HEART ATTACK & VINE | “THE BACK” AKA VIKKI DOUGAN MADE MARVELOUS EXITS IN THE ’50s

What happened to Vikki Dougan? The model once known as “The Back” had her Hollywood career cut short.
Hollywood gossip columns produced a profuse number of groan-inducing puns. In 1957, Hollywood Today column headlined “Vikki Dougan … Backs Into a Film Career,” Erskine Johnson suggested that Ms. Dougan’s dresses are “lower in the back than a teenager’s hot rod.”
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CANDY BARR | SMALL TOWN TEXAS GIRL, BURLESQUE STRIPPER, AND MOB DARLING!

During the 1950s the burlesque stripper, Candy Barr, received nationwide attention for her stripping career in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. Then there were her encounters with the law, the death of her second husband, and her sentence to a prison term for drug possession. Candy Barr was a darling of the mob and had relationships with both Mickey Cohen and Jack Ruby. Whew! And below are a timeline of her sorted history, and the legendary Dallas strip clubs where it all began.
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BUNNY YEAGER’S LEGACY OF EROTIC ART PHOTOGRAPHY & MIAMI’S “JEWISH ORGY”

THE STUNNING MODEL-TURNED-PHOTOGRAPHER BUNNY YEAGER, 1965.

There are many interesting, historical bits to discover in the Bunny Yeager Archive at the University of Miami Special Collections. Bunny Yeager was clearly the “world’s prettiest photographer,” and was into “finding regular girls around Miami,” in the 1960s. She had famously photographed Bettie Page in several exotic locations across Florida too.  

BUNNY YEAGER AND BETTIE PAGE
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GREY T-SHIRTS MATTER | THE UNSUNG HERO: SUPER-SOFT HEATHER GREY TRI-BLEND TEES

CRAIG VON SCHROEDER / CO-FOUNDER OF COMMONWEALTH PROPER / PHL – ATL – PITT WEARING OUR “FTW – SCREAMIN’ EAGLE T-SHIRT” IN HEATHER GREY, TRI-BLEND JERSEY

OUR TSY “FTW SCREAMIN’ EAGLE TEE” ON CRAIG VON SCHROEDER / CO-FOUNDER OF COMMONWEALTH PROPER / CUSTOM & RTW CLOTHING CRAFTED IN THE USA

The Selvedge Yard definitely sells a lot more black tees than any other color. I get it. I love black too. When I’m not wearing a black tee , I’m wearing a Heather Grey Tri-blend T-shirt. It’s a perfect mid-weight 50/25/25 blend of poly / combed ring-spun cotton / rayon knit that reduces shrinking, and is super-soft.

I like how Tri-blend tees age with wear, getting softer with each wash and gradually breaking down to feel perfectly aged like your coveted, old vintage poly / cotton blend gym shirt.

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BO DIDDLEY “THE ORIGINATOR” OF ROCK WITH DRIVING-RHYTHM, AND HARD-EDGED GUITAR!

Bo Diddley was so important and influential to early rock ‘n’ roll music that The Animals covered his song ~ “The Story of Bo Diddley!”

Bo Diddley was a singer and guitarist who invented his own name, his own guitars, his own beat and, and with a handful of other musical pioneers, rock ’n’ roll itself. In the 1950s, as a founder of rock ’n’ roll, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and a few others reshaped the sound of popular music worldwide, building on the template of blues, Southern gospel, R&B and postwar American vernacular culture.

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HOW RITA MORENO USED ELVIS TO MAKE CHEATING MARLON BRANDO JEALOUS

“Rita Moreno knew how to make her cheating boyfriend jealous long before the age of social media. The task is simple; just a three-step process. First, date screen legend Marlon Brando. Second, find evidence of his affair (what would be the first of many). Third, get asked on a date by Elvis Presley and accept. While this seems like a page of Old Hollywood fan fiction, this was, in fact, Moreno’s life.” –From the pages of Vanity Fair.

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BACK WHEN BETTIE PAGE WAS ALL THE RAGE | THE EARLY IRVING KLAW DAYS

In 1949, Bettie Page moved to New York with aspirations of becoming an actress. It was there she met one of America’s first ‘fetish’ photographers, Irving Klaw. From 1952 to 1957, Page worked as a model for Klaw for both his photographs and films, earning her the media nickname, “The Queen of Bondage.”

“For years I had my hair parted down the middle in a ponytail, tucked down around the sides Well, I went and cut the bangs, and I’ve been wearing them ever since. They say it’s my trademark.”
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STAND BY ME | SKIN IT

“I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?”

For me “Stand By Me,” is a timeless, magical and powerful film that resonates on so many levels and themes that transcend age, race, nationality, geography, and so on… It hits the heart of those who yearn for the days when friendships could be silly, sad and deeply profound at the same time, and then just like that, they fade away…


Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman, River Phoenix, and Jerry O’Connell in the 1986 film STAND BY ME, directed by Rob Reiner.

After director Rob Reiner screened the movie for Stephen King, he noticed that King was visibly shaking and wasn’t speaking. He left the room and upon his return, told Reiner that the movie was the best adaptation of his work he had ever seen.

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