Archive for May, 2009
“In 1875 Allen & Ginter released the first “Richmond Gems,” cigarettes made from domestic tobaccos. Drawing from past success with selling linens in attractive wrappings, Ginter designed packages for the cigarettes.”
Ginter’s varied interest were shown in his decision to construct the Lakeside Park in an area near what is now Lakeside Avenue and Hillard Road. This was a period of history known as the “Gay Nineties,” and bicycling on the “high wheelers,” with their tall front wheels was in vouge. He purchased nearly ten acres beside Brook Run and there built the Lakeside Wheel Club.”
I love the fact that these women are on the same time-line as my mother and to have this surreal photo of mom is icing on the cake.
“Diane Webber started out as a ballet dancer and worked as a chorus girl in San Francisco when she was 18 to 20. She started modeling when she was 19. She was married in 1955 and had a child in 1956. She hurt her knee at one point and couldn’t ballet dance any more, she saw a belly dancer and decided she could do that style of dancing. She learned some time in the early 1960′s. Diane Webber danced at the California Renassaince Faire and founded the “Perfumes of Araby” dance troop in 1969.”