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April 26, 2015 § 1 Comment
This slide is one of a few taken on the same day by my dad. I have no idea who the people are or where it is. Maybe on Long Island somewhere? She’s so hip and timeless with her cool white glasses and flip flops.
January 2, 2015 § 2 Comments
While doing research on shoes from the 1930s, I stumbled upon this shoe patent for a detachable heel by Inventor Manual S. Gutierrez. It immediately caught my attention because recently two of my favorite fashion history blogs, The Historialist and Jonathan Walford’s Blog, had related posts on interchangeable heels. What I find interesting is that this patent precedes any of the shoes mentioned in their posts. When I think of the Detachable Heel the Famous I. Miller ad from 1954 comes to mind. It never really seemed like a good idea to me, but the novelty is definitely appealing. As Jonathan Walford mentions in his blog the design is still being reinvented. I would love to know more about Manual S. Gutierrez so stay tuned. I couldn’t find anything when I did a search, but he must exist somewhere.
December 4, 2014 § 2 Comments
If all goes well tomorrow morning NASA’s Orion spacecraft will launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
Note: Jerry Pankin was a shoe designer in Manhattan. I remember hearing his name growing up and found the above copy while doing research on my grandfather, Ben Benjamin. I asked my mother about Jerry and she remembered he was a lot of fun. She recalled him telling her once in jest he was going to design a refrigerator a foot deep that covered the length of a room, that way you could always find what you were looking for. Genius!