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Pay attention, 2014 Mad Men: This little girl is holding a LEGO set. The LEGOs are not pink or “made for girls.” She isn’t even wearing pink. The copy is about “younger children” who “build for fun.” Not just “girls” who build. ALL KIDS.

In an age when little girls and boys are treated as though they are two entirely different species by toy marketers, this 1981 ad for LEGO — one of our favorite images ever — issues an important reminder.

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Frank Sinatra photographed by Maurice Terrell for ‘Look’ Magazine on the set of Guys and Dolls, July 1955

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Guys and Dolls (1955)

Despite all the joyful cavorting on screen, the set of Guys and Dolls was marked by significant hostility. Brando and Sinatra did not get along at all.  

In one scene, Sinatra had to eat cheesecake while Brando talked. Each new take brought Sinatra another piece of cheesecake. After eight takes he was feeling nauseated. When the ninth attempt was scrapped, Sinatra threw his plate to the ground, jammed his fork into the table, and screamed at Mankiewicz, “These f**king New York actors! How much cheesecake do you think I can eat?”

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The Dainty China Country and its ruler, the China Princess. In the Oz book series, Glinda has created all of these little kingdoms in the land of the south (a kingdom of rabbits, a paper doll kingdom, etc.) and so I imagine she created this kingdom as well. The wall of the country is made to look like ruins to keep people out (it’s also very tall), but the occasional traveler gets in.
I wanted it to be really idyllic and picturesque. The designs of the Princess and her handmaidens are inspired by Marie Antoinette and her friends.