Saturday, December 8, 2007
Authentic Americana via Mid-Century Slides
Have you jumped on the Charles Phoenix bandwagon yet? Christmas is the perfect season to sign up for his Slide of the Week email, in which Mr. Phoenix gives us a candid glimpse into the American scene via actual slides from the 1950s and 1960s. There's very little that can put you in the holiday mood as merrily as his Christmas-themed images. I’m showing this priceless slide of those Mickey Mouse Club superstars Annette, Tim Considine (he’s mostly hidden, unfortunately—look for Tim's flattop behind the girl in the blue sweater) and David Stollery in their “Further Adventures of Spin and Marty” costumes signing autographs at Disneyland during Christmas 1956 because of the obvious Disney connection, but the slides Charles sends out each week are usually much more down home. For instance this week features a lady showing off her homemade Christmas Tree skirt in 1957 Southern California. He’s the author of several books about mid-century design and culture including Americana the Beautiful: Mid-Century Culture in Kodachrome but his Slide of the Week is free. To learn more about his books (they make great holiday gifts) and his slides (search "Christmas" and you'll hit a feast of festivity) and much more, visit Charles Phoenix.com.