VintageVille Magazine Issue 1 Holiday 2013
Our premiere issue! A holiday take on vintage fashion, food, lifestyle & more. Experience Christmas 1945. Visit a modern speakeasy. Bake up your best-ever pumpkin pie. Ring in the New Year, 1965 style. Find great vintage-inspired gifts. And that’s just the beginning.
Issue I Holiday 2013 The ultimate 2013 GIFT GIVING GUIDE 6 forgotten holiday flicks Victory ...that are oh-so watch worthy Christmas ! 1945 shhh... The Doctor’s in Celebrating 50 years o f D r. W h o Philly’s not-so undercover s p e a k e a s y contents Issue I Holiday 2013 30 2013 Gift Guide 5 The golden days of cocktails FEATURES ON THE COVER 15 Victory Christmas A war-weary nation greets Christmas 1945 – the first Christmas after the end of WWII 30 2013 Gift Guide Snag the perfect gift for the vintage-loving guy or guy in your life 5 Covert Cocktails Celebrate the golden days of cocktails with Philly’s premier modern speakeasy: The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company LIFESTYLE 25 43 23 41 The Great Pumpkin (Pie) Who’s Who? Forgotten Holiday Movies that Shouldn’t Be Forgotten Review: I am Dandy Get your vintage on at 25 www.VintageVilleMag.com Your best pumpkin pie. Ever. Vintagevillemagazine VintageVille Mag 43 50 years of the Doctor 23 6 holiday movies not to miss REGULARS 13 21 3 11 37 28 Take 2: Recreate the looks in Annie Hall Ask The Glamorous Housewife Editor’s Note Color Crush Time Capsule: Party Like It’s 1965 Covet staff Executive Editor Managing Editor Columnists Design Contributing Photography Emily Lux Jon Hechtman The Glamorous Housewife Another Man’s Treasure Daphne Drake EHL Creative JH Studios © 2013 VintageVille Magazine and EHL Creative LLC. All Rights Reserved. Editor’s Note Editor’s Note A warm hello! Pleased to meet you! We’re VintageVille Magazine – the online rag that celebrates everything vintage for ladies and gents alike. Sure, we love the music, movies, food and fashions. But we’re more than that. We at VintageVille have a fundamental appreciation – and respect – for the day to day of yesterday. An appreciation of the hardships, celebrations and those history-making moments that shaped our lives then…and now. Reflection is a reoccurring theme you’ll see throughout this issue. One of our faves: a snapshot of Victory Christmas on page 15 – the first Christmas after the end of WWII. The struggles. The sadness. And the joys. The resiliency and tenacity of a war-weary nation…with sights set on a better, brighter tomorrow. The holidays are a time of celebration – and you’ll find plenty of that inside, too. Snag the perfect present with our mega 2013 gift guide on page XX. Or ring in the New Year…1965 style on page XX. So come on in and stay awhile. Welcome to VintageVille…where vintage lives. Cheers! 3 | VintageVille Magazine Covert Cocktails j By Emily Lux Pssst…celebrate the golden days of cocktails with The Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company. Tucked away in swanky Rittenhouse Square, The Franklin opened in 2009 and was keenly focused on cultivating the craft cocktail scene. Its vision? “To give people the best possible cocktail they could find,“ said Mike “Juice” Treﬀehn, head bartender. “And we’re still doing that.” The worst era in cocktail history Philadelphia-born Max “Boo Boo” Hoﬀ didn’t smoke. He didn’t drink. Yet he was the kingpin of the largest alcohol ring in the country – an operation that would’ve even made Capone blush. In fact, he ran about 10,000 gallons of alcohol a day via truck, train and bus. And the front for it all: The Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company. And now, almost a century later, the legacy of this illicit booze ring establishment lives on…in the name of Philly’s leading modern craft cocktail hot spot. Prohibition hit hard, with its booze-banning days spanning from 1920 to 1933. Sure, underground clubs, bars and saloons kept liquor freely flowing, even during these dry times; but most of it was homemade, doctored or worse. To help patrons get the stuﬀ down, poor-quality cocktails were created – designed specifically to mask the inadequacies of even poorer quality ingredients. The great classic drinks disappeared, and an entire generation of skilled American bartenders followed suit. With a fundamental respect for the past, The Franklin celebrates the drinks of the pre-Prohibition era (arguably VintageVilleMag.com | 6 the pinnacle of the craft) to create a new cocktail currency that doesn’t just defy trends – it sets them. Speakeasy ease Down a dark stairwell and through a nondescript paneled door, patrons enter a dimly lit subterranean world. The Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company embraces the speakeasy look…and then some. Lush oxblood tufted leather banquettes. Ornate lighting. Sleek deco details. Even a mural paying homage to Max “Boo Boo” Hoﬀ’s boxing heyday. The craft cocktail culture is unmistakably fueled by the very best of Prohibition nostalgia. While the speakeasies of yesteryear were all about breaking the law, the Franklin is all about laying it down. (There are rules for this sort of thing.) Example #1: patrons are served only while seated. Example #2: there’s no ordering vodka. Ever. Instead, throwback libations remain the focal point here, inspired by the true glory days of the cocktail. The carefully considered cocktail That’s how The Franklin defines a craft cocktail. “It’s a cocktail that’s thoughtfully created and carefully made,” said Bobby Morris, assistant manager. But it takes more than that for a drink to be deemed a Franklin-worthy cocktail. “It’s all about balance,” Treﬀehn said. “We have a range from super light, refreshing and very approachable to more complex, aggressive flavors. We always try to oﬀer something unexpected. Something that catches you oﬀ guard – like the bar itself.” Every patron is diﬀerent, looking for diﬀerent tastes to pique his or her palette. To keep taste buds guessing, The Franklin updates its suite of drinks 3-4 times a year, with each new menu consisting of 25-35 specialty drinks. But unlike other bar menus, the Franklin's is not spirit based; it's flavor-driven. Instead, a variety of mixed bases steal the sunshine. In fact, the Franklin takes a holistic approach to creating craft cocktails. 7 | VintageVille Magazine The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company 112 S. 