Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

I am continually surprised at the number of people that have scanned old catalogs and put them online.  I found these scans from the Montgomery Ward Fall 1970 catalog the other day and became mesmerized.  They are almost as groovy as the 1968 Sears catalog that introduced the Neatniks (the clean cut counter to the Beatnik counter culture).  I like the Montgomery Ward calendar even a bit more because they have decor with great carpets, TVs, and bedding.  The story is Montgomery Ward is similar to that of other American department stores:  started at a dry goods mail order company in the 1870s, expanded into physical stores, followed acquisition, consolidation, bankruptcy, restructuring and liquidation.  It is a sad story of the collapse of an iconic American brand due to it’s failure to understand the evolving needs of it’s consumers.

This week on Waldina, I celebrated the birthdays of Hubert de Givenchy, Patty Hearst, Gloria Vanderbilt, Kurt Cobain, Beth Ditto, Karen Silkwood, Cesar Romero, Thelma Ritter, Eugene Atget, Anna Pavlova, Judy Blume, Antonio Lopez, Robert Wagner, and I remembered the day Andy Warhol died.

The Stats:

Total Hits: 102,806
Hits This Week: 650
Total Posts: 1,022
Total Subscribers: 251
Most Popular Post: Happy Birthday Gloria Vanderbilt

This week Wasp & Pear on Tumblr turned on year old and I started a new daily feature posting the photographs that are randomly generated as my laptop wallpaper. I posted vintage photographs of Interlochen, Hollywood, Seattle, Braniff Airways advertising, the art of Paul Klee, Joan Miro and Keith Haring, the bio of Paul “Swifty” Lazar, a few Instagram photographs, some new art by Ricardo Romero Cortez Duque, a collection of Warhol polaroids, and of course abandoned places.

The Stats:

Total Posts: 1,760
Posts This Week: 79
Total Subscribers: 155
New Subscribers: 4
Most Popular Post: Christy Turlington – Style Icon

This week on The Art of Ricardo Romero Cortez Duque on tumblr, I uploaded a couple new paintings that he finished recently. I will be taking new photographs of them and updating the ETSY shop shortly.

This week at @TheRealSPA on twitter, I stopped following a lot of individuals and political figures that were not following me back. I felt like I was opting-in to their marketing. My favorite tweet is: “I wonder why some guys are so upset about #MichaelSam coming out? guess they don’t like thinking about black muscular gay men, but cant stop.”

The Stats:

Total Tweets: 874
Following: 289
Followers: 85

Who you should be following/subscribing:

BEGUILING HOLLYWOOD: It is not a secret I adore vintage Hollywood and this is my absolutely favorite site for that reason. Miss Vickie serves up the classic silver screen lushness with a sharp wit and a terrific narrative.

LENSBLR: Lensblr is an advocate for the Photographers on Tumblr. They collect and distribute beautiful images daily. Everyone needs a bit more beauty in their lives.

This is where I’m @:

I chronicle what inspires me at
I faceplace at
I store my selfies at
I tumblr at
I tweet at
I ADN at

Do your worst.

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