The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of Post War American Chic #4


Discreet ad for Modess feminine hygiene products (1950)

5 comments :

swac said...

Hmm...I wonder if a Modess ad inspired Mario Bava's Blood and Black Lace.

Kimberly Lindbergs said...

I think the post-war fashion world in general inspired Bava's fabulous flick.

I'm fascinated by the Modess ad campaign. They never added any more text or graphics to their ads. Women just knew what "Modess" made and nothing else needed to be said. Strange and incredibly Victorian-like ads but still somehow extremely modern. I love this one!

Christopher said...

this is a most pleasing picture..these ladies are untouchable!

Andy 7 said...

The latticed shoes the woman in bronze is wearing is very swanky, but the whole picture is maximum swank.

capewood said...

Without the caption at the bottom of the ad I'd never have figured what this picture was advertising.