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The Thing That We Should All Know – Human Events 2020


The Thing is something that we should all know because it did (and still does) cement our commitment to freedom since its inception in 1776, by mutually pledging our Lives, our Fortunes and our Sacred Honor to the future of this country. As a result, the United States of America was born and this document is effectively our Birth Certificate. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called it “A Promissory Note to which every American was to fall heir”. He also said that it was, “A promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the ‘unalienable rights’, to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”.

This is why knowing this document is more important now than ever before. Only then can we fully appreciate where our Feeedom and Independence comes from and how we later agreed “to secure these blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity” in the Constitution thereafter.

As a huge fan of old prints, I have spent years of my life reading and interpreting this document for fun and for clarification about how we, as Americans, can learn to recognize any oppression that may lead to the kind of tryanny that this country fought so hard to shake because it continues to take all of our diligence to keep it at bay, even to this day.

As a result, knowing The Thing will inevitably develop, within you, a true point of pride for this country which has supplied you with actual evidence of your Freedom and Independence in one, everlasting document – with rights and liberties that can never be taken away.

The United States of America began as an idea to give each person who was embraced by its blessings the right to “assume among the powers of the Earth, the Separarte and Equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them”. To this day, these words are meant to rally the common people to support a movement which promises safety and security for all Americans to be free to pursue uncommon lives, as well.

However, there is one thing that this document does NOT promise us and that is – Happiness. That, each person must Pursue on their own but after knowing these words more thoroughly,  you may rest assured that this country will never stand in the way of such pursuits. So, no matter who, what, when, where, why, or how you came to be an American, you can live your life here, in The United States of America, free from tyranny. The only catch is this: “but when a long train of abuses and usurpations pursuing invariably the same Object envinces a design to reduce them under Absolute Despotism it is their right, it is their duity to throw off such Government and to provide new guards for their future security.”

Obviously, this is a heavily loaded sentence! To which this document carefully describes the long train of abuses and usurpations which led to this July 4, 1776 Unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America. The title, alone, abolished any idea that anyone had about making peace with Great Britain by declaring ourselves: The 13 United States of America (instead of: The 13 Colonies).

With that said, I present to you MY version of The Unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America that I have commited to memory after removing 474 words (approximately, without changing any, other words) for the purpose of making it my own, timeless, contribution to our  everlasting freedom and I thank our previous defenders for their powerful words and constant diligence towards this same goal. Let’s keep it going!

So, without further ado, I present to you, MY version of The Declaration of Independence. I call it:

Human Events

List of words omitted:

Prudence indeed will dictate that accordingly such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government of the present King of Great Britain and usurpations in direct object the establishment of an He has his the most wholesome and necessary he has his of immediate and pressing importance unless suspended in their operation his should when so suspended he utterly he has other the accomodation of would in the Legislation a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only He unusual uncomfortable and the depository of records with his measures he with manly firmness he for a long time after such dissolutions whereby the Legislative powers incapable of Annihilation have returned to the People at large for their exercise the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without and convulsions within He for that purpose Laws for refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands He the Administration of by He the tenure of the amount and the payment of He a multitude of and hither and eat out their substance He the of our legislators He He of pretended Legislation large bodies of which they should commit in many cases of the benefits of English laws in a neighboring Province establishing wherein an Arbitrary government and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for the same into these Colonies suspending our our Legislators and invested to legislate He has abdicated Government here by He He is at this time large of foreign Mercenaries already begun circumstances of & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages and He taken Captive on the high Seas the and Brethren He and has endeavoured inhabitants of our frontiers the merciless Indian whose known rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages sexes and conditions Prince whose thus may Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here and magnimity conjured them by the ties of our common kindred would too of consanguinity therefore acquiesce in the necessity which denounces our Separation and Therefore of the united States of America in General Congress Assembled for the rectitude do it the Name of these Colonies United Colonies of Right that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is and ought to be totally dissolved that as Free and Independent States they Acts and of Right And for the support of this Declaration.

Human Events:

When, in the course of
Human Events
It becomes necessary
For one people

To dissolve the political bands
Which have connected them
With another
And to assume among
The powers of the earth
The separate and equal station
To which the Laws of Nature
And of Nature’s God
Entitle them

A decent respect to
The opinions of mankind
Requires – that they should
Declare the causes
Which impel them
To the separation

We hold these truths
To be self evident
That all men
Are created equal
That they are endowed
By their Creator
With certain
Unalienable Rights
That among these are
Life Liberty and
The Pursuit of Happiness

That to secure these rights
Governments are instituted among men
Deriving their just powers
From the consent of the governed
That whenever any Form of Government
Becomes destructive of these ends

It is the Right of the People
To alter or to abolish it
And to institute new government
Laying its foundation
On such principles
And organizing its Powers
In such form
As to them
Shall seem most Likely
To affect their Safety
And Happiness
Governments long established
Should not be changed for
Light and transient causes
And all experience hath shown

That mankind are more disposed
To suffer
While evils are sufferable
Than to right themselves
By abolishing the forms
To which they are accustomed

