It's Only A Paper Moon





Oh, dear. June is just around the corner. I'm kicking into a state of high whimsy. What can I say? It's how I survive the summer.

Last week, the girls and I (briefly) attended the annual ice cream social at the historical museum. And look! They had a paper moon photo booth! It was a wet and rainy day, so I didn't even have my good camera with me. Big Sis and I took photos of each other, though, which I processed to a pulp via a couple of apps. But they're still cool, right? I want to make a big "paper" moon for parties. I found a spiffy DIY. I may try to talk Mr. B into the project sometime.

When I was a kid, one of my favorite VHS tapes to rent over and over was Peter Bogdanovich's 1973 film Paper Moon. (Must have been a Ryan O'Neal thing. My other go-to movie was Irreconcilable Differences.) A lot of the adult stuff went over our heads, and we knew better than to smoke or cuss like Addie. What I loved were Madeline Kahn as Trixie DeLight ("This baby's got to go winky tinky!"), and the fact it took place in Kansas. [The novel on which the movie was based, Addie Pray, takes place in Alabama.] 



Of course, it opened with the song. "It's Only A Paper Moon" was written in 1933 by Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg and Billy Rose, for a failed Broadway show. It went on to be featured in a 1933 Warner Bros. film called Take A Chance, where it's performed by June Knight and Buddy Rogers. The first big hit record was recorded by Paul Whitman and His Orchestra, with vocals by Peggy Healy. This is the version heard at the beginning of Paper Moon.

My favorite recording? That would be the 1933 record by Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards. Best known today as the voice of Jiminy Cricket, Edwards was also in Take A Chance. He also introduced the song "Singin' in the Rain" in the movie Hollywood Revue of 1929.



Earlier today, I assembled a Pinterest board called "It's Only A Paper Moon." This may be my favorite pinboard ever. I had a wonderful time hunting for vintage paper moon postcards and photographs. Some were from the turn of the last century, when Tin Pan Alley songs like "Shine On, Harvest Moon" and "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" were hits. Some are from the Dust Bowl-era. Until the 1930s or '40s, the paper moon photograph was quite common.


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Huns in the Moon
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Two Little Girls on a Paper Moon - Real Photo Postcard
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There's a wonderful collection of paper moon photos, both vintage and modern, in the "It's Only a Paper Moon" Flickr pool.

More goodies from my Pinboard:


Spooning on the Moon
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Moon Song illustrated by Billie Parks
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Hope you found something to "moon" over this May evening!


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  1. YOU ARE SO AMAZING!!!! this is why I adore you. so, so cool! LOVE the pix of you guys up top! i want to be in a state of high whimsy too!!

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    1. Haha!!! That was fast! I worked on this thing all day, at the expense of everything else. (Laundry be darned...)

      If I had known they would have the paper moon, I would have paid more attention to how I'd dressed! Seriously, I need a paper moon!

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  2. Me too. High whimsy sounds great! It is so cold and wet and windy here I STILL cannot put away my kids winter coats. Loved, loved that movie. I can remember watching it with my Mum so well. The part where she points to her hat - remember that bit? I don't know why but that was my favourite part.

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    1. Oh, yes. Hiding the money in her hat! I still want a hat like that. I've always loved the look of the movie.

      I hope things warm up for you soon! A cold front just moved through here. It isn't exactly cold - it will be in the low 60s - but I think we're supposed to get more rain. We've had a LOT of rain lately. They keep threatening us with worse (tornado season!), but our city hasn't had any warnings yet. Knock on wood.

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  3. Amazing post and pinterest board! Love the movie with Ryan O' Neal, and all the postcards with paper moons (including your pictures!) I'm going to watch the videos now :)

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    1. Thanks! I planned to watch the color version of A Trip to the Moon last night with the girls, but didn't get a chance. Big Sis saw it at the silent film fest with me, but Little Sis hasn't seen it. I think she might actually like it. :)

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