|Sophia Loren wine box. 1963 LIFE "Part Goddess, Part Imp, All Woman"|
|Mick Jagger Worship/Mockery Box, 1972 LIFE|
"I said, 'Is there something on MY HEAD?'"
|Johnny Cash box (get it? get it?) 1969 LIFE|
|Cigar box purse "The Swinging Life of Yamaha" LIFE 1966|
|Back side of purse: from ad, "I said if I found a better tasting cigarette, I'd eat my hat!"|
Imagine how fabulous this project will look...
|Jane Fonda as Barbarella, LIFE 1968. I really need to see that movie one day.|
I HAD to have this one, red X at the top at least kept the price under $10.
|Lauren Bacall, LIFE 1944|
And, so, one thing leads to another--I'm hella competitive when it comes to auctions of lots on eBay--and now, I find myself in possession of a library of LIFE.
|Don't lets pretend this is the entirety of my collection.|
1. The articles are fascinating-- in 1934, Albert Einstein stares you down from one page as you read a not-too-dumbed-down version of the theory of relativity; in 1942, military wives show how to reinvent yourself while he's off to war; in the 1950s, twenty pages are devoted to explaining the allure of Existentialism in a post-WWII world; in 1970, new fathers burble about their desire to be a new kind of father, earnest and involved.
|"Lonely Housewife" December, 1942 LIFE|
|"Shirley Temple Grows Up," LIFE 1943|
|Cool it, Humbert! Lolita--I mean, Shirley--is just 13 years old.|
|Shoot, this isn't even trying to be subliminal. "Extra Pleasure" from "17% Extra Smoking"? |
Sure, sure. That's what you're selling.
|"Blackstone Cigars--the choice of successful men." |
Insert your tired Bill Clinton joke here:_________
|I think the blonde is Cheryl Teigs, but check out the resting bitch face on the redhead. I love her.|
|1966 again: After Smirnoff vodka martini #3, the old barman magically turns into this fine cowgirl.|
|Ed McMahon says: Pick a Pair (I'm in emotional despair)|
Europe. The Pacific. North Africa. The Bathroom. The American Struggle for Success in each of these places was EPIC.
|No War Job for Nora. She's all blocked up and can't remember how to set fire to things with her welding tools.|
The 1942 Christmas ads alone will show you an America that resembles my mother's Syrian upbringing more than the good old Gotta Get It USA that raised most of us.
|Mend and make do, Honey.|
|Santa says: I'm Sorry Son (you are NOT getting that bike). |
And little Jimmy thinks, "Just for this, Old Man, I am going to buy EVERYTHING I want when I grow up."
I really don't know what to do with all of this LIFE. It's absolutely cliché, but they've brought history back to life for me. I bought them to pillage, but now I want to protect them.
Copyright 2015, Tanya Monier