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Post# 696794   8/16/2013 at 00:46 (3,904 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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O'Keefe & Merritt Contempo...the guys in the service department where I worked as a kid called them "All Grief & No Merit"

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Post# 696796 , Reply# 1   8/16/2013 at 00:52 (3,904 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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Pink, not my favorite. Reminds me of the Playmate Pink Ford Pinto. The controls are nice. Is this 1950's like the ad says ?

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Post# 696816 , Reply# 2   8/16/2013 at 05:49 (3,904 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Beautiful pics--Thanks

No, the GE range is early 60s, just before P7 was introduced across the line. I guess they think it is worth a lot because it is pink; maybe yes & maybe no.

Post# 696817 , Reply# 3   8/16/2013 at 05:53 (3,904 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Isn't That GE....

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....The rare Pepto-Bismol Edition?

* ducks and runs *

Post# 696846 , Reply# 4   8/16/2013 at 11:49 (3,904 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
That GE

Is drop dead georgeous! I love Mamie Pink!

Post# 696868 , Reply# 5   8/16/2013 at 13:48 (3,904 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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"Mamie" as in Van Doren or Eisenhower? They're easily confused you know.

No need for front seat airbags in Miss Van Doren's car...

Post# 696880 , Reply# 6   8/16/2013 at 14:37 (3,904 days old) by lotsosudz (Sacramento, CA)        
Someone needs to speak to that girl!

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I was always taught from a young age, that it was not polite to point! :.) Sorry guy's, I just couldn't help myself! I hope she wasn't a jogger!

Post# 696922 , Reply# 7   8/16/2013 at 18:00 (3,904 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

That profile reminds me of the bullets on the front of Cadillac bumpers when I was young.

Post# 696925 , Reply# 8   8/16/2013 at 18:11 (3,904 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
You're Almost Right, Tom!

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In their day, those bullets on 1950s Cadillac bumpers were referred to colloquially as "Dagmars."

This referred to TV hostess Dagmar, who, like Cher, used just one name, though she was born Virginia Ruth Egnor in Yawkey, WV. She was a huge sensation on early television, being a frequent guest star on other peoples' shows and finally getting her own, titled Dagmar's Canteen. The small amount of footage I've seen of her reminds me of Anna Nicole Smith, except that Dagmar and nobody else ran Dagmar's career.

At any rate, the photo below will show you why the Cadillac protuberances reminded folks of Dagmar:

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Post# 696957 , Reply# 9   8/16/2013 at 19:59 (3,903 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

We did not know names and it would be years before we heard of Dagmar, Jayne Mansfield or Mamie Van Doren. The bullets just looked like stuffed Bruesten halten (sorry, I don't have an umlaut).

Post# 696966 , Reply# 10   8/16/2013 at 20:18 (3,903 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
I Worked With Van Doren.....

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....Back in my younger days, when I spent my high-school summers as an apprentice with Atlanta's Theatre of the Stars *. In 1970, she played the lead, Hedy La Rue, in that year's production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, with Bob Cummings as Mr. Biggley. At the time, Van Doren looked almost exactly like Pamela Anderson does today.

I won't say she's not a bombshell in person - because she is - but she is a more modest and pleasant and intelligent person than her image (to say nothing of her jaw-dropping autobiography) would suggest. And she's still around.

* At the time, I thought I wanted to be an actor. Three seasons with TOTS cured me but good. My loss was the theatre's gain, I assure you.

Post# 696967 , Reply# 11   8/16/2013 at 20:24 (3,903 days old) by redcarpetdrew (Fairfield, CA)        
A change of pace!

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WOMEN'S chesticles being discussed around these parts. Only on AW can a discussion go from stoves to headlights in one thread...

Ducks and runs REAL fast! (But not that fast that I didn't admire the view... LOL!)


Post# 696968 , Reply# 12   8/16/2013 at 20:27 (3,903 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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We ain't blind, ya know! :P

Post# 697022 , Reply# 13   8/17/2013 at 01:09 (3,903 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

They didn't call those "bullet bras" for nothing! Dagmar kinda looks like a cheap drag queen in that photo.

Post# 697024 , Reply# 14   8/17/2013 at 02:46 (3,903 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        
As Long As We're Off On This Tangent . . .

