Saturday, April 28, 2012

Strength Never Was My Virtue



Darlings? Anyone?

Do, do, dooooooo, oh so doublie do
I most feverishly and sincerely beg of you,
beyond all reason...she whispered...of which I have none...(reason that is)!
 Do join me whilst we daydream, languish and reminisce about the fabulous  days of yesteryear and the 1930s and 1940s?
Let us smile knowingly and savor the infinite, intangible, shimmering, golden stardust that slyly beckons
 to us 
through 
  moments and memories.
Sigh...oh just terribly double, double sigh darlings!
What naughty nice...
daydreaming.

Strength never was my virtue.
Hubba, Hubba
Oh~dad~e~oh!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

It's Bungalow Tea Time at Quite The Stir Bungalow!






Well, hellooooo my fine and gentle readers!  How are you dahlings? 

Do you know what? Do you?

 I could barely,  BARELY wait to share the news that
Quite The Stir Bungalow at 500 West Middle Street in historic Gettysburg, PA is now ready to once again serve up delicious and delicate teas on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, by reservation!
Mmmmm...Yes, that's absolutely right!
 
You see...
as the lodging season right here in Gettysburg, PA begins a slow, but very lovely descent into a slumbering winter, Quite The Stir Bungalow ascends from full time guest lodging  into Bungalow Tea Time! 

Now,
the secret to making reservations for a Bungalow Tea is rather simple! 
Merely lift up the old tele handset and rotary dial  (717) 416-0025
OR send an e-mail to the Bungalow via the Innkeeper innkeeper@quitethestir.com and she will
(trust me I so know)
be delighted to assist in any way! 

Oh, and dahlings, if you'd like,
feel dangerously and deliciously free to contact Quite The Stir Bungalow
 through the fine auspices of  Facebook
(I yet marvel a what a modern world this is,...
after all,  the Bungalow stands ever so stalwart in the 1930s and 1940s!) 

Now, I ask you, gentle readers, could making reservations be any easier?
 
Served upon tier upon tier of trays and the most delicate of bone and fine china...Oh, the tea delicacies we offer!  They are delicious and  ever, EVER so very scrumptious, with each morsel to die for!  Depending on your choices, we've the catered traditional scones and darling crumpets, tea breads, sweet breads, creme puffs, eclairs, quiche, devonshire creme, assorted tea sandwiches, to include (another oh!) the favorite cucumber petite sandwiches,...a crowd pleasing favorite to be most certain, seasonal  fruits, tasty hor dourves, a selection of cheeses and, let us not forget
a remarkable and delicate salad, some with slivers of almonds, some with shards of oranges, but
then, allow me to assure you gentle readers, the options are many.

Finally, the Bungalow presents the most incredible cream based vegetable or yes, fruit based soups in vessels or demitasse cups (as to your pleasure, of course!) .
They soups may be hot or cold, gentle readers!
Isn't that quixotic, tho?

Ohhhh, and did I mention the (whisper in hushed awe with me now?) THE TEA, the teaaaaa....
oh my, but mother of all teas compete with warming cozys and personal tea pots!

Oh, (another Oh) but do excuse my extreme pleasure and excitement!
 I must say, the Bungalow does have most every tea available from
 Assam and Ceylon to Darjeeling, Green, Oolongs, and then some!
  Of course, too, we have our
perennial continental favorites available to those of us who simply adore regularity and familiarity, ahem!

I do positively rage on from time to time don't I dahlings?
Nevertheless, I must digress! After all, what's a girl to do?

I must share with all of you our tea selections from which to choose!


Let's seeeeeee now, tap, tap, tap (of my delicate and strappy little high heeled numbers)
...ahem,....the Bungalow offers

The Bombardiers Tea (for the gents too!)
USO Ladies Tea
BUY Bonds Tea
Scuttlebutt and Crew Tea (for the gents too!)
High Tea "A Culinary Delight" From The 1940's
Rosie the Riveter Tea
                                                                       
                                                                         But there's more!

Alright now, dahlings, let's picture this...
 it's early morning or perhaps, a golden afternoon at the Bungalow.  A charming white gloved butler in bow tie and or gracious (primping) hostess and even more lovely servers appear to elegantly and graciously serve up your delicious tea selection, carrying a single rose and an antique silver service with china!

All of this against the background  sounds of Big Band purring...
What could be more wonderful... such a dream to slip away to.


 You may feel as tho you're in the British "colonies" (say what?) while in the marvelous US of A.

Our specialty,...

