A few months ago, I was in an antique shop and noticed a bunch of playbills. You can quite imagine lovely ladies dressed up in flowing gowns and matching gloves with their arms wrapped around their handsomely dressed partner.
Within this stack of playbills, were plays with Bette Davis, Katherine Hepburn, and many other great stars of the day! I have subsequently sold these playbills but did keep the Katherine Hepburn 1939 Philadelphia Story playbill. These playbills spanned the time of the late 30's to the early 50's. I thought I might share some of the ads from within some of these playbills.
This ad was very interesting to me. I just love the idea of wearing a "fresh" flower and gardenia's have an elegant ebb and flow about them. I was very much taken with this ad when I first saw it and then I proceeded to Etsy to see if I might find a present day substitute.
Here is a gardenia I bought from Etsy from FlowerSculptures. I am sure you will see it in an upcoming post. It is so well done and beautiful in person.
Source: Etsy Seller FlowerSculptures
Isn't this an interesting Fashion ad? I thought it was interesting how some of the playbills talked about the latest fashion. After reading about this ad, I wanted to know more about Queen Elizabeth's parasol and how it stirred up a flurry of copies. I looked to see if I could find a photograph of her with her parasol.
Ceil Beaton was commissioned to take these photographs of the Queen in July 1939.
Image source: Opera gloves
The only current image I could locate of the umbrella. I believe it is apart of "The Royal Collection". This umbrella appears to be around today, isn't this interesting? You can really check out the details with the "magnify" icon. This parasol was set in diamonds and sapphires.
Here is a link to the dress and parasol from 1938.
A Bette Davis playbill.
Fancy a trip to the Cotton Club to see Duke Ellington after the play?
Look at all the action happening at the Stock Club..
Or maybe a trip to "old Hawaii"?
I'd love to have "tea" with these well dressed ladies. Look at those hats!
Some more lovely ladies to have an afternoon luncheon with: