Today I spent a little time volunteering at the ADSLA table at the Vintage Clothing (and other goods) Sale at the Egyptian Theatre
. Normally, I don’t give the racks at vintage stores a second look. I’m always discouraged at what little I can find to fit. Fortunately, I didn’t have to.
My good friend eyed me up and down, squinted, reached in a rack and said, “Here”. Thrust upon me, a beautiful late 30s gown actually fit! I love it when I coerce my purse to give up a few of its hard-earned dollars for pretty goodies. I absolutely love the gown and can’t wait for an occasion to wear it.
Hollywood Heritage Museum
Since I finished my volunteer shift pretty early, I drove to the Hollywood Heritage Museum
. Housed at the Lasky-DeMille Barn, it was the first major movie studio in Hollywood where Cecil B. DeMille filmed Hollywood’s first full-length feature film – “The Squaw Man.” It features props, photos and other memorabilia from the silent era of Hollywood. It isn’t called a barn for nothing. The inside today doesn’t reflect its coarser origins, but it really was a barn, built in 1901. Cecil DeMille rented it to film his feature – the stalls were dressing room.
Cecil B. DeMille’s private office is immediately to the right as you enter, with his actual desk and period items to complete the scene. Buster Keaton’s projector from his private screening room at his home was on display, as well as several pieces of film equipment from old Hollywood.
There were several items featuring Rudolph Valentino, including a paycheck from the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation. Rudolph Valentino’s signature, to his costar, signed on a photograph by his character, Beaucaire.
Not in its original location, but now close to the Hollywood Bowl, the Hollywood Heritage Museum is a nice diversion if you have an hour or so.