Month: March 2012

Balance.

Sometimes I realize I haven’t been blogging as much as I think I should. Then I think about why I started blogging to begin with: to connect with people over a love of vintage. Especially vintage compacts, which I hope the occasional reader will buy from my website. Blogging is a creative outlet. It needs to be fun–not something that adds pressure to my already hectic life.

Typically, I’ve got multiple blog posts in progress. Some require research or photos, which I may or may not have time for. Other times, I have no idea what to write about, so I go poke around and read other blogs looking for inspiration. Right now I’m working on a guest post for Rachael over at LOTS: she’s got a series from bloggers who collect and hey, that’s me.

Sometimes I realize I’ve been so busy blogging and reading blogs and commenting and pinning and tweeting that I haven’t done much with powderkegcompacts.com, which was the whole reason I started blogging to begin with. 🙂 Right now, I’ve got to photograph a bunch of inventory and code a few pages. Plus I’m getting ready for my first ever live event, a car show at Ralph’s Diner in Worcester in May. While it’s still almost two months off, I’ve got a lot to do. I need to go buy a cash box and receipts book and figure out how to display prices. Brazen Bernadette is designing a banner for me. I need to write copy for some cool thank you/compact care cards, which B will designify.

I’m super-excited about the Ralph’s show not just because it’s an awesome place and my first event and our friend Chaos goes every year and Bernadette will hang out with me. Tim and I are thrilled that my mom and Uncle Norman might come. I don’t get to see my family nearly as much as I’d like, and when I do, it’s usually at someone’s house. So getting to see people in a different setting and having my mom see this crazy compact stuff that she encouraged is special.

Other times I’m quiet because my day job got crazy and took the love out of writing. Or I want to spend time with Tim to make sure he knows that as much as I love writing and compacts and vintage stuff, he’s more important.

Trying to find the right mix. I think I’m pretty close.

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Pin-up artists: Peter Driben

Black Dahlia’s post on Elvgren and his nautical pinups inspired me to write about my favorite pin-up artist, Peter Driben. Driben illustrated a number of pulp magazines from the ’30s to the ’50s, including Whisper, Wink, Beauty Parade, Pictorial Movie Fun,  and Titter. His work also appeared in advertising campaigns for Philco radios and movie promotional materials, most notably for The Maltese Falcon.

Wink cover

Wink cover.

The two things I love most about Driben: 1. his girls have CURVES. These dames have some big old hips, and that’s gorgeous. 2. His range. Blondes, brunettes, redheads, sultry, silly, serious, scared…all in his repertoire.

Peter Driben Eyeful cover

One of Driben’s covers for Eyeful.

I have a book called 1000 Pin-Up Girls,  published by Taschen, which features many of Driben’s magazine covers. (It’s also got great illustrations from Billy DeVorss and Earl Steffa Moran, not to mention wonderful photos).

Learn more and see more images at thepinupfiles.com.

Beauty Parade cover

A lovely blonde on the cover of Beauty Parade. One of my favorites, perhaps because of her half-done hair.

Beauty Parade brunette

Eyeful cover