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 According to Treﬀehn, “we do very detailed adjustments of flavor. Many bars will say ‘we’ll have a gin drink’ and then proceed. We’re more likely to say ‘Well, these flavors seem interesting together’ and explore from there.” But first a cocktail has to make the cut. Treﬀehn scrutinizes the drink served before him. He examines the coral-colored concoction from all sides. Gives it a slight swirl. Takes a taste. And then sits back thoughtfully noting any necessary adjustments. Will the contender cocktail be a winner? For now, its future is unknown. Developing an all-new cocktail menu is a rigorous task. Over a two-month period, new drink ideas are collected, analyzed, fine-tuned – all in hopes of making it to the Franklin’s exclusive list of oﬀerings. Right: Bartender Colin O’Neill gets her pour on with a Franklin-‐worthy daiquiri. “It’s a cocktail that’s thoughtfully created and carefully made.” g – Bobby Morris on craft cocktails Inspiration comes a variety of sources. Bartenders look to the past to develop the tastes of tomorrow – reaching as far back as the 1860s. Seasonality, foodie trends, spirit flavor profiles all come into play. own story…and name. Bartender Colin O’Neill draws from distinct food memories for inspiration. The menu abounds with wonderful concoctions with names that are just as evocative. Player Piano, Pretty as a Prayer Book and Superfuzz Bigmuﬀ are just a few. “I look at favorite recipes, desserts – even coﬀee – to see how the flavors can be broken down and used,” she says. “I think of myself as a craftsperson,” continues O’Neill, who is one of the many bartenders with a degree in art or sculpture. “I think about the specific character of the spirit and build a drink on that.” Fresh fruit juices, homemade syrups and tinctures, houseinfused liquors, hand-chipped, culinary-grade ice, plus the judicious use of boutique spirits, turn the otherwise ordinary cocktail into something truly exceptional. And sometimes it all starts with a name Innovation doesn’t stop with the recipe. Each drink has its 9 | VintageVille Magazine Literature, music, sci fi, history – they’re all fodder for creating the drink’s backstory. From there, potential new drinks are selected to create a cohesive, compelling story on the menu. The Franklin is known for its gasp-worthy presentation. Cocktails that get as many snaps of the camera as they do sips. The Flowing Bowl oﬀers a variety of punch favorites beautifully served in carafes or elegant punch bowls. The house specialty? “Our house specialty is trying to find the perfect drink for the person,” Treﬀehn said. “We talk to patrons, find out Above: The craft cocktail bartenders at The Franklin are masters of the art of the shake. The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Comp 112 S. 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 their taste preferences and then match the right drink to the right person.” Whatever the reason, the attraction of craft cocktails shows no signs of slowing. The artisan allure The Franklin sees a connection between the craft cocktail movement and the vintage lifestyle. While its patrons come from all walks of life, it’s not unusual to see a group of guys and gals in their Gatsby best. Patrons today are as particular about their drinks as they are about their food. What’s the draw of the speakeasy? Perhaps it’s the mystery. Or the seductive low lighting. Or maybe it’s the opportunity of living – if but for a moment – in the romantic imagination of times gone by. Or it could just be the sheer deliciousness of the cocktails themselves. Want to mix up some craft cocktails at home? That may seem like a daunting prospect, but it doesn't have to be. A “good foundational “cocktail to start with? The Old-‐Fashioned. “Making a good Old-‐Fashioned opens the door to dozens of other classic cocktails, “says Bartender Colin O’Neill. To get you started, here's a classic Old Fashioned recipe, based on vintage bartending guides of the 30s and 40s. Some authorities insist on elaborate fruit garnishes, and some purists violently reject them; we've opted for a compromise version that includes (but doesn't overdo) the fruit. But for Morris the reason for the speakeasy pull is much simpler. “People just like the appeal of finely crafted things.“ j Classic Old-‐Fashioned Cocktail Makes 1 cocktail 1 sugar cube, or 1/2 tsp. sugar 2-‐3 dashes bitters 1 jigger (1.5 oz.) whiskey (rye is the traditional choice, but you can substitute bourbon or Canadian) 1 thin slice orange or lemon Ice 1. Place sugar cube (or sugar) in the bottom of an Old-‐Fashioned glass. Pour the bitters over it and crush it with a muddler or bar spoon. 2. Add 1 or 2 ice cubes to the glass. 3. Pour in whiskey and stir. Garnish with orange or lemon. 1. 2. 3. 6. 5. 4. 7. 10. 8. 9. 12. 11. 1. Dance Instead of Walking Heels $37.99 www.ModCloth.com | 2. 1960s Shearling Coat $465 www.TinRoofVintage.etsy.com | 3. Rosette Quilt from $258 www.anthropologie.com | 4. Vintage Art Glass Vase $23 www.EncoreEmporium.etsy.com | 5. Antique Bird Salt & Pepper Shakers $115 www.LindaRobertsJewelry.etsy.com | 6. 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Box 5456 Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456 Deadline is December 6th For more information, please visit www.redcross.org Like us on Facebook * Exclusive sweepstakes and giveaways * Special savings at vintage shops...just for Facebook * Even MORE of all the vintage stuff you love www.facebook.com/VintageVilleMagazine From the big screen …to your closet. Got a favorite vintage movie or TV show? Here's how you can get the look today. Our featured Take 2: ANNIE HALL The 1977 romantic comedy follows the relationship of neurotic New York comic Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) and his equally kooky girlfriend Annie Hall (Diane Keaton). Considered to be Woody Allen's breakthrough movie, this flick was a real breakthrough when it came to Annie’s unconventional fashion sensibility, which had women everywhere donning a man's tie and boots, plus layering oversized, man-esque blazers over vests and long skirts. Alvy's look? Less flamboyant, but just as distinctive: tweed sport coats, open-collar shirts…classic Manhattan intellectual-nerdy style. Metro Goldwyn Mayer Alvy 13 | VintageVille Magazine Annie Winner of 4 Oscars ...plus 26 other wins & 7 nominations Metro Goldwyn Mayer Brought to you by Another Man’s Treasure A USA Today “Top 10 Great Places to Shop” for vintage clothing, Another Man’s Treasure is a true mecca of fantastic vintage finds for men and women. The boutique offers a kaleidoscope of vintage fashions, accessories, shoes and jewelry from the 1940s-1980s with a special focus on classic, high-fashion vintage trends. 