But when a long train of abuses
And usurpations
Pursuing invariably the same
Object
Envinces a design
To reduce them
Under absolute Despotism
It is their right
It is their duty
To throw off such government
And to provide new guards
For their future security

The history is a history of
Repeated injuries
All having absolute tryanny
Over these states

To prove this
Let Facts be submitted
To a candid world

– – –

Refused assent to Laws
For the public good

Forbidden governors
To pass laws
Until assent be obtained
And has neglected to attend them

Refused to pass Laws
For large districts of people
Unless those people
Relinquish the right of representation

Has called together legislative bodies
At places distant from their public
For the sole purpose of fatiguing them
Into Compliance

Has dissolved
Representative Houses
Repeatedly
For opposing his invasions
On the Rights of the people…

Has refused to cause others
To be elected

Has endeavored to prevent the Population of these states
Obstructing the naturalization of Foreigners

Has obstructed justice
Refusing his assent to laws
Establishing judiciary powers

Has made Judges dependent
On his will alone
For their offices
And their salaries

Has erected new offices
Sent swarms of officers
To harass our people
Has kept among us in times of peace
Standing armies without Consent
Has affected to render the military
Independent of and
Superior to
The Civil Power
Has combined with others to subject us
To a jurisdiction foreign to our
Constitution and unacknowledged
By our laws

Giving his assent to their acts
For quartering
Armed troops among us

For protecting them by mock trial
From punishment for any murders
On the inhabitants of these states

For cutting off our trade
With all parts of the world

For imposing taxes on us
Without our consent

For depriving us of trial by jury

For transporting us beyond seas
To be tried for pretend offenses

For abolishing the free system
Introducing
Absolute Rule

For taking away our charters
Abolishing our most valuable laws
And altering
Fundamentally
The Forms of our Governments

For declaring themselves
With power for us in all cases
Whatsoever
Declaring us out of his protection
And waging against Us

Has plundered our seas
Ravaged our coasts
Burnt our towns
And destroyed the lives of our people

Transporting armies to complete
The works of death, desolation, and Tyranny with cruelty
Totally unworthy
The head of a civilized Nation

Has constrained our fellow citizens
To bear arms against their country
To become executioners of their friends
Or to fall themselves by their hands

Has excited domestic insurrections
Amongst us
To bring on the Savages

In every stage of these oppressions
We have petitioned for redress
In the most humble terms

Our repeated petitions have been
Answered only by
Repeated injury

A character is marked by every act
Which define a tyrant is unfit
To be the ruler of a free people

We have warned them
We have reminded them
We have appealed to their
Native Justice
And we have to disavow
These userpations
Which inevitably interrupt our Connections and Coorespondance

They have been deaf
To the voice of Justice
And we must hold them as we
Hold the rest of Mankind
Enemies in war
In peace friends

We the Representatives
Appealing to the supreme
Judge of the world
Of our intentions

And by the authority of the good people
Solemnly publish and declare that
These are and ought to be
Free and Independent states

And have full power
To Levy war
Conclude peace
Contract alliances
Establish commerce
And to do all other things
Which Independent states
May do

And with a firm reliance
On the protection of Divine Providence
We mutually pledge to each other
Our Lives
Our Fortunes
And
Our sacred honor

– ConstanceMaeConArtistE

20+ Old Photos Of Proud Automobile Owners!

Well, I don’t know too much about automobiles except how they make me feel when I’m driving one that looks and runs great! So, I’m not the kind of person who can point out every make, model, or year that I come across but that doesn’t diminish the fact that automobile ownership is, by far, the highest level of freedom that any, average person can obtain for themselves.  For that reason, we take great pride in our vehicles because they provide us with the most basic of all our rights. . . That’s why they call it, “The Freedom of the open road. ” A place where each one of us is in control of our own destiny. Now, try to imagine a time when having a vehicle was Absolutey Everything! That’s what these pictures impress upon me: The evolution of Freedom and Pride!

1. All he needs in life are these cars and this dog.

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If you look closely at the car to the  right,  you will notice that someone is tinkering with the motor.

2. Women and machinery just don’t mix!

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Unless you are this confident lady who just might have the good manners to give you a courtesy honk before she nearly runs you over!

Flapper Girl Sliding Down A Fire Pole At Paul Cummins’ Roaring 20s Club!

Paul Cummins’ Roaring 20s was an extremely elaborate and imaginative nightclub and yet, it’s hard to find any information or even photos of its successful run during the early 1960s. Luckily, I know a woman who worked at the original club in Beverly Hills, CA for 5 years as a Flapper Girl and this is her incredible story of that early chapter in her life:

This club was a multi-room creation with a Roaring ’20s theme which included; a Crystal Room, a Speakeasy, a Penny Arcade, The Last Chance Saloon and most importantly, a Flapper Room which contained a group of beautiful women who were all dressed up in reminiscent fringes, feathers and fish net stockings (typical of the roaring ’20s era). One of these Flapper Girls was a woman named Scherry Staiger and during the early 60’s, it was her job was to entertain the elite customers of this club which meant a lot of dancing, swinging from the ceiling and also successfully entering the main room by sliding down a brass fire pole from the floor above. This place even had Silent Movies, Sing-alongs and its own Shooting Gallery. It was truly one of the most ambitious nightclub projects that one could image and it also was a huge success!

