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* Does anyone have any stills from the 1982 film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, starring Dolly Parton (with brief pettis swirling)?
* Dave Barber: "I thought it would be a very nice idea, if any photos of the paper nylon petticoats being made were available. [Tessy: Anyone out there have any?] The paper nylon ones shown being made at one of the large lingerie factories during the 1950s, in the design stage, then the cutting room with many bolts of paper nylon about being handled and rustling, fabric being cut out, then at the sewing machine, inspection of completed garments, petticoats being modeled, then delivered to the stores, customers buying them. I do know there are shopping ones, but the lingerie factory would be a novelty. I am sure there MUST be a wonderful archive wealth of photos showing the process somewhere.
Also, I would love to ask if there was ever a brilliant orange paper nylon petticoat produced? And I would have loved to have felt and rustled the raspberry red and white candy stripe paper nylon and the bronze stripe paper nylon as featured in the Good Housekeeping magazine scans. Does anyone own these exact same pettis?
* Andrew B. writes: "I have been trying for some time to acquire a copy of the movie Our Miss Fred, starring Danny la Rue. Can anyone direct me somewhere that might have a copy I can buy? I have tried Amazon etc but it is not on general release. Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org
* Did anyone see the petticoat scenes on 'Love American Style,' Saturday, February 20th, 1999? The scene involved a couple about 100 years ago. They were together and wanted to get intimate. But first, she needed her significant other to help her. He needed to take off her 7 petticoats, 1 crinoline, and unlace her shoes. But, by that time her father arrived home -- she said, "Quick, dress me." At the end of the episode, her significant other was inclined to invent the zipper. If anyone has this recorded, we would appreciate a copy.
* This letter requires some insight, if anyone out there can provide it: "Tessy, I really love the picture sections you'(ve) add(ed) to Petticoat Pond, especially the April 12, 1954 LIFE magazine cover, 'Lively Fashions for Sub-teens' (although the models look a bit oldish for subteens), and the other catalog and old magazine covers. It was especially true in the 1950s and early 1960s that Hollywood and the Fashion Industry had older woman portraying teenagers. For example, in WEST SIDE STORY and BYE BYE BIRDIE, all of the leads playing teenagers were older. (For the fashion magazines and Wards and Sears catalogs, I often have wondered if they had to make especially-sized versions of the dresses and crinolines for the models to wear, or if they found petite models who could fit into teenager-sized fashions.)"
* We remember waiting every year for the New York Daily News to publish the pictures from the annual Harvest Moon Ball at Roseland, a ballroom dance competition they sponsored. The photographer had a great eye for catching a swirling skirt billowing way up. Does anyone know how to access those archives? They surely were rich in swirling petticoats billowing up to reveal the wonders underneath, ripe for exploration.
* We are wondering if anyone out there knows the exact month and year of the Look or Life magazine around the mid 1950's (?) that featured Ann Margaret in crinolines? Better yet, can anyone provide pictures?
* Has anyoneever noticed the drawings of undergarments used to decorate the walls of the office on the NBC television show "Veronica's Closet"? Can anyone direct us toward a place from which to purchase something similar?
* Do any of you know of a model named Ingrid Norsman? She appeared in various Toco Publications in the early 70's ("Spick and Span", "Beautiful Britons", etc.). If so, perhaps you can help in our search for any photographic evidence of her work.
* Dave Barber: Does anyonre know where Ian get some can can action pictures from the Looney Tunes Back in Action DVD?"
* A person is looking for a UK CD magazine entitled TURNABOUT, showing a son and dad dressed as daughter and mom on steps (He also believes the son is shown only in a petticoat)? Also, he needs information about a children's movie, made in 1948, entitled "Circus Boy." He believes a male performer got into a position where he had to fill in for a female horse rider, in femme costume. Was it pouf? The actors were James Kenney, George Stephenson and Florence Stephenson
* Diana (from Germany, Washington, L.A. and Alaska): We wrote a nice letter to you and it was returned. Hopefully, you will e-mail her directly and provide her with a way to contact you.
* If any of you there have a copy of the TV special entitled "The Scarlett O'Hara Wars," we would appreciate it very much if you would make yourself known to us.
* The "View" section (part 5) of the Los Angeles Times dated 8-27-82 has a 1951 picture of Marlene Dietrich au frou-frou. It would be a great addition to The Pond should anyone out there be able to provide it.
* Does anyone remember a photograph in the Dallas Morning News (and possibly others) showing Vera-Ellen at Love Field lifting her skirts for an emergency repair by an airline executive's wife, and showing her six petticoats? Would love to have a copy of THAT for our little place.
* One of The Pond's very supportive people (Janet) is looking for the correct e-mail address of "C.A.M." (from a close-by town in South Carolina) with whom she has been corresponding via e-mail. Apparently, it is lost, and so is she! PLEASE -- CONTACT US SHOULD YOU READ THIS!
* 'Satin Slip' writes: "(Recently) I saw a recent movie on HBO with Robert Duval and 2 young girls, (12 and 14?). In one scene the younger girl was wearing a BEAUTIFUL petticoat slip while her sister was dressed in a pretty dress with a zillion petticoats . I ran to get the remote to start recording so I could send (Pettipond) some photos, but no luck. I'm sorry. I hope our friends in lace will have better reflexes than I and I will soon see these lucky girls in your (ours) youth section."
* Eve writes: "I wonder if anyone in the UK may be able to tell me where I can obtain patterns for making petticoats ? There must be someone somewhere who supplies petti patterns."
Ann Sidney of the United Kingdom, Miss World 1964
Joe A. writes:
"This picture of Ann Sydney was taken by the late Vic Blackman, a press photographer for one of the large British papers, who also wrote a weekly column in a photo magazine. About twenty years ago he published his memories in a book called "Naff Off" (Apparently, what Princess Ann once asked him to do!). In the book, he wrote that one of his favourite types of glamour shots was a "Jump For Joy", which involved a pretty girl leaping in the air wearing a can-can petticoat. The camera was shooting from a low angle, and the subsequent display of frilly petticoats added to the charm of the shot. He wrote that when he came to photograph Miss World, he planned to take a "Jump For Joy" shot, but alas, she had no petticoats with her. So he asked his assistant to remove the petticoat she was wearing, and lend it to Miss World! Apparently he took quite a few of these "Jump for Joy" shots in his career. On another occasion, again when the subject had no petticoat with her, he went to a large department store and bought one. After the photo shoot, he gave the petticoats to his wife as a gift. Can anyone trace any more of his photos?
Veronica's Closet was a none-too-subtle take-off on Victoria's Secret, a store which sells lots of femme clothes! Anyway, Veronica's Closet aired from September 25, 1997 until it was canceled in December, 2000 (3 seasons). The set decorator is a man named Greg Grande, but I couldn't find anything remarkable about him. Just a working stiff, like the rest of us!
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