The Lindy Hop craze first appeared in the 1920s, and is now back with a vengeance. In a new monthly column, Lullabelle from The Secret Vintage Fair takes us on her lindy-hop-learning journey. In the first installment we meet Ken Ralph, the quintessential English gentleman with a famous dancing past.
"No tankers took a more fearful beating than the Soviets, both in the desperate defense against the initial German invasion and in the all-out attack of its repulse. More than 77 percent of Soviet tankers (310,000 out of 403,000) were killed. 'Have you burned yet?' was a question Russian tank men would ask each other when meeting for the first time." (Michael Stephenson, Last Full Measure)
In 1907 Felix and Nikolai Yusupov gave this Fabergé music box to their parents, Prince Felix and Princess Zenaida, as a twenty-fifth wedding anniversary present. Six of the Yusupov palaces are depicted in sepia enamel panels. When opened, the music box plays "The White Lady" by François Boieldieu, the march of the senior Prince Felix's regiment, the Imperial Horse Guards.