The Roaring 20s club that Scherry Staiger worked at:

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Despite the many rooms and elaborate decorations that this place had, the success of the club really depended upon the Flapper Girls that Paul Cummins employed and his most popular lady was a tall and beautiful blonde named Scherry Staiger. In recent years, I have had the unique pleasure of knowing this fancy lady who is still living a long and full life in Southern California with her daughter and grandchildren. During our conversations, she revealed to me her story as a young woman, mother, model and actress all of which included these 5 remarkable years that she spent as a Flapper Girl at Paul Cummins’ Roaring 20s Club:

She had a tall and stunning figure!

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This photo features Scherry greeting one of the evening’s guests

As Paul Cummins’ most popular Flapper Girl, she often headlined the entertainment which always included a Dixieland band and lots of dancing! According to her, she got along great with everybody and really enjoyed the time that she spent there. Apparently, a lot of skills were required in order to be a Flapper Girl and Scherry clearly possessed them all – beginning with a magnetic personality! She also had a knack for being fearless:

Scherry Staiger is the blonde swinging from the ceiling!

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Photos of Scherry were often used in the advertising of this club in newspapers and flyers everywhere (and even in the postcard above). She says that she was one of the club’s first Flapper Girls and tells me that her time spent there was never dull and it hardly ever felt like work. This is easy to believe because swinging, sliding and dancing all night sounds like a pretty fun job to me and must have been especially so for a young lady who was a successful Flapper Girl at one of these clubs in the early ’60s. . . In fact, she was so good at her job that she was in charge of training each new Flapper Girl who joined Paul Cummins’ team and was even sent to other “Roaring ’20s” Clubs to teach the new girls how to use the velvet swings and also how to slide down the brass fire pole as part of their grand entrance to the main floor each night.

She would even pause halfway down the pole for added showmanship!

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The crowds loved watching her descent and when I asked how she learned to stop in the middle of the pole like that on the way down, she replied, “I had a fireman teach me!” Now, it is really no surprise to me that she would take advice from a professional on the subject because she is the kind of woman who strives to be the best at whatever she does. Therefore, if it was her job to slide down a brass fire pole, then she was sure to do this in the most magnificent way possible! For that reason, she became the ONE entrance that everyone had to see because she was capable of impressing the crowd EVERY SINGLE TIME!

Her descent was even used for another promotional ad:

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Scherry also shared with me that she was responsible for her own costumes. So, she began by purchasing several one-piece bathing suits that she said “held her in place perfectly.” Then, she added rhinestones to begin designing them before passing them off to her fashion designer friend. He finished them off by adding lots of fringes and other flashy elements in order to achieve the overall style of the 20’s. In fact, due to her popularity and her one-of-a-kind costumes, she was able to help her fashion friend garnish lots of work from the other ladies at the club as well!

Scherry Staiger dancing in front of the Dixieland band in one of her original, stylish costumes:

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You can see here that her fringes were in full swing while she danced in front of the Dixieland band because her job was to keep up the spirits of the customers by twisting her way into their hearts which was something that she did in a seemingly effortless fashion. She was even invited to attend the opening of the newest Paul Cummins’ Roaring 20’s club in 1962 which took place in Seattle, Washington during Seattle’s first World’s Fair.

Scherry Staiger was featured in the advertising for the new Seattle Club:

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According to one article written by John J. Reddin about the grand opening of this new club, “the bandstand featured Mac MacReynolds and his Shaky City Seven,” playing songs such as “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “Muskrat Ramble” and that’s when Scherry, “a striking blonde in a black sheath,” led the ladies down the runway, while doing a “fast twist”, before constructing a 30-flapper chorus line following the Dixieland band. He says, “The overall effect was terrific!”

Her job also allowed her to meet and greet with famous people, including actors like Ken Scott (left):

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Again, many of her photos (including her meet and greets with famous guests) turned into more advertising for the club and they often revealed that she would be playing a part in an upcoming movie as well! For example, this newspaper clip tells us that Scherry Staiger has a part in this movie:

Frank Sinatra’s  ‘Ocean’s 11’

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Scherry’s job at the Roaring ’20s club provided her with many opportunities and also a steady income which she absolutely needed at the time. She was the mother of two girls and was recently divorced from their father which is never an easy road. Of course, he was still a big part of their lives and was eager to spend time with his daughters on the weekends and also provided them with any child support that they needed. However, it was Scherry’s mother who took care of her two daughters while she worked this steady job each night and when I asked her how she felt about having her mother’s help during those years, she had this to say: “We’re family, you know.” Obviously, this is where Scherry gets her strong commitment towards family from, even to this day!

