Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Did You Know Tuesday: Ziegfeld Girls and Pogo Sticks

Here's a fun retro trivia tidbit for you.  Remember pogo sticks?  They were a fun and popular toy in the 1950's - 1970's, and they are still around.

Here's a peek at a 1969 Sears catalog page featuring pogo sticks.

This toy was invented in 1919.  It was promoted by the Ziegfeld girls in their stage show in 1920.  They performed a theatrical wedding ceremony on pogo sticks.  I tried and tried to find pictures of this, but could not!  But it is amazing to picture.

The Ziegfeld girls were theatrical glamour girls. They starred in Ziegfeld Follies, directed by Florenz Ziegfeld, on Broadway.  These shows were a mix of variety show, musical review, and vaudeville. Here is a photo of some Ziegfeld girls from this vintage:

So there you have it ... a little bit of pogo stick history!

I had a pogo stick as a child.  It was fun, and I could keep going for a few minutes.  Did you enjoy pogo sticks?  Were you good at using them?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments!

Book Review: Five Brides by Eva Marie Everson

One dress, five women, a lifetime of memories.
Five single, fiercely independent women live together in a Chicago apartment in the early 1950s but rarely see one another. One Saturday afternoon, as they are serendipitously together downtown, they spy a wedding dress in a storefront window at the famous Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co. After trying it on—much to the dismay of the salesclerk and without a single boyfriend or date between the five of them—they decide to pool their money to purchase it. Can one dress forever connect five women who live together only a short time before taking their own journeys to love and whatever comes happily ever after?
My Review

I find the 1950's a fascinating time in American culture, so I looked forward to reading Five Brides, which is set in early 1950's Chicago (and onward).  This book really captures the feeling of a time and place.

Five Brides tells the story of five different women who take turns using the same wedding dress on their special day.  We learn about their lives and their romances.   Eva Marie Everson does a fine job at differentiating the characters so we feel we know them all individually.

The book jumps forward in time to continue their stories.  I loved the early 1950's setting so much that I was a little sorry to leave it!

The storyline and plot of Five Brides felt fresh and new, and the writing is well-crafted.  I enjoyed stepping back in time with this novel, and think other readers will, too.
Meet the Author
Eva Marie Everson is a multiple-award-winning author and speaker. She is the president of Word Weavers International, vice president of BelieversTrust, director of Florida Christian Writers Conference, and enjoys coaching new authors through her company, Pen in Hand. Eva Marie and her husband are the parents of three fabulous children who have blessed them with the world's greatest grandchildren. Visit her at evamarieeversonauthor.com.

I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.