The Wunderkammer of the Mild Colonial Boy, Esq., a Reactionary Tory Gentleman, who armed only with a Steampowered Babbage Engine and Pure Intentions, wanders the Time Streams and Aetheric Plane gathering an Eccentric Hodgepodge of Curiousities, Frivolities, Whimsicalities and Nonsense.
Q. Why is your Tumblelog called "My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning"?
A. Because "My Grandmother's Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning" wouldn't fit in the available space.
Jeunesse Dorée (1934). Gerald Leslie Brockhurst (English, 1890-1978). Oil on board. National Museums Liverpool, Lady Lever Art Gallery.
Jeunesse Dorée is a portrait of his model and later second wife, Dorette Woodward. The hieratically frontal presentation of Dorette, her hypnotic gaze—under Mona Lisa brows—and pale beauty, and the cool, mountainous backdrop all suggest Italian Renaissance conventions. But her hairstyle, red lipstick and sweater are distinctly 20th-century.
Famous women pilots preparing to take part in the 1934 Memorial Day air races at Dycer Airport. In front row kneeling is Gladys O’Donnell, who in the previous year entered seven races and won six. Seated is Ruth Elder, famous flying beauty. Standing left to right: Kay Van Doozer, Myrtle D. Mims and Clema Granger.
Mafalda (1934). Leonard Campbell Taylor (British, 1874-1969). Oil on canvas. Bradford Museums and Galleries.
Princess Mafalda of Savoy was married to Queen Victoria’s Great Grandson and was the daughter of the Italian King Victor Emmanuel III. During WW II, Adolf Hitler believed she was working against the war effort; he called her the “blackest carrion in the Italian royal house.” She was imprisoned and died at the Buchenwald concentration camp.
Myrna Loy reads about courtroom action from previous day. Evelyn Prentice (c.1934).
Myrna Loy (1905-1993) plays Evelyn Prentice, wife of big name lawyer John Prentice (William Powell). She’s a neglected wife who, suspecting her husband of an affair, gets involved with a petty gigolo, in a relationship that ends in blackmail and murder.
”I never enjoyed my work more than when I worked with William Powell. He was a brilliant actor, a delightful companion, a great friend and above all, a true gentleman.” — Loy