This newspaper article talks about her divorce:

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In many ways, Sherry was actively pursuing a life that took her in several directions which included small movie roles and modeling. Therefore, she told me that her and her former husband simply “outgrew” each other. This was when her job at Paul Cummins’ Roaring 20s club came along which really changed her life in many ways and even helped her find work in these other areas of interest as well.

Her shift started at 8pm and lasted until the night was over!

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Scherry originally came from Harlingen, Texas and made her way to Hollywood with big dreams in her heart and even landed roles in three movies in only 6 short months. At the time, Scherry said this about it all in a newspaper publication about her, “I love the work. It’s a good way to start in the picture making business. As a stand-in and extra I’ve had the chance to be on the set during the entire production and study the many important details of movie making.”

An early photo of this beautiful lady:

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She also managed to travel to San Francisco where she attended a modeling school and later became a swimsuit fashion model before making her way back to Hollywood again. Take a look at these beautiful, vintage pictures of her modeling the fashionable swimsuits of the day:

She was a perfect fit for this work!

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Obviously, she looked great in a swimsuit but we can also see that she had a natural and lovely way about her as well. It was clear that she complimented any movie set that she was invited on and was easily captured by any lens that she posed for.

This was the life that she had always dreamed of!

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However, despite her beautiful smile, pretty face and flawless figure, she never did land a leading role and was often told that it was because she was just too tall at 5 foot 11 inches. At this height, she did stand above most of the men in the industry and often times, this was not a good thing. In fact, movie producers preferred to offer such roles to petite and even frail women by comparison. That’s because her overall tall and strong body never gave her that “damsel in distress” look that Hollywood was so desperately seeking in the late 50s and early 60s.

She was taller than most of the men in the business and this held her back from landing a lead role:

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However, this doesn’t mean that she ever felt rejected by Hollywood because she was always cast as an extra in these films and was immediately recognized by all of the people that she came into contact with. She just had a quality about her that was equally due to her personality as well as her stunning, good looks and for that reason, she was often the center of attention – no matter where she ended up.

This guy appears to be under her spell:

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Scherry Staiger never allowed her beauty to compromise her sophisticated style. Therefore, she never failed to be the classiest woman in every photo that I have seen of her, whether she was twisting, sliding or even being hilariously “ogled” by these two men behind the scenes of a Hollywood set:

Scherry Staiger with Frankie and Don a.k.a. “The Dead End Boys”

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To be clear, Scherry Staiger was 5’11” tall and her figure was 38″ 22″ 36″ from top to bottom. So, you can see why she was able to make such a unique impression and she says that she really enjoyed the time that she spent on the sets of these movies. She added that much of what she learned about life in this business happened there. Here are some never-before-seen pics of her time spent on these Hollywood sets with other, famous actors that she met, along with some more photos of her life as an actress, model and flapper girl:

Scherry Staiger – Actress – Model – Flapper Girl. . .

Currently, Scherry lives in a beautiful home in Southern California and is financially independent due to her time spent as the comptroller of her second husband’s business. There, she continues to live long and strong as she enters her 9th decade on this Earth. She is well taken care of by her daughter, Debbie Dean and is adored by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who live near her as well. Her life at Paul Cummins’ Roaring 20’s Club was an experience that she will never forget and it is a unique look at a history that is off the beaten path. To this day, she continues to be a beautiful, smart, funny and caring woman who has taken roads in this life that most would have shied away from. At this time, it is my honor to share with you a photo of what my favorite, fancy lady looks like today:

Scherry Staiger with daughter Debbie and Grandchildren Aliijah and Makayla Sevick:

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She’s still the prettiest and most fascinating lady that I know and she clearly enjoys spending time with her growing family for as long as this life graciously allows. She also enjoys giving back as an active member of several charities over the years! I am grateful for the time that I have been able to spend with her learning about her unique past as an actress, model and of course, as a Flapper Girl at Paul Cummins’ Roaring 20s Club!

Thank you for reading! – Constance Mae

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Flapper Girl Sliding Down A Fire Pole At Paul Cummins’ Roaring 20s Club!

Paul Cummins’ Roaring 20s was an extremely elaborate and imaginative nightclub and yet, it’s hard to find any information or even photos of its successful run during the early 1960s. Luckily, I know a woman who worked at the original club in Beverly Hills, CA for 5 years as a Flapper Girl and this is her incredible story of that early chapter in her life:

This club was a multi-room creation with a Roaring ’20s theme which included; a Crystal Room, a Speakeasy, a Penny Arcade, The Last Chance Saloon and most importantly, a Flapper Room which contained a group of beautiful women who were all dressed up in reminiscent fringes, feathers and fish net stockings (typical of the roaring ’20s era). One of these Flapper Girls was a woman named Scherry Staiger and during the early 60’s, it was her job was to entertain the elite customers of this club which meant a lot of dancing, swinging from the ceiling and also successfully entering the main room by sliding down a brass fire pole from the floor above. This place even had Silent Movies, Sing-alongs and its own Shooting Gallery. It was truly one of the most ambitious nightclub projects that one could image and it also was a huge success!