353 Grove Street | Jersey City, NJ 07302 | 201.860.9990 | www.amtvintage.com By Emily Lux Millions of troops still abroad. Thousands more stranded by inclement weather. Shortages everywhere. For a war-weary nation welcoming Christmas 1945, peace on earth had renewed meaning. I t was an end. And a beginning. It was a time for reflection. And a time for looking ahead. The end of WWII marked a new start…for everyone. For most, Christmas 1945 was met with extraordinary emotion. Hopeful. Joyful. Mournful. That’s how Kimberly Guise, Curator at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, LA, describes Christmas 1945. “Overall, the general sentiment was relief and joy,” Guise says. “Christmastime during the war was very sad. Millions of people were missing their loved ones and they were scared. Christmas 1945 was joyful for the first time in a long time. But depending on your situation, it was also very tragic. Over 418,000 Americans didn’t return home.” Christmas Day 1945 fell on a Tuesday that year. But the celebration began way before. President Harry S. Truman declared a four-day holiday for the federal workers who had worked tirelessly through all four wartime Christmases. VintageVilleMag.com | 16 Left: A portion from a hand-‐ drawn WWII Christmas dinner menu. From the Wartime Log of Chester “Chet” Strunk,, Stalag Luft III. Gift of Chester Strunk, 2012.392/The National World War II Museum, copy and reuse restrictions apply. I'll be home for Christmas. You can plan on me. And for those who were lucky enough to make it home, Christmas 1945 became a time of reconnecting. Reacquainting. With wives. Parents. Brothers. Sisters. Or meeting children…for the very first time. A memorable song lyric. Unfortunately, it didn’t reflect reality for millions of servicemen. More than two million were still abroad on active duty…with a million more at sea. The Armed Forces did Please have snow and mistletoe. their best to get the boys home as quickly as possible, mounting special initiatives to speed the process. Operation Magic Carpet And, boy, was there snow. The weather wasn’t kind that winter, aimed to return troops in Europe and Asia to America while adding to the transportation nightmare… Operation Santa Claus tried to for troops and homefront folks alike. process discharges of military personnel in time to light the But, by Christmas 1945, people had become tree. But it all turned into an accustomed to the idea of shortages. unbelievable logistical fiasco, straining transportation resources This is the Christmas that a war- During wartime, Americans gave up meat, beyond capacity. coﬀee, sugar, gasoline, shoes and rubber weary world has prayed for. goods, just to name a few. Rationing on “There was a staggered system to most items stopped in November 1945 – just bring everyone home,” Guise in time for Christmas – but sugar rationing says. “Eﬀorts began in June 1945 in – President Harry S. Truman continued into 1947. And even though Europe. And they didn’t end until National Tree Lighting Ceremony rationing had ended on many sought-after February 1946 in Europe and goods, it would be another year before September 1946 in the Pacific – December 24, 1945 coﬀee, butter, milk, eggs and meats filled almost a whole year after that store shelves in plenty. Victory Christmas.” “ Storms at sea added countless delays. And getting back to the USA was only half the battle. Even though you were "back home," that didn't guarantee you'd be back at your home in time for Christmas dinner. “There were many incomplete families that year,“ Guise says. Thankfully, many Americans opened their hearts, homes (and wallets!) to help soldiers who had diﬃculty making it to their destinations. Families oﬀered a holiday meal (even a warm bed) to soldiers in transit. Cab drivers drove soldiers from ports to towns, asking only for gas money. 17 | VintageVille Magazine ” Inflation was high. Job prospects were low. Decreased homebuilding during the Depression and World War II, plus the return of millions of vets in ‘45, created an acute housing shortage – one of the worst in America’s history. Married women with children moved in with parents or in-laws during the war…and the Right: From the Wartime Log of Edward Shaw, Stalag VIIA. Gift of Phyllis Shaw, 2001.065/The National World War II Museum, copy and reuse restrictions apply. “bunking up” phenomenon became even more prevalent upon servicemen’s return. According to Guise: “There were extended families living together to support each other while the fathers were away. That may have strengthened some family units.” But there was no shortage of love…or hope. And presents on the tree. Men’s postwar gifts focused on comfort and practicality. New clothes – civvies – were a necessity for their new working life. Nylons were highly covetable for the ladies. During wartime, nylons were nil because they were needed for parachute production (women had to settle for the liquid leg makeup option). Victory bonds were as popular as ever – the war was over, but it Then & Now 1945 2009 3-‐oz. Kra* Philadelphia $ .11 $ 1.35 cream cheese Women’s nylon stockings $ .95 $ 11.35 Tricycle $47.50 $565.50 From Christmas Memories by Susan Waggoner; 2009. wasn't paid for. And engagement rings and wedding bands were on the shopping lists of many. Shortages extended to children’s gifts, too, as factories needed time to reconvert facilities back to domestic production. Slinky® was one of the “It” toys of 1945, and tricycles were hot, hot, hot, selling for 2-3X their list price. Scooters, electric trains and mechanical toys were the “unicorns” of the season – practically unavailable, no matter what price you were willing to pay. Dolls, too, felt the pinch because of paint, stuﬃng and fabric shortages. Christmas Eve will find me. Despite transportation diﬃculties, logistical issues and merciless weather, the Christmas spirit filled the hearts of many…whether home or abroad. A holiday trend that may have found its roots during World War II? The start of an early shopping season. Because it took a long time for mail to reach servicemen overseas, the shopping season arrived a lot earlier. That meant people had to get Christmas presents and packages together long before the holidays. Right: The December 1942 Life magazine cover entitled “Lonely Wife”. After years of separation, many war-‐weary wives were still celebrating the holidays without husbands due to travel and weather headaches. 19 | VintageVille Magazine For Christmas 1944, the Red Cross sent 75,000 Christmas packages to POW camps in Europe. But to do that, the organization had to pack them in the summer and ship them in September – all so they arrive in December. “There was a lot of thinking ahead and planning,” Guise said. “That may also be to blame for the fruitcake,” she joked. “You had to have things that weren’t going to go bad.” De cca Re c or ds Music served as a vital connector for those home and away. Especially Bing Crosby’s “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”, which was a chart-topper in 1943, 1945 and 1946. Its wistful, sentimental lyrics spoke to both soldiers and civilians alike. So it’s no surprise that it was one of the most requested songs at U.S.O. Christmas shows. According to Yank, the GI magazine, Crosby “accomplished more for military morale than anyone else of that era.” But for millions of reunited couples, another Crosby hit, “It's Been a Long, Long Time”, was the sound of the season. With Les Paul strumming the guitar, Bing captured the overwhelming emotion and anticipation of loved ones returning from overseas: Kiss me once, then kiss me twice Then kiss me once again It's been a long, long time Haven't felt like this, my dear Since I can't remember when It's been a long, long time