From time and then again more time, Quite The Stir Bungalow invites special hostesses to share instructional tips and the ever so importance of  genteel etiquette from the era of the 1930s and 1940s, and  share the Golden Age of  Hollywood history to Stars and Glamour tips!  Now, I ask you yet again,...how simply exquisite is this?

One more thing...during your tea experience at Quite The Stir Bungalow, you may just meet up with a 1940s Rosie The Riveter, the ever beloved Pin Up, an Iconic Spy once from as close as Baltimore, MD or a WWII Flygirl!

We also offer educational teas for young ladies and gentlemen among us and adore providing services for intimate memorable events.

Well, dahlings, sigh,...I can't believe how the time has flown, and I'm totally  about through blithering on and on now. (One never knows...)

Really, why you'd think I invented tea, when really I believe the charming and distinctive Mr. Bigelow, my good friend, just may have, or hmmm, did he? Of course, then, there's Sir Lipton and Mr. Tetley...I adored playing tennis with them, what teases!  But, then again, I do evah evah EVAH so prefer loose teas.  Don't you think most everything in life that's loose is... well, most everything that's loose is wonderfully incredible??????????

It's important to keep in deep consideration of mind,
that our fine Bungalow is historically accurate to the glamour of the 1930s and attitude of the 1940s...including floor space.
We are a mere 1,400 square foot, with rather a tons of  yesterdays and in other words,
  our reservation availabilities are limited
and exclusive as to numbers we may serve at any given time.

Parking may be at premium, so do ask us upon your reservation as to the possibilities available?

WHAT SAY YOU?
DOESN'T THIS SOUND DREAMY?

So, now then,...I am quite done...but before I make my dramatic departure into yesterday (don't get too thrilled, gentle readers, I shall return in less than a fortnight)
I shall leave you with an utmost personal message and video from yours most truly and the Innkeeper, otherwise known under many nom de plumes, some of which include, Starlight Reporter, Ms. Tattle Tales, Miss Flirtzalot, Dragstrip Scooter Girl and Illegally Blondella.

Allow me to invite you to
join a plethora of remarkable dahlings (with a bit of me and whipped creme on the side)  for
 an upcoming vintage gathering with none other than the incredible and remarkable
Please follow them on Facebook and Twitter too?!
(I hear they're looking for a proofreader, if interested...)
Say what?!

Hubba, Hubba Dahlings!
Oh~Dad~E~OH



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Friday, August 12, 2011

Taking A Glorious Ride In The Big M


It's going to be beautiful today in many places across the USA. AND, I most certainly AM  traveling everywhere in my Mercury!

Why not take advantage of the gorgeous weather, I asked myself?
 Get outdoors, slip into something more comfortable... a delicate silken blouse and 'nipped at the waist' cotton skirt with a draped overskirt...for effect. 

Then to put the convertible top down and take a delicious wild ride in the Big M...my Mercury.
 Make no mistake my Gentle Readers!  I shall positively, endlessly enjoy my Merc-O-Therm ventilating and more comfort, better than ever...in every way during my thrill ride! 
'Better in styling, better in comfort, better in performance and as owners report, better in economy!'

Now, I do hear that my Mercury was introduced to the public in 1939, the Mercury car was the brainchild of  Edsel Ford, (I think I would have adored Edsel) son of Henry Ford.

The car, in the making for four years, was to be the best available from Ford and all that a luxury Lincoln could offer.

The 1939 Mercury packed a whalloping 95 horsepower flathead V8 motor with total performance that was excelsior from day one, easily reaching speeds up to 100 mph. Unique to the car, was a transmission gearshift located on the steering column, rather than on the floor. This automobile most certainly took on the halo of a winner.  Ecstasy!

Now, about a Woody!  (one of my favorites absolutely ... oh but there is the sweet little T-Bird)
During 1946, the Wood side body Sportsman Convertibles were introduced. The public was further thrilled beyond measure with the 1949 post war Mercury 8, offering a larger V8 motor and inverted bathtub styling. This car heralded in a true American classic, and frankly, became a hot rodder and street rodder's dream.

Gloriosky!  In 1950, the Millionth Mercury was produced. The Mercury car had become so edgy (and I so doooo adore edgy) that even the legendary heart throbalicious James Dean, playing a rebellious teen, drove a black Mercury coupe in the 1955 film 'Rebel Without a Cause.'  I so know the feeling!

Now, tho this is going beyond my passion for the era of the 1940s, I'll have to shed a bit more light on behalf of the Mercury honor...

Among the classic Mercurys of the fifties, the Mercury Turnpike Cruiser could arguably outshine them all!

