Peggy Visits The Art Deco Activities
We met Peggy at the "Tea Dance" on Sunday and she sent some of her pictures as she went to the Pajama Party on Friday which we did not attend. Please enjoy.
Friday Evening's Pajama Party
Three priceless Art Deco Films will be presented during the 2006 Festival. The Friday evening screening in the Queen's Salon will follow an Art Deco Pajama Party - a chance to show off the seldom-seen loungewear in your Art Deco collection.
Did you know? - The most characteristic North American fashion trend from the 1930s to the end of World War II was attention at the shoulder, with butterfly sleeves and banjo sleeves, and exaggerated shoulder pads for both men and women by the 1940s. The period also saw the first widespread use of man-made fibers, especially rayon for dresses and viscose for linings and lingerie, and synthetic nylon stockings. The zipper became widely used. These essentially U.S. developments were echoed, in varying degrees, in Britain and Europe.
Suntans (called at the time "sunburns") became fashionable in the early 1930s, along with travel to the resorts along the Mediterranean, in the Bahamas, and on the east coast of Florida where one could acquire a tan, leading to new categories of clothes: white dinner jackets for men and beach pajamas, halter tops, and bare midriffs for women
Did you know? - A smoking jacket is an overgarment
designed for the purposes of smoking tobacco, usually in the form of
pipes and cigars, or for domestic leisure. The classic smoking jacket is
a waist-length jacket made from velvet or silk, or both. It has a shawl
collar and turn-up cuffs and toggle or button fastenings.
In the 1850s, The Gentlemen's Magazine of London defined the smoking jacket as a "kind of short robe de chambre, of velvet, cashmere, plush, merino or printed flannel, lined with bright colors, ornamented with brandenbourgs, olives or large buttons.
The short smoking jacket soon evolved from these silk garments. When the Crimean War during the 1850s popularized Turkish tobacco in England, smoking gained in popularity. After dinner, a gentleman might put on a smoking jacket and retreat to a den or smoking room. The jacket was intended to absorb the smoke from his cigar or pipe and protect his clothing from falling ash.
The smoking jacket remained a popular accessory into the 20th century. An editorial in the Washington Post in 1902 gave the opinion that the smoking jacket was "synonymous with comfort.", while a Pennsylvania newspaper opined in 1908 that it would be "putting it mildly to say that a new House Coat or Smoking Jacket will give any man reason for elation."
In the 1950s, famous wearers included Cary Grant, Fred Astaire (who was buried in a smoking jacket), Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin.
Back To The Room To Get Ready For Saturday
Salt or fresh???
The North Atlantic was always cold so each room got a real heater!
Fill it with salt water and you can keep the lobsters fresh
Saturday, Time To Tour The Ship
To The Bridge
Did you know? - Traditionally, in sailing ships, the
ship would be commanded from the poop deck, right aft. With the arrival
of paddle steamers, engineers required a platform from which they could
inspect the paddle wheels and where the captain's view would not be
obstructed by the paddle houses. A raised walkway, literally a bridge,
connecting the paddle houses was therefore provided. When the screw
propeller superseded the paddle wheel, the bridge was retained.
Traditionally, commands would be passed from the senior officer on the bridge to stations dispersed throughout the ship, where physical control of the ship was exercised, as technology did not exist for the remote control of e.g. steering or machinery. Helm orders would be passed to an enclosed wheel house, where the coxswain or helmsman operated the ship's wheel. Engine commands would be relayed to the engineer in the engine room by an engine order telegraph, which displayed the captain's orders on a dial. The engineer would ensure that the correct combination of steam pressure and engine revolutions were applied to enact his orders. The bridge was often open to the elements, therefore a weatherproof pilot house could be provided, from where a pilot (traditionally, the pilot was the ship's navigating officer) could issue commands from shelter.
The compass platform of a British destroyer in the Battle of the Atlantic during the Second World War. Notice the binnacle in the prominent position centrally and the voice pipes for relaying commands. The armored wheelhouse and the coxswain would be directly underneath. The Royal Navy favored the open bridge for the unique tactical view it gave the Captain, long after other navies had moved indoors.
Iron, and later steel, ships also required a compass platform. This was usually a tower, where a magnetic compass could be sited as far away from the ferrous interference from the hulk the ship. Depending upon the design and layout of a ship, all of these terms can be variously interchangeable. Many ships still have a flying bridge, a platform atop the pilot house, open to weather, containing a binnacle and voice tubes to allow the conning officer to direct the ship from a higher position during fair weather conditions.
Larger ships, particularly warships, often had a number of different bridges. A navigation bridge would be used for the actual conning of the ship. A separate Admiral's bridge could be provided in flagships, where the Admiral could exercise strategic control over his fleet without interfering with the Captain's tactical command of the vessel. In older warships, a heavily-armoured conning tower was often provided, where the vital command staff could be located under protection to ensure that the ship could be commanded and fought under fire.
View Of Downtown Long Beach
The Ham Radio room
A friend - The Battling Unicorns - On this day in 1872, Gilbert Bayes was born in London, England. Bayes, the son of a painter and etcher, created the carved gesso panel, Unicorns in Battle,* above the main fireplace in the Queen Mary's first class lounge.
The Observation Lounge (right below the bridge)
Did you know? - The first-class dining room featured a large map of the transatlantic crossing, with twin tracks symbolizing the winter/spring route (further south to avoid icebergs) and the summer/autumn route. During each crossing, a motorized model of the Queen Mary would indicate the vessel's progress en route.
Cocktail time is anytime
Let The Ball Begin
The highlight of the Festival will be the Saturday evening Art Deco Ball. The Reception will be in the Windsor Salon at 7 p.m., followed by a four-course dinner at 8 p.m. in the Grand Salon. "Dean Mora and his Orchestra" are back by popular demand, and there will be dancing until midnight.
Peggy is ready to go!
Peggy and Joe Giminez
The Dancing Begins
Beautiful gowns; beautiful evening
Sunday Brunch... Get Prepared For Tea Dancing
Smart looking outfit for the afternoon activities
Did you know? - The One-Step was a ballroom dance popular in social dancing at the beginning of the 20th century. the One-Step originated from the Turkey Trot dance, with all mannerisms of the latter removed, so that "of the original 'trot' nothing remains but the basic step".
Post Tea Dance Activities In The Suite
A 2009 fashion plate
A fashion plate is, literally, an illustration (a plate) demonstrating the highlights of fashionable styles of clothing. Used figuratively, as is most often the case, the term is a reference to a person whose dress conforms to the latest fashions.