The Roaring 20s club that Scherry Staiger worked at:

PaulCummingsRoaring20sSherryStaiger_13_PrintFromVintage

Despite the many rooms and elaborate decorations that this place had, the success of the club really depended upon the Flapper Girls that Paul Cummins employed and his most popular lady was a tall and beautiful blonde named Scherry Staiger. In recent years, I have had the unique pleasure of knowing this fancy lady who is still living a long and full life in Southern California with her daughter and grandchildren. During our conversations, she revealed to me her story as a young woman, mother, model and actress all of which included these 5 remarkable years that she spent as a Flapper Girl at Paul Cummins’ Roaring 20s Club:

She had a tall and stunning figure!

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This photo features Scherry greeting one of the evening’s guests

As Paul Cummins’ most popular Flapper Girl, she often headlined the entertainment which always included a Dixieland band and lots of dancing! According to her, she got along great with everybody and really enjoyed the time that she spent there. Apparently, a lot of skills were required in order to be a Flapper Girl and Scherry clearly possessed them all – beginning with a magnetic personality! She also had a knack for being fearless:

Scherry Staiger is the blonde swinging from the ceiling!

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Photos of Scherry were often used in the advertising of this club in newspapers and flyers everywhere (and even in the postcard above). She says that she was one of the club’s first Flapper Girls and tells me that her time spent there was never dull and it hardly ever felt like work. This is easy to believe because swinging, sliding and dancing all night sounds like a pretty fun job to me and must have been especially so for a young lady who was a successful Flapper Girl at one of these clubs in the early ’60s. . . In fact, she was so good at her job that she was in charge of training each new Flapper Girl who joined Paul Cummins’ team and was even sent to other “Roaring ’20s” Clubs to teach the new girls how to use the velvet swings and also how to slide down the brass fire pole as part of their grand entrance to the main floor each night.

She would even pause halfway down the pole for added showmanship!

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The crowds loved watching her descent and when I asked how she learned to stop in the middle of the pole like that on the way down, she replied, “I had a fireman teach me!” Now, it is really no surprise to me that she would take advice from a professional on the subject because she is the kind of woman who strives to be the best at whatever she does. Therefore, if it was her job to slide down a brass fire pole, then she was sure to do this in the most magnificent way possible! For that reason, she became the ONE entrance that everyone had to see because she was capable of impressing the crowd EVERY SINGLE TIME!

Her descent was even used for another promotional ad:

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Scherry also shared with me that she was responsible for her own costumes. So, she began by purchasing several one-piece bathing suits that she said “held her in place perfectly.” Then, she added rhinestones to begin designing them before passing them off to her fashion designer friend. He finished them off by adding lots of fringes and other flashy elements in order to achieve the overall style of the 20’s. In fact, due to her popularity and her one-of-a-kind costumes, she was able to help her fashion friend garnish lots of work from the other ladies at the club as well!

Scherry Staiger dancing in front of the Dixieland band in one of her original, stylish costumes:

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You can see here that her fringes were in full swing while she danced in front of the Dixieland band because her job was to keep up the spirits of the customers by twisting her way into their hearts which was something that she did in a seemingly effortless fashion. She was even invited to attend the opening of the newest Paul Cummins’ Roaring 20’s club in 1962 which took place in Seattle, Washington during Seattle’s first World’s Fair.

Scherry Staiger was featured in the advertising for the new Seattle Club:

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According to one article written by John J. Reddin about the grand opening of this new club, “the bandstand featured Mac MacReynolds and his Shaky City Seven,” playing songs such as “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “Muskrat Ramble” and that’s when Scherry, “a striking blonde in a black sheath,” led the ladies down the runway, while doing a “fast twist”, before constructing a 30-flapper chorus line following the Dixieland band. He says, “The overall effect was terrific!”

Her job also allowed her to meet and greet with famous people, including actors like Ken Scott (left):

PaulCummingsRoaring20sSherryStaiger_8_PrintFromVintage

Again, many of her photos (including her meet and greets with famous guests) turned into more advertising for the club and they often revealed that she would be playing a part in an upcoming movie as well! For example, this newspaper clip tells us that Scherry Staiger has a part in this movie:

Frank Sinatra’s  ‘Ocean’s 11’

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Scherry’s job at the Roaring ’20s club provided her with many opportunities and also a steady income which she absolutely needed at the time. She was the mother of two girls and was recently divorced from their father which is never an easy road. Of course, he was still a big part of their lives and was eager to spend time with his daughters on the weekends and also provided them with any child support that they needed. However, it was Scherry’s mother who took care of her two daughters while she worked this steady job each night and when I asked her how she felt about having her mother’s help during those years, she had this to say: “We’re family, you know.” Obviously, this is where Scherry gets her strong commitment towards family from, even to this day!

This newspaper article talks about her divorce:

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In many ways, Sherry was actively pursuing a life that took her in several directions which included small movie roles and modeling. Therefore, she told me that her and her former husband simply “outgrew” each other. This was when her job at Paul Cummins’ Roaring 20s club came along which really changed her life in many ways and even helped her find work in these other areas of interest as well.

