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Excerpt from my forthcoming novel, JULIANA

Excerpt from Juliana, the novel by Vanda Chapter Eight             The limousine bumped and shook over the cobblestone on its way past Wanamaker’s department store. We turned off Broadway onto Eighth Street. “Max, you know we could have just walked. It’s not far.” “Maxwell P. Harlington does not—” “Walk when he can take a limousine […]

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What’s in a Name?

I thought a good place to begin this writers’ blog was to wonder about names. Our own birth names, the author names we might give ourselves, the names of our characters. What difference does it make what we call ourselves? What difference does it make what we call our characters? Was Shakespeare right in saying […]

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When Cars Drove Through the Washington Square Arch

I’d love YOU to follow my blog. To sign up enter your email in the box to the right. If you look at this post card from the 1940s the Washington Square Arch looks pretty much the way it does today.  But if you look closer  you will see that the cars are driving through […]

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Plane Spotters

Guest Post by Shareen Knight My mother’s hands were shaking. It was a sunny summer afternoon towards the end of WW II when we heard the engine of a small plane as it came across the bay. We ran outside, her with the binoculars and me holding the chart of colored drawings of every kind […]

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When The US Government Told Us What to Wear

During World War 2, in an effort to save precious materials needed for the war, The War Production Board (WPB) was in charge of rationing civilian goods. The first to be rationed was sugar and gasoline. Gradually other items were added like rubber, coffee and meat (somehow poultry didn’t count as meat so it wasn’t […]

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Lilyan Tashman

I had wanted to include Lilyan Tashman in my novel (celebrities make cameo appearances) only she died too soon (1934) for the dates that my characters live. Lilyan Tashman began as a vaudevillian in New York and appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies between 1916 and 1918.  From this she became a Broadway actress and later […]

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Tallulah Bankhead

“Daddy always warned me about men and alcohol, but he never said a thing about women and cocaine.”  “Wise words” from our lovable, didn’t- give- a- damn bi-sexual. But even “Tallu,” as open and outrageous as she was, had her struggles with the times she lived in. In the thirties when Marlene Dietrich was cut […]

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Gay Couple Together for 58 Years

Ray Fritz, a member of this site who is a fantastic and versatile actor as well as being a knowledgable historian of early 20th century New York City sent me an article that I think is perfect for beginning the New Year. It is about a gay couple who met shortly after World War 2 […]

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“Number, please.”

“Get off the phone.  I need to make a call.” When I was small I would hear my grandmother yelling into the phone. “Get off the phone.  I need to use it.  You’ve been on the line too long.” And sometimes the other woman would yell back, “Stop listening in on my call!”  It was […]

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