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Well into my teenage years we had a girl in the neighborhood named Dagmar.  She was very exotic looking, but not at all like the "real" Dagmar, quite the intimidating "bad girl" and was not to be messed with. 


I don't know how it originated, but those who lived on her street referred to her as "Bongo Lips" behind her back.  There was nothing terribly unusual about her lips, other than the fact that they were a little fuller than average and often bore a healthy application of lipstick, probably from Woolworth's.  Maybe she talked too much, although I don't remember that she did.


Once I somehow got recruited to follow her in a hot-wired a car that belonged to her or a family member, a mid 60's Chrysler I think, with a sketchy transmission, to some low brow mechanic or other similarly funky destination.  She prefaced the excursion with a stern warning that I had better not allow the engine to die.  Some of the more scary moments of my life up to that point occurred as the car balked its way up a high overpass above the railroad tracks.   It's tough to say whether I would have lived to tell about it if the car had conked out.  Even if it wasn't my fault, that wouldn't have mattered.

Post# 697092 , Reply# 15   8/17/2013 at 11:11 (3,903 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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"Dagmar kinda looks like a cheap drag queen in that photo."

That photo dates from about 1951, and for that point in time, Dagmar was hot. Look her up sometime to get an idea of how famous she was for a while there.

Cheap drag queens tend to copy the sex symbol of the moment, so there's that, too.

Post# 697122 , Reply# 16   8/17/2013 at 15:50 (3,903 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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My very nice thread about 2 perfectly innocent electric ranges has been turned into a cheap, tawdry discussion about women's measurements!...gotta love it :-)

Post# 697129 , Reply# 17   8/17/2013 at 16:34 (3,903 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

You must be too young to remember Theater Under the Stars at Chastain.

Post# 697130 , Reply# 18   8/17/2013 at 16:36 (3,903 days old) by redcarpetdrew (Fairfield, CA)        
A cheap, tawdry discussion...

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Remember when you were at a huge family dinner where the entire family was there, including extended, and you tried to start an innocent conversation?

Yeah. Kinda like that...


Post# 697135 , Reply# 19   8/17/2013 at 16:51 (3,903 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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My work with TOTS began in '68, the organization's first season away from the Chastain Amphitheater. At that point, the Atlanta Civic Center was the TOTS venue, though the old scene shop on a hill above the Amphitheater in Chastain Park was where we apprentices did much of our work. Last time I was in the park (which has definitely been a while), the scene shop building was still there, a blue Butler Building, though I have no idea if TOTS was still using it or not.

I saw shows at Chastain, but never worked in the Amphitheater. Evalyn Barron, an actress who worked with TOTS a lot at both venues, told me lots of "war stories" about the hazards of working under the stars.

Post# 697166 , Reply# 20   8/17/2013 at 20:02 (3,902 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Killer Mosquitos for one. '68 was the first year for the Met at the Civic Center also; roomier, but lacking in magic atmosphere.

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Post# 697231 , Reply# 21   8/18/2013 at 04:03 (3,902 days old) by 112561 (River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
Untamed Youth

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If you want to see Mamie Van Doren at her peak, watch "Untamed Youth" sometime, either the straight version, or the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 makeover. Back then there were the 3 Ms, Monroe, Mansfield, and Mamie. I like Mamie too, and am glad she's still going strong. There is a nameless site owner who thinks of her in less glowing terms, no reason given. Maybe he's upset because she's the only survivor of The Bombshell Era?

Oh, and Mamie Pink referred to Mrs. Eisenhower, for her love of pink. Mansfield, according to one source didn't really favor pink, that was a gimmick. She preferred neutral colors.

I'd really enjoy any version of the pink range in the ad, and the push buttons being where they are, may not be much of a cat hazard.

Post# 697235 , Reply# 22   8/18/2013 at 05:10 (3,902 days old) by retromania (Anderson, South Carolina)        

Pink appliances are one of my faves! Dynaflow's Frigidaire is gorgeous!!!

Post# 697240 , Reply# 23   8/18/2013 at 06:12 (3,902 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

I think Mrs. Kennedy Onasis came up with the "Mamie pink" thing when refurbishing the White House living quarters. Ringo Starr painted Ms. Mansfield's pink Mansion white. Now I have to research "Ms. Dagmar". I think of our tangents as segues. Twintubdexter, thank You for posting the stoves the O&M resembles the Fabulous 400.

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