Monday, January 26, 2015

Mae West: Panty Poem

It surprises a few people that MAE WEST occasionally penned poetry. 
• • For instance, when she was serving a jail term in 1927, Mae wrote a poem about the rough wool used to make scratchy, regulation prison underwear and dedicated it to the workhouse warden, Harry O. Schleth. 
• • There is no title so let's call her poem "Panty Lines."
• • I was angry when I met him,
• • but the fault was all his own,
• • for he gave me funny undies
• • that scratched me to the bone.
• • I said, "Look here, Warden,
• • These things I cannot wear,
• • Just feel them," and he answered,
• • "But that's not on the square.
• • Not that I don't want to,
• • But, good God, I wouldn't dare!"
• • Mae's experiences during incarceration pushed her to produce several poems. We'll print more at a later date. 
• • Since this is the 3,100th Mae West Blog post, it's time to show off "panty lines."
• • On Sunday, 26 January 1930 • •
• • Matilda, daughter of Christiana and Jacob Delker • •
• • The daughter of Christiana and Jacob Delker, Matilda was born in December 1870 — — perhaps in Wurttemberg, Germany, speculates biographer Jill Watts, noting that Jacob Delker had been working there in a sugar refinery. In January 1889, 18-year-old Matilda Delker wed John West.
• • Diem Obiit Mater: on Sunday, 26 January 1930 • •
• • However, she and her daughter Mae were really the love of each other's lives until Matilda died in the month of January — — on Sunday, 26 January 1930 — — at age 59. How terrifying it was for Mae during the winter of 1929, knowing that her mother's illness was worsening. After Matilda died, Mae felt, "There wasn't anyone to play to."
• • On Monday, 26 January 1948 • •
• • In Britain, The Times reported on Monday, 26 January 1948 that "Miss West is a competent actress. Appearing in a tawdry ornate framework of her own devising, she puts across her own kind of audacity with good timing and a shrewd sense of its own absurdity."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West’s Duesenberg among Hollywood cars at upcoming Wine Country Classic.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I had written a number of vaudeville sketches. I knew the theatre. I knew what audiences wanted."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Billboard mentioned Mae West.
• • January 6, 1951, New York — — For the long haul, diamonds are an angel's best friend.
• • Albert H. Rosen has mailed Christmas checks to "Diamond Lil" backers, bringing their returns to 100 per cent of therespective investments.  A year ago it looked as tho "Lil" would be lucky to pay off in rhinestones, what with a five-month lay-off due to star Mae West's broken leg.   . . .
• • Source: Item in Billboard; published on Saturday, 6 January 1951 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. The other day we entertained 1,430 visitors. We reached a milestone: 3,100 posts. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3100th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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