Friday, May 9, 2014


In this tremendous metablog / photo blog Josephine Baker (Entertainer, Spy, Activist and Philanthropist) receives top billing. Along with some 1920s darb stuff that dewdroppers will enjoy with their giggle juice.


The early 1920s for Josephine Baker - After dropping out of school at the age of 12 she lived as a homeless street urchin in the slums of St. Louis. The next year she was able to find work waitress at The Old Chauffeur's Club. At age 15, Josephine Baker's street-corner dancing attracted attention and was recruited for the St. Louis Chorus vaudeville show. For the next three years she performed in many of the Broadway revues.

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Photo blog featuring Josephine Baker

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Photo album, Ziegfeld Girls


Josephine Baker was popular in France and was known as the "Black Pearl", "Bronze Venus" or "Creole Goddess" . In the US she was rejected. Time magazine called her a "Negro wench".  In New York, she was refused reservations at 36 hotels because of her skin colour. The Ku Klux Klan threatened Josephine Baker. In 1951, the famous situation occurred where Josephine Baker was refused service in the Stork Club in Manhattan and Grace Kelly rushed over to her and said she would never enter the club again. Josephine Baker then gave up her American citizenship 

FBI documents from 1951 to 1966, largely concerning immigration and security issues related to Josephine Baker’s association with communist proponents and related groups.


Josephine Baker, who was married to four different men and had affairs with many others -- actually was a lesbian, ``looking for tenderness'' that only another woman could show her, Jean-Claude (her son) says.


Josephine Baker dancing in the 1920s and 30s

Long before Angelina Jolie, Mia Farrow and Madonna made headlines with their adoptive families, 1920s star Josephine Baker tried to combat racism by adopting 12 children of various ethnic backgrounds from around the world.

Josephine Baker led a raucous private life French military intelligence recruits her to work for the Resistance. Josephine Baker position as an entertainer allows her to move freely around Europe, and her celebrity status grants her access to high-society and embassy functions.

With the second issue, however, Confidential's fortunes began to turn.  Among the stories featured was one titled, "Winchell Was Right About Josephine Baker."  The article suggested that popular broadcaster and columnist Walter Winchell had been wrongly attacked as a racist for his criticism of African-American entertainer and actress Josephine Baker.
 The controversy revolved around an October 1951 incident at New York City's famed Stork Club, owned by a bigoted Oklahoman named Sherman Billingsley.  As it happened, both Winchell and Josephine Baker, at separate tables, were at the club that night.  When a waiter served Baker's white companions but did not deliver the steak and crab salad she ordered, the fuming entertainer walked out--and, within days, the NAACP, New York papers, and Ed Sullivan were all on the Stork Club's case, denouncing the presumed discrimination against Josephine Baker.  Josephine Baker's complaints did not end with the Stork Club, but included Winchell, whose nonchalance about the incident came under her biting criticism.  Winchell, however, felt falsely accused, defended the club, and lashed out at "phoney" Baker, who he also suggested was a Communist. The Confidential story sided with Winchell and chastised Baker for being an "outright liar" who fights racial discrimination "for her own cynical ends."  Winchell, unsurprisingly, loved the story and encouraged his readers and viewers to read the full story in Confidential.  With the Winchell testimonial, sales skyrocketed.


Inside the speakeasies of the 1920s

Flapper Slang: Talk the 1920s Talk 

Hotsy totsy Shebas drink Coca Cola 

Coca Cola posters


Dark Roasted Blend's "Feel-Good" series #17

Rodney's Space - great blogging site


The American Beauty Pageants 1920s

Photos, The Roaring 20s

Timeline for Women's Rights


Double Trouble Two doing a no bra day thing

Awesome Stuff Around The Internet

Fritz's Rule 5 extravaganza is dedicated to Vida Guerra, Cuban born model, actress, and singer.

Head Lights are On

Internet sources tell Blackmailers Don’t Shoot (Rule 5) that Jennifer Lawrence got drunk at an Oscar party and threw up in front of Miley Cyrus

Holy Cow Batman! It's Sara Willis


The Original "Pussycat Dolls" | 1920s

African-American vaudeville performers dressed in very risque feline costumes.

Vaudeville Theater owners established chains that became so popular they could have a separate chain that catered to black audiences only. To provide some more racy entertainment for patrons that did not mind some coarseness, the Vaudeville owners booked Burlesque acts from the Burlesque Theater which targeted the lower and middle class.  Burlesque harks back to the origins of variety entertainment as “barroom fare.”  Acts included frank songs, coarse humor, variety acts, skimpy-costumed chorus numbers and sometimes a sketch lampooning current politics or news.

Rebecca Ann Latimer Felton was an American white supremacist, lynching advocate, writer, lecturer, reformer, and politician who became the first woman to serve in the United States Senate. In a symbolic gesture, Governor Thomas Hardwick appointed Rebecca Felton to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Senator Thomas Watson. She was sworn in November 21, 1922, and served just 24 hours.

Rebecca Felton claimed, for instance, that the more money that Georgia spent on black education, the more crimes blacks committed. Furthermore Rebecca Felton considered "young blacks" who sought equal treatment "half-civilized gorillas," and ascribed to them a "brutal lust" for white women. While seeking suffrage for women, she decried voting rights for blacks, arguing that it led directly to the rape of white women

The Sixth Annual National Offend a Feminist Week

"Feminism is, among other things, a totalitarian attempt to tell us what to think by controlling what we are allowed to say." - Robert Stacy McCain

Lucy Pinder salutes National Offend a Feminist week!


In the 1920s and 1930s, the NRA’s leaders helped write and lobby for the first federal gun control laws—the very kinds of laws that the modern NRA labels as the height of tyranny. The 17th Amendment outlawing alcohol became law in 1920 and was soon followed by the emergence of big city gangsters who outgunned the police by killing rivals with sawed-off shotguns and machine guns—today called automatic weapons.

Proof Positive weekly best of the web, which includes Rule 5 stuff and other current events 

Reaganites recommended reading for normal, non-weird Americans 

This weeks political cartoons posted by Donald at American Power Blog

Crazy stuff at Dummidumbwit's Weblog

RODNEY'S SPACE - A blog featuring life in general, humor, cool cars, outer space, and gorgeous girls

"The old-school mysteries were never afraid to pull the "nude card" tell sell a novel or two.  Men are a predictable breed; just imply nudity and we'll fork over the cash willingly."

Vintage Reads #52 :More Action/Mystery Paperbacks

Photos of Ernest Hemingway

Some manly skills for you guys.

Thrilling Vintage Movie Posters


NSFW Fred Dude has posted some extra good stuff this week


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This is so full of wiener!


Nuts magazine is folding up. The latest sign that weekly magazine publishing is struggling to make ends meet in a digital age.

"I have been giving a lot of thought to endings lately" - Katy

Mail Online has grown ten-fold since its 2008 relaunch, but is it journalism?

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 Does Lucy Pinder's (the nymph) boobs float?

Princess Leia "Use the source GOODSTUFF"

1 comment:

edutcher said...

I've seen some film of Baker over the years and come to the conclusion her appeal to the French was much like that of Jerry Lewis.

PS You've got your NRAs mixed.

The one in the photo was FDR's National Recovery Administration and only active for a few years in the 30s.