Where the lovelight gleams. A nation that had lived in darkness for years was now all aglow. With the push of a button, President Truman sent the National Christmas Tree gleaming with thousands of brilliant red and green lights. Like many Christmas trees across the country, the National Christmas Tree had stayed dark from 1942-1944 to conserve resources for the war. The tree – now illuminated – stood as a national symbol of hope and prosperity to come. Wrapping paper returned, too, after a paper shortage hiatus…more festive and brightly colored than ever. But nothing was blazing as bright as the Christmas spirit. A nation stood together in unity, celebrating welcome endings and new beginnings. I'll be home for Christmas...if only in my dreams. Special thanks to The National World War II Museum in New Orleans, LA. Learn more at http://www.nationalww2museum.org VintageVilleMag.com | 20 Ask Q Glamorous Housewife Dear Glamorous Housewife, Dear Glamorous Housewife, Dear Glamorous Housewife, We have three kids – 10, 7 and 5 years old. Right now, Thanksgiving is so hectic – my mother and I do EVERYTHING! I want to change that. How do I involve the kids in the preparation for the big day…and remind them of the meaning of the holiday? At my oﬃce, my co-‐workers and I give little gifts to each other for the holidays. This year, I’d like mine to have a vintage twist. Any vintage-‐y gift giving ideas suitable for the workplace? Oh, and I’m on a budget! Can you help us solve our Christmas card controversy? Each year, we get tons of cards. But once the holiday’s over, my husband just wants to toss ‘em. I feel terrible throwing them out. What should we do with them? Thanks, Giftless in Boise Many thanks, Christmas Carded in Connecticut Dear Giftless In Boise, Dear Christmas Carded In Connecticut, How wonderful that you would like to add a vintage twist to your co-‐worker's gifts! There are so many things you can do. For example, I know I am always a fan of homemade items. You could ﬁnd a set of vintage teacups (just a dollar or two at thrift stores) and plant a little ﬂower inside. Or collect some vintage tins and ﬁll them with homemade cookies and brownies. Really want to get your creative juices ﬂowing? Get an ordinary picture frame (you can pick one up for just a few bucks). Then decorate with vintage fabric, buttons – your imagination is the limit. Whatever you decide, I am sure your co-‐workers will love it…because it came from you. Oh, there are so many fun ways to reuse Christmas cards! Personally, I am a fan of reusing them as gift tags for the following Christmas. Simply cut out a gift tag shape and write your message on the blank side. Extra bonus: you’re being green, too! I have also seen them stored (by year) in an o-‐ring. Punch a hole in the corner and you have an instant Christmas scrapbook to reminisce with year after year. But my favorite idea: pick 1-‐3 people that you are closest with, and save their cards for 5-‐10 years. Then have them bound as a lovely book and give it back to them as a Christmas gift! Who wouldn't smile when receiving such a thoughtful present? Thank you, Keeping Thanks in Thanksgiving Dear Keeping Thanks In Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to introduce your kids to teamwork. Make them part of team “Keeping Thanks” and give them a hand in Thanksgiving preparations. First, sit them down and explain how much work is involved in making Turkey Day a day to remember… and then ask them what they think they can do to help. I bet you they come up with some excellent ideas. From setting the table (can they make custom place cards or placemats?) to stirring batter and washing potatoes, from ﬁlling the bread basket to clearing the table (make it a game or sing-‐along to up the fun factor) – there are a bunch of options appropriate for all ages. Remember, kids can do a lot more than we give them credit for, so put them to work and let them feel the joy of accomplishing a job well done. 21 | VintageVille Magazine Have a question for The Glamorous Housewife? Email AskGHW@VintageVilleMag.com Want even more of The Glamorous Housewife? Check out www.TheGlamorousHousewife.com for style, fashion and more ways to embrace your glamorousity! The Shop Around the Corner (1940) In some ways, this 1940 film is the antithesis of the classic big-scale Hollywood production. It's a "little" movie, in the best sense of that term: warm, aﬀectionate, intimate and charming. Almost all the action takes place in a small shop located in prewar Budapest, where two sales clerks who heartily dislike each other in person are carrying on a secret anonymous romance by mail. (If the plot sounds familiar, that's because this film was remade twice, and not for the better, as In the Good Old Summertime and You've Got Mail.) The story comes to a happy conclusion – of course! – at Christmastime. Jimmy Stewart – a young, sharp, sensitive Jimmy Stewart – stands out in the lead; but the entire cast is wonderful. Special applause for Felix Bressart and Frank Morgan, whose marvelous performances remind us that they just don't make character actors like they used to. Directed, superbly, by the legendary Ernst Lubitsch. Holiday Affair (1949) This isn't a perfect film by any stretch of the imagination. But on its own terms, it's an engaging, entertaining, warm-hearted movie. Janet Leigh plays a war-widow single mom who works as a mystery shopper for a department store. Robert Mitchum – perhaps not the first actor you might think of for a Christmas story – plays a clerk at a rival store. (He's working there temporarily, just until he can save up enough to buy into a California boatbuilding company.) When he decides not to blow her cover, he gets fired…and all sorts of romantic complications follow, culminating in a Christmas crisis (including a trip to the police station) and a New-Year's-Eve happy ending aboard a cross-country train. The film's madcap moments aren't quite madcap enough, and the writing could be sharper overall. But Mitchum has great presence, and the movie has a kind of quiet, modest, late-1940s charm; it sort of sneaks up on you. Watch for Henry Morgan – later of Dragnet and MASH – in a memorable cameo as a police lieutenant. TEST YOUR HOLIDAY MOVIE IQ... 1. In It's a Wonderful Life, when George Bailey visits the alternate reality in which he was never born, his old family home has been turned into a… a) Tavern b) Funeral home c) Bowling alley d) Boarding house 2. Which child star said “I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph”? a) Judy Garland b) Shirley Temple c) Margaret O'Brien d) Natalie Wood A Christmas Carol (1984) Just how many film adaptations have there been? By some counts, over 200. The best of the lot? The politically correct choice is almost certainly the 1951 version starring Alistair Sim. But we happen to prefer this 1984 made-for-TV take on the Dickens classic. It's visually rich, with marvelous performances from stars like Edward Woodward, Susannah York, David Warner and Roger Rees. But it's George C. Scott's Scrooge that puts this one on our list. Why? Because he isn't just a one-dimensional, miserly curmudgeon who instantly turns into a generous, caring, Christmas-loving soul, as if a switch has been thrown. Even when Scott's Scrooge is at his flintiest, you can sense the good, kindhearted man lost somewhere inside; and that makes his transformation, when it comes, especially moving and believable. There may never be a perfect screen version of this iconic tale, but this is the one we find ourselves returning to, Christmas after Christmas. 