The Opera Glove Blog
Saturday, March 01, 2003
The dunning for donations continues. :) Anyone who wants to help For the Love of Opera Gloves cover its monthly costs is more than welcome to drop something into the Amazon and/or PayPal tip jars on this page, or at the website itself (Citibank's c2it is also available at the website).
The snow is already starting to melt. It's a foggy morning and a good glove time, if you're careful about getting fine leather wet. I did make it in to work yesterday; the main roads were already clear and traffic was very light.
You thought Betty Grable was famous for her legs? Well, she was, but she also liked her gloves. Here's a 1943 shot with dancer Hermes Pan:
Friday, February 28, 2003
Another snow day today, friends. It's not nearly as bad as the nor'easter that socked in the whole region last weekend (and made a lot of shopowners VERY unhappy), but we were told to complete our timesheets yesterday - today is the last day of the biweekly payperiod - in case we couldn't make it in to work. I'm going to see what I can do; I _think_ I can get in, but if not, I'll figure out something to do here. I think there's plenty of work to do on the website.
If you would like to help me celebrate my birthday, which is coming up on Tuesday the 4th, here's a heavy-handed hint: :) drop something into the Amazon or PayPal tipjars here or at the website. Every penny you contribute helps me pay for server rental and for all the other things it takes to keep For the Love of Opera Gloves flourishing.
Here we see Lana Turner, resplendent in glittering black gown and gloves, visiting on the set of "The Merry Widow" sith a young female friend:
Thursday, February 27, 2003
Nothing new to report this morning, I'm afraid. (Don't you hate it when it's such a dull day that you can't even think of anything interesting to say to start it off with?) I do want to remind everyone, though - at the risk of sounding like a broken record - that I really could use your help with the monthly server rental fees. When one's monthly costs have ballooned by a better-than-sixfold factor from $15 to $99 in one year, one really does appreciate any assistance available. Collection boxes (Amazon.com and PayPal) to your left. Thank you!
Here's Ginger Rogers in a very Marilynesque gold-lame gown:
Wednesday, February 26, 2003
Tonight's vidcap sample, from Son of Paleface; Jane Russell in black-and-red-striped corset accented with black operas, flirting with Bob Hope!
Don't forget to drop something in the collection boxes. Thank you! :)
For everyone who's sent in a contribution so far this month, thanks! To everyone else who hasn't yet sent a donation; please do consider doing so. The cost of maintaining the site has gone up exponentially in the past year, from $15/month for shared virtual hosting to $99/month for dedicated server hosting, plus all the other things it takes to keep a website fresh and interesting.
Also, if you have a nice opera-glove-themed wallpaper that you'd like to share, send it in (800x600 or 1024x768 resolution).
Today's POTD features the modern-day queen of pinups, Dita von Teese, in a classic Hollywood-style glamour pose:
Tuesday, February 25, 2003
As I promised, tonight begins our series of occasional stills from movies with great opera-glove scenes. Our first exhibit is from the 1955 Gina Lollobrigida magnum opus, Beautiful But Dangerous, known in the original Italian as "La Donna Piu Bella Del Monde" (The Most Beautiful Woman In The World), based on the life of renowned opera diva Lina Cavalieri. In this scene, Gina-as-Lina wows a packed music hall in cancan costume:
At this time, I'd like to make my regular pitch for donations. It'll be time soon to pay the monthly fees for dedicated server rental ($99.00); if you would like to help, please drop something into either the PayPal or Amazon collection boxes. Thank you!
Tonight, I'm planning to start a new image series on this blog; opera gloves in the movies and on TV. This won't necessarily be every day like the POTD, since the images will be drawn from the site's vidcap archive, which, in site of its size, is somewhat more limited in scope than the main site. All the same, it's time that some of you folks who might not necessarily have visited our vidcap collection before know what's available there.
Here's one of the inspirations for For the Love of Opera Gloves: Geena Davis in the outrageous pouf skirt (saved by shoulder-length white satin operas) that she wore to the 1992 Academy Awards:
Monday, February 24, 2003
Not much to report this morning. If people were having problems getting into the site yesterday afternoon between approximately 3:15 and 5:45, it appears that the routers at the hosts were taken down for servicing at that time (they were taken down at the same time last week). If this turns out to be a regular thing, we might as well get used to it - eBay goes down for three hours early every Friday morning for maintenance, after all.
How about one of the Italian Celebrities in Opera Gloves today? This is Anna Falchi in jeweled black lace operas:
Sunday, February 23, 2003
Scanning update: I decided to do some more scanning and generated another 110+ images, which means you'll be seeing a big Royals update not too long from now. The only problem is that my scanner, which is one of the cheaper models, is fairly slow and I can't do much better than 50 - 60 images per hour at 300 dpi (for B&W images; color images at the same resolution take two minutes to scan and process). Maybe my next upgrade ought to be a more powerful scanner. Here's another Princess Margaret image (same URL as the previous image); it's a big 1024 x 1362 image, but I think you'll find it worth the size!
Today's report: I just completed a scanning session with the Royalty books that I've collected over the past couple of months. 130 images were generated from this session, in addition to another 40+ images from other books that were scanned yesterday. There are still a large number of books left to be worked on, I expect to generate two or three hundred new images total from the lot. The new image count in the Brides collection is up to 450. I'm now looking at updating three categories in the near future:
Royals (including individual galleries)
With regard to Royals, from The Princess Margaret Glove Gallery, here's a classic color image of Queen Elizabeth's younger sister in black taffeta accented with black kid opera gloves: