“I never go outside unless I look like Joan Crawford the movie star. If you want to see the girl next door, go next door.” Photos by Eve Arnold

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  1. George Kaplan
    May 6, 2013

    Jeepers, the things you wonderful ladies put yourselves through. That is a magnificent, almost forensic, pair of photographs by Ms Arnold. The *texture*… Yet another fantastic find, Vickie!

    • May 6, 2013

      There’s a beautiful portrait of her sans makeup by Eve Arnold – but I thought this kind of went with her credo of never leaving the house without *looking* like Joan Crawford… Merci beaucoup, Mr. Kaplan 🙂

  2. George Kaplan
    May 6, 2013

    As always, it’s my veriest pleasure, Ms Vickie 😉 And yeppers (!) it does fit with Lucille’s credo, good call!

    • May 6, 2013

      Lucille Fay LeSueur – which sounds lovely in French but in English *sewer* is not a dulcet handle.

  3. May 6, 2013

    I know that portrait that you mentioned to George and thought it very brave for the time…
    Vickie, I hope you don’t mind but I nominated you for a Liebster Award:
    You can pass it on if you wish. I was too lazy to say much about me or ask you questions! Just wanted to let you know you are appreciated…

    • May 6, 2013

      Good morning, Angel — or, good afternoon in Arles? Thank you for the nod, I have been horrible about the Awards (I don’t participate because of being crunched for time) but this is what I do in recompense — I’ll write a post for you. Any requests?

      • May 6, 2013

        Ooh, the mind reels with options…just keep doing your fine thing, please…it is too overwhelming to choose.
        And yes, five pm here. Tea time and soon walk the dogs time…
        Have a wonderful day in your shining part of the world.

  4. May 6, 2013

    Do women still use eye lash curlers?I have a strange connection to the subject, as many years ago and a lot younger whilst still a student, I had a job that involved making them.I recall that there were about thirty seven related processes to making one pair.It was a pretty horrible job and involved quite a lot of hand work including using some nasty smelling cellulose paint on the handles and joining together the two seperate parts at the hinge point with a small rivit using a hammer.I recall at the time a lot of these were exported to South America,although Lord knows why.

  5. May 6, 2013

    I don’t think so… False eyelashes in films and for events are still the “go to” method.

    I can imagine all sorts of mishaps with the eyelash curler. As I recall it was a rubberized clamp. Scary to know there were thirty seven processes to one pair!

  6. May 6, 2013

    Yes thirty seven as I recall.If they are still in use they are probably made in some sweat shop in the Far East now.
    Yes a rubberised clamp.One of the processes I was involved in was sticking two little strips of tough black rubber into corresponding grooves in each side of the device.

    The only part I was not involved with was the chrome plating as that was done by someone else.The painting bit was tricky and involved dipping the handles and then attaching the eyelash curlers to a holder in a spinning trough that span off the excess paint.The paint itself could be tasted hours afterwards and made your eyes water.

    The small back street factory was quite Dickensian in fact and rather grubby.

  7. May 6, 2013

    Women are supposed to suffer for beauty.In this case I suffered for womens beauty.

    • May 6, 2013

      Thank god you weren’t involved with the plating – the fumes you inhaled as is were bad enough!

  8. May 6, 2013

    The work went out to be plated elsewhere.Yes thank goodness as metal parts would have to be degreased before plating and that would have involved some powerful and most likely dangerous chemicals.I once saw a degreasing vat for metal{used in a different context}and horrible white fumes were rising from it.At the time no protective clothing seemed to have been worn either.

  9. Melissa
    May 14, 2013

    I could not live without my Shu Umera eyelash curler. It’s the only one that works for me.

    • May 15, 2013

      Melissa! I thought for a moment (I do need bifocals) that you had something about your Shar Pei. Mwah! V

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