3. What Christmas Present does Kris Kringle give to the doctor at his old-‐age home in Miracle on 34th Street? a) X-‐Ray machine b) New car c) Ambulance d) Iron lung 4. In Penny Serenade, what's the name of the Edgar Buchanan character? a) Applejack b) Applesauce c) Apple Dumpling d) Mr. Macintosh Holidays and Hollywood: a perfect combo. We’ve all got our favorites. Maybe you’re spending a couple of hours in Bedford Falls…or fa ra ra ra ra-‐ing with Ralphie and his family. Or perhaps you’re kicking back, watching Buddy the elf nosh on some sugary goodness. But what if you're searching for something a little diﬀerent, a little (not so) new this year? Check out these vintage Christmas classics you may not know quite as well…and add one (or two) to your holiday view queue. (Movie picks listed in no particular order.) Christmas in Connecticut (1945) Imagine a 1940s version of Martha Stewart: a domestic goddess who lives on a Connecticut farm, where she writes a wildly popular magazine column on cooking, entertaining and general housewifeliness. Now imagine that this paragon is a total fraud; the column is actually penned by a single woman (who can't cook) living in a small Manhattan apartment. When the magazine publisher, who has no idea that his favorite columnist is an impostor, decides to send a recently-returned war hero to her mythical farm for the Christmas holidays, all sorts of comedic mixups and romantic complications ensue. The boy gets the girl in the end, of course, and he doesn't even mind that she's hopeless in the kitchen – completely understandable, since the columnist is Barbara Stanwyck. She's marvelous in the lead: wittily cynical without being caustic. S.Z. "Cuddles" Sakall has a memorable role as the Hungarian restaurant owner who ghost-writes Stanwyck's recipes, and Sydney Greenstreet is hilariously pompous as the overbearing publisher. The Bishop's Wife (1947) This film gets name-checked now and then, but (in our view) it doesn't carry nearly the amount of holiday cred it ought to have. It's the sort of tale that could come only from 1940s Hollywood. An Episcopalian bishop (David Niven) is obsessed with building a huge, gaudy cathedral – so much so that he's beginning to ignore his wife (Loretta Young). He prays for guidance, and an angel is dispatched to assist him: none other than the supremely suave Cary Grant. Grant's angel ultimately convinces the bishop to abandon his ill-considered project, refocusing his attentions by pretending to romance his wife. This is no easy story to tell, because the viewer has to let himself wonder whether Grant's intentions are dishonorable…all the while knowing, deep down, that they can't be. Only brilliant writing and performances could make it work – and they do. A special tip of a 1940s felt hat to Young, who somehow manages to "flirt" innocently with Grant…without letting us believe, even for a moment, that she could be unfaithful to Niven. That's a dazzling balancing act, and she makes it look easy. 5. In A Christmas Story, which soap (in Ralphie's imaginadon!) is responsible for making him blind? a) Fels Naphtha b) Lifebuoy c) Palmolive d) Octagon 6. In Holiday Inn, what homemade gi* does Jim Hardy (Bing Crosby) share with his ex-‐ partner Ted Hanover (Fred Astaire)? a) Moonshine b) Oil paindng c) Peach preserves d) Scarf Bells of St. Mary's (1945) Okay, so it’s not a Christmas movie in the purest sense. But somehow it doesn’t seem like the holidays without seeing the schoolchildren’s heartwarmingly hilarious, "improv" rendition of the nativity story. What's more, it was released in December 1945 – for a little historical context on that fascinating holiday season, see the "Victory Christmas" article in this issue. The film stars Bing Crosby, reprising his Academy Award-winning role as Father O'Malley (he won the Oscar for his performance in the 1944's Going My Way). This time he shares the marquee with the lovely Ingrid Bergman, as the Sister Superior of a dilapidated urban parish school. He's there to preside over the school's closure, but fate (or faith) intervenes: the tycoon who owns the adjacent property (played by the wonderful Henry Travers) ultimately decides to give his brand-new factory to the parish to serve as the school's new home. Predictable? Probably. Sentimental? Certainly. But it's all done up in grand old Hollywood style, with tenderness, humor and heart. It makes the list for that iconic Christmas scene, but it's a wonderful movie all around. 7. In White Christmas, which number pokes fun at the excesses of modern dance? a) "You Goja Be Modernisdc" b) "Anything Goes" c) "Thoroughly Modern" d) "Choreography" 8. Which surprisingly risqué comedy slyly parodies the story of the Nadvity? a) His Gal Friday b) Bringing Up Baby c) Pat and Mike d) The Miracle of Morgan's Creek ANSWERS 1: d 2: b 3: a 4: a 5: b 6: c 7: d 8: d It’s the Great Pumpkin (Pie) By Daphne Drake You'd think the biggest challenge for an aspiring pie baker would be the crust, right? So did I. It took a while, and it took a lot of flour, butter and patience. But in the end, I came up with a reliable, go-to, never-fail pie crust recipe: flaky, tender and delicious. Now I had my eye – and taste buds! – on something bigger: creating the ultimate Thanksgiving-worthy pumpkin pie. Should be easy. Like most folks, I began with recipe on the back of the Libby’s® can. And make no mistake, it's a good recipe. But something was missing. It was one note, without the real depth or richness of flavor I was looking for. There had to be something better! So began my pursuit. The pursuit of the perfect pumpkin pie. I turned to all the usual suspects for help: Beard, Deen and countless online recipes. Ten tries later, I was still empty-handed. Some were too creamy. Or too custardy. Too bland. Or too sweet. I had the vision of the pie I wanted. Well spiced. Rich yet light. So where was it? I found my inspiration in the most unlikely place. In a 1943 ration-friendly Better Homes & Gardens cookbook buried in a box at a thrift shop. It served as my springboard for this creation. The major diﬀerence from modern pumpkin pie recipes? It called for top milk (heavy cream is today’s equivalent). Unlike sweetened condensed or evaporated milk, the pie yielded a much more pumpkin-y flavor and a less custardy texture. And it positively bursts with all the spices the family loves. The pecan topping – you can omit it if you like, but why would you? – was an unexpected bonus. Ready to get your pumpkin on? Four Spiced Pecan Topped Pumpkin Pie Makes one 9” pie Ingredients PREP 20 mins BAKE 1 hr READY IN 1 hr 25 mins ½ cup brown sugar, packed ½ cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs, beaten 1 15-oz. can of pumpkin (solid pack, unsweetened) 2 cups heavy cream 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cloves ¼ teaspoon ground ginger 4 tablespoons coarsely chopped pecans 1 9” unbaked pie crust (homemade or store bought) Directions 1. Preheat oven to 450ºF. 2. Empty canned pumpkin into a small saucepan and cook over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently (this step helps to reduce wateriness). Set aside to cool a bit. 3. Beat eggs and sugars in large bowl until well combined. 