Her shift started at 8pm and lasted until the night was over!

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Scherry originally came from Harlingen, Texas and made her way to Hollywood with big dreams in her heart and even landed roles in three movies in only 6 short months. At the time, Scherry said this about it all in a newspaper publication about her, “I love the work. It’s a good way to start in the picture making business. As a stand-in and extra I’ve had the chance to be on the set during the entire production and study the many important details of movie making.”

An early photo of this beautiful lady:

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She also managed to travel to San Francisco where she attended a modeling school and later became a swimsuit fashion model before making her way back to Hollywood again. Take a look at these beautiful, vintage pictures of her modeling the fashionable swimsuits of the day:

She was a perfect fit for this work!

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Obviously, she looked great in a swimsuit but we can also see that she had a natural and lovely way about her as well. It was clear that she complimented any movie set that she was invited on and was easily captured by any lens that she posed for.

This was the life that she had always dreamed of!

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However, despite her beautiful smile, pretty face and flawless figure, she never did land a leading role and was often told that it was because she was just too tall at 5 foot 11 inches. At this height, she did stand above most of the men in the industry and often times, this was not a good thing. In fact, movie producers preferred to offer such roles to petite and even frail women by comparison. That’s because her overall tall and strong body never gave her that “damsel in distress” look that Hollywood was so desperately seeking in the late 50s and early 60s.

She was taller than most of the men in the business and this held her back from landing a lead role:

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However, this doesn’t mean that she ever felt rejected by Hollywood because she was always cast as an extra in these films and was immediately recognized by all of the people that she came into contact with. She just had a quality about her that was equally due to her personality as well as her stunning, good looks and for that reason, she was often the center of attention – no matter where she ended up.

This guy appears to be under her spell:

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Scherry Staiger never allowed her beauty to compromise her sophisticated style. Therefore, she never failed to be the classiest woman in every photo that I have seen of her, whether she was twisting, sliding or even being hilariously “ogled” by these two men behind the scenes of a Hollywood set:

Scherry Staiger with Frankie and Don a.k.a. “The Dead End Boys”

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To be clear, Scherry Staiger was 5’11” tall and her figure was 38″ 22″ 36″ from top to bottom. So, you can see why she was able to make such a unique impression and she says that she really enjoyed the time that she spent on the sets of these movies. She added that much of what she learned about life in this business happened there. Here are some never-before-seen pics of her time spent on these Hollywood sets with other, famous actors that she met, along with some more photos of her life as an actress, model and flapper girl:

Scherry Staiger – Actress – Model – Flapper Girl. . .

Currently, Scherry lives in a beautiful home in Southern California and is financially independent due to her time spent as the comptroller of her second husband’s business. There, she continues to live long and strong as she enters her 9th decade on this Earth. She is well taken care of by her daughter, Debbie Dean and is adored by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who live near her as well. Her life at Paul Cummins’ Roaring 20’s Club was an experience that she will never forget and it is a unique look at a history that is off the beaten path. To this day, she continues to be a beautiful, smart, funny and caring woman who has taken roads in this life that most would have shied away from. At this time, it is my honor to share with you a photo of what my favorite, fancy lady looks like today:

Scherry Staiger with daughter Debbie and Grandchildren Aliijah and Makayla Sevick:

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She’s still the prettiest and most fascinating lady that I know and she clearly enjoys spending time with her growing family for as long as this life graciously allows. She also enjoys giving back as an active member of several charities over the years! I am grateful for the time that I have been able to spend with her learning about her unique past as an actress, model and of course, as a Flapper Girl at Paul Cummins’ Roaring 20s Club!

Thank you for reading! – Constance Mae

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1930’s Handwritten Medical Journals Ebook – A real life Grey’s Anatomy!

You are looking at two handwritten journals from the 1930s which have been digitized for your viewing pleasure into one ebook!  The journals were titled “Surgery” which makes it a real life Grey’s Anatomy! Now, you can check out what students were learning in the early part of the century – You won’t find anything else like it! This is one of a kind collection of handwritten pages that look just like this:

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Method for the Guitar – M. Carcassi – 1884 – Ebook

This is the very first and most important guitar book that has ever been written. So much so that it is still the method that is used today! This ebook has been scanned from an original copy of this book that was written in the late 1800s. Also, it is divided into English AND French! So, it was definitely written at a time when this method was used worldwide and now it has been formatted to fit your digital lifestyle:

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12 Strange Things From The Past That Were Once Considered Normal

We didn’t get to our modern society by not trying new things but when you take a look at what some of these things were all about, you will wonder how we even became modern to begin with! The truth is, it hasn’t been an easy road but that’s part of what makes us human and now we can look back on all of these strange things and be glad that we made it to the civilization that we have become today. Take a look:

1. Getting a suntan at a vending machine – 1949

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This looks like the kind of thing that many people would be lining up to do! Let’s just hope that they were putting toxic chemicals on their skin. . .

