Dolly Tree and The Lodger (1926)

The famous dress-designer Dolly Tree made an appearance in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger (1926) On watching the film closely (once again) I saw something that had not registered before – a rather tantalising and interesting visual connection. The mannequin parade (shown twice) was filmed at the Islington studio in June 1926 and all the gowns, […]

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Marcelle de Saint Martin and British silent film

Marcelle de Saint Martin and British silent film   French born Marcelle De Saint Martin, became the first true head of a cohesive costume or wardrobe department for a British film studio beginning work at the Islington film Studio in the early 1920s. A creative, talented and a striking beauty she had found great success […]

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Learn to order food by season, Parisian style

Learn to order food by season – Parisian style You know where to eat and when to eat – now find out what to eat. By month. By season. The fine art and charm of dining is not in flopping into a Restaurant, grabbing the menu, sweeping it quickly with your eye and calling to […]

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Mr Selfridge and the Dolly Sisters – a view

Mr Selfridge and the Dolly Sisters Let’s get a few things straight immediately. Selfridge was obsessed with all things beautiful, this included glamorous women. He also had a passion for gambling and was quite reckless. Thankfully, all of these traits are vividily portrayed in the TV show Mr Selfridge. So why is his demise and […]

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The Dolly Sisters biography out now in paperback and e-books

The Dolly Sisters : Icons of the Jazz Age The rags to riches story of identical twins Jenny and Rosie is set against the glittering backdrop of high society in America and Europe before the onset of the Second World War. They had a colourful life where nature’s duplicity enabled a highly successful career as […]

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The Social Season in the Jazz Age

The Social Season in the Jazz Age The social season in the Jazz Age was a well established pattern of behavior where the elite, rich and famous members of society moved with the seasons like a flock of migratory birds from one nesting place to another enjoying a range of activities and events.

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The bizarre tale of Mrs Smith Wilkinson

The bizarre tale of Mrs Smith Wilkinson Described variously as ‘The Countess of Monte Cristo’, ‘The Queen of Diamonds’ and ‘Madame Aladdin’, Mrs Smith Wilkinson can be seen as a society con-artist and one of the first wannabe celebrities. She made a rather big splash in Paris in the summer of 1921 causing much debate […]

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Jenny Dolly and the Speedway star Harry Knight

Gasoline and love – Jenny Dolly and the Speedway star Harry Knight I recently bought a rather lovely postcard showing the Dolly Sisters early in their career, signed by them (the ‘Sisters Dolly’) to a H. C. Knight. It is most likely that the card was given to Harry Knight, the speedway driver of Indianapolis […]

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