Playing with Cher dolls. The singer, the actress, the muse. We, Rex Dieter and Mimi Berlin, gathered some fine examples of toys and playsets made in plastic during the heyday of Sonny and Cher in the 1970s. That’s all, Have a nice day! xoxo Mimi Berlin
The Cher makeup center is our favorite Cher-Toy in this list: those bedroom eyes, that scary look on the child’s face tho…… (image via i.collector).Cher’s Dressing Room Playset, with a very ugly doll resembling the singer.(1976) Includes: Black Full Length Leotard, Wardrobe with Hangers, Coffee Table, Couch, Magic Mirror, & 4 Double-Sided Magic Mirror Cards. Features: Make-Up Mirror, Dressing Table, Wardrobe w/Hangers, American Indian Motif Labels, Couch, Magic Mirror, Coffee Table, Rotation Lever, Rotating Pedestal Stand, & comes with an Easy To Carry Detachable Strap Handle (buy via) Sonny and Cher returned to television in 1976 with a new show called The Sonny & Cher Show. Mego Toys created dolls and a doll house to coincide with the show. (image and knowledge via webdebris.com)
Pessary Ring as Bracelet. Percussion Hammer as Brooch
While researching some antique objects on the interweb we stumbled upon an image of a pessary ring made in 1975. We’ve never used this contraceptive device so we didn’t recognize it as such. To us, at Mimi Berlin, this rubber band looks more like a bracelet; a modern design bracelet. And in our minds the percussion hammer could well be a brooch. .
(The medical items are property of the Purmerends Museum)
Online Stuff from Yesteryears
We found the images above via the online collection of National Dutch heritage. This wonderful imagebank is filled with thousands and thousands of products, ranging from stamps to glassware to well……stuff from yesteryears that can make the imagination run wild if you want to!
A reflex hammer is a medical instrument used by practitioners to test deep tendon reflexes. Testing for reflexes is an important part of the neurological physical examination in order to detect abnormalities in the central or peripheral nervous system. Reflex hammers can also be used for chest percussion.
Artist Francesco Vezzoli made an installation about the role of television in Italy (RAI) in the 1970s. Rai is Italy’s national broadcasting company, and was the number one mass communication form in the seventies. Mr Vezzoli shows that this was groundbreaking tv, or at least television in Italy was showing how the seventies were, historically seen, an important decade. We, at Mimi Berlin, took a stroll through this impressive exhibition and filmed it for yous….’cause just images aren’t enough to visually explain what this installation is about. But, as always when it comes to art exhibitions, you have to see it for yourself. And if you are interested in the, almost extinct, medium of television you should certainly visit this exhibition.
Simply because of the fact that it’s the first week of 2017 we, at Mimi Berlin, decided to spend this week in bed. We understand that not everyone is this privileged; so, if you really need to be outside here are some tips to cosy up on the cold winter streets >>>>>>>>>>
1980s puffer coat from Bill Blass
Duvet Coat by Maison Margiela fall/winter 1999–2000 (Screenshot from The Artist Is Absent: A Short Film On Martin Margiela | by YOOX Group)
attributed to Hiroaki Ohya (大矢寛朗), 1999. But we, at Mimi Berlin aren’t sure about that….
VS Stress, Nina Uchida photographed by Takashi Homma for Gap September 1999
Joo Youn Paek, Pillowig (2005)
louise bourgeois photo by alex van gelder. from his book Mumbling Beauty Louise Bourgeois, 2015
1970s sleeping bag coat by Norma Kamali
‘Peace of history: John Lennon’s ‘Bed Peace’ art will be familiar ifyou’ve watched footage of his and Yoko’s famous under-duvet protestsin the 1960s – this artwork is expected to bring $100,000 The felt-tip pen on foam board art’s provenance goes back to John and Yoko’s seven-day “bed-in for peace” held in 1969.’ (via justcollecting.com)
Kiss with fans Kiss: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Tommy Thayer, make a rare New York appearance for the fans and their Gold Record Presentation for their new CD KISS SYMPHONY – ALIVE 4, at Best Buy 86th street. 7-23-03 John Spellman / Retna Ltd.
A.k.a. groupies, gotta love them!
Above: fans of David Bowie, the New York Dolls and Kiss.
Taschen publishers strike again! This year they re-published Dali’s cookbook ‘Les diners de Gala’ which was first published in 1973.
Dali’s cookbook has 136 recipes, some illustrated by Mr. Dalí himself. All these recipes are cuisine of the old school, with recipes by leading French chefs from restaurants as Lasserre, La Tour d’Argent, Maxim’s, and Le Train Bleu. So: let’s return to the Seventies and dress the roast with frilly socks, like the photo in the book suggests. Needless to say we, at Mimi Berlin, feel that this book is proper Christmas gift. If you’re not a fan of Dali try to find a copy of ‘In cucina con amore’ (1971) a cookbook by Sophia Loren; which has been re-published in several languages as well, it’s also an always-okay-gift for sure.