Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – 1950′s Poodle Compact

Submitted by Allee Willis May 18th, 2011
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In the spirit of poodles this week, I may as well throw in this fantastically 50’s mother of pearl, sparkle bumped, handpainted poodle compact. I’ve never had powder packed in it but I tote around a variety of small items in the mirror lined case.

Those are original Brown Derby portraits reflected in the top half.

They won’t fit inside the case as it’s a petite 3″ x 4″.  Maybe that’s why the little 3-dimensional glitter tufts of poodle fur look and feel so good, making up in beauty and depth what they lack in stature.

This poodle is happy about her look, painted much more distinctively than most poodles of her decade. I like that her bottom lip looks like a clock hand.

If ever there was an animal created to look at its reflection in a mirror it’s this most distinctive of canines.

I’m actually thinking a lot about distinctive animals today as I’m writing a fairly  twisted kids song with Bleu McCauley and Jasmine Ash for a tv idea we have. We play a porcupine, skunk and platypus. Not that any of them are as attractive as poodles but our animals are very proud that they don’t blend into the kingdom as just another animal.  Just like us.

Although some poodles don’t just “blend in”:

Here’s to people, animals and artifacts that hover above the crowd, embracing their uniqueness, with no desire to head towards the over-trodden intersection of Boring and Blending In.

5 Responses to “Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – 1950′s Poodle Compact”

  1. BRBill

    This tune we must hear and see if there’s going to be a video too. I like the choice of animals for the song.

    • Allee Willis

      It’s a completely stupid but excellent sounding minute and 20 second song about odd animals feeling good about themselves. The intention is to do a completely cheap, kitschy video, which is all I know how to do anyway, with cutouts and miniature sets. We’re meeting about it this afternoon.

  2. BRBill

    Alright! Looking forward to it with baited anticipation, do what ya do best. I thought about suggesting that y’all include a nutria, a very large rat type animal with a couple huge orange teeth originally from South American and imported to Louisiana a number of years ago for it’s fur. They’ve become a nuisance, breed prolifically and eat only grasses, ie the marsh, causing huge damage. Talk about an animal getting little respect. Then again, a nutria is the mascot of the New Orleans Zephyrs AAA baseball team…