2. Massaging breasts with water – 1930

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Hey, we do this in the shower all the time, right? However, it does seem weird to see it done like this.

3. Hair straightening – 1960s

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This is the kind of thing that your mother and grandmother talks about and this is what it looked like while they were getting their hair straightened.

4. Cocaine for toothaches – 1885

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Yeah, I’m sure the cocaine was capable of taking away a lot of aches and pains.

5. A church on wheels – 1922

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This way, if you can’t find God, he’ll find you!

6. Largest omelet in the world – 1931

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This person wanted to break a record by making the large omelet in the world so she was put in a giant frying pan and also had large pieces of bacon strapped to her feed before adding 7,200 eggs! I hope she didn’t cook up with it all.

7. Children having fun – 1973

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Kids do all sorts of crazy things to entertain themselves but this one looks pretty sketchy.

8. The talking head – 1860s

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This is an automaton Euphonia and it was capable of imitating your speech! Pretty creepy.

9. Kids used for cigarette ads – 1960s.

 

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According to these ads, smoking will help you to be a better mom!

10. Keeping your child safe – 1940s

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An early car seat for a small child. Pretty impressive!

11. Creating a caveman at Walt Disney Studios – 1964

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This was done for the New York World’s Fair and it looks pretty technical for the time.

12. A babysitter – 19th century

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Well, most parents do this with their child at some point and it looks like a lot of fun for this child. However, we know that this babysitter probably wasn’t having a great time with all of this. . .

The Best 45 Record Titles EVER Put Together!

There was a time when songs were released on these small 45 records which usually contained a hit song on one side and lesser known song on the other. So, the only thing that a person had back then were two songs to choose from per record. For that reason, being an avid music lover was a huge commitment because one would have to hang out next to their record player all day with a pile of titles to flip and change song after song in order to keep an even flow of music pumping into their lives. So, out of all of these records that I have come across recently, these were the ones that stood out to me as being an odd combination of titles on one record! Here are my favorite song title comparisons so far:

1. It’s Gonna Work Out Fine – Won’t You Forgive Me:
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Those who are familiar with the history of abuse that Tina sustained by Ike will find these titles a bit telling of their relationship in retrospect. However, at the time, no one knew that any of this was taking place! It was Tina Turner who ultimately saved herself from his grasp and it’s a very heroic story. Another thing that I found interesting was her fight with him in court over his last name. She wanted nothing from him financially but because the world already knew her as Tina Tuner, it was important for her to keep that name! Of course, he told her that she didn’t deserve that name but justice prevailed and she went on to have a very successful solo career as Tina Turner.

2. Do You Wanna Dance – Big Fat Woman:

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Well, this is hardly the way to ask a woman to dance! Besides, Bobby should be so lucky to have a curvy woman to hold onto during a dance.

3. She’s My Baby – It’s Too Late:

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You have to wonder why he was so convinced in the first place. . . Or else, he just gave up too easily! On one side, he’s pretty happy about his situation and on the other side, he’s just sad :(

4. Make It Easy On Yourself – Goin’ Out Of My Head:

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I found it ironic that on one side of this record, it’s giving me some sage advice but when you flip it over,  you have to wonder who’s giving this sort of advice!

5. I Don’t Want To Be Hurt Anymore – People:

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Nobody understands that he just doesn’t want to be hurt anymore. . .

6. I Need Your Love Tonight – A Fool Such As I:

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Well, this doesn’t sound like a very good pick up line from the King of Rock n’ Roll!

7. You’re No Good – I Can’t Help It:

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This is the story that many women have told themselves in their lives concerning at least one man that they should have never been involved with. . .

8. He Knows I Love Him Too Much – A Lonely Girl’s Prayer:

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Yeah, any girl knows that loving a man too much will only end in her being alone. . . So, keep your feelings to yourself and don’t ever let him know!

9. Wedding Bell Blues – Stoney End:

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It’s true, a lot of people have negative feelings about marriage but it sounds like this one should have never taken place to begin with because, in this case, the ‘Stoney End’ sounded pretty inevitable!

10. A Thing Of The Past – What A Sweet Thing That Was:

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This one sounds like a man who’s reminiscing about a woman he once had the pleasure of knowing!

11. Trouble Is My Middle Name – Let’s Kiss And Make Up:

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Well, Bobby is pretty much warning anyone who gets close that he’s gonna break your heart but the other side tells us that it’s going to be hard to let him go!

12. Is It Really Love? – Where Were You (on our Wedding day)?:

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Well, I’m guessing that the love wasn’t real and the fact that she never showed up on your wedding day proves this.

13. Anita, You’re Dreaming – It’s Over:

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Jimmie is trying to send a message to Anita who may still be thinking that there’s hope in this relationship. Get the hint lady!

14. Is There Anything I Can Do – Softly As I Leave You:

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These might just be the best break up words that I have ever heard!

15. I Beg Of You – Don’t:

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Elvis sounded like he was a pretty tormented man. . . nobody listened.

16. Gonna Build A Mountain – What Kind Of Fool Am I:

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A pretty big one!