Standard features included an electric drop down reverse slanted back window, a skylight dual curved windshield, and our favorite standard feature, the Seat-O-Matic. This seat had the abilities to adjust to 49 different positions, and quite possibly send you into obit. Ahem, not that I'm hinting at anything inappropriate!A computer clock inside this dream car calculated average trip speeds, and quite uncommonly, this car was equipped with an odometer. A Merc-O-Matic transmission keyboard control was standard, with power steering and brakes. Fully loaded! 

Mercury's of the sixties continued with excellence in speed and performance. Among the models available were Meteors, Cyclones, Marauders and the introduction of the Mercury Cougar.

Ford discontinued selling Mercury models in the fall of 2010, thereby ending production of a seventy one year old timeless brand that once stood for 'more of everything you want'...from innovation to speed.


FOR ALLOWING ME TO SCRIBBLE YOUR ARTICLE JUST
A WEE TAD

Hubba, Hubba
Oh-Dad-E-Oh

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I Soooo Long For The Thirties And Forties (and I wasn't even there)


I Soooo (sooo for a tad more dramatic effect) miss The Thirties to Forties
 AND I wasn't even THERE!

How many times have you looked in the mirror and be~moaned..."I soooo miss the '40s?"
No, now, I'm not talking age (we're all ageless and priceless anyway), I'm talking decades!"
 
Here's what I think I shouldn't have missed
HOW's About YOU?
 
 
1.  Hollywood, The Glamour, The Glitz and Entertainment
Let's face it guys and dahlinks,
Clark Gable?  Rita Hayworth?
Hollywood Parties and Potted Palms
Gloves, and patent leather shoes
Movies, Golden Age Radio
Need I expound further?
 
Really?
 
 
2.  Rhythm and Blues Music, Jazz, Swing, Oh Sweet Mother~the Big Bands
The beginnings of rock and roll
Let's get hep now! 
This Bungalow Gal needs to dance with a tad 'o romance too!
I want to sing AND swing it dad~e~oh, oh, oh, ohhhhhhh~! 
 
 
3.  Fashion and 'Wicked Good' Lifestyle
Who doesn't adore the tailored look, and admittedly
wouldn't we all be a bit envious
putting on the occasional Ritz, the proper teas,
the evenings out (of such raritude tho, making them all's the more exquisite)?
The manners?  Excuse me...pardon, pleasure's all mine...
 
4.  Transportation
Oh, give me a swaying Chattanooga Choo Choo any day
A '42 Chevy and those running boards with back seats to die for
(not that I really know a thing a'tal about that)
Luxury Cruise Liner
 (not the Titanic, certainly by all accounts, even if that was a tad earlier)
Crates and Aeroplanes
and oh, the
Scooters and Choppers in their classic designs
Frisbies
(alright, admittedly, just catching your eye, but it could happen..couldn't it?)
 
 
5.  Iconic Figures and Heros That Were Really Heros
I mean...Gentle Readers, seriously...
I sooo (sooo again for dramatic effects) want the Lone Ranger BACK
and, where's a good Politician when you need one? (I was kidding...or WAS I?)
 
 
6.  Oh, Those Marvie Inventions!
Frisbie (ahhhh, here I've found a place for the righteous little Wham-O now)
and soooo (sooo again for, yes you know...dramatic effects) it doth GO! 
Why a girl's head would just spin thinking of all the wonderful products
invented that we, today, take for granted!
Speaking of spin...the yo-yo and
Spin, Spin, Spinnnnnnnn again... where would any of us be
without our Velcro? 
 
7.  Eateries, Restaurants and Shopping and Lifestyle
Meet me down at the five and dime and we'll do
a phosphate and some giggle water overtime at the drugstore too. 
Oh, you want a banana split?  Neato Joe.
Let's sit out on the porch swing, eat a home made cherry pie and I'll tell you
about my twice removed Aunt's upcoming
cotillion while we watch the fireflies blink in the yon distance. 
Oh, and maybe, jussssst maybe
we can spoon.
Whhhheeeee....42 Skiddoo
 
8.  Toys
They rang, they swiveled, they stuck and they went pop
...and not always in that order of things gentle readers.
 
9. Slang
Oh pops, that was the cat's meow back then, in fact,
I could  carry a torch for any hard-boiled darb
that wore a uniform back then. 
 
10.  While there was a great deal of heartache and suffering in the world,
dont'cha just absolutely longggggggg for the 'wicked good' of it all...
for the innocence and for the dew on the morning bud?
 
How's about you dahlink?
 
 
If I've mis-counted, mis-calculated, mis-conducted, mis-spoke,or mis-typed,
do forgive? 
I haven't a spell checker or Thesaurus on my 
42 Royal Typewriter.
 
