SCENE | Thanksgiving Links and Thinks

Photo of a girl and a turkey in 1950 via Popperfoto.

Happy Thanksgiving, you guys! Here are a few links for the rest of the week... 

Need help dealing with family dinner angst? Adele to the rescue!

Thanksgiving's origins are in New England, so we've been listening to this song while cooking.

REI's #OptOutsidecampaign is so rad. They are closing all of their stores on Black Friday and paying to let...
November 25, 2015 by Lizzie
Tags: 50s

SCENE | Jai-Alai in the 1950s

Photos by Loomis Dean for LIFE, 1950.

Jai-Alai (pronounced Hai-Li) often lays claim to being the world's fastest sport. The handball-ish game originated in the Basque Country of Northern Spain centuries and centuries ago, but for a brief moment in the 50s and 60s caught fire in the U.S. as a faddy hobby and a spectator sport for gamblers. By the late 1980s the sport had washed up here—and I'm not...
October 20, 2015 by Lizzie
Tags: 50s SCENE


Set your DVRs: the story of Althea Gibson, the unlikely queen of the segregated tennis world of the 1950s will air on Friday September 4 at 9pm on PBS. Althea Gibson is an icon, one of the great athletes of our time, and an american hero. She grew up in Harlem, the daughter of a sharecropper who migrated north, and became the first African American tennis player (not woman, but player) to play and...
August 26, 2015 by Lizzie

GIFT GUIDE | Father's Day a la Hemingway

Photo of Mary and Ernest Hemingway on safari in 1953-4 via The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. 

"Never go on trips with anyone you do not love." —Ernest Hemingway We thought we'd look to Ernest Hemingway for inspiration on this year's Father's Day gift guide—what could more right than Papa?

Clockwise from top left: Brookes Boswell Restored 027 Vintage Felt Hat ($160); Leathe...
June 06, 2015 by Lizzie

WORD | Snapshots of Dangerous Women

Last week my friend Dana gave me the new book Snapshots of Dangerous Women by Peter Cohen. What a collection of photographs! The author spent decades (decades!) combing through estate sales and flea markets building a collection of found photography of women who are taking part in unconventional activities (for women, and especially for the time), like boxing, swigging booze, shooting rifles, or...
May 04, 2015 by Lizzie
Tags: 30s 40s 50s WORD

WORD | California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties

Last night at a dinner party I was given the book California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties ($32). It came out a year and a half ago but I had never seen it. This is a special book in that it's not just capturing an aesthetic of an era or a niche sport's golden era—although it does that really well, it tells a story about Americans in the 50s. Yvon Chouinard, one of the book's three authors,...
April 23, 2015 by Lizzie Garrett Mettler
Tags: 50s WORD

ICONS | Dude Girls of the American West

Lost in an Internet worm hole yesterday, I found myself in the University of Wyoming photo archives, which is impressive both in scope and size. Beyond all the photographic treasures, I found a term I'd never seen before: Dude Girl.

December 04, 2014 by Eva Goicochea Preston

SCENE | Departures & Arrivals

Photo of Mick and Bianca Jagger at London Airport (now Heathrow) by David Stroud, 1972.

When we think of air travel in the 20th century, stylish images of well-heeled passengers flood our minds. Today, when I think of air travel, I immediately think of dressing strategically. Here's a look back at some tomboy style in the departure and arrival terminals decades before TSA had its way with our...
November 04, 2014 by Lizzie
Tags: 50s 60s 70s SCENE

ICON | Françoise Gilot

Photos of French painter and author Françoise Gilot in her studio in 1953 via AFP.

"For me, style is essentially doing things well. If you want to be outrageous, be outrageous with style. If you want to be restrained, be restrained with style. One can't specifically define style. It's like the perfume to a flower. It's a quality you can't analyze." —Françoise Gilot
October 28, 2014 by Lizzie
Tags: 50s ICONS

UNIFORM | Radcliffe College

Photos via Radcliffe yearbooks.

Did Normcore start at Radcliffe?

[Photo 1]: Garrett Leight Milwood frames ($285); Uniqlo silk blouse ($60); Keds Champion Originals ($45), beat up pair of Vans Authentics pictured, but I think she's probably in Keds). [Photo 2]: Bud Heavy; Snake Bite earrings ($130); J. Press Shaggy Dog sweater ($230). [Photo 3]: Ann Mashburn crewneck pullover ($295); vintage field...
September 18, 2014 by Lizzie
Tags: 50s 60s UNIFORM