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Monthly Archive for January, 2013


Cindy’s story came to my attention through a friend who recently received mtDNA results. Cindy is an HRV1 and HRV2 match to this friend and she is desperate to learn about her heritage.
Cindy is not sure when or where she was born but guesses that it was sometime around 1944. Cindy now lives in Canada. [...]

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Leah Gottlieb

Having worked in the retail industry, I pay attention to articles that pertain to retail history. Recently I saw an obituary that took my attention because it was about Leah Gottlieb, the founder of Gottex, the Israeli swimsuit company.
Leah Gottlieb started this business in a refugee camp in Israel and rose to become one of [...]

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Rene Gruau

Rene Gruau, one of my favorite poster artists, was an Italian-born artist who made his name in Paris and New York as an illustrator for fashion houses, women’s magazines, nightclubs and ballet companies. He is probably best known for creating the marketing images for Miss Dior perfume and for Rouge Baiser lipstick. In everything he [...]

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Recipe for Life

Ruth Bernhard, American photographer, was born in Berlin but moved to New York City in 1927. As a young woman, she used severance pay from a job to finance her own photographic equipment and thus began her career.
In 1935, she met Edward Weston by chance. She would later say;
I was unprepared for the experience [...]

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French Style

The sales are starting in Paris on January 9th. These are yearly sales that are scheduled; all winter merchandise will be for sale at close to 50% discount. Of course, I am starting to think of ‘French Style’!
As a Francophile, I have long been captivated by the concept of ‘French Style’. There is ‘French Style’ [...]

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