4. Add heavy cream and pumpkin to egg/sugar mixture; beat to combine. 5. In a smaller bowl, combine flour, salt and spices. Add to pumpkin mixture; beat well. 6. Pour into a 9” pastry-lined pie pan. Sprinkle with chopped pecans. 7. Bake at 450ºF for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325ºF and continue baking 50-55 minutes or until the pie sets. If crust is browning too quickly, cover the edges with pie shields or aluminum foil. 8. Cool. Garnish as desired. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator. ➤Baker’s Tip To help crust keep its shape and prevent shrinkage, place and shape dough in pie pan, and then freeze for 20 minutes prior to filling. (Make sure your pie pan is freezer-to-oven safe). VintageVilleMag.com | 26 • Shop the boutique • Style your life • Discover new passions • Find new friends in The Glamorous Housewife Forum Get started today...visit: www.TheGlamorousHousewife.com Midcentury Milo Baughman lounge chairs for Thayer Coggin upholstered in luxe Belgian linen. $8,500 www.TheSwankyAbode.com Platinum and 18K yellow gold pendant gleams with a solitary yellow sapphire and 1.50 carats of diamonds. Circa 1910. $9,500 www.tinyjewelbox.com ~ gasp-worthy finds ~ Wonderful John Stuart Janus Credenza with sleek lines and subtle Asian inspiration in the details. $4,250 www.neatovintage.etsy.com VintageVilleMag.com | 28 The challenge? We’ll give you $50 bucks to create one head-turning vintage look. The venue? A 10,000 sq. ft vintage-lovers’ paradise ripe for the picking. The time limit? One short hour. Think you’ve got what it takes? If you live in the Philadelphia area and would like to participate in Vintage Throwdown, please email VintageThrowdown@vintagevillemag.com Include your name, age, location, dress or suit size, and why we should pick you. brought to you by 29 | VintageVille Magazine 2013 Gift Guide Executair 990 Vintage Portable Bar Set $75 www.TimandKimShow.etsy.com Reclaimed Ballpark Cuff Links From $179.95 www.RedEnvelope.com Number Six After Shave $32.00 www.Caswellmassey.com Heritage Sweater $159 www.LLBean.com 1980s Ralph Lauren Polo Silk Tie $24 www.WearAreTheyNow.etsy.com Atari Flashback 4 40th Anniversary Special Edition $56.20 www.Amazon.com 31 | VintageVille Magazine Vintage Speaker $149 www.RestorationHardware.com The Art of Shaving Starter Kit $25 www.Groominglounge.com The Complete Recordings (The Centennial Collection) $11.83 www.Amazon.com Film Reel Bookends $47.99 www.ModCloth.com Stormtrooper Alarm Clock $29.99 www.Nordstrom.com Jingle Bell Mok Wingtip Oxfords $199 www.AllenEdmonds.com Vintage Menswear: A Collection from the Vintage Showroom $50 www.JCrew.com GE UR SPL Edison Herald Fountain Pen From $149 www.isellpens.com Retro-Style Nikon Df Camera $2,746.95 www.bhphotovideo.com VintageVilleMag.com | 32 Afternoon Tea Bootie $159 www.Musthaveshoes.com Whiting & Davis Mesh Handbag $225 www.Curiopolis.etsy.com Fuzzy Ascot $48 www.Anthropologie.com Etch A Sketch iPad Case $40.99 www.NewEgg.com Paw Me a Cup Tea Set $49.99 www.ModCloth.com 1970s Cranberry Tweed Coat w/ Cape $215 www.MillStreetVintage.etsy.com 33 | VintageVille Magazine 1940s Style Pinup Hair Snood $25 www.ArtheliasAttic.etsy.com Victory Trousers ÂŁ75 www.TaraStarlet.com Vintage Art Deco Necklace $140 www.Jeanjeanvintage.etsy.com GE UR SPL 1920s Czech Crystal Perfume Bottle $398 www.MomsVintageTreasures.etsy.com 1950s Steiff Stuffed Toy Squirrel $65 www.circecollectables.etsy.com Burberry 'House Check' Gloves $375 www.Nordstrom.com Betsey Johnson Ring Me Phone Crossbody $88 www.Macys.com Art Deco-Style Soap Dish $32 www.BiffandBettys.etsy.com Brigit Sunglasses $138 www.KateSpade.com VintageVilleMag.com | 34 Collector's Edition 1945 Slinky $8.99 www.RetroPlanet.com Handmade Leather Journal From $9 www.HandsMadeItForU.etsy.com Bamboo Lavender Grow Kit $19.95 www.RedEnvelope.com Dr. Who TARDIS Ornament $14.99 www.ThinkGeek.com 1960s Tiki Mug $19.99 www.LittleRedHenOnline.etsy.com 1950s Bow Tie $18 www.RoseCtyRetro.etsy.com Well-Read Women Portraits of Most Beloved Heroines in Fiction $19.99 www.ChronicleBooks.com Vintage Shawnee Atomic Pottery $15 www.SuburbanVintage.etsy.com Besame Lipstick Sampler $5 www.BesameCosmetics.com 35 | VintageVille Magazine Jeweled Tundra Keychain Purse $18 www.Anthropologie.com SLRing $9.99 www.ModCloth.com Royal Blend Tea From ÂŁ1.80 www.FortnumandMason.com Set of 4 Record Coasters $14.95 www.CrateandBarrel.com TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Holiday $12.99 www.Amazon.com German Leather Keychain $14 www.UrbanOutfitters.com Vintage WKBW Radio Mike Tie Tack $18.95 www.UncleSteampunk.etsy.com S/4 Midcentury Shot Glasses $18 www.DamsonandWhite.etsy.com Great Mustaches in History Mug $13 www.UncommonGoods.com Leather Travel Alarm Clock $19.99 www.Barnedandnoble.com Vintage Apron $18 www.EthelusVintage.etsy.com VintageVilleMag.com | 36 Thinking of throwing a mid-century themed New Year's Eve bash? Here's some inspiration: a snapshot of the kind of cocktail party you might have attended as the Times Square ball dropped at midnight. The things you would have worn, drove, drunk, eaten (even smelled!). Get ready to partyâ€Ślike it's 1965! By Jon Hechtman YOUR WHEELS For an in-style arrival, you can't argue with classic Cadillac elegance (we're thinking Coupe de Ville)…refined and distinguished, with the tail-finned excess of the late 50s a distant memory. Less luxe, more sport? Gotta be the brandnew – and ultra-hot – Ford Mustang. YOUR COCKTAIL The timelessly refined martini, of course – made with good British gin, not vodka. YOUR SCENT YOUR MENU I His: For traditionalists, tried-and-true standbys like Old Spice or Aqua Velva. For trendier types, British Sterling or Hai Karate. QUICK TIP Looking for updated, lighter versions of popular vintage tidbits? Swap Greek yogurt for sour cream (or mayo) in a dip. Switch up the cheeses on that inevitable cheese plate. Lettuce wraps instead of mini egg rolls? Yes, please! Nothing organic, artisanal or freerange…sorry. The traditional cocktail-party favorites are still super popular: cocktail franks, French-onion-soup cheese dip and