goose feathers was worn by Pavlova in her most famous role. First performed in 1907 The Swan was ‘a landmark in ballet history’. Its innovation lay in the way Pavlova and her choreographer, Michel Fokine, created a mood of deep emotion. The intensity of The Swan, also known as The Dying Swan, made it a great favourite with audiences. Pavlova danced it many times in London during the 1920s. [sources: here & here]
More pictures of Anna in her swan lake costume here
A Time Machine With Wistfully Wandering Wings, From The Victorian Era into The Early 1950s, with a special fondess for the 1920s and 1930s . I was born in Hollywood, grew up in the Hollywood Hills and am in love with all things to do with Classic Cinema of bygone eras, particularly the Silents, and the magic of Vintage Animation by such artists as Max Fleischer, U.B. Iwerks and Walt Disney.
I'd love to live in a huge fairy tale Victorian house filled with beautiful vintage furniture, books, dolls, silver buckled pumps, and velvet dresses, but for now I live in a lovely attic apartment that contains all of those and hundreds of old movie books and stills, in a neighborhood where many great silent films were created.
If you like something here, please have the good manners to reblog it **with the captions and credit on it**, or not at all. Merci! I make a lot of sceeen caps and gifs from classic cartoons and old films I love, and hope they amuse and entertain.