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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Memphis Cotton Carnival


Thank you Coloradolady for making this great Vintage Thingies Thursday possible for us each week. She would love to have you visit at http://coloradolady.blogspot.com.



A copy of the original program of the Cotton Carnival, Memphis, Tennessee in 1949.
I am sure you have all heard of this name before, Gypsy Rose Lee. She was one of the performers at the Cotton Carnival.

I understand that the late Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds performed here as well.

31 comments:

Genie said...

LV...You can come up with the best posts...you go, girl. I never would have thought of Gypsy Rose Lee having her own trailer back then. I love that shot of her in front of it. What a collector’s item.
Hugs,
Genie

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow----I have never heard of the Memphis Cotton Carnival, LV, but it must have been a great event. I remember Gypsy Rose Lee--and of course, I remember Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. How special!!!!

Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

Did you attend the Cotton Carnival that year? I remember all of those performers. Thanks for a great post.

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

I remember the performers but not the carnival....very interesting. Trish

~Cheryl said...

Fantastic post! "Thanks for the memories!"

Coloradolady said...

What a neat program....I too want to know if you went to this?? Sounds like it would have been a lot of fun! The book looks to be in great shape. Happy VTT!

High Heeled Life said...

LV .. you have such wonderful memories that you share with us!

Thank you for your visit today, we are looking forward to the warmer weather and just relaxing...
XO HHL

Rose said...

fantastic older pictures. they are special. thanks for sharing. rose

marian said...

oh what FUN!! i LOVE those fabulous shots!

Nora Johnson said...

What a great event- a true collector's item!

Have a lovely weekend,

XOXO Lola & Nora:)

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

wow! what a great post! thanks for sharing this fun memories!
xo
fitty

Greenearth said...

The Carnival looks such fun.

HalfCrazy said...

Hi there!

Wow, I love vintage stuff! Of course I can't participate, the things I had when I was young were not even to be classified under vintage. It's always too modern when it comes to my generation. Haha! :)

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

What a neat vintage find! you really come up with the neatest things!

bj said...

This is a great post, LV.

When my daddy was in the hospital during WW2, Gypsy Rose Lee came to the hospital to visit the men. She gave them a signed photo and my brother still has it.
My favorite movie in the whole world is GYPSY with Natalie Wood.
hugs, bj

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Wow, I'll bet the program is full of interesting pictures and graphics. It must have been fun browsing through all those memories. Thanks for sharing.

ewenique said...

I love your book, would love to see more photos from it.

Heart2Heart said...

LV,

Wow that was really a blast from the past. I never heard of the Cotton Candy Carnival but the magazine is definitely a collectors item. No more magazines for .50 any more.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Maureen said...

Oh I love it. Then again, I can spend hours going through old magazines and catalogs.

Ann said...

Whoa, thats a new one for me. I've never heard of this. I loved seeing films that Gypsy Rose Lee was in. Great shot of her.
Ann

Terry said...

Great post! I never heard of the cotton carnival, but do remember hearing of Gypsy Rose Lee. I love posts that you learn something new from.

Postcardy said...

I never saw her, but I read her memoirs and enjoyed the book.

Anna said...

What a fun and fabulous keepsake. Were you there? Fun post.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Ah thanks for the memories!! Take care!
*hugs*deb

Sarah said...

What a fascinating post! Look at that photo of Gypsy Rose Lee. She looks really tall! Thanks for sharing these interesting photos with all of us. ~ Sarah

Tiffany said...

I love nostalgic things like this! Fun!

JEANNE said...

This is so interesting. I have not heard of the Cotton Carnival before. I wonder if they ever have them now. The book is terrific. Yes, I do remember Gypsy Rose Lee. I remember the movie. I think she was something!!! I didn't know about Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. I am a huge fan of Debbie Reynolds.
Have a great evening.
Hugs, Jeanne

Tara Beaulieu said...

I just love the female performers from that era, I can remember when I was girl and would watch old films on TV just waiting for the day that I could grow up to look like them, lol! Happy VTT!

Sharon said...

Thank you for the visit to my little cottage. I love sharing the vintage treasures we have in our homes. Yours is so neat to have and thanks for sharing. You are now on my sidebar and I will be back
Hugs, Sharon K

GardenofDaisies said...

OH someone else told me about that cotton carnival just a couple of months ago. It must have been a HUGE event! How wonderful that you saved the program! A cultural event that celebrated the uniqueness of that area. (We don't grow cotton here.)

Miri said...

Oh My Gosh! Gypsy Rose Lee! Fantastic. Who would have thought she would be the entertainment!

(At first I thought I was just seeing a Bathing Beauty Contest!)