17. Just The Way You Are – Get It Right The First Time:

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Yeah, these are the guys you have to look out for. . . they act like you’re perfect “Just The Way You Are” but as time goes on. . . you can’t do anything right for him!

18. Shakin’ All Over – Till We Kissed:

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In this case, the anticipation of the kiss was way better than the actual kiss. . .

19. Behave Yourself – Green Onions:

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Yeah, this is how we all speak to our digestive parts after we eat these.

20. Song For A Summer Night – Lonely Surfer:

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Then he surfed one last time. . . into the ocean blue.

21. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me – My Heart Sings:

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This dude is super positive about romance and love!

22. You’re Still A Young Man – Skating On Thin Ice:

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Advice for young men who live recklessly!

23. Have A Good Time – Fooled Around And Fell In Love:

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So, he went out to have a good time but when he fooled around, he fell in love!

24. Soul Vaccination – This Time It’s Real:

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I don’t know. . . I’ve been fooled by this gimmick before!

So, there you have it! I will continue to add more as I come across them. Thanks for reading!

 

Miss Norma’s Diary – February 19, 1962 – “I just feel, all the time, that I have nothing but worries on my mind”

Monday

“Today I got all ready to go to school and it started raining. So Connie and I stayed home. We were real happy. She went home about 1:30. After Barbara got home we went down the street. A.T. was in the record store. Later, Charlie drove by and he looked at us. When we went up by the bowling alley that fat guy that Barry and Ralph go around with was out there and he started yelling to us. Then when we had walked a little farther, we looked back and Ralph was out there with him. They were watching us. When we walked by there, Ralph was us at Dave’s car. We walked by there a few times then we gave up. We hadn’t seen Barry at all so far, at least if we did, we didn’t know about it. he might have been up at Dave’s car. When we were down the street, I saw this guy sitting in the in the Hi Sea Cafe. I stared at him and he stared at me. He was real cute and Barbara knew who he was. Then later we saw Charlie again, he looked at us as he drove by. Barbara and I got jazzed.

I saw Don today and the other Don today. Last night I dreamt about (the second) Don, Barry and Ralph. When I was laying on my bed today listening to my records, I almost started crying. I just feel, all the time that I have nothing but worries on my mind. When Barb and I were down the street today, it started raining, just then Barbara’s folks drove by so they took us home. When we got out of the car at Barbara’s house, I saw Ralph and that fat guy walking the way I go home. So Barbara and I jumped in the car and we drove by Ralph. We peeped the horn at them. I was so nervous. I didn’t look but Barbara said Ralph looked. When I looked back, Ralph was not looking. I really got disappointed then. So, Barbara brought me home and I started drinking and it made me feel terrible. Barry’s address: (omitted) And Ralph’s is (omitted) Ralph’s car licence is: (omitted)

Barbara and I walked by the Bar-B-Q Pit today and I think I saw Little Hick working in there. At night, I stayed home and watched television. It was very boring. I wanted to go down to Barbara’s house but I don’t think she wanted to watch and see if Ralph would come over to Mike’s. I don’t know why it wouldn’t do me much if he did. I am so jazzed on Barry. I feel terrible all the home. How lousy.”

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Miss Norma’s Diary – February 18, 1962 – “Mike yelled out “Baby” and he gave us the finger and they drove off.”

Sunday

“Today Barbara and I were going down the street and we saw Ralph in his car, he was about to drive away but when he saw us, he waited and when we got up there we had to walk in in back of his car. Man….was I jazzed. Then we saw Charlie drive by, he had a girl with him but she wasn’t sitting next to him. She had a little kid sitting on her lap. Then later, we saw Charlie drive by with A.T. Then we were going up the street and Ralph and Barry and Mike drove up and stopped. Barry said, “What are you doing, where you going” Then he said, “want a ride’. We said no. Mike yelled out “Baby” and he gave us the finger and they drove off.

Then a few minutes later, they drove by again and they had a girl with them. She was up front with Ralph but she was sitting by the door. Barbara and I were mad. But we were sure glad that girl wasn’t sitting by Ralph or in between Barry and Ralph. Barry was in the back seat. Then they drove by once more ad they were messing off. At night, Barbara and I went down to her house cause she had to get some clothes to wear tomorrow and I wanted to see if Barry and Ralph would come over to Mike’s. About 8:00 o’clock I was looking out of the window and I saw Ralph’s car coming and it stopped at Mike’s house. I yelled to Barbara, “There’s Ralph” and I was trying to get over to the door to get out to see Ralph but Barbara was so excited she wouldn’t move so I couldn’t get to the door. Anyway, Mike jumped out of Ralph’s car and Ralph drove off real fast. We were both shook.

This after noon we were at Barbara’s house and we played records. We had the record player turned up real loud and we were dancing and we had the front door open. Joy came over but we didn’t answer the door. We sure did have a blast today. We walked home from Barbara’s house. We walked by Barry’s but didn’t see anybody. We also saw Bennie and Asa. Wally and Ray drove by and peeped the horn. I saw Bruce and Don today.”

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