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Saturday, November 23, 2002
Hurry up and wait, that seems to be the pattern. Next time I get a mortgage refinanced, remind me to do it at a more convenient time of the year - Christmas, say. The mortgage company is _still_ in the process of doing the papers; they're pushing to get it done by Wednesday morning but it's an iffy proposition. *sigh* Well, I won't go broke if I wait a few more days anyway.

I've been collecting quite a lot of new images off the Corbis active last night and this morning; among those, I've found a number of very nice new photos of Gina Lollobrigida. Since La Lollo is one of my all-time favorites, and one of the first stars I ever featured in her own gallery at For the Love of Opera Gloves, I don't think too many people will object if I bring this flower of Italy back as the star of today's POTD. In this shot, she's having her fortune told; note how she's unbuttoned her mousquetaire and rolled the glove hand back over her wrist (this is long-standing etiquette, incidentially, for anyone who wears mousquetaires to a dinner party and doesn't want to have to go through the bother of pulling them all the way off and then pulling them back on again):

Many more images of "Gina Nazionale", as the Italians call her, may be viewed at The Gina Lollobrigida Glove Gallery.

P.S. Organization of the update proceeds.

Friday, November 22, 2002
All systems go - the appraisal verified my condo's value, and the mortgage company is now preparing the papers to forward to the title company for closing! If the appraisal had been done on Saturday as originally scheduled, I might be all done by now, but there's still an outside chance we can get things wrapped up today and if not we will get it done Monday or Tuesday. Now I just have to wait to find out how much money I'm going to have to cough up for the appraisal...

Today's POTD is British actress Stephanie Beacham; I spent a good deal of last evening gathering pictures of her along with other Dynasty actresses. Probably picked up a lot of duplicates, but I'll sort those out when it comes to that. Stephanie is one of my particular favorites because, like me, she's hearing-impaired; she's completely deaf in her left ear, though she still has up to 75% of her hearing ability in her right ear. Anyway, this is one of the best of the numerous Dynasty/Colbys-era portraits showing SB in her role as Sable Colby, wearing black opera gloves and strapless black gown (she has one of those classic wasp-waisted hourglass figures:)

Over 50 pictures of Steph can be seen at The Stephanie Beacham Glove Gallery.

N.B. Update planning is moving along - I will be presenting eleven new collections (so far!) this time, since many ladies now have enough images to warrant their own pages. There will also be as many vidcaps posted as I can upload in the space of time before Wednesday.

Thursday, November 21, 2002
Well, I'm slightly gobsmacked; not only did the appraisal go off yesterday as scheduled, it only took about 10 minutes to complete! Looks as if it all went well, so all I really have left to do now is twiddle my thumbs and wait; my loan officer promises to get the transaction completed by the 26th _if_ he gets the appraiser's report today. (I knew there had to be a catch...)

Poking about for a suitable display for the POTD, I came upon the Rosalind Russell collection and a particularly beautiful image that I'm sure you will want to see. This B&W studio still depicts Rosalind in a gorgeous 1940's gown with fur-trimmed cape and silver opera gloves (or, given that this is B&W, perhaps gold!) for her movie "The Velvet Touch":

"The Velvet Touch", in fact, is one of the great opera-glove movies; Rosalind wears operas in several different scenes and goes gloved in almost _every_ scene - in fact, an elbow-length pair of black suede gloves is an important clue in the killing that her character is involved in at the beginning of the film. It's out of print, I think, but you can still get it via eBay and The vidcap gallery I currently have onsite covers only one scene; I have the tape in hand and one day soon will make many more stills. In the meantime, enjoy a nice selection of gloved Russell images from The Rosalind Russell Glove Gallery.

Wednesday, November 20, 2002
Keep your fingers crossed. The appraisal is rescheduled for this morning at 9 am. I'm going to use the time to do one last spot of cleaning and start working on the next update (now scheduled to go up before Thanksgiving). Hopefully we can get the whole process wrapped up before Turkey Day so I can go back to worrying about finding the mythical opera-gloved pictures of Jessica Simpson. :)

I'm in an Edwardian kind of mood this week, having harvested a fair number of Edwardian-era pics this past weekend, so today's POTD will show you a sample of the era's foremost fashion designer, Frederick Worth. This print, by Sandoz, depicts a Worth evening gown from 1894:

This elegant picture is only one of over 500 images of gloved fashion of the Belle Epoque to be found in For the Love of Opera Gloves' The Golden Age of Opera Gloves; The Late Victorian and Edwardian Eras, 1880-1914 collection!

Tuesday, November 19, 2002
Well, maybe we'll get that appraisal thing resolved today (and you'll be shut of me talking incessantly about it!) Contacted my loan officer yesterday, and he says he'll get right on it. We'll just have to see what happens when it happens.

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The POTD for the day, 19 November 2002 (and happy birthday to my sister, by the way!) is an example of the work of one of my favorite pinup artists, Fritz Willis. Mr. Willis was the last of the great pinup creators of the 1950's and 1960's, actually continuing to work well into the 1970's, and he absolutely loved opera gloves and women who wear operas. It wasn't just pinups that he did, though; he was an extremely successful commercial artist who did work for many people including the Ice Follies, whose programs he did the covers for for many years - and at that, he managed to work beautiful opera-clad girls in! This is the cover (front and back) for the 1964 Ice Follies program, drawn/painted by Willis:

Over 130 images of Willis' opera-gloved lovelies, some displaying just a little bit more than can be displayed on this blog ;) , can be viewed at Opera Gloves in the Pinup Art of Fritz Willis. Speaking just for myself, I think Willis did opera gloves better than just about any other pinup artist except for Olivia!

Monday, November 18, 2002
Well, we'll take another crack at doing the appraisal this week - tonight, it's to be hoped. I've emailed my loan officer and we'll see what we'll see.

Let's see....what's today's POTD? How about Donna Reed?

Donna Reed? As in "It's A Wonderful Life"? "The Donna Reed Show"? That Donna Reed? One and the same. There aren't all that many opera-glove pictures of her around, but here's a really nice one:

Donna is only one of several hundred celebrities of the 1950's and 1960's who are featured at For the Love of Opera Gloves' huge collection, Opera-Gloved Celebrities of the 1950's and 1960's.

(Incidentially, I'm planning to start work on the next site update this week.)

Sunday, November 17, 2002
*grumble* I'm going to give that appraiser a flea in his ear; he never showed up yesterday, and I spent the whole morning waiting for him. I'm getting in touch with my loan officer today, and that appraiser had _better_ do his work tomorrow, or I'll know the reason why. There's only about a week left to go before the target date/deadline; delay is unconscionable.

Well, in the meantime, I'm still tracking down pictures. I just finished a scan-and-grab operation for Vivien Leigh images, so I expect I may as well go ahead and show you Miss Leigh in operas:

The above image comes from "Anna Karenina", of course (which role, one of the great opera-glove parts, has been essayed by Leigh, Greta Garbo and Sophie Marceau).
A fair-sized collection of images of Vivien, who wore gloves whenever she could get away with it because she didn't like the way her hands looked, can be viewed at The Vivien Leigh Glove Gallery.