chafing dishes piled with little meatballs in ketchupy sauce. Trendier tastes? Fondue is all the rave. Asian influences are just hitting the spotlight. And don’t forget the boho charm of a hollowed-out sourdough loaf filled with yummy artichoke dip. It's old and new, all mixed up and frankly fabulous! Hers: Chanel No. 5 (classic then, classic now). For the slightly more adventurous, Chantilly by Houbigant or Guerlain's Shalimar. VintageVilleMag.com | 38 YOUR TABLE Atomic-age style everywhere – from serveware to flatware, table linens to drinking glasses. A wonderful combination of swank and kitsch, totally suiting a unique time in history. r QUICK TIP Open to the fun of mixing instead of matching? Take a trip to thrift-land and opt for the endless options of marvelous midcentury glasses, often sold in twos and threes, rather than complete sets. Snag a cabinet-full of fab drinkware for just a few bucks, and add variety to your tablescape. Paracosm Vintage, $23.50 www.ParacosmVintage.etsy.com YOUR TUNES A very interesting stack of vinyl on that automatic Garrard record changer. For sophisticated types, maybe the bossa nova sound of Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto – or even Henry Mancini's Pink Panther soundtrack. For a younger crowd, the Beatles (of course), the Beach Boys or the silken stylings of the Supremes. Other top LPs? Everything from John Coltrane (A Love Supreme) to Dean Martin (Everybody Loves Somebody). n 39 | VintageVille Magazine QUICK TIP Create a special party "mix" featuring a few of the popular artists and styles of the day? Goodbye, background music; hello, conversation starter! YOUR STYLE His: if it's a black-tie event, a shawl-collared dinner jacket with a pleated-front shirt and a black bowtie. Black, most likely…with bold colors and patterns also starting to make the scene. Less formal? A navy suit of sharkskin or tropical worsted, with natural shoulders and narrow lapels, over a white short-point-collared shirt and a skinny tie – a quiet stripe or pindot. Completely casual? Try an Andy Williamsstyle cardigan over a buttondown oxford, with flannel trousers and penny loafers. Exile Vintage, $48 www.ShopExile.etsy.com Hers: The square silhouette is out. Body-skimming is in. For the swankiest of occasions, the Jackie Kennedy influence – with all of its feminine details – is a no-miss hit. Add a stole and kitten heels and you’re good to go. For casual gettogethers, waistlines drop. Hemlines lift. (Thank Mary Quant who introduced the mini). The sleeveless shift takes the stage, complete with low pockets, low pleating and low belting. The daring type? Try the shorter, swingier discotheque dress. Black, white, navy and crimson appear in closets across the country. YOUR HAIR His: short and neatly combed; no facial hair. Think Cary Grant or any Gemini astronaut – you've got it. Hers: The romantic look returns with gentle waves and soft curls – not the tight ones of times past. Got a pretty profile? Show it off with the bouffant or beehive. And for those young at heart: go for medium or long locks. A center part (with or without fringe) and subtle curving at the ends will instantly update you from the stick-straight styles of the previous year. AMC VintageVilleMag.com | 40 REVIEW I am Dandy The Return of the Elegant Gentleman Photographs by Rose Callahan Written by Nathaniel Adams 288 pages, hardcover ISBN: 978-3-89955-484-7 Price: €39.90 / $58.00 / £36.99 The dandy is a unique and fascinating species. In recent years, sightings of this rare creature have been few and far between. But as it turns out, the dandy is not extinct after all; and this impressive volume by is intended, in large measure, as a celebration of his return. It's worth pointing out that the dandy is not merely a man who wears nice clothes. The true dandy has always been something of a performance artist, cultivating an appearance that strays beyond the bounds of convention… even, on occasion, the bounds of good taste. For Sir Percy Blakeney and Bruce Wayne, the public persona of the dandy was a secret identity. For Jimmy Gatz it was a front, a con. For Frank Lloyd Wright, who often aﬀected a cape, dandyism was as much about personal branding as it was about personal style. There are probably a dozen perfectly good ways to write this book, and the authors have chosen a case-study approach, compiling profiles of some fifty-seven modern dandies; in his introduction, Adams calls them "a gallery of unique men." And the case studies are unquestionably interesting. The common thread – pun intended – may be a shared love of fine clothes; but that said, these are truly individual stories, featuring a diverse range of personalities, drawn from a variety of cultures, countries and backgrounds. As with any sampling of individuals, you may find yourself drawn to some of these dandies more than others. Many of these people truly are "elegant gentlemen," with the emphasis equally on both of those words; we were utterly charmed, for example, by Drs. Andre and Keith Churchwell, two debonair brothers who happen to be successful cardiologists in Atlanta. Others…well, let's just say that you may find yourself wondering where elegance leaves oﬀ and theatricality begins. 41 | VintageVille Magazine Photos by Rose Callahan from I am Dandy copyright Gestalten 2013 Photos by Rose Callahan from I am Dandy copyright Gestalten 2013 In an era in which grown men have taken to wearing calf-length shorts and backwards-facing baseball caps, any book that celebrates gentlemanly style is something of a miracle. Adams memorably describes our recent times as "dark decades of vulgarity…and conformity insidiously masquerading as personal expression," and that characterization will likely resonate, to some extent, with anyone who has an appreciation of vintage culture. That said, we'd be remiss in failing to raise a minor cavil. We would gladly have sacrificed a profile or two in exchange for a more robust introduction: one that put the phenomenon of dandyism in a more fully elaborated historical context. We're not suggesting, by any means, a textbook treatment; this is too rich a subject for that kind of dry dissection. But for us – apologies if our vintage perspective is showing – a bit more of the past, even at the cost of a few pages dedicated to the present, would have been most welcome. One thing you won't wonder about is the excellence of the photography. It would be fair to say that this is a theme demanding documentation in images as much as in words – perhaps more so. And these images, taken by Callahan, do not disappoint. They are thoughtfully composed and abundant. That's not to ignore Adams's prose; it is polished, witty, and quite stylish. Get Your Dandy On – Win a FREE Copy of I am Dandy Here’s how: ~ Visit VintageVille Magazine’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/VintageVilleMagazine ~ Like our ‘I am Dandy’ post and leave a comment ~ You’ll automatically be entered to win This isn't a book