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Pop Quiz Results, Tuesday July 16th.

And once again, first guesser gets it!  The bathing beauty is indeed Shelley Winters.

Shelley Winters was born in East Saint Louis, IL, in 1922 and in her career she made over 100 films and starred in countless TV shows.

Growing up in the 70s, she was most familiar to me as a character actress from the Poseidon Adventure &  Match Game on TV.

I knew Shelly Winters as a big, bawdy, comedienne who was a little rough around the edges and did not take guff from anyone.

It was not until I saw her in A Place in the Sun that I began to be curious about her earlier career.  And then Night of the Hunter came into my life and again she was so different.

Alfie, Diary of Anne Frank, Lolita, and even the Roger Corman flick Bloody Mama are just some of her great films.

I’ll leave you with some parting shots of our Mystery Gal:

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Poseidon Adventure – 1972


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Alfie – 1966

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A Place in the Sun – 1951

Another Monday Evening Pop Quiz + I show off my mad skilz.

Wow, Professor Retromat is running night school apparently.  Here I am with your Monday morning pop quiz… at 7pm.

Last week’s pop quiz was a little tough on some of the Retronauts.  Some of you *cough*Amy*cough*  even got a little uppity and demanded hints.

So this week, I’ll throw out a photo that I find more interesting than difficult.  This is another lady that made quite a transformation, I think.

Without further delay… pencils ready… and… go:

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While you are pondering this bathing beauty, I will be pondering some secret awesome stuff that is in the works (fingers crossed!)  I will also be hoping that Rosie’s new shoes are done soon!

Her old tires were very worn, so we replaced them.  When we pulled her wheels off, we discovered that our little camper used to have functioning brakes, but someone disabled the wiring (read: cut and shoved under the frame.)  Her new tires are on and her new brakes, hubs & wiring will soon be updated as well – once we find the parts, harder to do for older campers.  But we’ll find them.  “I got a guy.”  – that is what the camper man told me.  I like it when they got a guy.

Anyway – once Rosie’s shoes are on and her brakes are working we are taking her to have the old flaking paint blasted off!  Whee!

I will leave you with my AMAZING rendition of what Rosie will look like once we _repaint_ her.  I have mad mad mad Photoshop skills, people.  This kind of stuff takes talent.


Pop Quiz Results…

Our mystery gal was indeed, Lucy.  That lovable comic redhead started her career in more subtle and glamorous roles than her later persona.

She was a cover girl model in the early 30s and from there and into the 40s was cast in some wonderful film noir roles.  I suggest you all go out and find these films and watch them!

Here she is in Stage Door from 1937:


Here she is in Dark Corner from 1946:












Amazing how she eventually transformed herself into that wacky redhead that we all know and love.  Her beauty and her talent will live on forever.

Quiz time!

Sorry, sorry. Professor Retromat is very tardy today. But it IS still Monday at the moment and you are all still expected to take your pop quiz and like it.

Since the last two visual quizzes did not take long, I am upping the difficulty factor a little bit. (I hope!  You guys are pretty good at this)

Are you all still awake? Pay attention now! Pencils ready? Thinking caps on? Adjust your spectacles if you have them and…


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Identify this lovely lass and don’t disturb the rest of the class.

**UPDATE**   Ok… I’ll give you a second photo… here you go!!













While y’all are taking your quiz I am going to sit back and rest after a LONG day of driving to the Berkshires (6 hour round trip) where I met up with a super fun creative costume designer whose current storefront happens to be connected to an abandoned bowling alley – it was a truly awesome space. She had some great finds for me. After we chatted a bit, and I gawked at the cool building, I loaded up the truck and we headed back home. Once the hubby, the dog, and I made it back to NH, we went to look at another very cool old building – for very different reasons. But all of that will be discussed at a later date…


Here is the bowling alley and a sampling of the crazy truckload we hauled home.
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