Topic: vintage

Seriously, Why Are We So Obsessed With Marilyn Monroe?

Seriously, Why Are We So Obsessed With Marilyn Monroe?

Love, Marilyn, a one-hour special on HBO about Marilyn Monroe airs tonight, and at the risk of seeming being insensitive, why are we still so obsessed with her? Sure, she was beautiful and talented and damaged and tragic, but a lot of people are those things, and we let their memories slowly fade over the years. She was mesmerizing in a lot of ways and for a lot of reasons, but I don’t think any of those reasons quite explain the cultural fixation; at least not in a way that’s satisfying to me. More »

Retro Romance: What Dating Was Like In The 1970s

Retro Romance: What Dating Was Like In The 1970s

“I am woman, hear me roar,” sang Helen Reddy in 1972. And boy were we roaring. The decade marked the decline of the Vietnam War, and with it the radical hippie culture that permeated the 1960s.
Tom Wolfe deemed it “the me decade” for a reason, but it may have been called the Ms. marathon instead. The magazine and the passing of Roe v. Wade — both in 1972 — was a turning point for the modern woman. Gloria Steinem, arguably the women’s movement loudest activist, was quoted as saying “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.” Here’s what dating was like in the 1970s… More »

What The Gloss Staff Wore To Our Proms

What The Gloss Staff Wore To Our Proms

Though I’m sure you imagine us as robots automatically generating content each day, similar to the rest of the Internet, The Gloss is actually made up of people. Multiple people, in fact, like a big ol’ cheerleading pyramid of glossy goodness. Actually, that sounds sticky and gross, so maybe just a bunch of women in their twenties and thirties writing on the Internet, some of whom went to prom. More »

Retro Romance: What Dating Was Like In The 1940s

Retro Romance: What Dating Was Like In The 1940s

Looking back, it feels like the 1940’s were divided into two different eras: one when women were desperate for the men to come home from the war, and one the men who finally came home.

The depression was finally over! But from 1939 to 1945, rationing was in and guys were out (of the country). Eligible men were shipped off to war, and women were left to either run the household, or live in their parents’ home praying that her boyfriend returned home safely. If and when they ever came back, there weren’t enough single men to go around! All’s fair in love and war, girls. Here’s what dating was like in the 40s…

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What Dating Was Like In The 1930s

What Dating Was Like In The 1930s

The sexy, carefree roar of the ’20s came to an abrupt whimper when the stock market crashed on October 24th, 1929. Black Tuesday would mark the beginning of the Great Depression which was (spoiler!) incredibly depressing. Any young men and women left in the country ditched their dried up farms to stand in the bread lines and look for work in American cities.

It was a shitty time to be American, and an even shittier time to be a single American woman. So what was dating like in the 1930s? Hold onto your worn-out fedoras as we explore love and life in the Great Depression… More »

What Dating Was Like in the 1920s

What Dating Was Like in the 1920s

Did you know dating in America started in the 1920s? Yes, we have those fabulous flappers to thank for modern-day first dates, missed calls, and mixed signals. The first world war was over, and the action — and moonshine — was brewing in illicit night clubs. Small town girls and country boys flocked to the city, where the drinks were flowing and the women were wild.

>Dating in the Jazz Age wasn’t all Gatsby parties, cocktails and pearls. Here’s how you would have dated in the 1920′s… More »

These Storyville Sex Workers From 1912 Had Amazing Style

These Storyville Sex Workers From 1912 Had Amazing Style

If you haven’t noticed by our Shelved Dolls and Harlotry series, as well as plenty of our other individual pieces, The Gloss is a big fan of both sex workers and women of the past. We appreciate fashion from the days of yore — whichever “yore” that may be — as well as the personalities that accompanied its wearers. These vintage photographs of prostitutes from Storyville by E. J. Bellocq combine those interests wonderfully. More »