Monday, June 22, 2015

Around Home Base: WWII Weekend pt 2

One of the things I find so cool about the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum's WWII Weekend is how intricate the displays brought by various units are. People put so much time and research into the campsites, constructions, and just large amounts of stuff set up at the airfield. In addition to running amok on the battlefield, I also took some pictures poking around the displays. So here they are, bringing the campsite home!

yes, that really is a palm tree in the "pacific theater" camp

the Gulf station on the "home front"

in the shadow of Napoleon, in the French Village

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Shot: World War II Weekend at the MAAM

Last year I attended my very first WWII event in Reading, PA at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, and I had a wonderful time, so I was excited to go back again this year! As always, there were new outfits (more on that soon!), crazy adventures, and a lot of things to see and learn.  Best of all, there were old friends (some who we hadn't seen since last year!), which is awesome--the people I've met doing this are so fun and knowledgeable, and I always look forward to seeing them at events!

friends dressed for the Pacific Theater
I spent a lot of time shooting battles this year, because I had a (slightly) better idea of what to expect, and I love having the opportunity to take the Graphlex out. It was a lot of fun, even if the pictures were hit or miss. I need to make some adjustments to my camera setup (it has a tendency to slide around, pushing things out of focus and to weird angles), but it's really about the experience. Even without being actually dangerous (only blanks are shot at events), with the noise and the smoke and the chaos it's still pretty awe-inspiring to be in the middle of the action.

So without further ado, here are my favorite action shots from the weekend!

parachutists from the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team

open ground battle on the airfield

I think this is an interesting window "behind the scenes": the instruction huddle before the battle

a casualty during the French village skirmish
The German tank enters the village square

the resistance fighters are rounded up after the Germans take the village
the Allies gain ground to recapture the village

the Allies walk German prisoners through the village square
A casualty during the Allied liberation


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Boston Tweed Ride 2015

In the midst of moving, I took a 10-mile break to participate in the spring Boston Tweed Ride. Tweed Rides have become quite a trend in recent years, such that there's even a wikipedia page about them! Our local ride wound its way along the Charles River and amounted to about 60 people in a range of pretty fabulous outfits. There was also a lot of bicycle diversity: some people had original bikes from the mid-20th century, others reproductions (including a penny-farthing!), others modern road or mountain bikes, and some people were even on Hubways (our local bicycle rental program, a bit like zipcar for bikes!). It was a lovely afternoon, and I had so much fun!

My family rode bikes all the time when I was little, but then I stopped riding for a while and am just now getting back into it. It's definitely faster and easier than driving sometimes in Boston.

I didn't get many pictures, being on a bicycle, but here are the few that I captured! You can see more at the event's Facebook page.

The only picture I managed of my outfit: modern brown houndstooth blazer, WAC olive drab skirt, white blouse, brown boots. Not pictured: my red hat
socializing during our picnic stop along the waterfront

this brave soul rode a penny-farthing, which is impressively difficult (and even dangerous)!

my bike: a modern Schwinn with "retro styling"

my partner in crime looking fabulous on our picnic blanket--her yellow dress matched her yellow bicycle, so stylish!

a rather smashing ensemble

this pin belonged to the wearer's grandmother, and I thought it was a neat touch

sipping sparkling cider paired with stroopwafels...we know how to picnic. 

borrowed from my instagram, so there's at least one of my hat!

a crocheted skirt guard on a participant's bike--skirt guards cover the spokes on the back wheel to prevent a billowing skirt getting caught and causing a crash

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Modern Home, circa 1960

I've been a terrible blogger lately, because life has been a little crazy. In addition to some family things, I unexpectedly found a new apartment, signed a lease, found a subletter for my current apartment, and moved.

Like I said, it's been a little crazy.

BUT, the new apartment is awesome, and as I've started to unpack I've been reminded of all the plans I had for this summer, and all the projects I wanted to do. (Of course, it's also inspired a lot of new projects, but someday I'll do them all, right?) So when I finally feel settled and am not longer spending my free evenings building furniture, I will be right back to it.
In the meantime, the new apartment has a sweet black and white tiled floor and mirrored closet doors and screams late 50s/early 60s to me.

We're not going all-out vintage, but the period style is there in general shapes and colors and it's pretty great so far. So to keep you entertained while I crawl back from blogger limbo, here are some pictures from the opposite direction: the "Monsanto House of the Future," a Disneyland attraction from 1957-1967 that represented what homes in the future (c.1986) would be like.

the House of the Future, exterior
The display was co-sponsored by the Monsanto Company, MIT, and the Disney Imagineering team and featured a house with huge glass windows, a microwave, a large wall-mounted television, adjustable surfaces (the height could change on the kids' sink!), and a whole lot of plastic (including the exterior!). While plastic isn't the building material of choice, a lot of the other features of the house really have made it into everyday life, and the "retromodern" furnishings are making a bit of a comeback. So here's the House of the Future, firmly rooted in the mid-century:

The Monsanto house at night, from Yesterland
the layout
rooms for the kids
the kitchen and parents' bedrooms
the bathroom
the living room

Monday, April 6, 2015

Dances of Vice Presents the Grand Corset Ball

Last weekend some friends and I took an adventure to NYC to perform at the Dances of Vice Grand Corset Ball, which was quite a spectacle and quite a lot of fun!

We decided to wear 1860s fancy dress, so in true period fashion everyone scrounged to create something fabulous on top of dresses we already had. I ended up not getting my act together to do anything truly creative, so I popped a tiara on with my dark blue shot silk and called it "the night sky." Everyone else did an excellent job, though, and we were pretty fabulous as a unit!

fancy dress for the Queen of Clubs, 1860
a much better night sky, 1863
did get myself organized enough to bring my camera, and I took the opportunity to play with my Petzval lens. It's still difficult to get crisp shots (no autofocus plus a super-heavy lens is a recipe for shaky arms), but I understand why this design was popular for so much of the 19th century--when it works, it's really awesome.

So here are some photos from the Grand Corset Ball!

Julia in fabulous duct tape deer antlers 

Reading--her headpiece is made of quill pens and an inkbottle!
an armored corset on display at the event

one of the rooms had a variety of old and new books, so we peaked through a few

these pictures are totally separate, but in this sequence I like to think this lady is witnessing the angel on the stairs!

a flower basket holding her own handels

her rhinestone skull and butterfly headdress was very cool!

I could not get a good shot of this dude from the front, so we must be satisfied with his fabulous hat

I also got a couple of good shots of one of the other performers, who did a medieval-themed burlesque number, but they are pretty NSFW--see them after the jump if you'd like!