Saturday, June 26, 2010

I See Spots! Or Is It Dots?

Dots were the craze in the 1950's and 60's. Even Bob Dylan loved polka dot shirts!
But, where did the name polka dot come from? Believe it or not, it is thought that the name came from the dance, the Polka. No one really knows why, but maybe it's because you dance around in circles. Do you think that people who polka wear polka dot outfits?
At any rate, the world went "dotty" back in the 50's and 60's. Buddy Guy plays a signature Fender that is black with cream dots. I bet you remember the song, "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini",
by Brian Hyland. It was a hit and made the dots even more popular.
Marilyn Monroe and Lucille Ball wore polka dot dresses. Jackie O and Grace Kelly wore them too. It's very tricky though.  How can you  wear polka dots and not look like a clown?
Other than the fashion world, there were dots galore. There were kitchen items, games like dominos and tidley winks, and the movie 101 Dalmations, just to name a few.
Believe it or not, I had an aunt named Dottie. I just loved saying aunt Dottie. I didn't really know if it was her real name, but thought she was lucky to have it.

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