Paper Moon is a perennial favorite around these parts. Filmed in the early 1970s, its pitch-perfect rendition of the Great Depression in Kansas will fool even the most persnickety of viewers like, ahem, me. The only giveaway that it’s a modern throwback is the improved picture quality, a fact that is generally lost on me since I’m always too googly-eyed over Ryan O’Neal to notice or care.
Image above: 1. Billykirk Wool Felt Hat, $110; 2. Cotton Candy Sugar, $7.95 for a 1/2 gallon; 3. Vintage Paper Moon Photograph, $24; 4. Vintage Soda Bottle, $3.75; 5. Playground Dress, $50; 6. Candy Cigarettes, $0.58; 7. Reproduction Gramophone, $186; 8. Besame Lipstick in Cherry Red, $8; 9. Lenton Velvet Hair Bow, $12
The movie centers on a precocious girl named Addie Loggins, who, after the death of her mother, is left in the care of Moses Pray, a crooked bible salesman. Played by real life father/daughter duo Ryan and Tatum O’Neal, the pair is the definition of magnetic. But the real star of the show in my mind is, naturally, the split-second appearance by the paper moon. Can we all band together to bring back paper moons as carnival photo props? Some things are just too good to let disappear forever. — Amy M.
1. Eric Javits Straw Cap, $170; 2. Vintage Gooseneck Lamp, $54; 3. Gold Cufflinks, $54; 4. Cigar Box, $24; 5. Marigold Bed, $998; 6. Jazz Oxfords, $32; 7. Kiehl’s Musk, $39; 8. Vintage Large Linen Suitcase, $188; 9. Bible, $25; 10. Vintage Leather Hatbox, $314