Los Angeles Art Deco Society’s Avalon Ball

Once a year, 26 miles across the sea, Santa Catalina is overrun by the vintage crowd. In May of each year, the Los Angeles Art Deco Society hosts its annual Avalon Ball. The island is a perfect setting, since most of the city was built in the 1920s and 1930s. Rich in history the city of Avalon once again filled with the bustle of dapper Gentlemen and elegant Ladies highlighted with the Saturday evening Avalon Ball. To attend this years ball click here: Avalon Ball 2015

The Casino Ball Room, could accommodate up to 6000 dancers.

The Casino Ball Room, could accommodate up to 6000 dancers.


The island is taken over by the Vintage Crowd.


The Santa Catalina Casino in the background was built in 1929. It’s magnificent art deco styling and island location have made it a favorite ‘vintage’ destination among the vintage inspired.


In the 1930s and 1940s, all the great Big Bands played the Casino.


A 1930s period photo of the ballroom in its heyday.


Half Moon Bay was the playground of elite Hollywood celebrities. Marilyn Monroe lived here when she was Norma Jean. Jean Harlow’s house is still here, as is Norma Jeans apartment.

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Pool Party at the Wig Wam Motel.


Vintage cars and vintage motel, the Wig Wam Motel on Rt. 66 in California was built in 1949. I always thought it was funny that they named it the Wig Wam, but you stayed in TeePee’s a completely different structure.


Some wore wool bathing suits!




Swimming or lounging, everyone had a great time


There were originally seven different Wig Wam villages, two locations in Kentucky and one each in Alabama, Florida, Arizona, Louisiana, and California. There are sadly only three left, one in Kentucky, one in Arizona and this one in California.


1936 Plymouth, 1946 Dodge and another 1946 Plymouth.


Music, dancing and swimming.


Hudson Pick up truck.


Dipping their feet!


All in all, a great night with fantastic friends!

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Manners Matter

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What is the purpose of a rule?  Does it help to make life pleasanter?  Does it make a social machinery run more smoothly?  Does it add to beauty?  If it serves any of these purposes then it is a rule that should be cherished.  Emily Post said of Etiquette, “It is … essential to ease of living that certain mechanical conventions be observed”.   Take introductions for instance, it is important to introduce oneself and shake hands but not to tell someone to shake hands.  Knowledge is the key.  Etiquette is evolving as well, for instance according to Manners for Moderns, a book authored by Kathleen Black in 1938, “Take the matter of drinking from a cup.  It hasn’t been such a very long time since cups were made without handles and saucers had deeper sides.  In those days it was quite all right to pour your drink into the saucer and drink from it.  But saucer drinking was ugly and awkward…So, some bright soul invented the cup handle.”  Now we are just concerned with pinkie in or pinkie out.  With convention rules change.  Manners were invented to make it easier for people to live and work together.  And Kathleen says, “Using good manners is like putting money out at interest – you get more than you put in.”


Emily Post, “Clothes not only add to our appearance; they are our appearance.  The first impression that we make upon others depends entirely upon what we wear and how we wear it.  Manners and speech are noted afterward, and character is discerned last of all”.  What message are you conveying?  There is a whole section dedicated in the Etiquette book to me called, The Old House Coat Habit.  What is becoming?  A person may be stared at for many reasons.  Let’s make sure they are the right reasons.  In 1945 etiquette meant, wearing gloves in church and on the street.  Hats were worn with daytime attire and church clothing never with an evening gown.  At a hotel a women would not wear a hat to dine at the hotel restaurant.  A woman hosting at her home would not wear a hat and would be dressed less elaborate than her guests, unless she is older.  Guest hat’s are part of the ensemble and they are not expected to removed them.  There by identifying the hostess.

Post published her first etiquette book Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home (1922, frequently referenced as Etiquette )

Post published her first etiquette book Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home (1922, frequently referenced as Etiquette )

Today clothing should be suitable for the occasion.  For instance, a perfect ball gown is one to dance in.  Dress to flatter your shape everyone has one and yet they are all different, so what works for one person will not work for another.  Color is important because there is an entire psychology behind it.  White is pure and invisible and will not get you noticed.  Yellow and orange are friendly and bright and often only in fun clothing.  Purple, people love or hate.  Blue is the only color that flatters everyone.  Black is considered slimming but that really applies to all dark tone colors like navy or brown and are sometime’s a more flattering choice.  Patterns make things interesting and larger.  Horizontal stripes ad height and slimming quality.  Vertical stripes add width.  Horizontal is flattering.  So if you are pear shape, small up top, draw the eyes up with a patterned top and solid bottom.  Or you have a tiny bottom and wide shoulders, then do not wear a lace collar, V neck or shoulder pads, instead stick with a simple solid blouse in a warm tone like wine and leave the prints and gathers for the bottom.  Pleated pants, capris or skirts. Wear full swing skirts.  A-lines also flatter all figures.