Hello lovely ladies,
here we are again on Tuesday and ready for the T-Party! I have a few drinks to offer today. More of that later. First there are some postcards. I have so many that I´m going to show you two at a time until I get through my pile.
First off is a card from Austria. It celebrates 1000 years of Austria. The name of Austria (in German: Österreich) was mentioned for the first time in a gift deed on 1 November 996 as Ostarrichi.
Of course back in the days they were all hand made by the damsels themselves. They are so pretty.
Hedy Lamarr (//, born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler; September or November 9, 1914[a] – January 19, 2000) was an Austrian-born American actress, inventor, and film producer. She appeared in 30 films over a 28-year career in Europe and the United States, and co-invented an early version of frequency-hopping spread spectrum communication, originally intended for torpedo guidance.
Lamarr was born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary, and acted in a number of Austrian, German, and Czech films in her brief early film career, including the controversial Ecstasy (1933). In 1937, she fled from her husband, a wealthy Austrian ammunition manufacturer, secretly moving to Paris and then on to London. There, she met Louis B. Mayer, head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) studio, who offered her a Hollywood movie contract, where he began promoting her as "the world's most beautiful woman".
She and her friend George Antheil invented Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum ( FHSS ), (German Frequenzsprung Verfahren).
During World War II, Lamarr learned that radio-controlled torpedoes, an emerging technology in naval war, could easily be jammed and set off course. She thought of creating a frequency-hopping signal that could not be tracked or jammed. She conceived an idea and contacted her friend, composer and pianist George Antheil, to help her implement it. Together they developed a device for doing that, when he succeeded by synchronizing a miniaturized player-piano mechanism with radio signals. They drafted designs for the frequency-hopping system, which they patented
My second offering also features a film star from way back: Jean Harlow.
Jean Harlow (born Harlean Harlow Carpenter; March 3, 1911 – June 7, 1937) was an American actress and sex symbol. Often nicknamed the "Blonde Bombshell" and the "Platinum Blonde", she was popular for her "Laughing Vamp" screen persona. Harlow was in the film industry for only nine years, but she became one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood, whose image in the public eye has endured. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Harlow No. 22 on their greatest female stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema list.
Harlow was first signed by business magnate Howard Hughes, who directed her first major role in Hell's Angels (1930). After a series of critically unsuccessful films, and Hughes's losing interest in her career, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer bought out Harlow's contract in 1932 and cast her in leading roles in a string of hits built on her comedic talent: Red-Headed Woman (1932), Red Dust (1932), Dinner at Eight (1933), Reckless (1935) and Suzy (1936). Harlow's popularity rivaled and then surpassed that of MGM's top leading ladies Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer.
She died at the age of 26, of kidney failure during filming of Saratoga. MGM completed the film with the use of body doubles and released it less than two months after her death; it became MGM's most successful film of 1937, as well as the highest-grossing film of Harlow's career.
The stamps are so gorgeous. The one on the left I think Elizabeth will like. It is a carousel animal (although it looks like a ram or a billy goat).
CHICAGO — Countless breast cancer patients will be spared millions of dollars of chemotherapy in the future thanks in part to something that millions of Americans did that cost them just pennies: bought a postage stamp.