Monday, August 22, 2016

Miami Heights 1960-1966

I have again been asked to post some old photos for another website.  All of these photos were taken between 1960 and 1966 at our home in Miami Heights west of Cincinnati.  (I was born in 1961 and we moved to Bridgetown in 1967.)

My mother Rosemary is standing in front of the new house
which had just been built in 1960 on Shady Lane Road.

My sister Barb was 1 1/2 when this photo was taken
in 1964 with a neighbor's dog.

My father Jim took this photo, which is uncropped here, of the new Southernwood Drive subdivision
with a huge fire in the distance, sometime between 1965 and 1966.

Here are two more views of Southernwood Drive in 1965,
definitely much more peaceful and pleasant shots!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Grace wears Chanel

Princess Grace admits her feet are killing her
and has taken off her spike heels.
She's spent the day modeling for Chanel.

I have no idea who made this suit, but now I now what the suit is called.
I purchased a Midge wearing this suit about 10 years ago at the Burlington, Ky., antique show.  It's beautifully made, but there is no tag.  I doubt it was handmade, because the snap in the skirt is the type that is pushed in by a machine rather than sewn in.  I'm assuming it was made by Shillman either under that name or another one of its umpteen company names.  I'm also assuming it was made in the early or mid-1960s, since Midge was wearing it, and because of the style and the amount of detail in it.
The ad that you see is from the August 2016 issue of Elle.  When I paged through it and saw this ad, that's when I realized that the doll's outfit was a Chanel copy.
Wearing the suit is Princess Grace, the precursor to Maddie Mod.  I added the blouse, gold clutch and shoes.  Although Grace's feet are smaller than Barbie's, the clone shoes are even tinier, and pop off of Grace's feet.