Sunday, July 4, 2010

Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: My favorite vintage dress......

isn't a fancy expensive designer name like Ceil Chapman, Pucci, or Vionnet.......
This is a simple cotton 50s/60s dress.

It's a pale olive cotton, which is one of my favorite has snippets of the Declaration of Independence, eagles, drums and the Liberty Bell. It's pretty cheesy, and I love it.

I'm very fond of dresses, tops and shorts and capri with prints like this...especially ones with writing, and with botanical images of flowers and insects.

I love that a designer said to herself ."Yeah, the Declaration of Independence....that's graphically interesting! " Was she a law nerd like me? Was she an artist by default since law schools and politics was hostile to women? Was she a he? I don't have a clue.
I just love it, and I wear it every 4th of July since I bought it a few years ago from And Vintage on ebay. One short cuffed sleeve had a big rip in it so I removed them and made a big pocket out of one of them. I have the rest in my sewing pile of fabrics.
I wear it with a 70s olive leather belt...It all just makes me happy.

Pretty Damn Inspiring Words !!

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

some nifty facts about the Declaration of Independence....
most impressive...."If you were a member of the Second Continental Congress in 1776, you were a rebel and considered a traitor by the King of England. You knew that a reward had been posted for the capture of certain prominent rebel leaders and signing your name to the Declaration meant that you pledged your life, your fortune, and your sacred honor to the cause of freedom."

I won't go into all the reasons why America is not living up to the Promise of Liberty...I do think the EU does a better job for many of its citizens ....and I think Canada is great, and Costa Rica is quite amazing.....
But America is my home and we can make it better.......

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