Tho in spite of all my mis-behaving, I do sincerely squared
wish you really, really would forgive...but you've
got to love me?
 
 
Hubba, Hubba
Oh~Dad~E~Oh
Let's make the good times good again Gentle Readers.
 
 
 
Gettysburg, PA
The 1940s Homefront Style
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




Monday, April 11, 2011

Oh Yes I Can Eat Just ONE! (I fibbed)


The merger of two entrepreneurs' dreams became one of the largest snack food companies in the United States. In fact some reports say this snack food accounts for 59% of the U.S. snack chip industry! Were talking Frito-Lay!

Who knew and you want to hear more?

Back in 1932, C.E. Doolin, happened into a San Antonio cafe, and bought a bag of corn chips. That's when and where the crispy history of these chips began. Liking the chips so much, Mr. Doolin discovered that the manufacturer of the snack chips was in the market to sell his business. Mr. Doolin knew a good thing when he tasted it, so he purchased the recipe, and began to sell FRITOS® Corn Chips from his Henry Ford Model T Ford.

During the same year FRITOS® was pounding the pavement and rolling on wheels with Mr. Doolin another icon was in the making!

There was?!  Another icon?

Herman W. Lay had begun a potato chip business in Nashville by delivering snack foods. 'Bet you can't eat just one'... this was the H.W. Lay & Company.

Fast forward, through the grease, sweat and tears to 1961, where these two delicious snack foods would join. That's right, the Frito Company and the H.W. Lay company merged to become Frito-Lay, Inc.

Perhaps in their dreams, but not their wildest expectations, Did Mr. Doolin or Mr. Lay expect their products would be America's favorite snack food company?  We didn't BUT we're glad it happened!


Today, Frito Lay goodness continues to be produced by more than 45,000 Frito-Lay employees in the United States and Canada. They make it, sell it and bring smiles and yards of edible delights and a variety of other fun too!


Mmmmmm.....the 1940s had it good, thanks to the 30s Snack Kings!

Hubba, Hubba
Oh-Dad-E-Oh!
'Til The Board Walks

This article 'eaten' from


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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A Homemaker's War Guide


The O.W.I.'s famous Poster No. 20, A Homemaker's War Guide. The Office of War Information enlisted the support of all major Radio networks to devote hundreds of hours of broadcast time each week to inspirational, informative and patriotic messages and updates on the status of the troops. The OWI also produced thousands of patriotic and informative posters throughout the period.



Poster provided by Gettysburgs' Greatest Generation Non-Profit Foundation.

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Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy With The Andrew Sisters



January 2, 1941, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" was recorded by The Andrews Sisters in Los Angeles, CA. The song was heard in the movie, "Buck Privates", starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.

These vivacious sibling talents will forever be associated with their very active patriotic entertainment duty during World War II and the culture of the era. During the 1940s, the Andrew sisters found themselves in quite the demand earning $20,000 a week.

Born in Minnesota, LaVerne, the oldest sister, Maxene the middle sister and Patty the youngest sister all found a keen love for music at an early age. They were inspired by greats such as the Boswell Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme.

The Andrews Sisters became America's most popular female singing group with their first major success "Bei Mir" selling 350,000 copies. The song held the Billboard Number one slot for five weeks. This incredible achievement established The Andrews Sisters as successful recording artists and celebrities. The first all-female group to have a record go platinum, these sisters earned nine gold records, recorded over 700 songs and sold over 90 million records.

If these accomplishments aren't enough to have Vintage Allies (VAV!) listeners and readers doing the Jitterbug, there's more. The Andrew Sisters were one of the first vocal groups inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, they had over 100 songs on top 30 Billboard charts and 46 songs reached the top 10 on the Billboard charts. Yes, these sisters were also established radio personalities, and all totaled had made appearances in 17 Hollywood movies.

Some of the sisters hits in the early to mid forties include; “Rum and Coca Cola” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” and “I’ll be with you in Apple Blossom Time.”

Not too bad for three sisters from Minnesota.

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Ours To Fight For




The Office of War Information enlisted the support of all major Radio networks to devote hundreds of hours of broadcast time each week to inspirational, informative and patriotic messages and updates on the status of the troops. The OWI also produced thousands of patriotic and informative posters throughout the period. One of its most famous posters, the O.W.I. commissioned Norman Rockwell to create O.W.I Poster No. 47, celebrating the Four Freedoms set down by President Roosevelt in his famous 'Four Freedoms' speech.



Poster provided by Gettysburgs' Greatest Generation Non-Profit Organization.



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