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Moonshine Cars: The First Hot Rods

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How did hot rods get started? Beyond the innate human urge to tinker with everything, hot rod culture got its roots in the “moonshine cars” bootleggers used to transport concealed alcohol during the U. S. Prohibition. These bootleggers or rumrunners used their heavily-modified autos to stay ahead of agents & law enforcement, while getting the contraband where it needed to go in as discreet a fashion as possible. The drivers required machines with more power and better handling capabilities than the standard automobiles of the day in order to elude authorities safely when speeding down rocky trails and curvy backroads. ...

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Teddy Boys and Girls: Britain's Original Teenage Rebels

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"Our dress is our answer to a dull world." In 1953, a hot new fashion trend took over Britain's teen boys. An adaptation of Edwardian romanticism from which the name “Teddy” is derived, they donned tailored velvet blazers and button-down shirts coupled with drainpipe jeans or trousers, skinny ties, and chunky leather shoes. They topped it off with outrageous coiffures (or quiffs) and these working-class teens set the stage for all young tribes to follow. They were the first group to create a truly specialized youth market. By 1954, the tabloid Daily Express was describing these insubordinate teenagers as “Teddy...

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Legendary "Godmother" of Rock

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  Sister Rosetta Tharpe is the epitome of amazing grace—ah, yes, how sweet the sound! This astounding woman, often referred to as the Godmother of rock-and-roll, was profoundly influential in twentieth-century music. Only in the last few years has she received the attention and acknowledgment she deserved, nearly 50 years after her death. And still, many people have no idea who she was. Her musical background was born in the gospel music of the Black church of the south, and she was a featured performer in a traveling evangelical troupe by the time she was six years old. Born in...

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The More You Know: Parachute Wedding Dresses

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Access to silk was very limited during World War II as most of the world’s supply at the time came from China and Japan. The available supplies of silk and nylon were needed for military use, to make parachutes and other essentials for the war effort. This made it difficult for the increasing numbers of war brides to find material for their wedding dresses. Many brides opted to borrow gowns from friends and family, but another option became popular among resourceful war brides: recycling used parachutes into beautiful new wedding gowns! The parachutes were generally made of white or cream...

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A Pinup's Guide to Measurements

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Hello lovelies. We often get customers who are new to dressing in a pin-up and rockabilly style and unsure of how to find their best fit. Please remember it is of the utmost importance that you always shop using your measurements! All labels can vary by what they call a "L" or 2X" etc. but an inch my dears... Is an inch.Go. By. Your. Inches. 😁   If you're ever in doubt on which size to order, please feel free to email us with your measurements and the item you're considering, and we'd be happy to offer up an opinion! We live to help you...

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