intended for coverto-cover reading; it doesn't insist on being experienced in any particular sequence. You can open it at random if you like, spend a few diverting minutes and close it up again. Does it deserve a spot in your book collection? Yes. If you enjoy visiting with the individuals who populate its pages, I Am Dandy may well justify a spot of honor on the coﬀee table – or the dresser. It was 1966. By Jon Hechtman And the creative team behind the BBC's Doctor Who program were confronting a crisis of cosmic proportions. After three years as the Doctor, health issues were forcing star William Hartnell to relinquish the role. Faced with the prospect of recasting the part, the producers took a bold step – they decided to write the transition into the ongoing storyline. They came up with an innovative idea: the Doctor would be able to "regenerate," periodically being reborn, phoenix-like, in a new physical form. Each new Doctor would be the same being – same memories and history – but each would also be an individual, with his own distinct personality and style. November 2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who. And while half a century is barely a blink of an eye in Time Lord terms, that's a monumental occasion for us earthfolk. The BBC will be commemorating the event with a much-anticipated special, but you can start the celebration right now. Join us for a look at the changing face of the Doctor…past, present and future. 1 5 2 Patrick Troughton, 1966–1969 For American viewers, the single most recognizable aspect of Troughton’s version of the Doctor is his hair: a look that instantly calls to mind the helmet-like do of longtime Stooge Moe Howard. The Second Doctor's personality owed much of its quirky personality to a different comedian, however: the brilliant Charlie Chaplin. William Hartnell, 1963–1966 Known for his portrayals of stern, tough-guy characters, veteran actor Hartnell was initially reluctant to take on a role in what he saw as a children’s TV show. His Doctor had real presence – a sort of crusty, patrician amiability – and set the bar for the actors who followed. (Time Lord Trivia: the First Doctor's below-the-ears hair was a wig. Hartnell's own hair was always kept closely cropped.) 3 Jon Pertwee, 1970–1974 A distinguished comedic stage actor, Pertwee was the first to play our favorite Time Lord as a quasi-action hero – a dramatic departure from the earlier interpretations. The Third Doctor was also arguably the first to exhibit any sort of clothes sense (in later years, each new Doctor’s wardrobe preferences would serve as a powerful expression of his personality). Peter Davison, 1982–1984 At 29, Davison was the youngest Doctor to date… a record that endured some 27 years. The Fifth Doctor had an absolute horror of violence, and was known to make life-or-death decisions by flipping a coin. He dressed in the manner of a turn-of-the-century cricket player, with a few idiosyncratic additions: a sequined Panama hat and a celery stalk boutonniere. 4 Tom Baker, 1974–1981 Perhaps the best remembered of all the Doctors – and the one with the longest tenure. With his curly hair and yards-long multicolored scarf, Baker’s Doctor was an instantly recognizable – and utterly unforgettable – figure. The Fourth Doctor is also remembered for his offbeat sense of humor…and his inordinate love of jelly babies. (Time Lord Trivia: the preposterously long scarf was actually the result of a costume malfunction. The person charged with creating the scarf was given too much yarn, and she just kept knitting…and knitting…and knitting.) 43 | VintageVille Magazine 6 7 Colin Baker, 1984–1986 Some Doctors have been almost universally loved. Others…not so much. Colin Baker's falls squarely in the latter category. With his mercurial personality, unpredictable mood swings and towering ego, the Sixth Doctor wasn't an easy character to warm up to. His garishly multicolored clothes were offputting in themselves, although they did seem to suit his character. Sylvester McCoy, 1987 – 1989 A split-personality Doctor? Not really. But it would be fair to say that there were profound contradictions in the Seventh Doctor's character. Was he a clownish bumbler? A manipulative, Machiavellian plotter? A flamboyant showman…or a reserved introvert? (The answer: all of the above.) His wardrobe suggested some of those same contradictions: safari jacket, paisley scarf and an umbrella with a question-mark handle. 8 Paul McGann, 1996 Audiences had only a single glimpse of the Eighth Doctor, in a 1996 TV movie. (He went on, however, to appear in several novels and audio treatments.) His personality was forceful, enthusiastic and positive – with occasional hints of a darker, grittier side. For fans, McGann's Doctor remains largely a tantalizing "might have been." 10 9 Christopher Eccleston, 2005 After a nine-year hiatus, the Doctor returned to regular TV-series duty – in a decidedly modern interpretation. Gone were the faintly foppish outfits, replaced by jeans and a black leather jacket. Gone, too, were the endearing eccentricities, although the sense of humor was still very much in evidence. Eccleston's has been described as a "stripped down" portrayal: a Doctor, perhaps, for a darker world. 12 11 David Tennant, 2005–2009 If Baker's is the iconic early Doctor, then Tennant's is surely the definitive later incarnation. The Tenth Doctor brought new intensity to the role. His gregarious, witty, genial side coexisted – uneasily – with an unforgiving, almost vindictive edge. By the end of Tennant's tenure, the Doctor seemed to embrace his near-godlike stature, meting out justice (and vengeance) on his own terms. (Time Lord Trivia: Doctor Who was a family affair for Tennant – he's the real-life son-in-law of Fifth Doctor Peter Davison.) Peter Capaldi, 2013-? At 55, Capaldi is precisely the same age as William Hartnell at the time he took on the role – a fact that seems to promise a stark contrast to the youthful spirit of his predecessor. What new aspects of character will the Twelfth Doctor reveal? Time, as they say, will tell. ? Matt Smith, 2009–2013 The Eleventh Doctor's is a fascinatingly complex personality. Childlike innocence and obsessive secrecy. Joyful exuberance and deep loneliness. He is a devoted friend…and a fierce enemy. The youngest actor ever to play the part, Smith portrays the Doctor with enormous energy, sometimes coming dangerously close to a sort of alien ADD. He will make his farewell appearance later this year, to be succeeded by… John Hurt The joker in a very colorful pack. Viewers were shocked, at the end of last season's finale, when this legendary actor – looking decidedly haggard – was revealed as a previously unknown "Doctor." The producers have nurtured the mystery, dropping dark hints that Hurt's may have been a Doctor guilty of some terrible crime. Is he the unlucky Thirteenth? Stay tuned for the anniversary special…. 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