The Golden Age of Girl Groups

The Golden Age of Girl Groups

The 1960s are the golden age of American girl pop groups. (the ones that sing) They came in three to four girls, wearing similar outfits, and sometimes even similair hairdo’s. The names of these groups started with The. The Marvelletes, The Chiffons, The Shirelles, The Ronettes, The Velvelettes, The Cookies, The Blossoms, The Exiters, The Shangri Las, The Dixie cups, The Sweet Inspirations, The Sensations, The Angels, The Orions, The Carefrees,The Jewels, The Chantels, and much much more (we’ve read that there were about 750 girl groups at one point)


Phil Spector was a big time producer of girl groups (The Ronettes, The Blossoms,The Crystals…) so was Motown (The Supremes, The Marvelettes, The Velvettes….) 60% of the top 100 singles released by girl groups during the sixties came from Hitsville, U.S.A., as Motown was called.

Songs were written by professionals (such as Carole King, Nicolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, Neil Sedaka) who could custom fit the music and lyrics to the needs of te teenagers. Music was made (written, produced, sold, recorded, auditoned etc etc) in The Brill Building, it was the most prestigious address in New York for the music business

“Every day we squeezed into our respective cubby holes with just enough room for a piano, a bench, and maybe a chair for the lyricist if you were lucky. You’d sit there and write and you could hear someone in the next cubby hole composing a song exactly like yours. The pressure in the Brill Building was really terrific”
-Carole King Quoted in The Sociology of Rock by Simon Frith
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Olive Oatman and Other Women with Chin Tattoos

Olive Oatman and Other Women with Chin Tattoos

Olive Oatman lived in the USA from 1838-1903, she had a tattoo on her chin which was probably one of the Yavapai tribe. (read the full story below). The interesting part, according to us at Mimi Berlin, is the fact that Olive is dressed in full Victorian attire, just like the Maori women are.

Read the interesting story about Olive Oatman here at https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ffagr

(images via https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olive_Oatman / http://flashbak.com/44-captivating-native-maori-portraits-fom-19th-century-new-zealand-32789/ https://civilwartalk.com/threads/not-civil-war-the-girl-with-the-tattooed-face.110104/)

Thahanks at Pierre Lernoud (Bertyl) for sharing the image of Ms Oatman on FB.

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Getting your 1940s War Bonds via Comics

Getting your 1940s War Bonds via Comics.

For Victory. Even children could help out. A tiny part of World War 2 History.

Yesterday we found a Wonder Woman comic book in the attic, a re-print of the very first issue published in 1942. On the back we, at Mimi Berlin, noticed something we had never seen or had heard of before: United States savings bonds and stamps……

Based on the aggressive and successful Liberty Bonds campaign of World War I, the WWII war bonds program inspired 85 million Americans to purchase bonds and raise $185 billion for the war effort. Similar to modern-day government savings bonds, they gave a percentage of return over the initial investment 10 years after purchase. This war defense bond was purchased for $37.50 in 1942 and could eventually be cashed in for $50.

“Comic books published throughout the war heavily encouraged the purchase of bonds and stamps through endorsement by their characters”

“Of course, comics were a considerable part of the war bond campaign. Cartoonist Al Capp’s “Li’l Abner” comic-strip characters promoted both the patriotism and practicality of purchasing bonds — not to mention appealing to a soldier’s libido with Capp’s curvaceous hillbilly sweetheart Daisy Mae as a pin-up girl.”

“Comic books published throughout the war heavily encouraged the purchase of bonds and stamps through endorsement by their characters” (via/read more at 13thdimension.com)